Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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A breeding bird atlas is a special kind of book. For the nature lovers and birders who participate in breeding bird surveys, the atlas represents hours, often hundreds of hours, of volunteer time spent within a community of citizen scientists doing what they love, observing birds. So, when Corey and Mike asked if I wanted to review the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania , I jumped at the chance to write about this unique type of scientific reference book.

Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage By Corey • March 8, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share It should come as no surprise to readers of 10,000 Birds that I do not love gulls. … Tags: Breeding plumage , gulls • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts?

Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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In 2000, around 1,000 breeding pairs were known, but by 2009, the number had plummeted to just 120-220 pairs, a decline of 88%. 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. Really sad.

Keeping Cool in Tierra Caliente, part 2

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And breeding season allows me to notice certain details that I might miss during the rest of the year. I had never seen the orange legs that this breeding adult is showing, as opposed to the yellow-green legs of the immature one below it.

The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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They may have been disturbed by the presence of hunters in the Danube backwaters. The only wildcat I found was illegally killed by hunters during closed season. These handsome finches breed in the far north of Europe and come here for the winter only.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

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Through semantic reversal, fishers (like hunters) pretend to promote rather than destroy life" (67). However young and healthy, captives judged inappropriate for exhibition or breeding are considered 'excess' and usually are 'unloaded' or killed. A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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This has benefited both the waterfowl hunters and everyone else who likes ducks and their kin. 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.

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And Man Created Dog

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It’s no accident that dogs evolved this way, as humans have been selectively breeding them for around 14,000 years to serve our needs as laborer, companion, hunter, herder and warrior, as well as to suit our aesthetic fancy. On Sunday, August 8 at 9PM ET/PT, And Man Created Dog on NGC traces the history of man’s best friend from its origins in the wild to the evolution of dogs as ultimate companions and even laborers.

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Eyesight of Man’s Best Friend

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Dogs can see really well at night as they are great hunters and years ago would hunt in low light levels, so their vision has evolved in order to help them hunt. Our canine companions have incredibly large pupils, and the size of the overall eye is determined by breed. Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals, learning tricks, words and even learning how to push their owner’s buttons to get that much-deserved treat!

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Even though the female lays only two eggs per nest attempt, they enjoy a protracted breeding season in which multiple nesting attempts can occur every 30 days, and in Southern locations, nearly year round. Approximately one million hunters annually harvest more than 20 million Mourning Doves , which exceeds the annual harvest of all other migratory game birds combined 3. military, with all their ballistics and performance testing, it should be good enough for hunters.”

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Nyala, Southern Africa’s Stunning Antelope

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Nyala are much appreciated by hunters and tourists, which has led to their being introduced to many parks and reserves around Southern Africa outside their natural range. It isn’t just tourists and game hunters that like them though; Painted Wolves are also big fans, as they are easier to bring down than the larger species but have more meat to eat than a small duiker. The crest on the back becomes erect during breeding displays.

Wild Turkeys Causing Car Accidents

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I think the main reason turkey/vehicle collisions are more noticeable this time of year are breeding hormones. Deer season is challenging enough to navigate and but everyone seems to wear orange an hunters in trees are easy to spot. Turkey hunters…not so much. I’ve had hunters walk past me within 10 feet, completely clueless that I’m there. What is up with all the frickin’ Wild Turkeys out there? They are running amok!

Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

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All eight hunters on the commission think it’s a good idea to shoot cranes in Kentucky. Why allow hunters to shoot right into the middle of them? One was “Superdad,” one of the few successful breeding whooping cranes in the entire eastern population. 4.Eastern flyway breeding populations appear to be maxing out their available habitat, and are subject to abundant natural limitations such as ground predation by coyotes, foxes, raccoons and opossums.

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The Top-5 Birding Hotspots of Serbia

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Black Stork and three pairs of White-tailed Eagles breed here. Other birds of the Rusanda are Great Bittern , Purple Heron , Eurasian Spoonbill , Meadow and rare Red-throated Pipit , Icterine Warbler , Eurasian Penduline Tit , Lesser Gray Shrike , breeding Red-footed Falcon , Little and Long-eared Owls , etc. In some years, Spanish Sparrows were reported breeding inside White Storks nests in Sakule. “I would certainly recommend Serbia to visiting birders.

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

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Nationwide, wildlife watchers now outspend hunters 6 to 1. Giving a few hundred hunters something else to shoot, in my opinion, cannot be worth the blowback from tens of thousands of people who are willing to travel and spend just to watch the birds fly over. I’ve received letters and emails from a number of avid hunters who find the concept of shooting cranes repugnant. Hunters and fish and wildlife departments having a stake in Sandhills is a great thing.

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Guest Post: Susan Wilson

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My second favorite rescue story is that of Hunter, a beagle-ish dog that my daughter and son-in-law adopted from a shelter in Massachusetts. Turns out even though they knew that Hunter had found his forever home, he didn’t know it. The work of shelters and breed rescue organizations is vital. Today we have a great guest post from author Susan Wilson. She has a new book out (which I am reading right now) called One Good Dog.

