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  • Breeding poultry with improved natural resistance

    Is it possible to improve the natural immunity of poultry through breeding? Selection of poultry with high levels of natural antibodies, will increase animal welfare , reduce antibiotic usage and increase profit. Wageningen UR researcher Tom Berghof stands on the threshold of this process. “Thanks to DNA markers we will in future be capable of selecting animals with high levels of natural ...

  • Migratory birds threatened by changing environment, UN warns

    Numbers of migratory birds – considered to be some of the best gauges of the state of global biodiversity – are plunging in the face of a changing environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.Marking World Migratory Bird Day, the agency said that the decline is being recorded for many species along all of the main migration corridors, which birds utilize on their ...


    By United Nations

  • Poor soil quality may reduce farmland bird population

    Researchers have investigated the relationship between soil quality and the decline of yellow wagtail birds on arable farmland in the UK. The results suggest that reduced soil penetrability in particular affects the numbers and distribution of the species. Modern, intensive-farming methods can lead to changes in habitats with a loss in biodiversity, including farmland bird species. Degradation ...

  • Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

    An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has infected a third turkey farm in the state, this time a ...


    By Associated Press

  • SFI and Audubon Team Up Bird Scientists with Forest Managers to Implement Conservation Programs

     The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) announced today that it has awarded the National Audubon Society $60,000 under the SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant Program. The three-year project is designed to develop and implement the latest bird conservation best practices by engaging Audubon scientists working closely with forest managers across six states ...


    By National Audubon Society

  • State fairs won`t press broiler industry`s bird flu luck

    The South is the heart of U.S. broiler chicken production and escaped the deadly bird flu virus that devastated flocks in the Midwest this spring. Autumn, however, brings the possibility that migrating wild birds will carry the virus to the lower half of the U.S. To try to keep bird flu at arm's length, a number of states are barring or limiting poultry shows and public sales, including those at ...


    By Associated Press

  • African Grey Parrots Drastically Drop in Numbers

    Throughout west and central Africa, African Greys have been disappearing due to forest loss and pet trade. Bird-X Inc., provider of humane bird control solutions, discusses a recent blog referencing the event. As stated in Bird-X’s recent ...


    By Bird-X Inc.

  • Environment: Commission urges Malta to refrain from finch trapping

    The European Commission is asking the Maltese government to reconsider its decision to resume traditional finch trapping. This practice is prohibited under EU legislation on the conservation of wild birds. The case concerns Malta's decision to apply a derogation to the ...

  • Silage harvesting partly responsible for decline in skylarks

    Farmland birds like skylarks are attracted to nest in agricultural grassland, but repeated harvesting for silage causes most nests to fail. This study showed that skylark breeding success in silage was too low to sustain local populations. The researchers say that grass silage is a hostile environment for breeding skylarks and conservation efforts should focus on making other parts of the ...

  • Commission refers MALTA to the Court of Justice of the EU over finch trapping

    The European Commission is referring Malta to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for its decision to allow finch trapping on its territory. The European Commission is referring Malta to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) over its decision to allow finch trapping on its territory as of 2014. The case concerns Malta's decision to allow the live ...

  • Ohio Poultry Owners Advised to Increase Biosecurity as Virus Spreads in Western U.S.

    Three worrisome strains of avian flu have been detected in birds out West. These viruses can cause serious disease in birds, and their appearance has prompted poultry veterinarians at The Ohio State University to recommend that Ohio’s commercial producers and backyard chicken enthusiasts alike take precautions to protect their flocks. The strains are related to a virus ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Help wildlife feed the family this summer

    Despite a commonly-held view that wild creatures only need help finding food during winter months, the RSPB is urging people to put out food this summer too. Food shortages can occur at any time of year and this can be a major problem for garden birds especially, which are currently trying to find food to feed hungry chicks. Cool and wet conditions such as those experienced in ...

  • Flood Forests are the ‘banks’ storing the wealth of Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

    The 38 floodplain forests of Mali’s Inner Niger Delta are very important to the economy and livelihoods of the 1.5 million people who live there. They contain much of the natural wealth of the delta and are therefore referred to locally as ‘banks’. These forests of Acacia kirkii trees in the arid Sahel are seasonally flooded and help bring the delta to life for both ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Traditional farming `can save threatened species`

    Traditional farming methods are crucial for protecting a number of threatened bird species in the developing world, including bustards, cranes, ibises and vultures, a study has found. Livestock grazing and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Audubon Hog Island Camp in Maine Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    One of the nation's greatest environmental education success stories will be celebrated August 20 as Audubon's Hog Island Camp marks 75 years of connecting people with nature. Since 1936, some of the world's most respected naturalists have inspired campers of all ages to learn about and protect birds and the environment. ...


    By National Audubon Society

  • Dow St. Charles operations and audubon nature institute pioneer whooping crane return to louisiana

    After nearly 80 years, North America's tallest bird is finally coming home. The Dow Chemical Company's (NYSE: DOW) St. Charles Operations (SCO) announced today a three-year sponsorship of the Audubon Nature Institute's Whooping Crane Recovery Program which plans to restore the endangered Whooping Crane to its native Louisiana environment. "We are thrilled and honored to be a part of returning an ...

  • Jersey Central Power and Light Takes on Second Critical Habitat Improvement Project in New Jersey

     Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) initiated its second critical habitat restoration project as part of their participation in NJ Audubon's Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC), at the Yards Creek Scout Reservation.  Volunteering the use of personnel and heavy equipment, JCP&L provided a key component in removing non-native invasive vegetation that had severely impacted ...

  • Global ReLeaf marks 20th anniversary at KWWF

    The Kirtland"s Warbler Wildlife Festival (KWWF) has drawn thousands of birding and nature enthusiasts to its annual "celebration of nature" held on the third Saturday in May at Kirtland Community College"s main campus near Roscommon. This year, the festival will also help celebrate a very important anniversary, as well as a gracious donation that will benefit the area"s wildlife for years to ...

  • Successful Breeder Management is All in the Details

    "How do we optimize egg production? We all know that a lot of things have to fall into place…programs such as housing and nutrition, but the biggest factor is understanding the reproductive system in both male and female breeders,” remarked Chad Mason, breeder-hatchery manager with Columbia Farms, a division of House of Raeford, at USPOULTRY’s 2014 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic held ...

  • Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats

    The catastrophic wildfires that have swept across Russia this summer have killed at least 50 people and could cost the country's economy an estimated US$15 billion. But among the hidden victims of the fires are small, nocturnal animals that are fast losing their habitats. Russia's bat population - which boasts some 30 species - has been hit especially hard by the flames. The areas worst affected ...

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