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2008-08-31 21:00:15

By Paul Rogers Mercury News Biologists working to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction plan to break ground next month to rebuild Big Sur facilities critical to the birds' recovery that were destroyed by wildfires in June. "I'm very optimistic. We managed to get by with only losing two birds. And we have had a great response from our donors. We are very focused,'' said Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, a non profit group that has...

2008-07-18 12:00:45

By Daniel Lopez, The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 18--The Ventana Wildlife Society has established an emergency fund to help rebuild its condor sanctuary damaged by the Basin Complex Fire. Kelly Sorenson, the society's executive director, said the plan is for cleanup efforts to begin Tuesday at its facility in the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. "We are gearing up for it," he said. Among the needed repair work is rebuilding breeding pens destroyed...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 18--Two rare California condor chicks have survived the Big Sur-based Basin Complex fire, enduring dense smoke but untouched by flames. "We're ecstatic," said Kelly Sorenson of Ventana Wildlife Society, which monitors each bird along the vast central coast. "We're so incredibly relieved that two chicks survived." The fate of the third remains unknown. Unlike the two survivors, who lived in coastal nests, the nest of the third chick...

2008-07-17 21:00:23

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 17--Two rare California condor chicks have survived the Big Sur-based Basin Complex fire, enduring dense smoke but untouched by flames. "We're ecstatic," said Kelly Sorenson of Ventana Wildlife Society, which monitors each bird along the vast central coast. "We're so incredibly relieved that two chicks survived." The fate of the third remains unknown. Unlike the two survivors, who lived in coastal nests, the nest of the third chick...

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2008-07-10 15:05:00

The fate of three condor chicks born in April in the wild are currently unknown. The chicks play a critical role in California's reintroduction of the threatened species, which have a low breeding rate and lay eggs only once every two years. One nest was in the fire's path, and flames had spoiled an aviary where captive chicks are held and trained before being released into the wild. "We have three mating condor pairs this year and three active nests that we are really concerned about. We...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

By John Dodge, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 8--The state Forest Practices Board threw its unanimous support Monday behind a group made up primarily of timber industry officials and conservationists to work on spotted owl habitat protection on private forestlands. On a 10-0 vote, the board signaled a new approach to a controversial issue it's been wrestling with little success for years. "This is a breath of fresh air to see the timber industry and the conservation caucus come...

2008-07-06 09:00:14

:: ANIMAL WELFARE A former falconry centre that supplied owls for a Harry Potter film is being investigated by the RSPCA after concerns were raised about the welfare of the birds kept there. Officers from the animal charity removed several birds, thought to include owls and Harris hawks, from Old Park Farm in Eastmoor, Wakefield. In 2005, nine eagle owls kept at the site were signed up by Warner Brothers for the film 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. It is not thought that any of the...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 4--BONNERS FERRY -- A thinning project to improve the vigor of old-growth trees on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest can continue after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed an earlier court decision halting the work. The project calls for selective logging on nearly 4,000 acres northeast of Bonners Ferry to remove young trees growing underneath large, old trees. In 2003, the Forest Service proposed three timber sales...

2008-07-04 09:00:23

By The Bakersfield Californian Jul. 4--A lot of conservationists know exactly how I feel about the uncertainty over of the future of the California condor. Despite the fact that I am also a hunter, I too, am a conservationist, and hopefully, my writings have shown that I do care about our wildlife, their management and habitat restoration, as well as our own environment. The vast majority of other hunters also feel the way I do, and we consider ourselves the keepers of everyone else's...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 2--One rare California condor chick may be dead and two others are in areas too dangerous to be saved, as the Big Sur-based Basin fire creeps into their once-serene canyons. "It is horrible, but there is nothing we can do," said Kelly Sorenson of Ventana Wildlife Society, which monitors each bird along the vast central coast. Thick smoke thwarted an attempted rescue Tuesday morning. "We're just waiting, watching and hoping for...


Latest Birds of prey Reference Libraries

Merlin, Falco columbarius
2013-05-18 07:02:38

This bird of prey is known more as a pigeon hawk. The Merlin is from the Northern Hemisphere with some migrating to subtropical and northern tropical areas during the winter. There has also been a discovery that there are two different, very distinct, species: the North American and the Eurasian. The North American Merlin was first described by a Swede taxonomist, Carl Linnaeus. The Merlin is between 9 and 13 inches long with a wingspan of 20-29 inches. The Merlin is an exceptionally...

2013-04-24 14:55:46

The White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula), is a bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, which includes hawks, eagles and Old World vultures. In British usage, it would be called a buzzard rather than a true hawk. It is a rather small Buteo, 42 to 45 cm in length. It lives in the Andes mountains of South America and ranges down to the coast in the O’Higgins region of Chile, favoring wooded areas. It’s closely related to the more widely distributed Short-tailed Hawk and was...

Laughing Falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans
2013-04-23 23:04:40

The Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), also known as the Snake Hawk (erroneously, since it’s not a hawk), is a medium-sized bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae, the only member of the genus Herpetotheres. This Neotropical species is an expert snake-eater. Its common and scientific names are both in reference to its distinctive voice. The English name comes from its loud voice, as does the specific name cachinnans, which is Latin for “laughing aloud” or...

Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture, Cathartes melambrotus
2013-01-02 11:44:29

The Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture (cathartes melambrotus) is also known as the Forest Vulture, it is a species of bird in the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture until they were split in 1964. It is found in South America in tropical moist lowland forest. It is a fairly large bird, with a wingspan of 65 to 70 inches, a weight of 3.6 pounds and a body length of 25 to 30 inches. The body plumage is black, and the...

White-tailed Hawk, Buteo albicaudatus
2012-12-28 13:03:49

White-tailed Hawks are found in tropical or subtropical environments across the Americas. This bird is a large bird of prey species. It is close to the size of the related Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks. The average measurements of this bird fall a little bit ahead of the first and a little bit behind the latter. It can be up to 17 to 24 inches in length, and its wingspan can be up to 46 to 56 inches. A body mass of 1.9 to 2.7 pounds was recorded in B. a. hysopodius and 1.91 to 2.2 pounds...

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