Opportunistic Herons Catching Fish

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From the bridge over the creek on Beach 22nd Street it is fun to spot herons fishing in the creek and in the early morning the sun is perfectly placed to put good light on them. One of the black-crowns and the Green Heron were clearly in hunting mode, leaning over the water, staring intently. But why had these herons chosen this particular spot to go fishing? Never have I been so glad not to be a fish! It was fun to watch, much more so for me than for the fish!

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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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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on 335 wildlife refuges. Fishing is permitted on 271 wildlife refuges.

2015 62

Stop the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Hunt! (Again)

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Yes, the earth has gone around the sun twice since the uproar from birders and other lovers of wildlife managed to convince the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to table the idea of hunting Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee for two years. Cancel the 17-year-old annual festival, and propose a hunting season on cranes. If it’s an attempt to resuscitate the slowly dying sport of hunting, it’s ill-advised, and unlikely to have the desired effect.

Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you that there’s another vote coming up. of Fish and Wildlife Resources—who will get together on June 3, 2011, to vote on whether to open season on Sandhill Cranes in Kentucky. On Dr. Gassett’s answering machine, which someone calling to protest the hunt is likely to encounter, is a similar message about the quality of crane meat.

Bird-Eating Fish

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Usually, it’s “Bird eating fish” but here we have a case of a “Bird-eating fish.” ” The Wels Catfish, Silurus glanis , is the second largest fish in its range, which covers much of Europe and parts of West Asia. From the vantage of the bottom feeder, the fish takes a variety of prey that passes by. So, the modal catfish is a fish that hunts from below, can take large prey, and occasionally eats a bird.

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A Hunting Snowy Egret

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It caught fish after fish after fish in the vicinity of the Raunt, which is the birders’ name for the old tumbled-down docks whose pilings stick out of the mud of the East Pond. The egret used two different hunting strategies. It was odd to watch a single bird use such drastically different hunting styles and I really don’t have an explanation as to why.

California Legislators Call for Wildlife Official's Resignation

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The wildlife official in question is the President of the California Fish and Game Commission. He is a proponent of trophy hunting and was photographed with a dead mountain lion in Idaho. fish and wildlife california government mountain lions hunting idaho trophy huntingFull story here.

Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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For many birders, the Pel’s Fishing Owl roosts in a lofty position on just such a list. One of the most highly desirable birds in the world, the Pel’s Fishing Owl is a true phantom. Even still, there are believed to be only 100 pairs of Pel’s Fishing Owls in the entire delta, an area roughly comparable in size to the US state of New Jersey. In full sunlight, at eye-level and eating a freshly caught fish. Birding’s Holy Grails.

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Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

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Fish and Wildlife Service granted a permit March 9 to the Northern Arapaho Tribe allowing it either to kill or capture and release two bald eagles this year. bald eagle us fish and wildlife religion native americans hunting us tribesFrom 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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Serial Poachers Devastate Montana

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Tags: wildlife crime fish and wildlife montana poaching us trophy hunting

Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. I think it’s time to hunt Sandhill Cranes. Look at the facts, lay your emotions aside and listen to reason—exactly the same reasoning that’s been so persuasive in convincing me that hunting cranes is the right thing to do. We’ve always hunted Bald Eagles. Fish and Wildlife Services 4401 N.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. wildlife management california Stupid mountain lions hunting idahoWhat was this idiot thinking? The full story is below and it comes from kcra.com.

Courier-Journal Gets It Right

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The Sandhill Crane hunt in Kentucky is over for the season and only fifty birds were killed. While fifty dead birds is still fifty too many, it is better than the 400 that could have been killed under the rules of the hunting season. The Courier-Journal , Kentucky’s largest newspaper, excoriated the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for allowing the hunt to happen in this editorial. Asides sandhill crane hunting

The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort. Use of non-toxic shot when hunting waterfowl has been mandatory, nationwide, since 1991. On federal wildlife refuges and many states’ wildlife management areas, non-toxic shot is required when hunting all game birds. North American breeding bird survey annual summary 1989, 3 US Fish & Wildlife Service.

