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February, 2009

  • 24 February

    Coast cliffs could lose kittiwake

    Black-legged Kittiwakes, Rissa tridactyla. Credits: Wikipedia

    The National Trust for Scotland has warned kittiwakes could disappear from some of the nation”s most important seabird colonies. It says the decline in numbers at its sites around the country was marked. The St Abb”s Head nature reserve in the Borders has seen its kittiwake levels fall from more …

  • 23 February

    Lifeline for endangered albatross

    Albatross. Credits: Wikipedia

    Three-quarters of albatross species are at risk of extinction, largely due to the way long lines are deployed to catch fish such as tuna. The birds are attracted to the baited lines and can become entangled and pulled underwater to their deaths. A South African initiative shows how the lines …

  • 13 February

    Most penguin species in decline, expert warns

    Magellanic penguins - Graham Harris / Wildlife Conservation Society

    Twelve of the world”s 17 species of penguins are seeing rapid population declines tied to overfishing, changing weather patterns and other factors, a leading expert warned Friday. P. Dee Boersma issued her warning at a presentation during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held …

  • 12 February

    Vanishing wetlands threatens Arctic bird migration

    Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) Wikipedia

    Thirty years ago the marshes covered some 32,000 hectares but thanks to the spread of agriculture and urbanization just 72 hectares remain. Today, ornithologists count some 12,000 birds a day — a fraction of the number three decades ago. “In the 1980s they would routinely count 100,000 wild Philippine ducks …

January, 2009

  • 26 January

    Bleak future for Emperor penguins

    Emperor penguins could be pushed to the brink of extinction by the end of this century due to the melting of Antarctic sea ice caused by global climate change.

    The world”s largest penguins could be pushed to the brink of extinction by the end of this century due to the melting of Antarctic sea ice caused by global climate change, scientists have said.

  • 26 January

    Oil slick kills hundreds of birds

    Oil slick kills hundreds of birds

    The slick is located six kilometers from a new compressed natural gas (CPG) plant, which is still being built. Vladimir Bardin, head of a local diving centre, said there were “hundreds of dead birds” in the area.  “Here are ducks, murres and divers. The birds along three kilometres of coastline …

  • 17 January

    Cold weather caused pelican deaths, officials say

    Brown Pelican from Wikipedia

    A rash of brown pelican deaths and illnesses was probably caused by a severe mid-December storm in the Pacific Northwest, state wildlife officials believe. An estimated 400 birds turned up dead, injured or sick along the California coast beginning about Dec. 19. The episode has largely faded, state officials said. …

  • 15 January

    Mystery of the British penguins that are marching towards oblivion

    Lewis Smith

    An endangered species of penguin is mysteriously disappearing from a remote British island in the South Atlantic at a rate of 100 birds every day. About two million northern rockhopper penguins have vanished from Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, part of the British overseas territory of St Helena, in …

  • 14 January

    Rare California Seabird Threatened by Global Warming and Coastal Development

    Ashy Storm-petrel

    Today the Center for Biological Diversity notified the Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to file suit against the agency for illegally delaying protection of the ashy storm petrel under the Endangered Species Act. The Service failed to make a 12-month finding on whether the ashy storm petrel, a …

  • 7 January

    California brown pelicans found frail and far from home

    Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

    Wildlife rescuers from San Diego to San Francisco suddenly are facing a distressing biological mystery: Disoriented and bruised California brown pelicans are landing on highways and airport runways and in farm fields, alleys and backyards miles from their normal coastal haunts.

November, 2008

  • 10 November

    Police inquiry after meat bait with pesticides kills sea eagle

    Juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle

    (From guardian.co.uk)-  Police are investigating the deaths of a sea eagle and a buzzard after more than 30 pieces of poisoned meat and a dead hare with poison on it were found on neighbouring estates in Tayside.The dead birds of prey were discovered close to the boundary of the Glenquiech …

  • 3 November

    INPA to feed migrating pelicans to save them from fish breeders


    (From haaretz.com)-  The Israel Nature and Parks Authority will provide migrating pelicans with enough fish to sustain them, under a deal reached yesterday to keep fish breeders from killing the birds. Fish breeders have been shooting at pelicans hunting for food in Hula Valley fish ponds, often either killing them …