This Is For The Birds

This Is For The Birds

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rescued Snowy Owl

Watch a Snowy Owl Recoup from Surgery at an NYC Wildlife Rehab Center
By Purbita Saha
February 5, 2016

Meet Hedwig, an aptly named Snowy Owl who flew all the way from the Arctic tundra to the Big Apple to enjoy a milder winter (and also probably a #pizzarat or two). That is, until she was shot near an NYC airport—likely the result of a legal loophole that allows airports to use lethal means to clear owls and other birds off their tarmacs.

But Hedwig is a lucky one: She was found and rescued two weekends ago, right before a record blizzard hit the city. A Queens resident found her struggling to fly a mile away from LaGuardia Airport,

A Gunshot Wound Couldn’t Break this Snowy Owl’s Spirit
by Hilary Hanson
February 11, 2016

A lot of birds are afraid when they wind up at the Wild Bird Fund—a wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City—but not Hedwig.

A man brought in the young female snowy owl with what rehabbers believe was a gunshot wound in her shoulder in January, as first reported by the National Audubon Society.

But while many birds become timid and frightened in the unfamiliar environment of the rehab center, Hedwig was defiant.

“She did not retreat,” Rita McMahon, Wild Bird Fund director, told The Huffington Post. “I think she felt … she didn’t see anything that was contender. She was lord and mistress.”

Iceberg Threatens Colony of Penguins

I’m having a problem with the real title of this article; not because it is ten miles long, but because of the words have been killed. I would use the words have died instead.

[150,000 Penguins Killed]
by May Bulman
February 13. 2016

An estimated 150,000 penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay have been killed since the iceberg measuring 1,120 square miles - larger than Luxemberg - forced them to trek 70 miles for food.

The penguins used to live near a large body of open water, but the arrival of the iceberg in East Antarctica and fast ice expansion has dramatically increased the distance they must travel to feed.

The colony of 160,000 has shrunk to just 10,000 since 2011, according to research carried out by the Climate Change Research Centre at Australia’s University of New South Wales.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wisdom, the Albatross, Gives Birth at Sixty-five

Wisdom Hatches a Healthy Chick at 65+ Years Old
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
February 8, 2016

The oldest known bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom – at least 65 years old – is a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick was observed still coming out of its shell on February 1, 2016 and days later was named Kūkini, which is a Hawaiian word for messenger. Wisdom’s mate had been on the nest since January 20 when he took over incubation duties while Wisdom headed out to sea. Wisdom returned just as the Super Bowl ended yesterday with her belly full. Shortly after Wisdom arrived, Wisdom’s mate was on the march towards the shoreline and immediately took flight in search of food.

Since I found Wisdom:

64-year-old Laysan Albatross Returns, Spotted with Mate
by Maui Now
November 25, 2015

Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at 62
by Christine Dell’Amore
February 22, 2013