This Week in Birding 53

This Week in Birding

:: A controversial Double-crested Cormorant removal hunt in South Carolina is scheduled to start next week

:: The US Postal Service is releasing 10 new songbird stamps this year

:: Two white doves were released by children with the Pope in Vatican City, but then the birds were harassed by a gull and Hooded Crow

:: As Arctic sea ice melts, the polar bear’s diet is changing, eating more vegetation and Lesser Snow Geese, and fewer Ringed Seal pups.

:: The Calgary Zoo in Alberta is set to launch a 10-year captive breeding program for the critically endangered Greater Sage Grouse

:: The rare Tooth-billed Pigeon has been recently photographed by researchers in Samoa, the first confirmed sighting of this endangered species in over a decade

:: Raptors are being used at the Vancouver airport to keep other birds away from the tarmac in an effort to reduce the number of bird strikes with airplanes

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Shyloh at BeakingoffA Detailed Telling of My Antarctic Journey – Part 2 – Ushuaia

:: From Linda at Photo FeathersBirding at Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad and Tobago

:: From Logan at Logan’s Nature BlogBean there, done that

:: From Matty at The EyrieWhere’s The Fifth Floor Anyway: Diary of an Ornithology Conference

:: From Eileen at Birding is FunBirding is fun in Florida

:: From Maureen at Hipster BirdersDuck, Duck, Goose!

:: From Nate at 10,000 BirdsWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Reputation

:: From Julia at Bird CanadaA Western Bird Comes East