Friday, January 01, 2021

Loose Feathers #782

Bald Eagles / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS

Birds and birding news

  • Some of the owls banded by Project SNOW are starting to return data logged over the summer as they come back into transmission range.
  • Controlling invasive grasses could help California's declining Greater Sage-Grouse population rebound.
  • This summer a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks nested in a publicly-visible spot along the Klingle Valley Trail in DC.
  • EBird suggests some birding challenges for 2021.

Science and nature blogging

Biodiversity and conservation

Climate change and environmental politics

  • The Trump administration is rushing to sell oil drilling leases in Arctic NWR, but so far there is little demand from fossil fuel companies. So Alaska's state development corporation might buy the leases instead.
  • New international rules will make it harder for wealthy countries to dump their plastic waste on developing countries.
  • Scientific American lists the top climate stories of 2020, when climate-fueled droughts, fires, and storms became increasingly visible.
  • The removal of four dams along the Klamath River would be the largest dam removal in American history and open 400 miles of migratory salmon habitat.