The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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Many of these refuges and associated Conservation Areas, which have the potential to protect more than 1 million acres of vital wildlife habitat, have been forged through creative partnerships with sportsmen, conservation groups and private landowners. It is now more important than ever to draw on the diverse group of refuge advocates around the country to safeguard America’s wildlife heritage 1. Most wildlife watchers are anxious to contribute their resources toward that end.

A New Wildlife Refuge Pass: Fellow Birders, Help Us Help You

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Since we first launched the Wildlife Conservation Stamp Project, we’ve made our case to thousands of birders and photographers. And we pay attention to incremental change as well: to the mentions and link backs we now regularly get when the issue of the Duck Stamp comes up; to the gradual acceptance, even among hunters, that it’s time for a birder’s stamp or pass; to comments from prominent legislators like Al Franken, who fully support the idea of a secondary funding stream.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world. Developed in the post-frontier era, the NAMWC helped put a stop to wanton wildlife destruction in an era where many species were being hunted and trapped ruthlessly to the brink of extinction. The system was intended as a hunter-centric model, both guided by and benefitting consumptive interests. No one can “own” wildlife.

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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. National wildlife refuges provide premier outdoor recreational opportunities across the Nation. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas.

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). From WildEarth Guardians: WildEarth Guardians’ research reveals this agency is: • Biologically Unsound - Wildlife Services uses a “sledgehammer approach” to wildlife management, meaning over one million animals are killed each year using non-selective killing controls such as poisons, traps, and aerial gunning. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and killed his dog.

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Virginia Fox Smuggler Gets Six Months

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Hunters would then pay to hunt in the pens. He was caught after a yearlong investigation by Virginia game officials that included the undercover purchases of 54 red foxes and 47 coyotes from Blevins. Tags: wildlife trafficking blood sport fox hunting us Howard Glen Blevins, 68, of Asheville, N.C., pleaded guilty in March to five counts of trafficking in wild animals. A statement from U.S.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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Sales of duck stamps have funded the preservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, which in turn has supported an increase in waterfowl populations. This has benefited both the waterfowl hunters and everyone else who likes ducks and their kin. Historically, there has been a link between duck stamp sales and the duck population, with the causal link between stamp sales and duck numbers being the wildlife preservation areas supported by stamp revenues.

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Pheasant Stocking an Unfortunate Waste of Money

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Flooding related to Tropical Storm Lee severely damaged the two farms used for raising Ring-necked Pheasants in Pennsylvania earlier this year, limiting the number of birds that will be released for slaughter by hunters (and slaughter is exactly what shooting farm-raised birds is). Never fear, hunters ! In an effort to appease small game hunters, Roe said the commission will increase its production of pheasants to 200,000 birds for the 2012-13 season.

Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” Contemporary environmentalism arrived too late to prevent the passenger pigeon’s demise due to market hunters, but the two phenomena share a historical connection. Lacey of Iowa introduced the nation’s first wildlife-protection law, which banned the interstate shipping of unlawfully killed game.

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Approximately one million hunters annually harvest more than 20 million Mourning Doves , which exceeds the annual harvest of all other migratory game birds combined 3. Due to the fact that so many of these beautiful birds are “harvested” by gamebird hunters, I think it important to note that there is still an environmental issue of hunters using lead shot. military, with all their ballistics and performance testing, it should be good enough for hunters.”

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Crows, Contest Killing, and Communication

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The hunters who do not eat their crows) “are providing a smorgasbord for other wildlife!” Unfortunately most of the hunters use lead ammunition, which means more than a few of the happy diners will end up dying of lead poisoning. “… the reason crow hunters strive to shoot as many as they can is no different than keeping track of the score at any football, baseball or basketball game,” he continued. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

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During cold winters, the hunters retreated to the south, intent on quail and other game species. I didn’t expect to see any birds. It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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This morning’s news had this: During this year’s open of waterfowl season, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center admitted more trumpeter swans for bullet wounds than ever before. The executive director of the Wildlife Rehab Center, Phil Jenni, isn’t sure if [a particular shooting] shooting was intentional. They (hunters) see this white thing, and they aren’t entirely sure what it is,” Naumann said. The other reason is due to inexperienced or uninformed hunters.

