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Introducing eBird Taiwan
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has announced the launch of eBird Taiwan—a regional eBird portal dedicated to the island nation of Taiwan.

EDUCATION
Jacelyn Downey Audubon Educator of the Year
Congratulations to Jacelyn Downey, Flying WILD Coordinator and Audubon Rockies Education Programs Manager, for receiving National Audubon's highest education award, the 2014 Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year.

EVENTS
Raptor Program on W. Virginia's Blennerhassett Island Aug. 22
Come to West Virginia's Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Sunday, Aug. 22, for the Birds of Prey educational program featuring live birds presented by Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center.
Salamonie (Ind.) Interpretive Center Hosts Bird Scavenger Hunt
Stop by Salamonie Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake in Andrews, Ind. for a self-guided Bird Scavenger Hunt, Aug. 15, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Columbus (Ohio) Audubon to Host Swift Counts
As Chimney Swifts get ready to migrate south in August and September, Columbus Audubon is ready to watch them!
Annual Minnesota Audubon Chimney Swift Sits
Every year between late July and early September, Minnesota Audubon calls upon any and all Chimney Swift fans to find a roost and enjoy an evening outside estimating/counting swifts as they enter the nighttime roost.
Duck Stamp

HUMMINGBIRDS
SABO Banding Underway in its 20th Year
As is the norm this time of years, the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) hummingbird banding team has been busy on the San Pedro River. One notable recent recapture was banded as an adult in 2008, meaning at a minimum age of 8 years, she's among the oldest individuals in SABO's study.

JOBS
Seasonal Avian Field Techs, Ecuador
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Virginia Tech are seeking two seasonal field technicians to work on an NSF funded project investigating the proximate links between hormones, neuroendocrine gene expression, behavioral phenotypes, and social network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
Hawk Migration Counter, Arcadia National Park, Maine
Schoodic Institute is seeking an experienced bird migration counter for the Cadillac Mountain Hawk Watch in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine. This is a full-time, seasonal position for approximately 9 weeks from 30 August - 1 November 2015.

RECOGNITION
International Crane Foundation Receive Plume Award
The annual Long-term Propagation Program Award from the Avian Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums went to the International Crane Foundation for its Whooping Crane captive breeding program.

RESEARCH
Study: Congressional Food Contaminated Insecticides
A new study by American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found bird- and bee-killing insecticides in nearly every food eaten by the nation's Senators, Representatives, and others who dine in the cafeterias of the United States Congress.
Study Identifies Sources Of Mortality For Iconic Hawaiian Goose
Leading mortality causes for one of Hawaiʻi's most iconic birds, the federally endangered Hawaiian Goose or Nene, have been identified by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

SPECIES
Bluebird Network Spreads Its Wings to Preserve Namesake
(COLUMBIA, Mo) August 4, 2015- Bluebird Network, a leading Midwest telecommunications company, has grown from building high speed fiber to building bluebird restoration. Utilizing what they have learned from the Missouri Bluebird Society, Bluebird Network will be building bluebird nest boxes and establishing a new bluebird nest box trail across the state of Missouri.
The Dainty Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Once believed to number in the millions, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper is now uncommon, its population depleted from hunting in the early 20th century.

STATES
Surveys Indicate Improving Grassland Bird Numbers In SE Missouri
Breeding bird surveys of Scott County, Mo. grassland birds including Dickcissel, Eastern meadowlark, Field sparrow, Northern bobwhite and Ring-necked pheasant tracked the effects of grassland habitat improvements based on the numbers of grassland birds recorded in the area.
ND Agency Offers Ducks Stamps Online
This year's 2015-16 federal duck stamp is now available for electronic purchase by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
Evidence of a Wolf in California's Siskiyou County
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has collected evidence that suggests at least one wolf has traveled into Siskiyou County.
Despite Dip, Georgia Wood Stork Nest Numbers Remain Strong
Although nest totals fell slightly from last year's record high, Georgia Department of Natural Resources surveys documented strong wood stork nesting this spring and summer.

SURVEYS
Surveys Reveal Critically Low Numbers of Black Rails in North Carolina
Over the last two years, Commission biologists have been working with the Center for Conservation Biology, Williamsburg, Virginia, to assess black rail populations in North Carolina. While the species is disappearing rapidly from sites in Virginia, North Carolina has been considered the birds' stronghold, but even here, they are no longer present in areas they were found decades ago.

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery


Photographer and author Guy Sagi of Raeford, N. Carolina titled this submitted photo of a female Ruby-throated hummingbird "Late for a Date. " Sagi quips: "Despite a freshly moussed hairdo, and fresh, colorful makeup, this hummingbird's date is late and she's going to make a 'point' of telling him she's running off with that shiftless pigeon from next door if he does it again." Technical: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200 F4L lens, ISO: 200 @f6.3 with a Canon 580 EXII, ETTL flash. More of Sagi's work may be viewed and read at: www.facebook.com/fearandloading.

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Creating New Albatross Colony Using Eggs is Conservation Milestone
The first year of a three-year project targeting the establishment of a new Laysan Albatross colony on the northern coast of O'ahu has resulted in the fledging of 10 healthy chicks.

