Birding Arizona–style

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One particular issue had a feature on the birds of Madera Canyon, Arizona. Up to 256 bird species, deer, black bears, foxes, big cats, Gila Monsters, and 16 species of bats call this area of southeastern Arizona home. ( For birding Arizona-style, memorize these three overlapping locations southeast of Tucson: Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. The post Birding Arizona–style appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona

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In my continuing tour of the many sites for birding here in the Tucson, Arizona area, I have run across the Sam Lena Park, and athletic complex. Stay tuned for more from South East Arizona! This Red-breasted Merganser was quite popular for birders in the Southeast Arizona. One of my “First of Year” birds for Arizona was this lovely Yellow Warbler. The post Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

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For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding. If you look draw line straight up a northern biased line thru the Sea of Cortez, the normal path of a hurricane in the Sea of Cortez, it would run very nearly right thru Southeast Arizona. The post The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Buenos Aires NWR prairie warbler Southeast Arizona Birding

Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona

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The post Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Evening Grosbeaks Southeast Arizona BirdingAs we march ever closer to the end of 2019, I continue to marvel at the number of birds that pass thru, or reside in this relatively small area. After an extensive year of travel in 2018, I have mainly focused on Pima County and the Tucson area for my birding. The early part of the year found me learning my way around, and meeting some incredible people.

SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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I had just wrapped up lending a hand with the Tucson Arizona South-east Birding Festival, my wife Jeanne was going out of town for those same ten days, local Tucson birding legend Brian Nicholas had offered to show me a few of his favorite, as yet unknown to me hot spots, and at the end of this marathon of birding, we are moving into a brand new, our first ever house, so my bird trips were going to be severely diminished while we moved in and got the house set up.

Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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Sneaking down the slimy bank carefully… Umm cool water on a pretty hot Arizona day! The post Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding burrowing owls Ferruginous Pygmy-owls Northern Pygmy-Owl Southeast Arizona Birding tucsonThe last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes.

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University of Arizona Gets Grant for Animal Lab

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Another Arizona story! From the Arizona Daily Star. The University of Arizona College of Medicine won a $15 million federal stimulus grant to build a facility for research animals in downtown Phoenix. Tags: animal research university of arizona National Institutes of Health arizona They are certainly on the animal research kick.

South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon

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Now that Jeanne and I have finally settled on Tucson, Arizona at least for a while, I will pick up where I left off at the end of 2018. Arizona, specifically the South East portion of the state, will be my “beat” for the rest of this year. Located approximately 40 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, you travel on Highway 19 to Green Valley, and exit at Continental Road. The post South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Will Arizona Exempt Animal Testing from Cruelty Laws?

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Tags: animal research biotech arizona

The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona

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Tucson Arizona is turning out to be a very birdy area. I got to see my first ever Arizona Woodpecker here as well. While we were at the feeding stations, we counted 26 Wild Turkeys , a couple dozen Mexican Jays, Chipping Sparrows, Bewick’s Wrens, 20+ Lesser Goldfinches , Pine Siskins , and more of both the Acorn Woodpeckers and the Arizona Woodpeckers. The post The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Hot Birds and Bloggers in Arizona

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This is Arizona This is Arizona This is Arizona! Trips Arizona bloggers SwarovskiI just returned from a phenomenal long weekend in Tucson, AZ where I participated in a really enjoyable event. Our friends at Swarovski Optik organized a Birding Social Media Summit to discuss the many ways in which birding and socal media intersect. As you can imagine, I spent time with some extremely interesting individuals.

Arizona in Summer: It Ain’t All Hummers

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It’s a well-known fact that southeast Arizona in summer is awesome. My first birding trip ever was to Arizona. It was time to drive south and up, to the Sky Islands of southeast Arizona. I eventually did get my Life Elegant Trogon during the next part of my Arizona sojourn, which was the New Jersey Audubon trip, led by Scott Barnes and Linda Mack. There were a couple of birding festivals in progress in Arizona, and I arrived on the heels of several groups.

Grey2K Video Exposes Cruelty at Tucson Greyhound Park

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greyhounds tucson arizonaGrey2K is a greyhound advocacy group. Here is the link to the video showing kennel conditions. They had professional investigators there last summer.

