Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

Critter News

From the Columbus Dispatch. A Union County grand jury has decided the owner of a Union County dairy farm caught in an abuse scandal should not face criminal charges.on the tape {from an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals,) Conklin is shown kicking a cow that is lying down. County Prosecutor David} Phillips said the portion of the tape shown publicly was spliced together and that Conklin's behavior was taken out of context.

Wagging Tales

4 The Love Of Animals

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and host of TV’s “Into the Wild&# commented on Wagging Tales, saying, “In my long career of working with domestic animals, pets, and wild animals, they have never ceased to amaze me! Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale is a fun book about animals. As the title suggests, it is a collection of stories, each animals’ “tale&#.

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BISSELL MVP Pet Photo Contest

4 The Love Of Animals

The 2009 BISSELL MVP grand prize winner, golden retriever Norman, is a breeder for a Columbus, OH service dog program – 4 Paws For Ability. BISSELL’s annual Most Valuable Pet (MVP) contest is under way. Now in its third year, the 2010 BISSELL MVP Contest invites pet parents to submit photos of their furry friends for a chance at the title of Most Valuable Pet.

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Seventh Son Brewing Company: The “Goo Goo Muck” Tart India Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

Enter the “Goo Goo Muck”, a tart India Pale Ale by Seventh Son Brewing Company of Columbus, Ohio. We’ve been retreating into the world of wine of late here at Birds and Booze, but in case you were wondering, little has changed in the brewing industry during our brief digression this winter. For better or worse, the IPA – and its many, novel variations du jour – is still king.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2013)

10,000 Birds

The long Columbus Day weekend still sails on here in the United States, so if you haven’t found a worthy bird to report for the weekend yet, you may still have time… This weekend also marks the point in the year where I stop taking Turkey Vultures for granted, which made me enjoy the many spotted soaring overhead.

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American Trash Bird

10,000 Birds

The celebration of Columbus Day in the United States has become somewhat contentious over the years as people have taken a more nuanced look at the “discovery” of the New World. On this Columbus Day, my attention turns to other invaders of a more avian kind. Every country has them, the nonnative aggressors that some refer callously to as trash birds.

Lamplighter Brewing Company: Birds of a Feather

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Birds of a Feather is made with Mosaic, Citra, and Columbus hops, three of the most popular varieties of the last ten years. I said in my last review that it wouldn’t be long before we saw yet another New England India Pale Ale (IPA) at Birds and Booze – and here we are with one more. I’m not sure I have anything new to say about the style at this point, but with everyone and their mother making the New England IPAs these days, it probably doesn’t matter.

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

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Arriving in North America around the time of Columbus, they have become “one of the most successful invasive species on earth.”. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. This is Mark’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds. Agonizing quandaries concerning invasive species are well-known to wildlife biologists.

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Barred Owl in Central Park

10,000 Birds

Saturday morning was my first opportunity and I made my way via the F and the D trains to Columbus Circle, at the southwest corner of Central Park, and walked my way up the west side of the park, eventually starting my search for the sole remaining Barred Owl in earnest near the Pinetum. Barred Owl is not a species that most birders expect to find in New York City, much less Central Park. When reports of not one, not two, but three (!)

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Trillium Brewing Company: Stumpy Duck American Pale Ale

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You know, they come in an even smaller version than “itty-bitty”… Stumpy Duck calls itself an American pale ale but a robust dose of wheat and Columbus, Centennial, and Citra hops make sure it’s an uncommonly fruity and refreshing example of the style, perfect for warm weather drinking. 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 Lost Macaw of Cuba

10,000 Birds

Although knowledge of its existence dates back to writings made by Christopher Columbus in the 14th century, we know relatively little about this bird’s biology, ecology, and historical distribution. Islands, with their high levels of endemism and specialization, are particularly fragile and vulnerable to human activity.

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Going to Ohio for the Midwest Birding Symposium. Wait, Ohio?

10,000 Birds

PRO – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio in December of 1886. By the time you read this post I will still be in New York but I’ll be looking forward to leaving for the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. Kind of. Mostly. Why would I not be wholeheartedly gung-ho about going to what is unanimously and resoundingly considered an excellent, fun, exciting, star-studded, bird-filled, and magnificent event? One little four-letter word.

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Burial Beer Co.: Surf Wax India Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

Wherever you drink it, Surf Wax is a great IPA in the West Coast vein, made with four popular varieties of hops: Mosaic, Centennial, Citra, and Columbus.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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His parents moved where opportunity beckoned, taking him from San Angelo, Texas, to Columbus, New Mexico, then to Dallas, and finally on to California. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. She also has an abiding interest in important figures in natural history. She’s already written about Rachel Carson: Secret Birder.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Jules L Garel Columbus, Ohio, July 31, 2008To the Editor: Re “ A Farm Boy Reflects ” (column, July 31): Hats off to Nicholas D. Kristof, who takes note of the trend represented by the animal welfare proposition on the ballot in California this fall. While this legislation would be an important step in transforming inhumane animal production, we must also call for change on the federal level, where the farm bill subsidizes this sector to the tune of billions of dollars.

Come@Me: Don’t Mourn for Extinct Birds

10,000 Birds

In A Feathered River Across the Sky , Joel Greenberg quotes the experience of the residents of Columbus, Ohio in 1855: “Now everyone was out of the houses and stores, looking apprehensively at the growing cloud, which was blotting out the rays of the sun. It was the Pink Pigeons (Nesoenas mayeri) that got me thinking. Pink Pigeons were featured on episode four of the second season of The Zoo , the excellent television series about The Bronx Zoo,* and their story was disturbing.

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Jinx Warbler Vanquished

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I’ve rushed to spring reports of these birds in Columbus, Ohio’s Greenlawn Cemetery. Note: This is an account, originally published in June 2006, of my quest to remove a jinx bird from my bird-watching soul. I am sharing it again here, at the request of Corey Finger, who takes some sort of sick pleasure in seeing other birders squirm and suffer under the weight of their obsession with life birds. Here is my story about a quest for the Connecticut Warbler.–Bill

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2013?

10,000 Birds

Columbus Day weekend thrills apple pickers and leaf peepers alike in this nation’s temperate zones. Keep your eyes to the skies for highly unexpected birds like Egyptian Vultures ! On our way into a long holiday weekend, we happy Americans can shutdown just like our government. The birding can be pretty hot too. By the way, can you name anyone else who has enjoyed such enduring fame for discovering something that was already known about and occupied?

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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Christopher Columbus Park. So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation. 3 guesses as to where the award for biggest day and best follow-up post goes ?

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Collaborative list – April 2019

10,000 Birds

It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking. The migrants are coming (Hurray!). Some are already here, or passing through.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

10,000 Birds

Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy! 9 countries were visited during March by your tireless beats ( 11 of them); India, UK, USA, Serbia, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. With so much thrashing around in SE Asia, it is interesting to compare east and west hemispheres.

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