Greater Sage-Grouse populations remain in serious trouble. Photo by Tom Reichner/Shutterstock
The Administration has finalized major changes to the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans. These changes gut vital protections for the grouse; undermine the deal made by Western states and federal officials; and create uncertainty for millions of Westerners and the bird.
The revised plans eliminate vital protections for the sage-grouse. Specifically, most of the Sagebrush Focal Areas — 8.7 million acres of the key habitat for grouse and some 350 other species that were off limits to immediate development in the original plans — are now exposed to increased oil and gas extraction and other energy development.
“Federal administrators began dismantling safeguards put in place by the 2015 plans as soon as they could, removing each layer of conservation management and mitigation,” said Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy for American Bird Conservancy. “Now grouse populations are declining across their range and have nearly disappeared from Washington State and the Dakotas. The trend is ominous.”
“These changes will put the grouse back on a path toward needing an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing,” said Mike Parr, ABC President. “That’s exactly the outcome that the 2015 cooperative plans had sought to prevent.”
Please see additional ABC information on sage-grouse:
American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@abcbirds).
The Scarlet Tanager is just one of 386 migratory bird species that will benefit from passage of the Natural Resources Management Act. Photo by Dan Behm
(Washington, DC, February 25, 2019) Passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), expected tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives, will signify a bipartisan win for birds and people, and a step in the right direction toward advancing wildlife conservation and recreation initiatives. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 98-2.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) strongly believes that passing this bill is essential to achieving our nation’s conservation goals, which support our environment and our economy, through bird-related recreation totaling billions of dollars annually.
The bill includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which supports the protection of federal public lands and waters. It also designates wilderness areas, monuments, and other public lands that will help conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Birds will also benefit from the bill’s reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), which provides direct conservation support for 386 bird species and their habitats in Central and South America, where many birds winter. The Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Cerulean Warbler are just a few examples of bird species that benefit from the NMBCA.
“Thanks to NMBCA funding, we have created a network of reserves to provide essential wintering habitat,” said Andrew Rothman, ABC’s Migratory Bird Program Director. “The NMBCA is one of very few sources of funding available to help protect the full life cycle of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. These species engage in one of the greatest animal migrations on the planet. NMBCA is the lifeline for our migratory birds.”
Since 2002, the NMBCA has supported 570 conservation projects — including habitat protection, monitoring, research, and education — on more than 4.5 million acres of critical bird habitat across 36 countries.
The 2016 State of the Birds Report found that over one-third of North America’s bird species are in decline or facing serious threats.
“This decline signals a broader crisis that Congress has now, through its support of the Natural Resources Management Act, acted upon to help reverse,” said Jennifer Cipolletti, Director of Conservation Advocacy for ABC. “Birds are sensitive indicators of how we are protecting our environment as a whole, so this is an important step and a big win, not only for birds, but for the economy as well.”
American Bird Conservancy applauds the broad bipartisan support for public lands and migratory birds in Congress and across a diverse coalition of conservation and recreation interests. Thanks to this support, the Natural Resources Management Act will preserve vital conservation funding for the country’s birds and the critical habitats they depend upon.
American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@abcbirds).
Alexander Zaidan of Fundação Biodiversitas photographed this female Stresemann’s Bristlefront on Dec. 12, 2018 re-confirming the species’ existence. Hear a recording of the bird.
(Washington, D.C., December 20, 2018) An individual Stresemann’s Bristlefront, one of the world’s most endangered birds, was recently observed in Brazil after months of searches had come up empty. Sightings of the female bristlefront on December 12th and 14th in fragments of habitat in Bahia, Brazil, have renewed hope that there is still time to save this remarkable, ground-nesting songbird from extinction. With only one currently known individual, this may well be the world’s rarest bird — although researchers do hope to find more individuals in the near future.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partner organization in Brazil, Fundação Biodiversitas, have been on high alert about the species’ population, which numbered as few as 15 in recent years. In a bid to assess the current population, Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by ABC, sent a team this fall to scour the species’ remaining habitat, which includes forest within and outside of the Mata do Passarinho, or “Songbird Forest,” Reserve. After several unsuccessful searches, the female bristlefront was seen outside the reserve’s boundaries by Alexander Zaidan of Fundação Biodiversitas and researcher Marcos Rezende Peres. The team also obtained a recording of the bird.
