Friday, April 21, 2017

Loose Feathers #592

Rufous Hummingbird on its nest at Glacier NP / Photo by Jacob W. Frank/NPS
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  • The EPA may be more vulnerable to attack under Trump than previous Republican presidents because of right-wing control of the government and because the agency's successes have made environmental issues seem less pressing for the public.
  • Antarctica's remoteness gives it some protection from ecological degradation, but still faces threats from climate change, pollution, and overuse of natural resources. 
  • The laws governing water rights in many western states need updating to take account of current and future environmental needs.
  • Here is a gallery of insects carrying milkweed pollinia.
  • Biologists expect additional wolf packs to form in western and southern Oregon.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Loose Feathers #591

Atlantic Puffins / USFWS Photo
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Friday, April 07, 2017

Loose Feathers #590

Sharp-tailed Grouse / Photo by Rick Bohn/USFWS
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Loose Feathers #589

Mountain Bluebird / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Loose Feathers #588

Golden Eagle / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Loose Feathers #587

American Woodcock / Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Loose Feathers #586

Snow Bunting / USFWS Photo
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Friday, March 03, 2017

Loose Feathers #585

Horned Larks / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Loose Feathers #584

Black-footed Albatrosses / Photo by Eric VanderWerf/USFWS
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Loose Feathers #583

Short-eared Owl / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Loose Feathers #582

Great Horned Owl / Photo by Susan Rachlin/USFWS
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Friday, February 03, 2017

Loose Feathers #581

Gulls fighting over crab / Bill Thompson/USFWS
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Loose Feathers #580

Ring-necked Pheasant / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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  • The Boreal Songbird Initiative has started an acoustic monitoring program to get better information on the birds that inhabit the boreal forest. Some of the devices in the program are being maintained in collaboration with First Nations scientists. 
  • The Collared Flycatcher is evolving smaller white forehead patches, apparently in response to climate change.
  • The US Navy is trying to move a breeding colony of Laysan Albatrosses away from its airfield on Kauai by shifting fertile eggs to foster parents in a colony in a safer location.
  • The proposed expansion of the border wall with Mexico is primarily a human rights issue but also threatens migratory animals along the border; that includes 111 endangered species and 108 migratory birds according to an evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Audubon has more on the effects on birds, particularly Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls.
  • There is a new Ivory-billed Woodpecker paper by a long-time searcher. See the summary by Audubon and the journal article. The evidence he presents is not very compelling.
  • Last fall, 3,000 geese died when they landed in a toxic retention pond at a former copper mine that is now a Superfund site. The toxic waters also threatens the region's groundwater, and it is unclear whether federal and state officials will be able to prevent it from becoming an even bigger problem.
  • Volunteers are cordoning off parts of state-owned beaches in New Jersey to protect birds and dune vegetation
  • Mary Tyler Moore is best known for her acting career, but late in life she campaigned to have the nest used by Pale Male restored after the building's management had it removed.
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