The Great Animal Orchestra

4 The Love Of Animals

After moving to California to audit music courses in electronic music at Mills College in the mid-1960s, he met Paul Beaver and the two of them began performing as Beaver and Krause, putting out five albums of their own and performing sound effects for scores of feature films. Have you ever wondered about the origins of music? If you love nature, maybe you have noticed that a lot of animals, and other parts of nature like rivers, make sounds that seem musical.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2018)

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Some eager beavers have already broken triple digits for the year while less industrious sorts may not even be in double digits. And they’re off! Your 2018 year lists, whether you tally them or not, have already begun to populate, silently bearing witness to your commitment to bird looking or lack thereof. No worries… with 51 weekends left in this year, we’ll all have plenty of time to indulge in avian observation.

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The Danube Backwaters

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What I have always missed there and what I still miss is to experience presence of the European Beaver. The last beaver in the area was killed ten miles to the east – near Pancevo around the year 1900, but, reintroduced some dozen years ago, there are some 150 of them in the country nowadays. Yet, I never heard the splash of a beaver tail when it dives. As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia.

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“Oh, Bittersweet Canada” – Distillerie Mariana: Avril Amaretto Québécois

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Canadian cooks understand that the best remedy for the long, harsh winter is enjoying plenty of warm, sugary treats, desserts like butter tarts, Nanaimo bars, pouding chômeur , pets de sœurs , tarte au sucre , and beaver tails (to be clear, that’s Canadian for fried dough), to list just a few.

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Birders As Family

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The conference timed nicely with sparrow migration and everyone was anxious to get views of reported Nelson’s Sparrows that were obligingly hanging out in some mud along a beaver pond. The spot to view the sparrows and pipit is right on a beaver dam surrounded by mud, it’s pretty cool. There are worse ways to spend an hour than by standing on a beaver dam. What is up with the birding community in the northern part of the US recently?

Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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I saw a beaver though! The beaver was way over on the other side of the valley we were looking down at. Other than the beaver there wasn’t much to see. It was Friday evening and Daisy, Desi, and I were in Astoria at Desi’s favorite restaurant, Arepas Cafe, after having participated in a march against white supremacist violence and justice for Timothy Caughman.

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Jumping out of my “Beat” today

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This trip was actually all about photographing the grizzly bears the inhabit the Katmai National Forest, I will not bore you with the flight details, from La Paz, Mexico to Alaska, but it included several planes, one of which was a De Havilland Beaver float plane. Let me start off with being quite clear, there are no grizzly Bears on the Baja! I am actually jumping out of my assigned beat area, to share some photos from my trip to Kodiak Island Alaska.

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“Condors over Cologne” – Rogue Ales & Spirits: Condor Kolsch

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True, the brewery might have achieved the same effect by releasing a California Common beer, a style best represented by San Francisco’s legendary Anchor Steam, but perhaps Beaver State pride quashed this suggestion. Following passage of the United States Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, the California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus ) was among the first 75 species listed for protection, the so-called “Class of 1967”.

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Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?

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In nature, you’ve got your leathery skin (like elephants or crocodiles), you’ve got your fur (like beavers and red deer), you’ve got your scales (like fish and pangolins) and you’ve got your feathers (like many theropod dinosaurs … oh, and birds). Most of the time when we think of birds, we think of the things that make them birds, and not the things that make them dinosaurs.

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Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen

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Examples are wolf, beaver, otter, domestic cat, wolverine, wild boar, elk (moose), and reindeer. I am a birder, and I love birds. I don’t mind that they share the world with other creatures, and I have even developed an appreciation for mammals, reptiles and amphibians – but only so long as watching them doesn’t collide with my finding birds.

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“A wonderful bird is the pelican” – Pelican Brewing Company: Hazy Rock India Pale Ale

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The brewery’s logo is an American White Pelican, a regular in the Beaver State but an incredibly infrequent visitor to Vermont, allaying any concerns about the origins of this East Coast-style beer. In North American birding, east versus west is the most basic geographic division of the continent.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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It provides shelter for many songbirds and water-associated animals, including the river otter, turtles, beaver, American pelicans, ospreys, and migratory songbirds. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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