Alexander Zaidan (left) and Marcos Rezende Peres (right) in the field after finding the bristlefront.
Notoriously difficult to detect, the Stresemann's Bristlefront has gone missing previously. It had been undetected for more than 50 years when it was rediscovered in 1995, also in the Brazilian state of Bahia.In 2007, Fundação Biodiversitas, with support from ABC, Rainforest Trust and other organizations, established the Mata do Passarinho Reserve to safeguard habitat for this and other rare species, such as the Banded Cotinga. The reserve preserves an important fragment of Atlantic Forest — one of the most threatened biomes in the world, with less than 10 percent of its original habitat remaining.
About the size of a Gray Catbird or Northern Cardinal, the Stresemann’s Bristlefront is named for the stiff bristles on its face and is classified as a tapaculo — one in a family of 50-plus species found mainly in South America and known for their skulking habits. Unlike most songbirds, this species nests in underground tunnels.
Many details of this bird’s life history remain a mystery, but before these details can be studied, the species' drop toward extinction must be halted. For now, the best chance at saving this species is to protect its remaining habitat.
With a dangerously small population, even slight disturbances could have major impacts on this species, as recent events have illustrated. Over the last five years, this region of northeastern Brazil has suffered an unprecedented drought so severe that it dried up the reserve’s streams. In 2016, fires spread into the reserve, damaging important habitat. Reserve staff report that they saw bristlefronts after the fires, but additional searches in 2017 failed to detect the birds within or near the reserve.
“Although we are relieved that the Stresemann’s Bristlefront continues to survive, the species’ future remains precarious,” said Amy Upgren, Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Program Officer at ABC. “Much more work needs to be done to locate additional individuals and protect additional habitat.”
“Conservationists have recovered a number of bird species from tiny populations, including the Seychelles Magpie-Robin, Whooping Crane, and Lear’s Macaw. We are hopeful that if we can find more birds and take significant action quickly, this bristlefront population can also grow,” said Gláucia Drummond, Executive Director of Fundação Biodiversitas.
“ABC and our partners across the hemisphere are working hard to conserve this and other bird species on the brink of extinction, and to make sure other species don’t decline to such dangerously low population levels,” said Daniel Lebbin, ABC Vice President of Threatened Species.
Searches are continuing in hopes of locating other bristlefronts, including the female’s mate. ABC and partners are also creating an emergency action plan to protect more habitat. To support these efforts, please contact Amy Upgren.
Work to conserve this area and species is supported by a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project, in partnership with UN Environment and BirdLife International, as well as David and Patricia Davidson.
American Bird Conservancyis a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).
Fundação Biodiversitas' mission is the conservation of Brazilian biodiversity. A nongovernmental organization based in Belo Horizonte, Biodiversitas has promoted science-based conservation in Brazil since 1989 and acts as a reference center for the collection and application of scientific knowledge.
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BEFORE Veterinary Help is Available
OCTOBER 22nd, 2018…Two new books and online classes have been unveiled by Denise Fleck, the Pet Safety Crusader™, to help you help your smaller family members in the event of injury or illness and BEFORE you can get to veterinary care! “Basic Bird First Aid” and “First Aid Basics for Rabbits and Pocket Pets” provide the 4-1-1 you need to know should you share your life with or care for a bird, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, mouse or rat. The books and classes teach you how to check vitals and provide an overview into the care and basic needs for each species as well as susceptibilities to illness or injury. In addition to the books, the author has recorded two instructional webinars to help you grasp these basic skills at your own pace. After successful completion of a multiple choice and true/false exam, you will receive a certificate stating you have completed the training.
