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. fish and wildlife california government mountain lions hunting idaho trophy huntingHe is a proponent of trophy hunting and was photographed with a dead mountain lion in Idaho. Full story here.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Outcry is growing against one of California’s top wildlife officials after a photo of him holding a dead mountain lion surfaced online last week. 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. wildlife management california Stupid mountain lions hunting idahoWhat was this idiot thinking?

Wildlife and Life Celebrations

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Environmentalists view helium–filled balloon releases as wildlife killers. Bring your kids to the mud pit/water fight/pie throw, and let them get as filthy as they like (and join them, if you’re game). Recently a baby was born in North Carolina with Trisomy 13, a chromosomal abnormality so severe most carriers die at birth.

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Virgina Creates Wildlife Crime Watch Program

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Wildlife Crime Watch" is a new program implemented by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. This program is a proactive effort to develop a partnership between citizens and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Emphasis will be placed on wildlife and environmental issues but traditional crime prevention will also be addressed. Road signs announcing the area as a "Wildlife Crime Watch Area" will be placed in the participating communities.

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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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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, one of the common ideas throughout is that birders, photographers and other wildlife watchers deserve and are excited about a Refuge pass they can call their own. We’re relaunching the project as the Wildlife Conservation Pass. This will be an innovative way for us to show our support for the National Wildlife Refuge system.

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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From the Wildlife Extra News. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt.

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How to Bird Murchison Falls

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The route Corey and I took in advance of the 2019 African Birding Expo may not be the only optimal way to go, but this approach yielded an absolute bounty of wildlife excitement in just 48 action-packed hours. Trips Africa game parks Murchison Falls Uganda

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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. Setting land aside in the public domain in perpetuity is probably the most substantive thing we do for wildlife conservation.

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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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Power Companies and Springtime Tree Removal

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Maggie Ciarcia, a solo wildlife rehabilitator in Carmel, NY specializing in small mammals and game birds, received a notice from New York State Electric and Gas that tree trimming was scheduled for her neighborhood and someone would contact her. No wildlife rescue required.

Northern Pintails at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers four photo blinds on three of their refuges which can be reserved, two on the Sacramento Refuge, one at Colusa NWR and one at Delevan NWR. link] Here is another view of these handsome dabbling ducks in flight… and another great reason to support a Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp ! Birds ducks features National Wildlife Refuges Northern Pintail waterfowl

Serial Poachers Devastate Montana

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This article describes the devastation being inflicted on Montana's wildlife by serial poachers. Brian Golie, FWP game warden in Wolf Creek,classifies serial poachers as people who target trophy animals and will do anything to kill them. Tags: wildlife crime fish and wildlife montana poaching us trophy hunting It's also an insight into how serial poachers think.

Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field?

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By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share During a soccer game in Colombia, a player kicked an owl that was on the field. Share Your Thoughts « Herpetology Vs. Ornithology White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge » To learn more about 10,000 Birds, Mike, Corey, or the many marvelous Beat Writers, please click here. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Ivory Bigger than Drugs in Africa

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Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday. "In Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa trafficking asia elephants Sad, sad, sad. Why doesn't this greed ever end? Ivory means NOTHING. It's just a material. There is no magic, no power, NOTHING to it. And even with all the public education and media attention, there is just no abatement in demand. It's just so frustrating!

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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. 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. events people helping animals wildlife

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Virginia Fox Smuggler Gets Six Months

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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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Kathy Hershey: Parker, the Playground’s Vulture

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Today’s blog was written by Kathy Hershey, co-founder of Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators in Hope, Indiana. After school and on weekends he’d attend soccer games and hang around playgrounds, preferring to spectate from the playground equipment. One Monday we got a call from one of the officers: “Hey, we’ve got to up our game! Birds Kathy Hare Hershey Parker the Vulture Turkey Vultures Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators wildlife rehabilitators

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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. Create and promote the wildlife conservation stamp.

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A Wild Bird Rehabber Says Farewell

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At that point I didn’t know about 10,000 Birds; I had been a wildlife rehabilitator and mother for years, with no time to surf the net for amazing birding sites. Since then it’s been a bimonthly grab bag of bird rehab and all the fun and games that go with it, as well as posts on the dangers wild birds face. Birds Suzie Gilbert wildlife rehabilitators

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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. 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. A study examining this relationship was recently published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin (full reference below).

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Shutting Your Trap

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I knew the wildlife. I have a book about injured wildlife coming out soon, and I couldn’t buy better publicity.”. Not only did we convince the local head of PRH that DEC was horning in on his territory, we managed to drag the president of the nearby Fish and Game Club – who personally detested trapping – into the fray. This unlucky/lucky young Red-tailed Hawk was found and taken to Red Creek Wildlife Care in Pennsylvania.

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His Regal Grumpiness

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On August 21st, Maryjane Angelo of Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation in Pennsylvania received a call from a man who said his nephew was standing in the middle of a rural road, guarding a Bald Eagle. Further investigation revealed that 30 years ago, the Pennsylvania Game Commission had brought breeding eagles down from Canada to start a Bald Eagle re-introduction program, hoping to bolster the population ravaged by DDT.

