Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
If you live in or visit southeastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee, be sure to stop in at the Urban Ecology Center - see their website here.
The Urban Ecology Center has an amazing staff, great programs, and a wonderful "green" building - all in all, it is an inspiring place with a lot to offer for individuals, families, and kids. If you've never been there, don't miss it. You might find that you'll want to go back again and again.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Purple Martins in Wisconsin: http://puma-in-wi.blogspot.com/
My every-day blog: http://bluebirdslaugh.blogspot.com/
My website: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/index.html
The website has pages with:
*news and links: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/id7.html
*information about avian monitoring, now with a link to Ryan B.'s coordinated bird monitoring site and info:
*the MCAMMP Project: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/id16.html
*projects and research: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/id5.html
* climate change and birds: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/id10.html
The two blogs are updated with new posts at least weekly.
William P. Mueller
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
At this next link
you can read the paper in the journal The Condor, where you'll find the original study results.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Lead poisoning: still a huge problem for birds and wildlife.
See recent BirdLife International news at this link.
If you're interested in bats, here are a few valuable links. One is the best paper I've read about bats and wind power, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The authors are some of the most knowledgeable people in this field.
More on bats: a new USFWS cave advisory: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Read about an effort to enhance the population of Purple Martins in southeastern WI. See the new blog related to this effort, here. Posts with information seeking assistance are here, and information about helping Purple Martins is also available here. If you have wood-working or other maintenance skills, tools, and some time this spring, and if you would like to help our effort with some housing, or if you'd like to donate unused martin housing, gourds, or donate funds to help these projects move forward, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
IMBD has lots of possibilities if you are part of a local bird club or other organization. It's a great way to raise awareness about migratory birds and conservation. And this year, the theme presents additional possibilities for connecting with other groups.
And since the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is the wellspring from which IMBD flows, take a look at what's new there, by going to the MBC website - there are many resources available there.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
You'll see the link to the large report in the sidebar at the left when you navigate to that page. It's a pretty big file, so maybe not suitable for dialup users. But other ways to get to this information are given there.
More coverage on this report can be found in articles at these links:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Now that the GBBC is over, there's still time for other Cornell-affiliated projects like Project FeederWatch (this season ends on April 3).
Maybe you're looking for something more in-depth, and maybe outside of Wisconsin? Try the Institute for Bird Populations.
While you're at it, learn about how you can support good forestry practices through the Forest Stwardship Council, at their site.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: The Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., reflects one of the Nation's profound commitments. Pursuant to that Act, the Federal Government has long required a process of broad interagency consultation to ensure the application of scientific and technical expertise to decisions that may affect threatened or endangered species. Under that interagency process, executive departments and agencies (agencies) contemplating an action that may affect endangered or threatened species have long been required, except in certain limited circumstances, to consult with, and in some circumstances obtain the prior written concurrence of, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) -- the expert agencies that have the primary responsibility to ensure that the ESA is implemented in accordance with the law.
On December 16, 2008, the Departments of the Interior and Commerce issued a joint regulation that modified these longstanding requirements. See 73 Fed. Reg. 76272. This new regulation expands the circumstances in which an agency may determine not to consult with, or obtain the written concurrence of, the FWS or NMFS prior to undertaking an action that may affect threatened or endangered species. But under the new regulation, agencies may continue the previous practice of consulting with, and obtaining the written concurrence of, the FWS and NMFS as a matter of discretion.
I hereby request the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to review the regulation issued on December 16, 2008, and to determine whether to undertake new rulemaking procedures with respect to consultative and concurrence processes that will promote the purposes of the ESA.
Until such review is completed, I request the heads of all agencies to exercise their discretion, under the new regulation, to follow the prior longstanding consultation and concurrence practices involving the FWS and NMFS.
This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. Agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with statutory authorities.
The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.