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Old February 10th, 2014 #1
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Pair of Endangered Whooping Cranes Found Shot in Louisiana


A dead female whooping crane found Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, near Roanoke in southwest Jefferson Davis Parish, La. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information. (AP Photo/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

By: By Michele Berger
Published: February 10, 2014

The whooping crane, North America’s tallest bird, has a storied past. Population numbers dropped to tens of birds at their lowest, and today they’ve bounced back thanks to some serious conservation efforts. But still, only hundreds of these red-capped birds exist in the wild. So when two individuals get shot and one of those two dies, it’s a big deal.

That’s precisely what happened last week when two cranes were found shot in Louisiana. The female of the pair was killed; the male was transported to Louisiana State University to be examined, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). He had surgery Saturday and is now recovering, LDWF spokesman Adam Einck told weather.com.

“Yesterday he was showing signs of being able to stand and being interested in food again. Signs are good he’s going to be able to make a recovery,” Einck said. What’s still unknown, however, is whether the bird will be able to fly again. If not, the male will not return to the wild, instead being placed somewhere such as a zoo or refuge.

LDWF doesn’t currently have any leads into who shot these two birds, but the department does believe lead shot was used. As part of its Operation Game Thief program, the agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the illegal shooting that leads to an arrest.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time in recent memory such a headline has graced the news. Last November, two whooping cranes were shot and killed in Kentucky while passing through the area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in January. According to the blog 10,000 Birds, authorities held off announcing the incident to leave time for an investigation.

As for the event that just happened in Louisiana it’s a big loss for that population of birds, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said in a news release. “Anytime we lose one of these cranes, it sets us back in our efforts,” he said. “These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again.”

If you have any information, call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-442-2511.

http://www.wunderground.com/news/pai...siana-20140210
 
Old February 10th, 2014 #2
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I frequently come across woodpecker feathers and always think about sending some to ya, but my guess it is illegal to do that since they are protected. There are laws regarding the transportation of animal furs and what not across state lines which includes the mail service.
 
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I frequently come across woodpecker feathers and always think about sending some to ya, but my guess it is illegal to do that since they are protected. There are laws regarding the transportation of animal furs and what not across state lines which includes the mail service.
? What would I do with woodpecker feathers? I'm not into animals parts.

We have plenty of red-headed woodpecks around here, it's pretty much the center of their distribution.
 
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? What would I do with woodpecker feathers? I'm not into animals parts.
you could make one of those indian dream catcher thingies and hang it from the rearview of your pick-em-up truck.
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you could make one of those indian dream catcher thingies and hang it from the rearview of your pick-em-up truck.
Oh jesus...
 
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Oh jesus...
yep, that's one of them fish deals you put on your bumper.
(you sure you live in rural MO?)



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Jesus fish,
Swimming amongst a sea of traffic.
Dirt encrusted
And weather-beaten,
It has withstood the test of time
And reason;
Always pushing against
The current,
Dedicated to the cause
Of raising awareness
Of your driver’s self-importance.
No seat belt, no air bag;
This trip is in God’s hands.
It clings obediently,
Unaware of other fish in the deep,
But prideful of its silver fins,
Flaking but brilliant
In the headlights,
Rubescent in the taillights,
Trapped between both
Like the walls of a translucent aquarium.
A fish, representing a man,
Representing an ideology,
Representing a family
Kept safe, but only symbolically –
How absurd.
An ornament of idol worship,
A bumper sticker companion,
A fish out of water;
Breathing fumes of consumption
And unsure of its destination.
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SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said.

http://news.yahoo.com/golden-eagle-f...163725096.html
 
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ravens are smarter than niggers
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trying to recreate passenger pigeons from DNA
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...s-old-DNA.html



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In 1866, a billion-strong flock of passenger pigeons, 300 miles long and one mile wide, darkened the skies of Ontario for 14 hours as they flew overhead.

But less 50 years later, these impressive creatures, once abundant in North America, became extinct as a result of cutting down forests and hunting by humans.
 
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This bird is one of the most talented singers on Earth

A new study has finally cracked why hermit thrush birds sing so beautifully - turns out they are pitch perfect with our harmonic scale.


The melodious tunes of the North American hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) are one of the finest sounds in nature. The songbird has attracted scores of birdwatchers since the early 20th century, who compared its songs to the sounds of a woodwind instrument. Now, for the first time, researchers have found evidence that the bird sings using an harmonic series - a pattern of notes used in human music.

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-bir...ngers-on-earth
 
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Migrating Storks Can't Resist a Garbage Dump Feast

Garbage dumps may be such attractive pit stops for some storks that they shorten their migration routes to pay a visit, a new study suggests.

A few years ago, Andrea Flack, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, was tracking the path of white storks from Germany, trying to get close enough to the birds to download flight data from the GPS trackers attached to their backs. Flack eventually found herself standing in an open garbage dump in Morocco, staring at her research subjects. Instead of migrating across the Sahara Desert like many other white stork populations, these birds preferred to spend the winter feeding on trash.

http://www.livescience.com/53458-mig...age-dumps.html
 
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Watch a Mesmerizing Map of 118 Bird Species Migrating Throughout the Western Hemisphere


Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has brewed up a hypnotizing representation of birds flocking up and down the length of two continents over the course of a year. No more complaining about your commute.

http://gizmodo.com/watch-a-mesmerizi...g-t-1754293473
 
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This giant vegan bird prowled prehistoric Arctic


Massive, flightless birds likely roamed the Arctic some 53 million years ago, according to a new study by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Colorado Boulder.

In the study, published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports, paleontologists identify two different ancient birds, Gastornis and Presbyornis. Of the two birds, Gastornis is (literally) the bigger discovery.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/201...istoric-Arctic
 
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The Physics of Peacock Tail Feathers Is Even More Dazzling Than We Realized


Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as “train-rattling.” But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behavior—until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display—even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.

http://gizmodo.com/the-physics-of-pe...zzl-1772653586
 
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North America's migratory birds are in 'real trouble,' report finds

Scientists, policy-makers from Canada, U.S., Mexico talk bird conservation at 100th annual meeting


The melodic chorus of diminutive migratory birds that fills the Canadian Prairies every spring is quieting as feathered characters such as the Sprague's pipit become increasingly rare on the northern Plains.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...xico-1.3585785
 
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This American sparrow could be gone in 50 years, say conservationists


The saltmarsh sparrow could be extinct as soon as 50 years from now, becoming the first bird to go extinct in the Lower 48 since 1931, according to the Connecticut Audubon Society.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment...nservationists
 
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Barn owls don't lose their hearing with age, scientists find

Findings leave researchers hopeful that understanding hearing preservation in birds could lead to new treatment possibilities for deaf humans


If ageing humans had ears like those of barn owls they would never need hearing aids, scientists have shown.

The birds, whose sensitivity to sound helps them locate prey, suffer no hearing loss as they get older. Like other birds – but unlike mammals, including humans – they are able to regenerate cells in their inner ears.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...cientists-find
 
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World’s rarest songbird is so rare because it's not real – study


A new study into one of the world’s most “elusive” species of songbird found that the Liberian Greenbul may be so hard to spot because... it never actually existed.

A team of researchers from the University of Aberdeen conducted the study into the species to find out more, or any, information about the bird that has “eluded experts for decades”.

https://www.rt.com/news/405961-liber...rare-songbird/
 
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