Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.
The refusal by the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority and the Minnesota Vikings to use bird-safe glass in the stadium now under construction drew an estimated 200 persons to a protest rally Saturday afternoon. Birders gathered across the street from the stadium site to hear speakers, and wave banners and signs. They want the stadium's huge signature "window" which will cover the end of the stadium facing downtown to be made of glass which does not reflect what is in front of it. Those reflections visually continue the natural world as birds see it, causing them to attempt to fly through. Most birds colliding with windows die. Below, author Laura Erickson from Duluth speaks to the crowd, which gathered in front of the construction site.
Here is a link to the complete National Audubon report on climate change and North American birds.
If nothing else, scroll to the end to see the photo of a young Common Loon on the mud in the recently drained pond where it was hatched.
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) Tuesday reported that in less than 50 years western states including New Mexico, Utah and Arizona have lost almost half their bird populations.
"Right now, about a third of all bird species in the U.S. are in decline," said Steve Holmer of the ABC. It is one of the 23 organizations that cooperated in preparation of the report.
"The decline points to a very broad-scale problem where we're seeing habitat loss and a variety of threats," he said. "We're particularly concerned about the birds that live in deserts and grasslands in the West.
“These lands are being heavily used and there's a great deal of oil and gas development, so it's created a huge conservation challenge."
Shorebird species also are doing poorly, with near half of them endangered or at risk of becoming so. This includes species such as Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots and Piping Plovers.
It's worse in Hawaii where we have done great ecological damage. including wholewale introduction of non-native species.
"Hawaii is the extinction capital of the world," said Pete Marra, director of the Smithsonian Institution's Migratory Bird Center. "We've seen about 10 extinctions in the past 40 years and all 33 species of endemic Hawaiian birds are in trouble."
Add this to the climate problem, and, well ……
The climate report got posted twice, I think, because the first post was inadvertently lifted word for word from The New York Times; my mistake. I thought the item came from Audubon. I should not do the blog before having morning coffee.
You can access this issue and the archive of past E-bulletins on the
website of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA):
The September 2014 edition includes the following topics:
Lower Rio Grande Valley Collared Plover
WHAT WOULD MARTHA DO
the argument that timely conservation really does work
BOOK NOTES: SIBLEY REVISITED
new illustrations includes illustrations of rarities that were
not included in the first edition
TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD: STILL TROUBLED
possible emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird on CA
endangered species list
SURPRISE PUERTO RICAN PARROTS HATCHED IN THE WILD
two endangered Puerto Rican parrots were recently hatched for
the first time in 144 years
ACCESS MATTERS: SIMPLE PARKING
every effort should be made to adhere to whatever guidelines
have been established to regulate birder crowd control
IBA NEWS: HATTERAS REPRIEVE
the battle over off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Hatteras National
Seashore (National Park Service) has gone on for years
NEONICS AND NWRs
US FWS bans the use of neonicotinoids at National Wildlife
EAGLE "TAKE" PERMIT COULD START A TREND
permit was issued to a wind-power project in northern California
TIP OF THE MONTH: PERSONALIZE YOUR FIELD GUIDE
opportunities to personalize your field guide are practically
LWCF IS 50 THIS MONTH
use the revenues from offshore oil and gas to support the
conservation of land and water - underfunded and must be renewed to be
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