Posted by ardeidae on October 24, 2005

  • Avian flu virus discovered in parrot imported into the United Kingdom. EU officials are meeting on Tuesday to discuss banning of all live bird imports.
  • Residents in Norfolk County, in Ontario, Canada, file appeal against construction of wind farm. They're concerned about the negative impact the wind turbines will have on various migratory bird species.
  • Increasing number of hawks being found with misshapen beak syndrome along the West Coast. Since 1996, 86 hawks have been found with the problem, 77 of those affected being Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). Nobody knows what's causing it, but this problem causes difficulty in eating and makes it hard for the hawks to preen themselves, leading to emaciation and lice. If you find a hawk with this problem, please report it.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus). The habitat includes a 10-mile stretch of the Mojave River near Victorville, California, as well as 11.7 miles along Holcomb Creek and 12.6 miles along Deep Creek in the San Bernardino Mountains.
  • Friends of Swainson's Hawk settles lawsuit against the city of Davis and Covell Village Partners. Friends of Swainson's Hawk, a Sacramento (California) nonprofit, claimed the environmental impact report for Covell Village, a proposed 1,864-housing-unit development, violated the California Environmental Quality Act by not properly mitigating for the endangered Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni). The agreement increases habitat from 422 acres to 516 acres and includes a one-time fee to provide a permanent endowment for monitoring and necessary oversight of the conservation easement.
  • Smith Creek Ranch in Nevada working to improve habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), which was denied Endangered Species Act protections in January.
  • Megaera, a five-year-old Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), reunited with owner after she went missing in the Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire, in the United Kingdom on October 16. She picked the anklets holding her radio tracking device and disappeared for five days, likely surviving on rabbits and pheasants.
  • Clinton Humane Society in Iowa expresses thanks to those who helped rescue a Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). The hawk's leg was entangled in string, causing it to drag a branch.
  • Siletz Bay named Imporant Bird Area by the Audubon Society of Portland and Lincoln City Audubon.





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