Birding and Fly-fishing in Belize

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We got our chance on a guided fishing tour out to the mangrove islands, a thirty minute boat ride off the beach. We were all set for a full day of combining our two loves: fishing and birding. I sat in the boat, Floyd, our guide, worked the motor, and Brian fished on the bow. A camera and my binoculars occupied a seat next to me, periodically protected with a Ziploc bag when we moved from place to place or when a passing shower threatened. Trips Belize Birding fishin

Lawsuit Filed to Protect US Wolverines

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government Tuesday to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act, saying the Interior Department disregarded scientific conclusions that the species is in jeopardy. Fish and Wildlife Service denied the species protection in March and said that even if wolverines disappeared from the lower 48 states, the species would survive because there are larger populations in Canada. Tags: us fish and wildlife endangered species Oh, what a surprise.

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Seattle People Helping Protect Seal Pups

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The group is called Seal Sitters and they protect baby seals who have been left on the each while their moms fish. It's a nice story to offset the cruelty of the dead baby tiger in Hanoi.

Bush Proposes Penguin Protection, Hell Freezes Over

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The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list six species of penguin as threatened species and one _ the African penguin _ as an endangered species. But it has denied protection under the 1973 Endangered Species Act for three others _ including the emperor and northern rockhopper penguins, the stars of such popular movies as "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet.".Environmentalists Not perfect, but still, wow.

Red-winged Blackbird Harassing a Fish Crow

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While at Flushing Meadows Corona Park near my house in Queens this evening putting my new lens through its paces,* I was entertained by the strafing runs that the Red-winged Blackbirds were taking at every Fish Crow that flew by. Be glad you aren’t a Fish Crow flying over reed beds! *I

Bush Earns Some Praise for Ocean Protection

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When you add the roughly 335,000 square-mile-area in the Pacific that is now protected from virtually all fishing to the nearly 700,000 square miles he closed to bottom trawling, the most destructive kind of fishing gear, this president has given future generations an ocean gift nearly the size of Texas and Alaska combined. This blog pounds on George W. Bush a lot. So, to be fair (and balanced!), here's one person who thinks he's done some good stuff for the oceans.

Sea Shepherd to Head to Mediterranean to Protect Tuna

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Sea Shepherd will be sending the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker to the Mediterranean to help protect Bluefin Tuna. Announcing their venture into the Mediterranean, the organisation's founder and president, Captain Paul Watson, said: "We need to bring to the attention of the international public that one of the most unique fish species in the world, the Bluefin tuna, is on the brink of extinction due to the illegal fisheries driven by Japan's insatiable demand for this expensive fish.".

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US Government Shutdown Affects Birders (and Birds, Too)

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Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, are laid off. News Environmental Protection Agency government shutdown National Eagle Repository national parks U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kings Canyon National Park in California is just one of hundreds of shuttered U.S. parks and preserves. Photo by the National Park Service). If you’re in the U.S.

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Protection for a fee: Band-tailed Gulls and Red-legged Cormorants

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The following photo sequence depicts a territorial Band-tailed Gull “collecting its protection service fee” from a Red-legged Cormorant nesting within the territory the gull protects on the Palomino Islands in front of Lima-Peru. The Gull will take the fish out of the youngster beak as this retrieves it from the parent’s crop. This system of “fee” in exchange for protection from being overwhelmed by many thieves seems to work.

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Owning A Fish Farm Does Not Mean You Can Kill Birds

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Seaside’s employees denied shooting any birds; however, owner Vu admitted to shooting six pelicans to prevent them from eating his fish. ” Birds are protected and can’t be shot at will, even in Texas. This is the lesson that Seaside Aquaculture owner Khan Vu has hopefully learned after being charged, found guilty, and sentenced under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot ( Calidris canutus rufa ) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Where suitable habitat exists, sea level rise is expected to increase efforts to stabilize the shore and protect coastal development with hard structures, such as sea walls and jetties. The U.S.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. Huntingdon used mostly mice and rats , but also some dogs, monkeys, fish and guinea pigs , in its research in New Jersey. Tags: huntingdon animal enterprise protection act

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Australasian Snapper, Pagrus auratus

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Australasian Snapper ( Pagrus auratus ) Snapper (as they are usually called here) are common inshore fish that eat just about anything. One sample snapper examined in a study found 99 different types of food in the stomach, a mix of crabs, worms, echinoderms, shellfish, fish and other prey items. A pair at Goat Island Marine Reserve Being both large and common means that snapper have long been fished in New Zealand. Sports Conservation fish fishing marine reserves

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Second Bear Killed On Trans-Canada Highway

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The second bear to meet its end this year on the Trans-Canada Highway has prompted an animal rights group to call for immediate repairs to a fence line intended to protect wildlife in Banff National Park. fish and wildlife canada bearInterestingly, we just went on a tour of the Canadian Rockies where the wildlife corridors and fences were lauded by the tour guide as a way for wildlife to avoid the roads. Apparently, there's room for improvement. From the Calgary Herald.

