This week in birds - #415
A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:The fall migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is ongoing. A male hovers over Hamelia patens (aka hummingbird bush or Mexican firebush) blossoms in my backyard.
A bighorn ram on a cliff in Grand Canyon National Park.
Native desert bighorn sheep that live in ecologically intact areas are better able to withstand the challenges posed by climate change, according to a new study conducted by Oregon State University.
The Associated Press has found that thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities, and other sites have won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise to bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment. The coronavirus outbreak is given as the excuse for the loosening of regulations.
Wolverines are rare in the United States but for the first time in over one hundred years, they have returned to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, according to an announcement from the National Park Service.
Blue-throated Hillstar image from American Bird Conservancy.
The recently established Cerro de Arcos Reserve in Ecuador will provide critical habitat for the Blue-throated Hillstar, a hummingbird that was only discovered in 2017.
Wind turbines can be deadly for birds in flight, but a new study shows that simply painting one of the turbine blades black can reduce bird strikes by up to 70%.