Journal archives for August 2018

August 02, 2018

COUNTING CHICKS | Bald eagle population begins to soar on the Channel Islands with record hatchlings.

Restoration efforts for the bald eagle population on the Channel Islands are finally paying off: 20 breeding pairs reared 19 bald eagle chicks. The tally of chicks includes 11 from six nests on Santa Cruz Island, two from one nest on Santa Rosa Island, five from four nests on Santa Catalina Island, and one on San Clemente Island. New nest sites were discovered on Santa Rosa Island at East Point and on Santa Cruz Island at Yellowbanks. There are currently 60 bald eagles living on the islands now.

https://www.vcreporter.com/2018/08/counting-chicks-bald-eagle-population-begins-to-soar-on-the-channel-islands-with-record-hatchlings/

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August 03, 2018

Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species – Science Weekly podcast.

Species are hard to define, as they don’t fit neatly into the categories that science wants to put them into. But increasingly, people are naming new species without enough evidence to suggest they are indeed a separate taxon. Graihagh Jackson investigates why so-called taxonomic vandalism is on the rise and what we can do about it.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2018/aug/03/tricky-taxonomy-the-problems-with-naming-new-species-science-weekly-podcast?CMP=fb_us

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August 10, 2018

Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Desert.

New findings suggest increasingly dry conditions have halved Mojave’s bird populations over the last century. It’s a warning for the desert — and the world

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-taking-down-birds-mojave-desert-180969893/

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Like the bald eagle, tiny SLO County shorebird is an Endangered Species Act success story.

Locally, the western snowy plover has been listed as a threatened species for many years.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife service spreadsheet from 2005-17 shows a gradual increase in West Coast populations after a low point in 2007.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/photos-from-the-vault/article216350340.html

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August 15, 2018

Young bald eagle fell from her nest. Now ‘Lucky’ is back in the wild near San Simeon.

The 5-month-old eaglet — that fell from her parents’ nest near Milpitas in June — joins the 16 juvenile California condors released from that big fly pen in the mountains since the fall of 2015.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article216553815.html

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Starving Seabirds Filling Local Wildlife Center.

“E-Murre-gency” declared as unprecedented numbers of Common Murres need extensive care; public donations sought.

https://yubanet.com/california/starving-seabirds-filling-local-wildlife-center/

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August 16, 2018

Mystery Illness Afflicting Hundreds Of Northern California Seabirds.

More than 2,500 starving and injured seabirds have been rescued in Northern California just since the beginning of this year.

It’s a mystery why there are suddenly so many of them. Some are being treated here in the Bay Area.

The birds are common murres; many are orphaned chicks, found abandoned on beaches from Monterey to Mendocino.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/mystery-illness-northern-california-seabirds/

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August 22, 2018

How to welcome Western bluebirds to your neighborhood.

The key to attracting Western bluebirds to your yard is putting up nesting boxes. The bluebirds are cavity dwellers, but they lack the ability to create their own holes. They appreciate someone putting up nesting boxes for them.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/21/how-to-welcome-western-bluebirds-to-your-neighborhood/

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August 25, 2018

Tuleyome Tales: The fascinating and ancient-looking white-faced ibis.

Thoth was an ancient Egyptian deity with the head of an ibis, and part of his job was to maintain the universe.

http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php/news/57537-tuleyome-tales-the-fascinating-and-ancient-looking-white-faced-ibis

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August 27, 2018

Once gone, eagles flourish in Bay Area skies.

At golden eagle nests in the Los Vaqueros Watershed, six eagle chicks were hatched, raised and fledged this year, wildlife biologists at the Contra Costa Water District have confirmed.

There were no such fledglings — birds able to fly out of their nests — in 2015 and ’17 and only four in 2016, they said.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Once-gone-eagles-flourish-in-Bay-Area-skies-13181597.php

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