2010 116

The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

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Habitat destruction combined with hunting has pushed them away from their former breeding grounds. In breeding season grazing cattle may walk through the nest, breaking the eggs, while wild and domestic pigs may eat both eggs and chicks. Beside natural grasslands, they breed in arable fields (primarily alfalfa) where there is no grazing, but they risk being killed by combine harvesters. Bustards are being counted in February because their breeding season starts in March.

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The Green-winged Teal, North America’s Smallest Dabbling Duck

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The Green-winged Teal ( Anas crecca carolinensis ) is North America’s smallest dabbling duck and taken by hunters second only to the Mallard. Luckily for them, even though they nest on the ground, they usually breed far from human habitation, under heavy vegetative cover. They form a monogamous relationship with a female each breeding season, but attempt (and sometimes succeed at) extra-pair copulations with other females.

Open Season on Bald Eagles

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In my home state, Bald Eagles are breeding in 35 Ohio counties. Bald Eagles will provide a sporting challenge for hunters. Hunters don’t even need to use decoys. However they are wary and have famously sharp eyes, so bagging eagles will be a true sporting challenge for hunters. We need to give hunters new opportunities and new species to hunt. We need to give hunters new opportunities to hunt.

Puffin Trip in Maine

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For nearly a hundred years, after the eggers, meat-hunters, plume-hunters, and a human-influenced gull population boom, puffins were absent from the island. It was the first seabird colony to be restored and when Atlantic Puffins starting breeding on the island again in 1977 it was the first time since 1885 that puffins had bred on Eastern Egg Rock. Though I had seen guillemots a couple of times before I had never seen one in breeding attire and I was smitten.

BIRDING ACHERON: Hell is closed for renovation

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Marshes are the habitats with the greatest species richness in moderate zones, also significant as breeding, wintering and migratory stopover sites for birds; it therefore comes as no surprise that this one is among the 10,000 Important Bird Areas of the World (one per each bird species?). I can still hear the gunshots and hope that the hunters really do shoot only the flying birds. There’s a pickup truck parked by the dirt road, next to it stands a bored hunter.

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What is the National Bird of Panama?

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” Panama hosts the largest breeding population of Harpy Eagles, though they were once “found from southern Mexico through Central and South America all the way down to northern Argentina.”

Evolution of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

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Or The Hunter Becomes The Hunted What am I talking about? After all, Shell-billed Sandpiper must be closely related so maybe we can get a captive breeding program going and then backcross the results later and save the spoonie? Or Why Eating Raw Seafood Is Dangerous Or Ouch! That Looks Like It Smarts! A very unfortunate Semipalmated Sandpiper that chose the wrong mussel to make into a meal.

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Thought To Be Extinct For 100 Years

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These conditions offered easy access to hunters in a habitat where a bird as large as a Guan would have little chances to hide or scape. A captive breeding program was established with a facility at Gustavo del Solar’s property, not far from where the birds were re-discovered. This flock is composed of about 54 birds including nine breeding pair. The W hite-winged guan ( Penelope albipennis ) was thought to be extinct for 100 years.

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You Gotta Fight When You Think it’s the Right Thing to Do

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Strictly speaking, they were always forbidden for driving, but there is a difference between me, driving along the very top of the dyke and collecting scientific data for the first national breeding birds atlas and someone exploring the possibilities of his flashy new 4×4 while driving figures of eight along the embankment slopes. Cover photo : White Hunter Black Heart, 1990. I bird, therefore I am. Birding defines me, that much is clear.

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What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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million breeding birds, Greater Roadrunners have a stable population (according to Partners in Flight). Car collisions, feral cats, and run-ins with hunters also cause problems, even for this speed-racer. I saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest. Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing.

Where to watch shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia

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An asphalt road passes by the eastern pond, the site of the breeding colony of Black-headed Gulls , in some years with a pair or two of Mediterranean Gulls among them. Still, local hunters shoot waterfowl here, so be extra careful from September to February, especially on weekends. Shorebirds (in Europe: waders) must be an acquired birding taste. No one starts birding dreaming of drab-coloured, unobtrusive and, far on a mud-bar, largely invisible little mud-skippers.

Behold the Blue-footed Booby

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As is often the case in birds, teenagers, and other living creatures, these charismatic colors play a prominent role in the booby’s breeding rituals. They are daring divers, powerful underwater swimmers, and cooperative hunters. The order Suliformes holds a lot of special birds from anhingas and darters to cormorants and shags as well as frigatebirds, pelicans, and tropicbirds. But the sleekest of the sulids may be found in the family Sulidae.

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A “Thank You” is All You Need

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Although quite a few species will have a second brood ( European Starlings among them), in the lowlands, mid-June is the end of the breeding season for many small passerines. They normally breed inside roof spaces of tall buildings and neither of us has observed them using clay cliffs. Birders are utterly suspicious characters. By Greek law enforcement officers, I had already been taken for a spy. But, seen from the opposite angle, I do not look spylike, more like – a policeman!