“Over the years, I have had scores of students use lessons learned in my classes to save an animal in need, and that is the best reward. Up until now that has been mostly dogs and cats, so I want to make sure humans also know how to care for our feathered as well as our tiniest furry best friends,” Fleck explains.
And besides helping pet parents, Fleck want to make sure pet sitters are true professionals continuing to up their education with certificate courses. “I also offer trainings in Dog & Cat First Aid, Senior Pet Care and Pet Disaster Preparedness because as cliché as it may sound, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and I feel it is so important that pet parents and sitters can react confidently using whatever is available at arm’s length. That could include improvising a splint, muzzle, bandage or pet transport, so being able to think on your feet comes with non-stop learning,” Fleck professes.
Having personally taught close to 20,000 humans and millions more on national TV, Fleck’s mission is to help YOU make a difference in the life of an animal through her books and courses. Denise has appeared widely on radio & TV (The Doctors, CNN Headline News, Animal Planet, Kirstie Alley's Big Life and had a weekly segment on KTLA in Los Angeles for several years), has written for pet publications/blogs and authored a dozen books. In 2018, she was named one of Pet Age Magazine's "Women of Influence," Voyage Atlanta Magazine’s “Most Inspiring Story” and won two special awards from the Cat Writers Association. With a soft spot for our older best friends, Denise serves as the President of the Grey Muzzle Organization (aiding senior dogs) and on the boards of both the Emma Zen Foundation (pet oxygen masks) and Thankful Paws (educating on proper procedures for establishing pet food banks).
Topics covered in “First Aid Basics for Rabbits & Pocket Pets” and “Basic Bird First Aid” include:
ü Attacks by Another Animals
ü Bleeding (including Blood Feathers)
ü Bone & Back Injuries
ü Breathing Difficulties & CPR
ü Dehydration & Diarrhea
ü Egg Straining
ü G.I. Stasis
ü Regurgitation vs Vomiting
Both books are available in living color on Amazon while you can learn more about and register for the online classes at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com/products/classes/
The Convention, that took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, gathered together 850 congress attendees of 47 different nationalities, at an event in which the most worldwide-recognised experts in the field participate
[PRESSWIRE] Tenerife, Spain - 12 October, 2018 -- A resounding success: that is the summary of the IX Parrot Congress organised by the Loro Parque Foundation and held last week in Tenerife, where 850 congress participants of 47 different nationalities met. The experience, unique in the world, counted on the participation of the most recognised experts in the field worldwide.
This record number of nationalities present has allowed the interaction of the congress participants with various professionals and experts in different scientific areas, native to each continent where the Loro Parque Foundation develops multiple conservation projects among which are those that have managed to save nine parrot species from extinction. Up to now the Loro Parque Foundation has donated over 18 million dollars to support conservation projects for endangered species around the world.
During the Congress some of the most successful results obtained so far by the projects carried out by the Foundation were detailed, which show that the protection of parrot species also favours the protection of other species. Thus, thanks to these projects it has even been possible to identify new species of fauna -especially reptiles- as well as flora.
A total of 22 international speakers, whose conferences were simultaneously translated into four languages, have contributed their experiences and knowledge throughout this week in which, in addition to talks, many other actions were carried out. This year, in response to an unprecedented demand, intensive workshops were given in the days following the Congress, in which different experts have offered direct training in different fields linked to the world of conservation.
This Congress, unique in the world due to its nature and extraordinary convocation capacity, has moved some 1,000 people around the Island, congress attendees and their companions, who have been able to enjoy the excellence of the climate of Puerto de la Cruz as well as the biodiversity of the Canary Islands. The social programme of the convention also included an impressive typical Canarian dinner in the Plaza del Palacio Municipal in La Orotava; another, no less important, in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; a visit to the Island of Gran Canaria to enjoy the Poema del Mar Aquarium, and, finally, a memorable Gala Dinner in the gardens of the Botánico Hotel.
