Mercy for Animals Exposes Cruelty at Iowa Select Farms

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mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmSafeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. Mercy for Animals is trying to convince Costco to do the same. News story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

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Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

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A panel of the Iowa legislature decided to ignore common sense, wildlife professionals, and Iowa’s own Natural Resources Commission and allow lead shot to be used for the new Mourning Dove hunting season. This decision is just plain dumb. Hat-tip to John. Asides

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University of Iowa Animal Lab Goes Underground

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The Iowa Board of Regents approved $11.2 million for an underground vivarium that will house University of Iowa animal research laboratories. From the Des Moines Register. The 35,000-square-foot facility would connect the Medical Education Research Facility and Carver Biomedical Research Building on the west side of campus. The links would mean researchers would never have to transport animals above ground, said Jordan Cohen, interim U of I vice president for research.

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More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Another undercover video from the Humane Society.

Iowa to Allow Hunting of Mourning Doves

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For the first time since 1918 hunters will be able to hunt Mourning Doves in Iowa – but with one big caveat. Lead ammunition will not be allowed. Thoughts? Asides

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Horrible Animal Abuse at Iowa Pig Farm

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FBI Serves Search Warrant to ALF Supporter

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From the Iowa City Press-Citizen. A federal judge in Iowa issued the warrant. Law enforcement there has a long-running investigation into animal releases at a University of Iowa laboratory. The FBI served a search warrant Monday on a Salt Lake City home occupied by a supporter of the Animal Liberation Front. Peter D. Young, 32, said at least eight FBI agents arrived about 11:30 a.m.

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Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

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112 was released in Iowa and has since traveled a circuitous route of more than 1,100 miles across two states. 112′s meanderings across Iowa and Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, “The upper green dot is a lek at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area in Iowa where Bird No. ” (Image credit goes to Jennifer Vogel from Iowa State University.). Not quite as fancy as the satellite tracker that Bird No.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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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 ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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Barack Obama has picked Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa, to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Iowa’s Governor, Tom Vilsack took steps to protect animals, including vetoing a bill that allowed dove hunting. While the Humane Society was pretty happy with Vilsack as Obama's pick for the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Sanctuary is wary. This is a December 18 post from Gene Bauer's blog pointing out some concerns about Vilsack.

Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Demand for Palm Oil Threatens Orangutans

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There are only an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, 90 percent of them in Indonesia, said Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. The demand for palm oil in the US and Europe, is threatening to wipe out orangutans in Indonesia. The demand for palm oil is rising in the U.S. and Europe because it is touted as a "clean" alternative to fuel. Indonesia is the world's top producer of palm oil, and prices have jumped by almost 70 percent in the last year.

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Minnesota Activist Indicted for Animal Terrorism

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The Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for vandalizing two labs and three offices at the University of Iowa on Nov. From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.I don't see any mention in this article (or in this one from the Chicago Tribune ) about threats to human life in this incident. Straight vandalism and economic loss. Is this a valid prosecution? Is it terrorism? Scott DeMuth, who is being held in jail in Davenport, is scheduled to make his first appearance in U.S.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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A few states still have no checklists at all: Nebraska , Minnesota , Iowa , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , and Alabama. As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know , the writers contribute checklists to a joint eBird account called the “ 10,000 Birds Collaborative.”.

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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Stamping the First Robin of Spring

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” Several years later, in 2012, we got a comment from someone named Fred Jacob that said the following: When I was a boy growing up in Iowa some sixty years ago, we would “stamp” the first robins in spring. But apparently Fred was not alone because over the last three years quite a few people from Michigan, Ontario, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska have chimed in to say that they too, grew up stamping robins and some mentioned passing it on to their children and grandchildren.

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H1N1 and your pets.

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Although it was previously believed that cats were also safe, a cat in Iowa has now tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. With the latest news of finding the virus in a cat, here is an update about the H1N1 virus and how it affects your pets. Dogs are safe. Good news. According to theASPCA dogs have little chance of contracting swine flu. Experts are continuously keeping an eye on the situation for any changes. Cats should be monitored.

Not enough Woodpeckers

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It is hard to imagine any birder not liking woodpeckers – they are the “motherhood and apple pie” of the avian world. So, writing a post about them is easy.

Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tulsa

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And to top it all off, the day before I left Kim drove me to the Grey Snow Eagle House, where we were given a breathtaking tour by Iowa Tribal Elder Victor Roubidoux. Just returned from an amazing tour of Tulsa … wildlife rehabilitators, fabulous artists, even an NPR interview with Rich Fisher – all to benefit WING-IT , Tulsa’s dedicated group of rehabbers.

Some Chinese Pheasants

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

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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And another one,” she added, “in a tampon box.” “A Big Brown Bat in a large glass terrarium,” said Marlene Ehresman in Iowa, “because the people wanted to make sure it wouldn’t escape.”

The Birds of March Madness

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Iowa State Cyclones (represented by Cy the Cardinal). Greetings, 10,000 Birds readers! I’m thrilled to be contributing all the little tidbits I find to the Nature News beat. And there’s little that’s newsier (in the U.S., at least) at the moment than the NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament! Birds have already begun making their presence known on the court.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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consider pointing out to a few of the biggest and most influential (food-wise) LGUs -- Iowa State, Cornell, University of California-Davis -- the harm they're doing globally by continuing to promote meat despite the known dangers to animals, people, and the environment. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

What is the State Bird of New Jersey?

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The legislature named the goldfinch the state bird in 1935 , sharing the designation with Washington and Iowa. Mentioning New Jersey often raises a snicker or a run down of all the drama and negative stereotypes that swirl around the Garden State, most of which are typified by the MTV hit show, “Jersey Shore.” ” While certain New Jersey decisions may be dubious, their state bird, the American Goldfinch, is a beautiful choice.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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One of my closest friends worked as an accountant for IBP (formerly Iowa Beef Producers, now Tyson’s) and, he won’t speak of it, but there were some bad things that happened there. Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. It's a thoughtful question I wish more people would ask.

All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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During the 1980s, the Pacific Coast Population swans became the source of eggs for several restoration programs in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa 2. Following my local list serve I was pleased to read that there were two Trumpeter Swans ( Cygnus buccinator ), one adult and one immature, hanging out at the Chico Oxidation Ponds , about an hour and a half from my house. This being a life bird for me I had no choice but to take the drive.

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I and the Bird: What is a Swallow?

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow in flight – Michael Motto, Iowa Voice. Barn Swallow – Michael Motto, Iowa Voice. If birders say they love birds ostensibly because they can fly and we cannot, then there must be no more beloved group of birds than the swallows. These aerial acrobats are among the most impressive flyers in the bird world, darting this way and that over open country in pursuit of flying insects.

2013 69

Who Wants To See a Greater Prairie Chicken?

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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. Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker , passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years.

How Do You Spell “Shitepoke?”

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My father had stories he’d tell, time and time again, and one of them was from his one-room schoolhouse when he was a farm boy in Iowa. This is all you usually see of a shitepoke. They’re shy. The teacher asked the kids to make a list of all the birds they knew, and they were busy scratching away with their pencils when one boy raised his hand and asked, “Ma’am, how do you spell “shitepoke?”

2011 78

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island. 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.

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The Newest Beat

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He attended Iowa State University where he earned his B.S. The Beat Writers at 10,000 Birds are perhaps the single greatest conglomeration of nature writers ever to be assembled in the history of the internet. We are pleased to announce that such a stellar crew of scribes has yet another impressively talented member interpreting the natural world for the readers of 10,o00 Birds. That’s right, there is another Beat Writer at 10,000 Birds!

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The Most Birds

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Sharon Stiteler , the Birdchick , has the all time high count of Canvasback , in Iowa back in 2010. A recent comment thread on Facebook about absurdly high counts of some species in the eBird database got me curious. Who has seen the most Green Herons at one time? Painted Buntings ? Gyrfalcons ? What is the most of any one species that has ever been reported at one time? And how reliable is this data?

2015 63

What is a Titmouse?

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A half-century ago, this species might have been restricted to Iowa or New Jersey, but now it can be found throughout New England and even south-eastern Canada. Few American birds have the publicity problems of the titmouse.

2012 84

I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Turkey Vulture – Michael Motto, Iowa Voice. Black Vulture – Michael Motto, Iowa Voice. That vultures get a bad rap is something of a given. There’s no getting around the fact that they’re weird looking. Birds are supposed to have feathers and birds without feathers look incomplete, like they left home with shaving cream on their ear and toothpaste spots on their shirt.

2013 69

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The resulting properties—WPAs—are small ponds, wetlands, and associated grasslands, primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana, but also in Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa. Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who loves to share thoughtful , in-depth conservation pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. This is Jason’s fifth contribution to the blog.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

There are more humane alternatives available that would reduce that condition, and according to experts at Iowa State University, some forms of alternative sow housing could actually cost less in dollars and labor—savings that could potentially reach the customer. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.”

Flying with Determination

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Even after living in Iowa for ten years it seems to me that dark-morph juvenile Pomarine Jaegers tend to show up more than Parasitics in the interior United States. My travels have taken me all over the United States including coastal sites where some of the most interesting flyers can be found. Some of the more crazy fliers in my mind include Jaegers. Our three regularly occurring Jaegers are amongst the nastiest flyers around. And by nasty I mean, “MEAN.”

2011 59

An Open Letter to the Birds on the Webcams, Re: Nesting Season

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I get that good nest sites are at a premium, whether you’re in the market for a box along a bluebird trail in Iowa or a ledge overlooking pigeon-rich Central Park. Tragically, McSweeney’s doesn’t have quite enough hard-core birders in the audience to appreciate this. But I thought you guys would! Look, you guys, I know it’s been a rough start to the year for everyone.

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Winging It In Tulsa

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A rehabilitation facility founded and run by the Iowa Nation, it has an ICU, quarantine cages, spacious quarters for unreleasable birds, and a 150-foot curved flight cage that made me gasp, especially when a soon-to-be-released Golden Eagle sailed around the corner and landed on a perch above our heads. “OOOOOOOklahoma where the birds come sweepin’ down the plain…” I know – it’s supposed to be the wind, not the birds. No matter.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “An Ape Types in Iowa” (column, Aug. 9): Gail Collins writes: “Human-ape conversation was a very hot topic back in the late 1960s, when researchers first taught a chimpanzee named Washoe to use sign language. It lost steam once it became clear that while the apes could put together simple statements and requests, they were not prepared to have discussions about their deepest feelings, hopes and dreams.

Forgotten Prairies

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I can certainly speak about the Midwest where states like Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, etc. Well, maybe not forgotten, but certainly over-looked. Outside of hardcore twitchers looking for specialty birds and after speaking to thousands and thousands of birders, I have concluded that most people really do not put much emphasis on our prairies. Perhaps, this is because we, as Americans, have destroyed nearly every morsel of prairie we have left.

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Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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There were birders from a wide cross-section of the United States: Colorado, Ohio, Idaho, Iowa, Wyoming, Washington State, Pennsylvania, New York State, New Jersey, California, Texas, Florida. I wanted Penguins. And Sunbirds. And Flamingos and Hornbills and a Secretarybird and birds with names like Hamerkop and Thick-knee and Eremomela (which I know is a scientific term, but which, when pronounced correctly, reminds me of a Yiddish term of endearment my grandmother used).

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

It's hard to say because the government still has not instituted a comprehensive MRSA inspection process, but independent research conducted by Tara Smith, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, suggests that MRSA-infected animals may be widespread indeed. We can thank factory farming for yet another antibiotic-resistant supergerm: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).