Birds of a Feather – A Fun, Family-Friendly Card Game

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting much from a card game about birding. But the idea still intrigued me and the thought of a card game that might further indoctrinate the five-year-old tyrant of our house, Desi, into birding seemed worth exploring. After all, Teale Fristoe, the designer of Birds of a Feather , had offered a free prototype to try out so it’s not as if I was risking my own money on this seemingly odd experiment. Reviews games review

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How to Bird Murchison Falls

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An expanse of habitat as vast as Murchison Falls NP in Uganda, as excessively generous in beauty and biodiversity, permits endless ways to experience both its birds and animals. Trips Africa game parks Murchison Falls Uganda

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Tensions Mount over University of Florida Animal Research

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Animal rights activists are targeting a University of Florida researcher for his role in experiments on primates — even though he says he doesn't personally conduct animal research. She's accusing him of being a "monkey mutilator" and plans protests with other animal-rights activists at the UF football game today and at the researcher's neighborhood in the coming weeks. Things are getting a little tense. Not sure I agree with posting the researcher's photo.

Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

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One thing they all have in common is the dangerous waiting game. Fostering is a wonderful experience. An adoptee can be told if that pet likes children, what commands it knows, how it acts in a dog park, what it’s favorite game or past time is, how it is with car travel, what it acts like when strangers enter the home, whether it needs a home with adults only, etc. A pet needs time to decompress, to learn trust, to “get over” the shelter experience.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2019)

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This week offers the ideal opportunity to look back at your most recent wildlife watching adventures; next weekend, the game begins anew. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. That’s a wrap!

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On PF Changs and Vegan Authors

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The PF Chang update, in case you haven't seen the response from the restaurant , is thus, once you incorporate the actual experiences of vegans who have gone through something similar with the restaurant: If you don't eat non-vegan sugar, there aren't many options. Publishing is a numbers game.

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Now I'm Really Annoyed

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Experimenting on animals is fun and it helps everyone.even animals! The AALAS Foundation has teamed up with the Whyville Web site to launch the Community Animal Research Environment (CARE), a series of educational games in a virtual laboratory. Here's a site for kids to program them to become "the next generation of laboratory animal science professionals." It's sponsored by (surprise!) the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Foundation.

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Dr. Jane Goodall Announced Grand Marshall of Tournament of Roses

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Dr. Goodall will ride in the 124 th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ” She will then toss the coin before the 99 th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. New Year’s day symbolizes the opportunity to work toward new goals, experience new beginnings, and make a difference. Each year, the Tournament of Roses invites its Grand Marshal to not only become a part of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, but also a part of its extended family,” said Bixby.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2018)

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Whether you enjoyed the game (and commercials and halftime show) or not, you’ve got to love an opportunity to share your eagle trivia with the non-birding masses. To get in the mood for the big game, I took a run up to Irondequoit Bay in search of Bald Eagles. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Well, they did it.

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Chongming Island in winter

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The many small ponds and waterways attract quite a few ducks, though presumably due to their China experience, they are extremely wary of people. Chongming Island is part of Shanghai – but it does not look much like the rest of the city.

The Friskies Plus Playhouse

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Friskies is always looking for new ways to enhance play experiences for cats,” says Alison Coburn, assistant brand manager for Friskies. “We’re There is a large built-in aquarium, touch floor to play Friskies® Games for Cats and many unique climbing spaces. Starting today you can watch as 10 cats play and live in the Friskies Plus Playhouse! The cats, which are part of the MeoowzResQ, are available for adoption.

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Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

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One such surprising experience happened with grouse. I daresay Fred wanted to do the hike more than we did but being kids before the digital age, we were always game for outdoor adventures. Grouse are the chickens we would love to lay eyes on.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2016)

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It’s tough to beat calling red-shoulders interrupting the kickball game with the kids! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. While so many spent the weekend obsessing over eggs, others cast their eyes to the feathered fruit of eggs… not necessarily Easter eggs, but different, non-chicken eggs. Maybe this whole comparison falls apart upon closer scrutiny, but these are still fine days to be looking at birds!

