ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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By Julie • March 14, 2011 • 18 comments Tweet Share ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett has indicated that if enough people write in protest, the proposed hunting season–due to start this December– will be reconsidered. Hunting is on a steady downturn, and nonconsumptive wildlife pursuits are on a tremendous upswing.

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Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage By Corey • March 8, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share It should come as no surprise to readers of 10,000 Birds that I do not love gulls. All images in this post were taken in the first week of March, 2011, in New York State.

Giveaway of the Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil: The.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / competitions / Giveaway of the Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil Giveaway of the Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil By Corey • March 3, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is that time again!

White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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Being winter, this bird is in non-breeding plumage with more brown upper parts and lacking the white face it acquires in its aternate (breeding) plumage. After several minutes of this deep water foraging behavior, this White-faced Ibis made its way toward me into more shallow water Posed for a little while, and then began to preen I’m glad I took the time to visit Colusa National Wildlife Refuge on this day. Mar 2nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm What a fortuitous stop Larry!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) By Mike • March 7, 2011 • 12 comments Tweet Share We’re already a week into March, but I’m still shoveling snow. Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2011?

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Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds By David • March 12, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share There I was (I’ve been reading Thurber) on board a boat off Baja California, reveling in cormorants (three species!), Corey Mar 12th, 2011 at 11:45 am Excellent post, as usual, David.

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Enjoy Helping Animals? Consider an Education in Zoology

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Others may work in wildlife management, agriculture and conservation. Working at zoos as curators where they are responsible for acquiring animals, either through buying them from other zoos or overseeing breeding programs. Here’s a quick look at some of those tasks: As a wildlife educator you may:• Live and work at a particular site while you study and research animal behavior• Write informational materials such as brochures and pamphlets• Prepare and implement displays.

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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience. Not to mention, its brilliantly bulbous crimson throat, bloated during breeding season must be a sight!

Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

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As you’ll remember, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources unanimously passed its sandhill crane hunting proposal. Fish and Wildlife Service for final approval or denial. The public comment period on the Kentucky sandhill crane hunting proposal ends AUGUST 1 2011. One was “Superdad,” one of the few successful breeding whooping cranes in the entire eastern population. Could Ohio lose its entire pioneer breeding population?

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Conservation / The Nonessential Whooping Crane The Nonessential Whooping Crane By Julie • March 20, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share Whooping crane reintroduction efforts on the Eastern Flyway involve raising young whooping cranes and accompanying them on their migratory flights with ultralight gliders. It brings to question the purpose of wildlife management.

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Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis By Corey • March 9, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share A recent visit to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond was rewarding in both number and variety of waterfowl, but none drew my attention like one particular Ruddy Duck.

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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In my home state, Bald Eagles are breeding in 35 Ohio counties. Hunting eagles will not hurt, but enhance non-consumptive wildlife viewing opportunitites. These passive wildlife enthusiasts like to go places, especially in winter, to watch them. Imagine big flocks of Bald Eagles massing on our wildlife refuges. It’s our right to hunt whatever wildlife is abundant enough to support the harvest. Fish and Wildlife Services 4401 N.

Orange-headed Thrush

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Orange-headed Thrush Orange-headed Thrush By Redgannet • March 6, 2011 • 18 comments Tweet Share The Orange-headed Thrush , Zoothera citrinus, is common across much of India and south-east Asia. Outside of the breeding season a few birds may join together in a loose flock if the feeding is good. Hilke Breder Mar 9th, 2011 at 12:15 pm Great photos!

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Madagascar’s Lost and Found

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Then rumors leaked out that at this same site the mythical Red Owl could easily be seen, Madagascar Serpent Eagle was breeding and other rare birds and lemurs abounded. On the positive side however, a captive breeding program has been successfully initiated by WWT in partnership with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Peregrine Fund and the Madagascar Government.)

Cats Indoors Compromise!

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Asian Leopards are about house cat sized and can breed with house cats giving a bit more wild animal to your domestic pet. According to US Fish and Wildlife domestic rural cats kill roughly 39 million birds annually. Not sure who they thought was crazier: the person who reported it or the person who loves the well being of her cats and cares for them and the surrounding wildlife enough to turn her yard into a Bengal Lounge. My friend Lorraine is awesome.

