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Wednesday, 22 December 2021 23:19

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American Underdog

Lionsgate, City on a Hill Productions and Kingdom Story Company present a PG, 112-minute, Biography, Sports, Drama, directed by Andrew Erwin & Jon Erwin, screenplay by David Aaron Cohen and based on the book “All Things Possible” by Kurt Warner and Michael Silver with a theater release of December 25, 2021.

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New Search for Lost Birds Aims to Find Some of the Rarest Birds on Earth

Worldwide effort will support expeditions to find 10 birds that haven’t had a confirmed sighting in a decade or more

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Pictured above are the top ten most wanted lost bird species, as designated by the collaboration that aims to find them. See below for an identification list. Artwork by Lynx Edicions

(Washington, D.C., December 17, 2021) A new global search effort is calling on researchers, conservationists, and the global birdwatching community to help find 10 rare bird species that have been lost to science. The Search for Lost Birds is a collaboration of Re:wild, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and BirdLife International, with data support from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and its eBird platform used by birders around the world. It’s an extension of Re:wild’s Search for Lost Species program, which launched in 2017 and has since rediscovered eight of its top 25 most wanted lost plant and animal species. As its name suggests, however, the Search for Lost Birds focuses exclusively on rediscovering enigmas in ornithology.

“During the past five years, since we launched the Search for Lost Species, our list of species that could be considered lost has grown to more than 2,000,” said Barney Long, Director for Conservation Strategies for Re:wild. “We never planned to look for all of them alone, but to encourage others to search and develop partnerships to help. Through this new partnership we’ll be able to get more targeted expeditions in the field. If we can find these lost birds, conservationists can better protect them from the threats they face.” 

The Search for Lost Birds is hoping to harness the collective power of the global birdwatching community to help search for species on the top 10 most wanted lost birds list. Cornell’s eBird platform provides an example of what the global birding community can accomplish: eBird currently has more than 700,000 registered users who have collectively submitted more than 1 billion sightings of birds from around the world. However, none of those observations have included any of the top 10 most wanted lost birds.

None of the top 10 most wanted birds have had a documented sighting in the wild in at least 10 years, but they are not classified as “extinct” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The reasons behind their disappearances range from habitat destruction to invasive species. In a few cases, species may have gone missing simply because scientists don’t know where or how to look for them, or don’t have access to their habitats, which may be remote or in places that currently have travel restrictions. Many of the lost birds are native to areas that are rich in biodiversity, but also urgently need conservation efforts to protect their biodiversity.

“By working with partners and collaborators from around the world, the Search for Lost Birds hopes to engage the knowledge and expertise of the global birdwatching community to solve these conservation challenges,” said John C. Mittermeier, Director of Threatened Species Outreach at ABC. “By directly reporting sightings and information through eBird, birdwatchers and citizen scientists from anywhere in the world can help us find and learn more about these lost species.”

The 10 birds span five continents and a variety of groups of species, from hummingbirds to raptors. Some have recently been lost to science, while others have been lost for more than a century. Two species, the Siau Scops-Owl and the Negros Fruit-Dove, have only ever been documented once, when they were originally described in the mid-1800s and in 1953, respectively.

The top 10 most wanted lost birds are:  

  • Dusky Tetraka, last documented in 1999 in Madagascar
  • South Island Kōkako, last seen in 2007 in New Zealand
  • Jerdon’s Courser, last seen in 2009 in India
  • Itwombwe Nightjar (or Prigogine’s Nightjar), last seen in 1955 in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Cuban Kite, last seen in 2010 in Cuba
  • Negros Fruit-Dove, last seen in 1953 in the Philippines
  • Santa Marta Sabrewing, last seen in 2010 in Colombia
  • Vilcabamba Brushfinch, last seen in 1968 in Peru
  • Himalayan Quail, last seen in 1877 in India
  • Siau Scops-Owl, last seen in 1866 in Indonesia

Two expeditions, led by local and national partners and funded under the Search for Lost Birds partnership, are preparing to head into the field during the next year. The expeditions will focus on the Siau Scops-Owl in Indonesia and the Dusky Tetraka in Madagascar. Expeditions for other species are expected to be underway in the coming year as well.