Big week in Loro Parque
As part of the celebration of the IX Parrot Congress, Loro Parque has also inaugurated its new installation of Pygmy Hippos. The event was enjoyed by a large number of congress attendees, as well as numerous local authorities and representatives of the private sector, who were able to observe up-close an unparalleled naturalised space designed especially by the Park's team for the new arrivals.
In addition, also as part of the Congress programme, the Loro Parque Foundation has awarded the prestigious Gorilla Prize to Rosemary Low, a passionate defender of parrots who has dedicated her life to these birds through breeding and conservation. This year saw the fifteenth edition of this award, which emphasises environmental responsibility, taking into account strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of resources.
New Ware Pet website is now live, in celebration of the company’s 25 years of leadership in fun, innovation and the celebration of the incredible bond between pets and their people
PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018) Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, announces the launch of its new website http://www.warepet.comas it heads to Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018 and the celebration of the Company’s 25thAnniversary.
“It’s hard to believe that Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) is twenty-five years old! When you love what you do every day, it never feels like ‘work.’ We are honored to partner with incredible retailers, distributors, and our own employees to create and serve the pet product industry and pet-parents everywhere with product-solutions that promote a fun, happy and healthy lifestyle. On behalf of our family owned company, we are proud to continue the growth that we’ve established over the past 25 years and we celebrate an unwavering commitment to innovation as we head towards what we know will be a bright future,” states Terri Ware, Co-Owner of Ware Pet Products.
About Ware Pet Products
Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware Pet Products is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike. After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats! We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products. For more information, please visit www.warepet.com.
Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) Announces the Launch of New Product Innovations at Global Pet Expo 2018
New Ware Pet Products will be unveiled at the largest pet product trade show in North America March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL
PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018) Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, will unveil new products at Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018.
In conjunction with the company celebrating its 25thAnniversary at the show, the new products reflect the growth and evolution of the trusted Ware Pet brand of solutions for dogs, cats, birds, small animals/critters, chickens, bees, and the people that love them. Several of the new products featured below are being featured in the show’s prestigious New Product Showcase, making them eligible for 2018 Product of the Year Awards in various categories.
Committed to innovation, fun and celebrating the incredible bond between pets and their people, the company’s new tagline is ware pets play. Graphic: WARE PETS PLAY
Continuing a strengthened commitment to fun and innovation, Ware Pet Products is also unveiling a new “R.T.A.” (Ready To Assemble) collection of cat furniture and playscapes that encourage a dedicated space to play, rest and eat. A leader in the category, Ware will incorporate USA Carpet Tough™ – trademark pending – which is durable cat furniture made with carpet from the USA.
“As a leader of innovation in multiple categories of pet product solutions, we feel that the move from Ware Manufacturing to Ware Pet Products more clearly conveys what our company is all about and what our solutions offer pet-parents across the country: functionality, fun and safety.” states John Gerstenberger, Vice President of Product Development for Ware Pet Products.
New Ware Pet Products launching at the prestigious Global Pet Expo 2018 include:
R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) Cat Furniture featuring USA Carpet Tough™:Ware’s newest collection of cat furniture offers the same great features and benefits of Ware’s existing pre-assembled cat furniture as a spot to rest, play and dine, but new for 2018 is Ware Pet’s R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) feline furniture line with USA Carpet Tough™ - durable USA carpet in a 4 colors (tan, brown, grey and cream) chosen to best complement most home decors. The 4 structures available include: The Plateau Palace, Contemporary Skyline, R&R Palace, and the 4 Level Condo Palace. AnRTAfurniture option offers cat owners an easier way to transport the furniture from the store to their home, and also offers retailers a space-efficient solution for the cat furniture section of their stores.
