Latest Birds News

Some of Wisconsin's wild turkeys loving life in suburbs

Oct. 18, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — One of Wisconsin’s greatest wildlife management success stories has been the restoration of turkeys in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources. But the large wild bird isn’t sticking to rural wooded expanses. ...

South Dakota pheasant hunters see blue skies, lots of birds

Oct. 17, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Pheasant hunters from around the country making their annual trek to South Dakota were greeted Saturday with warm weather and blue skies on opening day. Despite extreme drought conditions in the spring, when pheasants nest and hatch, a mild...

Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea

Oct. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — As dozens of African migrants traversed the Mediterranean Sea on a flimsy white rubber boat, a small aircraft circling 1,000 feet above closely monitored their attempt to reach Europe. The twin-engine Seabird, owned by the German...

Nothing funny about bad year for Maine's clownish puffins

Oct. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat. Puffins are seabirds with colorful beaks that nest on four small islands off the coast of Maine. There are...

Minnesota Zoo's lost Eurasian owl dies of injuries

Oct. 14, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A Eurasian owl that escaped from the Minnesota Zoo earlier this month is dead. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that a neighbor found Gladys the owl injured by the side of the road near the zoo. She died by...

2 birds oiled in California pipeline spill treated, released

Oct. 13, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released. Workers brought the ruddy duck and eared grebe Wednesday to a shorefront park in a harbor area of Huntington Beach. The...

Injured bald eagle, found to be blind, euthanized

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An injured bald eagle found in Smithfield earlier this month had to be euthanized despite determined efforts to save the raptor, wildlife experts said. The male eagle with severe head trauma and damage to both eyes was found at Stump Pond on Oct....

Minnesota Zoo searches for lost owl

Oct. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo is searching for a lost owl. KFGO reported Wednesday that Gladys, the zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl, flew off during a routine exercise and training session earlier this month and didn’t return. ...

Whooping cranes crossing North Dakota on way to Texas

Oct. 11, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are urging people to keep an eye out for migrating whooping cranes. The North Dakota Fish and Game Department says a portion of a population of 500 cranes are crossing the state on a 2,500-mile migration from...

Citizen scientists seek solutions to wildlife window woes

Oct. 09, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Shortly after dawn on a September Saturday, Crystal Sutheimer stalked through the landscaping around Signe Skott Cooper Hall on the UW-Madison campus. In her right hand, a net. Her eyes were on the ground. Yellow tags pinned to her backpack...