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. Hunters don’t even need to use decoys.

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. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad.

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. 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. The relationship between duck breeding populations and duck stamp sales changed between 1955–1994 (r 1?4

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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. 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. Use of non-toxic shot when hunting waterfowl has been mandatory, nationwide, since 1991.

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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. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

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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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Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

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As you’ll remember, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources unanimously passed its sandhill crane hunting proposal. All eight hunters on the commission think it’s a good idea to shoot cranes in Kentucky. The public comment period on the Kentucky sandhill crane hunting proposal ends AUGUST 1 2011. Here are six top reasons to protest this hunt. Remember, they were hunted nearly to extinction in the East before.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

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Dunayer devotes a chapter each to the language used in hunting, zoos, "marine parks," vivisection and "animal agriculture." An animal's own terms are 'Don't hunt me'" (49). "At 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.

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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.

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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. There’s also another issue–the spring turkey hunting season. 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.

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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What is the National Bird of Panama?

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Because they like to hunt in the tree canopy , they will also eat “iguanas, parrots, porcupines, coatimundis, and raccoons.” ” 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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There were reasons to think that the White-winged Guan had been extirpated by over-hunting. 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. Hunting pressure in a heavily populated region (even for Nineteenth Century standards) and easy access were likely to result in the extirpation of the Guan in the regions surrounding the site of collection.

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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 State Bird of New Mexico?

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Their impressive speed is used for hunting, and roadrunners will eat almost anything that moves. 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.

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.

2014 64

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. The combined effects of hunting, habitat loss and predation by introduced animals like rats and mongoose have extirpated the species from some islands and reduced numbers significantly on others. The haunting call of the West Indian Whistling Duck has long been a sound synonymous with the ever-shrinking wetlands of the Caribbean.

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.

Do birds avoid predators because of culture?

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In particular, birds that hang around with humans who don’t happen to hunt or eat them can become very tame. 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.

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When conservation and animal rights collide

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But you can take solace in the results at the end of the breeding year, when loafing around the intertidal are a shiny new cohort of finely plumage grey youngsters, all ready to carry on Western Gull line into the future. It’s actually a problem for many seabird species these days, since seabirds have long chosen to breed away from mammals in dense colonies, and mammals have been good at reaching these islands in the era of man.

What Exactly is a Pardalote?

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Their stubby bills make them efficient at this, and unlike their insect hunting thornbill relatives, they are fairly sedentary hunters, content to take insects off leaves without chasing after them. Outside the breeding season they may tarvel in large flocks looking for outbreaks of these bugs. They may be the most specialised lerp hunters, but other species also covet the easy sugar, especially honeyeaters.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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” It is a relief to eventually reach the chapter on The Life of Waterfowl, written in a much more conversational style and unashamedly fascinated with waterfowl’s unique breeding behaviors. There are plates on Hybrid Geese, Mallard x American Duck Hybrid, Hybrid Dabblers, and Hybrid Divers, identifying combinations and discussing in the text why geese and ducks hybridize (basically, because of incredibly strong urges to breed) and hints for figuring out possible parents.

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

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We actually spent considerable time searching unsuccessfully for this highly sought-after bird; however I did suspect they were not gone, as several hunters I interviewed knew the bird and claimed it still existed. Here local hunters 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.

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