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

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of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett has indicated that if enough people write in protest, the proposed hunting season–due to start this December– will be reconsidered. March 14, 2011 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Jon Gassett, Commissioner One Sportsman’s Lane Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Dear Mr. Gassett, I am a writer, naturalist and artist with a special interest in human/bird interactions. Did any of the above hunters read the facts?

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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. All eight hunters on the commission think it’s a good idea to shoot cranes in Kentucky. Fish and Wildlife Service for final approval or denial. Why allow hunters to shoot right into the middle of them? How can that be worth doing for wildlife departments looking to cultivate support from nonconsumptive wildlife observers and enthusiasts?

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We Should Kill More Lions

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Assuming you have a passing interest in wildlife, or at the least you know someone that does, and chances are in the last week or so you’ve become aware that some lady from America shot a lion. I’m not just saying this to be an annoying gadfly on the backside of the birding and general wildlife community, although this is certainly a fringe benefit. I guess the natural question is… how does some hunter from the US help in the conservation of the lion?

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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There was a lot of hunting for Bald Eagles—it is traditionally a game species. Bald Eagles will provide a sporting challenge for hunters. Hunters don’t even need to use decoys. However they are wary and have famously sharp eyes, so bagging eagles will be a true sporting challenge for hunters. The Bald Eagle has the potential to be the Holy Grail of game birds. Hunting eagles will not hurt, but enhance non-consumptive wildlife viewing opportunitites.

Kentucky’s Crane Hunt-It Ain’t Over…

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Which wasn’t a surprise, since everyone on the commission is a hunter. Kentucky’s wildlife offices have been flooded with protests, whether written, telephoned or emailed. Go ahead and check out his company, Southern Wildlife Resources LLC. Brokering land to hunters, hooking them up with guide services…all for a fee. Why should they get to unilaterally decide that the sandhill crane will be a game bird in Kentucky?

Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

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Henceforth, the Reading Fighting Phils will now be represented by two ostriches , who will live at the ballpark and greet visitors to the team’s games. Duck hunters and wildlife officials alike worry that the spill will affect both hunting season and migration. It’s been a busy week in bird news–some of it bad, some of it good, and some of it just plain head-scratchin’ Let’s start with the odd stuff first.

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Originally a hunting term, the Big Five were the most dangerous and prized targets of the great white hunters on safari. 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!).

Decoy: Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

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Eventually, the name came to be attached to another kind of game hunting device with which we’re more familiar today: life-sized wooden carvings of waterfowl floated on water to fool birds into landing within range of nearby hunters lying in wait. Here, Janson lived a reclusive life as a fisherman, hunter, and carver, fashioning duck sculptures out of California redwood that are now prized by collectors as the finest examples of Pacific coast decoy art.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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So, one might surmise, it’s OK if they get shot by hunters thinking they’re sandhill cranes? What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding. Do all hunters realize that?

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Falakhe’s Story

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Early starts are the rule when monitoring endagered species in Mkuze Game Reserve, in South Africa, but there’s a particular urgency to this morning’s start. twenty kilometres from where we found Fala The area had much poorer roads and tracks, dense bush and more skittish game, but they were safer there from Lions, which is perhaps why they liked it. Support Wildlife ACT in supporting them.

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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. I’ve written before about how I don’t think shooting game in the name of conservation is necessarily a bad idea. Regular readers of this site might be able to think of a much discussed example, that of birding on National Wildlife Refuges versus hunting.

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The Art of Bird Camp

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Nearly exterminated in Maine by hunters in the 1800‘s, the charismatic, orange-beaked little puffins nested only on one other state island until Dr. Kress painstakingly – and groundbreakingly – lured them back to nest on Eastern Egg Rock in 1977. He then led a lively game of name-that-bird charades by flailing his arms in simulations of various wingbeats, timing his flights so as not to fall overboard during oceanic swells.

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