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Forest Bathing

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During a two-year long moratorium on hunting in T&T, I had some of the most incredible birding experiences. Photographing hummingbirds outside of a hummingbird garden is a different ball game, especially skittish species like this Rufous-breasted Hermit which we caught on its rest perch.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2015)

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The early Monday night game will feature a battle between Eagles and Falcons, so be sure to set up your scopes and snack bowls! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. L’shanah tovah to everyone celebrating the beginning of a sweet new year. For everyone else, this is as good a time as any to look forward to another twelve months of health and happiness… and birds, obviously.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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The Refuge has also become a place where people can experience and learn about wildlife and the places they call home, whether through self-guided discovery or by participating in one of our many educational programs. Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge : Expand big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting, and sport fishing. Marks National Wildlife Refuge : Expand upland game hunting and big game hunting.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2017)

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At Chincoteague NWR, I was amazed to spy a Merlin playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse over the ocean with a Black-throated Blue Warbler. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Some of us had long weekends and made them count. Some of us had short weekends or none at all and still made them count. No matter how much time you can spare, you MUST respond to the spectacle of migration taking place right now.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2014)

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Though many Americans spent a significant chunk of their Sundays watching the National Football League’s conference championship games we here at 10,000 Birds assume that you probably spent at least some portion of your weekend out looking for birds other than the Seattle Seahawks , who will be representing the National Football Conference in the Super Bowl on 2 February. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Birding Botswana

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What this land-locked country lacks in endemic birds it more than makes up for in accessibility of tough species, numbers of birds and the overall wildlife experience. Okavango sunset Almost 40% of all land in Botswana is under conservation either as wilderness areas, game reserves or national parks. We are currently filming in Botswana.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2012)

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The best birds of my weekend were Double-crested Cormorants winging over New Jersey’s Meadowlands as I left Sunday’s Giants game. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Wouldn’t it be nice if, considering how special weekends are to most of us, we each learned something new every weekend?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of March 2012)

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If owls have traditionally eluded you, get back in the game… your luck may be turning. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Now that late winter has eased into early spring, it seems owls are in the air. I’m hearing all kinds of owl howls, from Saw-whets at (where else?) Owl Woods and Short-eared Owls from New York to the Galapagos Islands.

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The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

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Hare could run a very profitable shell game. Horowitz and other scientists are now running experiments to determine what a behavior, like a kiss, really means. Horowitz wondered if they behave this way because they truly recognize they’ve done something wrong, so she devised an experiment. In the 1950s, Soviet scientists set up an experiment on a farm outside the city of Novosibirsk to understand how animals were domesticated.

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A Hamster’s Story: The making of a novel

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Every two hours we played the pen cap game. Author bio : Brian started telling stories to himself when he was five years old and is pleased to be sharing the experience with a wider audience. Emmie loves her pets. She loves her Jack Russell terriers, Opal and Maddie. She loves her goldfish, Snap, who has been alive for over two years. And her newt, whose name is Sebastian, but she calls Newtty. But most of all Emmie loves Hamlet, her hamster.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2016)

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Don’t think we’ve noticed that most of you don’t play along with this game of sharing the best–meaning the coolest, rarest, fanciest, or dearest–bird species you’ve spotted in a given weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Six Months Birding in Costa Rica, 620 Species of Birds

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In the outfield, I was entertained by the mechanical song and flight antics of a choice meadow bird, I can still recall my best friend’s mom telling me, “Patrick, don’t go watching those Bobolinks during the game!” One of those occasions was by invitation from the San Vito Birding Club , a memorable experience I will cover in another blog post. Growing up in Niagara Falls, New York, June was a celebration of summer.

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Being a Birder

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even before I took binoculars, I was always chasing, hmm… impressionable experiences. The intensity of experience is not the same, but, e.g. focusing on a single bird and trying to solve the puzzle… or finding the rarest owl of India , that was a mind-blowing one. Being a birder redefines ones travel views and arrangements – unlike old churches, birding tourist attractions have wings and tend to use them, which makes locating them more of a game.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2011)

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In fact, a game is on even as I write this, which means I’ve got no time for idle banter. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. How was your weekend? Mine was fun and footballtastic. The best birds of my weekend were Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals, And Ravens. Am I the only one here excited about the return of NFL football? Corey had a hard time choosing his best bird of the weekend.

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Tanzania – Africa at its best

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Nowhere else in Africa do the preconceived ideas of the continent really exist in such living detail; tall, red-robed Maasai herding their skinny cattle, endless grasslands studded with flat-topped Acacia trees and grazed by herds of zebras and wildebeest, and dramatic volcanic calderas brimming with big game and fierce predators! Highly recommended birding and wildlife sites include Selous Game Reserve, the Eastern Arc Mountains, Pemba and Zanzibar Islands and Arusha National Park.

What makes a good bird guide?

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In my eyes, what counts is how someone plays the game. If you cannot share the bird with your guest, try not to share the experience because it makes everything they have seen a little league birding, compared to your mega tick. And that experience has recently put me in a role of an ecotourism consultant in a project aiming at creation of a local ecotourism product. He suffered from the lack of experience as a traveler and someone who has hired guides himself.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2011)

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I took my son to his first baseball game and my first exposure to the local minor league franchise, the Rochester Red Wings. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Ah, what is so rare as a day in June ? One could argue that weekend days in June are even more rare and precious, assuming you spend them wisely. Did you make the most of this one? Corey carved time out of his complicated schedule to bird Central Park with Nate.

