Boston Zoo May Close and Kill Animals

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The Franklin Park Zoo, a Boston institution that has drawn generations of city and suburban families, might be forced to close its doors and possibly euthanize some of its animals as a result of the deep budget cuts imposed by Governor Deval Patrick, zoo officials said Friday. Tags: zoos Massachusetts economics Boston I'm not a fan of zoos on principle. But I know there are good zoos and bad zoos. Unfortunately I think there are way more bad zoos than good ones.

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Boston Brewing Company: Cold Snap

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This week’s beer is from the Boston Beer Company – a brand much better known by the name it shares with its flagship product, Sam Adams. But I still order Sam Adams Boston Lager regularly just to remind myself what a dependable, solidly-made beer it is – and because it tastes great. Boston Beer Company: Cold Snap.

Cute of the Day: Boston Terrier

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Tallulah Jane, an adorable Boston Terrier, who looks like she is ready for Valentine’s Day! Cute of the Day: Boston Terrier originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on February 10, 2010. Look at those cute ears!

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“….an owl a day….”

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Towards the end of a beautiful day in Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, I was investigating some Blue Jay alarms and suddenly found myself face to face with an Eastern Screech Owl. Birding Boston Eastern Screech Owl Mount AuburnA chance remark may have opened the door to a whole new branch of alternative medicine. To complement homeopathic remedies, hypnotherapy and acupuncture, may I suggest Ornitherapy.

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Are there so many birds that cats don’t matter?

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Statue “Phillis Wheatley” by Meredith Bergmann, in Boston. One of the projects I did was related to the famous Big Dig in Boston, the largest public works project ever carried out by human beings. These birds mostly left the city to feed on farms out in Concord and Lexington and other distant suburbs of Boston. Based on the numbers given earlier, I’d estimate the total number of birds in the greater Boston area as being less than five million.

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Charles River Laboratories Closes a Facility

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Here's the brief announcement from the Boston Business Journal in its entirety. which provides mice and other animals for scientific research, is suspending operations at its facility in Shrewsbury indefinitely and laying off 300 people, the Boston Business Journal reports. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. Charles River Laboratories International Inc.,

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Lawsuit to Challenge Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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Five activists represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston, asking that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act be struck down as unconstitutional because it has a chilling effect on lawful protest activities I wish them luck! Read the full article in the Washington Post. A group of animal rights activists sued the U.S.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2019?

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I’m visiting Boston for business, which may disrupt my best birding intentions. While a huge swath of the United States braces for record-setting heat–again–other parts of the world may be suffering equally oppressive though dramatically different weather. Wherever you are, whatever you do, stay safe, but also try to find time to check out some birds!

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company Vienna Lager

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Yuengling & Son of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, as well as the latter-day craft beer forerunner, Samuel Adams Boston Lager from the Boston Brewing Company.

What’s in a Name: Brewer’s Blackbird

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Thomas Mayo Brewer was younger than Audubon but less iternant, spending all his life in Boston. After Audubon’s death, however, Brewer managed to put some serious scratches and dents in his own ornithological reputation, first by advocating for the introduction of the House Sparrow to Boston and later by vehemently opposing those who wanted the invasive species eradicated.

Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe. Unfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Morgan, a 4-year-old killer whale, has lost her bid for freedom Agriculture Secretary Henk Bleker ruled Wednesday that the orca, rescued last year ailing and emaciated from the Wadden Sea off the northern Dutch coast, should be transferred to an amusement park on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

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New Blood Sport Involves.Canaries?

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This blood sport was so popular that it actually attracted audiences from Boston and New Jersey. From the WTF files.and reported by the Associated Content news site. Canary fighting is the new blood sport in Shelton, Conn. Aficionados range in age from 26 to 62, and it is more widespread than you think.

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"Change of Heart": New Book about Animal Activism

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The author is Nick Cooney and he's the Director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy non-profit with offices in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. We received an email about a new book being released by Lantern Books. It's called "Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change." In the author's words. Change Of Heart provides science-based answers to many questions that are hotly debated among animal activists.

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The Warbler Brewery – Warbler Ale

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I don’t know whether head brewer Chris Schell – a Delmar native with a decade of craft brewing experience – is a birder or not, but each beer is adorned with trippy, vaguely sci-fi depictions of birds by Boston artist Ian Tartasky , some of which seem to be identifiable to species.

Rats Taking Over from Mice in Labs

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Therefore, this Boston Globe article saddens me on both levels. I recently fostered the sweetest little rat and I currently have two mice. And, of course, our old friend, Charles River Laboratories, will be a major supplier of lab rats. Scientific advances over the last three years have now made it feasible to easily tinker with rat genes, creating the possibility of far better models of certain human diseases, and potentially shortening the time it takes to develop medications.

