May 072018
 
POLL: Should Trump's administration reinstate protection for migratory birds?

Energy companies will benefit at the expense of birds, now that the Department of the Interior has limited how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act going forward. For a century, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or MBTA, has made it illegal for anyone to “take, possess, import, export, […]

Mar 292018
 
California Man Killed Over 135 Birds in State’s Worst Raptor Poaching Case

Someone near the town of Standish in Northern California fortunately took the adage, “See something, say something,”to heart and called a poaching hotline when they saw Richard Parker shoot a hawk on his 80-acre property near the Nevada border. Parker hadn’t killed only the one hawk. As a game warden walked up to Parker’s front […]

Sep 142017
 
International Vulture Awareness Day 2017

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness […]

Aug 142017
 
POLL: Should there be a tough crack down on the killing of raptors?

Grouse moors are to blame for persecuting endangered birds of prey in the Scottish Highlands and Uplands, according to a wildlife crime expert. Ian Thomson, the head of investigations at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland, said data from 77 birds of prey that had been satellite-tagged showed a direct correlation between […]

Mar 052017
 
British Barn Owls still struggling to adapt to modern life

One of the most widespread birds of prey in the world, the Common Barn Owl Tyto alba has proven so successful at adapting to life alongside humans that even its very name reflects the symbiotic relationship that has been shared by farmers and this charismatic bird over the course of thousands of years. Common Barn […]

Feb 102017
 
POLL: Should wildlife crime be enforced by tougher legislation?

Almost 200 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey were received by the RSPB in 2015, the charity said. Some 64 out of the 196 reports were confirmed, including the shooting or attempted shooting of 46 birds of prey, including 16 buzzards, 11 peregrines, three red kites, one red-footed falcon and one […]

Nov 212016
 
Another Hen Harrier shot dead sparking fears for rare bird of prey

Detectives at Cumbria Police have opened a full criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of one of the bird of prey, called Rowan. Last year there were just six successful hen harrier nests resulting from 12 attempts in England. But this year the RSPB says there are only three nests known to be currently in […]

Feb 092016
 
Video: Let’s Not Force Eagles to Fight Rogue Drones

Watching a giant eagle streak out of the sky to capture a rogue drone is undeniably cool. A story has been sweeping the Internet about how the Dutch National Police are training eagles to be a new avian air force that will protect us from evil flying robots. The idea that eagles could be turned […]

Jan 172016
 
POLL: Should the National Wildlife Crime Unit be properly funded by the British Government?

There is a crime wave cascading through Britain that the government doesn’t appear much to care about. In Lincolnshire alone, police have arrested or reported for summons 152 people for hare coursing since September 2015, compared with just 65 for the entire “season” last year. Across the country, the Badger Trust logged 441 incidents of […]

May 122015
 
How Injured Birds Get New Feathers - It May Surprise You

Birds are famous for strutting their stuff—”proud as a peacock” isn’t an empty saying, after all—but sometimes birds need some help getting back in fine feather. So for this Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week, I’m taking the author’s prerogative to ask: “How do injured birds get new feathers?” The answer is a process […]

Mar 192015
 
Peregrine falcon found shot dead at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's headquarters

A peregrine falcon which was nesting on Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s office roof has been discovered shot dead outside the building in Belper. Police have launched an investigation into the illegal killing after the corpse of the male bird was found by a local photographer and x-rays revealed it had been recently killed by a shot […]

Jan 192014
 
‘Falcon cam’ reveals how the birds of prey close in for the kill

Scientists have strapped tiny video cameras to the heads and backs of falcons to learn how the birds hunt their prey. Footage from the on-bird cameras revealed the strategy the predators used in flight as they chased down crows and closed in for the kill. Rather than head straight for their target, the falcons kept […]

Jan 012014
 
Petition: Save British Birds of Prey

Britain’s rarest birds of prey, including red kites, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons, are being shot, trapped and poisoned in record numbers. This persecution might be completely illegal, but inadequate legislation in England makes it easy for gamekeepers to massacre any nuisance, real or imagined. The birds are being slaughtered because of a perceived threat to […]

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