birds

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In the mid-1990s, dozens of bald eagles started dying at DeGray Lake after exhibiting neurological symptoms like stumbling, flying into cliffs and stooped wings. A quarter century later, researchers have identified the specific pollutant that causes blue green algae to make a novel toxin that then leads to brain lesions in the birds. Their research was published last month in Science Magazine.

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Wildlife experts are issuing advisories about an infectious disease killing Pine Siskins, a tiny migratory songbird which could possibly spread to other birds, including those that call the Ozarks home. Certain bird enthusiasts, including Kelly Muhollan, who manages bird feeders at the Botannical Garden of the Ozarks, are asking residents to take down feeders for at least six weeks to help save birds during spring migration.

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Approval for a proposed Lindsey real estate and golf development called the "Links at Centerton" was tabled after a public hearing by the Centerton Planning Commssion and Board of Zoning this week, pending review by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, which operates the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery close by. Birding experts oppose the project saying migratory and native birds rely on the constructed wetland. Hundreds of nearby residents also oppose the development citing traffic congestion.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has observed two new bird species nesting in a southern Arkansas wetland that had been restored.

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More than three billion North American birds have disappeared since 1970 according to new research led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, published in the journal Science. Arkansas State University ornithologist Than Boves provides insight into startling loss, as well as some encouraging news about birds and ways to help them.

Arkansas Master Naturalists are building accommodations for nesting birds at eight sites around northwest Arkansas. We meet two nestbox experts at one of the habitats on Beaver Lake in Benton County. 

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A flock of trumpeter swans suddenly appeared on Lake Sequoyah late this winter to the delight of bird enthusiasts. Flocks of snowy white trumpeter swans historically wintered in Arkansas before almost going extinct in the 1800s. The swans are rebounding across North America, but experts say descendants have lost their migratory habits, which help the birds thrive. So for the past decade, wildlife scientists have collaborated on a multi-state project to imprint the birds onto certain secluded aquatic habitats in Arkansas.