As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Going Wild: Saving the Mariana birds

HONOLULU —Some Honolulu zoo keepers are part of a group helping a dwindling bird population soar again.

They're building up the population of feathered friends of the Northern Mariana Islands after scientists noticed the numbers were dropping: the golden white-eye, Mariana fruit dove and rufous fantail

Crews scooped up birds from one island where they were thriving and dropped them off on another to try to build up the numbers there.

"We are translocating those birds to the different islands to help protect them from risk of extinction," said James Breeden, zoo keeper.

From islands like Saipan to Sarigan, keepers say they have seen a decline in the population because of brown tree snakes.

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