February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia

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For some reason, I chose that day to try to check out the north jetty in the morning, a location rumored to be the only spot in Georgia where one is likely to find wintering Purple Sandpipers. … The post February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips cats georgia Tybee Island

Record-breaking eagles? nests, coastal Georgia, and a wicked sunburn

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It was a cloudy day as I made my way to Tybee Island on the Georgia coast. Georgia coast. It was my hope to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle’s nest since the Southeastern recovery plan had a goal of counting 20 that year across the whole state of Georgia. And, the total count for Georgia broke a state record at 218 active nests for the third year in a row. Conservation barrier islands eagle georgia

Good News for South Georgia Island’s Pipit Population

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Researchers say that South Georgia Pipits have hatched chicks. While this is happy news for any parents, and wonderful news for any threatened species (these Pipits live only on Antarctica’s South Georgia Island and number only 3,000-4,000 pairs), it’s tremendous news for those trying to eradicate rats from the island. The discovery of five chicks in an area once overrun by rats suggest that the South Georgia Heritage Trust’s “Team Rat” project is producing tangible success.

What is the State Bird of Georgia?

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Brown Thrashers , large, rust-colored songbirds, were so popular in Georgia that they became the namesake of their NHL hockey team, the “Atlanta Thrashers!” Birds brown thrasher georgia state bird thrashers” It comes as no surprise then that the governor proclaimed the Brown Thrasher the state bird in 1953 , and the legislature followed suit in 1970. The team has since been moved to Canada, but the state bird remains a celebrated symbol.

Georgia Dog-Fighting Law Having an Impact

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Before 2008, only one person had been incarcerated for dog fighting in Georgia. Georgia's new dog fighting law makes it a felony to train, transport, sell or own a fighting dog, or to advertise, promote or bet on fights. Tags: animal cruelty georgia blood sport legislation dog fighting us This is a good thing. The American Southeast is a hotbed of blood sports. This information is from Best Friends.

A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia: A Book Review by a Penguin Groupie

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There are two things you need to know about A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia , edited by Robert Burton and John Croxall, and produced by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. First, if you are, like me, geographically challenged, then you need to know that this is not about Georgia, the U.S. Nor is it about Georgia, the country in Eurasia. South Georgia is an island in the area we call Antarctica. Surprisingly, South Georgia is not all ice and snow.

Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

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It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort. At the end of the 19th century, buyers from the Northeast purchased the land, and turned it into a sporting estate – common in the red hills of North Florida and South Georgia.

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Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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Alexander Rukhaia focuses his efforts on the “ Batumi Bottleneck ,” an Important Bird Area along the coast of the Black Sea in the Ajara region of Georgia. News Alexander Rukhaia Conservation georgia illegal hunting raptors SABUKO Whitley AwardsSparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count.

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First Barn Swallow Babies of the Summer

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Over the weekend, I visited Sapelo Island on the coast of Georgia, catching a glimpse of baby Barn Swallow chicks for the first time since my summer years on Kennebago. Trips Birding georgia SwallowWhen I was a kid, I used to spend all summer on Kennebago Lake in Maine. My siblings and I would swim, hike, read, and look for leeches, reveling in the long days of June, July, and August.

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Dick Vitale vs. Dolphins in Bracket Challenge

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College basketball legend Dick Vitale has been going head-to-head in a bracket pick ‘em contest against the sports-predicting dolphins of Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium as part of the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge. After the first three rounds of the tournament, the Georgia Aquarium dolphins are only one pick off from tying Vitale for total number of correct game picks (30 to 31). Seems that some dolphins are getting in on the March Madness!

Russian President's Dogs Win It Big!!!

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His third dog only got 2nd place, and will probably be assisting border guards near the Republic of Georgia or some other exciting place. Two of President Dmitry Medvedev's dogs won top prizes in the Eurasia 2009 dog show! Hooray! I thought he would be too busy writing best selling novels, composing award winning operas or ruling Russia to enter his dogs in contests and stuff.

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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This particular land near the Tennessee-Georgia border is critical as a protection for Taylor Branch, a tributary of the Conasauga River. Conasauga River snorkeling video courtesy of © Georgia Conservancy. 616 acres added in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s still possible (amidst the scurry to take from public lands) to protect our pristine wilderness areas.

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Retailer Pulls Vick Jerseys After Complaint.Wait, What?

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Hannah Tostensen, director of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, and Lisa Norton, president of Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment in Brunswick, complained to Bealls' corporate office in Bradenton, Fla., 7 jersey being sold at stores in Darien and Waycross in southeast Georgia. "It Who would be dumb enough to still be selling Vick jerseys? Why that would be Bealls Outlet Stores. No doubt going after the coveted football loving animal abuser fan base.

