Second Time Bears Declared Extinct in Austria

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For the second time in recent history, brown bears have been declared extinct in Austria. Unfortunately there are no bears left in Austria, in the Northern Limestone Alps. said Christian Pichler of WWF AustriaWhy is so much wildlife news so frigging sad?! From Wildlife Extra News. The last bear, known as ‘Moritz', an Austrian born bear, has not been seen since 2010. This sub-population is now deemed to be extinct."

Birding Innsbruck, Austria in Winter

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Before my trip to Austria that bridged January and February, I had never really had that country high on my list of places I wanted to go. What I knew of Austria was very little: The Sound of Music, mountains and skiing, Vienna, Hitler’s birthplace, Krampus, good beer, and often confused with Australia. But when Swarovski Optik reaches out and offers a trip to Austria you take it even if it is in the depths of winter. Trips Austria Europe Innsbruck

Everything new is Old (World) again

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But our most common October company, as we travelled from Paris to Switzerland, Bavaria, and Austria, was the Carrion Crow. Birding birding Austria birding Europe birding Munich birding SwitzerlandSome of my readers may recall that my wife and I went to Spain a few months ago. That was a work trip, although I still managed to find a few mornings to bird. This month we were able to go to Europe again, for our first real vacation in a few years.

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Tests Involving the Burial of LIVE PIGS Are Halted

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An experiment in which anesthetized pigs were buried alive in snow to learn how humans live or die in avalanches was halted today in Austria after animal-rights groups denounced the research as cruel and useless. Tags: austria animal research pigs Well, there's always some unexpected nonsense to discover. From USA Today.

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Black Woodpecker: Officially a Nemesis

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Yet, here I am, back from Austria, minus one Black Woodpecker sighting. Birds Austria Black Woodpecker nemesis birdI have never before had a true nemesis bird. Sure, occasionally a bird has given me problems, like Black-backed Woodpeckers back in 2007 when I was doing an alleged Big Year in New York State, but not seeing a bird for a single year does not make it a nemesis. But Black Woodpecker ?

Gotta love the Alps

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Birding Alps Austria TirolSo, I have now been living in the Alps for about 4 years. And I cannot claim that it was easy at first. I grew up in South Africa where my garden list was over 200. I then lived in Central America where there were more bird species than my bird books (and my competence) could hope to identify. The Tirolean Alps are – well – rather barren by comparison. But then again, those are some pretty hard acts to follow.

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Best Birds of my First Year with 10,000 Birds

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Snow Goose, Salzburg, Austria. But it is a decidedly odd bird to see in Austria, and is not the sort of species that is likely to be introduced or an escapee. When it comes to one’s most exciting bird sightings, of course, it all comes down to context.

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

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Austria. Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have. The goal is to provide blogospheric content that is easy to find, and from a variety of sources. On the left, you'll see this: Concepts. Project Treadstone. Responsible Policies. Rabbits. More >> Animals. Goats. Horses. Mammals. Buffalo.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2017?

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Corey, on the other hand, is chasing fancy birds in Austria with the global birderati. Though we are now one-twelfth of the way through the calendar year, we’re each still firmly mired in whatever season we started the year. But time is wasting. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and still want certain winter birds, this weekend is as good a time as any to go get them! The only birds I’m really focusing on this weekend are Falcons. Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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Novartis CEO Has Lodge Burned Down by Animal Rights Activists

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If you think it's fun killing animals in your own forest in Austria and bring them to your hunting estate, we will destroy it. ALF activists burned the hunting lodge of Novartis CEO Daniel Vasella.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2017)

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Corey had five life birds this on Saturday in Austria and Lichtenstein but easily the best was a very cooperative Wallcreeper which was working the walls of an Austrian castle. Another Super Bowl has passed and, as predicted , the feathered team fell short. Birds are amazing for a host of reasons, but bringing luck to sports teams may not be their strong suit.

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Tons and tons of them (I like birds)

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In September, I spent a week in eastern Austria (Burgenland) birding and taking birding product photos and I got to see huge flocks of starlings enjoying the grapes (as we enjoyed the products thereof that evening). Now that there are 7 billi0n of us on this planet, it seems appropriate to look at and appreciate other great big collections of creatures.

The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes

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A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. What Swarovski brought us to Austria, and had us hike up a mountain to see, was the BTX, a binocular eyepiece that allows you to stare through a spotting scope all day long without experiencing eyestrain or, really, any major discomfort. This revelation brings us back to when Dale was done with his presentation on that mountainside in Austria.

