Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you that there’s another vote coming up. The second paragraph of a recent letter from Dr. Gassett, replying to a letter questioning the hunt, opens thus: “ Sandhill cranes are considered to be one of the best tasting of all migratory birds. More than 10,000 people hunt cranes in North America each year.

Stop the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Hunt! (Again)

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Yes, the earth has gone around the sun twice since the uproar from birders and other lovers of wildlife managed to convince the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to table the idea of hunting Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee for two years. While many worked on the issue, we here at 10,000 Birds like to believe that Julie Zickefoose’s heartfelt and powerfully written blog post here on 10,000 Birds in October of 2010 had a lot to do with the tabling.

Red-tailed Hawk Hunting a Gray Squirrel

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Judging by the banding and lack of red on the tail I would think that this hawk is only about a year old and should focus on hunting less crafty prey. … The post Red-tailed Hawk Hunting a Gray Squirrel appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birds Baisley Pond Park hawks raptors Red-tailed Hawk squirrelsOn a walk around Baisley Pond Park’s eponymous pond in Queens recently I heard a Gray Squirrel chittering away angrily at something.

Snow Leopard hunt by Adam Riley (INDRI Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

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Our Snow Leopard sat, quite Cheetah-like, before stalking off and once again rolling in the gravel, apparently an indication of the desire to mask its scent before a hunt. We could not believe our fortune, could we really be treated to a Snow Leopard hunt – this was beyond our wildest dreams? This was truly an incredible encounter we had been so, so fortunate to witness; a full Snow Leopard hunt from beginning to end including the take and kill.

Hunting the Mountain Witch

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Widely regarded as the toughest of the 28 Jamaican endemic birds to find, this charismatic dove is somewhat of an enigma. In fact the bird can be fairly common in localized, suitable habitat. Rather, it is the bird’s shy and retiring nature, its unlikeliness to respond to playback and its crepuscular habits that have frustrated the living daylights out of many an avitourist. v=63M4L2xO-GE A trip to Ecclesdown is an indispensable part of any birding itinerary to Jamaica.

A Hunting Snowy Egret

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In my recent post about birding Jamaica Bay’s East Pond I mentioned a very successful Snowy Egret. The egret used two different hunting strategies. It was odd to watch a single bird use such drastically different hunting styles and I really don’t have an explanation as to why. … If you liked this post and want to see more great images of birds make sure to check out 10,000 Clicks , our big (and growing) page of galleries here at 10,000 Birds.

Duck Hunt 2013

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Especially once the bird made the front page of the Missoulian and my friends started asking me about it. My friend and birding partner Keyl, not previously a twitcher, has caught the bug. When I talked to him last night, he insisted that with as many hours as we’d now put into our vigil, we have to see this [darn] bird. Birding teals Twitching vagrant So as many of my loyal readers know, I have a very mixed relationship with vagrants and the chasing thereof.

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Witch Hunt or Just Prosecution?

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While we at 10,000 Birds wouldn’t advocate taking such an approach , it is not without its merits: Nico Dauphine told a D.C. Dauphine works at the National Zoo studying wild birds, where her research has focused on one of birds’ enemies: cats. superior court judge in response to the allegations, “absolutely not, no I did not.” ” The Ph.D.

Kentucky’s Crane Hunt-It Ain’t Over…

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For those of you who’ve been following the drama unfolding in Kentucky regarding a sandhill crane hunt, there’s bad news. An eight-member commission unanimously approved the hunt proposal in early June. It isn’t hard even for a simple bird painter to divine that Commissioner Gassett stands to gain financially from a crane hunt in Kentucky. That dog don’t hunt. Birds Conservation Kentucky crane hunt sandhill crane hunting sandhill cranes

Vulture hunts down and ravages Sea Turtles

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A pack of Black Vultures viscously savage a turtle But that is not all they do, they also hunt in packs, overpowering even the largest of the adult Olive Ridley Turtles, to then feast on them slowly. No birds are evil. Happy birding (or turtling), Dale Forbes a. The American Black Vulture ( Coragyps atratus ) does not only look evil; it is evil to the core. Horrid.

Another Effort to Ban Hunting with Lead Bullets

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Over a hundred organizations have again petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban lead in hunting – a move opposed by many hunting groups. At issue is that millions of birds each year end up eating the lead and dying. You’d think it would be a no-brainer but sadly hunters are resistant to a lead-bullet ban.

How About a No-Hunting Stamp?

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I urge conservation minded readers to engage in a dialog with Ingrid, here on 10,000 Birds , and anywhere else we can get out the message that hunters and anglers aren’t the only supporters of habitat preservation! I’ve never hid my disdain for how the Duck Stamp skews perceptions of who uses and supports public refuges in the United States. Thankfully, others are challenging the assumptions inherent in this very flawed system.

