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August 2011 News Roundup


American Bird Conservancy's Monthly News Roundup
Our Top Stories from August 2011

New Reserve in Peru Protects Birds, New Plant and Frog Species

Powerful Woodpecker by Kevin HeffernanA new nature reserve in central Peru has been established through the efforts of American Bird Conservancy and Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos, a leading Peruvian conservation group. The new San Marcos Private Conservation Area covers more than 2,400 acres, protecting important high-altitude cloud forests.

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Washington Western Bluebird Reintroduction Effort a Success!

Western Bluebird chicks by Lauren RossA five-year cooperative effort involving several organizations has succeeded in returning the Western Bluebird to Washington’s San Juan Islands. The bird had historically inhabited the islands, but changing land use practices and a paucity of nesting sites meant the species had not nested there for over 40 years.

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Leading Bird Conservation Group Hails New Federal Lead Clean-up of Midway Island

Laysan Albatross, Clipart.comAmerican Bird Conservancy applauded the start of the first phase of a $21 million effort to remove lead-based paint from Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. This action is the largest step forward to date in solving a decades-old problem that has resulted in the death of as many as 130,000 Laysan Albatross chicks since jurisdiction of the island was transferred to the Department of the Interior from the Navy in 1996.

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Study Shows Population of Three Endangered Hawaiian Waterbirds on the Rise

Black-necked Stilt by Alan Wilson

A recent study published in the journal Population Ecology shows increasing populations of three endemic and endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, with two of those birds showing steep increases in recent years. The Hawaiian Common Moorhen, the Hawaiian Coot, and the Hawaiian Black-necked Stilt were the subjects of the study; all have been listed under the Endangered Species Act for over 40 years.

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New Bird Species Revealed to Science After 50 Years in Museum Drawer

Bryan's Shearwater, Smithsonian Institution

A bird specimen that sat in a drawer at the Smithsonian for nearly 50 years has been revealed to be a totally new species to science, the first in the United States for 37 years.

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Photos: Powerful Woodpecker by Kevin Heffernan; Western Bluebird chicks by Lauren Ross;
Laysan Albatross, Clipart.com; Black-necked Stilt by Alan Wilson; Bryan's Shearwater, Smithsonian Institution



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BirdLife Community - Record flock of migrating Sociable Lapwings recorded in Kazakhstan


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09/01/2011 Record flock of migrating Sociable Lapwings recorded in Kazakhstan

BirdLife International scientists monitoring migrating Sociable Lapwings in the heart of the Great Steppe have recently discovered the largest single flock seen in Kazakhstan since 1939.

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