Birdwatch Ireland appeals to Donegal garden owners to monitor sick birds

first_imgBirdwatch Ireland has appealed to Donegal people to record the number of sick birds they see in their gardens this winter.The appeal will be part of the group’s Irish Garden Bird Survey.It follows a worrying concern after one of Ireland’s most iconic native birds, the Greenfinch, fell to their lowest numbers ever last winter. The reason for the thousands of deaths was ‘finch trichomoniasis’ – a parasitic infection that kills infected birds.In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Greenfinches were recorded in around 90% of Irish gardens each winter, but their numbers since have plummeted and fewer than 60% of gardens had Greenfinches last winter.“The rapid decrease in Greenfinch numbers over the last 10 years has been extremely worrying, and last winter’s results suggest their decline hasn’t bottomed out yet,” said Brian Burke, who coordinates the survey for BirdWatch Ireland.“Thousands of people all over the country take part in the Irish Garden Bird Survey every winter, so we’re hoping to use the public’s help to get a better handle on where and when this infection is hitting birds over the winter. “As well as noting down the numbers of different bird species using their gardens each week, we need participants to tell us about any sick birds they see too.”The Birdwatch Ireland spokesperson revealed that the Trichomonas gallinae parasite poses no threat whatsoever to humans, nor indeed to any other mammals, including cats, dogs, horses, cattle and sheep.He added “It is strictly a bird disease and has been recorded in pigeon and bird of prey populations for a long time. It is even thought to have been a problem for the dinosaurs, from which modern bird ultimately evolved.“It ‘jumped’ to finches in Britain in 2007 and was first recorded in Ireland the following year. Since then it has caused huge declines in Greenfinches in many parts of northern Europe.”Brian Burke noted, “Finch species are the birds that are most likely to be affected by trichomoniasis. The symptoms that infected birds show include fluffed up feathers, difficulty swallowing food, sometimes with food stuck to their beaks, and an unusual reluctance to fly away when disturbed. “Nobody could have predicted that this parasite would start to impact our finch populations, but thankfully we had the Irish Garden Bird Survey in place before it happened, so we have the data to show just exactly how hard some species have been hit. We get a great response to the survey every winter, and this time around people can give added value to their records by letting us know about any sick birds they see.“Other finch species can be affected, most notably Chaffinches and Goldfinches, but their populations haven’t been impacted to the same degree. Chaffinch numbers did dip when the parasite first appeared, but their numbers have recovered,” according to Brian Burke. “Goldfinches have been doing well and trichomoniasis has done little to slow their growth. They’ve gone from being recorded in under 15% of gardens in the mid-1990’s to over 80% of gardens in recent years.”The free survey, now in its 31st year, is open to everyone in Ireland who wishes to take part, and the number of participants continues to grow each year.Birdwatch Ireland appeals to Donegal garden owners to monitor sick birds was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BIdrwatch Irelandbirdsgardensicksurveylast_img read more

PM off to Rome to attend IFAD meeting

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to Italy to join the upcoming meeting of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD president Gilbert F Houngbo.The prime minister will present the keynote paper at the meeting on 13 February, reports news agency UNB.Sheikh Hasina and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:05 am by an Emirates flight.Finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali are accompanying the prime minister.Hasina will reach Fiumicino Airport, Rome around 6:45 pm (local time) via Dubai. She will be taken to Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome where she will be staying during her visit.On Monday morning, the prime minister will go to the Vatican City where she will be given audience by Pope Francis after guard of honour there.She will also have a meeting with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and visit Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.In the evening, Hasina will join dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh ambassador in Rome.On 13 February, the prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the Governing Council of IFAD and deliver her keynote paper.Later, she will attend lunch to be hosted by IFAD president in honour of keynote speakers.In the evening, she will join a community reception arranged by the local unit of Awami League.The theme of this year’s IFAD council is ‘From fragility to long-term resilience: Investing in sustainable rural economies.’The governing Council of IFAD is the Fund’s principal governing body having full decision-making powers.It consists of all of IFAD’s member states and meets annually. It is attended by the official Member State representatives. Observers are also invited to attend sessions.IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh.The Prime Minister will leave Rome on the afternoon of 14 February and reach Dhaka on 15 February morning.last_img read more

