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Birds, Hunters, and Lead

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In what some might see as an unlikely alliance, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, and – yes – hunters have banded together to convince those who hunt to use copper bullets instead of lead. The NRA has tried to portray this movement as “taking away hunters’ rights,” which does nothing but insult the hunters already on board.

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Hunters Shoot Rare Ducks

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Because a hunter or hunters shot all three. They were apparently shot from the Antelope Island Causeway, where birders had been reporting them from, and, even worse, it seems that the hunters might have learned of their presence from birding listservs.

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The Plume Hunter

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I’ve just finished reading THE PLUME HUNTER (Torrey House Press, December 2011) by Renée Thompson. In this captivating book, Thompson explores the motivation behind hunters who shot birds to sell feathers for women’s hats at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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And though the satellite transmitter let Machi be tracked it did not protect it from the hunters’ guns. Suggestions to start a campaign to protect shorebirds from hunters as they migrate through the Caribbean would be appreciated in the comments. Let’s make Machi’s death mean something!

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No Surprise, Except Hunters Will Still Use Lead

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Two new studies “add scientific evidence that hunters’ lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.&# So when will conservation-minded hunters stop using lead ammunition? One might think that hunters only act as conservationists when they are forced to by law.

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Hunters in Malta Still Killing Birds

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Though calling them hunters is too nice. Maybe jerks with guns ?

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Acheron Delta, Greece: Hell is Closed for Renovation

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I can still hear the gunshots and hope that the hunters really do shoot only the flying birds. By now, I use the same dyke to return to the town to reach the next one; but now there is a hunter standing at every hundred metres. There’s a pickup truck parked by the dirt road, next to it stands a bored hunter.

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