Friday, September 14, 2007
This does not have anything to do particularly with glass. However, the US 2d Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an internationally known falconer for importation of a black sparrowhawk (accipter melanoleucas) from South Africa. http://www.americanfalconry.com/blackspar.html
The falconer, Thomas Cullen, has or had a large collection of birds of prey, according to the decision. He sought to import three black sparrowhawks, with a commercial value of about $800 apiece in England, even though importation of the birds is illegal, because they are on the endangered species list. He tried to fit them in under an exemption for personal pets, but the lower court jury found that the filing with the government was false in this regard.
This may have been the first prosecution under this statute, which is codified at 16 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.
Decisions of interest - August 29, 2007 - http://www.bloglines.com/blog/PLL?id=6114
Thursday, September 13, 2007
- Here's what New York City Audubon said: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center was experiencing bird collisions at some of its large, reflective windows. In response, a swift retrofitting solution in the form of netting was implemented in order to avoid unnecessary bird kills. This solution represents a good example of how collision prevention measures can be implemented at a site with reflective windows. NYC Audubon is now also able to highlight this case with other buildings that encounter similar bird collision problems. Photos taken by Ron Bourque.
Here is the collision tally by species for the spring 2007 as reported by Project Safe Flight
The overall number of species collected by Project Safe Flight Volunteers reached 30 and the top five species found this spring 2007 are:
Black-and-White Warbler 9 Collisions
White-throated Sparrow 8 Collisions
American Woodcock 5 Collisions
The three following species are tied for the fifth position with three collisions each:
Common Yellowthroat -
Northern Waterthrush - http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i6750id.html
Below is a juvenile belted kingfisher that was found. It was injured rather than killed. Photo Doug Backlund. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Belted_Kingfisher.html
- This table comes from New York City Audubon Society, from an e-mail by Nicole Delacrataz circulated in May 2007, after spring migration. The sites are those monitored by Project Safe Flight, sponsored by New York City Audubon. Thanks, Nicole. About 50 birds, mostly early migrants, were found.
Below are the initial results for spring 2007's Project Safe Flight study:
Collision tally at the major bird kill zones
While the number of collisions are lower for each site, they are still ranked in the same order as seen in previous years:
Morgan Mail 32 Collisions
Jacob Javits Center 18 Collisions
Met Museum 14 Collisions
WFC Area 4 Collisions
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
New York City Audubon has been operating Project Safe Flight to tally the numbers of dead birds found by various buildings in New York City. This URL describes the project.