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What is the National Bird of Estonia?

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Austria also so honors Hirundo rustica though that honor is watered down a bit by the national animal of Austria, which is the Golden Eagle. The national bird of Estonia is the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica. Of course, in Estonia the bird is not called Barn Swallow. In Estonian the term is Suitsupääsukese which, when translated by Google, comes out as Smoke Swallow.*

My Birding Goals for 2017

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That I have trips to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas planned in the first two months of the year makes me a bit more confident than usual that I can make it again this year. Going to Austria gives me another shot. Thank all that is good and holy in the world that the abomination that was 2016 is finally in the books. Here’s hoping that 2017 is a much better year than 2016! I know I will be doing my best to make it so, especially from a birding perspective.

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From Today's New York Times

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Several countries, including Austria, Bolivia, Colombia, Greece, Peru, Britain and Paraguay, have already imposed or approved bans. To the Editor: Re “ Worry Under the Big Top as Mexico City Moves to Ban Circus Animals ” (news article, June 15): Mexico City joins the growing list of cities that have banned the exploitation of animals in circuses. Why is the United States lagging so far behind?

On the Psychological Continuum

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Hence the psychological continuum described (below) by Austria's Association Against Animal Factories from about a year ago. There is a general consensus that vegetarianism and veganism are different philosophically. And when I spoke about a continuum over a year ago as a result of a workshop with Rae Sikora, who demonstrated that there was a continuum, there was some discontent. How about this?

The Great Bustard Lek

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This last weekend I was in eastern Austria in the state of Burgenland – just a mile from the Hungarian border – where a small population of Great Bustards persists. The Great Bustard ( Otis tarda ) is one of the largest flying birds on the planet, topped only by the Kori Bustard ( Ardeotis kori ) and, possibly in some cases, by the Mute Swan ( Cygnus olor ). But what is even more spectacular than the sheer size of this bird, is its absolutely crazy lekking display.

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The Hidden Qualities of House Sparrows

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The Italian Sparrow is not entirely confined to Italy but – not surprisingly – also occurs in neighbouring areas of Austria and Switzerland. There are currently no German records of the species, in spite of it occurring in Austria less than 35 km south of the German border. Bird blogging in May always gives me the creeps. This ridiculous focus of the Birding Internet on North American wood-warblers is boring on a quiet day and highly annoying during peak migration.

What is Mexico’s National Bird?

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In fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , “The Golden Eagle is the most common official national animal in the world – it’s the emblem of Albania, Germany, Austria, Mexico, and Kazakhstan.” One of the most impressive birds in North America is the Golden Eagle. It is found as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, taking its place as one of Mexico’s official symbols.

The Great Bustard Search is On (2)

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Yet, it takes great logistical effort to organize the census all the way from Germany to Austria, Hungary and Serbia in the same day, to count on numerous volunteers and hope for the best February weather. I woke up at 5 am, a good two hours before the sun (and I really hate to be up before the sun). And I had a 100 mile drive ahead of me through the… raining snow? Snowing rain? Fortunately, there was no ice. I was heading to the international Great Bustard count on St. Valentines.

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Serbia – birding overview of a year in the Central Balkans

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As Serbia is not a large country (about the size of Portugal or Austria; or the US states of Indiana or Maine) and the infrastructure is reasonably well developed, it is possible to explore it in about a week and, with some advance planning and guidance from the local experts, build up a list of 80 to 90 species in winter and 120 to 140 in the spring. Serbia has 317 eBirded species so far, or 89% of the 356 in the national checklist.

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Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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And, honestly, I feel a little guilty saying that traveling to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas so far in 2017 is what has kept me from seeing not only a Great Gray Owl but New York’s first Clark’s Grebe and the young Ross’s Gull that was visiting Tupper Lake.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Forest Park

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Austria, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and a brief visit to California have kept me in new birds and it has been wonderful. This year has been a good year for me in terms of travel. But there is still little more in birding that I like than birding my local haunts and seeing what there is to see. At Forest Park on Good Friday I caught up to a Red-breasted Nuthatch and got to watch and digiscope it as it foraged through the understory.