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Everglades Long-Legged Birds Feed Their Young To Alligators, Everything is Good.

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For example, years ago, Eiton Tchenrov postulated that the wild progenitor of the domestic dog, some subspecies or another of wolf, could benefit from overlapping its breeding territory with human hunters. For the many breeding birds facing high nest-predation pressure, enemy-free space can be gained by nesting near more formidable animals for physical protection.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl–A Book Review

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Let’s talk about the first question, because it strikes to the core of what transforms a book essentially about five years of field research into a dramatic tale of adventure, a series of hazardous journeys into an icy wilderness populated by Amur Tiger; mystic hermits; massive, one-armed hunters; violent poachers; taciturn loggers; Siberian Musk Deer; Brown Bear, and, of course, the largest owl in the world, the Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Bubo blakistoni.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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So, one might surmise, it’s OK if they get shot by hunters thinking they’re sandhill cranes? Another 170 are in captivity, many of them breeding stock for reintroduction efforts. What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? And whooping cranes in bad light, say dawn and dusk, when hunters are most likely to be out after sandhills, can look startlingly dark.

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How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

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According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service , there are about 10 billion breeding birds in the US. The maximum population size may be closer to 20 billion in the fall, and 10 billion at the start of the Spring breeding season. About 15 million birds are killed annually by hunters, and of course this is distributed among a very small number of species. Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you.

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Drones: The Next Thing Birders Will Be Arguing About

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I was chatting with Gordon about this and we discussed how drones could be a safer way to get photos of birds or document birds for breeding surveys, but he was quick to point out, “You and I already have an idea of what a safe distance would be to test that out with an active bald eagle nest. Say a duck hunter knows that the closed pools nearby has ducks and it’s dead in the pool where they are hunting.

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Do birds avoid predators because of culture?

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I spent a lot of time with Efe Pygmy hunters in the deep forest, and I spent a certain amount of time either entirely alone or with only one other researcher, this or that American. But in the absence of Efe Pygmy hunters, we ran into ground mammals much more frequently, and not because we were doing a better job of sneaking around. But, if you capture wild birds (to make them pets) then breed them through one generation and they get out, they are bad at avoiding predators.

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Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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Suspecting they still occurred, we went to considerable effort searching unsuccessfully for picathartes, our suspicions all but confirmed when several hunters I interviewed said they knew the bird and claimed they still existed. Here local hunters who had known about the colony and for generations had been harvesting the birds by simply picking the adults off their nests during the breeding season.

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

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Note in this 2010 video, birders, birdwatching and kayakers are mentioned, not hunters. Visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during hunting seasons for safety. Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.” Swan Lake Refuge is managed as “a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife”. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again.

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A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia: A Book Review by a Penguin Groupie

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The length of each bird species account varies, depending on whether the bird is native or a “visitor” (the book’s term for migrant) or vagrant, breeding or non breeding. They breed in dense colonies, incubate their single egg on the feet, and take more than a year to fledge a chick. Other penguin species that are resident or breed on South Georgia are the Gentoo Penguin (pictured below), the Chinstrap Penguin, and the Macaroni Penguin.

The Whistle Blowers

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The whistling duck call carries with it the crimes of big business, the failures of governments and the ignorance of irresponsible hunters. Known breeding localities are now limited to only a few of the islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Antigua/Barbuda. The haunting call of the West Indian Whistling Duck has long been a sound synonymous with the ever-shrinking wetlands of the Caribbean.

Birding Iceland on the Fly

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Joseph Chiera is a Masters student in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NYC and a “somewhat newbie” to birding. Being technically outside the summer tourism season, one can enjoy the somewhat less expensive travel and hotel costs, less crowded venues, great weather and nearly endless daylight—and of course many birds migrating and beginning the breeding/nesting season! There you will find more breeding terns, gulls and dozens of Graylag Geese.

Grallards: New Zealand’s Next Extinction or Newest Species?

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Unfortunately for the hunters these were already all extinct, and with the introduction of cats, rats, stoats and the like the only upland game bird, the New Zealand Quail , was fast on the way out too. Using ministerial connections he obtained 100 mallard eggs from the US and began to breed and distribute them.

Birding Finland on the Fly

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Joseph Chiera is a Masters student in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NYC and a “somewhat newbie” to birding. Finland is a great place to see a variety of different species, many of which flock to the north to take advantage of the extended daylight during the breeding season. After taking an ornithology course last year, he was hooked and spends most of his free time birding or reading birding blogs.

The Art of Bird Camp

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On our first morning after breakfast, my group and the teens piled onto a boat and headed out to Eastern Egg Rock, once again the breeding ground for Atlantic Puffins (as well as a host of other seabirds) thanks to biologist Dr. Stephen Kress. I have been working in the avian world for 25 years, but last summer I was out-birded by a 14-year-old girl.

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