Untamed Americas

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Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. In it we get to see some of the amazing places in the wild areas of North America, Central America and South America. Untamed Americas: Mountains. Untamed Americas: Deserts. Untamed Americas: Coasts. Untamed Americas: Forests. A journey through the forests of the Americas is one of extremes—flood, freeze, and fire.

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. Breeding only above treeline on windswept and desolate rock faces (or equally austere habitats on the Aleutians), the three American rosy-finches (Gray-crowned, Black, and Brown-capped) are extreme environment specialists that are endemic to North America. In the summer, they are the highest altitude breeding songbird in North America.

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Join America’s Pet Debate!

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To help end the age-old debate of whether America is a nation of cat or dog people, Purina® is calling all pet owners and lovers to join in the “America’s Pet Debate.” Purina will proudly declare whether America is a cat or dog nation on Nov. million veterans in America today. From now until Nov. 8, you can vote for your favorite pet at www.americaspetdebate.com once a day. 9, 2012. But this debate has a greater purpose!

Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds. Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Some features to consider: Birds of Central America is a big book.

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McKee Project Helps Latin America's Strays

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published. In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Not surprisingly, ten of these 19 countries are in the Americas, but what does surprise me, there are just 4 in Africa and just 1 in Asia (2 if you count Indonesia). The post Where America dreams of/goes birding? I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results. I was just curious what the US birders dream about, so I posted a question in the ABA’s FB group: a) what are the most popular foreign destinations and b) where would you go with unlimited funds?

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Cute but Caught: America’s Cutest & Messiest Pets Photo Contest

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Pruven™ is holding the Cute but Caught: America’s Cutest & Messiest Pets Photo Contest , and the grand prize is $3,000! The post Cute but Caught: America’s Cutest & Messiest Pets Photo Contest appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. We know our pets can be cute, and we know that they can be messy! Well, here is your chance to show off your pet being BOTH!

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Hardest Working Person in America

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You could have a chance to win the “Hardest Working Person in America&# contest from Mitchum! Mitchum and Brett Ratner Brands will pick the top 10 submissions and then ask America to vote for the winner, who will receive $100,000 and be the subject of their own personal documentary by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles. Hardest Working Person in America originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on July 13, 2010. Working like a dog these days?

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The potholes and associated grasslands create North America’s most productive habitat for breeding waterfowl, making it an area of global significance for Mallards , Northern Pintails , Blue-winged Teals , Gadwalls , Northern Shovelers , and others. The region has justifiably been referred to as the “Duck Factory of North America.” Jason A.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, illustrated by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, does just that. When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America covers 827 species, including resident, migratory, and common vagrant birds.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. The Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America was my first field guide, part of an ‘introduction to birding’ workshop taught by the incomparable Starr Saphir. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

Care2 Vote For America's Best Animal Shelter

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Go vote for Best Friends my little winged monkeys! Or not, but vote for someone so they can win $10,000.

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America by William S. This is the first identification guide that I know of that covers Mexico (technically North America but rarely included in North American raptor guides) and Central America. Like Peterson’s Hawks of North America, 2nd edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), which Clark co-authored with Brain K. The colors are rich, much deeper and beautiful than the muted inks in my copy of Hawks of North America.

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Hoatzins invaded South America from Africa … by raft

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go on to say that they believe the birds colonized South America from Africa and suggest that the most plausible explanation for this is that the birds traveled west across the Atlantic on “rafts” — huge floating tangles of debris often invoked to explain trans-Atlantic mammal dispersal events. Birds africa Folivore fossils South America taxonomy and systematics

Sibley’s Raptors of North America Poster

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Do you know your raptors but wish that you had an easy reference for all the raptors of North America? Never fear, David Allen Sibley has done it again with the release by Scott & Nix of Sibley’s Raptors of North America poster.* Like Sibley’s Backyard Birds poster Sibley’s Raptors of North America measures two feet by three feet and will be a welcome addition to the collection of anyone who likes birds.

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. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America covers 61 species of the New World sparrow family Passerellidae that breed in Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico. They’re all birds of North America!

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Rare Birds of North America: A Book Review

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Where did the Coney Island Gray-hooded Gull come from, Africa or South America? I kept wishing I had Rare Birds of North America , by Steve N. In this book, rare birds are species “for which, on average, only 5 or fewer individuals have been found annually in North America since around 1950.” Rare Birds of North America covers 265 species within these parameters. There is a plate for each species, depicting plumages likely to be seen in North America.

Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide is a serious book for serious birders.

Review: Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America

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Reviews Albatrosses and Storm-petrels of North America petrels seabirds tubenosesI’ve spent the odd hour sea-watching from both land and sea. I’ve sea-watched with some very experienced birders whose ability to identify species almost at the edge of visibility has left me questioning my optics, my eyesight, my ability and quite often my sanity. I’ve listened and learned and gone back to listen and learn some more.

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under conditions of climate change in Europe and North America. The total overall impact on bird populations, related to climate change, is the same in North America (on the right) and Europe (on the left). Again, Europe is on the left, North America is on the right. Why are Europe and North America different?

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America and of Northeastern North America: A Review of Two Field Guides

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You can blame the nice people at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who took it upon themselves to send me a review copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (left plate) and Southeastern North America (two right plates). Happy May Day!

Find The Data North America Bird Migration

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Another migration tracker that seems to hold great potential for those able to master it is the Find The Data North America Bird Migration page. The more data about bird migration we gather from professional and citizen science efforts, the more each one of us can learn about the comings and goings of our favorite species. Obviously, when Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology collaborate on a Bird Migration Forecast tool, the result is going to be pretty spectacular.

