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Birdcall App Chirps Off Conservationists

(SKIES) English conservationists are taking a stance against a smartphone app that could pave the way for an increase in amateur nature enthusiasts. The apps in question all revolve around birding, or bird watching, and include the ability to play prerecorded birdcalls. Conservationists fear these birdcall imitations will only disturb the environment, coaxing the animals out of their homes so they can be photographed. Continue reading below to find out what steps are being taking to ensure the safety of the wild birds. — Global Animal

Puffin Population Paints Uncertain Future

(WILDLIFE) MAINE — Last year, Maine’s puffin population took a terrible hit due to food scarcity. Luckily, this year the sea birds may be receiving an ample supply of food. However many experts remain concerned for the puffins as the bird population is a third less than it was last season. Continue reading below to find out what steps conservationists are taking to rehabilitate the puffin population. — Global Animal

World’s Earliest Bird Uncovered

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) A small, feathered creature named Aurornis xui is now the most primitive bird known to man. The tufted dinosaur lived in what is now China, approximately 160 million years ago. This colossal discovery has helped create a more complete lineage leading from non-avian dinosaurs to birds and has shed some light on the evolution of bird flight. Continue reading for more on this substantial discovery and the transition from dinosaur to bird. — Global Animal

Bob Barker asks University of Virginia to stop medical testing on cats. Photo Credit: sustainabilityninja.com

Bob Barker Targets Penn. Pigeon Shoots

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Legendary former game show host Bob Barker has joined forces with SHowing Animals Respect And Kindness (SHARK) urging Pennsylvania state legislators to pass a bill that would ban live pigeon shoots. During this cruel practice, pigeons are launched into the air and participants gun them down for sport. Barker is speaking up for our feathered friends and released a video showing the pain and suffering the dying birds are subjected to. Read more about Barker and SHARK's compassionate efforts against this inhumane and legal Pennsylvania tradition. — Global Animal

Can These Bees Save Lives?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) A group of unlikely heroes are currently being trained to prevent future land mine tragedies. Croatian researchers are training sugar-craving honeybees to find unexploded mines littering their country—all of which have been responsible for about 2,500 deaths since the beginning of the Balkan wars in 1991. Because bees have a perfect sense of smell which can efficiently detect the scent of explosives, identifying their food source with the scent of TNT has proved to be a successful way to safely unveil dangerous hidden mines. Read on for more on the ways in which these everyday insects can potentially make a huge difference in Croatia. — Global Animal

Two Tangled Eagles Take To The Tarmac

(SKIES) MINNESOTA — The Duluth International Airport received two unscheduled layovers a few days ago, when a pair of bald eagles crash-landed on to the tarmac. Although fighting for territory is customary among bald eagles, incidents like this are extremely uncommon. The two birds of prey fell to the ground when their talons became intertwined. But fear not, bird lovers—both animals are expected to make a full recovery. Continue reading below to find out how these two birds were saved. — Global Animal

20,000 Bees Safely Evacuated From Tree

(ANIMAL RESCUE) Last week in England, a tree surgeon named John Joinson was sent to the village of Childer Thornton to remove a tree that was in danger of falling into the road. When Joinson arrived at the tree, he discovered that a large colony of bees was living in it. Rather than resorting to the easier maneuver of spraying and killing them, Joinson phoned a beekeeper for help and managed to drive 20,000 bees out of the hive and into a box before cutting down the tree. Continue reading for more on the miraculous rescue mission. — Global Animal

Disney’s ‘Wings Of Life’ Soars High

(MOVIE REVIEW) Originally released in France under the title Pollen in 2011, Disneynature’s Wings of Life has finally made it to worldwide audiences. Much like the 2012 film Chimpanzee, Wings of Life is short, but particularly sweet. Coming in at only 77 minutes, the documentary uses its time proficiently in order to deliver its increasingly important message. The opening title card of the film reads: “Life depends on little things we take for granted,” a theme that rests at the core of Wings of Life. Focusing on the vital relationship between flowers, and the animals that interact with them, the documentary explores a complex world often taken for granted. Read on for more on Wings of Life and see the trailer for yourself. — Global Animal

Never Fear, Cicadas Are Here

(INSECTS) They’re baacckk! This spring, the Eastern Coast of the United States is set to receive billions of winged guests. The cicadas of Brood II will make their first appearance in 17 years, visiting a number of towns between North Carolina and New England. Continue reading to find out what the cicada reemergence means for you. — Global Animal

Fungus Makes Cave Dwellers Go Batty

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Hibernating gray bats, native to cave systems in Alabama, have received a rude wake-up call.  Already suffering from endangerment, these gray bats are just one of seven species, who have contracted a life-threatening fungus. The fungus, known as white-nose syndrome, specifically targets cave dwelling bats, and is thought to have derived from Europe. Precautions to prevent the further spread of the disease westward, includes the desired closing of caves around the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading to find out what people are doing in order to protect uninfected bat populations. — Global Animal

Yellow-Billed Birds Get A Break

(BIRDS) Many are unaware of the devastating impact the global animal trade has had on wild bird populations, particularly parrots. With parrots being the largest group of captive wild animals in the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the popular yellow-billed parrot as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading to learn about the rules being implemented to control the harmful global trade in birds. — Global Animal

New Owl Species Identified In Indonesia

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) Researchers on the lookout for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia have accidentally stumbled upon a new owl species believed to exist nowhere else in the world. Unique to the island of Lombok, the Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 but the discovery was not published for 10 years due to the large amount of work needed to verify the finding. Read on to learn more about the endemic species and its distinct whistling song. — Global Animal

Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus Leucocephalus, adult female head study, Gauntlet Raptor Centre, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom. (Photo by: UIG via Getty Images)

Animal Activists Initiate Lead Bullet Ban

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Hunting with lead ammunition might soon be a thing of the past in the state of California. Three animal organizations are gearing up to push a bill that would put a statewide ban on using lead ammunition during hunting. Although a partial ban is already in place it looks like a change is necessary since lead ammunition is still causing the endangered California condor, bald eagle, and other birds to die from lead poisoning after consuming animals shot by hunters. Animal advocates are proposing that a switch be made to copper bullets, which are more environmentally-friendly. Unfortunately, the NRA is resistant to this plan. Read on to find out why it's essential to make this change in order to save these majestic birds. — Global Animal

Owl Survives 140-Mile Road Trip

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A great horned owl managed to avoid becoming roadkill after being wedged between an SUV's front grille and radiator in a 140-mile overnight road trip. The ordeal began when Sonji Coney-Williams was driving her Ford SUV along Florida's Turnpike between her Central Florida home and South Florida with plans to visit her son. She noticed the bird standing in the middle of the dark road near Yeehaw Junction and initially believed it was a buzzard. Read on to learn more about this lucky bird's miraculous tale of survival. — Global Animal

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