Latest Birds News

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

BP spill rescue pelican returns from Georgia to Louisiana

Apr. 08, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A pelican rescued from the 2010 oil spill, cleaned of oil and released in Georgia has returned 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) to an island restored last year for pelicans and other seabirds. It was among 5,000 oil-covered birds collected in...

Officials: 6 sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

Apr. 05, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Six Washington residents have become ill in an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins, state health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting...

Devils Tower climb routes closed to protect nesting falcons

Apr. 05, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Some rock climbing routes on Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming have been closed to protect nesting falcons. The closures, which remain in effect until young falcons fledge, give peregrine and prairie falcons an undisturbed area for courtship,...

Wildlife group pushes to end bird killing at fish hatchery

Apr. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings bird conservationists have started an online petition seeking to pressure Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to stop killing ospreys and other birds that are eating or harassing largemouth bass at the agency’s Miles City Fish Hatchery ponds. ...

Engineers help restore Louisiana island, save brown pelicans

Apr. 04, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A stretch of land in the western portion of Calcasieu Lake known as Rabbit Island has been shrinking for decades, the tide washing away more than land each year. The marsh “island” in Cameron Parish is the only brown pelican rookery in...

SC health agency wants people to bring in dead birds

Apr. 03, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's health agency wants residents to bring them the bodies of certain species of dead birds so they can be tested for West Nile Virus. Testing the birds gives scientists an idea if West Nile Virus is becoming more prevalent and if...

MASTERS '21: A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National

Apr. 03, 2021 02:24 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 83rd Masters to be played April 11-14, with famous shots played at each, the average score and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934: No. 1, 445 yards, par 4 (Tea Olive): This slight...

Land trust's `challenge' aims to get Hoosiers back outdoors

Apr. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — The wind whistled through the bare branches of towering red and white oaks at Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow, carrying the scent of the forest and of the arrival of spring. From on top of a ridge, visitors to the Trafalgar area preserve...

Fire at bird sanctuary claims lives of at least 80 birds

Apr. 01, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — About 80 birds died of smoke inhalation in a fire early Thursday at a Rhode Island bird sanctuary, but hundreds of others survived, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the Foster Parrots Ltd. and the New England Exotic...