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This article highlights the impact of penguin flipper tagging on reproduction and migration.
GARDENING FOR THE BEES
This weekend I noticed an abundance of wildflowers in bloom and only a couple of honeybees over my several acres. Recently the population of Bees has dramatically declined. This is possibly due to the increased use of pesticides and also the colony collapse disorder. Texas Bee Watchers has a website that provides a lot of information on identifying the bees. They provide a list of Texas Bee friendly plants for your garden. Here is an interesting article from the UK on what plants to grow to attract Bumblebees and of course the HoneyBees here in Texas too. We need to do all we can to help the bee population rebound. Gardening for the BEES
I Found a Baby Bird !! Now what?
A baby bird's best chance for survival is its mother. If the bird has feathers and is safe from fire ants, cats, dogs and people, just watch it from a distance to see if the mother bird is still caring for the fledgling .
If the birdis a nestling ( has no or few feathers) and you know where the nest is, then put it back.
If you do not know where the nest is, then try making a substitute nest. Use a berry basket or other container, and line it with grass and hang from a nearby tree. Watch to see if the mama bird takes care of the baby bird within an hour.. If not, then call a wildlife rebilitator
If the bird is hurt or sick ( unable to flutter wings, bleeding, wings drooping, weak or shivering)....then call a wildlife rehabilitator.
List of Texas Wildlife rehabilitators
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a non profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about Birds of Prey and their importance in the North Texas environment through outreach programming with live raptors.
They are also developing a permanent location as an educational center and rehab hospital for wild birds of prey when they become injured, sick, or orpaned here in North Texas.WRC provides compassionate care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds and small mammals for the purposes of release and education.
Last Chance Forever is a Bird of Prey Conservancy. It helps sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey return to their natural habitat. Birds that are deemed non releasable and are not suffering physical pain are utilized as educational ambassadors and are provided permanent sanctuary. Located in San Antonio
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The Canadian Wildlife Service (the federal government of Canada's wildlife agency), Wildlife Preservation Canada (a non-profit environmental organization) and the Loggerhead Shrike, migrans subspecies Recovery Team are seeking your assistance in the recovery of the Loggerhead Shrike, migrans subspecies, a federally-listed endangered species in Canada. The Loggerhead Shrike, migrans subspecies Recovery Program includes a captive breeding and release program; as part of this program, birds are banded and this year an extensive area of their breast colored. We are seeking assistance in reporting shrikes with colored breasts and/or wearing bands to obtain information on their wintering areas and migration routes.
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE SIGHTINGS – Loggerhead Shrikes are declining across much of their range. In Canada , the migrans subspecies is considered critically endangered, with less than 25 pairs found in 2010. The vast majority of pairs now breed in Ontario . An extremely active and multi-faceted recovery program is underway for this species in Ontario , including a captive breeding and release program. This program has been releasing approximately 100 juvenile shrikes annually since 2006. While much is known and has been learned about this species, a critical piece of the puzzle is still missing: where exactly do these birds spend the winter? To maximize our chances of locating wintering areas and better define migration routes we will be coloring the breast of released young produced from the captive breeding program, to make them more detectable by birders. Birds have been released in July and August. Birds will have an extensive area of their breast colored in green, blue or purple. All released birds, and a large proportion of the wild population, are also color banded. If you see a shrike with a colored breast and/or wearing bands, please report it to Wildlife Preservation Canada at (EM: firstname.lastname@example.org , PH: 519-836-9314, FX: 519-836-8840). We will need details about specific location (GPS coordinates are ideal, but not essential) and color(s) (breast and/or bands) seen.