Webinar on Eagles and Wind Energy June 13, 2013 – 2 pm Eastern Time
American Bird Conservancy invites all conservationists to a webinar on eagles and wind energy. Topics covered will include the proposed first Bald Eagle take permit for a wind farm. This permit is of concern to the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, and the Osage will make a presentation during the webinar. There will also be updates on proposed eagle take permits at other wind farms and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to change the maximum duration of eagle take permits, as well as time for your questions. You must register for this webinar by going to this link: https://abcbirdsevents.webex.
Webinar Online: Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Initiative
Thanks to all who joined us in person or via webinar to learn more about a historic opportunity to leave a legacy of protected areas on public lands now threatened by drilling, mining, grazing and off road vehicles. The Obama administration is undertaking a major land planning process that could result in millions of acres of newly protected public lands, and better management on millions of acres more. The presentation by Mark Salvo, Erik Molvar and Steve Holmer is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Partners in Flight V Workshops, Birding Field Trips, Poster Sessions – August 25 – 28
Register online now to join the fun and be a part of the premier bird conservation strategy opportunity for all the Americas. Be a part of the solution for migratory birds, go birding in spectacular Utah, socialize with colleagues, and share your work at the poster sessions.See www.PIFV.org for more information and to register online at a reduced rate before July 1 in order to take advantage of lower registration rate options.
Legislation Introduced that Would Reduce the Threat of Grazing to Birds
The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (“REVA” for short, pronounced with a long “E”) would lessen impacts on wildlife and habitats by facilitating the voluntary retirement of federal grazing permits and the permanent closure of the associated grazing allotments. The legislation has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (as H.R. 2201), and we need to encourage our elected officials to support it. The Sierra Club has installed an action alert that anyone can use for this purpose.
Conservation of Chimney Swifts
Due to rising concern for Chimney Swifts in the birding community, many are advocating the construction of artificial nesting towers. In eastern Iowa, the very first chimney swift tower – built by an Iowa woman specifically for the study of swifts in 1915 – is being restored by a dedicated group of birders, conservationists, and local historians. Althea R. Sherman’s carefully designed “Chimney Swifts’ Tower” allowed her to become the first person to observe the complete nesting cycle of the species. In her later years, she mentored many other women who became notable ornithologists, including Margaret Morse Nice and Cordelia Stanwood.
When her tower was threatened with destruction, the Althea R. Sherman Project was created – not just to protect the tower, but to preserve the legacy and vision of this notable citizen scientist – who spoke out early and often for habitat conservation. Her restored tower, along with a museum and interpretive center, will be located on the 560-acre Bickett-Rate Memorial Preserve, which includes hardwood forests that are home to many species of concern – Scarlet tanagers, Cerulean warblers, and Pileated woodpeckers. For more information see www.althearsherman.org.
Downloadable Materials: http://www.abcbirds.org/
Scientific American – Christopher Solomon reported on how terrestrial pathogens are spreading to marine environments in his article titled “How kitty is killing the dolphins.” Toxoplasmosis, which depends on cats to complete its life cycle, has been linked to the deaths of several marine species and will only grow in importance as a marine contaminant as terrestrial cat populations increase.http://www.scientificamerican.
Associated Press – Rhode Island environmental police faced resistance from cat owners at the Rhode Island Pet Show when they asked to see legally required documentation of current vaccinations. http://bigstory.ap.org/
Pikesville Patch – Baltimore County in Maryland recently identified rabies in a feral cat and is asking for anyone that may have had exposure to the individual to contact the Department of Health. http://pikesville.patch.com/