In defence of museum collections

10,000 Birds

To quote from their Facebook post: It is my sad duty to report to you that the ULM administration has decided to divest the research collections in the Museum of Natural History. This includes the 6 million fish specimens in the Neil Douglas fish collection and the nearly 500,000 plant specimens in the R. Dale Thomas plant collection. They find no value in the collections and no value of the collections to the university.

Collective Arts: Stranger than Fiction

10,000 Birds

Truth be told, I picked up this week’s beer long before we embarked on this surreal “three-hour tour” we are now collectively enduring. But even before a daily sensation of déjà vu became our new “normal”, there was something uncannily familiar about this beer, a porter called Stranger than Fiction by Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton, Ontario. Collective Arts: Stranger than Fiction. The post Collective Arts: Stranger than Fiction appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Collective Arts Brewing: All Together IPA

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But I figured I’d atone for my current dereliction by briefly highlighting a new bird-themed beer made by Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton, Ontario to support the hospitality industry during the worldwide public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collective Arts Brewing’s edition of All Together IPA is available at its retail store in Hamilton and can be delivered in Ontario.

Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals

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When we were offered a chance to read the new book “Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals” we couldn’t wait to dive into it. Not only does it celebrate the love we share with animals, proceeds go … Continue reading → books

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COMMENTS ON COLLECTING BIRDS: A Reply

10,000 Birds

After my post about collecting two weeks ago I received a bit of feedback, some positive, some negative, and I’ve been mulling it over with the intention of writing about some of the issues that could be considered the root cause of the disagreement. Having warned to her theme she introduces her villain of the piece, the AMNH researcher Chris Filardi, who collected a kingfisher. You see, the bird was collected for scientific study.

Collective Arts Brewing: Life in the Clouds

10,000 Birds

Anytime I’m shopping in a good local beer shop, I’m always sure to look for any offerings from Collective Arts Brewing. Not only does the Hamilton, Ontario brewery make some great beer, but – as the name suggests – Collective Arts is an enthusiastic supporter of creativity outside of the brewing arts – namely music and visual arts. Collective Arts Brewing: Life in the Clouds. The post Collective Arts Brewing: Life in the Clouds appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Some thoughts on scientific collecting

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What wasn’t publicised at the time, but the scientist later both admitted and owned, is that the kingfisher was then killed and collected for scientific reasons. I’m not going to rehash the arguments for scientific collecting here. If you want to know why most scientists support collecting this piece in Science explains it better than I can. I can understand why some people are conflicted, but the value to science of the collections is immense.

Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

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The Moustached Kingfisher was known by only three samples– one female “collected” in the 1920’s, the other two females “collected” in the 1950’s, according to an Audubon Magazine article. The newest find of this extremely scarce bird was a male, and was “collected” (an innocent-sounding euphemism for “killed”) for the American Museum of Natural History.

Kings County Brewers Collective: Safe Flight IPA

10,000 Birds

I immediately noticed the shop was selling Safe Flight IPA by Kings County Brewers Collective, a beer I desperately wanted to review for Birds and Booze last year but couldn’t find for sale anywhere in Albany. This is the third fall migration for which Kings County Brewers Collective has brewed Safe Flight IPA to benefit New York City Audubon’s Project Safe Flight. Kings County Brewers Collective: Safe Flight IPA. Some days just turn out really well.

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Great Bowerbirds collecting blue items

10,000 Birds

They vary in construction and there is also a wide variation in the items that they collect. Traditionally the Great Bowerbirds collect mostly white and green items, but this varies by location. Around the township of Broome the Great Bowerbirds collect both white and green items , which are both natural and man-made. The first time we encountered a Great Bowerbird that had collected blue items was at Timber Creek.

Collective Arts Brewing: Stranger Than Fiction

10,000 Birds

Stranger Than Fiction comes to us from Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton, Ontario, and features what appears to be a portrait of a Eurasian Eagle-Owl on its can art, painted with a boldly textured vibrancy by Waterloo artist Jeff Dillon. Collective Arts Brewing: Stranger Than Fiction. The post Collective Arts Brewing: Stranger Than Fiction appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Just a quick review today.

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Painted Finches collecting charcoal

10,000 Birds

We searched the internet for information on any of the finch families collecting charcoal to try and establish what the Painted Finches were using it for. It appears that although we could not find any information on why the Painted Finches were collecting charcoal in the wild it is something that pet bird owners purchase for their pet finches. It would appear that we had been observing Painted Finches collecting the charcoal to maintain good health!