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Canadian Sentenced for Ivory Smuggling

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Fish and Wildlife Service, wildlife officials from Environment Canada and the U.S. Tania Siyam originally operated art import and export businesses in Montreal, Canada, and Cameroon that were fronts for smuggling products from endangered and protected wildlife species, including raw elephant ivory. Tags: ivory canada us fish and wildlife africa smuggling us Good news.

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Case Closed: Double-crested Cormorants Have Their Day in Court

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Birds in the 24 states east of the Mississippi River are now protected from mass culls by a recent court ruling. The cormorants have long been targeted by those who fish—or who raise fish on farms—for depleting fish stocks. Fish and Wildlife Service has periodically conducted culls, arguing that removing Double-crested Cormorants from the equation would help support populations of native fish. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and killed his dog. Estimates of predator populations by State fish and game officials indicate that the number of predators removed by WS is small compared with overall predator numbers. Tags: fish and wildlife USDA

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Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia

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and Colombia respectively, have secured thirteen new conservation easements in Colombia with private landowners that will protect important habitat for the Cerulean Warbler – North America’s fastest declining neotropical migrant songbird. Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled.

More Habitat for Snowy Plover?

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Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Wolf Killng Begins in Alaska

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of Fish and Game hopes to kill up to 328 wolves in order to protect caribou calves. The Alaska Dept. The LA Times Greenspace blog has the story.

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Conserving the Future: Bold Bird Ideas

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Fish and Wildlife Service desperately needs your feedback as they craft a new vision for our National Wildlife Refuge System. The results will inform a vision document to be adopted in July 2011 at a national conference to guide the NWR system for wildlife protection into the next decade and beyond.

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Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

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KING-TV reports that both the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the deaths. The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound. KING says one of the Nisqually casualties was a Steller sea lion, protected under the Endangered Species Act. This has happened before.

Asian Countries Score Another Victory Over Marine Animals

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Delegates to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) conference in Qatar voted down three of four proposals to protect sharks. China, by far the world’s largest consumer of the cartilaginous fish, for sharkfin soup, and Japan, which has battled to keep the convention from being extended to any marine species, led the opposition.

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A Birder’s Guide to The Wilderness Act

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The short answer is that wilderness areas are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and they are protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Simply put, wilderness areas are the most protected public lands in America.

Polar Bear Supporters Lose Court Case

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A federal appeals court made a final decision Wednesday on whether Fish and Wildlife could allow oil companies to interfere with polar bears. The complaint is that the government isn't doing enough to protect marine animals from the effects of oil and gas development. Fish and Wildlife service wrongfully issued authorization for oil companies to work in areas that could potentially hurt the bears. Another story from last week, but worth mentioning. From KTUU in Anchorage.

Man Kills Goldfish in Domestic Violence Attack, Gets Probation

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I hope she has some kind of protection against him. A 27-year-old man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and killed her pet fish has been sentenced to two years probation and a psychological evaluation. The woman fled, then returned to find her fish on the floor with a knife through it. Court documents said Fite told an officer, “If she can’t have me, then she can’t have the fish.” I'm posting the whole article because it's so short.

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Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets. She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative.

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Blinded Turtle Finds New Home in Aquarium

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Dangers include fishermen deliberately blinding the animals to protect fishing equipment. I'm not posting this because of the rescue (which is a good thing), but because of HOW this turtle was blinded. From the BBC. The aquarium said it hoped Homer would help raise awareness about the plight of his species. The Archelon rescue centre in Greece previously looking after Homer believes this is what happened to him. Homer, who is about 40-years-old, could have another 60 years of life.

On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

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It's just another excuse people have concocted because they like the taste of cow/pig/chicken/fish flesh. Here's an interesting combination of great sentiment and horrible sentiment that involves two responses from the above list: "Online critics said it was hypocritical to protect only dogs and cats, and that the government should focus on human welfare before protecting animals." Yes, it is hypocritical (speciesism), but who said that we either protect humans or animals?

