American tufted titmouse stuck in bird feeder, rescued

This video from the USA says about itself:

Tufted Titmouse Rescue

7 April 2016

Tufted Titmouse gets hopelessly stuck inside a bird feeder and makes bird noises you only hear under extreme stress. Fortunately I was around to notice. It appears the titmouse was trying to reach a choice seed way inside the feeder and its crest laid down going in, but then popped back up and acted as a very good fastener to make it impossible for it to ever get out.

Upon reflecting on this it appears to be a design flaw for a small bird feeder if you let the level of food get below the window openings the seed no longer flows to the feeder port tempting the little ones to try and squeeze in after the seed. It’s an otherwise great feeder but it could be left unattended for a long time – safe as long as you keep a lot of seed in it.

Red-winged blackbird sings, video

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25 March 2016

Male Red-Winged Blackbird‘s loud song and territorial display with big bright red epaulets or shoulder pads puffed up to their maximum extent in a showy display to intimidate other males. This bird has developed a very nice whistle flourish to his song finish that sticks out among the others. You can hear other nearby males singing.

Although a fairly common bird of the marshes and fields it is a very striking songbird and their song a relaxing reassurance that warm weather is on the way and to me always a reminder of my childhood in the country!

New film on bird nests, you can help

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Great Blue [Heron], How Do You Do?

25 April 2014

Andrew Young and the Pondemonium team try to get up close and personal with this majestic bird.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, March 2016:

Casting Call! Introducing Pondemonium, a film that will feature your backyard birds! Courtesy of Archipelago Films.
Your Nest Could Be on the Big Screen!

The natural history film company Archipelago Films needs your help! They are currently producing a film about the native plants, birds, and animals that exist in our own backyards. The film is intended to re-engage the public with nature, and foster coexistence between humans and the incredible wildlife we share our planet with.

They’re asking you to keep an eye out for the nests of particular species and to contact them any time between now and Fall 2016 if you find a nest they might be able to film. Locations around New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are ideal, but they will travel for a really special nest! Target species include birds of prey including (but not limited to): Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, and Barn Owl, plus open-cup native songbirds such as Blue Jays and Northern Cardinals. Additionally, the filmmakers are looking for Wood Duck nests.

Rest assured, the filmmakers are animal-lovers and conservationists, so the well-being and safety of birds and animals will always be paramount if your nest is “cast”!

Pangolin protection in the USA?

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With its giant digging claws, the pangolin is nature’s backhoe. And a long, sticky tongue — capable of slurping up thousands of ants or termites every day — makes it the scourge of the bug world.

From Wildlife Extra:

Pangolins, the World’s Most Trafficked Mammals, Move Closer to U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

Washington, D.C. — Responding to a scientific petition by conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today said Endangered Species Act protections may be warranted for seven species of pangolin, one of the most sought-after and poached wild animals in the world. With more than 1,100,000 pangolins estimated to have been trafficked globally from 2006 through 2015, Born Free USA, the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International (HSI), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) petitioned to protect the species in July 2015.

Following today’s preliminary positive finding on the petition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will now invite information from scientists and the public about the pangolins‘ status and threats to determine whether an Endangered listing would be appropriate.

“This is an important first step in the fight to protect pangolins,” said Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for IFAW. “Pangolins have been silently killed and trafficked for far too long. It’s time to recognize the grave situation threatening the survival of the species and offer them the protections they rightfully deserve.”

Small and scaly, these armored creatures once inhabited vast portions of Asia and Africa. Their populations are severely dwindling due to a massive and growing demand for their meat and scales, which are believed by some practitioners of East Asian medicine to have curative properties. Most illegally sourced pangolins are destined for markets in China and Vietnam, but demand for pangolins in the U.S. remains significant. Nearly 30,000 imports of pangolin products were seized in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014.

“The U.S. is a destination for parts and products of poached pangolins,” said Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D., Director of the wildlife department at HSI. “In 2014, authorities seized more than 11 kilograms of traditional Asian medicines containing pangolin, and seized an additional 460 individual medicine containers that also had pangolin parts. Our research shows that these products are sold here in the U.S. both online and in stores. Listing all pangolin species as Endangered will end the role of the United States in this harmful trade.”

If the government moves forward with heightened protections under the Endangered Species Act, the import and interstate sale of all pangolins and pangolin parts would be prohibited in the U.S., unless such activity can be shown to promote the conservation of the species.

“The Endangered Species Act is among the strongest conservation laws in the world, and listing all pangolin species under the Act will be a dramatic and positive step in saving the species from extinction—one that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is uniquely positioned to provide. We congratulate the Service in taking this important initial step,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation.

Currently, only one of the eight pangolin species—the Temminck’s ground pangolin from Africa—is protected as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Because all species of pangolins so closely resemble each other that law enforcement officials have difficulty distinguishing them, the groups also filed a “similarity of appearance” petition, which, according to today’s announcement, will be factored into the listing determination for the seven currently unprotected species.

“Pangolins are such amazing and odd creatures—like little tanks with tails,” said Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “But, if we don’t act now to protect them, these extraordinary animals will disappear from the planet forever.”

United States BirdLife site now also in Spanish

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A Short History of the National Audubon Society

25 July 2013

A look into the origins of the National Audubon Society, from its inception in 1886 to its work today as well as Rachel Carson‘s work to ban the use of DDT, a harmful pesticide.

From BirdLife:

Audubon becomes bilingual to serve Spanish-speakers

By James Lowen, Thu, 17/03/2016 – 21:52

The National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the US), has expanded its online offerings to serve Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. Audubon’s goal is to broaden awareness of birds and bird conservation.

For the first time in the organisation’s 111-year history, US Hispanics and Latin American nationals have online access to a Spanish version of Audubon’s seminal field guide to North American birds, selected news stories and information about conservation issues. “Bringing Audubon’s content to Spanish-speaking communities”, says David Yarnold (Audubon President and CEO), “will enable more people to care for the amazing wildlife we share”.

Audubon has both domestic and international aspirations. More than 35 million U.S. Hispanics speak Spanish at home. Given that a recent poll found that Hispanic voters feel protecting U.S. wildlife to be almost as important as comprehensive immigration reform (79% vs 80%), Audubon is targeting a large and potentially supportive domestic audience.

Speaking to the Nieman Journalism Lab, Audubon chief marketing officer Jose Carbonell explained that Audubon “has been looking at the Latino audience for a long time; it is really passionate about the environment and wildlife.” Carbonell said that translating website content into Spanish could encourage many Hispanics to “share our passion and mission”. Publishing online a Spanish version of Audubon’s Guide to North American birds was Audubon’s reponse to realising that “if you’re a Spanish speaker and wanted to look up birds in Spanish, there was nowhere online to search for that information”.

Mindful that eight in ten North American bird species also occur in Spanish-speaking Latin America, engaging communities in those countries helps the 380 migrant species that spend half their life south of the United States. “Birds don’t know borders”, says David Yarnold, “and neither do the threats they face”.