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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2018)

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It was an incredibly easy twitch with the only downer being the bird’s tendency to stay deep in the reeds. A young Purple Gallinule that was found late in the day on Friday lingered through the weekend and Corey took Desi to see it on Saturday afternoon. So, great looks but no photos. Still, a state bird is always awesome!

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. And it was a unanimous decision. Read the full story at CNN. A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court.

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Docu-series Offers Bird’s-Eye View of, Well, Birds

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Both images by John Downer Productions and courtesy of PBS/Nature. The result appears to be a chance to birdwatch as you never have before—namely, from the perspective of fellow birds. How cool is that? Above, Snow Geese approach the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Below, Common Cranes soar over Chateau Chenonceau in France.

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The Age of Mass Extinction

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Sorry to be a downer, but here's an article that appeared in the Huffington Post. It's basically an interview with University of Washington Professor Peter Ward, whose book the End of Evolution I read over a decade ago. It discussed the mass extinction going on at the time. Unfortunately, nothing has changed.

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So, What Do Robins Mean? or, Spring-Watch Continued

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But two days ago, this Debbie Downer got her comeuppance! Of course, one Robin does not make a spring, and I told him about the hardy individuals who winter in the north, even in such a harsh north as this one. He took it in good spirits.

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Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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At issue is Section 599f of the California Penal Code, which, among other things, prohibits slaughterhouses from purchasing, receiving, selling, dragging, or pushing non-ambulatory animals, also known as “downers,” and requires immediate euthanasia of such animals.