Friday, July 21, 2006

Loose Feathers #56

News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.

  • In Arkansas, a dam project has been halted due to its possible effect on ivory-billed woodpecker habitat. The judge in the case argued that he needed to work under the assumption that the woodpecker still exists in that area. (Via Birdchick, who fears an ugly fight is on the way)
  • Kenilworth Park is getting refurbished recreation facilities, including a track and football-soccer field with bleachers and lighting. What effect this will have on the park's bird habitat remains to be seen. Up until now, at least, this has been one of the best places in the District to find open-country birds.
  • A Washington Post writer ponders how to navigate the ethical and nutritional quandaries of grocery shopping.
  • Here are some suggestions for birding in the heat. The article is specific to Wyoming, but similar dynamics are at work both there and here.
  • PBS's Now has some suggestions for how to improve your impact on the environment.
  • Birdchaser covers the slings and arrows of urban bird habitats.
  • birdDC has the dirt on Americans for American Energy, an industry front-group trying to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.
  • Birders and other park users in New York City are trying to force the Parks Department to enforce its dog leash rules in public parks. See the Prospect Park Advocate blog for details. There is an online petition in the works as well.