Japan Set for Whale Hunt Despite Earthquake and Tsunami

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The ABC reports five crews from the town of Ayukawa have joined the hunt, even though the tsunami destroyed Ayukawa Whaing's storage facility and carried its fleet of three whaling vessels hundreds of metres inland, where they remain. sea shepherd marine animals whales Japan huntingNothing stops the Japanese whalers! From Radio New Zealand.

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Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you that there’s another vote coming up. of Fish and Wildlife Resources—who will get together on June 3, 2011, to vote on whether to open season on Sandhill Cranes in Kentucky. On Dr. Gassett’s answering machine, which someone calling to protest the hunt is likely to encounter, is a similar message about the quality of crane meat.

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

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! 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. Sandhill Hunt: They’re Voting Now Sandhill Cranes: Game Birds?

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Hunting the Mountain Witch

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Be prepared for a witch-hunt of note but, with a little luck and some local expertise, the elusive Mountain Witch might just make an appearance. Besides my 3rd grade teacher, I had never encountered a witch before. That is until a recent Nikon’s BATV film trip to Jamaica revealed a unique avian femme fatale, the Crested Quail-dove -- also known colloquially as the mountain witch.

Green Heron Hunting Dragonfly

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Sharon Stiteler, AKA Birdchick, has a great video of a Green Heron hunting that was shot by Clay Taylor. Check it out! Asides

Witch Hunt or Just Prosecution?

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While we at 10,000 Birds wouldn’t advocate taking such an approach , it is not without its merits: Nico Dauphine told a D.C. superior court judge in response to the allegations, “absolutely not, no I did not.” ” The Ph.D. Smithsonian Institute researcher is accused of trying to poison street cats outside her apartment building on 15th Street in Northwest. Dauphine works at the National Zoo studying wild birds, where her research has focused on one of birds’ enemies: cats.

Kentucky’s Crane Hunt-It Ain’t Over…

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For those of you who’ve been following the drama unfolding in Kentucky regarding a sandhill crane hunt, there’s bad news. An eight-member commission unanimously approved the hunt proposal in early June. Shooting could start as early as mid-December 2011. It isn’t hard even for a simple bird painter to divine that Commissioner Gassett stands to gain financially from a crane hunt in Kentucky. That dog don’t hunt.

Why Not Allow Crane Hunting?

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Julie’s six reasons are pretty convincing. And Greg takes number three and expands on it quite a bit in this excellent post. Asides

Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt. economics seal hunt africa economic development seals namibia huntingThese are the results of a study commissioned by Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and produced by the Australia-based independent economics consultancy Economists at Large. Excerpted from PR Newswire.

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Iowa to Allow Hunting of Mourning Doves

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For the first time since 1918 hunters will be able to hunt Mourning Doves in Iowa – but with one big caveat. Lead ammunition will not be allowed. Thoughts? Asides

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How About a No-Hunting Stamp?

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I’ve never hid my disdain for how the Duck Stamp skews perceptions of who uses and supports public refuges in the United States. Thankfully, others are challenging the assumptions inherent in this very flawed system. Ingrid Taylar at The Free Quark is in the middle of an astute inquiry into the issue of non-hunters and the NWR system as well as potential alternatives to the status quo.

Swiss Activists Try to Ban Seal Products

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canada seal hunt seal hunters SwitzerlandI had no idea that Switzerland is NOT part of the EU. Therefore, the EU's ban on seal products does not apply to them. But activists are trying to change that.

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Killing Birds in Cyprus – Fall 2011 Version

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It is indeed legal to hunt certain birds such as Woodpigeon , Chukar , and Turtledoves. Still, it is worth noting that some illegal hunting occurs, and this needs to be policed. And for the legal hunting, here’s the news from opening day. Conservation cyprus hunting trappingSummer is ending, and that means the birds are migrating again. In Cyprus it also means that the hunters and trappers are active again.

Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

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Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. World Trade Organization canada kazakhstan europe seal hunt belarus trade seals russiaGreat news! But I'm not exactly sure why RUSSIA would ban them. The other two neighbors that banned them are Kazakhstan and Belarus). Apparently, some claim about 90 percent of Canadian sales are to Russia.

