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High Numbers of Beached Birds Along the SoCal Coast
A large number of beached sick and emaciated seabirds — especially Red-throated and Pacific Loons — are being rescued along Santa Barbara's coastline, according to International Bird Rescue's Los Angeles wildlife center.

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Beauty and the Beak Due for August Release
Beauty and the Beak, covers the inspiring, true story of Beauty the Bald Eagle that made international news after it was shot in the beak, survived until rescued, and received a pioneering 3D-printed prosthetic beak.

Volunteers Needed for Chimney Swift Surveys
Volunteer Citizen Scientists in Bird Studies Canada's 2017 SwiftWatch program are needed to identify and monitor chimneys being used by swifts between May and September.

The Birds are Singing at Maine Huts & Trails
As winter begins to wane, migratory birds herald the new season and the deep woods surrounding Maine Huts & Trails are one of the world's best regions for birdwatching.
Flock to Ohio State Park Lodges for The Biggest Week
Thousands of avid birders and photographers will descend on northern Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding (May 5-14), and the natural settings that surround Ohio State Park Lodges in the region provide prime bird-photographing opportunities.

Winner of National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Announced
A pair of trumpeter swans painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber will grace the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation's youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation.

Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon May 6 - 14
Throughout the course of 11 years, the Delmarva Bird-A-Thon has established a conservation legacy that has resulted in the preservation of 1,381 acres of vital
bird habitat in Delaware.

Indiana Barn Owls: 5 for 7
The barn owl pair being filmed on the southern Indiana nest cam has laid seven eggs, with five hatching.

Audubon Taps Claire Douglass as National Campaign Director
The National Audubon Society announced the appointment of Claire Douglass as Director of National Campaigns, a role in which she will oversee public engagement for Audubon's policy campaigns that advance its conservation priorities across the country.

Aldo Leopold Student, 'Pepper' Jackson, Jr., 93
Arnold "Pepper" Jackson, Jr., a proud student of Professor Aldo Leopold who spent much time studying ornithology and helping his mentor establish native flora in the Arboretum in Madison, died April 19 at the age of 93.

Celebrate Nebraska Bird Month at Statewide Birding Events
Join fellow bird lovers in celebrating Nebraska Bird Month in May at birding events across the Cornhusker state.
Boater Cooperation Needed to Protect NY State Bald Eagles
As boating season approaches, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) remind boaters to observe the signage, buoys, and various motorized boating restrictions in place around Strawberry Island in the Niagara River to protect critical Bald Eagle nesting habitat.

21st Congress of the Mesoamerican SMBC Seeks Workshop Proposals
Proposals are due May 19 for workshops and symposia for the 21st Congress of the Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation (SMBC) and the 6th International Meeting of Partners in Flight (PIF)in San Jose, Costa Rica, Oct. 30 - Nov. 3.

Audubon Welcomes America's Next Top Working Lands Manager
Following the Senate confirmation of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, Audubon has suggested its support in a statement from its president and CEO.
DU Congratulates New USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
"Ducks Unlimited congratulates Mr. Perdue on his confirmation as the Secretary of Agriculture," said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. "The USDA is a strong partner in delivering important conservation programs on private lands, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which are all vital to Ducks Unlimited's mission. We look forward to working with Secretary Perdue and his staff to help advance these and other conservation priorities that conserve soil, water, wetlands and grasslands that people and wildlife depend on."

MDC Wild Webcast on Birds and Birding May 10
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) free Wild Webcast on Missouri Birds and Birding Wednesday, May 10, from 1-2 p.m. CST to learn from MDC experts about birds and birding in the Show-Me State.

Groups Contend Offshore Wind Development Threatens Endangered Roseate Tern
Anticipating increased mortality to the Endangered Roseate Tern from planned offshore wind development on the Atlantic coast, some conservation groups are asking federal agencies to take steps to protect the remaining population of these already threatened birds.

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery

These American Woodcock hatchlings were less than a day old when photographed by Pennsylvania naturalist Tim Flanigan (www.NatureExposure.com) April 19. "Immediately following the photo session, the hen gathered up her precocial brood and I was privileged to watch them walk off into the brush and toward a bright future," he told The Birding Wire. Technical: Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 18-200 mm lens, ISO 400, f/7.1 @1/640 sec.


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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, Wis.
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