[audubon-news] Audubon Newswire, Thursday, June 24

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Audubon Newswire
Volume 2, Number 12
Thursday, June 24, 2004

In this issue:
-- Audubon Announces the Return of Project Puffin's 'Tern Cam'
-- Audubon's Greg Butcher Testifies Against Bill that Says "If it Flies, it 
Dies"
-- Audubon, USFWS, and Louisiana Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Breton National 
Wildlife Refuge
-- Audubon Condemns BLM Plan Opening Western Arctic Reserve
-- Audubon Connecticut Names Six New Important Bird Areas
-- New Southwest Utah Birding Trail Maps Now Available from Wasatch Chapter
-- Chapter Hosts First Annual Prairie Festival in Lubbock, Texas
-- See the USA: Audubon Nature Odysseys Features Trips to Lake Huron
-- American Land Conservation Fund Awards Competition Announced
-- Audubon Adventures Turns 20 this Autumn; New Brochure for Chapters and States
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Lights, Camera...Nature! Audubon Announces The Return Of The 'Tern Cam': 
Project Puffin's Seabird Cam Gets Up Close And Personal With Common And Roseate 
Terns

Hog Island, Maine, Thursday, June 24, 2004 - The Project Puffin seabird camera 
is now beaming live-streaming video of Eastern Egg Rock's nesting Common and 
Roseate Tern colonies, just off the Maine Coast.  The tiny island is home to 
the world's first restored puffin and tern colony and it is the largest colony 
of endangered Roseate Terns in the state.  This is the fifth year that the 
camera has beamed real time video to the web; to watch, visit 
www.projectpuffin.org <http://www.projectpuffin.org/> and click through.

The robotic camera was funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and is the 
invention of Daniel Zatz of SeeMore Wildlife systems.  It transmits microwave 
signals from the south end of Eastern Egg Rock to the Audubon Visitor Center in 
Bremen, Maine, eight miles across Muscongus Bay.  Currently, terns can be seen 
incubating and hatching eggs.  In mid-July, the camera location will shift to 
enable viewers to see Atlantic Puffins.  The camera will operate each morning 
from 9-11 a.m. to insure a variety of views of all species within reach of the 
powerful lens.  Later in the summer, interns on the island will occasionally 
provide on-line, narrated talks directly from Egg Rock bird blinds. 

For more information, visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/Tern_Cam.html> and go directly to 
<http://www.projectpuffin.org/eer_cameras.html> to watch live.
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Audubon's Greg Butcher Testifies Against H.R. 3320: "If if Flies, it Dies" Bill 
Would Transfer Management of Migratory Birds from USFWS to APHIS

Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 24, 2004 - Gregory S. Butcher, Ph.D., 
Audubon's director of bird conservation, gave testimony today to the U.S. House 
of Representatives against House Resolution 3320, the American Aquaculture and 
Fishery Resources Protection Act.  The bill would transfer management of 
migratory bird populations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture 
(APHIS).

"Audubon is opposed to H.R. 3320. This legislation proposes to strip away 85 
years of migratory bird conservation progress under the Migratory Bird Treaty 
Act by giving control over the take of migratory birds to an agency -APHIS- 
that has no mandate to conserve populations of migratory birds. In addition, 
the legislation proposes to exempt the Department of Agriculture from the 
provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for any desired 
migratory bird management activities. The effect of this bill on migratory 
birds is clear: If it flies, it dies.

"If passed, (this bill) would bring on killing of wild birds at a level we 
haven't seen for more than 100 years. The ironic part is that scientific 
research to date suggests that massive killing of fish-eating birds would 
almost certainly be ineffective in protecting or increasing populations of 
economically important fish.  There is no quick fix for most wildlife damage 
problems. We should all work together to find workable solutions, not sacrifice 
long-held American values in a vain effort for a quick fix."

For Dr. Butcher's full testimony, please visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/If%20it%20flies%20it%20dies.html#TopOfPage>
 
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Audubon, USFWS, and Louisiana Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Breton National 
Wildlife Refuge:  America's Second Refuge is the Only One President Theodore 
Roosevelt Visited

New Orleans, LA, Thursday, June 24, 2004 - A century ago this Friday, June 
25th, President Theodore Roosevelt established Breton National Wildlife Refuge 
(NWR) at the urging of the National Audubon Society.  A century later, the 
refuge is celebrating its 100th birthday as it hosts a re-creation of 
Roosevelt's historic 1915 Audubon-hosted expedition to the refuge - the only 
refuge the President is known to have visited.