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1,200+ Canines Don Tiaras & ‘Tails’ This Week for Doggy Proms

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Doggy proms will be held throughout the week at Best Friends Pet Care centers in the Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, San Diego and Houston metro areas, across Connecticut and New Jersey, and in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charlotte and at Best Friends Pet Care center at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s prom season for teens everywhere — and that includes the canine kind!

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Siberian Husky Voted Top Dog in Pets-idential Election

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Nubby Day, a Boston terrier from Matthews, NC, as Director of Pet Pampering. Canine Cabinet Posts Filled by a Melting Pot of Breeds from across the U.S. November 1, 2012, Norwalk CT – National pet services company Best Friends Pet Care has announced the winners of its 2013 Pets-idential Election for Canine in Chief and Canine Cabinet. Hayllo Ynares, a Siberian husky, received the most votes and earns the title of Best Friends Canine in Chief for 2013.

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Lost Souls: Found!

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We got the chance to check out the Boston Terriers edition! Now, although we don’t have a Boston terrier, we enjoyed the stories about them. When Mid-America Boston Terrier Rescue took him into their care he was in horrible shape. As if things weren’t bad enough for Bill, tragedy struck again when he and another female Boston Terrier broke free from their foster home’s yard. Lost Souls: Found! is a great series of books about adopted/rescued dogs.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Week of July 2017

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I’m in Boston for a conference and won’t have a chance to enjoy any New England avifauna other than the invasive European species. There are two kinds of travel in this world: the kind where you get to see great birds and the other kind. Right now, I’m in the middle of the other kind. What a waste! Corey will likely have better luck at home in NYC. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Trillium Brewing Company: Stumpy Duck American Pale Ale

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Stumpy Duck is an American pale ale by Trillium Brewing Company of Boston, Massachusetts, one of the most popular breweries in New England for the past few years. Afterwards, we had a great dinner at Trillium’s South Boston brewpub, and I made sure to check the to-go counter before I left to see if any of the Small Bird beers were available. I’ll be the first to admit the selection of ducks so far at Booze and Birds has been rather paltry.

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The Warbler Brewery – Dissimulation India Pale Ale

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I realize this is the third time since March that we’ve highlighted a beer from Delmar, New York’s The Warbler Brewery. But can you blame me?

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Growing Number of Scientists Question Animal Research

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This is an excellent article that appeared in the Boston Globe last week. They're not necessarily questioning the ethics, but the efficacy. The feud between animal rights activists and researchers is among the bitterest in science. But many researchers - although adamant that animal research remains critical to finding cures and expanding medical knowledge - have come to concede that using creatures as human stand-ins is unnecessary for many procedures.

Pet Love Closes its Doors in Beverly Hills

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If a pet store can be closed down in the iconic Beverly Center, it can happen anywhere in the country – New York, Chicago, Boston and other large metro areas.” This is awesome. Pet Love is a business that sells animals from puppy mills.) The Beverly Center, an upscale shopping mall in Beverly Hills, California, has announced it will terminate Pet Love’s lease sometime in the next few months. Best Friends made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston and New York. This year has been bountiful in books about bird behavior (reference and otherwise) from the likes of David Allen Sibley , Helen Macdonald, Jennifer Ackerman , Wenfei Tong, and others.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2018?

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I’ll be in Boston for part of this weekend. The last weekend of July signals the midpoint of the current season, at least as far as the conventional calendar is concerned. Birds run on a different timetable than humans, so many of the former are making plans for fall (or spring) while the latter still ponders how to spend those summer (or winter) nights. So if the birding by you has been uninspiring, just wait. A change is on the horizon.

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Breast Cancer in Pets

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Most “at-risk” breeds: poodle, Brittany spaniel, English setter, pointer, fox terrier, cocker spaniel, Boston terrier. While breast cancer awareness month for people might be over, it’s important to realize that we humans aren’t the only ones affected by the disease. In fact, I experienced it first hand when my pet rat developed breast cancer late in her life. Here are some great facts about breast cancer in dogs and cats. Thanks to PurinaCare for sending them our way.

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Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun. In some cases, notably in Africa, biodiversity is threatened by military conflict, or by well-armed gangs of poachers.

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Quoth the Ravens: We’re Ready for Our Close-up

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Now you can add another one to the list: the Ravencam, in the unlikeliest of places—the campus of Wellesley College , just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. You’ve probably heard of many different kinds of bird cams—web feeds that spy on the inner lives of birds. There are hawk cams , falcon cams , puffin cams , tern cams , heron cams , and even Osprey cams.