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

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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. The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on 335 wildlife refuges. Why would you open it up to hunting?

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. I think it’s time to hunt Sandhill Cranes. Look at the facts, lay your emotions aside and listen to reason—exactly the same reasoning that’s been so persuasive in convincing me that hunting cranes is the right thing to do. We’ve always hunted Bald Eagles.

Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” Obviously the dictionary does not equate hunting with conservation. If you have some insane idea that Hunting Is Conservation: I think we all remember the fate of the Passenger Pigeon ? In 1850, the Passenger Pigeon ( Ectopistes migratorius ) was the most abundant bird in North America and possibly the world.

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Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Birding

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This was actually the place where the late Richard ffrench spent much of his time as a music teacher, amassing countless observations of birds that would later form the basis of one of the essential birding guides for Trinidad and Tobago. Gradually, the bird drifted nearer.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2021)

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Valentine’s Day on a Sunday delivers the perfect weekend for everyone who identifies as both a bird lover and a lovebird. Apparently, this winter warrior has hunted the same farm field from the same vantage point for a couple of weeks now. What was your best bird of the weekend?

Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the world's most threatened birds, is rapidly heading towards extinction because young birds are being targeted for human consumption. During that time, adult survival appeared unchanged and breeding success was reasonable, but the recruitment of young birds back into the adult population was zero in all but one of the years studied. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad.

Grassy Green Space in the Central Valley- Trash Habitat or Prime Real Estate for Oddball Birds?

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When looking for birds in Costa Rica, the Central Valley isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Tongues and patches of green space host birds but most birders leave as soon as they can. Why linger when you can go where the birding is better?

Bag Limit? We Don’t Need No Stinking Bag Limit!

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As has often been said in these quarters, in general us bird bloggers don’t have many quarrels with hunters. And responsible hunting practices seldom pose a threat to birders’ quarry. Note, I said responsible hunting practices. Such is the case of the Saudi Arabian prince who, a few months back, took a hunting junket to Pakistan. This is a bird that’s listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN ; its Pakistani population of 110,000 may be dropping by almost one-third annually.

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Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

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They say the tribe could raise captive birds, or accept eagle feathers or carcasses already available from a federal repository that collects birds killed by power lines or other causes. bald eagle us fish and wildlife religion native americans hunting us tribesFrom the Seattle PI.

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Birding in the Delhi area Part 1

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One of the many things I did not know about Delhi is that it is the capital city with the second-largest number of bird species (after Nairobi). So when I went there for work last year, I added three days of birding to the trip. Yes, I can understand how the bird got its name.

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Uganda’s Billion Dollar Bird: The Shoebill

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Not all birds are created equal. These are the kinds of birds even those barely cognizant of nature recognize, appreciate, and aspire to. Central Africa has one of those birds. Nor is the Shoebill the national bird of Uganda.

Killing Birds in Cyprus – Fall 2011 Version

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Summer is ending, and that means the birds are migrating again. If you’re a birder though, you had better have a police escort as some of my birder friends had to last week, while they went as part of an Important Bird Area data gathering group. It really is just too damn dangerous to go there without protection if you’re holding a pair of binoculars, looking like a non-local, and driving up back roads obviously looking for birds.

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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Birds are singing and migrating, freshets are running, and trees are budding – yes, it’s time for all those things. And given what these birds have been through, this caution is certainly warranted. Despite their foreign origin, introduced gamebirds in North America seem to enjoy a better reputation among birders than other nonnative birds. Good birding and happy drinking! The post Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Our Best Birds of 2020

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In this post, we’ll share the most positive of the positives, at least for those who write for 10,000 Birds who decided to share. Of all the birds that make the list for a given year one of those birds must be the Best Bird of the Year.

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Courier-Journal Gets It Right

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The Sandhill Crane hunt in Kentucky is over for the season and only fifty birds were killed. While fifty dead birds is still fifty too many, it is better than the 400 that could have been killed under the rules of the hunting season. The Courier-Journal , Kentucky’s largest newspaper, excoriated the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for allowing the hunt to happen in this editorial. Asides sandhill crane hunting

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

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Though I traveled to NYC this weekend, Ivy and I nailed down our best bird before I left; a Short-eared Owl has been hunting at a local park not 10 minutes from our house, which makes for the easiest owl sighting we’ve snagged in a long time! Birding best bird weekend

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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The Mourning Dove ( Zenaida macroura) is among the most abundant and widespread terrestrial birds endemic to North and Middle America. This gentle bird frequents bird feeders and readily nests almost anywhere. It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort. A seemingly rather peaceful bird, it gets its name from its easily identifiable mournful call.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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His second book on migration is a tale of many birds and many research studies all connected by the theme of migration and by his thoughtful narrative voice. In fact, early, photographic versions of several chapters appeared in Living Bird and Audubon Magazine (see the above links).

Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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They were heavily hunted as food, and for the feathers. Overall they are pretty amazing birds. Great Trumpeter Swan birding report HERE. Birds Conservation Cygnus buccinator hunting Minnesota Trumpeter Swan Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter. We rented snow mobiles and drove into Yellowstone. That was the only way to get into Yellowstone in the winter (other than walking).

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For Europe’s Environmental Stewardship, a Man From Malta?

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Malta, you might recall, has the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for illegal hunting of protected birds. After all, protection statutes are toothless if they’re not enforced throughout a bird’s migratory path.) News Birdlife Malta european union illegal hunting Malta short-toed eagle Whether this ends up as a colossally bad decision remains to be seen.

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. If you wrote to Tennessee in the 10,000 Birds campaign this winter, you can cut and paste your letter, changing “Tennessee&# to “Kentucky.&#

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Birding Honduras–The Cryptic Birds

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This photo is actually of a TK seen a few days later, but it was at our favorite birding gas station pit stop that we also stopped at on our first day. Excellent 10,000 Birds posts have been written about Pico Bonito and Honduras by Corey and Carlos , so I’m going to focus on some of my most memorable experiences. This was not a life bird for me, but I gotta say, this is one big Great Potoo! A life bird was most everybody in the group. There was no snow.

Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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The number of people who hunt waterfowl in the US has declined since the mid 1990s. Eventually, the pigeons, as it were, may come home to roost and the waterfowl and other wildlife, as well as hunters and bird watchers, will be sitting ducks. From the abstract of the study: Current waterfowl populations provide liberal hunting seasons, but waterfowl hunter numbers have declined since the mid–1990s. allowing access for duck hunting with a reduced bag limit, another ($30?)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2019)

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Imagine that… a successful snipe hunt. But on Friday evening he and Daisy visited Irvine Regional Park at dusk and were rewarded with Lesser Nighthawks , a lifer and an awesome Best Bird of the Weekend. What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments section about the rarest, loveliest, or most fascinating bird you observed. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Foreign Languages on a Birding Trip

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Don’t you hate it when you cannot communicate while birding overseas? Having mobility issues, I still remember birding from a van along a rather productive dirt road in Costa Rica ( Broad-billed Motmot , Lineated Woodpecker , Cocoa Woodcreeper , etc.), Seeing several birds from that spot and deciding that that’s it, I asked the driver in English to move the van a few hundred metres down. His host’s house was smoke-blackened, everything but his shiny hunting rifles.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea” by James A. kg could be, do keep in mind that this guide covers 4,400 km / 2,750 mi of the Earth’s circumference, or 11% of the length of the Equator, and describes 13% of global bird diversity.

Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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This is a bird that flew over 3,400 miles in one flight from Brazil to South Carolina, an amazing bird that is representative of every other Whimbrel. Look at the amazing journeys that this bird had made and then say that it wasn’t a disgusting act to shoot such an astounding and amazing creature. It is estimated that tens of thousands of shorebirds continue to be taken annually by hunting clubs on just these three islands. Machi was, of course, only one bird.

Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. These and other important birding related questions come to mind and during a normal July, I would be personally and actively helping answer them.

Freeze-birding down the Danube

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In front of us, the river is two miles wide… and it is paved with birds: smaller groups of Greater White-fronted and Greylag Geese , numerous Mute Swans and Mallards , plus Eurasian Teals , Gadwalls , Common Pochards , a few Ferruginous and Tufted Ducks , Common Goldeneyes and several Smews. Also, Little and Great Crested Grebes , Pygmy and Great Cormorants , Eurasian Coots and Common Moorhens , Black-headed and Caspian Gulls … And a lot more birds further in the background.

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Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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This year’s awards will be handed out on April 27th, and one of the finalists has devoted himself to saving migrating birds of pray from illegal hunting. Alexander Rukhaia focuses his efforts on the “ Batumi Bottleneck ,” an Important Bird Area along the coast of the Black Sea in the Ajara region of Georgia. But along the way, up to 18,000 per year fall victim to illegal hunting for food and sport. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count.

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We Should Kill More Lions

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The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the rest of 10,000 Birds. I’m not just saying this to be an annoying gadfly on the backside of the birding and general wildlife community, although this is certainly a fringe benefit. Hunters go to Africa to shoot lions, and this is without question a good thing; for birds, for ecosystems, and for lions in general! Managing areas for hunting does exactly that. Conservation Animal Rights hunting

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