Help the Almagordo Chimpanzees

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Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used for research. Here's an action alert from Physicians for Social Responsibility. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move the chimpanzees—many of them at least 30 years old—to the Southwest National Primate Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas, where they can be used in painful, invasive experiments.".

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Oldest Yellow Warbler Ever Recorded

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First banded in June of 2001 at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (where I saw my trigger bird ) she is at least 11 years old! The oldest Yellow Warbler ever documented was recaptured in June (link is very slow to load). Asides five rivers Yellow Warbler

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Hamsters Celebrate 70 Years in the US

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Now, one million hamsters are kept as pets, an increase of 41 percent since 2001. Interesting article. Prior to the 1930s, hamsters were pretty much in the wild. Prior to the 1970s, virtually all were descended from one breeding pair. This includes the two sitting on the shelf in our house!) Sadly, though, some 200,000 hamsters were used for research in the United States in 2000, third behind rats and mice.

Good News for the Alamagordo Chimps!

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The chimps have been free from testing at the Alamogordo Primate Facility at Holloman Air Force Base since 2001. I received an alert from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Alamagordo chimps will be allowed to remain in New Mexico for about two years while the NIH studies the issue of their transference. This gives animal rights activists some time to prepare further defense of the animals. Good way to end 2010. Here's the story as reported in NewsWest.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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isn’t “behavior” synonymous with “life” itself; isn’t the title of David Allen Sibley’s 2001 tome (also encyclopedic, also delightful), The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, redundant?

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes a baby white rhinoceros!

4 The Love Of Animals

Kisiri, Tambo and another female white rhino were airlifted from Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2001 through the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of rhinos. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes its seventh baby white rhino since 2004. The adorable baby, a female, will join other rhinos in the 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain.

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Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park!

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Introduced in 2001, Beneful is one of the most successful dog food brands in the Company’s history. Christmas came early for the dog-loving community of Prescott, Arizona, today as Beneful® unleashed the $500,000 Dream Dog Park renovation of Willow Creek Dog Park. The fire-station themed renovation marks the fourth half million dollar dog park transformation by the dog food brand.

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Travis the Chimp is the Victim

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The bizarre incident in April 2001 began when the trio of apes broke out of Mike and Connie Casey's compound, the Missouri Primate Foundation. There has been so much said about Travis the chimp this week. It's 1) a gory story with 2) the bizarre tie-in to the New York Post's inexplicable use of Travis' image in a cartoon about the stimulus package. What were they thinking?) That image was wrong on so many levels. But let's stick to the animal rights issue.

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The Blue House Dog

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A New York Times story that ran in 2001 about a homeless dog wandering around a suburban part of New York City, struck a chord with me. Today we have a lovely guest post from author Deborah Blumenthal. He was, “part German Shepherd, part something else,” and he was smart enough to find food,and win the hearts of the locals. They offered him hand-outs and cared enough about him, not to call Animal Control and risk having him picked up and sent to a shelter where his fate would be doomed.

2010 122

Birdwatching the Okavango Delta

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In 2001 I was offered the chance to joint-lead safaris with my good friend Brian Gibson, owner of Capture Africa Safaris , a long established and well-respected Botswana based safari company.

The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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It was January, 2001, and here in the southern hemisphere January is the hottest of summer months. Date: January 24th, 2001 (08:30-11:00h). What happens when you put a naturalist in a kayak, adrift in Africa? There are no crocs around here,’ said a smiling bartender.

The Regal Western Kingbird Can Be Very Aggressive

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2001). Kingbirds are named for their aggressive nature. A Kingbird will defend its territory and nest against all predators, even to the point of “riding” the back of a flying hawk or crow, all the time pecking the back of its head 1. I witnessed this myself as a Western Kingbird ( Tyrannus verticalis ) that was possibly nesting in the bottom of an Osprey nest atop a soccer field light stand, took off after one of the Osprey nestlings on its maiden flight out of the nest.

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Why Is the Federal Government Awarding Contracts to a Company That Was Involved in Smuggling Primates?

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But, according to , they have been successful in getting other government contracts" WORLD WIDE PRIMATES INC (16450 SW 180TH ST in MIAMI, FL; small business): $362,855 in 5 contracts from 2002 to 2006 Contracts for Live Animals, Not Raised for Food, Laboratory Equipment and Supplies by Army, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health Signed by year: 2000: $0; 2001: $0; 2002: $42,000; 2003: $0; 2004: $37,145; 2005: $282,120; 2006: $1,590.

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Cute of the day: Baby White Rhino!

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Mlelani, Tambo and another female white rhino were airlifted from Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2001 through the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of rhinos. TAMPA, Fla. November 12, 2008) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby white rhinoceros on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. The female rhino was born in the night quarters adjacent to their 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain.