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The Warbler Brewery – Parula Pilsner

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Since the trippy can art by Boston artist Ian Tartasky is a bit too visually ambiguous for a solid call between Northern and Tropical Parula, we can just pretend it’s whatever species we want.

“It’s a good life”: Donald Kroodsma’s Birdsong

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Boston, New York.

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Chock Full of Celebration

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Kyla Duffy is a foster parent for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue and Breeder Release Adoption Service. 11pm: Tuck foster dog (aka Munchkin – after 34 they’ve all become “Munchkin”) in on the couch and head off to bed. 2am: Wake up to “tap, tap, tap, tap” as Munchkin frantically searches the house for companionship. Tuck Munchkin back in and go back to bed. 4am: Wake to the smell of poop.

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From the Mailbag

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Also, I don't know if you attended the Future of Animal Law conference last weekend in Boston, but it had a panel on valuable alliances for the animal movement, including religious and ethical alliances, that I thought you might be interested in. Dear Keith, Your blog is great! I'm always excited to find new internet sources for animal theory. I thought you might be interested in the new AnimalBlawg , an animal law blog by law students.

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All of a quiver

10,000 Birds has been my “go to” birding software ever since Corey slapped me for getting hysterical over a Blue-winged Warbler at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston. Having found what I took to be a noteworthy bird, I wanted to publicise it, but was not sure how that might best be accomplished. I contacted Corey, who checked it out on the barchart for the eBird Hotspot and was able to tell me that a Blue-winged Warbler was not as special as I had imagined.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowtiz (“The Son of Sam”), Albert DeSalvo (“The Boston Strangler”) and Dennis Rader (Kansas’ “BTK killer”) all abused animals before their other crimes, as did many of the teenagers who went on shooting rampages at their high schools: Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris (Columbine, CO), Luke Woodham (Pearl, MS) and Kip Kinkel (Springfield, OR). I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Others may be perfect for a free morning on a business trip to Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, or Las Vegas. There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways.

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Cory’s Shearwater is Misspelled

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Sadly, I haven’t been able to come up with a better name for the magnificent creature currently named after a Boston Brahmin who liked to shoot things. Cory’s Shearwater is missing a letter. One little “e” is absent from the name and it has been driving me crazy ever since I learned there was a shearwater that almost shares a name with me. Adding one little “e” won’t hurt at all.

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Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

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The Boston Strangler, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Son of Sam killed and mutilated dozens of animals when they were children; Ted Bundy, who killed three dozen people, said he watched his grandfather torture animals; several recent high school shooters, including the Columbine duo, had talked to their classmates about their penchant for killing animals before committing their crimes. I am not anti-hunting.

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From Today's New York Times

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Allan Kornberg Boston, March 11, 2008 The writer is executive director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals To the Editor: Thank you for publicizing the plight of satos—street dogs—in Puerto Rico in “ Scrutiny for Puerto Rico Over Animal Treatment ” (news article, March 9).

Wild Turkeys Causing Car Accidents

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In Boston, a turkey was the cause of a 2 car accident during the morning commute. What is up with all the frickin’ Wild Turkeys out there? They are running amok! This is the time of year when I tend to see turkeys dead on the side of the road. News stories of turkeys causing car accidents abound around the US right now.

From Today's New York Times

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BRINNING Boston, Dec. To the Editor: In “ Hunting Deer With My Flintlock ” (Op-Ed, Dec. 26), Seamus McGraw says he has a responsibility to kill deer because there are too many. He has volunteered to kill a deer cruelly, ineptly and with an outdated weapon that causes additional suffering to the deer. I assume that the use of the flintlock is to enhance his self-image as a master of the woodland.

Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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My partner in crime on both visits was Christopher Ciccone who is an excellent wheel man and a nice guy despite the fact that he currently resides outside of Boston. When in northwest Ohio there are many options from which to choose a birding site. But if you want herons and ducks and shorebirds and geese and egrets and swans and rails the best bet is the famed Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along State Route 2 in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, witnessed a wake for a female gorilla, Babs, who had died of cancer at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on the Fallacious Appeal to Nature

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Salt , The Logic of Vegetarianism: Essays and Dialogues [London: The Ideal Publishing Union, 1899], 36) Note from KBJ: Here is Franklin: I believe I have omitted mentioning that, in my first voyage from Boston, being becalm'd off Block Island, our people set about catching cod, and hauled up a great many.

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