Last summer, the Bush administration set forth a plan to remove habitat protections for the spotted owl and allow for increased logging in Oregon. Environment law firm Earthjustice had filed a lawsuit against the plan.
But yesterday, the Obama administration asked Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to halt proceedings on the case while US Fish and Wildlife Service agents reevaluate the plan. If habitat protections are put back in place, Earthjustice may drop the lawsuit.
For more information, see: New York Times
Stephen Colbert Jr., the most famous bald eagle in the world (named for the star of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report), was caught on camera recently in Klamath Falls, Oregon by Jack Noller.
The eagle, now 2.5 years old, was the result of a breeding program at the San Francisco Zoo in California. Tagged A-46, Stephen Jr. has been recorded flying up from California to Canada and back down south.
For more information about the sighting, see:
The Seattle Times – “Stephen Colbert’s eagle spotted in Oregon”
Herald and News – “Famous bald eagle lands in the Basin”
To learn more about bald eagles, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Bald Eagle.