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photo courtesy of Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

From the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah's website:

""Crash” the golden eagle who flew through the windshield of a semi-truck traveling at 70 MPH was taken in today for his final checkup. Dr Folland of Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic in Centerville Utah removed four steel pins from Crash’s right wing, checked both eyes and announced that “after a couple weeks of flexing, stretching and flying he should be ready for release” back into his home territory in Summit County."


Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.wrcnu.org/pages/full_story/push?article-%E2%80%9CCrash%E2%80%9D+the+Golden+Eagle+Given+%E2%80%9CGreen+Light%E2%80%9D+after+Final+Checkup+-9-17-09-%20&id=3646626&instance=lead_story_left_column

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Imported Fungal Disease Threatens Local Frogs

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Imported Fungal Disease Threatens Local Frogs
Korean Times - www.koreatimes.co.kr
20 Sep 2009
K Tong-hyung
Area: South Korea


Scientists reported that a deadly disease sweeping through the populations of frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians across the globe has reached South Korean shores, heightening concerns over the protection of local species.

A research team led by Seoul National University (SNU)'s Lee Hang confirmed the local existence of the killer disease, chytridiomycosis.

The fungal disease is blamed for the extinction of about one-third of the 120 frog species lost since the 1980s, and has some scientists fearing the largest mass extinction since that of dinosaurs.

 

Full story here http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/09/113_52156.html

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Bird migration: why do they do it?

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Bird migration looks like a bad idea at first glance — all that energy needed to fly thousands of kilometres, all those predators along the way and the promise of doing it all over again just a few months later.

But of course Mother Nature knows exactly what she is doing. If you've ever wondered, as we did, what all that back and forth across the sky is about, read on.

 

Why migrate in the first place?

Two words: food and babies. It turns out the longer days of the northern hemisphere's summer mean a bumper crop of yummy bugs, which in turn means more baby birds.

"Even though migration is quite an investment and quite risky, the payoff can be pretty huge," says biologist Jody Allair of Bird Studies Canada, a non-profit conservation group.

"If you've spent any time up in a bog in Algonquin Park in early June, you'll know why. The food abundance is just out of control."

But the good times don't last forever. Starting in late summer, the bug banquet tapers off, and within weeks there's a chill in the air signaling the killing cold to come. Time to head south.

 

How do birds' know when to move on?

The trigger is changes in daylight — less of it in the fall and more of it in the spring. While it's not fully understood, scientists believe birds' hormone levels are affected by shifts in daylight hours, signaling that it's time to get going.

 

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A million snow geese stop over at wildlife refuge en route to wintering grounds

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By Claire Bates
Last updated at 11:52 AM on 17th September 2009

Like a blizzard filling the sky, these pictures show one of nature's most amazing displays as more than a million snow geese stop for a rest during their annual migration.

The spectacular shots were taken by Mike Hollingshead in Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri. The geese must travel 2,500miles twice a year.

Every autumn the snow geese head from their main breeding grounds in central Canada to their wintering grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. The noisy birds migrate in unusually large flocks of 100 to 1,000 that are made up of many family groups. Biologists still do not understand how the birds decide when to migrate.

 

See more pictures and read the rest of the story here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1213918/Snow-geese-stopover-wildlife-refuge-en-route-wintering-grounds.html#

 

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

A million snow geese crowded into Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge this autumn on their way to their wintering grounds in Mexico

snow geese

The birds manage to stay together in family groups numbering from 100 to 1,000 on their journey south from Canada

Male and female geese look very similar although the males are slightly bigger. Although a swirling flock of snow geese looks like falling snow, there are darker birds among the group. These blue geese, long thought to be a separate species, are simply a dark version of the same bird.

More than a million converge on the national park, which acts as an important stopover on the Central Flyway migration route. It is on one of the narrowest points of the migration route.

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Three bald eagles lock talons as they plunge to the ground in mid-air battle

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By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:40 PM on 17th September 2009


 

Locked in desperate mid-air battle, the three eagles plunge towards the ground in a contest to see who will let go last.

Between their claws lies a gasping fish freshly plucked from an Alaskan lake, now the target of fearsome talons as each eagle grapples for supper.

This is not so much a desperate bid for food - instead it's a macho show of strength between three birds who want to show who's who in the pecking order.

The three hungry bald eagles lock talons in a vicious mid-air battle for a fish supper

The three hungry bald eagles lock talons in a vicious mid-air battle for a fish supper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two predator eagles were not prepared to let their feathered friend enjoy the fish all by himself

The eagles remain locked together in a three-way show of dominance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The birds continue their battle

As they reach the end of their dive, one eagle breaks off, leaving the remaining two holding 'hands'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amateur wildlife photographer Harry Eggens said the fight was over in a matter of seconds and all three escaped unscathed.

 

Read the rest of the story here:

 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1214139/Pictured-Three-eagles-lock-talons-plunge-ground-mid-air-battle-fish.html#

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