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Upside-down January

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And used the opportunity to send an open letter to the City Mayor, enquiring about his still-unfulfilled promise of this particular area finally becoming protected. February is supposed to be that boring month coming after the hyperactive January, when IWC takes place (non-American CBC).

Bird-watching at Langi Crossing

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It is a very popular place to go fishing, but for us it is a great place to go bird-watching and we can watch the birds catch the fish! We were still able to camp in our usual spot by the river, which is high enough to protect ourselves from the resident crocodiles.

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Ocean Advocacy and Animal Rights

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We support two ocean protection organizations: People for Puget Sound (local) and the Ocean Conservancy. I understand that they are trying to encourage people to eat fish and other marine life that are not part of a collapsing fishery. The purpose is to protect ocean species as a whole. If you are eating a fish, you are still eating a living thing. I was reading Ocean Conservancy's magazine today.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl–A Book Review

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because, if the film rights to this book have not been snapped up yet, Hollywood is making a huge mistake) (c) Will I ever see a Blakiston’s Fish Owl? The fish owl is Jonathan Slaght’s grail and also, more prosaically, his dissertation topic. How when he needed a dissertation topic in 2005 (studying at the University of Minnesota), it was either Hooded Crane or Blakiston’s Fish Owl, both iconic birds of the area. So, Blakiston’s Fish Owl it was.

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Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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It's in response to the pathetic CITES conference which basically screwed marine animal protection. The Christian Science Monitor rightly points out that citizens and consumers need to get involved in endangered species protection, because at the CITES level, it's all about money and international politics. But jobs that depend on harvesting endangered species will quickly disappear if those species are not protected. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday.

The Gas Station Bird

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It’s under the jurisdiction of the Exotic Species Division of the Department of Environmental Protection, which is a division of US Fish and Wildlife. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly.

Those Sea Serpents

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A furtive peek to the smaller part of the pond at the right hand side, some fishes are twirling at the very surface, showing off their flanks for the moment, then their backs… some strange fishes. Back to scope-scanning the larger part of the pond to my left: Mute Swan , Mallard , Little Grebe , Pygmy Cormorant , Gray Heron , I can hear that Raven again… But I can’t stand still, those strange fishes… I just have to check. The Reva is not protected.

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On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

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They can also learn how "to hold sponges over their snouts to protect themselves when searching for spiny fish on the ocean floor." Dolphins cooperate to round up fish (kind of like the way the Japanese cooperate to round up the dolphins). My life-as-a-tweeter is less and less significant these days. It's just not all that interesting to me. Something about jockeying for position in 140 characters or less, rather than interacting and sharing, I guess.

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Frontiers in Costa Rica Birding

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A fairly recent trip turned up Manx Shearwater and fishing boats got pictures of the young Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross that had also been seen in Belizean and Panamanian waters. Expeditions to Remote Parts of Protected Areas.

Birding Shanghai in May 2022

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But indeed they vanish somewhere once the people pretending to try and catch fish appear. The lockdown continued throughout May, making this another rather unexciting post. Well, I had to go through the lockdown while you do not have to read this post.

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The best-kept birding secrets of Belgrade

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The very best wetland birding around Belgrade, Serbia, is not to be found in the locally famous and tourist-promoted Obedska or Carska Bara Ramsar areas, but at Beljarica Backwaters and the fish farm triangle of Centa, Baranda and Sakule villages, in the Tamis River floodplain.

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Calendar Facts

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Visit www.nwf.org/endangered to find out how to protect more threatened species. 90 percent of the world's biggest fish are gone from the ocean due to overfishing. As I changed my calendars to February, I saw all this information printed on the January spread. Amazing what these calendars can contain. From National Wildlife Federation. The majestic gray wolf once roamed the United States from coast to coast and from Mexico to Canada.

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Taste of the Wild Pet Food Giveaway!

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It contains taurine to protect heart health and has lower protein and fat than the Taste of the Wild High Prairie and Wetlands formula, which may be a better option if dog owners are looking for a diet in lower fat or calories. Cat owners can choose three sample bags of the new dry formula; Canyon River Feline contains only fish protein with trout, salmon and sweet potatoes for a more limited ingredient profile, which may be a better choice for sensitive cats.

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Birding Shanghai in February 2022

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Meanwhile, on Chongming island, I rescued a Northern Shoveler which got caught in one of these evil, almost invisible strings that the farmers use to protect their fields from hungry birds. Pat Fish was the creative force behind a band called Jazz Butcher – he died in October last year.