2015 76

The Narrow-lined Puffer

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This is a bird blog, and my beat is New Zealand, so let me talk about a fish I saw in Australia. Pufferfish are not particularly rare or common fish that one sees when diving. Like the related boxfish and porcupine fish they tend not to be particularly fast or particularly concerned by divers, but they aren’t showy like angelfish or lion fish in a way that attracts much attention. Note the beaked mouth, used for hunting invetebrates. Trips diving fish

2017 40

Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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It was a destination I had never experienced so I made a few phone calls and got some information from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife agent who actually runs both the Butte Valley and the Shasta Valley Wildlife Areas, which are about 25 miles apart. Like many “wildlife areas” it is open to waterfowl hunting during the season. Birding Destinations Butte Valley Wildlife Area California Department of Fish and Wildlife CDFW Meiss Lake

2017 43

Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

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For some it allows you to enjoy the marvel of nature, for others it allows you to tick the many amazing species of fish and sea life that is down there (even the occasional vagrant). The dive was a gentle one, as dive goes, with a lot of kelp to get under to hunt for interesting fish, lobsters, sponges and rays. Marine Trips diving fish marine reserves scuba underwater In my opinion, if you’re a birder you should diver too.

We Should Kill More Lions

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The answer should be obvious to anyone familiar with wildfowl hunting in the US and the film Jerry McGuire – money. If you want to have the “thrill” of shooting a wild lion (not a canned hunt), well, you’re going to need a lot of land to sustain those lions. And here’s the kicker: It is managed as a game reserve, with a small area (8%) in the north dedicated to photographic tourism while most of the property is managed as a hunting reserve.

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

2011 83

Use it or lose it?

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The first most readers have probably been aware of, the cheerleader hunter who has been in the news for, well, hunting game animals and being attractive and blonde. Loggers might get, let’s say, $400 dollars for stripping out a forest, where a community might make the equivalent of $2000 dollars a year through foraging, gathering and hunting (the particulars vary). Unsustainable hunting leads to extinction. Sustainable hunting doesn’t.

2014 72

An Osprey Nest and The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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We have been assured by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) that they are watching this nest also. Conservation Fish Hawk Migratory Bird Treaty Act nesting birds Osprey raptors

2016 46

Proposed Changes to the Duck Stamp Not Well Received

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In 2015 a Federal Duck Stamp Task Force was convened under the auspices of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) consisting of seventeen individuals. There were five issues and recommendations of the group: Issue 1: The conservation benefits of the Duck Stamp are poorly understood among the wildlife viewing community and the public, as well as among much of the hunting community. a) Recommendation : Identify new (non-hunting/recreational) uses for the Duck Stamp.

2016 40

Bloody Bay Birding

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The confluence of fresh and salt water creates a small, nutrient-rich hideaway that is used by various species of fish as a nursery. This in turn makes for excellent fishing opportunities. As it got a little brighter, the terns took flight and began hunting in the shallows.

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Owls around Delhi

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The Brown Fish Owl is the most common of all Fish Owls. Well, it mostly hunts at night, when it is dark anyway. Traveling to Delhi for work last spring, I was not very optimistic about birding there.

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Is It So Hard To Understand Why Birders and Wildlife Conservationists Don’t Buy the Duck Stamp?

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The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act , which went into effect seventy-nine years ago on July 1, 1934, authorized the annual issuance of what is popularly known as the Duck Stamp. In 1976, Congress changed the official name to the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp , presumably to broaden its appeal to non-hunters. Why promote the stamp to waterfowl hunters when it is mandatory that they buy one to hunt waterfowl? million hunting visits.

2013 83

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

And if you know someone who still eats fish or anyone else from the sea, this is a fantastic book, as I don't recall anyone giving sea creatures the respect they deserve in a long time (and telling their audience the truth about their lives and deaths). Some have tried to resolve this gap by hunting or butchering an animal themselves, as if those experiences might somehow legitimize the endeavor of eating animals. N]o fish gets a good death.

2009 177

The Duck Stamp and Lack of National Wildlife Refuge Funding

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Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) entitled “ BANKING ON NATURE: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation 1 , ” recreational visits to national wildlife refuges generate substantial economic activity. Fishing accounted for 21 percent and hunting 7 percent. Now, as the popularity of hunting has declined, so too have the sales of Duck Stamps.

2014 83

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Dunayer devotes a chapter each to the language used in hunting, zoos, "marine parks," vivisection and "animal agriculture." An animal's own terms are 'Don't hunt me'" (49). "At At a minimum, catching and releasing a fish inflicts pain, terror, and temporary disability. Many fishes are released with a gaping hole where they were stabbed and held aloft for photos" (66). . If fishers truly wished to revitalize fish populations, they would leave them alone.

2010 105

Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

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Whether they were carrying prey, actively hunting, or just flying past I didn’t pass up the opportunity to click away with my Swarovski digiscoping rig and I ended up with some fun shots as a result. One Osprey made its way into the wind, just off the surf line, obviously hunting. On the first attempt it the bird did manage to miss but on the second try it nabbed a fish. Here the fish has been spun so it is being carried sideways.

