Birds

Injured birds get new chance at Michigan sanctuary

All of the birds at the Michigan Avian Experience were injured and cannot be returned to the wild. One of them, the bald eagle, is even somewhat of a celebrity. It’s the bald eagle that free flies before the Eastern Michigan University Eagles’ home football games at Rynearson Stadium. (www.miavianexperience.org)COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Francie Krawcke tosses a dead mouse into the…

For birders, May is Christmastime in Michigan

The return of Michigan’s migratory birds from their southern wintering grounds is cause for celebration, and in May, many celebrate by heading to the fields, forests and wetlands to view these colorful harbingers of spring. “I love birding in May,” said Andrew Simon, a Macomb County resident and avid birder. “It’s the peak of migration and marks the return of…

Six men accused of luring, smuggling 400 protected birds

The birds included cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo and painted buntings, and house finches.Six men are accused of trapping and smuggling over 400 protected birds in the past four years, according to an investigation by the Miami U.S. attorney’s office. The men used solar-powered electronic bird calls to attract the birds to trees that were coated with adhesives, the U.S. attorney’s…