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Bald eagle trapped in Alaska tree rescued on 4th of July

Jul. 5, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bird symbolizing America's freedom had to be liberated on Independence Day after becoming stuck in a tree in Alaska, a wildlife official said. An adult, female bald eagle was hurt but conscious Saturday after being untangled from a spruce tree in Juneau, The Juneau Empire reported ...

6 men sentenced for poaching 19 animals in east Idaho

Jul. 4, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — A judge has sentenced six men in eastern Idaho after they pleaded guilty to poaching 16 elk and three mule deer, authorities said. Jay Reeder, Brandon Porter, Rick Earl, Jesse Earl, Dustin Hollingsworth and Brian Miller reached plea agreements for killing the 19 animals near Preston...

FILE - This March 10, 2010, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a female bi-state sage grouse in Nevada. Conservationists are headed back to court again to try to force the Trump administration to protect the rare game bird along the California-Nevada line where the government keeps changing its mind about whether to add the cousin of the greater sage grouse to the U.S. list of threatened and endangered species. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Lawsuit brewing in fight over game bird in Sierra Nevada

Jun. 26, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are headed back to court to try to force the Trump administration to protect a rare game bird along the California-Nevada border as the government keeps changing its mind about whether to list the cousin of the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered. Three...

Keith Russell, program manager of urban conservation at Audubon Pennsylvania, lowers his binoculars while conducting a breeding bird census, at Wissahickon Valley Park Friday, June 5, 2020 in Philadelphia. (The viral video of a white woman targeting a Black bird watcher in New York's Central Park has renewed attention to how the great outdoors can often be far from great for Black people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Black bird watchers draw attention to racial issues outdoors

Jun. 23, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Jason Ward fell in love with birds at age 14 when he spotted a peregrine falcon outside the homeless shelter where he was staying with his family. The now 33-year-old Atlanta bird lover parlayed that passion into a YouTube series last year. One of the guests on his first episode of “Birds of North...

This November 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Trust of India shows a leopard caught in a trap in a forest in Karnataka, India. Authorities in India are concerned a 2020 spike in poaching not only could kill more endangered tigers and leopards but also species these carnivores depend upon to survive. (WTI via AP)

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa

Jun. 22, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its strength as the wound festered for days. Snares like this one set in southern India's dense forest have...

In this May 11, 2014 photo provided by the International Crane Foundation, curator of birds Kim Boardman holds an endangered whooping crane, while senior aviculturist Marianne Wellington performs artificial insemination. The foundation is not using the technique this year because foundation officials  feel it would go against COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. This is among reasons that far fewer young whooping cranes than usual will be released into the wiild this fall to help bring back the world's rarest crane.  (International Crane Foundation via AP)

Pandemic hampers raising rare whooping cranes for the wild

Jun. 10, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically reducing the number of young whooping cranes to be released this fall to help bring back the world’s rarest cranes. Zoos and other places where the endangered birds are bred have had to cut not only staff size but use of two techniques to boost...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a bird flies among wind turbines near King City, Mo. The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

US moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

Jun. 5, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in more deaths of...

Flags are carried at a tribute ceremony to honour Capt. Jennifer Casey at the Kamloops Airport Thursday May 21, 2020. Capt. Casey, the Snowbirds public affairs officer, died after the Snowbirds jet she was in crashed shortly after takeoff.  (Jeff Bassett/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bird strike might have caused Snowbird aerobatic plane crash

Jun. 1, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Air Force said Monday it’s focusing on a bird strike as the likely reason a Snowbird aerobatic plane crashed in British Columbia last month. The Snowbirds had been in the midst of a cross-country tour aimed at boosting morale during the COVID-19 pandemic when one of the...

Wildlife conservationist from Philly ‘grew up in the hood’

May. 30, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — ‘It’s important you know I grew up in the ’hood,’ says this wildlife conservationist from Philly by Stephanie Farr, Updated: May 20, 2020- 9:00 AM ___ Meet Corina Newsome, a Philly native and wildlife conservationist who’s known online as the Hood...

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. Judge Brian Morris said in a late Friday, May 22, 2020 ruling the Trump administration failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles of public lands in Wyoming and Montana. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

May. 26, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles. Judge Brian Morris...