Friday, January 06, 2006

Loose Feathers #14

My series of links about birds, birding, and the environment returns after a several-week hiatus.

  • Overfishing has hastened the decline of the marbled murrelet and other seabirds on the west coast. Sardine fishing seems to be a particular culprit.
  • Recapture of banded birds is showing that birds can live much longer in the wild than previously believed. One Manx shearwater is known to be at least 55 years old. Oystercatchers and razorbills have been found to live into their late thirties.
  • A woman sued Lowe's after being attacked by a bird, but the suit was dismissed. No indication of the species, unfortunately.
  • A Minnesotan writer describes the pecking order at an urban birdfeeder.
  • Virginia is considering legislation for a moratorium on horseshoe crab importation. See the link for how to help.
  • DC Metro Action notes that small grants are available for community gardening projects in Washington.
  • This week's Birds in the News includes a round-up of CBC reports.
  • Visit the Friday Ark #68.