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2008-06-16 12:30:00

A major initiative to create alternative nesting sites for the largest colony of Caspian terns in the world "“ and to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River "“ is finding early success.A recent survey of a new nesting site at Crump Lake in southern Oregon, which was just constructed in February by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, found more than 135 nesting pairs of Caspian terns, as well as more than a thousand pairs of gulls and two nesting pairs of...

2008-03-29 00:00:19

A marine salvage company will remove diesel fuel and other potentially harmful liquids from a trawler wrecked on a Scottish island known for its bird life. The Spinningdale, a Spanish fishing vessel, ran aground in the remote archipelago Feb. 1. The 14 men in the crew were airlifted off the boat. Mammoet Salvage is expected to drain liquids from the boat and remove machinery in the next few days, The Scotsman reported. This work will be completed before most of the bird population has...

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2008-03-07 08:55:00

The first study of how individual wandering albatrosses find food shows that the birds rely heavily on their sense of smell. The birds can pick up a scent from several miles away, U.S. and French researchers have found."This is the first time anyone has looked at the odor-tracking behavior of individual birds in the wild using remote techniques," said Gabrielle Nevitt, professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at UC Davis and an author on the study with UC Davis graduate student...

2008-02-21 14:51:10

A collaborative effort between Microsoft, the University of Oxford and Freie Universitat, Berlin has resulted in a new GPS tracking system that can be adapted to study how animals interact with their environment. Last summer researchers installed the system of wireless sensors and GPS trackers which are already shedding light on the behavior of manx shearwaters on Skomer Nature Reserve. Robin Freeman, one of the lead scientists of the project, said the team hopes the project will allow them...

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2008-02-02 16:10:00

Fishing fleets around the world have agreed to new measures to reduce deaths and injuries to albatross and other endangered seabirds that pursue the fleets' baited hooks.  The measures, which take effect this year in Atlantic and Pacific ocean fleets, include the use of streamer lines to drive birds away from boats' sterns as miles of baited hooks, are being set, along with dying bait blue to conceal it in dark water.In their hunt for food that often takes them across international...

2007-10-03 15:53:56

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - In 2005, a 2.9-inch steelhead left a Washington state hatchery in 2005 with a tiny implanted electronic tag. In April, Maori hunter Dale Whaitiri on Big Moggy Island off Southern New Zealand killed a young sooty shearwater chick, and found the tag. It had traveled 7,700 miles, fascinating scientists an ocean apart who are trying to figure out how it got there. The answer may reveal ecological connections stretching across the Pacific and illuminate the value Northwest...

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2006-03-06 11:32:40

HONOLULU (AP) - A pack of 10 gooney bird chicks - still fuzzy and flightless - flew into Kauai Friday - on a chartered plane. Japanese researchers are set to raise the wild birds and thus get a leg up on saving their country's own endangered golden gooney. The birds, also known as Laysan albatross, will be held in quarantine for about three days, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nests of nearly 500,000 gooney birds blanket the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about...

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2005-12-23 00:40:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Talk about a working mother. A Christmas Island frigate bird named Lydia recently made a nonstop journey of just over 26 days and covering nearly 2,500 miles - across Indonesian volcanoes and some of Asia's busiest shipping lanes - in search of food for her baby. The trip, tracked with a global positioning device by scientists at Christmas Island National Park, is by far the longest known nonstop journey by one of these critically endangered seabirds. Previously, the...

2005-10-27 18:56:01

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - With almost all of the world's remaining short-tailed albatrosses breeding on a steep slope of a Japanese volcanic island that is subject to eruptions, mudslides and erosion, an international team of scientists has a proposal to help the endangered birds -- lure them to a safer island. The relocation idea, part of a draft recovery plan released on Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, involves the use of decoys and recorded...

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2005-09-27 13:22:19

Newly hatched magellanic penguin chicks in breeding grounds with a large number of human visitors show a significant spike in levels of a stress-related hormone compared to chicks hatched in areas not visited by humans, a University of Washington research team has found. It wasn't until chicks with limited human exposure reached 40 to 50 days old that they showed a stress response like the newly hatched chicks in areas frequented by humans, said researcher Brian Walker, who led the work as...


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Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
2013-04-23 14:48:18

The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...

Tristram’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma tristrami
2013-04-22 14:33:05

The Tristram’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) is a species of seabird in the family of storm-petrels called Hydrobatidae. The species’ specific and common name comes from the English clergyman Henry Baker Tristram, the species can also be known as the Sooty Storm-petrel. The Tristram’s Storm Petrel is distribution across the North Pacific Ocean; mainly in tropical seas. This storm-petrel has long angular wings and is 24 cm long. The plumage is dark all over with a slightly pale...

Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri
2013-04-21 09:09:37

The Buller’s Shearwater (puffinus bulleri) is a Pacific species of seabird in the Procellariidae family; it is also known as the Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater. It is a member of the black-billed wedge-tailed Thyellodroma group, among the bigger shearwaters of the proposed genus Ardenna; it creates a superspecies with the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. The adult birds are 46 to 47 cm in length, with a 97 to 99 cm wingspan, and they have been recorded to weigh 342 to 435g. The...

Black Petrel, Procellaria parkinsoni
2013-04-21 09:01:42

The Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) is also called the Parkinson’s Petrel. It is a large, black petrel, the smallest of the Procellaria. This species is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, breeding only on islands off the North Island, on Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island. At sea it scatters as far as Australia and Ecuador. It’s a medium-sized, all black petrel except for pale sections on the bill. The wingspan is 110 cm on average. This bird is usually seen in the...

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