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October, 2009

  • 29 October

    Lead poisoning threatens a vulnerable albatross population

    This Laysan albatross chick has

    Populations of Laysan albatross face severe declines due to widespread lead poisoning of chicks unless comprehensive cleanup measures gain momentum, according to a recent study. “Lead poisoning could be killing up to 10,000 chicks per year, and it”s affecting the long-term survival of Laysan albatross,” said Finkelstein, who led a …

  • 28 October

    Pacific sea birds dine on trash: researchers

    PLoS

    Researchers at the University of Hawaii found that Laysan albatrosses that nest on Kure Atoll, a small island in the middle of the Pacific, ingested almost 10 times the amount of plastic that birds of Oahu, Hawaii, did. Most of the garbage the researchers could identify consisted of equipment from …

  • 27 October

    Foam from ocean algae bloom killing thousands of birds

    P. CHILTON/Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

    A slimy foam churning up from the ocean has killed thousands seabirds and washed many others ashore, stripped of their waterproofing and struggling for life. The birds have been clobbered by an unusual algae bloom stretching from the northern Oregon coast to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington …

  • 6 October

    Feds Will Face Lawsuit for Denying Penguins Endangered Species Protections

    Eudyptes moseleyi

    The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network today notified the Department of the Interior of their intent to file suit against the agency for denying necessary protections under the Endangered Species Act for emperor and rockhopper penguins, despite clear scientific evidence that the species are threatened by …

  • 6 October

    Reward offered in seabird killings

    Washington Fish & Wildlife

    A $500 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the killing of federally-protected seagulls on the Long Beach Peninsula. The birds were run down on Monday afternoon near the Bolstad and Snyder beach entrances, Washington Fish & Wildlife officials said.

  • 1 October

    Controversial cormorants

    One obvious change in Finland’s coastal scene has been the sudden reappearance of cormorants, hundreds of years after they were hunted into local extinction. Since the first birds bred in Finland again in 1996, their numbers have shot up to 16,000 pairs. But these large, black, fish-eating birds are widely …

September, 2009

  • 23 September

    Poachers hit bird sanctuaries

    Cormorants are caught in a net by a poacher. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Hoang Vu.

    Bird sanctuaries and stork gardens throughout the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta have lost thousands of birds each year to poachers due to lax regulations. The delta has dozens of sanctuaries scattered throughout Can Tho City, and the provinces of Dong Thap, Kien Giang, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu and …

  • 15 September

    Fishing practices killing more than 200,000 seabirds each year, says charity

    Balearic shearwater

    More than 200,000 seabirds die each year ensnared in fishing equipment in European waters, conservationists warned today. Among the birds which die as “bycatch” in EU fisheries is the critically-endangered Balearic shearwater, which wildlife experts say is more threatened than the tiger.

  • 4 September

    Study links Phillip Island penguin breeding patterns to climate change

    Phillip Island Nature Parks

    Scientists say Phillip Island”s penguins are hatching smaller chicks, as changing weather conditions caused by climate change disrupt their normal feeding patterns. Researchers from Australia, France and Japan have published a study showing penguins do not find fish and other small prey as easily when heavy storms disrupt oceans and …

August, 2009

July, 2009

  • 15 July

    Blue penguins hit by cars on coastal Wellington roads

    Blue Penguin. Credits: Wikipedia

    Drivers are being urged to slow down on coastal Wellington roads because of deaths among the blue penguin population. About 600 nesting pairs of blue penguins exist and while the species is not endangered, it is in decline. The Department of Conservation says three of the penguins, the smallest in …