Thursday, September 30, 2010

Short-tailed Albatross as 'bycatch'

Here's a press release from the American Bird Conservancy:

Short-tailed Albatross Death on Longline Hook Underscores Need for Revamped Alaskan Fisheries Observer Program

The last two paragraphs from the post:

The albatross killed in the Bering Sea wore a metal leg band identifying it as a 7 ½ year old bird from Torishima Island in Japan, where the majority of Short-tailed Albatrosses breed.

The Short-tailed Albatross was once the most abundant of the North Pacific albatross species, numbering more than a million birds. It was decimated by feather hunting at the turn of the 20th Century, and by the late 1940s was thought to be extinct. In the early 1950s, ten pairs were discovered breeding on Torishima, and the population has now reached 3,000 individuals. For the last five years, the Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Team, an international group of collaborators, have been working on establishing a colony that is safe from volcanic activity and other problems.

(emphasis mine)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yellow-crowned Night Herons

I am absolutely enthralled with the idea of banding all rehab birds. It's not common by any means but a group in Houston, WR&E, participates when it comes to Yellow-crowned Night Herons. They're a fantastic species to observe hunting, and they often congregate in populated areas along the coast (many wading birds prefer undisturbed habitats) so they're ideal for a project like banding.

Without further delay: Ongoing Research from Wildlife Rehab & Education

Sunday, September 5, 2010

correspondence - MI birds


I have been meaning to pass along our page of recoveries of banded birds from the Rouge River Bird Observatory outside Detroit, MI. This page has a map of recoveries outside of Michigan, and there are a couple links on the sidebar of stories about one of our waterthrushes being recovered, and our recovery of a kinglet from Toronto that your readers might find interesting:

Rouge River Bird Observatory band resightings

Thanks for promoting the reporting of bands!


Julie A. Craves
Rouge River Bird Observatory
University of Michigan-Dearborn