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Killing Birds in Cyprus – Fall 2011 Version

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In Cyprus it also means that the hunters and trappers are active again. BirdLife Cyprus started their Fall monitoring program weeks ago. There are also hunters in Cyprus, which are an entirely different situation. It is indeed legal to hunt certain birds such as Woodpigeon , Chukar , and Turtledoves. Still, it is worth noting that some illegal hunting occurs, and this needs to be policed. And for the legal hunting, here’s the news from opening day.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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I was especially interested in “To Hide From God,” the chapter on songbird slaughter and protection in Cyprus. Ask any birder–migration is joy.

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Bird Conservation News: The Good, The Bad (and Ugly), and More Good

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The survival of songbirds depends in part upon eliminating illegal hunting. That means passing over the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, where you’re liable to get shot, trapped, or otherwise hunted. The organization dismantled nearly 9,000 traps on Cyprus last year. Confiscated from a poacher in Brescia, Italy, this robin will be released to fly away into an uncertain world, where habitat is threatened and predators and poachers await.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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With the proposed hunting seasons on sandhill cranes being discussed in Tennessee, Kentucky and Wisconsin, we must not forget the whooping crane, which travels and winters in the big sandhill crane flocks. Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding. More states will doubtless join the queue of those proposing hunts.

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I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Vulture Hunts Down and Ravages Sea Turtles – Dale Forbes, 10,000 Birds. Bringing Griffon Vultures into Cyprus – Dan Rhoads, 10,000 Birds. That vultures get a bad rap is something of a given. There’s no getting around the fact that they’re weird looking. Birds are supposed to have feathers and birds without feathers look incomplete, like they left home with shaving cream on their ear and toothpaste spots on their shirt.

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The Black Album: Black Birders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-tailed Godwits, Black Flamingos, and more

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Cyprus count yields a rarity: an almost all-black flamingo. Someone better tell that flamingo not to stay put and avoid Malta, where voters narrowly rejected a ban on hunting migratory birds. After a long hiatus that included a new cat, a new apartment, and enough time with the in-laws to last me quite awhile, here’s a rundown of April’s bird news: Funny, sad, and thought-provoking … an African-American ornithologist’s video tips for birding while black.

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