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Playa Country Radio: Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation

February 2016
Listen to Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region and Jennifer Duberstein, Coordinator for the Sonoran Joint Venture, discuss passenger pigeons, the roots of migratory bird conservation in the U.S., and the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty on the latest edition of Playa Country Radio. http://pljv.org/radio_episodes/celebrating-100-years-of-bird-conservation/

Visit the Southwest Region Migratory Bird Centennial page to learn more about bird conservation in the Region.

And to learn more about the Migratory Bird Centennial, visit www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100/


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Waterfowl. Federal Duck Stamp image.

Waterfowl Population Report

Attached is the Waterfowl Population Status Report.  In North America the process of establishing hunting regulations for waterfowl is conducted annually. The process involves a number of scheduled meetings in which information regarding the status of waterfowl is presented to individuals within the agencies responsible for setting hunting regulations. This report includes the most current breeding population and production information available for waterfowl in North America and this report is intended to aid the development of waterfowl harvest regulations in the United States for the 2015–2016 hunting season. Thanks to everyone involved in this important, annual, cooperative, international effort, especially those folks in the air and out on the ground.

Read the Waterfowl Population Report
Watch the Status of Waterfowl video


Jennie Duberstein holds a vulture

Photo credit: Jean-François Therrien.

A Birding Interview with Jennie Duberstein

In Birding Magazine, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association, features an interview of Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, Jennie Duberstein. You will learn about what inspired a career in conservation and what motivates and inspires her today in her work with the Sonoran Joint Venture.

Read the blog post on Canicas Running

Read the entire interview article from Birding Magazine

Learn more about Birding from the American Birding Association

As part of the Sonoran Joint Venture, Jennie Duberstein helps conserve the birds and habitats of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico— and that includes the Turkey Vulture.



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Redhead duck. Photo credit: USFWS.

Duck Data, 2015: Photovoltaic Cells, Satellites, GPS and Doppler Radar

The redhead duck is arguably among the handsomest of waterfowl. That is of course a matter of opinion. But here's a fact: eighty percent of all North American redhead ducks spend their winters concentrated along the lower Gulf Coast of Texas in the Laguna Madre. The birds have an affinity for, if not an obligation to, freshwaters situated near salty shores. They feed on shoalgrass in the Laguna and fly inland to purge excess salts. Redheads, like most birds that feed in saltwater have a salt gland near the eye that excretes excess salts ingested while feeding. It is essential that salt be purged daily in freshwater ponds. And knowing the array of habitats frequented by the bird during south Texas winter sojourns is essential for Dan Collins.

Learn more about the redhead duck and the Service's Southwest Region employee, Dan Collins.

Dan Collins Radio Interview on Redhead Duck

Southwest Region Migratory Bird website


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Golden Eagles released. Photo Credit: Les Stukenberg.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center released 3 Golden Eagles into the wild

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Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle. Photo credit: USFWS.

Rehabilitated Golden Eagle Soars Again!

Permitted rehabilitator, Dennis Miller of Gila Wildlife Rescue in Silver City, NM, received in an adult female golden eagle now named "Thor" that crashed into a moving vehicle at 60 miles per hour and amazingly survived.  Prior to release, Dale Stahlecker, on behalf of New Mexico State University, attached a satellite transmitter to the eagle, which provides location data daily showing movement of the bird.  Thor has been spending the summer in northern Alaska, which indicates she probably hatched in that area several years ago. 

Learn more about Thor
Read Thor's Special Meaning for One Family



Golden Eagle  
Golden Eagle. photo credit: USFWS.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Permit for Limited Take of Golden Eagles Would be Compatible With Their Preservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed an amended Final Environmental Assessment and amended Finding of No Significant Impact regarding the issuance of a permit to the Hopi Tribe for take of nestling golden eagles in northeastern Arizona for tribal religious purposes.

The Amended Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Amended Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) documents are available for review. Both documents are here for reading or download.


This year we mark the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds - also called the Migratory Bird Treaty - that was signed on Aug. 16, 1916. This  Migratory Bird Treaty (446.6KB), and three others that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders.

Read more about the Migraytory Bird Centennial

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Last updated: March 1, 2016