Photos (2, examples):
- Ware - The Plateau Palace: MSRP $199.99
- Ware - Contemporary Skyline MSRP $299.99
- Ware - R&R Palace MSRP $249.99
- Ware - 4 Level Condo Palace MSRP $269.99
Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout: Soft and secure for small “critters”, this product serves the rapidly growing small animal pet owner population. The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout is resistant to stains and odors. MSRP: $8.99
Kapok Build-a-Bed + Kapok Build-a-Hut + Kapok Build-a-Nest: Softest bedding to keep a small critter cozy; Eco-friendly, the packaging for these products actually transforms into the product itself…turning into a bed, a hut, or a nest. Each product is printed with vegetable based inks making this product convertible, efficient and safe to chew. MSRP $3.99
Critter Crackers: A 3-pack of wholesome chews, made from high fiber timothy hay, offers a terrific and healthy option for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small animals.Available in sea creature shapes or zoo creature shapes for added fun. MSRP: $6.99
Lucky Flyer and Cruise-N-Snooze: Naturally safe to chew, this small animal item is great for hiding, resting or nesting.MSRP: $7.99
Chill Stone: Chew proof dolomite construction helps keep small animals and critters cool and comfortable. Much lighter weight than granite. MSRP $9.99
PHOTOS for Small Animal:
Ware Kapok Build-A-Bed - click HERE
Ware Kapok Build-A-Nest - click HERE
Ware Pet Loofah Salad (assortment) - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Bouquet - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Cone with Timothy Hay - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Shroom - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Banana Healthy Chew - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Bouquet - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Bread Man - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Carrot - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Cookie - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Sunflower - click HERE
Ware Tabby Cat Hideout - click HERE
Coop Control for Chickens: Reduces “fowl” odors, Coop Control is 97% Bio-Based organic carbon and safe for chickens to ingest. Sprinkle in pen to minimize odors, and USDA certified Bio-Based. MSRP: $16.99
Walk In Chicken Coop: This Walk in Chicken Coop includes 4 nest boxes and features predator-resistant hardware for added safety and security. Accommodates a height of 5’5”. MRSP $669.99
(and what you have is the Ware Belgian Barn Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/5_14059_chicken_coop.jpg
Insulated Chicken Water Cooler– To be featured in the New Product Showcase, this insulated water cooler is a great offering for the growing number of pet lovers that are adding pet chickens to their family.
Sideways Sipper Cooler Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_InsulatedCooler.jpg
Sideways Sipper (single) Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_largeNips.png
Bird Central: 2 versions (1 for cockatiel and conure and 1 for parakeet and finch), this easy-fill control feeding station with toy access, and a pull out toy for quick and easy cleaning. MRSP: $99.99 for Parakeet/Finch and $$129.99 for Cockatiel/Conure)
Photo : Bird Central for Parakeet / Finch http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17322_BCC_ParakeetNFinch.jpg
Photo: Bird Central for Cocktaiel/Conure http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17323_BCC_CockatielNConure.jpg
High Resolution Logos + New Product Images, please click to access:
- ware pets playtagline (new!): click HERE
- WareLucky Flyer: click HERE
- WarePurrfect Penthouse: click HERE
- WareRTA Cat Furniture collection:
- - Contemporary Skyline (Grey)
- - The Plateau Palace (Brown)
- - 4 Level Condo Palace (Cream)
- - The R&R Palace (Tan)
- WareKitty Corner: click HERE
- WareTabby Cat Hamster Hideout: click HERE
- WareWalk In Chicken Coop: click HERE
- WareKapok Hut: click HERE
- Ware Kapok Build a Nest: click HERE
About Ware Pet Products
Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike. After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats! We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products. For more information, please visit http://www.warepet.com.
More than 100 miles of risky powerlines marked to prevent collisions
Whooping Crane family. The work to reduce the threat of colliding with powerlines is taking place in Kansas around the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms — important stopover areas between the species’ wintering and breeding grounds. Photo by Richard Seeley/Shutterstock
(Washington, D.C., August 23, 2018) Endangered Whooping Cranes are safer during their twice-yearly migratory journeys, thanks to years of effort by Kansas utility companies to identify and mark powerlines that pose the greatest risk to the birds. Although rare, collision with powerlines is the greatest known source of mortality for fledged Whooping Cranes.
