News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.
- The plan for a large development close to Blackwater NWR need approval by the Cambridge City Council and the Critical Area Commission before it is implemented. This development threatens the health of the Blackwater River and refuge, and by extension the health of the lower Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has more on this topic, including possible ways to protest the plan.
- On the other side of Maryland, the federal government is working to rewater a section of the C&O Canal at its terminus in Cumberland. Currently only about 30 miles of the canal has water deep enough for boating. The rest of the 184.5 miles has a relatively dry bed.
- Seattle is testing a machine to vacuum Canada Goose poop off park grass.
- A manager at Atlanta International Airport explains the airport's techniques for keeping birds off the runways and reducing accidents. Airports do provide attractive habitat for some bird species, especially ones that prefer open-country habitats.
- Here is an excerpt from a book on birds of the Arctic NWR, from a native Eskimo perspective. The book is Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- A man in New Jersey has received probation as punishment for beating a mallard duck with a broom. (Via Delusional Duck.)