Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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Arkansas becomes the 46th state to make cruelty to animals a felony, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Tags: animal cruelty legislation Arkansas us It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US. Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense.

Arkansas May Enact Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws

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They are one of only 5 states that doesn't have a felony animal cruelty law. A task force is now looking into changing that

Texas Father & Son Sentenced for Wildlife Trafficking

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They were illegally bringing in deer from Arkansas. Tags: wildlife trafficking Arkansas Texas deer Texas restricts deer importing.) Plus a little matter with stolen property.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Socks the Cat Dies

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A stray cat rescued by the Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, Socks lived in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas and later moved with the family to the White House. The Clinton cat Socks has died. Former First Cat Socks, one of the world’s most famous felines, died Friday at the age of 20 after battling throat cancer since November.

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Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

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near Little Rock, Arkansas, an oil spill has polluted a lake. It’s been a busy week in bird news–some of it bad, some of it good, and some of it just plain head-scratchin’ Let’s start with the odd stuff first. In a move that brings new meaning to the term “farm team,” one of the min0r-league affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies has a new mascot.

What Is An Ornithologist?

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Remember the whole Cornell Ivory-billed Woodpecker search and how you literally had to apply for a volunteer position to pay your own way down to Arkansas for 2 weeks to try and look for that bird? I recently changed jobs. I went from being a part-time National Park Ranger and freelancer to a full-time Avian Field Ecologist.

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What is the State Bird of Florida?

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This common bird is also the state bird for Arkansas, Texas (another avian hot spot), Tennessee, and Mississippi, so Florida even misses points for originality. Florida is one of America’s great avian hot spots, renowned for its impressive bird diversity. The official Florida checklist counts over 500 species, and thus Florida citizens had a wealth of State Bird candidates to choose from when they named the Florida state bird in 1927.

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Old Crow Distillery Company: Old Crow

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By my reckoning, 500 miles up the Mississippi River as the steamboat goes only gets you as far as the Mississippi-Louisiana-Arkansas tripoint. Well, it’s happened again – my first bird of the year was a crow. This year it was an American Crow ( Corvus brachyrhyncus ), though at home in Albany, New York, it’s just as likely to be – and has been in the past – a Fish Crow ( Corvus ossifragus ). It’s all very inevitable, really.

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Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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The main wintering area for Ross’s Goose ( Chen rossii ) is presently in the Central Valley of California, though increasing numbers winter in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and the north-central highlands of Mexico 1. Every autumn, tens of thousands of Snow Geese arrive in California’s Sacramento Valley following their long journey from the Canadian Arctic (click on photos for full sized images).

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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What does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to do with Birds?

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Just look at the recent spill in Arkansas. President Obama has a very important decision to make in approving or rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production.

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Birds on Film

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At Varner Unit, home of Arkansas’s death row for men, we see a typical sight – a stark shot of a chain link fence. I haven’t been birding yet in 2013. Oh, I’ve gotten my first bird of the year ( European Starling – yay?) and a handful more ( Rock Pigeon , House Sparrow , and my first native bird, White-Throated Sparrow ), but for the most part I’ve been sticking to indoor pursuits here in chilly New York City.

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

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The Southeastern guide goes a bit more west, to eastern Oklahoma and Texas, so its northern borders lie at the north boundaries of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Happy May Day! Here in New York City, May is a magic time for birders as the migration floodgates open. To celebrate spring migration, I usually review an exciting new bird book. But, this year I’m going to be contrary and give you moths!

Tree Swallows Return, It Must Be Spring

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Winter Hits New York City Desert Finch in Arkansas (!?!?!) home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Tree Swallows Return, It Must Be Spring Tree Swallows Return, It Must Be Spring By Larry • March 16, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share Whenever I see Tree Swallows ( Tachycineta bicolor ) I know that Spring is upon us.

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The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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However, 12 states, namely, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin [Imagine, The Dairy State doesn't protect a woman's right to nurse!],

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East: A Field Guide Review

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The specific geographic area covered is “east of the western boundaries of Ontario, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana”; the eastern United States and Canada is known for its diversity of odonates. We now interrupt all talk about birds and migration to consider dragonflies. And damselflies. Together they comprise Ondonata, an order of insects that, like birds, are beautiful in flight and challenging in identification.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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They are: Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico); and Representatives Rob Wittman , (R-Virginia) and Mike Thompson (D-California). The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism. Other than a sweeping public lands package in 2019 , there has been little or no progress on the environment or wildlife protection. Indeed, there has been considerable cause for alarm.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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The collaborative profile has been boosted by 2 new American states, adding Tennessee and Arkansas to the coloured patches across the map of the USA. That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa.

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