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

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South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris. Just another great reason to plan at trip to South East Arizona! Birding Madera Canyon South East Arizona Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Election Victories for Animals

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Also, Proposition 109 failed in Arizona. Tags: legislation elections Missouri arizona politics Two victories. Proposition 8 passed in Missouri. It stops puppy mill abuses by establishing responsible standards for the proper care of dogs. This proposition would have given the legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues.

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Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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The exquisite Elegant Trogon, mostly a Mexican species of the Sierra Madre, is the only member of this tropical bird family to range north into Southeast Arizona – the only trogon species in the United States and often considered ‘the most sought after bird in Arizona.”. Southeast Arizona Sky Island Spring Sampler. Birding Elegant Trogon Florida birding jays Painted Bunting rosy-finches Southeast Arizona Birding Texas birding

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A pelican in the poo pond

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One of the small cities south of Tucson Arizona, Amado, has a very small pond, right along highway 19, also known as the Nogales Highway. Birding Amado WTP American White Pelican Southeast Arizona BirdingMost birders that have spent any amount of time chasing down our fine feathered friends have learned that most cities waste treatment facilities are incredible magnets for many species of birds.

Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson

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When you think of Southeast Arizona Birding, and the unique birds that can be found there, it conjures thoughts of roadrunners, hummingbirds, trogons, and the many other desert residents. This time, great photos were taken, high fives were exchanged, and another chapter in South East Arizona Birding is in the books! Birds Purple Gallinule Southeast Arizona Birding tropical parula

Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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Most days you will get a good look at the Arizona Woodpecker. Birding Arizona Woodpecker hummingbirds Madrra Canyon Mexican Jay Santa Rita LodgeRarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. Birding Arivaca Lake Southeast Arizona Birding

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Phoenix Restaurant Serves Lion Burgers

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Tags: exotic meats phoenix arizona lion

The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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I don’t feel that we have exhausted the possibilities here in Arizona, but they are one here, one there, and spread all over that state. We are squeezing out one more road trip, leaving Arizona and heading towards Texas. Trips Little Big Year Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson Arizona Tucson Audubon SocietyJust a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem.

Mexican visitors in Box Canyon

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One of the great things about living in southern Arizona is our proximity to Mexico. A common local resident when we were in Mexico, the Costa’s Hummingbird is a little bit more of a rarity here in Arizona. Birding Box Canyon Five-striped Sparrows Florida Canyon Lucifer Hummingbirds Madera Canyon Southeast Arizona BirdingThis allows for some really fun birds to come across the border, not that they know it is a border, and giving us some interesting birds each year.

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Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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Now that Jeanne and I have settled here in Tucson, Arizona, we have been questioned by our friends dozens of times….Why 10 countries, over 1300 bird species, and now I have limited my various twitches to just one county, Pima, which pretty much surrounds the greater Tucson Arizona. When it comes to pure birding, SE Arizona is truly an amazement. The lure of many other countries still calls to me, but the birds of Southeast Arizona have captured my heart.

Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ

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Now that we have “settled” in Tucson, Arizona, or at least this is where the 5th Wheel is for the time being, it has been nice to be able to spread out a bit. Now that we have been in sunny, dry Arizona, it has rained 5 of the last seven days. Later in the week we finally got a break in the rain, and made an early morning run to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. They have a large walk in aviary with the local birds of the Sonora, and Southern Arizona areas.

Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year”

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A 9-year-old yellow Lab named Tanya from Arizona whose human partner is a blind golfer was honored as 2015 Dog of the Year at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Annual Golf Classic June 12, 2015. The award is sponsored … Continue reading → The post Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year” appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs news

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Cholla Birds

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Birding Arizona Cactus Wren Sonoran Desert The internet appears to have nearly as many people getting caught up with Cholla Cacti as it has cute kittens doing funny stuff. It almost qualifies as a genre in itself. Now this is only a personal suspicion, but I reckon that the birds of the Sonoran Desert have set up candid cameras and are getting their Youtube footage by enticing birders close enough to the cholla bushes for the spiked fruit to make the leap onto their innocent carriers.

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Florida Canyon, A not so secret hotspot!

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Birding Florida Canyon Madera Canyon Rufous-capped Warbler Southeast Arizona BirdingLying just a few miles north of the entrance to Madera Canyon, is Florida Canyon. Certainly less recognized, at least internationally, this wonderful birding hotspot deserves every bit the same acclaim. Pronounced locally as “Floor-ee-dah” this area shares many of the same attributes as Madera, with a lower elevation of grasslands mingling into a dense riparian area as you climb in elevation.