Woman bitten by rare species of spider in Debra

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high among the villagers of Debra in West Midnapore after a woman was bitten by a rare species of spider, once again revisiting the fear of Tarantula in the state. The victim, Mamata Patra Santra, a resident of Raghunathpur village has been undergoing treatment in Debra Superspecialty hospital. Locals claimed that a Tarantula spider had bitten the victim. After being informed, the forest department officials reached the spot and recovered the spider. The insect had stung her hand following which it had swollen. The doctors have, however, said that the patient’s condition is stable. Tarantula is a species of spider that is commonly found in South America and Africa. Senior officials from the district health and forest department on Sunday visited the district to assess the situation. The forest department officials have started an investigation to identify the insect that had bitten the villager and where it had come from. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district administration suspects that the insect came from the adjacent areas of the Kasai river. Though, the forest department officials are yet to identify the insect, it has alrea dy brought back the fear of Tarantula in the villages of West Midnapore district. They suspect that this could be a poisonous spider. According to the villagers, the insect that stung the victim is furry and looks almost like Tarantula. The patient has been given antibiotics. According to a forest department official, there is no fear of death in such cases. There are 100 types of Tarantula in the world. They are found Africa, South America, some parts of Asia and Australia.last_img read more

Viceroys ultramodern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything youve ever seen

first_img Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Viceroy’s ultra-modern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything you’ve ever seen Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Mexico, Viceroy Hotel Group LOS ANGELES — A super modern, ultra-luxe Viceroy hotel is coming to Los Cabos this year, marking Viceroy Hotel Group’s second property in Mexico.Scheduled to open in the spring, Viceroy Los Cabos, formerly the Hotel Mar Adentro, is Viceroy Hotel Group’s 14th property and will debut as a member of The Viceroy Icon Collection. The hotel is also the brand’s first collaboration with Rodina Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2017.Upon opening, what guests will notice first is the hotel’s sleek lines and minimal design, a departure from the warm and colourful look typical of other Caribbean properties. Considered an architectural achievement, the beachfront property is located in San José del Cabo on the outer rim of Baja California Sur and boasts 194 rooms, suites and villas plus 50 residences.On-site amenities include a beach bar and beach pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and four newly updated dining outlets. Guests can also enjoy a cinema room for movie screenings, meeting spaces, and new restaurants and bars.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“This is an incredible opportunity to expand our presence in Mexico and to offer travellers a remarkable Viceroy experience in Los Cabos,” said Bill Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group. “It is a privilege to collaborate with such an accomplished partner as Rodina, who shares our vision to create an extraordinary new modern luxury resort experience in one of the world’s most sought after destinations.”Minutes away from downtown San José del Cabo, guests have easy access to exciting nightlife, multiple dining options and nearby activities such as whale watching, marine park exploration and swimming in La Paz lagoon.Viceroy Los Cabos’ grand debut will coincide with the resort hosting the 2018 ‘Gala de Danza’, a dance and music festival that celebrates artistry and creativity.For more information go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

February 28 2018On February 24th we had the the

first_imgFebruary 28, 2018On February 24th, we had the the grand opening of our Art Show with live music, food and wine. The show is on display until April 29th – you won’t want to miss it.During the opening, several musicians and bands performed, including Alessane from Phoenix, as well as several musicians who are also Arcosanti Residents!Overall, there was a fantastic turn out of people who came so see the opening reception, enjoy the food and music, and to celebrate the creativity inspired by the desert.This year, the exhibit features jewelry, pottery, painting, small metals, mixed media, intermedia, and more. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit in the Cafe at Arcosanti, from now until April 29th!(photos by lvb, text by lvb and Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more