The Pleasures of Collective Nouns and Murder — a Review

10,000 Birds

A final thought: whether you think collective nouns are fascinating or idiotic , the more fundamental question is, why do they exist at all or, rather, how did they come to be? Such coinages are still being created, at least in Saltmarsh, where Detective Chief Superintendent Colleen Shepherd, frustrated with a “typical bureaucratic c**k-up” in Hummingbirds , calls for a new collective noun – a lobotomy of bureaucrats. If you like birds and you also like. Oh, wait.

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RSPCA Collects 68,000 Signatures Supporting an End to Animal Research

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The RSPCA collected these signatures leading up to the the 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Rome. That's an even larger number if you realize that each signature probably represents a few non-signers who feel the same way. I really believe the more people learn about what research animals go through, the more common decency becomes a factor. The problem is that people don't really look at the pictures, read the stories or think about what's happening.

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“Dog Days and Poisons” – Collective Arts Brewing: Mash Up the Jam

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In that deviant spirit, this week’s beer is Mash Up the Jam, a new dry-hopped sour beer by Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton, Ontario. But the vivid can artwork by Toronto illustrator Mia Viva also suggests that Collective Arts is at peace with this disruption of the natural order, depicting an improbable scene of a suitably dumbstruck white domestic duck sitting alongside a menacing wolf, with a fearless little songbird unwisely perched on the canine’s nose.

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My first eLearning Blog Article

Hannah's Blog

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My second eLearning Blog Article

Hannah's Blog

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BOBS for Dogs & Best Friends Animal Society

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BOBS from Skechers has created five styles of a limited collection to benefit Best Friends Animal Society. The collection – featuring fun prints of dogs, cats and the Best Friends logo – commemorates Skechers multi-year partnership with … Continue reading → The post BOBS for Dogs & Best Friends Animal Society appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals This is fun news!BOBS

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PETA Leads Anti-Animal Research Protest at University of Utah

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This protest comes after an undercover PETA investigator collected evidence of alleged animal abuse in the University laboratories.

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Purina Pro Plan #MyGreatCat campaign helps feed rescue cats in need!

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Pro Plan has also enlisted help from 19-year-old photographer Jessica Trinh for a new photography collection that explores what’s so great about cats. She chronicled their personal stories through a photo collection, which will be revealed Saturday, June 14 in San Francisco’s Union Square. Purina Pro Plan is kicking off a social donation campaign, driven by cat photos!

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Mexican Town Opposes Bullfighting

Critter News

More than 220 organizations, headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, are collecting signatures worldwide to petition the United Nations to adopt the proposed Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. From Latino Fox News. Mexico's first "anti-bullfighting" town has signed a petition calling on the United Nations to approve a universal declaration on animal welfare.

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PETA Undercover Agent Also Worked in Oregon

Critter News

The PETA activist who worked undercover at the University of Utah, and collected video footage of alleged mistreatment of lab animals, was also involved in an operation at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. I say "good for her!" She has a lot more guts than I do.

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Quote of the Week

Critter News

To overcome the collective entropy of those forces against change will not be easy. ".prejudices die hard, all the more so when they are insulated by widespread secular customs and religious beliefs, sustained by large and powerful economic interests, and protected by the common law. The animal rights movement is not for the faint heart." --Tom Regan.

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Is Charles with Lars Axl Fokker?

Animal Person

Some speak of a collective consciousness, and others speak of reincarnation. Charles died a week ago today, and if you haven't seen Deb's tribute , it's a must-see and we're very grateful and humbled by her post as well as all of the e-mails and cards and calls we've received. In all of the lovely messages we've been getting, I've noticed two trends: 1) Death is a communal experience as well as an individual one.

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SimplyFido Holiday Collection

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We were really excited to get a chance to check out a moose from their holiday collection. The holiday collection toys are limited edition, and something that every pet parent can feel good about giving their dog. If you want to give your dog a gift that is not only fun to play with and cute to look at, but also eco-friendly, then one of the SimplyFido Holiday Collection toys is for you! SimplyFido offers high quality, organic, soft plush pet toys.

Garbage Found in Dead Whale

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Scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective said the examination did not immediately determine why the 37-foot near-adult male died, but it was found to be in better nutritional condition than other gray whales that died recently. It looks like the garbage didn't kill it, but still.just plain gross and unacceptable. From the Seattle Times.

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Psychiatrist Arrested for Trafficking in Gall Bladders

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Shigemura, prosecutors claim, also amassed a collection of 11 firearms without the appropriate permits. So, it's not just rednecks in Washington State who are doing this. From the Seattle P-I: A Japanese psychiatrist with a home in Seattle is facing poaching and gun-possession charges following allegations that he poached several black bears and tried to smuggle gallbladders back to Japan.

Zoo Chimp Shows Ability to Plan Ahead

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Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. He was storing hundreds of stones to throw at visitors at the Furuvik Zoo. Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles. The findings are reported in the journal Current Biology. There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can plan for future events.

