Latest Birds News

Court halts timber activity in Southwest over threatened owl

Sep. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted tree-cutting activities across thousands of square miles of the Southwest until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of a threatened owl. The order issued by the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona, covers 18,750 square...

Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970

Sep. 19, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows. The new study focuses on the drop in sheer numbers of birds, not extinctions. The bird population in the United States and Canada was probably...

California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

Sep. 14, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway. The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities say officers responded to a report that an...

Eno the elusive emu dies during capture in North Carolina

Sep. 13, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Animal control officials in North Carolina are sad to report that an elusive emu has died while being captured. It was the end nobody wanted for the flightless bird, which was on the run for months. The emu was dubbed Eno and became a social media star, with people posting...

Sage grouse numbers stumble in Montana, across US West

Sep. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in 2015. State wildlife officials estimate there were about...

Pesticide criticized in bee deaths could also kill birds

Sep. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations. The researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are set to publish their...

After fire, Eagle Creek Trail taking final steps to reopen

Sep. 4, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two years after a fire consumed trails and forests in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the popular Eagle Creek Trail is in the final phases of reopening to the public. The 13-mile (21-kilometer) trail could open as early as this fall or as late as next summer, depending on weather and...

After fire, Eagle Creek Trail taking final steps to reopen

Aug. 31, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two years after a fire consumed trails and forests in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the popular Eagle Creek Trail is in the final phases of reopening to the public. The 13-mile (21-kilometer) trail could open as early as this fall or as late as next summer, depending on weather and...

Farms worry as New York City considers foie gras ban

Aug. 30, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

FERNDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City proposal to ban the sale of foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose, has the backing of animal welfare advocates, but could mean trouble for farms outside the city that are the premier U.S. producers of the French delicacy. A majority of city council members...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...