Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Puerto Montt Storm-Petrel: Oregon birders discover new seabird!

Portland, Oregon birders Jeff Gilligan and Gerard Lillie wanted to see new birds when they took a Princess cruise around South America. Never in their wildest dreams did they think they'd discover a new species of bird off Chile. See the OregonLive article by Katy Muldoon.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Short-tailed Albatross chick survives tsunami on Midway

With the tragic loss of life in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami, it almost seems disrespectful to mention a single bird. However, the first chick Short-tailed Albatross ever to hatch in the wild away from the Japanese islands survived the tsunami at Midway, though tens-of-thousands of other birds apparently perished.

There are perhaps 2400 of these rare birds left, after five-million were killed in the feather trade a hundred years ago.

See the heartbreaking photos of wildlife devestation on Midway and more information at