“Whooping Cranes number only about 750 in the world, including more than 500 that migrate between Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Texas and their Canadian breeding grounds,” said Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy at American Bird Conservancy. “We’re grateful for the work by Westar Energy and other companies who are helping to make the Whooping Crane’s long-distance journey safer and more likely to succeed.”
The work to reduce the threat of colliding with powerlines is taking place in Kansas around the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms — important stopover areas between the species’ wintering and breeding grounds. These sites provide essential habitat allowing the birds to rest and refuel before continuing the 2,500-mile journey.
The Kansas Electric Utility Whooping Crane Conservation Plan and associated Advisory Group was formed in 2013 in response to line-marking guidance released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010. Members of the Advisory Group include the Kansas Electric Power Cooperative; Kansas Biological Survey; Midwest Energy; Westar Energy; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Kansas Ornithological Society; The Nature Conservancy; Sunflower Electric Power Corp.; and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (advisory).
Participating Kansas electrical utilities aimed to pool financial resources and collaborate to make the highest-risk lines safer for cranes, regardless of which company owned and operated the lines. All powerlines within 5 miles of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira were assessed for marking based on the surrounding landscape and documented habitat selection criteria often used by Whooping Cranes.
(See sample map of powerline priority marking areas, below.)
Using guidelines developed by the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, various marker designs have been used in this effort. While most markers can be installed by hand, some require the use of helicopters to install these markers on transmission lines that are not accessible from the ground due to height and safety reasons.
“Since 2015, 160 miles of ‘high-priority’ lines designated at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira have been marked,” said Eric Johnson, Biology Coordinator for Westar Energy. “By the end of 2019 all 113 miles of high-priority lines at Cheyenne Bottoms will be completed and 90 miles out of 130 will be marked at Quivira.”
"It has been very exciting to see how industry, regulators, and organizations come together to identify high priority areas that can then be addressed with line marking to help protect not only Whooping Cranes, but so many other species that can be at risk from line collisions," said Chuck Otte, Kansas Ornithological Society and member of the Advisory Group.
In addition, an American Bird Conservancy and International Crane Foundation Whooping Crane mapping study provided additional data, analyzing the distribution of wind turbines and associated powerlines and towers near stopover sites in the crane’s migratory corridor. These intersections with powerlines will be reviewed by the companies for inclusion in line-marking efforts in the future.
Map: Powerline Priority Marking Areas for Cheyenne Bottoms
American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter(@abcbirds1).
The Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) leads the electric utility industry in protecting avian resources while enhancing reliable energy delivery.
KCP&L and Westar Energy: Serving approximately 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.
Blue-throated Macaw numbers only about 300 in the wild – but it’s hoped that the population will increase through acquisition of the new reserve and ongoing nest box program. Photo by Daniel Alarcon. //www.flickr.com/photos/128583429@N05/sets/72157691397221540">Additional photos are available of Blue-throated Macaw, the reserve, and nest boxes.
(Washington, D.C., August 20, 2018) The largest known group of nesting Blue-throated Macaws — a Critically Endangered species numbering only about 300 in the wild, all in Bolivia — is now a protected nature reserve, thanks to a land purchase made by Bolivian conservation organization Asociación Armonía with support from American Bird Conservancy, the International Conservation Fund of Canada, IUCN Netherlands, and World Land Trust.
The 1,680-acre (680-hectare) reserve is located in central Bolivia in the Beni savanna. Previously a cattle ranch, it is the site of Armonía’s ongoing artificial nest box program, launched in 2005 to boost the macaw’s population. Demonstrating the potential for this area to support the recovery of the species, 51 Blue-throated Macaws have since fledged from the reserve, and in 2017, a pair of macaws that fledged from the nest boxes returned to breed.
The Blue-throated Macaw has been declining in population for the last century. Habitat destruction is a key driver of this decline, including the removal and burning of large trees suitable for nesting, while capture of the birds for the international pet trade has also played a role.
