BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!

If you would study the law of a country, consider yourself on an ambling tour of that "ship of state," its deck filled with crew hubbub and the creaking of mooring -- a massive, labyrinthine ship, which turns only deadeningly slow in the water. In August, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!

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HatchLine: Feral Macaws Muse in Coconut Palms

Coral Gables, Florida -- The rubicund sun lengthened the shadows as we stood on a Miami flagstone patio craning our necks, gazing awestruck at six blue and gold macaws roosting high in the tops of royal palms.  Fully half of the remaining flock has showed up to be seen, as if they knew visitors were … Continue reading HatchLine: Feral Macaws Muse in Coconut Palms

Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

This year the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 ("MBTA", 16 U.S.C. 703-712) celebrates one century of international coordination on bird conservation with Canada. The MBTA is a US public law implementing a US-UK treaty negotiated by the United Kingdom on behalf of Canada. Later, Mexico, Japan and the Soviet Union (now as its successor … Continue reading Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

World Wetlands Day: An observation

Tomorrow, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day.  This year's theme is Sustainable Urban Wetlands.  Currently half the world's population lives in urban settings, but by 2050 that figure will be 66 percent.  Shrinking wetlands will not only have huge impacts on wildlife, but their decline also affects the livability of cities. Read the latest Birds … Continue reading World Wetlands Day: An observation