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

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Now the only falcon that regularly nests in natural cavities is the smallest and most common falcon in North America, the American Kestrel ( Falco sparverius ). The majority of our owls in North America also nest in cavities and I want to wrap this up with a few of my favorites, starting with the Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ).

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

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Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation by Paul J. Barker, and Carroll Henderson is a well-researched, copiously illustrated, engaging study of bird feeding practices, personalities, inventions marketing, and companies that developed in the United States from the late 19th century to the present day, with a little bit of Canada, Europe, and South America thrown in. CEO and found of Wild Bird Centers of America.

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What’s in a Name: Woodpeckers of North America

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Well, I never did see a Black-backed Woodpecker on my trip, but they were on my mind… What could be more straightforward than the naming of woodpeckers? The name woodpecker itself is a basic behavioral description. Here are birds that peck at wood. When it comes to individual North American species, the old reliable trick of naming them after physical traits is in full effect. Black-backed. White-headed. Red-cockaded. Ivory-billed.

The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America

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Maybe it’s because the American Coot ( Fulica americana ) is the most abundant and widely distributed species of rail in North America that it gets no respect? The post The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. But they don’t live in North America. I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America. In North America, you’ve got Bears at the large end, Cats in the middle, and at the smaller end, the Mustilids. There is not a wild cat, such as the Wildcat, in North America, at that lower end of the size range for cats.

Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery to Labrador

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Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery to Labrador by Peter B. If you take only one thing away from this review, let it be this: Do not be intimidated by this book! Yes, even the title is bulky. Yes, it’s physically massive, exhaustively researched, rich with appendices and notes and maps and illustrations, and in every way the sort of thing that you look at and think “Wow, this author really, really cares about John James Audubon. Like, a lot.

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The Green-winged Teal, North America’s Smallest Dabbling Duck

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The Green-winged Teal ( Anas crecca carolinensis ) is North America’s smallest dabbling duck and taken by hunters second only to the Mallard. Click on photos for full sized images. Luckily for them, even though they nest on the ground, they usually breed far from human habitation, under heavy vegetative cover. It appears that most of the Green-winged Teal have already paired up in California. Here is a photo of one of the females I encountered at Delevan National Wildlife Refuge.

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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As the subtitle implies, this appreciation drives the bulk of A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World. A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World by Paul A. As a child of the eighties, I experienced a number of elegies for Whooping Cranes. Commentators seemed to take their extinction as inevitable, although in fact their numbers had begun a slow climb from their historical nadir and would break the 100-individual mark in 1986.

Obama Overturns Last Minute EPA Rule Change Made By America's Worst President

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President Obama overturned a last minute Bush regulation that would have allowed agencies to skip consulting with govt. scientists when reviewing EPA rules. Because science, like facts, have a liberal bias. I am so glad this dim-witted moron is back in Texas. It will take a generation to clean up the damage he has done to this country.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. ’ Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean covers 39 species found in, as the titles says, North America and the Caribbean islands.

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow is innovative, fascinating, and challenging. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America is divided into three main sections: Introduction, Species Accounts, and Index to Bird Sounds (also called the Visual Index). Robbins used them in a more primitive form in 1966 in the Golden Field Guide Birds of North America.

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National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

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The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. It is also, the cover tells us, “fully revised and updated,” and “companion to National Geographic to the Field Guide to the Birds of North America.”

Gymnast Shawn Johnson Put To Sleep After Breaking Leg | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

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This video nicely highlights the insanity in killing “racing&# horses when they become injured. I think my favorite parts are when Shawn’s mother says “it’s just so expensive to keep a lame gymnast&# ; and then when the host asks her if Shawn was in a lot of pain at the end, and she replies, “oh no, no, no – there was no pain – just a quick shot to the back of the head.&#.

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Happy Birthday America!

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Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson

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The latest from his pen is Birds of Prey , a hybrid between an identification guide and an essay collection, a book of lore that provides a comprehensive overview of the raptors of North America. Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. For most readers of this blog, Pete Dunne hardly needs an introduction.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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And what does it tell us, other than the obvious “head for South America” or perhaps Indonesia? Panama’s eight per cent is close to Nearctic (North America and Greenland with 8 %) and Palearctic (Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa with 10 %). Trips Africa Asia Central America South America world birdwatchSummer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least.

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Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide – A Librarian Birder’s Review

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This is probably because Gulls of America , the Peterson Reference Guide co-authored by Howell with Jon Dunn, has a prominent place on my bookshelf, and because I spent some time last year, while staffing the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Visitor’s Center, explaining to beginning birders why “molt”, as in Howell’s Guide to Molt in North America , on display at the SHBO, was a subject worth reading. This is the first field identification guide on tubenoses in North America.

Smithsonian Magazine Spotlights Wildlife Trafficking

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Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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Fortunately for you, though, when I got home I found a review copy of National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America by Jonathan Alderfer and Paul Hess ready and waiting to be dissected for your delectation. My birding adventures this week, while Western, were far from Interior (three words for you: Black-bellied Whistling Duck ).

A Growing List of Hummingbirds

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Ridiculously common in its home range of northern South America, no-one had ever seen a Glittering-throated Emerald here before, and I was determined to be among those who laid eyes on it. Birds hummingbirds South America Trinidad and TobagoMost of us are already familiar with hummingbirds, whether in the flesh or in glorious, birdy dreams of lush tropical rainforests. They are one of the most famous families of birds, and for good reason.

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