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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #165 on: November 02, 2015, 10:34:32 AM »

Reading-hatched peregrine takes charge of Jersey shore territory. Great story!

http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/bill-uhrich-reading-hatched-peregrine-takes-charge-of-jersey-shore-territory
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #166 on: November 02, 2015, 10:40:40 AM »

This is a remarkable follow-up to a previous story! A new female has begun to help the male take care of 2 nestlings after their mother was electrocuted. I want to say that's pretty fast work, but who knows?!  ;)

http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_28317541/bald-eagle-chicks-get-stepmother-at-nest-near

And in a new update, there's more news about this Colorado eagle family! Juvie bitten by a rattlesnake scheduled to be released from rehab soon!

What became of the Hygiene eagle family?

http://www.timescall.com/columnists/johnnie-st-vrain/ci_29052782/johnnie-st-vrain-what-became-hygiene-eagle-family
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #167 on: November 02, 2015, 11:27:54 AM »

Operation Migration warns: FWS 'visions' end to ultralight guided release of whooping cranes.

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/opinion/fws-visions-end-to-ultralight-guided-migration-for-cranes.html




Thanks, T40

There is more related info posted on this subject in the "Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration" thread on the "Other Bird Cams and Information" board in Forum.  The 3 related posts (two posts from FinnBMD and 1 from me) I refer to can be found directly at the 3 following links from that thread:

http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,2047.msg438634.html#msg438634

http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,2047.msg439353.html#msg439353

http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,2047.msg439417.html#msg439417

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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #168 on: November 02, 2015, 12:03:37 PM »

Thanks, baz for gathering all the items together here. I saw Finn's post here about a week ago. I was shocked at first. Why would they cut a program that is working, so well-managed and imagined and has captured the public's attention? Money. Other priorities that also need funding from a woefully underfunded department. Not a good answer, but it's real and agonizing.  :(
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #169 on: November 02, 2015, 03:19:30 PM »

T40, OM's statement about that (the link to that is part of my post) speaks to that money issue.  OM's money is not from public funds.

It's here... scroll down in the OM statement linked here to the paragraph titled, "Costly," and read about OM's funds being privately sourced.

Statement from OM:
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/10/24/usfws-vision-recommends-ending-aircraft-guided-migration/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #170 on: November 02, 2015, 05:11:33 PM »

baz - The more I read up on this the more it's looking like a done deal.

The U.S. and Canadian wildlife services provide 50% of the funding for this project, by law and a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Canada, and are in partnership with many other entities for the remaining funds. This includes, of course, Operation Migration and their donors.

The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is, again, by law, an experiment. The FWS is required by law (there's a theme here that's stacked against OM) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the effectiveness of the Service's programs it is tasked with creating and managing. According to the Service's Vision Document, this experiment is costly and is not and will not meet the criteria established for the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) reintroduction. Here's that citation:

"The recovery plan?s objective requires that any additional population be self-sustaining.  To quantify this, WCEP adopted a persistence-based criterion for the EMP.  That is, when in the absence of additional releases, the EMP has an acceptably small probability of going extinct over a mutually-acceptable timeframe (e.g., 50-100 years).  Although the details of this criterion
have not yet been fully defined, the EMP clearly falls short of this criterion.  Recent population models, conducted as part of the 2014 WCEP Structured Decision Making Process, predicted that, the EMP will be declining or extinct under all evaluated scenarios within 75 years.  It appears that, without substantive changes, the EMP is unlikely to meet the Objective."

So, FWS has to look at alternatives, which is what the Vision Document and the regulatory process is all about. What's not said is the presumed pressure being put upon FWS from Canada and its other partners, along with the national budgetary pressures.

The good thing about this whole process is that the entire focus is on the survival of the whooping crane. And it sure sounds like that's going to include well-established protocols in the future that have been successful in the reintroduction of birds like the California condor and peregrine falcon.

Here's a fact sheet on the WCEP as well as the Vision Document itself.

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/wcraneqanda.html

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/pdf/FWS5YrVisionDoc09222015.pdf
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #172 on: November 03, 2015, 05:28:43 AM »

In this follow-up from a previous story. . .Should a man convicted of shooting a bald eagle dead with a gun after being convicted of domestic abuse be able to still own a gun? DUH!!!!

Supreme Court to consider guns for woman beaters if violence was not ?reckless? or ?intentional?.

https://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/supreme-court-to-consider-guns-for-woman-beaters-if-violence-was-not-reckless-or-intentional/
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #173 on: November 05, 2015, 06:06:29 AM »

Residents attempting to oust vultures, with an insane video of their technique included. Vultures don't fly at night, amirite?

http://www.doverpost.com/article/20151103/NEWS/151109959
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #174 on: November 05, 2015, 06:09:56 AM »

If they're killing small mammals, you have to know who's going to be next. Eagles!  >:(

Illegal marijuana farms continue to threaten fishers in California.

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-illegal-marijuana-farms-threaten-fishers.html

Rat poison at marijuana farms is killing increased numbers of rare forest mammal.

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-rat-poison-marijuana-farms-rare.html
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #175 on: November 05, 2015, 07:31:26 AM »

Residents attempting to oust vultures, with an insane video of their technique included. Vultures don't fly at night, amirite?

http://www.doverpost.com/article/20151103/NEWS/151109959

Next day headline: Chimney Hill drives out vultures. They don't mention how they know they were successful. It it's just because the TVs were gone the next morning, breakfast just might explain it.

http://www.doverpost.com/article/20151104/NEWS/151109898
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #176 on: November 06, 2015, 05:06:28 AM »

Back home and healed - Tender loving care by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center ends in 'perfect release.' Such a sweet-looking eagle!

http://www.pikecountycourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20151105/NEWS01/151109976/Back-home-and-healed

More in-depth story of the same release with lots of great details.

Bald eagle, nursed to health, flies free: http://www.neagle.com/article/20151105/NEWS/151109903/?Start=1
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #177 on: November 06, 2015, 05:14:49 AM »

This is an editorial from the online paper, Fredericksburg.com, out of Fredericksburg, VA.

BAD

Two bald eagles were treated last month at the Wildlife Center of Virginia for gunshot wounds. Both had to be euthanized, including one found in the Quantico area.

The center in Waynesboro received an eagle from the Marine Corps base April 17 after it had been hit by a dump truck.

When it was X?rayed, metal fragments indicating a gunshot wound were found.

This past Monday, another eagle was admitted to the wildlife center after a state Game and Inland Fisheries officer found it at Carter?s Grove Planation in James City County. It had been hit with gunfire in the leg.

The bald eagle is the national bird and appears on the Great Seal of the United States. Under federal law, it is illegal to shoot one. The penalty can reach a fine of $100,000 and a year in jail.

If the perpetrators of these shootings are arrested and found guilty, they should receive the maximum sentence.
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Re: Birds in the News
« Reply #178 on: November 07, 2015, 06:31:36 AM »

Wow! Record numbers (2,630) of migrating golden eagles were counted in the first season-long documentation of their numbers in a recently discovered flyway in the Big Belt Mountains of Montana.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/11/06/golden-eagles-counted-big-belts/75332630/

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« Reply #179 on: November 07, 2015, 06:35:07 AM »

Angeline Haslett's image of a bald eagle swarmed with flies earned her the second prize in a photo contest held by the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival's society. Looks uncomfortably familiar.  :(

http://www.theprogress.com/community/342098941.html
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