This innovative conservation effort is an on-going partnership involving Pacific Rim Conservation (PRC), the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge System and Pacific Islands Coastal Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and American Bird Conservancy.

Laysan Albatross eggs from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua'i were transported to O'ahu on December 17, 2014 and incubated at the PRC office until late January 2015. Upon hatching, the eggs were placed at Ka'ena Point for a month with temporary foster parents, whose natural egg was infertile, so that the chicks would imprint on the correct species.

At one month of age, when albatrosses are thought to imprint on the location of their birth colony, the chicks were moved to James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge (JCNWR) on the northern coast of Oʻahu. Beginning on February 25, the chicks were fed a slurry of fish and squid by PRC's aviculturalist, Robby Kohley. The weights and wing lengths of the chicks were measured and the diet was continually evaluated to maintain optimal weight gain and feather growth.
By July 1, all 10 chicks had flown out to sea where they will remain for the next three to five years until they return to land as adults.

Protecting Albatross and Aircraft
This project was undertaken because the albatrosses at PMRF nest near an active runway, where because of their six- to seven-foot wingspan and habit of circling over the nesting area, they pose a collision hazard that puts aircraft and flight crews at risk. The Navy removes all albatross eggs and adults each year from PMRF's air safety zone to prevent collisions with aircraft.

Adults are transported to protected albatross nesting colonies on the northern coast of Kaua'i and released. Some eggs are placed with foster albatross parents on Kaua'i whose natural eggs are infertile and will not hatch, but there are not enough foster parents available.

Expanded Habitat for Laysan Albatrosses
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired a parcel of land to expand wildlife habitat at JCNWR. This new expansion provides excellent habitat for seabirds, including albatrosses, but none currently nest there. The simultaneous availability of Laysan Albatross eggs from PMRF and suitable nesting habitat at a protected wildlife refuge represents an opportunity to accomplish an important conservation action for the species and also to help solve a human-wildlife conflict.

"Albatrosses return to the same location where they were raised as chicks. By moving the chicks at that critical one-month period, they will imprint on the release site at the James Campbell refuge and return there to breed, becoming the seeds of a new colony that they will establish in the future, away from aircraft and human disturbance," said Eric VanderWerf of Pacific Rim Conservation.
The young birds will spend their first few years at sea and are expected to begin returning to the refuge (not to PMRF) in three to five years and to start nesting on the refuge in five to eight years.

Refuge on a 'High Island'
More than 99 percent of Laysan Albatrosses nest in the low-lying Northwestern Hawaiian Islands at the Midway Atoll and Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuges, where they are threatened by sea level rise associated with climate change. Recent storm surges have wiped out thousands of albatross nests with eggs or young chicks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. One of the main reasons that made James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge an attractive location to receive the eggs was that the refuge is located on a 'high' island within the historical nesting range of the Laysan Albatross.

"Despite some challenges encountered along the way, this project has been a resounding success in its first year," said Lindsay Young of Pacific Rim Conservation. "We expect that we can achieve a higher hatching rate and increase the number of chicks raised over the next two years."

"We extend a heartfelt congratulations to Pacific Rim, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U. S. Navy for this this groundbreaking project," said George E. Wallace, Vice President for Oceans and Islands at American Bird Conservancy. "Together they have taken a human-wildlife conflict situation on Kauaʻi and turned it into the beginnings of a new, protected Laysan Albatross colony on Oʻahu. This is the kind of innovative conservation action that is needed in Hawaiʻi."

In addition to raising and releasing more chicks, the next phase of the project will include construction of a predator-proof fence at JCNWR to protect the new colony from predatory non-native mammals, such as feral dogs, cats, mongooses, and rats. If you are interested in learning more about this project, or helping to fund the predator proof fence, please go to: https://www.pacificrimconservation.org.

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Pacific Rim Conservation is dedicated to studying and conserving the biota of the Pacific region. Our goal is to maintain and restore native species and ecosystems through habitat protection and management, threat control, public education, and scientific research to develop and improve conservation methods.

American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.


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Aug. 8
Cranes of the World Festival
ICF Headquarters, Baraboo, Wis.
Aug. 8
Hummingbird Banding
Indiana Dunes State Park
Aug. 12 - Aug. 16
Aug. 15
Sept. 10 - Sept. 13
2015 Midwest Birding Symposium
Bay City, Mich.
Sept. 10 - Sept. 14
Yampa Valley Crane Festival
Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Sept. 11 - Sept. 13
Hummingbird Migration celebration
Holly Springs, Miss.
Sept. 12
Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration
St. Francisville, La.
Sept. 12
Sept. 16 - Sept. 20
ABA's Olympic Peninsula Birding Rally
Port Angeles and Ocean Shores, Wash.
Sept. 17 - Sept. 20
Hummerbird Festival
Rockport, Tex.
Sept. 24 - Sept. 30
Little St. Simons Island Fall Birding
Little St. Simons Island, Ga.
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