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Real Angry Birds

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While the Rovio Angry Birds game franchise is hugely popular and has even led to a post here on 10,000 Birds that speculated on the identification of what the Angry Birds birds actually are , little attention has been paid to those that came before. Those birds that get to experience northern winters apparently lose their easygoing southern nature and become very very angry.

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience. Several times, a couple of the juvenile owls would take off in a game of chase. The last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. It all started in getting to photograph the Northern Pygmy-owls in Madera Canyon. Then a quick check up on the Ferruginous Pygmy-owls that are out in Alta Valley.

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Plugging Kids Into Birding

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GAMES AND APPS. What kid does not love games? Thankfully there are several really excellent family board games that you can play as a whole family. A few to try out are as follows: The Great North American Birdwatching Trivia Board Game and Bird-opoly. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the live raptor display by well-known Master Falconer, Jonathan Wood. My 8-year old daughter got interested in birds from a VERY early stage.

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A Brief Tour of Uganda, The Pearl of Africa

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While Uganda does not have the international reputation of its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania, the experience there is no less extraordinary – and in many ways, particularly for the birder, it’s even more so. It’s a fun game for New World birders to find equivalents to many of the Old World bird families that we are unfamiliar with, but there is no equivalent to turacos.

Tribes and Birds of the Lower Omo Valley by Adam Riley

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Recent publicity about these remarkable tribes has resulted in tourists wanting to experience this wild land and its attractions for themselves. These vast and rugged lands of savanna, hills, gorges and rivers still protect some of Ethiopia’s largest extant herds of typical African savanna game, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog and numerous species of grazers.

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Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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The bird eluded me for nearly 20 years until I stumbled across one at Phinda Private Game Reserve , where I worked in northern KwaZulu-Natal. It was early afternoon and myself and a few of the other game rangers were out birding a productive fig forest close to Mkuze Game Reserve, our neighbor to the north of Phinda. Our Pel’s experience deep within the heart of the Okavango was unforgettable. Birding’s Holy Grails.

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The First Swallow-tail of Spring

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I’m not that old, but I have been in this birding game for 20 years and even I can remember when Wood Stork was a choice bird in central Florida. There are few birds in North America that can elicit a subconscious smile in every single birder regardless of experience or skill, but this one has to be it. I recently returned from my family’s annual spring trip to Florida, and unlike years previous I didn’t get any special time set aside to bird this time round.

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Year of the Eagle

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Scientific experiments would be needed to demonstrate true cause-and-effect, but the extra attention appeared to pay off. It really looked like a game of tag. As the weaker juvenile became stronger, its flight mentor stepped up the game, though I didn’t realize it at first. In the third year, however, the two young birds appeared to show some affinity for each other, even if they didn’t play games.

Crossley ID Guide Revisited

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I recall the words “game-changer” and “unprecedented” bandied about as enthusiasts across North America pondered where to place their Sibley Guides to make room for the new ruling reference guide. The game didn’t change. But imagine how educational the experience became once I passed out the Crossley Guide, which depicts the entire life cycle of Setophaga striata on one magical plate.

2011 56

Audio Playback May Be Bad for Birds, Says Study

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They may experience undue stress and/or needlessly expend energy. So let the games begin: tell us in the comments what you think about the use of playback. Rufous Antpitta, listening intently, as photographed by Renato Espinosa. How many times have you been out in the field, failing to find the bird you were looking for, a bird you were certain was there? Maybe you heard it chattering way up in dense foliage, but needed a visual sighting to feel satisfied.

2013 66

What kind of bird is an Alouette?

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So it is the dying seconds of the game, 3rd and long and I still haven’t come up with an idea for a post. It is game day for the 99th Grey Cup , Canada’s annual football party and championship (46 Superbowls? My team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in the game, after finishing in the cellar of the league last year. I live in a spectacularly beautiful place, graced by opportunities that few others get to experience.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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They are not necessarily the biggest African animals, but represented those that were considered a real hunter’s worthy prey or “game” – the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, Leopard and king of the jungle, the Lion (which of course doesn’t inhabit jungle but savanna!). Seekers of the game-viewing Big Five have more recently relaxed their criteria and generally either Black or White Rhino is counted as a member of the Big Five.

Madikwe; Paradise Restored

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Madikwe may have been farmland once upon a time but these days it has been fully restored as an astonishing game reserve. But I think it should be on the list of anyone that wants a knockout experience to share with non-birders. I’ve written before about destinations that can appeal to the non-birdy people in your life, and Madikwe’s sensational safari experience, and outstanding network of lodges, makes it a great place for all but the most jaded.

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