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August, 2010

  • 2 August

    Five Penguins Win U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

    White-flippered Penguin. Via Wikipedia

    Five penguin species will get U.S. Endangered Species Act protections after a 2006 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and two lawsuits filed jointly with Turtle Island Restoration Network. Today’s Interior Department decision will list the Humboldt penguin of Chile and Peru and four New Zealand penguins, the yellow-eyed, …

July, 2010

  • 28 July

    Scottish seabird numbers plunging

    Kittiwake. Via Wikipedia

    The numbers of seabirds from kittiwakes to fulmars have plummeted in Scotland over the past decade, new research has shown.  Statistics reveal that in the UK between 1999 and 2009 the number of fulmars, a gull-like bird related to the albatross that lives mainly in coastal parts of Scotland, dropped …

  • 26 July

    More than 60 penguins rescued on Uruguayan coast

    Spheniscus magellanicus. Via Wikipedia

    More than 60 penguins who migrated from the southern tip of Argentina and are battling pollution-related health problems have been rescued in recent days on the Uruguayan coast, the group that is rehabilitating the birds told Efe. The penguins were found with symptoms of dehydration and hypothermia stemming from oil …

  • 20 July

    Hundreds of dead penguins wash up on Brazil shores

    Via Wikipedia

    Hundreds of dead penguins and other sea animals have washed up on Sao Paulo state”s shores and scientists are investigating the causes, environment officials told Folha Online news agency. The Institute of Environment and Natural Resources said 530 penguins, numerous other sea birds, five dolphins ,…

June, 2010

  • 17 June

    500 rare African penguins killed by big freeze in South Africa

    Via Wikipedia

    Nearly 500 rare African penguins have died in the past 24 hours as a result of extremely cold weather in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. An AFP report quoted a national parks agency spokesperson, Megan Taplin, who said: “The chicks, aged between a few weeks old and about two months …

  • 5 June

    Legal Settlement Will Protect Seven Penguin Species at Risk From Global Warming and Fisheries

    Yellow-eyed penguin via Wikipedia

    A federal judge yesterday approved a settlement that requires the federal government to finalize protections for seven penguin species under the Endangered Species Act. The court-ordered settlement results from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) challenging the Obama administration’s failure to …

May, 2010

  • 11 May

    Mercury Island Landing a ‘Catastrophe’

    The landing attempts of a Kenyan-registered helicopter on Mercury Island off the coast of Lüderitz was described by the Namibian Coast Conservation Management Project (NACOMA) as the “most important catastrophe for coastal biodiversity in decades”. Hundred of nests of the most endangered seabirds – Bank Cormorant, African Penguin and Cape …

April, 2010

  • 5 April

    Several migratory birds found dead at Sakkarakottai tank

    Via Wikipedia

    Several migratory birds, including endangered flamingoes, were found dead at Sakkarakottai tank near here. On information, officials of Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park (GMMNP) visited the sprawling tank on Saturday and recovered at least 10 birds. Flamingoes, eagle, white ibis and egrets were among the dead birds.  These were …

March, 2010

  • 30 March

    Kaua’i Island utility cooperative sued over seabird deaths

    Via Wikipedia

    Four conservation groups are suing Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative for killing rare seabirds without a permit, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The complaint, filed in Hawaii’s federal district court on March 24, says the utility’s illegal actions “bear substantial responsibility” for the crash of the Newell’s shearwater population …

  • 12 March

    Coastal and ocean birds most at risk from global warming

    Auklet. Credits: Wikipedia

    Birds that rely on oceans and live on coastlines are more vulnerable to climate change than birds found in any other habitats in America, according to a new report released Thursday by federal biologists and other researchers. Terns that live on California”s beaches — along with murres, auklets, puffins and …

February, 2010

  • 11 February

    Formerly endangered brown pelicans struggle to survive


    Two months after being removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Service species list, California brown pelicans already find themselves in trouble again. The pesticide DDT isn’t the culprit this time around, and it remains a mystery as to why the seafaring birds are starving to death all along …

  • 10 February

    Penguin future looks perkier with marine zone: study

    African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus). Credits: Wikipedia

    A ban on fishing around a colony of threatened penguins in South Africa has  brought swift benefits to the beleaguered birds, marine biologists reported on Wednesday. The population of the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) fell by 60 percent between 2001 and 2009, driven by a plunge in anchovies and sardines, …