Friday, February 02, 2018

Loose Feathers #632

Gadwall / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
Birds and birding news
  • Grassland birds in general are not doing well across North America, and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow is in real danger of extinction, with less than 100 individuals left in the wild even before last year's hurricane season.
  • Several other bird species specialize in the same sagebrush habitat that Greater Sage-Grouse require and are also threatened by development and fragmentation of sagebrush habitat.
  • China plans to end land reclamation projects and possibly restore some habitat destroyed by such projects. Land reclamation usually involves covering tidal flats or shallow water with fill and then building on the resulting land; such projects often destroy important stopover habitat for shorebirds and waterbirds.
  • Here are some tips for finding wintering Northern Saw-whet Owls.
  • Ryan Zinke's plan to stop enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in cases that involve the incidental killing of birds drew protest from 17 former Interior officials (from both parties).
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