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October, 2008

  • 31 October

    Conservationists fly to defence of cormorants

    Cormorants sit on poles in the Schlei River in northern Germany in February. (KEYSTONE/AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

    (From worldradio.ch)- Earlier this week conservationists handed in a 26,000-strong petition, calling for cormorants to be protected in Switzerland. In less than a decade, the seabird has established colonies on lakes across the country, bringing them into conflict with local fishermen who accuse them of decimating fish stocks.

  • 30 October

    Frozen UK’s too warm for our seabirds

    Off menu: Sandeel is a Puffin delicacy

    (From express.co.uk)- Kittiwakes, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas raised virtually no young in some of their top strongholds this summer. Other birds hit include guillemots and puffins. Breeding failures in recent years have left cliffs once teeming with birds all but empty. The RSPB said their food supply – primarily …

  • 26 October

    Threat To Sea Eagles

    Sea eagle

    (From sundaymail.co.uk)- A bird of prey expert has warned that Scotland”s last surviving sea eagles are under threat from crofters. There are less than 100 of the birds left in the country but Tom Horne, of the Birds of Prey Rescue charity, fears they could be shot by angry farmers …

  • 23 October

    Birds shot in coast ‘war’


    (From ceduna.yourguide.com.au)- The dispute between people who want to either conserve or develop the coastline between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay has stepped up to a whole new level with the shooting of four endangered birds of prey over the past month. But both agree whoever did it is “a …

  • 21 October

    Hunt for threatened bird killers

    White-bellied Sea-eagle

    (From news.com.au)- The killers of four West Coast sea birds at risk of extinction are yet to be identified, four days after the last dead bird was found. Two white-bellied sea eagles and one juvenile Australian osprey have been found dead or dying in the past month, while a fourth …

  • 13 October

    Warmer water devastates Great Barrier Reef’s seabirds

    Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

    (From theaustralian.news.com.au)- Tens of thousands of seabirds are failing to breed because warmer water from more frequent and intense El Nino events means there is insufficient food to raise their young, according to research compiled by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Warm water near the surface forces fish, …

  • 11 October

    Mepa declares additional protected areas

    Cormorant from Wikipedia

    (From independent.com.mt)- Malta have been included within the Natura 2000 Network, a network of protected areas across the European Union, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority announced yesterday. The additions were made in view of the provisions for the protection of threatened natural habitats and species of importance established through …

  • 8 October

    Experts left clueless by sea oil spill mystery

    From chroniclelive.co.uk

    (From chroniclelive.co.uk)- Scientists are still clueless as to what caused an oil spill that ravaged marine life on our shores. Around 180 seabirds have now been found washed up on beaches covered in a thick, black oil. The stricken birds were found first on beaches between Roker, in Sunderland, and …

  • 5 October

    Brazilians try to save beached penguins

    Magellanic Penguin

    (From post-gazette.com)- Each summer and early fall, some gray-and-white Magellanic penguins drift toward Rio, washed by ocean currents more than 2,000 miles north from their homes in southern Argentina near the bottom of the world. This year is different. Like some maritime dust-bowl migration, more than 1,000 of these penguins …

  • 2 October

    20 waterbirds added to threatened list


    (From news.mongabay.com)- The U.N. has added 20 species of migratory waterbird to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) giving them greater international protection in Africa, Europe, and Asia.  Seabirds are at risk from overfishing, which both depletes their prey and snags birds as by-catch; pollution and …

September, 2008

  • 28 September

    Sea defence work will safeguard seals

    Little Ringed Plover

    (From northnorfolknews.co.uk)- A series of measures to protect seals, their pups, little terns and ringed plovers will be among the ecological measures taken during sea defence work on the north Norfolk coast, which is due to start next month.

  • 25 September

    Toxic substance behind gull deaths

    Red-billed Gull

    (From stuff.co.nz)- A seagull found on a Christchurch beach died after contact with a substance so toxic the bird”s convulsions were akin to a boxer being punched in the head, says an animal pathologist.