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January 3, 2014

The week in bird news, January 3

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Bald Eagle at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, photo by Carl Chapman via Wikimedia Commons

• The Endangered Species Act celebrates its 40th anniversary. NYT writes on the law’s effects in protecting not only species vulnerable to extinction, but also the ecosystems upon which they depend:

“[T]he act’s provisions requiring the preservation of a threatened animal’s habitat has resulted in enormous gains for the environment as a whole. A succession of tiny birds listed as endangered or threatened — the Spotted Owl, the Marbled Murrelet, the coastal California Gnatcatcher — have, over the past 20 years, saved millions of acres of old growth forest and open space along the Pacific coast from logging and commercial development.” [New York Times]

• The brewing fight over birdsong apps and their resulting misuse in the wild among some birders hits the front page of the Wall Street Journal. [WSJ; subscription req’d]

• One Virginia town seeks to kill a vulture and hang its corpse, while animal rights activists decry a grisly New Years contest hunt of baby gannets in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. [Care2.com and The Telegraph]

• Strategic placement, GPS technology and ultrasonic acoustics are just some of the tactics wind energy purveyors and wildlife researchers are field testing in an effort to reduce bird strikes at wind turbines — an issue that has received increased scrutiny in the past year. [Grist]

• West Nile virus is blamed for a rash of Bald Eagle deaths in Utah, with symptoms including seizures and paralysis, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. [Los Angeles Times]

• A big year for the Christmas Bird Count — as well as the Christmas Bird Count for Kids! [NBC Bay Area News and the Press-Democrat]

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January 2, 2014

A Red-tailed Hawk readies for reunion with mate

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Photos by Angela Woodside

RTHAIn 2013, both our wildlife centers in California cared for a number of raptors that were either oiled or affected by other substances, such as glue trap material. Though International Bird Rescue primarily cares for aquatic birds, there are times when other animals that fall outside of our usual spectrum of species need our help — including birds of prey.

This beautiful Red-tailed Hawk is an adult female believed to be part of a breeding pair, and was found at Lake Casitas, near Ojai, CA. Following her wash, the hawk was transferred to a partner wildlife organization before being transported to the Ojai Raptor Center, where she is currently living in an outdoor flight aviary.

Update: This hawk was recently released back at the location where she was found. We’re hopeful she will rejoin her mate.

Thank you to Angela Woodside for taking these images of the hawk during the wash process in December.

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January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

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We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the hundreds of bird lovers who made a year-end gift to support International Bird Rescue’s “Every Bird Matters” mission. Thank you!

Happy New Year from all of us at International Bird Rescue. May your 2014 be boundless and free.