The new reserve, together with Armonía’s existing Barba Azul Nature Reserve, establishes a total area of protected land for the Blue-throated Macaw of 28,862 acres (11,680 hectares).
“Increasing the Blue-throated Macaw population is more likely now that Armonía has secured this important site as a reserve,” said Rodrigo Soria, Executive Director of Asociación Armonía. “This acquisition means that we can continue the successful nest box program without worry of changing land ownership and management.”
Armonía has named the new reserve the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in tribute to Laney Rickman (1952 – 2017), founder of the Texas-based nonprofit Bird Endowment. Rickman expanded and supported the macaw nest box program since 2006 in partnership with Asociación Armonía as an annual campaign, Nido Adoptivo™, to raise funds to build and deploy the boxes.
To further honor Laney Rickman’s legacy, the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund has been established by her family, Asociación Armonía, and American Bird Conservancy. Donations are welcome and will provide vital long-term support for the nest box program as well as habitat conservation and reserve management. Donations received in 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
American Bird Conservancy is grateful for the generous support of the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, the March Conservation Fund, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory-Tropical Forest Forever Fund, David and Patricia Davidson, and an anonymous donor, who helped make the purchase of this new reserve possible.
American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@abcbirds1).
Asociación Armonía (www.armonia-bo.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their natural habitat in Bolivia. Armonía’s conservation actions are based on scientific studies and active involvement of local communities, respecting their culture and knowledge. Asociación Armonía is the Bolivian key partner of American Bird Conservancy, BirdLife International, ICFC, and World Land Trust.
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Bold commitment to map and conserve “last frontiers” for 230 birds, turtles, and more
The stunning Araripe Manakin is found in one of approximately 150 Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction sites, Chapada do Araripe. Photo by Ciro Albano. (Additional photos available on request.)
(Washington, D.C., August 6, 2018)Brazil has established itself as a world leader in biodiversity protection, becoming the first nation in the world to adopt the global Alliance for Zero Extinction(AZE) framework to identify and map sites holding the last known populations of highly threatened species.
The Ministry of Environment of Brazil published an ordinance in July 2018 recognizing AZE sites as an official tool to implement national policies for protection of the country's threatened species.
Brazil is home to nearly 150 critical sites that are together the last frontiers for more than 200 endangered species. “The main goal is to put a spotlight on the last refuges of the most threatened species in Brazil,” explained Ugo Eichler Vercillo, Director of Species Conservation and Management for the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil. “It will help to promote the integration of public policies and private actions at these sites.”
Called the Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction (BAZE), the initiative was inspired by the global AZE, which comprises over 90 nongovernmental biodiversity conservation organizations and engages with governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and others to identify and effectively conserve the most important sites in the world for preventing imminent species extinctions.
“The Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction will create a site map that acts as a compass for public and private conservation policy, pointing out species with conservation gaps and turning on a red light to indicate critical areas,” said Gláucia Drummond, President of the Brazilian conservation group Fundação Biodiversitas. Biodiversitas is a member of the global AZE Steering Committee and is the Brazilian leader of the BAZE.
"Congratulations to Brazil for this important step," said Mike Parr, Chair of the Alliance for Zero Extinction and President of American Bird Conservancy. "Of all the world's problems, preventing imminent species extinctions is one of the most solvable. Brazil just took a giant step forward toward this solution."
BAZE contributes to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially those of Target 11, which focus on conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity. It will also contribute to Target 12, with a focus on avoiding the extinction of species. These targets have been set at a global level under the CBD with a goal of achieving the targets by 2020.
Encouragingly, Brazil has also secured a commitment for additional CBD-signatory nations to consider adopting the AZE approach within their borders. The initiative, led by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, is currently set for discussion at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 14), to be held in November in Egypt.
Work on the global AZE program is supported by the Global Environment Facility in conjunction with ABC, BirdLife International, and the United Nations Environment Program.
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