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Humboldt Bay Jetty Displays the Black Turnstone

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This area includes Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, part of Audubon’s Humboldt Bay Important Bird Area (IBA). Heading west on highway 255 around the north end of Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, we drove to the Humboldt Bay jetty in search of the Rock Sandpiper ( Calidris ptilocnemis ). They leave their breeding grounds in early summer to move down the coast, some travelling as far south as the Gulf of California.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! First, wildlife officials in Louisiana announced the first successful wild Whooping Crane nest in that state since 1939. The species, which migrates from the Russian Arctic to Southeast Asia, is down to about 200 breeding pairs in the wild, due to habitat loss and poaching. For the past several years, getting the birds to breed has been an exercise in futility.

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The plovers of Estero Lagoon, Florida

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / The plovers of Estero Lagoon, Florida The plovers of Estero Lagoon, Florida By James • March 8, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by shorebirds. What events transpire miles away that make a certain destination attractive to birds and wildlife in one way or another?

Lewis's Woodpecker in New York State

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Trips / Lewis’s Woodpecker in New York State Lewis’s Woodpecker in New York State By Corey • March 22, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share Way back on 30 October of last year a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen coming to a backyard bird feeder in Ontario County, New York, and was quickly identified. Corey Mar 22nd, 2011 at 5:38 am I agree.

Spotted Thick-knee

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Spotted Thick-knee Spotted Thick-knee By Redgannet • March 19, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share The Burhinidae family of Thick-knees (also known as Stone-curlews or Dikkops) consists of 9 species in 2 genera, Burhinus and Esacus. A multi-part trip report from Cape Town can be found at Redgannet, March 2011.

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Behold the Blue-footed Booby

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As is often the case in birds, teenagers, and other living creatures, these charismatic colors play a prominent role in the booby’s breeding rituals. Perhaps that explains why the Galapagos Conservation Trust raises funds to help protect the Islands’ unique wildlife and habitat through the celebration of Blue-footed Booby Day. Blue-footed Booby Day 2011 will be celebrated on Friday, June 17.

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Petrel Paradise

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Petrel Paradise Petrel Paradise By Duncan • March 2, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share I’ve mentioned before that New Zealand is a great place for enjoying petrels. We soon were close to the Mokohinau Islands , one of the many islands in the area that serve as wildlife refuges. Rick Wright Mar 2nd, 2011 at 11:27 am Double wow!

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Tanzania – Africa at its best

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A question I am frequently asked by birders and wildlife enthusiasts is: “ if I only visit Africa once, where should I go ?” Highly recommended birding and wildlife sites include Selous Game Reserve, the Eastern Arc Mountains, Pemba and Zanzibar Islands and Arusha National Park. Vast swathes of the region are protected parks, well serviced by tourism infrastructure and lodges, in close proximity to each other and offering the very best of Africa’s wildlife-watching and birding.

Mysteries of the Mitred Parakeets

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Are they breeding? JFK Airport was a major hub for the importation of wildlife for the pet trade, and it is likely that birds escaped from quarantine during this period. But the greatest mystery of the Mitred Parakeets of New York is where they go during the breeding season, and whether they are breeding. The birds have never been recorded on breeding bird surveys (or for that matter on any Christmas Bird Count).

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Bufflehead in Flight

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Bufflehead in Flight Bufflehead in Flight By Corey • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share Bufflehead are one of our most amusing ducks. They breed across Canada and Alaska’s boreal forest near ponds and lakes, using nest holes made by woodpeckers, almost exclusively flickers. Mar 14th, 2011 at 8:50 am [.]

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The Whistle Blowers

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Known breeding localities are now limited to only a few of the islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Antigua/Barbuda. But one man was listening to the calls of the whistle blowers -- calls of widespread wetland destruction, poaching, pesticides and destructive feral wildlife.

Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage By Corey • March 17, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Lately, I have grown a bit obsessed by Ruddy Ducks , those lovable little stiff-tailed ducks that are nearly ubiquitous on any sizable freshwater body of water in New York City this time of year.

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The Unique Black-necked Stilt

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I found these beauties at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, one of the many locations the Black-necked Stilt breeds in the California Central Valley (map courtesy of Terry Sohl at South Dakota Birds ). Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) photos by Larry Jordan Click on photos for full sized images. This female Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) is distinguished from the male by her paler brownish back and scapulars.

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The Terns of Tern Island

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Part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, it is an amazing place to take in the seabirds of the North Pacific. The birds are not allowed to breed on the runway, but many loaf around on it. Around 100,000 of these terns breed on almost every available space on the island, and walking through groups of them is a deafening and quite painful experience. A White Tern ( Gygis alba ) Finally amongst the breeding terns of French Frigate Shoals is the Blue-grey Noddy.

