Month: April 2021

Members of Huntington-Oyster Bay and North Shore Audubon Society, as well as Audubon New York staff, smile for a group photo with Rep. Suozzi (right column, middle row) and legislative assistant Dani Hupper (center) during the 2021 Virtual Seabird Fly-In Thursday, April 15, 2021. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon Earlier this month, dozens of Audubon members around
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Eared Grebes with chicks. Photo: Wendy Crowe/Audubon Photography Awards Amid urgent drought conditions across the West, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) this week reintroduced bipartisan legislation to advance the scientific foundation needed to benefit saline lakes and their wetlands in the Great Basin, including lakes such as Lake Abert in Oregon and
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Otters at a Georgia Aquarium have tested positive for COVID, an aquarium official shared. The animals are expected to make a full recovery. Numerous Asian small-clawed otters tested positive, PEOPLE reported on April 18. [embedded content] “They began exhibiting mild respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, mild lethargy, and some began coughing,” the aquarium wrote
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Common Murres. Photo: Trish Gussler/Flickr (CC BY NC ND 2.0) WASHINGTON (April 29, 2021) – Today Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) re-introduced the Forage Fish Conservation Act, which will help protect forage fish—small fish like herring that serve as the primary food source for seabirds, larger fish, and other marine life. This bill will amend
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Illustration: Joe Ciardiello Who’s Kenn? Simply put, Kenn is a national treasure. A renowned birder, author, and conservationist, Kenn Kaufman has spent his life dedicated to observing birds, reading about birds, writing about birds, and sharing the world of birds with others. With all that birdy knowledge in his brain, he also acts as the field editor for Audubon magazine. So, whenever
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A new opinion piece in The Hill is calling for extra protection for whales in the United States. Kyla Bennett, the science policy director at Public Employees for Environmental responsibility (PEER) called on the current administration to act to save the North Atlantic right whale, Bryde’s whale, and North Pacific right whale. [embedded content] Each
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U.S.-based nonprofit Save Giraffes Now is helping Kenyan giraffes find safety after living on islands endangered by floods. According to People, 15 Rothschild giraffes are now safely on solid ground. The rescue efforts began 15 months ago in early 2020 after flooding increased in Kenya’s Lake Baringo. [embedded content] “We felt a great sense of
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Aerial view of the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center at Pine Island in Corolla, North Carolina. Photo: Justin Cook No one will forget the intense challenges that 2020 brought us, from record-breaking hurricanes and wildfires to a global pandemic that devastated our economy and public health. As Congress and the Biden administration
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Approximately 100,000 wolves, bears, mountain lions, and bobcats are killed by trophy hunters every year in the U.S. for their skins, heads, a trophy, or for bragging on social media. By killing America’s iconic native carnivores at this alarming rate, trophy hunters remove wildlife species that are vital to maintaining the health and balance of
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American Goldfinch. Photo: Lynn Cleveland/Audubon Photography Awards After months of anticipation, the Biden Administration recently released an overview of its fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request. While the President’s budget is only a request to Congress, it informs Congress drafting of annual spending bills. This initial request outlines Administration priorities and suggests it is poised
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The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other welfare groups are calling attention to a planned experiment in Norway using captured minke whales, according to an email from Animal Welfare Institute. Organizations are urging the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to revoke an approval that could be harmful to whales. [embedded content] According to permits discovered by
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A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is recommending continuing the protected status of grizzly bears in the lower-48 states. [embedded content] The bear is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. While bear populations have recovered, following the completion of a five-year status review, the agency recommends keeping
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Photo: Johnny Stutzman/Audubon Photography Awards This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published its final rule designating critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Audubon applauds this final rule—first proposed in 2014 and seven years in the
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My name is J. Drew Lanham and I’m a Black American ornithologist. A Black birdwatcher. I confess here and declare now multiple identities—race and ethnicity, profession and passion. My love of birds lies at the intersection of these and renders me, and the minuscule percentage of others who would declare themselves the same, a rarity.
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Sky News reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a ban on the sale of live wild animals in food markets. This statement came after a visit to Wuhan, China, after scientists identified a local market as the origin of the coronavirus. [embedded content] The United Nations agency urged countries to suspend
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Baltimore Oriole. Photo: Mark Boyd/Audubon Photography Awards The following can be attributed to Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president of conservation policy at the National Audubon Society in response to President Biden’s pledge to cut emissions by 50 percent by 2030: “Our science shows that we are at a crisis point when it comes to protecting
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