Latest Birds News

In Pennsylvania, a falconry permit takes a lot of work

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A hunting bond between humans and birds dating 4,000 years continues in Pennsylvania. Across the commonwealth, the Game Commission has 207 active permits for people who enjoy falconry. Falconry is a sport where a hunter partners with a bird of prey...

Flathead forest continues work to restore whitebark pine

Jul. 24, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Tiny whitebark pine trees just a few inches tall peaked out from behind old stumps and logs along a mountainside just outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s boundary near the Hellroaring Basin. Dedicated workers from the Flathead National...

Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other

Jul. 22, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity. It’s quite a feat for a bird to grasp a bin lid with...

Teen hit in the face by flying seagull in New Jersey

Jul. 22, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl was hit in the face by a seagull while riding an amusement park ride in New Jersey. Kiley Holman was celebrating her friend’s birthday at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood when she was struck, NJ Advance Media reported. ...

EXPLAINER: What’s making mid-Atlantic songbirds sick?

Jul. 21, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mysterious ailment has sickened and killed thousands of songbirds in several mid-Atlantic states since late spring. While scientists are still racing to confirm the cause, it seems juvenile birds may be most susceptible. The U.S. Geological Survey, which oversees...

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

Jul. 21, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in...

Flew the coop: Search for escaped desert hawk continues

Jul. 21, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — Workers at a nature sanctuary in Vermont are searching for a desert hawk that escaped over a week ago. The bird, named Paige, was born in captivity and was among a small number of birds that staff at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in...

Audubon merges Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi offices

Jul. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Audubon Society is merging its Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi offices into a regional office called Audubon Delta, the nonprofit conservation group said Tuesday. Dawn O’Neal, formerly director of strategic initiatives at The...

UK's royal swan census resumes on river after pandemic pause

Jul. 20, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's royal swan census is back a year after it was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the scorching July sun, several boatloads of “Swan Uppers” clad in red, white or blue jerseys emblazoned with British royal insignia...

DNR: Sick, dying songbirds seen in three-quarters of Indiana

Jul. 18, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sick and dying songbirds stricken with an unexplained illness have now been found in three-quarters of Indiana's counties, state wildlife officials say. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said the sick and dying songbirds have been...