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Migratory Bird Protections Under Fire

 

Seventeen former Department of Interior officials have written a letter protesting a new DOI ruling that exempts industry for negligent deaths of birds, and may violate the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and other nations.

 

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Seventeen former Department of Interior officials have written a letter protesting a new DOI ruling that exempts industry for negligent deaths of birds, and may violate the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and other nations.

Making a Bird List and Checking It Twice

 

At Christmastime every year, tens of thousands of birdwatchers across the country head out for an annual count. These citizen scientists provide important data for academics and decision-makers. We follow California Oceanside teams as they hunt for birds at lagoons, saltwater marshes and beaches.

 

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Babysitting Arctic Terns

 

Arctic terns undertake the longest known migration on earth, travelling more than 50,000 miles per year. But reduced habitat threatens nesting sites, so a conservation organization in the U.K. leads a babysitting endeavor that has helped dramatically increase the number of fledglings on the Northumberland coast.

 

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Year of the Bird

 

Conservation organizations are marking 2018 as the Year of The Bird, to celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Writer and novelist Jonathan Franzen tells how a walk in New York City’s Central Park opened his eyes to the pleasures of birdwatching, why the Treaty was necessary a century ago and the many perils that birds still face today.

 

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Offshore Drilling Under Fire

 

The Trump Administration’s plans to open up nearly all the US outer continental shelf to offshore drilling drew criticism on both sides of the aisle, saying it risks spills and the health of the planet. Then US Interior Secretary Zinke exempted Florida, a move that caused lawmakers from several other coastal states to ask for similar treatment.

 

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Nature, The First Best Teacher

 

Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States. There’s evidence that kids who learn outdoors have better academic results that include higher scores on standardized tests – all while learning to love the outdoors and have fun.

 

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Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

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Jim's Bees

 

Bees have remarkable skills to communicate and create wholesome food from flowers. Yet they can also terrify.

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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Year of the Bird

Conservation organizations are marking 2018 as the Year of The Bird, to celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Writer and novelist Jonathan Franzen tells how a walk in New York City’s Central Park opened his eyes to the pleasures of birdwatching, why the Treaty was necessary a century ago and the many perils that birds still face today.

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Making a Bird List and Checking It Twice

At Christmastime every year, tens of thousands of birdwatchers across the country head out for an annual count. These citizen scientists provide important data for academics and decision-makers. We follow California Oceanside teams as they hunt for birds at lagoons, saltwater marshes and beaches.

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Migratory Bird Protections Under Fire

Seventeen former Department of Interior officials have written a letter protesting a new DOI ruling that exempts industry for negligent deaths of birds, and may violate the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and other nations.

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This Week’s Show
January 19, 2018
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Migratory Bird Protections Under Fire

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Seventeen former Department of Interior officials have written a letter protesting a new DOI ruling that exempts industry for negligent deaths of birds, and may violate the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and other nations.

Beyond the Headlines

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In keeping with this week’s theme, we cover a new and surprising danger to an already threatened bird: the Northern Spotted Owl. Also subject to new environmental dangers is the Giant Panda, according to recent research. For this week’s history lesson, we recall William O. Douglas, the greenest judge to ever sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Making a Bird List and Checking It Twice

listen / download
At Christmastime every year, tens of thousands of birdwatchers across the country head out for an annual count. These citizen scientists provide important data for academics and decision-makers. We follow California Oceanside teams as they hunt for birds at lagoons, saltwater marshes and beaches.

Babysitting Arctic Terns

listen / download
Arctic terns undertake the longest known migration on earth, travelling more than 50,000 miles per year. But reduced habitat threatens nesting sites, so a conservation organization in the U.K. leads a babysitting endeavor that has helped dramatically increase the number of fledglings on the Northumberland coast.

Year of the Bird

listen / download
Conservation organizations are marking 2018 as the Year of The Bird, to celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Writer and novelist Jonathan Franzen tells how a walk in New York City’s Central Park opened his eyes to the pleasures of birdwatching, why the Treaty was necessary a century ago and the many perils that birds still face today.

BirdNote®: Help Screech-Owls Find Homes

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The tree cavities left behind by woodpeckers are an ideal home for Screech-Owls, but they’re often in short supply. In this BirdNote®, Michael Stein describes how you can make an enticing home for a Screech-Owl pair, with just a few pieces of wood, a saw and a spare hour or two.


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