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BIRD TREATY CENTENNIAL
Piping plover: Michigan's Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial Featured Bird
If you're heading to a Lake Michigan, Huron or Superior beach this summer, you may encounter one of Michigan's endangered species: the piping plover.
Celebration at Ohio's Old Woman Creek Reserve Apr. 30
Old Woman Creek will host activities all day April 30 to showcase the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Treaty.

DUCK STAMP
California Youth Wins 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that artwork of a pair of snow geese painted by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, Calif., was selected to appear on the 2016-2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

EVENTS
Learn About Nest Boxes at Horicon Marsh Apr. 30
Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center April 30 from 1-2:30 p.m. for a hands-on walking tour of various nest boxes located around the marsh.
IMBD 2016: Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation
Now in its 26th year, International Migratory Bird Day has grown from a one-day event into a framework underpinning hundreds of projects and programs year-round. IMBD is coordinated by Environment for the Americas, which provides bilingual educational materials and information about birds and bird conservation throughout the Americas.
Birding Day Set for May 11 at SE Nebraska's Burchard WMA
Bird watchers of all ages are invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Southeast District Birding Day on May 11 at Burchard Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Miss. Science Museum Hosting 'Birdsong and Bluegrass'
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Museum of Natural Science sponsors "Birdsong and Bluegrass" on Saturday, May 7, with Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators and The Vernon Brothers.

EXHIBITS
Audubon's Birds of America Exhibit Opens in Oshkosh, Wis.
The Paine Art Center and Gardens will present the fascinating exhibition Audubon's Birds of America this summer, on view Saturday, May 7, through Sunday, Oct. 16.

FESTIVALS
Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Highlights Laws that Protect Birds
"Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation" is the theme for this year's celebration of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival, now in its 15th year and led by BirdsCaribbean, the largest organization devoted to wildlife conservation in the Caribbean.

FUNDING
Nearly $49 Million in Grants to Protect Waterfowl, Other Bird Species
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $48.8 million in grants have been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which provides the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to purchase, lease or otherwise conserve more than 275,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America.
Chesapeake Bay Region Receives $1M Through 2016 REPI Challenge
The Chesapeake Conservancy has announced the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded $1 million to help conserve lands located within the newly designated Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Atlantic Test Ranges Sentinel Landscape in Southern Maryland and along the Nanticoke River.

NESTCAMS
Peregrine Falcon Nest Webcam Live In Downtown Boise
This is the eight year a webcam has provided a bird's eye view of the peregrine falcon nest on the 14th floor of One Capital Center, 10th and Main streets in downtown Boise, Idaho.

ORGANIZATIONS
Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention May 5-9
A record 225 attendees have registered for the Colorado Field Ornithologists' 54th Annual Convention May 5-9 in Lamar.

PHOTOGRAPHY
2016 Audubon Photography Awards Announced
Five photographers triumphed over 1,700 competitors and declared winners of the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards, the National Audubon Society's seventh such contest, officially announced April 21.

PROTECTION
Columbia River Lowlands Protected for Sandhill Cranes
On March 25, 2016, a block of 541 acres of Columbia River lowlands was transferred to the Columbia Land Trust, a Washington-Oregon land conservation nonprofit organization, from the Port of Vancouver USA, a Washington state agency, for the protection of Sandhill Cranes and other species.

RECOGNITION
Zeiss eBirder of the Month, Doug Daniels
Doug Daniels of Canandaigua, NY is the winner of the March 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, and drawn randomly from among those who submitted one or more eligible checklists in March from at least 15 locations new to their eBird account.

RESCUE
Likely Oldest Bald Eagle in Indiana Rescued
What's likely the oldest bald eagle living in the wild in Indiana was found with a dislocated wing and rescued near Worthington, in Greene County, on April 15.

RESTORATION
Second Release of Wild Quail to the NJ Pinelands
The Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative, led by New Jersey Audubon (NJA), realized the second of three scheduled releases of wild Northern Bobwhite quail in early April, when 81 birds were released at the Pine Island Cranberry study site.

SCIENCE
Study: Puffin Chicks, Forage Fish Linked
A new study by the National Audubon Society and published in the journal, FACETS this week identifies connections between the condition and survival of puffin nestlings and changes in forage fish communities.

