Fish Creek to Buffalo

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I have introduced you to the sections from Foster to Fish Creek and also Foster to Toora. This week I will introduce you to the section from Fish Creek to Buffalo. My journey this week was a return trip from Fish Creek to Buffalo. Approaching Fish Creek from Fish Creek!

Foster to Fish Creek

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From our base, which has been Foster for most of the time and Fish Creek over recent weeks, I have walked the stretch of Rail Trail from Foster to Fish Creek several times. Fish Creek train station building. The post Foster to Fish Creek appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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. It has also found its way to Japan where it is considered to be an invasive species. From the vantage of the bottom feeder, the fish takes a variety of prey that passes by.

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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. Our first birds came before our first fish. Despite their piratic tendencies, frigatebirds are one of my favorite species, and I could watch them all day. Trips Belize Birding fishing

Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

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The first time I agreed to join my fiancé Brian on a joint birding/fly-fishing excursion, I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I have known how to fish since I was a little kid, I much prefer my binoculars to a fly-fishing rod, and was worried the pace of the two activities would not fit, the places I wanted to linger would not be those where he wanted to stay, or it would just be, well, not fun. It turns out, fishing and birding are the perfect match.

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US Fish & Wildlife Only Accepting Snail Mail

Critter News

OK, so if you have a comment about the changes to the Endangered Species Act , you can ONLY snail mail or hand deliver your letter. Tags: us fish and wildlife endangered species No email or faxes. You only have 30 days to comment. And there will be no public hearing. That's just BS.

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12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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The Species per Square Mile Approach. While Colombia may have almost 2000 bird species, it is a huge country with, still, complicated long-distance travel logistics. On the other hand, small countries with relatively long bird lists offer higher species densities per square mile.

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U.S. Endangered Species Act: The System Works

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A prime example is a report newly released by the Center for Biological Diversity which suggests that, by and large, in the United States, the Endangered Species Act is indeed helping to save the birds it protects. Fish & Wildlife Service) seem to be faring especially well, with some 85% of populations stabilizing or increasing. News Center for Biological Diversity Conservation Endangered Species Act Northern Great Plains Piping Plover

Unique Sea Horse Species Threatened

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A species of seahorse unique to the waters of the Gulf Coast could face extinction because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, warns marine conservation organization Project Seahorse. Without careful intervention, the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) could virtually disappear within a few years, while many other fish populations, including several other species of seahorse, face a similarly bleak future as cleanup continues. “We’re

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Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators.

Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed downlisting it from “endangered” to “threatened.”. Under the Endangered Species Act, any listing, uplisting, downlisting, or removal from a list requires a formal “rulemaking” process. Conservation Endangered Species Act Hawaii Hawaiian Goose USFWS

Grallards: New Zealand’s Next Extinction or Newest Species?

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Yes, cute little Skylarks were all well and good, but what Kiwis really wanted were birds they could shoot and fish they could, uh, fish. The obvious choice was the Mallard , that plucky familiar northern hemisphere species that is the father of the even more familiar domesticated duck. In fact, as the species was quickly identified as as creating hybrids with Grey Ducks, the opinion was by the 1920s that the species shouldn’t be released further.

Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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I like this opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor which calls for an "Endangered Species Hour." 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.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Eating a Fish

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We had no high hopes of an absurdly long bird list but I figured we could see some decent species and send Nate back to North Carolina with tales to tell of the marvels of birding a major metropolis. I did not count on sending him home with a fish story though! And while we wanted to do some more birding, and had to hustle to meet Danielle, Nate’s patient and lovely wife, in a timely way, we really needed to see what the outcome of the heron-fish encounter was going to be.

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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 Fishing is permitted on 271 wildlife refuges. Ardoch National Wildlife Refuge : Open to sport fishing.

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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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314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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Like any birder visiting a new place, I had a target species list I was hoping to seek out during the one day I had available between business commitments. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century). Most species go extinct. Species.

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US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. tentative visual identification, and "probable cause" to seize as evidence), an examination of the carved ivory object by a trained scientist is still necessary to obtain a positive identification of the species source. Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? From the web page. This is a web version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes by Edgard O.

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You VS Cat; First ever duel species tablet game

4 The Love Of Animals

Friskies just introduced the first duel-species tablet game, “You vs. Cat,” available for iPad and iPad2 tablet devices. Humans aren’t the only species vying for gaming supremacy when it comes to “You vs. Cat.” During the height of college basketball season, Friskies’ top cat gamer, Buddy, trained to challenge the biggest gamers of them all – college mascots – to a little friendly duel-species competition. Have you ever wanted to play a game with your cat on your iPad?

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Fish is a popular choice. Grey Heron: Some sizes of fish seem more suitable than others. Yellow Bittern: A bittern recently stuck me with its beak when I freed it from a fishing net. Hurt a bit, but must be much worse for the fish. Cuckoo species (common?):

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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.

The Gas Station Bird

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This may seem like government agency hair-splitting, but the calls needed to be made not to the wildlife division of the wildlife agency, but to the exotic species division of the wildlife agency. One’s ability to own an exotic species varies from state to state.

Lawsuit Filed to Protect US Wolverines

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The Department of the Interior ignored scientific conclusions regarding an endangered species. 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.

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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). One of the two sub-species of Red Knot occurring in North America, the Rufa subspecies breeds in the Canadian Artic Region and migrates along the east or Atlantic coast of the United States. This means the species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout its range. The U.S.

