Latest Birds News

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 9, 2019 11:56 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Bald eagle shot and killed in Oregon; police seek shooter

Nov. 9, 2019 7:17 PM EST

CANYONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Someone shot a bald eagle to death in western Oregon, and the police want to find out who did it. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers are seeking tips from the public. The troopers responded on Wednesday to a report that a bald eagle was seen dead in Lower Cow Creek, in...

Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining

Nov. 9, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SARPY CREEK, Montana (AP) — When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and make way for mining, investigators concluded the damage on the Crow Indian Reservation broke federal law and would cost $10...

Residents say wild turkeys are attacking community

Nov. 8, 2019 10:11 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey residents have been getting an early Thanksgiving surprise. A gaggle of 40 to 60 wild turkeys have been aggressively terrorizing residents in a 55-and-up community in Ocean County daily. Holiday City residents say the turkeys are blocking doorways, pecking at cars...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil

Nov. 7, 2019 12:10 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing. The inferno in the world's largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental...

Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead

Nov. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HINDOLVESTON, England (AP) — The ghosts are all around the gently rolling farmlands of eastern England. But you have to know where to look. These are not the kind of phantoms that scare or haunt — they are ghost ponds. Over the years, landowners buried them, filling in wetlands so they had more land...

Animal rights activists sue biggest US foie gras distributor

Nov. 1, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after the New York City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras, animal rights activists sued the biggest U.S. distributor of the French delicacy for alleged inhumane treatment of ducks. Voters For Animal Rights, a New York-based nonprofit, filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn federal...

Louisiana man gets probation in whooping crane death

Nov. 1, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

A Louisiana man was sentenced to probation Friday for killing one of the state's oldest whooping cranes . Gilvin P. Aucoin Jr., of Ville Platte, shot the endangered whooping crane in July 2018 in Evangeline Parish. In a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst, Aucoin changed his plea to guilty...

Fake chimneys for birds that need vertical hollows to rest

Oct. 31, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — People from New England to Texas are building fake chimneys as nesting spots and migration motels for chimney swifts, little birds that are dwindling in number as the nation's architectural landscape changes. Old factories and schools with huge chimneys are being torn down, and most...