Saint Louis Zoo announced that two critically endangered Horned Guan(Oreophasis derbianus) chicks hatched at the Zoo on August 7—the first for the Zoo and only the
second recorded breeding of the species in the United States.
Humans aren’t the only ones in the woods with beards. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) have them, too!
The beard on a turkey is made not of hair but of modified feathers
that form a bristly collection that protrudes from the middle of the
bird’s breast. Beards grow throughout the lifetime of the birds
(usually about 3-5 years), averaging about 4 inches (100 mm) per year. Adult toms often sport beards that are between 8 and 12 inches (200-300
The ends are continually worn away as the beards drag along
the ground while the birds forage for acorns, nuts, roots, seeds and
insects. Some turkey hens can have beards, too. <mm>
The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of finalizing land management plans to help conserve the sage-grouse. Over 5,000 comments were received regarding a 10-million-acre withdrawal from mining claims on BLM and Forest Service lands, which are deemed important primary habitat for greater sage-grouse under the federal plans.
Responses to the proposed withdrawal have greatly varied. Some groups believe this 10-million-acre withdrawal is not enough to adequately protect sage-grouse habitat. A coalition of 80 organizations sent a letter asking that the withdrawal be extended to include roughly 35 million acres…