User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Specific Organisms :: Birds
Last updated: May 25 2016 07:38 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Grouse habitat conserved with former Acord Ranch hay meadow 25.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted May 24 to approve the expenditure of $239,050 in property tax dollars dedicated to conserving open lands through the Purchase of Development Rights, or PDR, dedicated to place a conservation easement on a 724-acre portion of a South Routt ranch on Routt County Road 7A. The approval will protect important sage grouse habitat from development, while helping a new ranching family carry on at a ranch formerly operated by the Acord family. Ted and Kristi Stites, of Stillwater Land and Livestock, purchased the former Acord II Ranch from Duane and Leigh Acord, of Yampa, for $1.6 million in 2015. Ted Stites is a member of a fifth-generation ranching family who also has a tech career, and Kristi Stites is a certified veterinary technician. The easement will be held by the Yampa Valley Land Trust , and PDR Board Chairwoman Claire Sollars told commissioners that Great Outdoors Colorado is contributing $214,050, or 35.7 percent, of the value to the $600,000 appraised ...
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How the buffalo survived to become our new national mammal 24.5.2016 Writers on the Range
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Utah food news: Boil-in-a-bag omelet earns Magna girl top honors in cooking competition 24.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Madysun Christensen, a fourth-grade student at Elk Run Elementary in Magna, was recently named the national winner in the 2016 Sodexo Future Chefs challenge, an annual event where elementary-school students are invited to create healthy recipes. Her boil-in-a-bag omelet, something her family makes on camping trips (see recipe), was selected as one of four finalists from some 2,500 submissions across the country. The public then voted for their favorite dish. Madysun received the majority of the ...
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Can the feds save birds by allowing more to be killed? 16.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Fish and Wildlife Service hopes proposal will entice energy developers to obtain permits for eagle deaths.
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Energy industry sues feds over sage grouse plans 13.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Yet another lawsuit has been filed over federal land use plans revisions that kept greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, this time from an oil and gas trade association that claims that the public was excluded from the process and that the plans rely on faulty science. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Western Energy Alliance alleges the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service violated federal administrative rule-making procedures ...
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Oil, gas industry challenges efforts to protect Western bird 12.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Billings, Mont. • The oil and gas industry on Thursday challenged in federal court drilling restrictions imposed by the Obama administration to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states. The Western Energy Alliance and North Dakota Petroleum Council said they would ask a U.S. District judge in North Dakota to block sweeping land use plans for the region adopted in September by the Interior Department. The groups said local and state efforts to prop up populations of greater ...
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Hail storm kills flock of birds on Antelope Island 10.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Wildlife officials say a weekend hail storm has killed a flock of birds on Antelope Island, as mining and development in the area has destroyed most of their habit. KUTV-TV reports that the small water fowl were killed by the storm on Sunday. Avian Sanctuary and Protection Director Richard Nowak says development near the Great Salt Lake is having an impact on the area’s marshlands, where hundreds of species of birds find shelter. He says increased development in the area has destroyed as much as... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Celebrate the Great Salt Lake this week 9.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sometimes we take for granted the beauty in our own world. Take, for example, the Great Salt Lake. Despite the fact that the huge salty lake lies just to the west of the majority of Utah’s population, many take its unique beauty for granted. Yet, the lake offers many glimpses into the natural world. And Davis County and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will be celebrating the Great Salt Lake’s role in providing a resting place, home and food for millions of migratory birds this weekend. Dav...
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Thoughtful Parenting: Take time to explore nature 8.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The unutterable beauty of a blossom. The grace of a high-flying bird. The roar of wind in the trees: At one time or another in our lives, nature touches you … and me … and all of us in some personal way. — “Sharing Nature with Children,” by Joseph Cornell Just the other day, I was standing outside on our office deck, and the sounds of nature were in rare form. What were they communicating to each other? Maybe one was asking, “Is spring here?” Then, another would scream, “No, it’s snowing outside.” They could go back and forth all day. So I say, stop and listen to the sounds of spring in the valley. The cranes are moving through the area, and the bears are coming out of hibernation and exploring for themselves. Take time to enjoy what the spring season brings to the valley. Youth, by nature, have curious minds, and what better way to feed that desire than by discovering the splendor of the natural world. It is one thing to live in a valley surrounded by beauty, but to be in the moment with nature and ...
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Utahns will see more red air days this summer 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns will hear about “unhealthy” and “moderate” air quality conditions much more frequently this summer and may be asked to modify their daily routines more often — but it isn’t because air quality suddenly got worse. Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency set a new standard for ambient ground-level ozone, cutting the allowable concentration of the pollutant by five parts per billion. While the downward shift may not seem especially large, it will have a noticeable impact on Utah’s air...
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New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths 5.5.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
4 reasons why Aeropostale lost its cool 5.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Aeropostale Inc., once a popular mall destination for teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest victim in the fast-changing retail landscape. Aeropostale joins the ranks of teen retailers looking to reorganize under bankruptcy protection including Wet Seal Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California and American Apparel. And like many of these ailing merchants, Aeropostale had been struggling for several years. The chain has racked up three years of annual los...
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New rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths 5.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty —nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Eagle County: Bear caught foraging for food in second-floor apartment 1.5.2016 Denver Post: Local
Eagle County: Bear caught foraging for food in second-floor apartment
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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison to a stature approaching that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States. The Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, two days after the House approved it. It now goes to the president’s desk. Lawmakers called the bison — North America’s largest land animal — the embodiment of American str...
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Mountain Plover Festival offers look at ranching on Colorado's plains 25.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Betty Snow, an avid birder, has checked out almost every bird festival in Colorado.
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Steamboat briefs: Steamboat tennis center offers discount court rentals 24.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs offers half-price court rentals through Sunday. There will be not leagues or junior academy programs this week, but the center will have weekly drills. Call 970-879-8400 to register for a drill. History Colorado seeks nominations for farm award History Colorado invites families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more to nominate their properties for the 2016 Colorado Centennial Farms Award. Qualifying farms and ranches will be honored at the 30th annual Centennial Farms Celebration on Aug. 26 at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Farmers and ranchers nominating their properties must submit an application providing information about the history of the farm and its buildings by close of business April 29. Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm. ■ Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years. ■ Each property must still ...
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Pope Francis takes 12 refugees to Italy 17.4.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Migrants fly on pope's jet after his visit to a camp on the Greek isle of Lesbos.
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Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Italy in lesson for Europe 16.4.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
MORIA, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis gave Europe a concrete lesson Saturday in welcoming refugees by bringing 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which has faced the brunt of Europe's migration crisis.
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Rights group urges Turkey to receive Syrian refugees 15.4.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
ISTANBUL (AP) — Human Rights Watch has urged Turkey to allow thousands of Syrians fleeing fighting between rebels and the Islamic State group to cross the Turkish border to seek protection.
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