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Big Day on Cedar Key, FL

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Yes, but we were playing the numbers game. Though I had driven past the Lower Suwanee River National Wildlife Refuge a half dozen times in my trips about Florida, I had not yet stopped, and I hummed with excitement as we drove down one of the forested refuge roads. Lower Suwanee River National Wildlife Refuge. Trips Cedar Key Florida Wildlife Refuge

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Identifying the Mystery Bird

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“Okay, fellow songbird rehabbers,” wrote Vonda Lee Morton of Laurens Wildlife Rescue on her FaceBook page. “Is Sometimes bird rehabbers who end up with tiny, semi-feathered little mystery birds end up playing a game called “Name That Bird.”. Birds identifying birds nestling birds wildlife rehabilitators Is this a Song Sparrow ? Tiny little pre-fledgling — nearly fully feathered. Belly’s not bruised; skin tone his purplish-red, as is gape.

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Raising Money For the RSPCA with MusicMagpie

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All you need is a few of your old unwanted dvds, cds and video games. To start donating, all you need is an internet connection, a computer or laptop and a pile of cds, dvds and video games that you no longer want. The next step is to select the RSPCA as the charity you wish to donate to and then send off the cds, dvds or video games to the supporting website. Raising money for charity doesn’t have to be hard work.


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. That’s a wrap!

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Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake Tahoe area. Mark Lucero of the Department of Fish and Game's Northern Enforcement District. It is illegal to take parts of dead wildlife left on the side of the road, Lucero said. "A Sounds like a crime of opportunity.

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Pheasant Stocking an Unfortunate Waste of Money

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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. Funds to pay for the increase in birds will come from money the commission has received from Marcellus Shale-related leases on State Game Lands.

Brown-headed Thrush

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Kasia Rinkai Park on Tokyo Bay will host the slalom canoeing events for the upcoming (correct at time of writing) Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. In the meantime, it played host to my target bird for the trip.

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Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

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Even so, he still knew many species and always yearned to learn about the wildlife he encountered. 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.

Wild Sri Lanka

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As Bill Oddie noticed in his foreword to ‘Wild Sri Lanka’ (2nd edition) by Gehan De Silva Wijeyeratne, this island paradise is probably the only country in the world where almost all books on wildlife were authored by a single person. Reviews book review Sri Lanka wildlife

Botswana’s Private Reserves

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While much of the attention that Africa’s tourism industry gets is for its (deservedly) popular national parks and game reserves, a lot of wildlife viewing is possible away from the big name places. Many countries have private reserves and concessions, run for tourism or hunting, that provide outstanding wildlife watching opportunities.

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. Because ingestion of spent lead shot has been documented to cause acute health problems in wildlife (most notably death), use of lead shot has been increasingly restricted over the past few decades. Delivers devastating hydrostatic energy and shock to a game animal.

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Animal Ethics

Fish & Wildlife Service. Here is the management plan of Idaho's Fish and Game Commission Here is a New York Times editorial opinion about the removal of the gray wolf ( Canis lupus ) from the endangered-species list. The editorial board of the Times is intellectually dishonest, so please don't let this be your only source of information about the delisting. Here , for example, is a news release from the U.S. Here are questions and answers.

Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Finally, South Africa has three 400+ hotspots, namely 1 Mkhuze Game Reserve 458 sp. The greatest wildlife spectacles in the world! Other wildlife includes 60 mammal species, 13 primates among them, Chimp tracking, Forest Elephants too.

Bowling for Rhinos

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All donations go to the National AAZK for distribution to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa, the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and the Bukit Barisan Seletan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. You can be a part of this event in many ways: Register to bowl and get free pizza, two games of bowling and shoes, and unlimited soda, all for $25!

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From Today's New York Times

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No wildlife species, especially a migratory one shared in common by many nations, can withstand commercial hunting without end. In the United States, we learned this lesson just in time to rescue our migratory waterfowl and other prized game species from oblivion at the beginning of the 20th century. 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.

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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For Pheasants, Mo’ Women = Mo’ Problems

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Scientists from the University of Exeter in England and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) found that having more females in the group makes each individual female a little less stressed about watching out for threats, and more able to forage in prep for breeding. Having a harem sounds like a pretty sweet deal. After all, variety is the spice of life, no? But this breeding and social arrangement has its risks. For humans, you have the drama of sister wives.

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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.

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. Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Both are in favour of large areas of land being set aside for wildlife.

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What Impact Will Drones Have on Birds?

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While drones have the potential be a great tool in the world of wildlife conservation, they can also pose a serious problem for the animals they’re trying to protect. A study by wildlife ecologist Mark Ditmer recently found that overhead flights by drones caused a significant jump in the heart rate of wild bears — this despite the bears outwards signs of indifference. Even drone retailers and manufacturers are getting in on the game.

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