The Siau Scops-Owl was last seen 155 years ago, when it was first described by science, but there have been unconfirmed reported sightings and calls of a bird that potentially matches the description of the owl during the past 20 years. Much of the forest where it was originally discovered has been destroyed, but given how challenging it can be to detect small forest owls, conservationists believe that there is a chance that a small and as-yet-overlooked population may still survive.

The Dusky Tetraka was last definitely seen in Madagascar 22 years ago; before that, there had been very few confirmed sightings of the species in the humid understory of the forests of eastern Madagascar.

One species on the list, the South Island Kōkako, has already been the focus of an on-going search. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust has been leading a community-driven search for the bird for the past 11 years, following up on possible sightings and reports of people hearing what sounds like the bird’s haunting call. They launched a public search campaign in 2017 that has drawn nearly 300 reports of possible encounters with a South Island Kōkako, which, in addition to historic reports, they have rated and mapped.

“We are optimistic that the Search for Lost Birds will lead to exciting rediscoveries, but ultimately it’s about conservation,” said Roger Safford, Senior Program Manager for Preventing Extinctions at BirdLife International. “We know that with good conservation efforts, species can be rescued from the brink of extinction, but only if we know where the last populations are. We hope these expeditions will capture people’s imaginations and catalyze conservation.”

ABC supports field expeditions to search for these species and works with partners to conserve rediscovered birds. For example, ABC is supporting Brazilian partners’ efforts to recover the population of the Blue-eyed Ground-Dove, rediscovered in Brazil in 2015.

Other recent rediscoveries of bird species have fueled hope that expeditions for the top 10 most wanted lost birds will be successful. An expedition in Colombia in March 2021 seeking the Sinú Parakeet, one of Re:wild’s top 25 most wanted lost species, didn’t find the parakeet, but did document dozens of species that had never before been recorded in Cordóba Department. In Indonesia, the Black-browed Babbler, a bird that had only had one documented sighting, was rediscovered after 170 years in February 2021. The data that expeditions for the Search for Lost Birds collect will be shared with eBird.

The Search for Lost Birds may also help bring to light previously overlooked records of some of the birds on the top 10 most wanted list that have not been fully documented or confirmed. The Search for Lost Birds will work to follow up on records that may have remained in biologists’ field notebooks and memories, and attempt to collect photographic confirmation that the species still exist. If those sightings can be confirmed, it could help conservation efforts for those species.  

The rediscoveries of other lost birds have also led to conservation efforts that helped them recover from threats to their survival. The Madagascar Pochard in Madagascar is another example of a lost species that was once lost, but is now increasing in population thanks to conservation efforts following its rediscovery.

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Photo: Illustrations of the top 10 most wanted lost birds. Top row (left to right): Himalayan Quail, Negros Fruit-Dove, Itwombwe Nightjar, Santa Marta Sabrewing. Middle row (left to right): Vilacamba Brushfinch, Siau Scops-Owl. Bottom row (left to right): Jerdon’s Courser, Cuban Kite, Dusky Tetraka, South Island Kōkako. (Illustrations © Lynx Edicions)

American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).   

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership: a global family of over 115 national NGOs covering all continents, landscapes and seascapes. BirdLife is driven by its belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through the global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.


Re:wild protects and restores the wild. We have a singular and powerful focus: the wild as the most effective solution to the interconnected climate, biodiversity and pandemic crises. Founded by a group of renowned conservation scientists together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Re:wild is a force multiplier that brings together Indigenous peoples, local communities, influential leaders, nongovernmental organizations, governments, companies and the public to protect and rewild at the scale and speed we need. Re:wild launched in 2021 combining more than three decades of conservation impact by Leonardo DiCaprio and Global Wildlife Conservation, leveraging expertise, partnerships and platforms to bring new attention, energy and voices together. Our vital work has protected and conserved over 12 million acres benefitting more than 16,000 species in the world’s most irreplaceable places for biodiversity. We don’t need to reinvent the planet. We just need to rewild it—for all wildkind. Learn more at rewild.org.