Can the Falcons Win the Super Bowl?

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The Baltimore Ravens crushed my beloved New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV (2001) to become football’s finest feathered franchise. The hours are ticking down to Super Bowl LI, a hotly anticipated contest between perennial contenders New England Patriots and the upstart, high-flying Atlanta Falcons. As an avid American football fan and ardent birder, I may be uniquely qualified to predict the winner of the NFL Championship this year.

Exploring the relationship between flamingos and grebes: The wonderful birds

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But in 2001, Marcel van Tuinen and his colleagues published a DNA study of waterbirds that proposed a then-shocking sister relationship between flamingos and grebes, two groups “which otherwise show no resemblance,” the authors wrote at the time. That flamingos and grebes are probably each others’ closest living relatives is one of the most surprising discoveries in higher-level avian systematics over the last 15 years.

2013 86

No two scaups are equal

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At this point, let us travel in time, back to the last day of the year 2001, and down to the Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, in South Africa’s province of Mpumalanga. January is sort of a birding sprint – you start fresh and, all of a sudden, head for them all. In a typical birding year, no other month will bring you that many new species as January.

2017 64

Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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You may find it bulky or not, whatever the case, compared with its predecessor, a two-volume Birds of Ecuador by Ridgely (2001), it is as compact as can be. Helm Field Guides, Paperback – May 2018. As we birders like to see ourselves, we aren’t tourists but travellers, even explorers. And hence we do not carry tourist guides with us. Our tourist attractions have feathers and unlike crumbling temples or colonial buildings, do not stay in one place.

2019 67

Birding With Alligators

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throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but alligators killed 12 people from 2001 to 2007. It took several days in Florida for the idea that I was pretty much surrounded by giant reptiles that could kill me to sink in to my brain. And, no, I am not referring to the Republican presidential candidates who were stumping through the state trying to gin up votes in the primary election which was scheduled for the last day of my trip to the Sunshine State.

Smoking is (good) for the birds

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Oecologia September 1985, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 169-176 Lufma, Lucile, Marcel M Lambrechts, and Michel Raymond 2001. Behavioural Processes, Volume 56, Issue 2, 1 November 2001, Pages 113–120. Back in the 1980s, it became popular for biologists to consider plant secondary compounds in understanding inter-species relationships and other ecological matters.

2012 67

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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So, I was very excited when I heard that Rick Wright was writing a book about sparrows, the first treatment of North American sparrows since 2001, possibly the first book about sparrows of North America, depending on your definition of that geographic area. I like sparrows. I like observing them, reading about them, grappling with species and subspecies identification, and even—on a good day—talking about sparrow taxonomy.

2019 66

“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001).

2017 74

The Cutting Edge: Bird Feeder Patents

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The ‘707 patent bears the uninspired title “Bird Feeder,” and it issued in July 2001. Bird feeding is serious business. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that Americans spend nearly $1 billion annually on bird houses, feeders, nest boxes, and baths. Sizable markets attract competition and many companies have turned to a proven way to distinguish their products: innovation. Much of that ingenuity has been directed to a single problem: squirrels.

2017 59

The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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The scale of massacres is such that in 2001 the Italian customs found 120,702 dead birds from Serbia in just one lorry. Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September.

The Last Few Rays Before Extinction

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Tice (July 2001). Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. She’s contemplated California Condors here before, but Passenger Pigeons seem to resonate most with her. The extinct American pigeon plays a pivotal role in her award-winning bio-thriller, Quick Fall of Light and occupies Sherri still, as you can see… . Every now and then I let myself fantasize about the wildest thought of all—about Passenger Pigeons.

2013 81

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

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His books since have included regional editions of his guide, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (2001), Sibley’s Birding Basics (2002), and the Sibley Guide to Trees (2009).

2020 87

Manfred Kuehn on Kant's Cosmopolitanism

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Manfred Kuehn, Kant: A Biography [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001], 384-5) Note from KBJ: I no more think of myself as a citizen of the world than I think of myself as a citizen of North America or of the Northern Hemisphere. Kant's ideas about cosmopolitanism are still hotly debated today. They are dismissed by some as a "Eurocentric illusion," and praised by others as the answer to the problem of humanity's survival.

Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

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On the contrary, the birds were quite satisfied with their new-found freedom and realms, and started breeding immediately after their escape in the spring of 2001, much to everyone’s surprise. Germany is underrated as a birding destination. Nestled right in the middle of Europe, we have a little bit of everything, a nice cross section of Europe’s avifauna. We have, for instance, very beautiful birds, like European Bee-eater , Blue Tit , and Kingfisher.

Red-crowned Parrots at Irvine Regional Park, Orange County, California

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Red-crowned Parrots have been present in southern California since at least 1963 but weren’t added to the California checklist until 2001. Southern California is loaded with parrots. Many escapes and introductions have taken place over the years and some species have found the warm, dry climate to their liking. Quite a few species are well-established and breeding from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond.