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Australasian Snapper, Pagrus auratus

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The species is fairly widespread in the Western Pacific, ranging from New Zealand to Japan, and contrary to its name it isn’t actually a true snapper (family Lutjanidae), but is instead a member of the porgy and sea bream family (Sparidae). Australasian Snapper ( Pagrus auratus ) Snapper (as they are usually called here) are common inshore fish that eat just about anything. Sports Conservation fish fishing marine reserves

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Old Crow Distillery Company: Old Crow

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This year it was an American Crow ( Corvus brachyrhyncus ), though at home in Albany, New York, it’s just as likely to be – and has been in the past – a Fish Crow ( Corvus ossifragus ). I generally wait until I have at least a dozen species on my year list before having my first drink of the year. But which species of crow is our Old Crow – Fish or American? Birding Food Reviews American Crow Birds and Booze crows Fish Crow

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Endangered Species Act: Delisting the Black-capped Vireo?

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering changing the status of the endangered Black-capped Vireo : it has proposed delisting it entirely. A reasonable birder could respond to this change in a variety of ways, from satisfaction that another bird species has recovered to concern that FWS is caving to rapacious corporations at the expense of an endangered bird. (If FWS agreed that the species had recovered sufficiently and proposed a rule delisting the vireo. The U.S.

Water Worries—How We're Drugging Other Species

Animal Ethics

Here is an AP story highlighting the impact these pharmaceutical substances are having on aquatic and avian species. For example, exposure to these substances is negatively impacting the reproductive abilities of some fish species, threatening their extinction. Closer to home, the AP story reports that: fish collected in waterways near or in Chicago; West Chester, Pa.; You'll spare the fish, and you'll reduce your exposure to these unwanted pharmaceutical compounds.

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Serial Poachers Devastate Montana

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I would have thought serial poaching and serial killing were essentially the same, with the difference being the species, but this article says there is a difference. Tags: wildlife crime fish and wildlife montana poaching us trophy hunting This article describes the devastation being inflicted on Montana's wildlife by serial poachers. It's also an insight into how serial poachers think.

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. And to finish, one more, probably another species but closely related.

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The Longest (and Shortest) Hour

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This sleepy fishing village on the north coast of Trinidad should ring a bell – it boasts the densest nesting population of Leatherback Turtles in the entire western hemisphere. Birding Birds bird photography critically threatened species endangered birds Trinidad and Tobago

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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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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. In total we counted seventeen species at the rest stop! Birding Destinations Butte Valley Wildlife Area California Department of Fish and Wildlife CDFW Meiss Lake

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The Beauty of Checklists

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She is an expert identifier of marine invertebrates, sea grasses, and reef fish, but is just beginning to learn birds. I remember my first months of birding; the excitement when discovering a new species, the challenge of recognizing field marks in my Sibley guide, the novel way I began to look at the world. ” She was referring to the Checklist of Florida’s Birds , put out by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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What is a “Nonessential Experimental” California Condor?

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed reintroducing California Condors in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, the California Condor is listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and it has been famously subject to some of the most ambitious conservation efforts (including litigation ) ever undertaken for a bird. One management tool used by FWS is reintroduction of an endangered species into its former range. The U.S.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Animals killed also include threatened and endangered species, a number which has steadily increased since 2005. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and killed his dog. The WS program operates in accordance with its program wide Environmental Impact Statement, local environmental assessments and workplans, and Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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The Creepiness of Heidelberg Zoo

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He doesn’t go there for the ducks, but for the fish. For some reason my son is absolutely into fish, and the duck pond might hold ducks of various species and sorts and shapes and colours, and pink flamingos too. And then comes the duck food: First documented case of Anatidaephobia in fish It was not until I turned to the next aviary of the zoo that I came to comprehend the true horror of the grasscarp pond: they are fattening the fish for slaughter!

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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.

On the Keeping of Endangered Fishes

Animal Person

An Animal Person reader wrote me with the following question: There are many species of cichlids in Lake Victoria that are on the verge of extinction, and most are hardy and small enough to be kept in an aquarium. There are conservation efforts to save these species by individual aquarists, who are keeping and breeding them in hopes that they can someday be reintroduced into the lake. Can we ever meet the needs of fishes by keeping them in our homes?

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9 (almost) Birds that live underwater

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This Yellow-crowned Amazon was not quite as vociferous as his Central American cousins And like many of these birds, I too love to spend time beneath the water – there are few things better than free diving or scuba diving with dolphins, whale sharks or coral reef fish. Looking through some of my photos from my last trip to Thailand, I got to wondering what birds the various fish and creatures would be if they were feathered. Marine diving features fish

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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. Tags: CITES united nations marine animals Japan china endangered species

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Endangered Birds: 50th Anniversary for the Class of 1967

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Before the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), there was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. endangered species was issued on March 11, 1967, under the earlier law, and those listings were ultimately grandfathered into the ESA. The “ Class of 1967 ” includes 36 species of birds, and they range from those delisted due to recovery to those lost to extinction. Conservation endangered species Endangered Species Act extinct birds

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Another Critical Article Directed at CITES

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Knowing them, I bet they were hoping for fish and chips instead!). Tags: CITES united nations marine animals Japan endangered species The CITES irresponsible treatment of marine animals made it to Huffington Post too. This article is by the President of the Blue Frontier Campaign. I'm glad others share my disgust with CITES and the UN. Hopefully, regular citizens will read this and not just other activists. (I I forwarded an article about this to my book club members.

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