Three species of dove will be registered as uniquely “Turkish Species” in the coming weeks. The birds will be registered with the EU’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, thus joining the European Union before Turkey itself. The registration comes after three years of joint cooperation between the Eurasian Dove Cultural Association and Bursa’s Animal Health Office of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture. Read Mehmet Kuru’s story Turkish Doves to Access EU Before Turkey at Zaman Online.
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NASA is trying to rid the Kennedy Space Center of vultures after the shuttle struck one of the large birds during lift-off last year. The space agency, which is located within a protected natural area, has set up a ‘road-kill posse’ to clean up the vultures’ food source.
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“Birds such as ospreys, sea eagles and red kites make a multi-million pound contribution to Scotland’s economy every year, according to an RSPB study. The osprey is the most popular attraction, bringing in 125,000 visitors who spend an additional £2.2m every year. ” Read the story Scotland flies high on bird money on the BBC.
On 13 December, 1999, an adult Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) was ringed at Hamble Point, England. The adult bird was at least three years old at the time. Since then, the bird has been spotted feeding at Hamble Point and at the popular Dutch bird hangout Starrevaart.
The bird is often spotted at Starrevaart in the springtime, so it is presumed the bird breeds in the Netherlands. The bird was spotted in Starrevaart as recently as April 2006; sightings are posted on the bird’s official website at Vogelwerkgroep Vlietland.
The story of the bird, An Oystercatcher’s Tale, can be found at this link.
Wednesday the Chicago City Council voted to ban sale of foie gras in the city. The appetizer is still served at a handful of Chicago restaurants but will be illegal when the ban goes into effect in 90 days. Read the full story Good News For Ducks: City Council Bans Foie Gras at CBS 2 Chicago.
Smuggling in the Middle East and Asia is driving some falcon species to extinction. The black market in birds of prey can yield bigger profits than selling drugs or weapons. Read the full story Falcon smugglers swoop to profits, endanger birds from Reuters.
“Eighteen globally threatened species of bird occur in the marshes between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, alongside three types of bird that are found almost nowhere else in the world. Drained of water during the Saddam Hussein era, 90% of the marshes became almost devoid of wildlife. Since the collapse of the regime, a rehabilitation programme has begun. Water has started to return to the internationally important wetland, restoring a vital habitat that is critical for the survival of several bird species in the region.” Read the full story at BirdLife International.
A double-crested cormorant in Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo has learned to respond to sound to find his food. The bird, named Oscar, lost his vision due to a virus. Zookeepers worked with the bird, who lacks a sense of smell, in order to insure his survival. Read the story Blind bird plays it by ear in the Chicago Tribune.