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Terrifying Truth about Crow Intelligence

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Terrifying Truth about Crow Intelligence Terrifying Truth about Crow Intelligence By Mike • March 8, 2011 • 2 comments Tweet Share Why did it take me so long to discover what may be the best web post about crows I’ve ever read ? thainamu Mar 10th, 2011 at 3:00 pm I’ve seen them do that trick using cars to crack nut shells.

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Pipits and the Sweet Smell of Seaweed

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Pipits and the Sweet Smell of Seaweed Pipits and the Sweet Smell of Seaweed By Alan • March 17, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share March and it’s like a switch flicks in birders brains in Europe, suddenly everyone’s ‘doing’ sub-Saharan migrants (or should that be trans-Saharan migrants and why don’t I know?).

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Domestic or Ganky Geese

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Domestic or Ganky Geese Domestic or Ganky Geese By Mike • March 6, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Now that you’re acquainted with the sublime madness of manky mallards and manky muscovies , perhaps you’re ready to be initiated into the next circle of Domestic Waterfowl Hell: the ganky goose.

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Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia By Corey • March 3, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share Good news for one of my favorite wood-warblers : American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves, the leading bird conservation organizations in the U.S. Coreys 2011 Year List - 228 Copyright © 2011 10,000 Birds.

Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. Renato Mar 13th, 2011 at 8:20 am What amazing snakes and great photos.

A Problem with Gulls

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / A Problem with Gulls A Problem with Gulls By Dan • March 4, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share Back in the States, identifying different species of gulls was a manageable task, and mediocre birdwatcher though I was, I had no difficulty distinguishing the 5 more common gull species in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dan Mar 4th, 2011 at 3:35 pm Thanks Mike!

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Gadwall Ducklings, or, Aaawww, Cute!

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I am used to seeing young Gadwall at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, sometimes under less-than-ideal circumstances , but I rarely get a chance to see an entire brood of ducklings close enough to get some pictures. Anas strepera is a common and widespread duck, breeding across northern Europe and Asia, as well as central North America. Here in New York, as on most of the east coast of the United States, Gadwall are a year-round bird, breeding in appropriate marsh habitat.

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How much bird is there, anyway?

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I was looking out a car window the other day and noticed that of all the wildlife most of it was bird. The clifftop habitats along rocky shores of the North Atlantic (on both sides of the pond) abound in bird biomass during breeding bouts, for instance. Accessed July 12, 2011 at [link] a. I’m sure there were a lot of insects in range of my eyeballs, hiding behind leaves or camouflaged against bark as insects are wont to do.

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Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina

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I was fortunate enough to spot the individual in this post at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where it was foraging in bushes and small trees between four and fifteen off of the ground. It breeds across Canada’s boreal forest and most winter in the Caribbean, though some spend the cold months in Central America. The Cape May Warbler is an outstanding bird and an outing that includes one is almost undoubtedly considered successful.

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A Wreck of Prions

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I’m not sure what the collective noun for a group of petrels is, but the vets and wildlife carers of New Zealand might be forgiven for thinking that it might be a wreck after this week. It breeds on the Chatham Islands and some of the islands south of New Zealand, as well as Gough and Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic.

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Sirocco the Kakapo

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I say almost because that particular distinction actually falls to another New Zealand bird, the Black Robin, of which there were once just four (including just one breeding female). They breed very slowly, in fact there is a decent chance that even if things continue to improve at a good rate they may not be out of the water in our lifetimes.

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The American White Pelican Scoops Up Fish As It Swims

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They occur mainly in western and southern portions of North America, breeding inland in colonies on remote islands and wintering along warm southern coasts 1. In breeding plumage, adult American White Pelicans have a distinct “centerboard&# or “horn&# on the ridge of their bill. I was lucky enough to catch this photo of an adult in flight at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge back in February showing the horn and their distinctive black and white plumage.

Crossley Giveaway Reminder

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Crossley Giveaway Reminder Crossley Giveaway Reminder By Mike • March 15, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Actually, we’re not giving away Richard Crossley himself, but rather his exceptional ID Guide. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Rare air

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Breeding plumaged Lapland Longspurs, Red-throated and Pacific Loons ? The next spring, the wildlife officer saw another Barn Swallow at camp, a couple of hundred kilometres south of here. There are a few birds up here that, while we may find as just part of the fauna, others would foam at the mouth for a chance to see. Ivory Gull ? We’ve got those. Common Ringed Plover ? In spades. Northern Wheatear ? Of course.

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