Obama Plan Would Kill Rival Bird to Save Spotted Owl

To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in […]

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Agency Announces Additional Habitat Protection for Northern Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is recommending increased protection for some important old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest to benefit the threatened Northern Spotted Owl, but at the same time is recommending management standards that could allow logging of owl habitat in forests east of the Cascades. “The increase in the amount of […]

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Protecting Penguins and More in Antarctica

Oceana has joined the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, an international collective of environmental organizations and high-profile supporters that have come together to call for the world’s largest network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves to be established in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Antarctic waters make up almost 10% of the world’s seas and are some […]

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African Wildlife Haven Threatened by Biofuels Land Grab

A Kenyan wildlife haven threatened by the rush to grow biofuels for European companies such as IKEA, has been saved. The Dakatcha Woodland in Kenya – home to several globally threatened bird species – would have been destroyed if proposals for a plantation of the biofuel crop jatropha were given the green light. However after […]

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American Oystercatcher composite with blown eye

Birds with “Blown Eyes”

Because I am a bird photographer I get to see and photograph our beautiful feathered friends, learn their habits and behaviors and sometimes I get to take a look at unusual conditions in the birds themselves. The Yellow-crowned Night Heron above exhibits what I and other bird photographers have come to call “blown eye”. Both […]

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Birds, Bins & Bullets Part 5 – Taxidermy, Shootings & Sabotage

“Birds, Bins and Bullets” follows a group of birdwatchers from the north of England as they work alongside the Malta Police Force and Birdlife Malta volunteers in their fight against illegal hunting. Birds, Bins and Bullets received the “Honorable Mention for Conservation Message” in the 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana USA in 2009 […]

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No Let Up in Bird Slaughter on Cyprus

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) Cyprus have now released the report on their bird protection camp during the peak of bird migration in autumn 2011. In just over one week, two CABS teams located 3,817 limesticks, 23 mist nets and 32 electronic decoys in the main Trapping hotspot […]

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Harsh Winter Drives Birds South

The first half of February this year was unusually cold in northern Europe. Temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius forced many bird species to move southwards. This year I noticed a large influx of both Bramblings and Siskins into our tiny alpine village. The Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) has an unusual migration pattern as […]

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Mandarin and friends

There are many feral ducks of captive origin in the Calderdale area, including fancy domestic varieties and farmyard x Mallard hybrids. We also have a feral population of Mandarin that are suspected breeding in the area. Two males and a female have been appearing somewhat erratically at this pool, and on nearby canals and reservoirs. […]

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