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Haus Alpenz: The Scarlet Ibis – Trinidad Rum

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Each release is blended and bottled by specialty spirits importer Haus Alpenz of Austria from a selection of three- to five-year-old Trinidadian small-cask rum aged on American white oak, bottled at a stronger-than-usual 98 proof (49% alcohol by volume). One of the first things most people think of when they think of Trinidad – perhaps after steel drums and calypso – is rum.

EL32 Swarovision

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the great birds also played their part, though Birding with the EL32 Swarovision in Neusiedlersee National Park, eastern Austria – the pans were teeming with great birds So, the new EL8x32 Swarovisions have an incredible 141m/1000m (423ft/1000yds) field of view that is perfectly sharp throughout, and despite the extra lenses required to create the better image quality, the new EL32 Swarovisions are 30g lighter than the original EL32s – a fantastic achievement.

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From the Mailbag

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25 well-known scientists, philosophers and politicians from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States informed in a comprehensible manner and on a high level about the current status on animal ethics studies, answered open questions and introduced their approaches. Hello!

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe: Duchesse de Bourgogne

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Early in 1482, Mary of Burgundy, sovereign regnant of the Duchy of Burgundy and consort of Archduke Maximilian I of Austria, embarked on a falconry hunt with her husband and several knights.

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Finding Dippers in Berlin

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I know for a fact that a certain birder from the US only joined an esteemed bird blog and blogged like a madman just so he would eventually be invited by makers of fine optics to Austria where he would have a chance at seeing his lifer white-throated dippers. I have yet to meet a birder who did not consider dippers to be special. Any dipper, any continent, any birder.

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First Outbreak of Usutu Virus in Germany

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The first detection outside Africa occurred in Vienna/Austria between 2001 and 2006. Okay, I meant to write an entertaining post. I honestly did. But I have been sick with different kinds and forms of cold since the beginning of December with no interruption, and so has my entire family. And I am sick of winter, too: first there was no winter at all, with scarcely a night below freezing all through December and January and only rain, rain, rain. Sickening!

The Incredulous New Caledonian Crows

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And most recently, a team of researchers from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Austria have demonstrated that New Caledonian Crows understand UCAs. We know that the human mind has capacities that are not common in other animals. Some of these capacities seem to be linked with language or with complex thinking or inference, and probably evolved in connection with our linguistic and complex social behavior.

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Africa’s endangered species

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Small semi-captive populations also exist in Spain and Austria and a reintroduction program from the Birecik population has been started in Syria. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, experts have determined that the current rate of bird extinction is somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times the background rate.

Polygynandry and avian swingers

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After meeting the woman of his dreams, he moved to Austria where he now has the coolest job in the world making awesome toys for birders ( Swarovski Optik product manager ).

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Collaborative List – October 2019

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Visited this month were; Germany , France , Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Serbia, Costa Rica, Australia, China, Indonesia , Switzerland and Singapore). 14 countries were birded this month by 13 beats; a record participative effort! 172 lists were shared and 1004 species were seen, both records for October, so well done beats! The country list (which also includes Principalities, Territories, Special Administrative Regions, Autonomuos States, Kingdoms, Caliphates, etc.)

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A couple of (fantastic) birds at a pond

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Yesterday was a public holiday in Austria and we had decided to take a drive out to Lake Constance / Bodensee to see what we could turn up – given that migration season has just started to kick in and we had had a dramatic turn of weather (fresh snows), we had high hopes for something spectacular turning up.

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Midsummer in northern Australia

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My Father’s Mother had a pen-pal in the 1930′s in Vienna, Austria. As young children we travelled to visit “Tante Christl and Onkle Franz” in Austria and treasure these holidays. Each week as I schedule my post it brings my attention to the huge time difference between Broome and New York. For those of you even further west you are even further behind us!

Collaborative List – March 2017

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With Corey’s February jollies to The Bahamas (when he should have been at home looking for GGOs), Lichtenstein, Austria and Switzerland our country/province/principality/kingdom/territory list has swollen to 37. Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

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Submissions for February have been received from Austria, Australia, UK, Japan, Costa Rica, Serbia, Mexico, USA, The Bahamas and Lichtenstein. The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range. Tom has made an altitudinal migration, but stayed within his accepted beat. Redgannet has been wandering aimlessly as is his brief.

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A scaredy cat is always a scaredy cat

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After meeting the woman of his dreams, he moved to Austria where he now has the coolest job in the world making awesome toys for birders ( Swarovski Optik product manager ).

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