Posted by ardeidae on December 08, 2005

  • Environmentalists file suit under Canada's Species at Risk Act to help save the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) from extinction in British Columbia. They claim the BC government isn't doing enough to save the bird from logging. There's an estimated 23 birds remaining. "If the spotted owl goes extinct it will be the first vertebrate species in British Columbia's history that will have gone extinct as a result of logging," said Ken Wu, a Western Canada Wilderness Committee spokesman.
  • House subcomimittee awards Elizabeth S. Hartwell posthumous praise and moves to add her name to the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Hartwell was credited with establishing the refuge and stopping at least 21 environmental threats in Fairfax County, Virginia. She died in 2000 at the age of 76.
  • Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) found shot dead at Coos Bay's North Spit in Oregon. It was a rare bird for the area; the last one seen there was nine years ago. Owls are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and violators face a stiff fine.
  • Doctors baffled as young Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) continues to lose feathers. He was rescued from drowning in August and has lost primary flight feathers three or four times as he recovers at the Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Cockatoo parented by two different species hatches naturally in a zoo of Children's Grand Park in Nungdong, Seoul. The mother is a Ducorp's Cockatoo (Cacatua ducorps), and the father a Taebek parrot. "The new-born cockatoo chick from the two species is really an unprecedented case both in natural and artificial hatchings in the nation," said Cho Kyung-ok, director of the zook.





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