Posts tagged: Endangered

Say Hello to the First Florida Grasshopper Sparrows Born in Captivity

  Tiny, pink, and bald all over, these babies are making conservation history. Now here’s a cause for celebration that’s both tiny in size, but huge in importance: The world’s first captive-raised Florida Grasshopper Sparrow chicks just arrived at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) in Loxahatchee, Florida. The four baby birds are big news, mainly because there are […]

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One Small Bird Faces Off With the Lone Star State to Keep Its Protection

The Endangered Species Act is all that stands between the Golden-cheeked Warbler and extinction. In the four decades since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became law, it hasn’t just protected the hundreds of species that have found themselves on the Endangered Species List; it has also inspired proactive collaboration to protect species before a listing becomes necessary. Last year, when the Greater Sage-Grouse […]

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Botulism in Waterbirds

Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. During one season, more than 80 percent of gadwalls and black-winged stilts died. The botulinum toxin’s spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and which is well adapted to […]

Storks Fill Up on Junk Food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. In folklore, storks would carry babies to parents around the world. But since the mid 1980s, increasing numbers no longer migrate from Europe to Africa for the […]

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Record Fines for UK Property Developer who Destroyed Bat Roost

A property developer who destroyed a bat roost has been ordered to pay record compensation under a law usually deployed against drug dealers. Isar Enterprises was told to pay £10,730 in fines, costs and a confiscation of profits order after it failed to obtain the legally required licence to remove a roost of brown long-eared bats from […]

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Endangered Parrots being Shot

People in Ocean Beach and Point Loma are trying to understand why someone is shooting the endangered parrots. The last of three parrots shot in the last four days died Wednesday. A video taken by SoCal Parrot showed the bird limping around with a broken wing, the injuries caused by a pellet gun. Patricia Simpson […]

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Airports Have Wide Latitude to Kill Birds

The operator of New York City’s airports has the legal right to kill migratory birds when necessary to protect planes, a federal appeals court said Tuesday as it rejected a challenge from an animal advocacy group. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was within […]

From Doom To Boom: Illinois Peregrine Falcons No Longer Threatened

Talons clenched, eyes locked on prey, a peregrine falcon looks almost peaceful as it leans forward, relaxes and drops into a 200-mph dive for dinner. It is the fastest known animal on earth. And it has no predator. Yet there was a time when the raptors’ screeches went silent along the riverside cliffs of Illinois. […]

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