Latest Birds News

Animal rescue group needs help caring for 89 baby birds

Jul. 17, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An animal rescue group is asking for help caring for 89 baby snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons left homeless last week after a tree fell in downtown Oakland. International Bird Rescue said Wednesday it needs donations and volunteers to help feed and care for the baby birds...

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Jul. 17, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had...

Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife...

Condor chick confirmed at Zion National Park in Utah

Jul. 11, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sweeping red-rock cliff at Utah's Zion National Park is now the home of a new California condor chick as the species makes a comeback in the wild three decades after they were on the brink of extinction, biologists have confirmed. The chick is believed to have hatched in early May...

California asks US to end plan to drop rat poison on islands

Jul. 10, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation until they address questions on the impact to wildlife. The California Coastal Commission heard public comment...

Flood control measures push endangered species to the brink

Jul. 5, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Historically, the pallid sturgeon made its home in the chutes, sloughs and side channels of the floodplain of the Missouri River. The whiskered bottom feeder fed in turbid waters on smaller fish and aquatic insects. When it was time to spawn, the fish braved rapid waters to travel...

Wildlife officials cheer rat death on remote Alaska island

Jul. 2, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a remote Bering Sea island are celebrating the death of an intruder that had eluded capture for 10 months — a Norway rat. St. Paul Island is internationally known breeding habitat for millions of seabirds, including rare migratory species, the Anchorage Daily...

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

Jun. 25, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first...

Lion kills beloved peacock that flew into its zoo enclosure

Jun. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A peacock at an upstate New York zoo was killed by a lion after it flew over a fence into the African Lion enclosure. The white peacock named Merlin was captured by a lion Wednesday morning after being unable to fly back out of an exhibit with three lions, Utica Zoo officials said. "By...

Baby California condor spotted near Arizona-Utah line

Jun. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. (AP) — A baby California condor has been spotted in far northern Arizona. The Peregrine Fund says one of its biologists confirmed the nestling last week at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. It's the first hatching of a bird in the wild during the current breeding season. The...