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Stiphrornis Pyrrholaemus - New Bird Species Discovered In Africa

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Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a new species of bird in Gabon, Africa, that was, until now, unknown to the scientific community. Their findings were published in the international science journal Zootaxa today, Aug. 15.

Forest Robin - Male

The newly found olive-backed forest robin (Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus) was named by the scientists for its distinctive olive back and rump. Adult birds measure 4.5 inches in length and average 18 grams in weight. Males exhibit a fiery orange throat and breast, yellow belly, olive back and black feathers on the head. Females are similar, but less vibrant. Both sexes have a distinctive white dot on their face in front of each eye.

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Solution Sought for North Dakota Power Line Bird Strikes

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Solution sought for N.D. power line bird strikes
By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer
Mon Sep 22, 5:27 AM ET

COLEHARBOR, N.D. - Death comes from above and below for birds on the causeway that separates Lake Audubon from Lake Sakakawea along the Missouri River.

Biologists believe overhead electrical power lines and car collisions make the two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 through the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge one of the world's deadliest places for birds, on land or air.

Recently, biologist Darren Doderer located casualty No. 373, a mangled and bloodied double-crested cormorant that appeared to have hit one of the dozen or so unmarked overhead power lines.

"It's not fun to see these deaths," said Doderer, who estimated he's walked about 500 miles in the area searching for dead birds since April.

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National Symbol a Local Irritant for Some Alaskans

Wildlife NewsThe Tribune's Jason George visits the heart of eagle country, where many support easing restrictions on 'disturbing' the protected bird

By Jason George | Chicago Tribune correspondent

11:37 PM CDT, September 21, 2008

JUNEAU, Alaska Like an avian Rodney Dangerfield, the bald eagle often finds little respect in America's Last Frontier.

Alaskans regularly refer to the national bird as the "state pigeon," an overly abundant scavenger and common fish thief. Once, hunters even shot them for money: Alaska paid approximately 100,000 bald eagle bounties between 1917 and 1953.

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the details of a proposed permit program that would allow some "activities that may disturb eagles, require nest removal, or otherwise result in the death of or injury to a bird." Simply put, if a permitted property owner accidentally killed a bald eagle, through the process of trying to get them off their land, the resident would not be held liable for disturbing the protected bird.

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Bald Eagle's Disappearance "Suspicious"

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Festival of Hawks organizers launch investigation

Doug Schmidt and Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star
Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008

AMHERSTBURG -- The local birding community is all aflutter and police have launched an investigation following a series of disturbing events at the peak of the fall migratory season.

The birders fear someone may be targeting them and the work they do assisting environmental and natural scientists.

At the start of the two-day Festival of Hawks at Holiday Beach conservation area, organizers arrived before dawn on Saturday to discover their bird blinds had been raided and 25 expensive specialized nets had been cut down and taken, and the supporting poles broken.


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Eaglet Overboard Delta Dan Rescued by O.W.L.

Delta 1 - Eagle Nest

From: South Delta Leader

Eaglet overboard Delta Dan rescued by O.W.L.

Published: August 28, 2008 4:00 PM

It’s been an eventful week for Delta Dan, an internet star and eaglet rescued last month after tumbling out of his nest.

On Sunday he was banded and fitted with a microchip, so he’ll be easy to identify. And yesterday (Thursday) fans and friends gathered to watch his release from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s (O.W.L.) rehabilitation centre.

Tipping the scales at a healthy 9.6 pounds, the not-so-little guy has finally gained enough weight and grown enough flight feathers to finally leave the nest—for good.

When he was first taken to the 72nd Street centre following his July 22 fall, he was scrawny and underweight. Not all his flight feathers had come in. But he’d been trying to fly anyway.

A legion of fans had been watching his progress via an Internet nest-cam operated by the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. The Surrey-based, not-for-profit society operates a number of live streaming wildlife cameras, including the Delta 1 Eagle Nest, located not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.

The baby bald eagle fell about a week before he was ready to fledge.

The nest was the focus of intense interest this spring when the camera captured the mother eagle placing a stuffed teddy bear next to her two youngsters, dubbed “Delta” and “Dawn” by viewers.

The mother eagle probably didn’t realize she was providing a soft toy for her chicks, who nonetheless were observed cuddling up to the bear at naptime.

The mother also brought in a black leather glove and a number of plastic bags and junkfood.

“That was a real mystery,” said Karen Bills, project coordinator for the foundation. “It was fun to watch this pair.”

“Dawn”, actually a male, became “Dan” after his rescue—named for a treasured volunteer who recently passed away.

Delta successfully left the nest but may still be in the area. Bills said the sister may have been spotted near O.W.L. calling out.

“Maybe she is waiting around for her sibling,” Bills said. “We would like to think that when our little Danny Boy is released, his sister will be waiting.”

People from across the Lower Mainland and even Vancouver Island hoped to come to the facility yesterday to see the young eagle take flight.

“He’s got a real fan club,” said Bills, who will be bringing the teddy bear that once acted as a cuddly nest-mate to the release party.

Bald eagles are about to migrate north in order to take advantage of salmon run returns in northern B.C. and Alaska.

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