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How This Woman Spread Her Wings Through Volunteering

Owl you need is love — and volunteers.
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This article and images were contributed by Kristen Clark, communications and business planner with HP’s Americas Personal Systems organization.

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This article and images were contributed by Kristen Clark, communications and business planner with HP’s Americas Personal Systems organization.

Migrating Birds at Musselwhite

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Habitat loss, whether through natural or man-made causes, is one of the main triggers for the extinction of migratory birds and a main topic for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, on May 10th. The boreal forest near Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine, 480 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario is characterized by fast-growing deciduous trees and slow-growing conifers. Its harsh winters and short, productive summers make it a breeding destination for many migrating birds, including the Common Nighthawk, currently listed as threatened under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

Consumers Energy, Cub Scouts Build Platform to Give Osprey Safe Place to Nest

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ALMA, Mich., March 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Local Cub Scouts this past weekend built a nesting platform they hope will entice a pair of osprey away from using an electric utility pole for their nest site.

“I asked my nephews who are members of Cub Scout Troop 3600 from the Breckenridge area if they and their scouting friends would be interested in helping give ospreys a safe place to nest,” said Darrel O’Boyle, low voltage distribution designer for Consumers Energy. “About five of the Scouts finished making the nesting platform on Saturday in about three hours.”

GM Focuses on Asia for Biodiversity Progress

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GM committed to earn Wildlife Habitat Council conservation certification at each of its manufacturing sites around the world by 2020. The company believes the key to progress is taking a customized, regional approach to use corporate lands and collaborative partnerships to restore, protect and promote biodiversity.

GM now has 63 certified sites, seven of which are in five countries throughout Asia. Here’s how the company introduced the wildlife habitat commitment there and quickly ramped up its efforts.

Earth Week Guest Post: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators

By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership www.pollinator.org
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By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership
www.pollinator.org

Sustaining a Wildlife Refuge by Connecting to the Community

By Jason Baker, FedEx Communications
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On a bright, crisp, fall day the light goes on in a first time visitor’s mind:

“Oh! So…for birds, this place is like the rest areas that we have on the freeway? I get it now. They must have places like this along their way or they’ll run out of energy.”

A ranger responds, “And migrant birds are not simply on vacations. These journeys are all about survival. Entire species are threatened when we don’t preserve a place like this.”

Bringing Birds and Bats into Focus

A recent partnership between TransCanada and 4-H Canada brings the importance of birds and bats into focus.
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When we think about pollinators, what comes to mind? Bees? Butterflies?

Did you know that birds and bats also play an important role in ensuring reproduction of wildflowers through pollination? In fact, out of the 200,000 species of animals that act as pollinators, approximately 1,000 are hummingbirds, bats and small mammals such as mice.

Girl Scouts Swoop in to Save Bluebirds in GM Plant Community

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There are a number of things that have contributed to the decline of the bluebird population in the United States.

Forest clearings.

Competition from other birds for nests.

Because they feast on insects found in grassy areas, bluebirds prefer to nest in trees that give them a vantage point for their next meal.

But as those trees begin to disappear, so too have the bluebirds.

Will Newer Wind Turbines Mean Fewer Bird Deaths?

The jury is still out on what works to protect wildlife.
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About an hour's drive east of San Francisco, steady winds blow about half the year through a stretch of terrain dotted with thousands of electricity-generating turbines.
 
Since the 1960s, Altamont Pass has been a proving ground for wind power. Now it's a test bed for solutions to one of the industry's biggest downsides: Turbines kill thousands of birds and bats annually.
 

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