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By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s Feathered Friends highlights a species currently supported by one of Denver Zoo’s conservation projects in the United States -- the migratory piping plovers (Charadrius melodus.)

Denver Zoo constantly strives to reduce our impact on the environment. We are committed to our community, our state and our planet. Many of the animals we care for daily have wild counterparts that are suffering from habitat loss, pollution and drought. These struggles only deepen our resolve to make a difference in our own backyard.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend Salem, the double-wattled cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), also known as the southern cassowary. There are 3 subspecies of cassowary; the northern cassowary, the dwarf cassowary and the double-wattled cassowary. Members of the ratite family, cassowaries are related to ostrich, emu and rhea, all of which are flightless birds. They are second in size only to the ostrich.

By Alexa Schwartz, Denver Zoo Teen Volunteer

The Bison project in the Rocky Mountain West is a long-term, experimental study working to document the impact of raising bison versus cattle on the Great Plains ecological system. Denver Zoo works with Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge (a bison ranch), and Quintana Ranch (a cattle farm), in New Mexico, where Denver Zoo staff and volunteers track and document native plant and animal species within the different farms.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Toano. He is a male bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that US Fish and Wildlife Service recovered from the wild in 2000 when he got West Nile Virus. His illness was severe enough that he would not have survived in the wild. After his rehabilitation he came to the Denver Zoo in 2002 and now he tells the plight of the bald eagle to everyone.

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