Tomorrow, Roosevelt's great-grandson Theodore Roosevelt IV, Audubon's Chief 
Operating Officer Bob Perciasepe, and others will visit Breton to remember and 
celebrate Roosevelt's historic 1915 trip.  They will mark the importance of 
Roosevelt's conservation legacy and Breton's vital role in protecting 
Louisiana's besieged coastal wetlands.  They will walk the beaches and work 
with biologists to survey Eastern Brown Pelican nests, just as Roosevelt and 
company did in 1915. 

"I was very glad to have seen this bird refuge," wrote Roosevelt.  "With care 
and protection the birds will increase and grow tamer and tamer, until it will 
be possible for any one to make trips among these reserves and refuges, and to 
see as much as we saw, at even closer quarters.  No sight more beautiful and 
more interesting could be imagined."  For more, visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/index.html> .
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Audubon Condemns Bureau Of Land Management's Harmful Plan For Arctic Reserve: 
BLM Moves to Open 96% of Northeastern Reserve with Inadequate Environmental 
Safeguards

Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday, June 23, 2004 -- National Audubon Society voiced 
its grave concern in response to the Bureau of Land Management announcement of 
their intent to scrap the 1998 plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska 
(NPR-A) and instead offer a new plan that would spare only four percent of the 
Northeastern NPR-A for wildlife habitat and subsistence hunting grounds for 
Native Alaskans.

"We are very disappointed with the Administration's decision to open such a 
vast amount of sensitive wildlife habitat to oil and gas drilling," said Dr. 
John Schoen, senior scientist with Audubon Alaska.  "The Administration's 
rationale for this weak environmental plan is based on disingenuous and 
misleading premises; their statements don't square with what they are really 
proposing.  They are weakening, not strengthening, environmental protection."

The Bureau plans to make available 96% of the Northeast Plan Area for oil and 
gas leases.  Oil development in the sensitive wildlife habitats around 
Teshekpuk Lake would irrevocably harm the migratory birds, particularly molting 
geese, and caribou that call this area home.  Visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/Alaska_Plan.html> for more 
information.
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Audubon Connecticut And Connecticut DEP Announce Six State-Owned Sites Are 
Named 'Important Bird Areas: Two Sites Identified As Globally Significant Areas

Milford, CT, Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - Audubon Connecticut today announced six 
new Important Bird Areas (IBAs) located on the state coastline.  All sites are 
state-owned and under the management of the Connecticut Department of 
Environmental Protection (DEP).

"I'm thrilled that DEP's stewardship of these properties has contributed to 
their designation as IBA's." said David Leff, Deputy Commissioner of the DEP.  
"Connecticut residents are really fortunate to be able to enjoy such important 
natural resources right in their back yards".

The sites include some of the best-known birding destinations in the state: 
Milford Point in Milford, and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.  In 
addition, these sites contain some of the most important bird habitats in the 
state, serving as critical rest stops for thousands of migratory shorebirds on 
their long annual journeys.  Some contain nesting sites for birds of global 
conservation concern, such as Piping Plover and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, 
both listed as globally vulnerable by BirdLife International.  For information 
on each site, and the Connecticut IBA program, visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/CT_IBA_04.html#TopOfPage> 
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Southwest Utah Birding Trails Map is Now Available Through Wasatch Audubon 
Chapter

Salt Lake City, UT, Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - Audubon and numerous project 
sponsors are pleased to announce the Southwest Utah Birding Trails Map is now 
available to the public.  The full-color map provides information on almost 50 
sites with great birding in Southwest Utah.  The map includes driving 
directions to each site, types of habitat, peak seasons to visit, and bird 
species that may be seen.  The map is available upon request through any of the 
sponsors for $2 plus shipping costs, or at www.wasatchaudubon.org 
<http://www.wasatchaudubon.org> - where it can be viewed in its entirety.

The Southwest Utah Birding Trails map is the second of a three-part series 
highlighting the best birding locations in Utah.  The first map in the series, 
the Great Salt Lake Birding Trails Map, was published in 2001.  Keith Evans, a 
member of Wasatch Audubon Society in Ogden, was the main author of the 
Southwest map as well as the Great Salt Lake Birding Trails Map.  Evans worked 
with numerous expert birders in Southwest Utah to develop site information for 
the map.

