Journal archives for February 2018

February 01, 2018

Dive-bombing cormorant: Bird yanks suckerfish right off a whale shark's skin.

Fishing is time-consuming business, so diving birds in Mexico's Baja California are frequenting the local "sushi conveyor" instead. That conveyor comes in the hulking shape of the region's reigning big fish: the whale shark. The crafty cormorants have figured out that the giant sharks provide an endless supply of remora sashimi.

https://www.earthtouchnews.com/oceans/sharks/dive-bombing-cormorant-bird-yanks-suckerfish-right-off-a-whale-sharks-skin/

Posted on February 01, 2018 04:16 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Captive-bred California condors released into the wild in Kern County.

Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s California Condor Recovery Program released six captive-bred endangered California condors into the wild in Kern County.

https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/captive-bred-california-condors-released-into-the-wild-in-kern-county

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February 02, 2018

Orcutt pet owners on high alert after several hawk attacks.

ORCUTT, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Animal Services says these birds are moving into residential areas, looking for food.
The recent fires like the Thomas Fire burned off their habitat, forcing them to move.

Orcutt resident Cece Wallace says last week she returned home and found her Chihuahua "Chico" trapped in a hawk's talons.

http://www.keyt.com/news/orcutt-pet-owners-on-high-alert-after-several-hawk-attacks/695167812

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February 04, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE: HOW CALIFORNIA’S WILDFIRES FORCED THIS BABY CONDOR TO FLY.

On December 15th, as record-breaking wildfires raged through southern California’s Ventura County, wildlife biologists lost contact with California condor chick #871. The eight-month-old condor still hadn’t taken its first flight, and the fire was creeping down a ridge near the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge towards its nest.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/3/16965970/california-condor-chick-devils-gate-nest-thomas-wildfire-survivor

Posted on February 04, 2018 13:44 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Woodpeckers show possible brain damage.

A black-backed woodpecker in the Stanislaus National Forest, in California, June 1, 2017. The black-backed woodpecker is one of the rarest birds in California, and lately it has become something more: a symbol of a huge scientific and political debate over the future of fire in American forests.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/5974402-151/woodpeckers-show-possible-brain-damage

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February 05, 2018

Natural Sightings: A symphony of black and white in flight.

According to information on the website condorspotter.com, which has data on all the free-flying Condors in both the Central California and Southern California flocks, this particular bird, with the vinyl wing tag #57, is a 10-year-old male who hatched on Jun 2, 2007 in Los Angeles.

http://www.tehachapinews.com/lifestyle/natural-sightings-a-symphony-of-black-and-white-in-flight/article_0f37f4b2-0a0a-11e8-9c60-e7c49d3d066e.html

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February 06, 2018

Is an iconic bird of California heading for its last dance?

The courtship dance of the Western grebe is one of nature’s most eloquent displays. Today it faces an uncertain future.

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article198498384.html

Posted on February 06, 2018 01:59 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Long-Lasting, Solar-Powered Tag to Track Birds Over Their Lifetimes.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have created a solar wildlife tag, an innovation that solves key challenges in bird-tracking devices: how to make them lightweight and long-lasting.

http://www.newswise.com/doescience/?article_id=688990&returnurl=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubmV3c3dpc2UuY29tL2FydGljbGVzL2xpc3Q=

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February 09, 2018

Wildlife Officials Recommend Protection for California's Tricolored Blackbirds, Lassics Lupine Wildflower.

SACRAMENTO, February 8, 2018 — Acting on a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that tricolored blackbirds be protected as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act.

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/02/08/18806613.php

Posted on February 09, 2018 10:59 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Suspense as California bald eagle eggs get ready to hatch.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The most suspenseful show in Southern California isn't on the big screen. It's an online live feed of two bald eagle eggs ready to hatch in a nest in the mountains east of Los Angeles.

http://lompocrecord.com/news/state-and-regional/suspense-as-california-bald-eagle-eggs-get-ready-to-hatch/article_cca3369b-eccd-5a00-b376-842a40130bd7.html

Posted on February 09, 2018 11:11 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment