Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

Where Are All the Cats?

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Last summer, Alley Cat Allies conducted an analysis of Illinois Department of Agriculture reports collected from the 247 animal pounds and shelters licensed by the state that handled cats in 2006. More than 60,000 cats were killed in Illinois animal pounds and shelters in 2006. Illinois is one of the few states with laws already requiring pounds and shelters to report the fate of animals in their custody.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site.

The Warbler Brewery: Canopy 2 Double India Pale Ale

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Birds and Booze News: Imperial Oak Brewing of Willow Springs, Illinois has collaborated with the Chicago Ornithological Society for a second year to release a Piping Plover Pale Ale , with proceeds of its sales going to conservation and education efforts by the Society.

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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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Canines Go for the Gold at Doggy Olympic Games Across the U.S.

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Canine athletes are jumping through hoops to capture the gold at Doggy Games in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Texas. London isn’t the only town where athletes are bringing home the gold this week. Best Friends Pet Care ( ) is hosting its own version – the Doggy Olympic Games — at more than a dozen locations across the U.S. Just check out these amazing doggy athletes!

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On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

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They're from a legal farm in Illinois, so the law isn't the reason. Here's my first problem with this: The number of lions in the wild is not affected by the farming operation in Illinois. Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ? There's something hilarious about people intentionally putting themselves in a position to be beaten up like Wile E. Coyote. It's all in fun, with much of the humor coming from the commentators and the special sound effects.

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Solid Air: Invisible Killer Saving Billions of Birds From Windows–A Book Review

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More than concerned, he is dismayed and alarmed and has been since January 1974, when he first witnessed a Mourning Dove fly into a window and fall to the ground dead on the Southern Illinois University campus.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know , the writers contribute checklists to a joint eBird account called the “ 10,000 Birds Collaborative.”. Every month, Redgannet summarizes the checklists, providing an updated life list, year list, and country list.

7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

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Since 2000, Chris Long has been a store associate at a Home Depot in Illinois. Having a pet does not mean you have to give up hopes of having a lush, well-manicured yard. Although dog ownership may pose some challenges in the quest to achieve garden greatness, it’s definitely not a hopeless cause. The key is balance.

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Humane Society Endorses Obama

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As an Illinois state senator, he backed at least a dozen animal protection laws, including those to strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty, to help animal shelters, to promote spaying and neutering, and to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice. I’m proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors—which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans—has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President.

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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eBird and Urban Planning: City Green Spaces

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The authors are Bianca Lopez ( The New School ), Emily Minor ( University of Illinois at Chicago ), and Andrew Crooks ( George Mason University ), and the article is “ Insights into human-wildlife interactions in cities from bird sightings recorded online.”.

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Raptor Map Suggests Best Spots to Scan the Skies

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I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy outings to two hotspots that aren’t yet on the map: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch in Bedford, NY, and Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, Illinois. Calling all hawkeyes! North America is in the prime of raptor migration season, with millions of hawks, accipters, and buteos flying south for the winter.

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Who Wants To See a Greater Prairie Chicken?

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In Abraham Lincoln’s day, Prairie Chickens were an incredibly abundant part of the Illinois prairie landscape. Today in Illinois, 68 males survive. There are no individuals remaining within an area of nearly 56,900 sq miles which once formed the core of the range of this truly magnificent bird, This area where the highest densities were recorded stretched from central and northern Iowa into western Illinois before covering most of northeast Missouri.

Some Chinese Pheasants

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Illinois. Apparently, there is a traditional Chinese saying that seeing one pheasant in the wild is better than seeing ten other birds.

Reasons to Choose a Pet-Friendly Retirement Community

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About the Author: Monarch Landing is a Chicago senior living community located near the city in Naperville, Illinois. Not all retirement communities are created equal. And while many are similar, there are always certain things that set the best ones apart from the rest. One of these things is how the retirement community regards its residents owning pets.

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Could Radar Help Make Birdstrikes a Thing of the Past?

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Another researcher, from the University of Illinois, asserts that the bugs need to be worked out of these systems before they’re cleared for widespread use. Birds and airplane compete for right-of-way at Sky Harbor Airport and Seaplane Base (image by Donald Emmerich, Wikimedia Commons). For about as long as people have been flying planes, pilots of all type of aircraft have been experiencing birdstrikes. Sometimes the damage is little more than dented panel or cracked windshield.

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The Uncommon Demise of a Wood Thrush in Costa Rica

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Had birders and hikers heard its ethereal song in deciduous forests of southern Illinois? Migrant birds make an incredibly perilous journey, twice per year. How’s that for an understatement of the obvious? The equation seems incredible.

The indistinguishable Empidonax Flycatchers

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Of course, if you are an average birder in, say, Illinois or Alberta, you probably haven’t lost too much sleep over this group, in spite of its difficulty. Warning: Any and all flycatchers shown in this post may be misidentified. Cut me some slack. These are the Empidonax flycatchers we are talking about here. Dear North American birders: You know them. You fear them. You have probably misidentified them.

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The Flight of the Vultures

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But the turkey vultures would certainly leave the places we saw them – Montana, North Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio and eventually New York – and head south. The only bird we saw in every state was the Turkey Vulture. No vast kettles, yet, only ones and twos. Maybe only to the southern borders of the same state in the case of some of the Pennsylvania birds, maybe down beyond the limits of the US through Central America for the westerners.

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Emerald Ash Borers vs. Woodpeckers (and Nuthatches)

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Flower, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Christopher J. Whelan, from the Illinois Natural History Survey, explained, “The increased utilization of EAB-infested ash trees by woodpeckers and bark-foraging birds observed in our study demonstrates that woodpeckers are able to shift their behavior to actively target EAB.” How do you solve a problem like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)? With all due respect to Maria von Trapp, combating the greatest infestation that U.S.

What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

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In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. When birders in the eastern United States see a flash of red up in the canopy or deep inside nearby bushes, more likely than not those crimson feathers belong to the iconic Northern Cardinal.

It's Back! The Horror of Horse Slaughter in DeKalb

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In DeKalb, Illinois, that monster is Cavel International, the only remaining plant in the U.S. Cavel, a Belgian company, kills horses in Illinois for export to Europe. In response to citizen outrage over horses being slaughtered in Illinois, the Illinois legislature decided to tie off the loophole for good by passing House Bill 1711. Apparently, Belgian citizens must have a say regarding what businesses can be engaged in in the state of Illinois!]

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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I dread to imagine what Yellow-billed Cuckoos from Illinois, Missouri, and elsewhere will find when they arrive on these wintering grounds in 2020. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.


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Years later, after he had gone off to teach at Northern Illinois University and I had gone off to teach at the University of Texas at Arlington, we discovered that we had a shared interest in animal rights. Here is a profile of my friend and co-blogger Mylan Engel Jr. We went to graduate school together at the University of Arizona. I didn't like Mylan at the time, and I'm sure he didn't like me. Mylan worked in epistemology. I worked in ethics.

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Snowy Owl Invasion!

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Birders in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland, and Virginia are all enjoying Snowy Owls , but none as much as the North Carolina birders, who are enjoying their first and second Snowy Owls in thirteen years. Snowy Owl in Queens, New York, 1 December 2013.

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The Parakeet of City Streets, the Monk Parakeet

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Monk Parakeets are established not only in New York City, but in at least seven states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas), Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Quebec, Canada in North America; Belgium, Italy, England, and Spain in Europe; cities in South America (where they are considered introduced since these are not rural areas), and possibly even Japan. Urban parakeets in Northern Illinois: A 40-year perspective.

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How cold is it?

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I can’t speak for other locations, but the Illinois birders’ listserv has been pretty dead today. Glad you asked. It’s cold enough in Chicago—where our high temperature for the day was –2 degrees Farenheit—that the polar bear at the zoo spent the day inside. It’s cold enough to freeze vodka. It’s colder than both the South and North Poles. Is this “polar plunge” that’s gripping much of the U.S. Midwest (and, soon, the East) bad for birds?

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Earth Day Lecture

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Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. Professor Jenni made her debut appearance in DeKalb in September 2002 when she presented her paper “The Power of the Visual” at the Northern Illinois Ethic Consortium’s inaugural conference Ethics in Contemporary Life.

