Birding News #91

:: In Alberta, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation filed a lawsuit last week in federal court against a $7.9-billion hydroelectric project that was given environmental approval by the Canadian government earlier this fall, saying that the dam site was approved without considering the environmental impacts on the crucial Athabasca delta where the river runs into Lake Athabasca. The delta, one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world, is a designated UNESCO heritage site and is a critical area for migratory birds and wildlife, including dozens of threatened species.

:: Companies are working to improve glass design to save birds

:: A San Diego supermarket was using an electrical device to prevent pigeons from gathering near the store entrance, but unplugged the device when customers complained that it electrocuted a bird.

:: Mosquitoes prefer to suck blood from male birds, a study has found.

:: Birdlife Australia says in a new report that the extinction of threatened birds in the Mallee region is all but guaranteed as a consequence of the Australian state of Victoria’s bushfire prevention policy; species at risk include Mallee Emu-Wren, endangered Black-eared Miner, vulnerable Malleefowl, Red-lored Whistler, and the eastern sub-species of the Western Whipbird and Regent Parrot.

:: A study tracking neotropical bird speciation, or the process by which new species emerge, found that they arise as a result of emigration across physical boundaries rather than separation because of geological or climate changes.

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