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September, 2010

  • 3 September

    Most Penguin Populations Continue to Decline

    Via Wikipedia

    Penguin biologists from around the world, who are gathered in Boston this week, warn that ten of the planet’s eighteeen penguin species have experienced further serious population declines. The effects of climate change, overfishing, chronic oil pollution and predation by introduced mammals are among the major factors cited repeatedly by …

  • 3 September

    Forest fires in Madeira put future of Europe’s rarest seabird under threat

    Via Wikipedia

    Europe”s rarest seabird, the Zino”s Petrel, found only in Madeira, has suffered potentially devastating losses from a forest fire which struck the birds” breeding area on the Atlantic island. The fire on Madeira”s central mountain massif killed 25 chicks – 65 per cent of this year”s young birds – with …

August, 2010

  • 12 August

    Oil tanker suspected in penguin-killing slick near Rio

    An unidentified oil tanker is suspected to be responsible for a petroleum slick sullying beaches north of Rio de Janeiro, where several dead penguins were also found, Brazilian maritime officials said Tuesday. “The oil is very diluted and has spread to almost all the beaches in the region…

  • 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 …