Friday, January 15, 2021

Loose Feathers #784

Bald Eagles / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS

Birds and birding news

  • The Trump administration is removing protections from 3.4 million acres of critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. The move is to benefit the timber industry.
  • A small group of King Penguins has established itself on Martillo Island in Argentina. Scientists are trying to figure out where they came from and whether the new colony will survive.
  • Emus will probably survive climate change, but their eastern population is threatened by development and introduced predators.
  • Cleaning feeders helps keep winter finches from getting sick.
  • Eastern Black Rails have been designated as threatened after a 25-year campaign to stop their decline.
  • Sand dredged from the Intracoastal Waterway is being used to restore saltmarshes to provide habitat for coastal birds like the Saltmarsh Sparrow.

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