“Key West’s city commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday for the removal of free-roaming chickens from city streets and parks, and private property upon request. There are roughly 2,000 to 3,000 chickens in Key West, which lies at the southern end of the Florida Keys island chain.” Read the whole story Citing bird flu fears, Key Westers vote to remove free-roaming chickens in the Sun-Sentinel.
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A band-tailed pigeon has been spotted in the back yard of a Wisconsin man’s home. The bird is normally only seen on the West Coast of the U.S., certainly not east of the Rockies. For that reason dozens of birders have made their way to the St. Croix County home where the bird has been hanging out. Read the story Surfer bird on our turf at JS Online.
BirdLife has partnered with service provider MissionFish to allow sellers on eBay.co.uk to donate a portion of their auction proceeds to BirdLife. Sellers using the service may donate 10% – 100% of the final auction sale price to BirdLife. For more information see the article List on eBay to benefit BirdLife on the official website of BirdLife.
Meadow birds have returned to the Aalkeetbuitenpolder in South Holland. Due to measures taken by the agriculture group Vockestaert, the polder will host hundreds, if not thousands, of godwits, snipes, lapwings and plovers in the coming months.
In the last few years the polder has been much too dry to host the birds. The polder now has its own water system, including a dam which keeps the water levels high enough for the birds.
Researchers in New Zealand say that analysis of the world’s oldest penguin fossils confirms that some birds survived the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
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Last year, the French consumed a record amount of foie gras, despite concerns around bird flu. Goose liver consumption was up 2.7% from 2004 to 2005.
The French parliament declared goose liver products to be part of the cultural heritage of France, and thus were given special, protected status. This occurred at a time when more countries across the globe are taking steps towards eliminating foie gras production.
Related story: The Trouble With Foie Gras
Free-range chickens which have been penned due to recent regulations in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of bird flu are not worse off from being kept indoors. This is according to research conducted by the Animal Science Group in Lelystad.
During an earlier period of mandatory cooping last fall, the researchers tested chickens for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. They discovered that the mandatory penning of free-range chickens did not damage the well-being of the animals significantly.
Personnel of the Sutton Avian Research Center of Bartlesville, Oklahoma recently aimed a video camera at an active bald eagle nest, where two chicks are being reared. To access the live video feed, go to the Sutton Center’s Web site and follow the link to the nest cam video.
“Birdwatchers have been gathering in south London after a rare sighting of an American Robin. This is the first time the species, from north America, has been seen in London, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.” Read the article Twitchers flock to see rare bird on the BBC.