Injured raptors safe at new Calusa Nature Center aviary
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After months of stress, uncertainty and shuffled quarters, Gandalf, the great horned owl, is home.
A year and a half ago, his very life was at risk — and not from his car-smashed wing, which healed years ago.
Vultures make themselves at home in Shenandoah Valley
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The first thing you need to know is: they're here because you're here.
They wait in one of December's empty trees, on the high edge of a neighborhood hill on Fillmore Street, looking ungainly even at rest, like the unwanted ornaments still attached to the Christmas tree dragged curbside. One near the top spreads its wings like a nightmarish angel to gather the warmth of the rising sun.
Man shoots bald eagle over dead deer used as coyote bait
CAROLINE, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental conservation officials have charged an upstate New York man with fatally shooting a bald eagle drawn to dead deer placed as bait for killing coyotes.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says an enforcement officer responded Saturday to a report of gunfire in a field in the rural Tompkins County town of Caroline, 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Syracuse. He found a dead adult eagle near deer carcasses.
Menace from the sky: Black vultures attacking calves
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in parts of the Midwest are fending off a new menace: the federally protected black vultures, which swoop down and peck newborn calves and other small animals to death.
Some cattle producers have lost multiple calves to vulture attacks that have become increasingly common over the past decade or so. Lambs, goats, foals and other animals also have been victimized.
The Latest: Colorado zoo cleaning up after hail storm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a hail storm that hit the Colorado Springs area (all times local):
A Colorado zoo is cleaning up after a hail storm that killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital.
The Latest: 2 birds killed by hail at Colorado zoo
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a powerful hailstorm that injured people at a Colorado zoo (all times local):
A powerful storm that pummeled a busy Colorado zoo with large hail killed two birds and injured at least one other.
Jenny Koch, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's marketing director, says a vulture and a duck were killed by the hail. A second vulture was also injured by hail and is being cared for in a veterinary hospital.
Hail hurts 14 people, kills 2 birds at Colorado zoo
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A powerful storm that pummeled a busy Colorado zoo with large hail on Monday injured 14 people and killed at least two animals, authorities said.
Five people were taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries after the short but intense afternoon storm passed over Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Another nine were treated at the scene, but additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AP) — Vultures on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base in north Louisiana are causing a problem, prompting officials to bring out the pyrotechnic screamers.
The Times reports those noisemakers aimed at scaring away the birds make a loud whistling noise and base officials say they're similar to fireworks.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poaching, poisoning and other hazards have taken a heavy toll on Africa's endangered vultures. New research suggests that the scavengers also face another threat — toxic bullet lead that they ingest while eating the carcasses of animals shot by legal hunters.
Predatory vultures attack calves in southern Illinois
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois cattle farms are facing a threat from black vultures, according to cattle producers.
The birds are preying on young calves on a growing number of cattle farms, The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reported.
State Environmental Conservation Police are looking for the person who shot a black vulture.
Last Monday, EnCon officers were contacted by a wildlife rehabilitator in Watertown to report that a black vulture had recently been shot and suffered a broken wing.
87 endangered vultures poisoned by poachers in Mozambique
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists say at least 87 critically endangered vultures have died after consuming poison planted in the carcass of a poached elephant in Mozambique.
The South Africa-based Endangered Wildlife Trust says at least 80 white-backed vultures and seven hooded vultures were killed and more dead birds might be found in the Mbashene communal area where the poisoning occurred. It says another 17 poisoned vultures improved after treatment.
Buzz off: Ohio college want vultures to leave campus
GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio liberal arts college is hanging effigies in trees and using pyrotechnics to move destructive vultures off campus.
Unwanted visitors: Vultures perch seasonally at woman’s home
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Every evening this time of year, just before dusk, big black vultures appear one by one low in the sky over Virginia Webb's home.
Their broad wings spread wide, gathering the air in the fading light, as they glide-land silently in a cluster of tall white pines lining the edge of her front yard. Soon several scores of birds fill the brown branches, like hunched-back undertakers watchfully waiting to exploit any tragedy below.