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RALEIGH, NC (December 17, 2021) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners, recognizes leaders in canine health with their annual awards.

  • Dr. A. Duane and Connie Butherus receive the 2021 President’s Award.

  • 2021 Distinguished Research Partners are the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, Inc. and Retriever News/Entry Express.

The President's Award is given to a person or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to advancing canine health. Duane and Connie Butherus have devoted more than 50 years to dogs. From showing prize-winning Afghan Hounds to serving as officers for many clubs, they are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of dogs. Duane is currently on CHF’s Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2015. He is also currently a member of CHF’s Scientific Review Committee. Connie is the past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America, Afghan Hound Club of Northern New Jersey, and Central New Jersey Hound Association. In addition, she is a current member of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Morris & Essex Kennel Club, Tuxedo Park Kennel Club, and Delaware Gap Kennel Club.

The Distinguished Research Partner Award is given annually to clubs or organizations for their ongoing and outstanding commitment to support canine health research. The Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, Inc. (ASHGI) has been a valued supporter of canine health research funded through CHF since 2009, supporting studies that directly impact canine health and breeding strategies. Their constant and enthusiastic attendance at the National Parent Club Canine Health Conference furthers the missions of ASHGI and CHF to benefit the health of all dogs. Retriever News provides vital outreach through magazine ads and content. They support research through direct donations and provide handlers the unique opportunity to support CHF through the Entry Express retriever event management system.

“This year’s award recipients have provided long-term and steadfast support for CHF and its mission,” says CHF Board Chairman, J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS. “We are honored to apply their knowledge and passion to advance the health of all dogs.”

In 2021, CHF invested more than $3.4 million in 50 new canine health research and educational grants. These grants augment the Foundation’s portfolio of 154 active and international canine health studies addressing a variety of conditions from glaucoma to pancreatitis to cancer and more.

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $63.5 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

Friday, 17 December 2021 23:33

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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December 18, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Devin Leech

Producer in Training - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Brenda Lee - singer "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" Hour 1

Hour 2 - Dr. Katherine Roe - Chief Science Advancement & Outreach Division, PETA Laboratory Investigations Department - discussion on the National Institutes of Health

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Friday, 17 December 2021 16:40

Spider-Man: No Way Home Featured

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment present a PG-13, 148-minute, Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, directed by Jon Watts written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee with a theater release date of December 17, 2021.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 21:20

The King's Man Featured

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The King’s Man

20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marv Films and Marv Studios present an R rated, 131-minute, Action, Adventure, War, slight Comedy film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, screenplay by Vaughn, Karl Gajdusek and based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar with a theater release of December 22, 2021.

Saturday, 11 December 2021 00:41

West Side Story Featured

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West Side Story

20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Amblin Partners and TSG Entertainment present a PG-13, 156-minute, Musical, Crime, Drama, directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Tony Kushner and based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents with a theater release of December 10, 2021.

Friday, 10 December 2021 23:33

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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December 11, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services, Tampa, Florida

Producer - Matt Matera

Producer in Training - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Special Guest - Doug McHart - Owner of Green Element CBD will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 720pm ET to discuss and give away his products

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 23:03

Swan Song Featured

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Swan Song

Apple, Anonymous Content, Concordia Studio and Know Wonder present an R rated, 116- minute, Drama, Sci-Fi film, directed and written by Benjamin Cleary with a theater release date of December 17, 2021.

Friday, 03 December 2021 00:28

Nightmare Alley Featured

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Nightmare Alley

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Double Dare You and TSG Entertainment present an R rated, 150-minute, Action, Crime, Drama, directed by Guillermo del Toro, screenplay by Del Toro and Kim Morgan and based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham with a theater release of December 17, 2021.

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