The New “Birds of Thailand”

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Since Craig Robson’s “Birds of Thailand” (2002) is taxonomically outdated, the choice was Robson’s “Birds of South-East Asia” (the updated second, 2014 edition of the 2001 classic). Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but with more than 1000 bird species, palm-fringed sandy beaches, developed tourism infrastructure, moderate prices and political stability, Thailand is a country you definitively want to visit.

International Bird Rescue Believes “Every Bird Matters”

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This 12,000 square-foot facility, completed in February 2001, is one of the two primary oiled bird facilities built by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) in California. In January 1971, two oil tankers collided under the Golden Gate Bridge, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the San Francisco Bay. Little was known about oiled bird care at that time and despite the courageous attempts of hundreds of volunteers, only 300 birds survived from the 7,000 collected.

North Cave Wetlands

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At that time it was not a nature reserve at all and the forty hectare piece of land was only acquired in 2001. We visited North Cave Wetlands on October 22nd this year while we were in the UK and it is across the River Humber from my parent’s home and close to where we worked when we lived there in 1987.

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Happy Global Big Day from Costa Rica!

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The Cornell team is no doubt having a fantastic day of birding up there in beautiful spring Colorado while they identify Cassin’s Sparrow, Prairie Falcon, Lazuli Bunting , and other western birds in some of the same places I surveyed in 1997 and 2001. Last year, the Cornell Lab Of Ornithology had this really cool idea to get as many people counting as many birds as they could, in as many places as possible.

First Outbreak of Usutu Virus in Germany

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The first detection outside Africa occurred in Vienna/Austria between 2001 and 2006. Okay, I meant to write an entertaining post. I honestly did. But I have been sick with different kinds and forms of cold since the beginning of December with no interruption, and so has my entire family. And I am sick of winter, too: first there was no winter at all, with scarcely a night below freezing all through December and January and only rain, rain, rain. Sickening!

Into the Nest: A Book Review in the Time of Nesting

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Field guides offer little information on birds’ reproductive lives unless there is an identification component, but handbooks such as The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior (2001) talk extensively about courting and breeding behavior. Producing a book about birds and nesting is a dangerous business. First of all, there is the cuteness factor.

2015 83

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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Like Peterson’s Hawks of North America, 2nd edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), which Clark co-authored with Brain K. There are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird. These, the hawk watchers, are the people who can’t stop watching the skies, even when the view is obstructed by a rainforest canopy or a massive layer of dark-gray clouds, the ones who yell, “Black Hawk!” ” while pointing to a pinprick in the sun.

2017 63

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

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Gallardo has been a professional bird guide in Honduras since 2001 and first came to the country as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1993 (his “Chronology of Field Work in Honduras” is a chapter in the book). What do you do when you are a bird guide in a Central American country incredibly rich in birds and other natural resources but which has no birding field guide? You write your own. And, what do you do when you can’t find a publisher?

2018 53

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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In 2001, Trevor Worthy described a set of bones from Fiji as a new species of very large, flightless pigeon: the Viti Levu Giant Pigeon ( Natunaornis gigoura ). The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon. Not, as Linneaus thought, an ostrich, nor even, as later scientists concluded, a distant cousin of pigeons deserving of family rank, it was an honest-to-goodness pigeon, deeply embedded within the family Columbidae.

2014 87

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

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Be careful how you Google ‘bird of paradise’!

2020 87

Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru?

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I worked as a guide and on macaw projects in Tambopata in 2001 and 2002 and the diversity is simply astounding. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Conservation / Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru? Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru? By Mike • March 7, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share I bet you do!

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Lewis's Woodpecker in New York State

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In fact, the bird is the fifth recorded in the history of the state,* and the first spotted in the Empire State since 2001. … *In 1954, from 27 October until 6 November there was one in Ossining, Westchester County, in 1997 there was one in Richfield Springs, Otsego County from 10 June until 21 June, and a second bird in Horicon, Warren County from 17 November until 29 November, and in 2001 there was one at Fort Drum from 1 May until 3 May. **If

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that irradiating half the meat and poultry consumed in the United States would mean 900,000 fewer cases of food-borne illness and 350 fewer deaths each year. To the Editor: Re “ The Burger That Shattered Her Life: Trail of E. Coli Shows Flaws in Ground Beef Inspection System ” (front page, Oct. 4): Your article about E.

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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The idea of Lost Animals was conceived after the publication of Extinct Birds (2001), a 400-page, four-pound book on 75 extinct species. One of the reasons I enjoy about reviewing books is the opportunity to read titles I wouldn’t ordinarily encounter, not because they aren’t good but because they don’t fall easily into a category. Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books.

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