Center helps turkey vultures whose wings were encased in ice
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Recent bone-chilling temperatures across Massachusetts have had even turkey vultures seeking warmth.
The Cape Cod Times reports two turkey vultures whose wings were encased in ice were taken to the Cape Wildlife Center this month after a woman discovered them huddling to stay warm under a bush in her backyard.
SPRINGFIELD — Thursday was “mouse day” at Ridgeview Elementary School in Springfield. Not for the students, but for the four large raptors that visited the school from the Chintimini Wildlife Center north of Corvallis.
Morbid ornament: Dead vultures hung to scare off live ones
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Amid the Christmas lights and garlands, one South Carolina neighborhood features more unusual decorations in its trees — vulture carcasses.
- The News-TimesEarth Matters The sights and sounds of spring are hereMarch 22, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchFarmers should be allowed to kill deadly black vulturesFebruary 20, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchBlack vultures are getting closerFebruary 18, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchJim Ross: Black vultures are getting closerFebruary 18, 2019
California turkey vultures poisoned by vet euthanasia drug
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials say five turkey vultures have died after they were poisoned with a euthanasia drug used by veterinarians.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife says the vultures were found dead in Simi Valley last month. Two other vultures were poisoned but survived.
The birds had eaten pentobarbital, which is used to kill dogs and cats, livestock and horses.
Poachers target Africa’s lions, vultures with poison
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks. In Mozambique three lions died after eating bait infused with a crop pesticide.
California condors return to the skies after near extinction
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.
The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the sky before perching on branches and observing their observers. Wildlife biologist Amy List uses a handheld antenna to track the birds, which wear radio transmitters and numbered tags.
Cape Girardeau naturalist has appreciation for vultures
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri naturalist is taking up the cause of a bird with a not-so-great reputation — the vulture.
The Southeast Missourian reports that Jordanya Brostoski of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a self-proclaimed "big nerd" about vultures, so much so that she started International Vulture Awareness Day about two years ago. The event was celebrated at the nature center Saturday.
In West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood, an alley behind the shops and bars near Magnolia Street has become an outdoor exhibition space filled with large and small murals. Artists have painted images ranging from an enormous turkey vulture to small cartoon-like figures on the sides of the buildings.
HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — Boaters and wildlife officials say black vultures have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage the last several years at two state park marinas in southern Ohio.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Area residents who visited Riverside Discovery Center on Thursday learned about several of its residents who are native to the state.
The neighborhood was quiet as sleep when the small pickup truck passed through, dropping papers into driveways here and there.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two male griffon vultures in a long-standing relationship have successfully hatched an abandoned egg at an Amsterdam zoo.
Artis zoo said in a statement Wednesday that keepers who found an egg found on the floor of the vulture aviary initially put it in an incubator but later placed in a nest that the two male birds built together in the enclosure.
Besides needing the exercise, I had hoped the bike ride would help me forget the book I had just tried unsuccessfully to read to my granddaughter, Scarlett, on her birthday. But it didn't, not until I got near Silver Lake, looked skyward, and saw them.
A sure sign of spring is the arrival of turkey vultures. We had a report last week from someone who spotted 10 turkey vultures in a tree in her Santa Fe neighborhood. These vultures winter in Mexico and Central America but return to our area in late March. This tw0-foot-long bird has a wingspan of 5½ feet.
Much to officials’ dismay, vultures return to Orlando court
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Vultures have returned to Orange County's courthouse — and this isn't a lawyer joke.
The Orlando Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2hiWP6R) the black and turkey vultures are attracted to thermal updrafts from the masonry-faced tower as well as its many spacious ledges and rails for perching. Bird experts say they return to the area around the same time each year.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Ornithological Society says a bearded vulture has flown into Romania, the first time it says the rare bone-eating bird has been spotted here in more than 80 years.
The large two-year-old male bird, named Adonis, was born in the Czech Republic as part of a European breeding program. It was then moved to France's Massif Centrale mountains, where a tracking device was attached.
Ornithological Society spokesman Ovidiu Bufnila told...