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Canada Reaches Seal Product Deal with China

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canada europe seal hunt seals chinaIn order to offset the loss of the seal product market in Europe, Canada has made a deal with China. I'm not surprised. China as a whole still doesn't have a national conscience about these issues. Although 40 Chinese animal rights groups have protested, they don't really have any political or financial clout to change anything.

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Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

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canada seal hunt seal hunters quebec sealsWhile I'm not a fan of using animal hearts for transplants, I'm far more sympathetic to that than to simply using their parts for human vanity consumption. But the seal industry doesn't care. They'll exploit anything to try to save their barbaric trade and, if they can use guilt, even better. Excerpted from the Chronicle-Herald.

Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. I think it’s time to hunt Sandhill Cranes. Look at the facts, lay your emotions aside and listen to reason—exactly the same reasoning that’s been so persuasive in convincing me that hunting cranes is the right thing to do. We’ve always hunted Bald Eagles.

Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011 Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011 By Jory • March 14, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share First off, congratulations to all who tried the quiz, and to Mike and Jason who got it right. Share Your Thoughts « Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?!

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2011?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2011? Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2011? By Mike • March 3, 2011 • 12 comments Tweet Share I don’t know how this month has commenced where you are, but around here March has come in like a lion with multiple personality disorder.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2011?

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American writer Helen Hunt Jackson , for instance, took more than one unfair swipe at June in her (19th century) day: O May, sweet-voice one, going thus before, Forever June may pour her warm red wine, Of life and passions,–sweeter days are thine! Ah, sweet June has arrived. Few months inspire more verse, and yet not all poets are of the same mind when it comes to this magical month.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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It is estimated that tens of thousands of shorebirds continue to be taken annually by hunting clubs on just these three islands. This practice is a throwback to more than a century ago when gunners hunted shorebirds throughout the Americas. Shorebird hunting within these areas continues to be unregulated to the present time. Conservation hunting shorebirds

Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. About Dr. Tim: Dr. Tim Hunt is a licensed veterinarian in both Michigan and Alaska. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet. Having pets at a young age instills kids with a sense of confidence that they can take care of an animal and help it to live a thriving life. More importantly I find pets can be great therapy for kids.

Blue-Collar Dogs on Nat Geo WILD

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Go on patrol with NYPD’s K-9 Bomb Squad, Emergency Service Unit and Transit Units and watch as the dogs hunt for bodies through collapsed piles of wood and cement, patrol the bowels of NYC’s subway system, sweep major tourist attractions for bombs and guard the streets of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. We are excited to share some sneak peeks of a great new show, Blue-Collar Dogs.

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Busch Gardens Welcomes New Baby Cheetah

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Once he is old enough, he will join the group of cheetahs living in Cheetah Run, the innovative new habitat opening alongside the Cheetah Hunt launch coaster that will bring guests face to face with these agile predators. What could be cuter on Saint Patrick’s Day than this adorable baby cheetah from Busch Gardens? Busch Gardens’ animal care team has something new keeping them up at night – a four-week-old baby cheetah that requires regular feedings and 24-hour care.

Deadly 60: Big Cat Battleground

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At night, he catches up with a pride of lions to witness their hunting and killing skills in the dark, proving just how deadly and vicious lions are. Then we’ll meet two of Thailand’s killer cats: the rare clouded leopard, a flamboyant feline with a taste for treetops and hunting in little or no light; and the fishing cat, known for hunting in the water. Tonight! Monday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD! Africa’s big cats are among the most iconic predators.

“Potted Plant Owls”

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Their natural habitat is under threat, as housing developers plan to build on the neighboring wetland, effectively destroying the owls’ remaining hunting ground. A family of owls, affectionately called the Potted Plant Owls have taken up residence in a potted plant on the the balcony of South African couple Allen and Tracy.

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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. The public comment period on the Kentucky sandhill crane hunting proposal ends AUGUST 1 2011. Here are six top reasons to protest this hunt. photo by Vickie Henderson Six Top Reasons to Protest Eastern Flyway Crane Hunting: Sandhill cranes have a very low recruitment rate.

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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. Sandhill Hunt: They’re Voting Now.Or

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Duck Butts

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Duck Butts Duck Butts By Corey • February 28, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share We here at 10,000 Birds believe that every bird is beautiful and, moreover, that every part of every bird is beautiful. 7 Responses to “Duck Butts&# Bonnie Feb 28th, 2011 at 10:14 pm Hahahahaha. Jennifer Clement Feb 28th, 2011 at 11:01 pm Did you want Woodcock?

