Sunday, March 05, 2006

Loose Feathers #28

News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.
  • Some groups are trying to get the cerulean warbler, this blog's mascot, listed under the Endangered Species Act due to its steep declined over the past several decades. As usual, the request must take the form of a costly lawsuit because the Interior Department has ignored the standard petitions.
  • The cerulean warbler is being featured on 39-cent postage stamps being sold by the American Bird Conservancy. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps will go towards conservation. The ivory-billed woodpecker is featured on an alternate design. (Via Wildbird on the Fly)
  • Warmer winters in Canada have led to the spread of mountain pine beetles, which have been devastating the boreal forests. Boreal forests provide important breeding habitat for many North American birds, including familiar "winter" species such as dark-eyed juncos.