"Birding trail maps are an excellent way to help people enjoy the outdoors," 
explains Wayne Martinson, Utah Important Bird Areas Coordinator for National 
Audubon Society.  "Also, by becoming more appreciative of wild birds, 
individuals are more likely to work towards saving these wonderful resources 
for the future." 
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Llano Estacado Audubon Society Hosts Prairie Festival in Lubbock, August 21 & 22

Lubbock, TX, Thursday, June 24, 2004 - The First Annual Prairie Festival will 
be held August 21 and 22, 2004, in Lubbock it was announced today by the Llano 
Estacado Audubon Society.  The festival, which is sponsored by the Chapter, 
features activities for guests of all ages celebrating the importance of the 
prairie and will raise awareness of the prairie's critical role as a home for 
birds, wildlife, and people.

The festival offers activities and displays for children as well as adults, 
with food and drinks, live animals, hands-on activities, merchandise, and 
educational information.  There will be speakers and displays on prairie 
science, ecology, and restoration, and field trips to several sites around 
Lubbock featuring up-close views of the prairie and its inhabitants, especially 
Black-tailed Prairie Dogs, will be a centerpiece of the festuval.

"Prairie dogs are the anchor species for the prairie system: when they are 
gone, so go the species associated with them, such as Burrowing Owls and 
Ferruginous Hawks," said Jill Haukos, Conservation Chair of Llano Estacado 
Audubon Society.  "Prairie dog colonies are continually at risk from poisoning 
and habitat loss. We're very concerned about the current attitude that often 
views the prairie dog as a nuisance that is best eradicated.  To counter these 
negative views, we'd like to spark the interest and the curiosity of the public 
about the importance of the prairie in our lives."

For complete information, visit <http://www.leas.bizland.com/prairiefest.htm> .
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Audubon Nature Odysseys Offers Grand Tour of Lake Huron

Port Huron, Michigan, Thursday, June 24, 2004 - This summer, Audubon Nature 
Odysseys is offering a trip originating here aboard one of the first passenger 
ships to sail the Great Lakes in over three decades.  Travelers will tour 
around nearly the entire perimeter of Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay, and will 
have opportunities to experience some of the area's notable bird life.

The seven-day excursion (July 10 - July 17) begins in Port Huron, MI, where 
passengers board the 102-berth Nantucket Clipper.  Stops include Goderich, 
Tobermory, and Midland in Ontario, as well as Little Current, Manitoulin 
Island, and finally, Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Audubon's guests enjoy tours 
of colonial Canada, a glass-bottom boat tour through Big Tub Harbor, the Wye 
Marsh Conservation site, and ample time for independent exploration in search 
of birds.  Audubon's Tom Hissong, education coordinator at the Aullwood Audubon 
Center and Farm near Dayton, Ohio, leads the trip.  The talented and 
experienced crew, guides, and staff of the Clipper will also be available to 
answer questions along the way.

For more information on this scenic cruise around Lake Huron, contact Beth Ryan 
at 800/967-7425 or visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/market/no/trips/huron/index.html> .
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American Land Conservation Awards Competition Announced: Deadline for 
Applicants is July 21, 2004

Arlington, VA, Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - The Conservation Fund and the Catto 
Charitable Foundation have announced a call for applicants for The American 
Land Conservation Award, given each year to an unsung hero working as a 
volunteer in his or her community on land and water issues.

This is the largest cash prize in conservation; the winner receives $50,000.  
The Conservation Fund and the Catto Foundation ask that individuals and groups 
who work with volunteers nominate their environmental heroes for this 
significant recognition.  The deadline for applications is July 21, and easy to 
fill out forms are available at <http://www.conservationfund.org/?article=2187> 
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Audubon Adventures Turns 20 this Autumn; New Promotional Brochure is Available 
for Chapters and State Offices

New York, NY, Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - Audubon Adventures, which celebrates its 
20th Anniversary this autumn, is offering a new brochure that it would like to 
distribute far and wide.  Designed to be a tool to help Chapters and centers 
promote Audubon Adventures to local schools, the new brochure is available now. 
 To order a free supply of this new brochure, send a request with your mailing 
address to education@xxxxxxxxxxxx or call 800/813-5037.

To mark the 20th anniversary, Audubon Adventures is now available in 
pre-packaged kits in 4 different classroom editions.  And, for the 20th 
Anniversary edition of Adventures, Education is offering customers the ability 
to order the Audubon Adventures kit of their choice.  The new "Pick and Pack 
Your Own Resource Kit" edition makes more than 30 different nature topics 
available to Adventures classrooms.

To order call 800-340-6546 or view the product line at 
www.audubon.org/educate/aa <http://www.audubon.org/educate/aa>.

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