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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #105 on: September 30, 2015, 08:28:06 PM »

Aww, come on folks. There must be a reasonable solution to this situation.

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150929/san-anselmo-seniors-fight-wildlife-officials-for-custody-of-mallard-duck

There is if big government will back off & let them have the duck back. There is no reason morally for them to have the duck when it is a retirement home & the people need something to occupy their time to watch it.  We have a hospital with a large pond that is home to ducks that people can watch during the day & people in cars can see when they drive by. The government is trying to make all of us bow down & give up all our rights. I SAY it is time to stop it or the government will be telling us we can't even watch the birds & animals that we enjoy so much now.

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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #106 on: October 01, 2015, 05:16:30 PM »

Bald eagle sitting on the side of a Wisconsin highway stops traffic, causes 2 crashes. The Minnesota Raptor Center will evaluate the eagle.

http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Bald-eagle-stops-traffic-on-Highway-53-330119241.html
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #107 on: October 02, 2015, 08:31:40 AM »

Wow. Here's an eye-opening short story by eagle expert Dr. Bryan Watts on the attitudes towards bald eagles post-MBTA but pre-DDT.

Unwelcome neighbors: Bald eagles during the Great Depression:  http://www.ccbbirds.org/2015/01/09/unwelcome-neighbors/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #108 on: October 02, 2015, 10:42:11 AM »

Big Increase in Fines for Killing Eagles in Pennsylvania:  http://wnep.com/2015/09/30/big-increase-in-fines-for-killing-eagles/

Pennsylvania is getting serious about killing bald eagles and hopes to turn over an monies collected to rehab centers that treat eagles with gunshot wounds.
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #109 on: October 02, 2015, 12:34:51 PM »

Good question!!!  Is an eagle nest considered to be "inactive" when eagles aren't there because the nesting season is over?  The answer must be "Yes" according to this Alaska construction company.

http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/island-logging-prompts-concerns-1.2071250

T40 - please see the attached definition of an"inactive nest" by the USFWS:

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/MidwestBird/EaglePermits/definitions.html
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #110 on: October 02, 2015, 09:38:23 PM »

A surprise inspection of a CITCO open-air oil/water separator resulted in convictions for Clean Air Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations.  This case has been in the courts since at least 2007 and a Texas circuit court just tossed out the convictions, the appeals and the fines.  http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f70dac63-e664-4103-a0fe-201c53e04755

Among the bird remains discovered were five White Pelicans, twenty (regular old) Ducks, two Northern Shoveler Ducks, four Double Crested Cormorants, one Lesser Scaup Duck, one Black-Bellied Whistling Tree Duck, one Blue-Winged Teal Duck, and one Fulvous Whistling Tree Duck.  In some circuit courts, this "take" is deemed a crime because it's a unlawful killing regardless of the cause.  But in this court and others, it's not considered a "take" because it wasn't intentional, like hunting.  IMO, this is a willfully ignorant interpretation of the Act and would decriminalize all such killings by a lawful commercial operation, like a wind farm.

The "take" issue may eventually have to be resolved by the Supreme Court, which could be years and millions of bird deaths away.  The USFWS is currently working on regulations for "take permits" for a variety of commercial operations (oil retention ponds), possibly including wind turbines and electric distribution and transmission lines.  Take permits allow a very limited number of unintentional killings but require reporting those takings and then mitigating the causes to prevent recurrence.  If the permits become law, the MBTA will finally have teeth and this nonsense will be stopped.

As a follow-up to the previous post, here's a legal summary that gives an overview of the consequences of the 5th Circuit's ruling. The article is aimed at business, not raptor lovers, but it generally gives a fair picture of what's next, none of it's good, though.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Question Of Unintentional ?Take? Primed For Potential Fifth Circuit En Banc Or Supreme Court Review

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/migratory-bird-treaty-act-question-of-42665/

And from the same publication is this article from 2014 on the same subject. It's not as balanced as the latest piece because it claims, for no apparent reason, that issuing permits for wind turbine installations would be a "nightmare."

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/federal-agency-approvals-beyond-the-scop-01789/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #111 on: October 05, 2015, 06:39:08 AM »

Video of eagle spotted in South Carolina floodwaters.

http://counton2.com/2015/10/04/bald-eagle-spotted-in-awendaw-floodwaters/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #112 on: October 05, 2015, 06:45:33 AM »

New eagle cam in Louisiana. However, the login requires Javascript which some browsers like Mozilla do not recommend installing.

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2015/09/25/eagle-cam-near-kincaid-lake-finally-reality/72749892/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #113 on: October 06, 2015, 02:48:39 AM »

Report Sounds Alarm Over Political Meddling in Wildlife Decisions -

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noah-greenwald/report-sounds-alarm-over-_b_8235828.html
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #114 on: October 06, 2015, 03:49:35 AM »

"Patches of tropical rainforest in the southern Philippines harbour some of the world's rarest birds, but nature lovers toting long-lens cameras now share them with people wielding chainsaws, traps and torches."

Devastation in Philippine bird paradise: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-devastation-philippine-bird-paradise.html
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #115 on: October 07, 2015, 02:55:08 AM »

Two drastically different accounts of the same event - rescue of an injured bald eagle from a pond.  Note the citizen said it looked like another bald eagle was trying to pull the injured eagle out of the water.  I'm betting that's not the case.  ;)  More likely there were two combatants and one was able to fly away and one was not.  Should make a full recovery though!

http://www.tbo.com/ap/offbeat2/hillsborough-deputy-helps-rescue-bald-eagle-20151006/

http://www.fox13news.com/virtual/news/local-news/30673597-story
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #116 on: October 07, 2015, 02:57:54 AM »

Bald eagle hit by a car recovers and is released.  Happy such things are still considered "news."

http://www.delaware1059.com/story.php?id=19550
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« Reply #117 on: October 07, 2015, 03:02:56 AM »

Bald eagle death could mean a new look at wind turbine siting rules. North Dakota is asking all the right questions but somehow this wind turbine was erected close to three eagle nests.

http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/bald-eagle-death-could-mean-new-look-wind-turbine-siting-rules
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« Reply #118 on: October 08, 2015, 12:40:35 PM »

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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #119 on: October 10, 2015, 12:12:17 PM »

Eagles over New York skies. Couple of eye-opening stats in this short article.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151009/forest-hills/bald-eagles-spotted-flying-over-queens
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