SPECIES
Beleaguered Beach-nester: 
Wilson's Plover
The Wilson's Plover is named for ornithologist Alexander Wilson, who collected the first specimen in 1813 at Cape May, NJ. Interesting, as research shows that on the Atlantic Coast, it no longer nests north of Virginia.
FWS: Another Record Year for Whooping Cranes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed analysis of aerial surveys of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo whooping crane population, with survey data indicating 329 whooping cranes, including 38 juveniles, in the primary survey area (approximately 153,200 acres) centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, Tex.

STATES
Maine: Remove Potential Meals So Bears Don't Become A Nuisance
Nuisance bear calls have begun in certain parts of Maine, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding homeowners to remove potential bear attractants, including bird feeders.
Trumpeter Swans to be Released at Iowa's Lake Icaria
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release two trumpeter swans at Lake Icaria Recreation Area, near Corning, rain or shine at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Maryland Birding Takes Off in April
Spread your wings and soar to Maryland to celebrate the beauty of birding this spring. Grab your binoculars and find your own nest in the varied habitats that harbor a vast array of stunning birds that inhabit Maryland.
Washington County (NY) Grassland Viewing Platform Opened for Earth Day
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its partners celebrated Earth Day by opening a wildlife viewing platform in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area.
Celebrate Nebraska Bird Month in May
Bird lovers across the state will be congregating in May in dozens of get-togethers to celebrate International Migratory Bird Month, better known as Nebraska Bird Month.

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery



This week's featured photograph was submitted by Birding Wire reader Don DeLong of Northern New York state who writes: "The goldfinch are migrating through the Finger Lakes region of New York right now and I caught this guy on my feeder. Gear and data: Fuji XT1 with 100-400mm lens, F5.6, ISO 200.
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Studies Highlight Energy Development's Impact on Birds
Ornithology journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications this week published a Special Section of open access articles highlighting the impact that energy development — traditional as well as alternative — is having on North America's bird populations.

"Although renewable energy may offer a 'greener alternative' to traditional energy sources, mounting evidence suggests that renewable energy infrastructure and the power transmission lines needed to serve them may impact avian populations," according to lead editor Jennifer Smith, a post-doctoral research associate at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. "Most avian-energy research has focused historically on direct effects of avian collision or electrocution with overhead power systems, and more recently on avian collisions at wind energy facilities. While research has expanded to consider indirect effects, large gaps in our knowledge persist."

The editors behind the Special Section hope to address these gaps by increasing our understanding of avian interactions with renewable energy infrastructures and identifying areas for future research. The collection of papers was inspired by symposia hosted at the 2014 joint meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and at the 2014 meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. Topics addressed include:

• How wind energy infrastructure is impacting the reproductive success of Horned Larks and McCown's Longspurs in Wyoming
• The effects of oil and gas development in Alberta and the Northwest Territories on Canada's boreal birds
• Whether wind towers in the Great Plains region pose a risk to wintering Sandhill Cranes
• How migrating raptors alter their flight behavior in response to power line construction
• How energy development stacks up against other manmade threats to birds

"Birds have complex interactions with energy infrastructure. The diverse papers in this Special Section evaluate threats that manifest themselves in different ways across species, landscapes, and types of infrastructure," says Condor Editor-in-Chief Phil Stouffer. "With the expected trajectory of energy development, particularly renewable resources, it will become increasingly important to manage risks to wildlife. We hope ornithologists can inform decisions about energy development using information like we're publishing here."

The six open-access papers comprising the Special Section were published April 20 and are available at http://www.aoucospubs.org/toc/cond/118/2.

About the journal: The Condor: Ornithological Applications is a peer-reviewed, international journal of ornithology. It began in 1899 as the journal of the Cooper Ornithological Club, a group of ornithologists in California that became the Cooper Ornithological Society.

-The Birding Wire


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A Year in the Life of a Migratory Bird
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Cache River Nature Festival
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Red Slough Birding Convention
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Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
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May 14
Global Big Day
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19th Annual Festival of Birds
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Wings, Waves and Woods
Deer Isle, Maine
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Cheyenne Cañon Hummingbird Experience
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