Archive for American Bird Conservancy

Conservation Groups Call on Federal Agencies to Halt Plan to Kill 4,000 Ravens

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s (IDFG) plan to increase numbers of Greater Sage-Grouse by poisoning up to 4,000 Common Ravens—a species that has been shown to only minimally impact grouse populations—has drawn objections from conservation groups, which have signed letters to Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Dan Ashe and Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack, calling for the two organizations to halt the effort. FWS approved the poisoning plan developed by USDA at the request of IDFG. Continue reading

Key U.S. Bird Migration Corridor Continues to be Target

Another new proposal to develop wind energy in a key U.S. bird migration corridor on Lake Erie has brought calls for the “Icebreaker” wind development project to be evaluated through a comprehensive review process that would better ensure reduced impacts to millions of birds that are known to frequent the area. Continue reading

One of the North Atlantic’s Most Endangered Seabirds Now Being Tracked by Satellite

A new study has begun that for the first time will track via satellite one of the North Atlantic’s most threatened seabirds—the Black-capped Petrel—to help better understand the movements and threats faced at sea by this globally endangered species. Continue reading

Leading Bird Group Calls for More Review of Md. Wind Farm

American Bird Conservancy, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations, is calling for a detailed reanalysis of a proposed wind power facility in Maryland that could prove to be the single most deadly project for Bald Eagles in the Americas. Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Help Spring’s Migrating Birds

Despite persistent late-occurring snowstorms, average temperatures are starting to climb, soon to be followed by the most deadly period of the year for birds: springtime. Continue reading

Bird Groups Raise Alarms over Wind Industry Installation of Six Giant Wind Turbines in Critical Great Lakes Bird Migration Corridor

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) charge that millions of migrating and federally protected birds, including an active Bald Eagle nest, will be threatened by an Ohio wind development currently under construction. The concern was raised in a letter sent this week to federal officials. Continue reading

Landmark Arizona Birding Property Saved by Purchase

Paton’s Birder Haven, southeast Arizona’s mecca for thousands of birders worldwide, is now assured of long-term protection following a successful and spirited international fundraising campaign. American Bird Conservancy (ABC), in partnership with Tucson Audubon Society and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours worked together to raise the funds to acquire the historic property. Continue reading

Camp Perry Wind Turbine Project Halted Following Threat to Sue and Petition Campaign

One of several wind turbine projects planned for the shores of Lake Erie, in one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere, has been halted following submission of a letter of intent to sue from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). The two groups had vigorously opposed the project due to its exceptionally high risk to federally protected wildlife. Continue reading

Scientists and Conservation Groups Oppose Oregon Logging Plan

The proposed O & C Land Grant Act, S. 1784, would increase the risk of extinction for the Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl, two species protected by the Endangered Species Act and President Bill Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan, according to scientists as well as local, regional, and national conservation groups including American Bird Conservancy (ABC). Continue reading

Leading Bird Group Identifies Concerns with Chesapeake Bay Wind Project

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading U.S. bird conservation group, has identified numerous concerns in a letter to federal officials in connection with the proposed wind power development on the Chesapeake Bay—an important breeding and foraging habitat for birds such as Bald Eagles and waterfowl—that may feature around two dozen 600-foot tall wind turbines with blade sweeps longer than a football field. Continue reading