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More Evidence That Cats Belong Indoors

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A new study conducted in Athens, Georgia, by National Geographic and the University of Georgia put cameras on house cats allowed outdoors. Thirty percent of the cats killed wild animals, an average of two kills per week. Even though only 12% of the kills were birds, if you extrapolate the data it leads to huge estimates of the numeber of birds killed by free-roaming cats each year.

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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–especially when reviewing books like A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia or Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause> <pause> Do I have your attention now?

Calling all Dogs: Celebrate National Dog Day with Free Ice Cream August 25

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Best Friends Pet Care is a leading national pet care company and offers boarding, daycare, grooming and training at 42 locations across 18 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Georgia. Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment. Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2019?

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Corey, on the other hand, is Georgia-bound, hoping for some Southern bird hospitality. Birding, as I’ve experienced over the last 18 or so years, basically comes down to positioning, patience, and perception. Arrive when and where a bird should be, stick around until it makes itself known, and observe its presence. What could be easier? If you doubt the accuracy of this analysis, test it this weekend and report your findings!

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Southern Senator Stops Confirmation Over Animal Protection

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Georgia readers should contact this Republican Senator and ask what's up. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has put a hold on Cass Sunstein's confirmation as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. According to Michael Markarian from the Humane Society, Sunstein's confirmation is supposedly being held due to pressure from some agribusiness groups. Sunstein is a Harvard law professor who has written about animal protection issues.

Best Friends Gears Up For Hurricane

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By Sunday, the Best Friends Rapid Response Team had helped get 200 animals at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter ready for transport to Georgia, far outside the hurricane’s expected path. While the Republicans gear up for operation "Operation Photo-Op", Best Friends is getting ready for hurricane Gustav.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2019)

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Corey spent the weekend making his way south to Georgia, where he has now arrived at Tybee Island. Mid-February can be boring if you’re overly focused on the coming migration. On the other hand, some birders really appreciate the opportunity to pick up specialties from the current season. Which kind of birder are you? My daughter and I waited past dusk to see a Great Horned Owl land in the bare tree pictured above. It perched on the cell tower instead.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2019?

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Corey will be making his way north from his Georgia sojourn. Believe it or not, the current season is slowly easing into the next one. You may be mired in a very frigid or overwhelmingly sweltering hell, but soon you’ll find the succor of a more mild season, one that carries birds on waves of zugunruhe. But stop fantasizing about those birds while you still have so many to enjoy around you now. Your last shot in a long time at winter or summer birds will be here before you know it.

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Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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The Atlanta Zoo in Georgia is borrowing Chengdu’s winning technique to help try and have a baby of its own. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14. Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species.

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Study Shows Shorter Life Spans for Zoo Elephants

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The research, to be published Friday in the journal Science, found that endangered Asian elephants born in zoos had a mortality rate two times higher than those born in parks or working in the logging industry.Animal rights groups argue that the size of the enclosures - usually less than a square kilometre, {report co-writer Georgia} Mason said - severely restricts the movement of animals that would travel thousands of kilometres annually in the wild.

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26 Dogs saved by the ASPCA

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On February 17th they rescued 26 Pit Bulls near Sandersville, Georgia. The ASPCA continually does amazing work on behalf of our animal companions. The dogs had been left to starve, no food, water or even shelter from freezing temperatures. They also had signs of neglect, broken bones, wounds and infections. Sadly, there were also 27 dead dogs found on the property. It is believed that the dogs were part of a dog fighting ring.

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From Today's New York Times

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In fact, the Language Research Center at Georgia State University has engaged in continuous social, cognitive and biobehavioral research on primates, including language training and research, since 1981. The bonobos at the Great Ape Trust learned their language skills at Georgia State and lived at the Language Research Center for two decades before moving to the Great Ape Trust in 1985. Georgia State University Atlanta, Aug.

7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Georgia. Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains. From now through the first week of November (2018) autumn leaves are peaking along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians. This time of year is doubly good if you’re also a birder! Here is a list of my favorite mountain state parks to visit during the first brisk days of fall (and into the winter). North Bend State Park, West Virginia.

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Paddling Piney Z Lake

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Only 20 or so miles south of Georgia, we had experienced about 500 cases, our uptick slow, steady, and manageable. Four months ago, a full parking lot wouldn’t have caused my blood pressure to spike.

