Latest Birds News

Man wants revamp of program that killed emu he hatched

Nov. 18, 2019 4:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man says he wants an overhaul of a school program that killed the emu he hatched with his late wife. The Tennessean quotes Jeff Norman as saying the bird named Charlie was one of the couple’s last projects before Jil Norman’s death in 2018. He says he then...

Eagle saved after Georgia driver sees it injured in ditch

Nov. 17, 2019 10:11 AM EST

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a bald eagle is recovering after a motorist in Georgia spotted the injured bird in a roadside ditch and called authorities for help. News outlets report Lowndes County dispatched an animal control officer and a licensed animal trapper to the scene where the eagle was...

Whooping cranes return to Alabama national wildlife refuge

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Some migratory whooping cranes from Wisconsin are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama. For the second year in a row, a wild-hatched crane known as W7-17 was the first to arrive on the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) flight southward to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, the International Crane...

Piping plovers doing better in NJ

Nov. 15, 2019 3:39 PM EST

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — More piping plover pairs nested in New Jersey this year — 114 compared with 98 last year — with an average of 1.24 young per nest reaching independence. That’s a 19% increase in pairs, according to the 2019 nesting results report by the Conserve Wildlife...

11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild. The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan. Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 850 or so...

Hawaii endangered bird program to end after 9 die

Nov. 14, 2019 4:57 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will halt its program after the deaths of nine endangered birds, officials said. The decision to suspend the project on the windward slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano came after at least nine of 13 kiwikiu apparently succumbed to avian malaria,...

Nashville animal science teacher charged after emu dies

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a Nashville area high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after an emu kept in her care at the school died. News outlets report 33-year-old Jessica Lumpkins was charged Wednesday after Metro Animal Care and Control discovered that...

Injured bald eagle recovering at St. Louis-area sanctuary

Nov. 14, 2019 9:53 AM EST

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — A wounded bald eagle is recovering after being found in a rural area of eastern Missouri. KTVI-TV reports that Samuel Schaffrin found the badly injured eagle on Tuesday near his family’s ranch in Montgomery County. Schaffrin says the eagle was trying to take flight but...

NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood

Nov. 13, 2019 6:58 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood. And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks. The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap scores of...

Classroom on Chesapeake Bay island is closing its doors

Nov. 10, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FOX ISLAND, Va. (AP) — In the hallway of a weatherworn lodge that has stood on stilts in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 90 years, a negotiation is underway. Who will take the maps? The arrowheads? The turtle skeletons adorned with wigs and leis? How much student art, accumulated over more than 40 years...