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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.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing a very tiny feathered friend, Victor. He is a violaceous euphonia (Euphonia violacea). Try saying that three times fast. Vio-lā-ceous U-phone-ia. I totally made that phonetic spelling up, hopefully it helps.

By Hannah Yaritz, Individual Philanthropy Coordinator

Food! We eat a lot here at Denver Zoo, and we aren’t just talking about people - one elephant can eat up to 150 pounds of hay a day!

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s Feathered Friend is Walter, Denver Zoo’s American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Since Walter is not cold tolerant he lives behind the scenes in the bird propagation building over the colder winter months. But right now he lives on Monkey Island and will remain there for the warmer months of the year. He shares Monkey Island with 16 Hooded Capuchins, and 2 East African Crowned Cranes.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing our feathered friend of the week. She is the baby Stellar’s sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus). She was hatched here on exhibit by her parents on March 4th.

Denver Zoo Team Discovers Potentially Life-Threatening Fungus on Lake Titicaca Frogs

By Amy Levine, Denver Zoo Director of Conservation Biology

By Sean Andersen-Vie, Denver Zoo Public Relations Manager

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s Feathered Friend - Alice the Scarlet Ibis, (Eudocimus ruber). Some people confuse her with a flamingo since she is also long-legged and bright pink. Flamingos however are much larger and spend most of their time on the ground. Alice likes to spend her time mainly in the canopy during the day basking in the sunshine. Since she is crepuscular Alice is most active at dusk and dawn and that is when she comes down to the ground to eat.

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