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Saguaro National Park: Cacti as Oases in the Desert

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I had the pleasure of paying this national park a visit on a trip to Arizona in late May, and I was immediately struck by how important this species of plant is to this ecosystem. Perhaps because of the heat and the lack of insulation which the cactus can provide, Purple Martins do not nest in man-made houses in Arizona. Trips Arizona desert Saguaro National Park

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Hot Birds at Agua Caliente Park

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The attraction of Southeastern Arizona in summer stems from the presence of certain highly range-restricted species. These beautiful sparrows with finely-streaked crowns and rufescent epulets only reside in a small swathe of Arizona and Mexico. Trips Arizona bloggers Swarovski tucsonTucson, AZ, August 2012 – When you get a bunch of bird bloggers together, which you do you imagine comes first: birds or blogs?

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When two halves do not make a whole

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And while I was in Arizona, touring the Huachucas with Swarovski (along with 10KB notables Mike Bergin and Birdchick Sharon Stiteler among others), I had in the back of my mind that I might be able to pick up that last hummingbird. And second, August is not the best time of year to find them, as they spill into Arizona during the winter months. Birds Arizona hybrids

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The Philosophy of Animal Rights

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We met in graduate school at the University of Arizona in 1983 Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni are the authors of this book. Mylan is a longtime contributor to this blog.

Thrashing XXX

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds , Terminology / Thrashing XXX Thrashing XXX By Rick • March 8, 2011 • 2 comments Tweet Share High on the list of every first-time birding visitor to Arizona is Crissal Thrasher , a darkly beautiful thicket-dweller with the voice of an angel.

Call for Papers

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Lori Gruen, who attended graduate school with Mylan and me at the University of Arizona, asked me to publicize a special issue of Hypatia devoted to " animal others." Lori is one of the guest editors

Henry Rollins to Host Weird New Show on National Geographic

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He visits Arizona's Road Kill Cafe, where the menu features not-so-exotic fare. This sounds to me like it's glorifying the use and misuse of exotic animals. I'm not particularly thrilled about it, even though they are claiming that they are not into encouraging the activities. Anything for ratings I guess. Excerpted from Reuters. Rollins will host "Animal Underworld," which features people who own exotic animals as well as those who eat them.

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On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

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Finally, in my e-mailbox this morning, and probably in yours, was the Care2 newsletter, including a link to a column about a restaurant in Arizona that will soon serve burgers made from lion meat. Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ? There's something hilarious about people intentionally putting themselves in a position to be beaten up like Wile E. Coyote. It's all in fun, with much of the humor coming from the commentators and the special sound effects.

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DMX is Pretty in Prison Pink

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Looks like Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come up with the cure for DMX's addiction to jail. Rap singer DMX is currently serving a jail sentence for animal cruelty, drugs and fraud. And things are even worse for him because his prison wardrobe is (gasp!) The hip-hop star and repeat offender, like all of Arpaio's other inmates in the Maricopa county jail, must wear pink t-shirts, underwear and socks. The girlie wardrobe colors caught DMX by surprise.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Hero Dog From Afghan Base Is Killed by Mistake in Arizona ” (front page, Nov. 19): The story of Target, the Afghan hero dog, is truly heartbreaking. The important lesson, however, one that would add to Target’s legacy, is that all of us who love our dogs need to make sure that they have a tag and, even better, a microchip. This misadventure could have been avoided! Sandy Brenner Elkins, N.H., 19, 2010

Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park!

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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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Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Similar limits were approved last year in Michigan and less sweeping restrictions have been adopted in Florida, Arizona and other states. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2.

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Mylan Engel and I were graduate students at the University of Arizona in the mid-1980s. We have stayed in touch all these years. Mylan is a good philosopher, a good teacher , and, most importantly, a good person. I am proud to have him as a friend

Gray Hawk from the House

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Yes, it’s the same species that so many North American birders have looked for around the San Pedro River (myself included) and like those Arizona birds, our urban Gray Hawks likewise use riparian zones. Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way.

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You Want to See a Lucifer Hummingbird, Don’t You?

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Apparently, nefarious forces are conspiring to bar birders from Arizona’s Ash Canyon. I haven’t seen these hummingbirds or Arizona Woodpecker yet, so I need your help. The poor proprietor of the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast , the single best place to see Lucifer Hummingbirds in the U.S., may be denied a permit to keep her business open, which would be a blow to us all. We ALL need your help!