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Western Bluebirds Are Back

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Musselman of Quincy Illinois is generally credited with originating the bluebird conservation movement that extended beyond local boundaries. From the 1913 USDA Farmers Bulletin #513, Fifty Common Birds of Farm and Orchard: “The bluebird is one of the most familiar tenants of the farm and dooryard. Its favorite nesting sites are crannies in the farm buildings or boxes made for its use or natural cavities in old apple trees.

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European Goldfinch in Socrates Sculpture Park

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In Chicago in the early 2000s a sudden influx of European Goldfinches – possibly due to a rogue deliberate release – resulted in nesting records from Illinois and Wisconsin. When I was a kid, and couldn’t travel, I thought patch birding sounded dreadfully boring.

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Large-billed Terns at the Trincity Sewage Ponds

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One has been seen in New Jersey in 1988 , in Illinois in 1949, and in Ohio in 1954 (Links are PDFs.) – interestingly, all in May.). A sewage pond is, like a landfill, one of those places by which non-birders get very confused. “Wait, you’re going to a sewage pond? Voluntarily? To see birds? What is wrong with you?”

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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of Illinois News Bureau, Nov. Of all the living things in our world to be passionate about, mushrooms may rate as the most unlikely.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Even some states that technically have checklists barely qualify: the great state of Illinois has just a single checklist with two species (from an airport). Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.” Every month, Redgannet summarizes the checklists, providing an updated life list, year list, and country list. For the United States, there is also a state list.

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Splish Splash, Chicago

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The Magic Hedge is renowned as one of the premier warbler watching sites in Illinois. Airline logistics and politics have kept me from Chicago for a while, so a trip there in the latter half of April was eagerly anticipated. My first encounter of the morning called for the red pen to add to my list of 10,000 Bird contributors in the form of the delightful Meredith Matthews.

What is a Black Hawk?

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Discussion of such an uncommon raptor in northern latitudes seems all the more inexplicable when Black Hawks are mentioned in the same breath as Chicago, as if we’ve ever known an ABA-approved sighting of Common Black Hawks in Illinois… Of course, hockey fans know that the Chicago Blackhawks have set the first months of the abbreviated 2013 NHL season ablaze with a record-setting scoring streak.

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Serendipity Plus Avocado = Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Did it nest in some remnant riparian zone in the west or did it swoop between forest patches in southern Illinois? Snow has touched down in some places up north, up there on the breeding grounds of Mourning Warblers , Baltimore Orioles , and Sharp-shinned Hawks.

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Clapper and King rails may represent four or five species

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King Rail and chick in Illinois cc-by Andy Reago. Clapper and King rails ( Rallus longirostris and R. elegans ) are the largest rails in the Americas. Their taxonomic status long has been unclear due to their overall similarity and the fact that in eastern North America and Cuba, they hybridize. But some recent work by James Maley and others is shedding more light on these secretive and fascinating birds.

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The Mottled Duck – A Birder’s Duck

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You find them in the south from Florida to Texas and down into Mexico, occasionally as far north as the Carolinas in the east and up the Mississippi River as far north as Illinois. There really isn’t much to say about the Mottled Duck. It is one of several species in the Mallard -complex of ducks, along with American Black Duck , Mexican Duck , and quite a few others.

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Vote Now for Awesome Ornithology Projects!

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Maria and I, first-year graduate students in Zac Cheviron’s lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-. Peripatetic ornithologist Nick Sly has long been a friend of the blog here and has contributed such classics as Green-rumped Parrotlets from Egg to Adult and Forpus passerinus and the Ornithologists of Masaguaral. We’re always interested in what he’s up to and pleased that his research and our collective interest in cool birds can come together in such an opportune manner.

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My Favorite Release

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I’ll never forget an orphaned Northern Cardinal nestling that I really fussed over a few years back,” said Arden Zich of Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, Illinois. “We So I asked seven wildlife rehabilitators, “Tell me your favorite (or one of your favorites) release story – the kind that makes you keep going, in spite of everything.”. “A

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The Feathery Tribe: A Book Review

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Ridgway, born in 1850 in Mr. Carmel, Illinois, was a boy many of us would recognize; all he wanted to do was bird. I spent the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the usual post-hurricane activities—looking for storm birds, making sure my loved ones were o.k., trying to grasp the enormity of what had just happened, and reading this book, The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds by Daniel Lewis. My daughter thought it was an odd choice—nonfiction, on the scholarly side.

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