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

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Dirt hawking is a form of falconry that involves hunting rabbits and other small game with Harris Hawks (other hawk species also qualify). One of the primary reasons that these hawks make such excellent falconry birds is because they are one of only two raptor species (the other is the Galapagos Hawk ) that hunt cooperatively. In the case of fox hunting (a true bloodsport), dogs are domesticated animals that are killing, not for food, but for sport.

Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

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A panel of the Iowa legislature decided to ignore common sense, wildlife professionals, and Iowa’s own Natural Resources Commission and allow lead shot to be used for the new Mourning Dove hunting season. This decision is just plain dumb. Hat-tip to John. Asides

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What is GISHWHES?

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Supernatural star, Misha Collins, started GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen), in 2011 to help people have a lot more fun. The hunt takes … Continue reading → The post What is GISHWHES? What is GISHWHES? And how are pets getting in on the fun? appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cute animals dogs

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Duck Migration

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Trips / Duck Migration Duck Migration By Corey • March 14, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share This past Saturday I made my way to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s West Pond a bit before sunset in order to try to get more flight shots of ducks like these as they made their way in to the pond to roost for the night. Mar 17th, 2011 at 2:18 pm [.]

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Patch: An Urban Red-tailed Hawk (3 of 4)

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She had inadvertently cached the food and come back for it in the midst of hunting for other things. Another revelation came when I discovered she was hunting well into the night. When she returned the following year she had refined her hunting technique. (Check out Part 1 here) (Check out Part 2 here) This hawk was a fierce hunter.

Lead Bullets Still Killing Condors

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I don’t care how many duck stamps you buy, if you are still hunting with lead you are not a conservationist. Hey, hunters! End of story. Asides

Wild Boars Bad For New York

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And while we’re working to ban captive boar hunts in New York why not ban all captive hunts? Real hunters don’t shoot animals raised in captivity or animals that are penned in, do they? Asides

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Patch: An Urban Red-tailed Hawk (1 of 4)

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It was actively hunting the grassy slopes and barely paid me any attention as I tried to figure out how to get as close as possible without changing its behavior. She would hunt the hillsides right next to where I was sitting. I was pretty new to watching birds and photography when I first met this Red-tailed Hawk. While keeping track of some hummingbirds in Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco, I noticed a shadow slipping over the terraced hillside.

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Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven”

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Common Tern Chicks Walk to the Water

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A second reason for the walks that occurred to me is practice at hunting. Each chick I saw get to the water’s edge pecked at things on the surface, an activity I associated with learning how to hunt. Only one gull even approached a tern chick, and it was merely a Ring-billed Gull that was quickly escorted away by a Common Tern that continued out over the waves to hunt once the gull was driven away from the youngster. Common Terns nest in colonies.

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Essentials For Packing When Birding Anywhere In The World

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When looking for gloves, hand warmers, any kind of out door gear for an unexpected weather issue, look for the big box store that has a hunting section–like a Fleet Farm. Hunting sections will always have gloves, wool socks, bug spray–all sorts of handy tools. I travel for birding. A lot.

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More Dead Condors

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Must we wait until every released California Condor is dead before fully banning lead ammunition for hunting? Three more are dead and three more have been taken into captivity, treated and released after suffering lead poisoning. Asides

Extreme Raptors

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The hunting stopped immediately and she opened Hawk Mountain to the public for generations to enjoy the splendor of the scenery and the magnificent flights of raptors that come through in spring and fall migration. If you have never been to Hawk Mountain , Pennsylvania during fall migration I would strongly recommend a visit. We have just returned from hosting this past weekend’s inaugural Extreme Raptor Weekend and Hawk Mountain was one of our chosen partner venues.

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Dark Deeds

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King Eider are good sized birds, and powerful fliers So some Ravens here hunt and kill at least some of their food. When I related the story of it to him, he told me that a group of Ravens had recently started hunting Arctic Hares ( Lepus arcticus ) in the vicinity of our dump. He had witnessed them cooperatively hunting, cornering and killing hare, which they consumed. They were unsuccessful, but to him they were clearly trying to hunt it.

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