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DOGTOWN: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption

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A prime example is the story of Georgia, a dog rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring. I recently got a copy of DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption for review on this site. I was so excited to check it out because the show, DogTown, from National Geographic , is so great, I just knew the book would be too. I was not disappointed at all! Be sure to have tissues handy, because if you love dogs, your bound to shed a few tears.

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82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Missouri

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In addition to the deployments in Missouri and Tennessee, American Humane Association has been providing emergency grants to states across the South and Midwest that have been hit by severe weather, including Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. Following the devastating tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team to help the animal victims there.

The Problem with Weight is NOT Losing It

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She has a degree in animal behavior from the University of Georgia. Our guest post today is from Marty McGee Bennett, an animal behaviorist, trainer and author whose new book is called, “The Problem with Weight is NOT Losing It: Let Animals Teach You How to Balance Your Weight.” Read on for some fascinating tips on how working with animals relates to our own weight! The Problem with Weight is NOT Losing It: Let Animals Teach You How to Balance Your Weight”.

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Good news for the Wood Stork

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Since listing, sound science, work towards habitat protection, acquisition and restoration and regulatory reforms its range has expanded north and west, and now includes portions of North Carolina and Mississippi, with significant nesting in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. I was happy to read that the wood stork ( Mycteria Americana ), a bird near and dear to me, was down-sited from the status of endangered to threatened species.

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Reiki for Animals by Tim Link

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He is also the past President of the Humane Society of Forsyth County (Georgia), a no-kill animal rescue shelter. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) energy healing is a gentle, painless, yet powerful modality that works on all living things – human and animal. Animals in particular are receptive to Reiki, because they have a higher energy frequency running through their bodies than humans do. Reiki helps balance animals physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Harris Neck NWR (Georgia). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies. But they primary protect land, an essential but dwindling avian resource.

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My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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I also spent a week in northwestern Costa Rica on a family vacation, a long weekend in Barbados, a week in Georgia, and two week-plus-long trips to visit relatives in southern California. This last year of the twenty-teens was a monumental birding year for me.

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Save the Painted Bunting, y’all: Keep wonder alive

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For reasons no one fully understands, much of Mississippi, Alabama, and inland Georgia lack Painted Buntings during the breeding season, a gap of several hundred miles. Everyone, the Painted Bunting needs your help. There’s a new proposal before the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Classification Committee to split Painted Bunting into two species (yay!

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Glue Trapped

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Kathryn Dudeck, of the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Georgia, has awful stories of people who have tried to remove birds from sticky traps. Glue traps: For compassion’s sake, please do not set, place, or hang them. Here’s why. Sentient people recoil at the idea of leg-hold traps, those medieval–torture devices which cause so much pain and suffering before their victims eventually die, are killed, or (very occasionally) are rescued.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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Identifying the Mystery Bird

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Aha, Georgia, so it’s too small for a Carolina Wren and there aren’t any House Wren s in your area during breeding season.”. “Okay, fellow songbird rehabbers,” wrote Vonda Lee Morton of Laurens Wildlife Rescue on her FaceBook page. “Is Is this a Song Sparrow ? Tiny little pre-fledgling — nearly fully feathered. Belly’s not bruised; skin tone his purplish-red, as is gape. Feathers on belly, nearly obscured by my thumb, yellow. Quiet little “chip” for begging call. Nearly inaudible.”.

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Black-browed Albatrosses

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This species has a circumpolar distribution, breeding in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and other islands near South America, a handful of islands in the southern Indian Ocean and a number of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. This Sunday I will be off the coast of Kaikoura on South Island for the first time since 2008 checking out the amazing albatrosses they have there.

Releasing White Doves

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Professional’ or ‘ethical’ or whatever other pretty terms they want to slap on it, I’m still against releasing doves, butterflies, or – the worst offender – balloons for ANY occasion,” says Vonda Lee Morton, in Georgia. Thinking of releasing white doves to commemorate your wedding or the memorial of a loved one? Think twice, and do some research. White doves: symbols of love, commitment, peace, hope, etc. However: they are not wild birds, and have no idea how to survive outside captivity.

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Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

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The Ruffed Grouse is a bird of the forests across much of North America, from Alaska and the mountains of the west through Canada, and in the east down through the Appalachians to Georgia. It is a beautiful bird and well worth taking examining closely if such a situation can somehow be arranged.

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The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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Twenty-four hours uninterrupted sleep,” wrote Vonda in Georgia. It’s August, and first on the menu is: Fried Rehabber. Summer is high season. The general public is out and about, birds and animals are raising their young, and human/wildlife interaction is at its peak. If you are a rehabber, this means your phone never stops ringing, your emergency services are in constant demand, and your stress level is off the charts.