Latest Birds News

Melting ice imperils 98% of Emperor penguin colonies by 2100

Aug. 03, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “The lifecycle of Emperor penguins is...

Endangered shorebirds lose 2 chicks at Chicago beachfront

Jul. 31, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two endangered shorebirds that birding enthusiasts have tracked for years along a Chicago beachfront have lost two chicks in their second nesting setback this year. Two of the piping plovers’ four chicks recently vanished from Montrose Beach Dunes and...

Golden eagle populations struggling in Utah and the West

Jul. 31, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

SNOWVILLE, Utah (AP) — Dustin Maloney is in sagebrush country in remote northern Utah west of Snowville on a grueling hiking trip full of dust and heat and sweat. He’s got one eye looking for snakes and the other on the ground so he doesn’t lose his step and take a perilous fall. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 28, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 26, 2021. Editorial: A fresh start for the State System of higher ed Change can be hard and it can be scary. But, it also can be promising. Because with change comes opportunity. That’s the spirit...

Vermont hikers can return to trails near falcon nests Aug. 1

Jul. 27, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont trails and cliffs Aug. 1 because the peregrine falcon nesting season is over, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Biologists and volunteers monitored peregrine pairs that occupied at...

80 dogs, 2 monkeys, bird in poor condition taken from home

Jul. 27, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

LAKE WYLIE, S.C. (AP) — At least 80 dogs were taken out of a South Carolina home because they were living in very poor conditions, deputies said. Two monkeys and a bird were also removed Monday from property in Lake Wylie, the York County Sheriff's Office said in a...

Work continues to keep Kauai seabirds off power lines

Jul. 26, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai utility officials are installing glow-in-the-dark devices to prevent endangered nocturnal seabirds from crashing into power lines. The diverters help Newell’s shearwater, Hawaiian petrel and band-rumped storm petrel avoid power lines after...

In Pennsylvania, a falconry permit takes a lot of work

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A hunting bond between humans and birds dating 4,000 years continues in Pennsylvania. Across the commonwealth, the Game Commission has 207 active permits for people who enjoy falconry. Falconry is a sport where a hunter partners with a bird of prey...

Flathead forest continues work to restore whitebark pine

Jul. 24, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Tiny whitebark pine trees just a few inches tall peaked out from behind old stumps and logs along a mountainside just outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s boundary near the Hellroaring Basin. Dedicated workers from the Flathead National...

Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other

Jul. 22, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity. It’s quite a feat for a bird to grasp a bin lid with...