Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers

New York 06/18/19, 19:28

Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F. Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for singing competitions.Francis Gurahoo was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana. Prosecutors say customs officials found the 34 ...

Prague Zoo sends 3 pelicans to London’s St. James’s Park

Europe 05/30/19, 03:04

Three great white pelicans are on their way from Prague Zoo to Britain to join a famed flock that has made London's St. James's Park home since the 17th century.Keepers were carefully carrying the birds one by one Thursday morning to transport cages on of a van will take them ...

Bald eaglet back in air after 2 weeks in wildlife hospital

U.S. 05/28/19, 14:13

A bald eagle hatched this spring in a New Orleans suburb was released Tuesday in the same neighborhood after two weeks in Louisiana State University's Wildlife Hospital.Dozens of neighbors who have watched over the eagle family cheered as the mottled brown bird hopped out of the cage in which it ...

Juvenile bald eagle found on ground to be released Tuesday

Health 05/27/19, 07:21

A young bald eagle found soaked and stumping along a street in the Louisiana neighborhood where it hatched will be released Tuesday in the same area. The bird's parents have nested for a couple of years in a tall live oak in a subdivision back yard in Metairie, a New ...

Juvenile bald eagle found on ground to be released Tuesday

Health 05/25/19, 09:22

A young bald eagle found soaked and stumping along a street in the Louisiana neighborhood where it hatched will be released Tuesday in the same area. The bird's parents have nested for a couple of years in a tall live oak in a subdivision back yard in Metairie, a New ...

Illinois wildlife biologist aims to save prairie chickens

U.S. 05/19/19, 09:24

A wildlife biologist has taken prairie chickens from Kansas, which has a more robust population, and released them in Illinois in an effort to boost the population of the endangered birds.The birds once numbered in the millions across the state but there are now about 200 left, the Chicago Tribune ...

Eagle with 8-foot wing span crashes into Alaska home

Amazing 05/07/19, 21:34

Many are familiar with uninvited guests unexpectedly crashing at the house, but an eagle took such a scenario to new heights in Kodiak.An eagle grabbed a piece of freezer-burned halibut that someone had thrown out, and apparently misjudged its climb up a cliff with the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) piece of fish ...

How birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations

U.S. 05/07/19, 08:52

The types of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations. Birdwatchers noticing these differences are on the front line in figuring out how climate change and more severe weather events are putting stress on bird populations."Birders have to be much more ...

More states aim to knock air out of festive balloon launches

U.S. 04/28/19, 07:16

The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.Critics say the helium-filled balloons pollute the environment, and threaten birds and other wildlife when they fall to earth."People don't really realize that it's littering. That's why we ...

Large, exotic bird that killed Florida man to be auctioned

U.S. 04/23/19, 10:47

A large, flightless bird that fatally attacked a Florida man is among about 100 exotic animals from his estate now up for auction.The Gainesville Sun reports the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction will auction the cassowary that killed 75-year-old Marvin Hajos in accordance with his last wishes.Alachua County Sheriff's officials say ...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Science 04/21/19, 10:32

A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife biologist Joe Barnes told the ...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

U.S. 04/15/19, 17:35

The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday. Wearing a GPS unit like a backpack, the adult, female eagle had flown outside ...

Celeb or stranger? Study weighs Americans’ interest in birds

Science 04/15/19, 14:03

Whooping cranes, common ravens and peregrine falcons are among the celebrities of the sky in the eyes of Americans, even those who've never laid eyes them.The ruffed grouse or purple martin? They're like friends you might chat with. The wrentit and the Abert's towhee are like the neighbors you don't ...

Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner

U.S. 04/13/19, 18:37

A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using ...

Wildlife experts, snorkeler free owl trapped in fishing line

U.S. 04/12/19, 20:20

A barred owl caught a lucky break when a snorkeler banded with wildlife officials to rescue the bird from a fishing line tangled in trees above the James River in Missouri.Bill Hulsebus was visiting the Springfield Conservation Nature Center last week when he came across the injured owl, dangling by ...

US agency reconsidering status of bistate sage grouse

U.S. 04/12/19, 18:58

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising its plans to protect a type of imperiled game bird found only along the California-Nevada line after a federal judge struck down its earlier decision to rescind a proposal to list it as threatened. The agency announced late Thursday it will reopen the ...

Serbia griffon vulture flown back home from Turkey

Europe 04/12/19, 12:09

Months after it flew as far away as Turkey's border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has been brought home by plane.The one-year-old female bird named Dobrila is from the central Serbian nature reserve of Uvac and it is not clear why it wandered so far away.Officials say Dobrila ...

Reintroduced California condors could reach Oregon

Enviroment 04/05/19, 16:02

A plan to reintroduce the California condor to the Redwood National Forest could mean the giant raptors will eventually repopulate Oregon's Rogue Valley as well, a newspaper reported Friday.Northern California's Yurok Tribe, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued a detailed plan for the ...

A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland

Europe 03/22/19, 14:25

An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland.The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of survival.But in Gdansk, it has ...

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