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NYT Opens the Door to the Humane Myth

Animal Person

Finally, until we as a society develop a collective objection to killing human animals who have committed atrocities, we are unlikely to develop such an objection to killing nonhuman animals. In this morning's New York Times editorial " There Is No 'Humane' Execution ," we have an imperfect yet nevertheless baby step toward acknowledgment of the HumaneMyth.

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Sea Shepherd Busts Whale Meat Importer

Critter News

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had run a sting operation to collect evidence related to the serving of whale meat. From examiner.com. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is just about ready to chalk up a win against a California seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to Califorian restaurants.

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Kamptee, India A Source of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Critter News

In India, collection of even shed antlers was banned in May 1998. Before the ban, Kamptee was a hub of antler trade in India with states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa as the main collection centres. Here's some information off the beaten path.

A cat on the catwalk!

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Purina ONE® showed the world how to really work the runway, turning heads at this year’s New York Fashion Week with cats on leashes during the 2013 Fall Collection Show by Tracy Reese, one of America’s most celebrated designers, on February 10. The True Nature of Cats movement is about letting our cats be who they were born to be by providing proper nutrition and enriching experiences,” said Nida Bockert, Purina ONE spokesperson.

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Frozen Planet

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We were glued to the TV when Discovery Chanel was airing Frozen Planet, and we have been even more enthralled now that we have the entire collection on DVD (they also have it in Blu-Ray). We have loved seeing places that few people ever get to see, and learning about the interesting wildlife that lives there. We watched in amazement as a furry caterpillar froze and thawed each year until finally becoming a moth at age 14! We loved seeing penguins, whales, polar bears, and wolves.

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A New Use For Those BBQ Tongs

Animal Person

I've decided to add the enormous barbecue/barbeque tongs that are collecting dust in the garage (the smaller ones that we use for veggies on the counter-grill still see some action). I have wildlife/nonwildlife rescue paraphernalia in my car. A large box with airholes, a small one, a towel or two, a leash, soapy handwipes, you get the idea.

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Heart U Back

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From the site: The Heart U Back Collection of jewelry has been uniquely designed and created to express the heart-warming bond between pet and the pet owner. Everyone loves to wear jewelry and the Heart U Back collection makes you feel good about it!”. Please be sure to visit the Heart U Back website to see their full collection, and of course if you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone you love!

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Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

For generations in the past, the story of animals came from their collective wisdom and heritage, from what we might call their myths and legends. Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, takes me back to graduate school when he writes of the importance of the stories we tell ourselves in " Use Free Speech to Celebrate Animal Life, Not to Enjoy Their Suffering."

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Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

Critter News

The story, by author and animal rights activist Ernest Dempsey calls Stanwood, Washington “Death Row for horses” because of the location not far away of a “major buying station, collection point and feedlot for U.S. Stanwood is right near where we live in Seattle and, sadly, home to Pigs Peace Animal Sanctuary which rescues all kinds of animals. I can only imagine how they feel. From the Sky Valley Chronicle. A new report in the Staug News of St.

Economic Troubles in Portugal Lead to More Abandoned Animals

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Adding to the problem is the fact that Lisbon's municipal kennel is not collecting stray animals and is currently closed for refurbishment work but has no date for reopening, Lisbon's urban environment councillor, José Sá Fernandes told Expresso newspaper this week. From the Portugal News Online.sad stuff.

Paws UP for Union Township Animal Shelter

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Across the country, Rock & Rawhide (R&R) will produce a series of music, art and culinary events designed to bring together various communities to collectively make donations for animals at kill shelters. In the past nine months, R&R has collected 4,807 items weighing 2,360.5

We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

Animal Person

There had been a collective sign of relief at Barack Obama’s election in the U.S., We interrupt regularly scheduled deconstructing, editorializing, commenting and ranting to bring you a letter from John Perkins : Dear Friends Speaking of Democracy, Honduras, and President Obama. In writing my new book Hoodwinked (Random House, Nov 2009 publication date), I recently visited Central America.

Kermie

Animal Person

Based on whatever data she collected, she’d alter her course and continue her search. Kermie. One of the reasons my marriage to a carnivorous Republican worked so well, at least for the first four years, was that he traveled a lot. He unwittingly afforded me the luxury of many weekends spent hanging out with subversives of all kinds to support their causes and quietly planning the overthrow of the government.

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Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

Critter News

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. From the Seattle PI. A federal government decision to allow a Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony is a victory for American Indian sovereignty as well as for long-suppressed religious freedoms, the tribe says. The U.S.

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Extinct Bird Found Before Being Eaten

Critter News

Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester's buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago. Figures. A precious thing, possibly the last of its kind, enjoyed for a few minutes by a human being, then destroyed by another. A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say.

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