Today, January 5th, is National Bird Day, a day to appreciate our own native wild birds and a day to reflect on how we treat the native birds of other countries. On this 6th annual National Bird Day Born Free USA and the Avian Welfare Coaltion are calling on activists around the United States to take action on behalf of captive birds by drawing attention to the exploitation of other countries' native birds by the U.S. pet industry. An online auction that starts today supports the cause. For more information visit the official website at NationalBirdDay.com.
Mariah and Kaver, the Peregrine Falcons over at the Rochester Falconcam
, are currently brooding five eggs. Mariah laid the last egg on April 7th. Calculations put the eggs hatching right around Mother's Day.
Last year Mariah also laid five eggs, but one egg mysteriously disappeared from the scrape sometime during incubation. Four eggs were hatched and all four eyases successfully fledged.
Check out the Falconcam's blog, Imprints
, to learn all about Mariah & Kaver and to read updates on chicks hatched in previous years. Some of them are stars of their own cams!
And remember, a full 30% of all Birdorable Mariah & Kaver
retail sales will be donated to the Rochester Falconcam.
Two weeks from today is Earth Day. April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, when on April 22th twenty million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. The Earth's area covered by rainforests is rapidly shrinking as rainforests have been subjected to heavy logging and agricultural clearance throughout the 20th century. Thousands of species are being driven to extinction each year due to the removal of habitat with destruction of the rainforests. :( Show your rainforest support with this Birdorable design featuring the South American Keel-billed Toucan:
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The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is one of the largest woodpecker species in the world. The bird is shiny blue-black with extensive white markings on its neck and on both the upper and lower trailing edges of its wings. It has a pure white bill and displays a prominent top crest, red in the male and black in the female.
That is what most people agree on, but what they don't agree on is if it's either extremely rare or extinct! There is no solid proof of recent sightings of the birds, but some people do claim they have seen it in the woods of the Southeastern United States.
Heavy logging activity and hunting by collectors decimated the population of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the late 1800s. It was generally considered extinct in the 1920s, when a pair turned up in Florida, only to be shot for specimens. By 1938, an estimated 20 individuals remained in the wild, some 6-8 of which were located in the old-growth forest called the Singer Tract in Louisiana.
By 1944 the last known Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a female, was gone from the cut-over tract. Reports of at least one male bird in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005 were reported in April 2005 by a team led by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. But no real evidence exist of the sighting, making many believe that the bird is extinct. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is the miracle bird of the century - or is it?
Either way, this chubby Birdorable Ivory-billed Woodpecker is too cute! Support a positive reappearance of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker with this "I Want to Believe" design. Here are some great gift ideas for birders, IBWO believers or aficionados of cute! Support the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and wear this design.