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New York buildings dim lights to save birds
Friday, September 23 2005 @ 11:55 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6294
Conservation Tue Sep 20, 2:06 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The city that never sleeps will darken the lights of the famed Manhattan skyline after midnight to help save migrating birds.

New York civic leaders on Tuesday said the lights of buildings above the 40th floor will be turned off after midnight in the fall and spring migration seasons to save birds.

Since 1997, more than 4,000 migratory birds have been killed or injured from colliding into buildings, bird experts said.

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The plight of parrots
Monday, September 19 2005 @ 07:40 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6171
Conservation Tuesday, August 30 - 2005 at 15:54 GMT+4

In the wild they fly many miles every day, spend a lot of time socializing, foraging for food, chewing wood and preening themselves. Parrots are as intelligent and sensitive as they are beautiful. But, as more and more end up in pet shops, the threats to them loom large.

Among the variety of wildlife species that enter the pet trade, highly sought after are members of a family that are being, virtually, loved to death. The parrot family.

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Parrots' colour scheme is a real cracker
Monday, August 08 2005 @ 06:00 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6296
Conservation By Deborah Smith Science Editor
July 23, 2005

Now the puzzle of the unique colour scheme of the Australian eclectus parrot has been solved in an eight-year study by researchers who climbed tall rainforest trees to observe them in their nests.

Robert Heinsohn, of the Australian National University, said the males and females were so different-looking they were originally mistaken as separate species. "There is no other bird like it," he said.

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Kakapo chicks ready to leave home
Friday, June 10 2005 @ 05:41 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5247
Conservation Nelson's rarest chicks have become awkward teenagers, and it won't be long before they are kicked out of home.

Four kakapo chicks are being handraised at a rented house in a secret location in Nelson [New Zealand]. Five were taken from their home near Stewart Island in April after failing to put on weight in the wild.

Department of Conservation kakapo technical officer Daryl Eason said although one had died the remaining chicks were thriving.

10 June 2005
By SALLY KIDSON

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Quaker Parakeet Nest Teardowns in Edgewater, New Jersey
Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 08:09 PM UTC
Contributed by: brooklynparrots
Views: 12290
Conservation This Monday, May 17th, PSE&G crews destroyed a significant number of nests built by wild Quaker (AKA "monk") parakeets in Edgewater, New Jersey. This action was not unexpected, but it was very painful to watch. What follows is my report.

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Species under threat
Sunday, April 24 2005 @ 06:07 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5213
Conservation The Cape parrot is a species endemic to South Africa and classified as critically endangered. A local artist has now helped to raise funds for the survival of the bird. There are currently fewer than 500 left in the wild. Key threats are habitat destruction, seasonal depletion of food sources, disease, low suitable nest-site availability and illegal trapping for trade. The distribution of the parrot is restricted to fragmented Afro-montane forests. Cape parrots are habitat and dietary specialists dependent on yellowwood trees.

Both the parrot and tree species are victims of illegal trade.

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