Latest Birds News

Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands,...

6 penguins die at Indiana zoo after avian malaria infections

Dec. 01, 2021 11:59 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Six African penguins have died at a northwest Indiana zoo after falling ill with avian malaria, zoo officials said. The Columbian Park Zoo announced Tuesday that the penguins died despite around-the-clock care that included anti-malarial...

Loon counts show more growth in New Hampshire, Vermont

Nov. 30, 2021 13:26 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Annual counts of loons are up slightly in New Hampshire and Vermont, wildlife authorities and advocates said Tuesday. In New Hampshire, the number of territorial loon pairs rose from 321 to 326 this year, according to the Moultonborough-based Loon...

Well-traveled roadrunner is back home after visit to Maine

Nov. 30, 2021 08:50 AM EST

FREEDOM, Maine (AP) — A roadrunner that traveled undetected from Nevada to Maine in a moving van is back in its home state. The wayward bird flew in a pet carrier from Boston to Las Vegas last week. From there, it was delivered to officials with the Nevada Department of...

Loon counters find more adults but loss of chicks in Maine

Nov. 29, 2021 13:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's population of loons appears to be continuing to grow, but bird counters in the state said they also noticed a steep drop in the number of loon chicks. Common loons are beloved by wildlife watchers, and Maine is home to the largest...

Volunteers rescue sandhill crane with plastic wedged on beak

Nov. 29, 2021 11:27 AM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A sandhill crane that couldn't eat because a piece of plastic was wedged on its beak is on the mend after getting a helping hand from a group of suburban Chicago volunteers. Shana Conner, a volunteer with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, helped...

Barn owl documented in Wisconsin for 1st time in 20 years

Nov. 29, 2021 01:03 AM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — In a rare sighting, the first barn owl nest was documented in the state of Wisconsin in more than two decades after a La Crosse resident spotted an owlet in their backyard, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The bird has been an...

State awards $113K in wildlife habitat improvement grants

Nov. 27, 2021 08:59 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Grant money from the state's pheasant wildlife program will support upland game conservation and restoration of prairies and woodlands in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this weeks grants of more than...

Vermont's wild turkeys are a restoration success story

Nov. 25, 2021 08:39 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's wild turkey population is the result of a successful wildlife restoration project, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said. Wild turkeys had disappeared from the state in the mid-to-late 1800s when land was cleared for farming,...

Low pathogenic avian flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

Nov. 23, 2021 15:14 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Animal health officials said Tuesday that a strain of avian flu confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in southern Minnesota does not pose a risk to the public and there are no food safety concerns for consumers. The state Board of Animal Health...