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August, 2008

  • 29 August

    Argentinean Albatross and Petrels get boost

    Black-browed Albatrosses are one of the main species affected by bycatch in Argentinean fisheries - Leo Tamini

    (From birdlife.org)- The Argentinean Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) has passed a resolution to adopt the use of mitigation measures that reduce the seabird bycatch in all vessels that operate longlines in Argentinean waters.The established measures aim to reduce the mortality of seabirds in longline fishing and include: the addition of …

  • 28 August

    Rising sea levels threaten Puffins

    Puffin from Wikipedia

    (From thenorthernecho.co.uk)- The Farne Islands have been identified as being among ten coastal landmarks owned by the National Trust which could suffer because of erosion and rising sea levels.Twenty species of seabirds breed there, including 55,674 pairs of puffins, and a colony of grey seals uses the islands as pupping …

  • 27 August

    Loon rescued on Maine Lake

    Loon from Wikipedia

    (From seacoastonline.com)- A loon is recovering after being rescued from fishing line that had wrapped tightly around its wing. A nonprofit organization in Gorham searched the lake by boat and found the loon — unable to fly with fishing line wrapped tightly around one wing and cutting into its body. …

  • 27 August

    Children blamed for pelican attacks


    (From abc.net.au) Eurobodalla- The Australian Seabird Rescue Organisation is investigating reports that pelicans are being deliberately snared with nylon fishing line and hooks. The organisation”s regional coordinator, Julie Clarke, says there is growing concern over the number and frequency of the attacks. “Local children who have been throwing rocks and …

  • 26 August

    Big success for little penguin project

    Little Penguin - Wikipedia

    (From abc.net.au) Tasmania- A project to protect Little Penguins nesting along the Derwent Estuary is having positive results. Numbers of breeding pairs have increased significantly since the project began four years ago. Over the years the Derwent Estuary”s little penguin population has declined rapidly because of attacks by dogs and …

  • 25 August

    Fishing and boating a threat to penguins

    Photo thewest.com.au

    (From thewest.com.au) Western Australia – Penguin Island’s future as a breeding ground for little penguins is in danger, with a local expert warning that fishing and boating are increasingly threatening the Rockingham island’s unique population.  “We are encroaching on their territory,” Murdoch University penguin researcher Belinda Cannell said. “If we …

  • 23 August

    Sea gull attacked

    Sea Gull from Wikipedia

    (From nj.com) New Jersey- Authorities have accused a Roxbury man with beating a sea gull to death with a whiffle ball bat in Manasquan, Thursday afternoon. Monmouth County”s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Cory Kendelski lured the bird with food and struck it several times. He …

  • 22 August

    Plan in the pipeline to curb snaring of seabirds

    Albatross from sabcnews.com

    (From sabcnews.com)- Marine scientists from across the globe are gathering in Somerset West outside Cape Town to develop a plan to protect albatrosses and petrels. Senior Researcher at MCM, Johann Augustyn, says they hope to come up with strong resolutions because seabird numbers are rapidly declining.“We intend placing observers on …

  • 20 August

    Peru’s Spectacular Seabirds Seeking Sanctuary

    Endangered Peruvian Tern is threatened by disturbance and coastal development.

    (From birdlife.org)- Peru’s seabirds, especially the spectacular aggregations at its guano islands, are world famous. However, a new BirdLife report indicates that many of the sites and species are under increased threat and urgently need better protection. Paramount is the need to take action now to preserve the Peruvian guano …

  • 18 August

    Hurt Penguin Rescue Mission

    From news.com.au

    (From news.com.au)- The adult penguin was a couple of thousand kilometres from home and suffering a deep cut to his back. The yellow-crested species is endemic to the Snares Islands off the south coast of New Zealand and it is very unusual to see one in Tasmania.”He was very skinny …

  • 18 August

    More Than 100 Rare Laysan Ducks Found Dead

    Laysan Ducks from Wikipedia

    (From timesofindia.indiatimes.com) Honolulu- More than 100 endangered Laysan ducks have been found dead this month at Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Avian botulism is suspected as the cause of death, but that diagnosis has not been confirmed. The Laysan duck is the rarest native waterfowl in the …

  • 17 August

    Rockaway Beach Area is Fenced to Protect Endangered Plovers’ Nesting Ground

    Plover from Farriella for News

    (From nydailynews.com)- A group of endangered birds that breed on the Atlantic coast have shrunk in numbers this year after violent storms wiped out several nests in the Queens area, conservationists said. During the height of the mating season this summer, high swells swept several nests out to sea, leaving …