Canadian Poacher Sentenced to Jail Time

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The judge also banned him from hunting or fishing in Ontario. I understand this is precedent-setting, but it still seems light punishment to me. The guy had 13 prior convictions.that's a lot! From Eco-Worldly. A man in Toronto with 13 prior wildlife crime convictions will serve time after being busted with “a plethora” of poached wildlife.

2009 100

Deadly 60: Big Cat Battleground

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At night, he catches up with a pride of lions to witness their hunting and killing skills in the dark, proving just how deadly and vicious lions are. Then we’ll meet two of Thailand’s killer cats: the rare clouded leopard, a flamboyant feline with a taste for treetops and hunting in little or no light; and the fishing cat, known for hunting in the water. Tonight! Monday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD! Africa’s big cats are among the most iconic predators.

2011 100

A Tale of Two Eagles

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In mid-March, there was a subadult eagle calling in flight (its age indicated by a dark terminal band on an otherwise white tail), and afterwards, two birds standing in that same tree, an older adult and this younger bird, spreading its wings to dry after a fish-hunt.

Birding Shanghai in February 2022

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This is partly due to hunting in China, where about 90% of the species winter (HBW). Pat Fish was the creative force behind a band called Jazz Butcher – he died in October last year. Of course, Little Egrets like to eat fish.

What’s Up with the ABA?  Part II (Some Suggestions)

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But as far as I can tell, nobody advocates for birders, so lands are opened to hunting and fishing , but not birding, photography, and other non-consumptive uses. Fish and Wildlife Service , National Audubon Society , American Bird Conservancy , and Nature Conservancy on Twitter.

Birding Inirida, Colombia, or river dolphins and hoatzins, part 2

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Because of that, the bird has a manure-like odour and is only hunted by humans for food in times of dire need” [ Source ]. Have you ever birded a place so young that birds still have no names ?

Birdy Boating in Baringo

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Drifting slower and looking closer, we observed a tiny Malachite Kingfisher hunting in the sheltered shallows. The now familiar sound of a pair of African Fish-Eagles dominated the soundscape. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (above), African Fish-Eagle (below).

2020 76

A Birder’s Guide to The Wilderness Act

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Wilderness areas are managed by one of four federal agencies: the Forest Service (FS); the National Park Service (NPS); the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS); and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Birders who venture off the beaten path may run across a sign like the one above.

South East Queensland [SEQ] Birding Destinations – Lady Elliot Island.

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Surrounded by coral reefs filled with fish, sea turtles of three species plus the common visits of Manta Rays: it is a pretty exciting place for anyone who likes to skin dive. Eastern Reef Egrets, mostly white phase, hunt the shallow reefs when the low tide allows.

Birds to be Removed from Florida Endangered Species List

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be meeting on Wednesday and will be voting on the removal of sixteen species from the state’s endangered species list , including four birds – Snowy Egret , Brown Pelican , Limpkin , and White Ibis. Far more controversial is the likely delisting of the Black Bear , especially around concerns that a hunting season will follow soon after a delisting.

Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

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As you’ll remember, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources unanimously passed its sandhill crane hunting proposal. Fish and Wildlife Service for final approval or denial. The public comment period on the Kentucky sandhill crane hunting proposal ends AUGUST 1 2011. Here are six top reasons to protest this hunt. photo by Vickie Henderson Six Top Reasons to Protest Eastern Flyway Crane Hunting: Sandhill cranes have a very low recruitment rate.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. Activities such as hunting, fishing, and trapping are categorized as “consumptive” uses. In contrast, consumptive uses were minor: fishing accounted for 10 percent and hunting was just 4 percent. Every few years, the U.S.

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The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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albiventris ) and fish eating Pied Kingfishers ( Ceryle rudis ). In front of us a Black Egret ( Egretta ardesiaca ) was fishing under the umbrella formed by its outstretched wings, cutting off the glare from the water surface and perhaps even attracting the fish into the ‘safety’ of the shade.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The bluefin tuna needs an immediate respite from all fishing. No wildlife species, especially a migratory one shared in common by many nations, can withstand commercial hunting without end. All commercial hunting was banned, and those species were carefully managed for sport hunting only. Commercial hunting of wildlife was always a losing proposition on land. To the Editor: “ Last Act for the Bluefin ” (editorial, Nov. 9) has it right.