Sign ALDF Petition to Help Kentucky's Homeless Animals

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Sounds like it's hell for these animals in Kentucky shelters. Tags: animal shelter management animal shelters Kentucky strays The State used to provide oversight, but in 2004, they abrogated responsibility to the counties. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, things are not going well. Please sign the petition to help them.

Take That, Kentucky!

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Maybe Kentucky shouldn’t have allowed the Sandhill Crane hunt ? An avian visitor to the state senate let its displeasure be known. Via Lowering the Bar. Asides

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

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The much-hyped Kentucky Derby will be taking place this Saturday, May 1st. Kentucky Derby contender Eight Belles, moments before her tragic death. Filed under: Animal Cruelty , Animal Rights , Animal Welfare Tagged: horse racing , horse slaughter , horses , In Defense of Animals , Kentucky Derby. Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare horse racing horse slaughter horses In Defense of Animals Kentucky Derby

Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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This time, it’s the full commission– nine members of the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources—who will get together on June 3, 2011, to vote on whether to open season on Sandhill Cranes in Kentucky. Odd as it may seem to those of us who abhor the thought of shooting a crane, there are several Commission members who seem to believe that being the first Eastern Flyway state to institute a crane season would be a feather in Kentucky’s cap.

Whooping Cranes Shot and Killed in Kentucky

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Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the death of two Whooping Cranes in Hopkins County, Kentucky. It’s deja vu all over again , sadly. The U.S. The mated pair was passing through the area last fall as part of Operation Migration , an effort to restore a migrating population of the birds to the eastern United States. Authorities said the deaths occurred in November but delayed the announcement in order to conduct an investigation and assemble a reward for information.

Kentucky’s Crane Hunt-It Ain’t Over…

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For those of you who’ve been following the drama unfolding in Kentucky regarding a sandhill crane hunt, there’s bad news. Kentucky’s wildlife offices have been flooded with protests, whether written, telephoned or emailed. It isn’t hard even for a simple bird painter to divine that Commissioner Gassett stands to gain financially from a crane hunt in Kentucky. Birds Conservation Kentucky crane hunt sandhill crane hunting sandhill cranes

Kentucky Man Guilty of Selling Red-tailed Hawks

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Danny Gayheart of Noctor, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to selling three Red-tailed Hawks to an undercover agent for $50 each. He will have to pay over $1,600 to fund the birds’ rehabilitation and will be sentenced – to up to two years in prison – in February. Asides

ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. If you wrote to Tennessee in the 10,000 Birds campaign this winter, you can cut and paste your letter, changing “Tennessee&# to “Kentucky.&# Kentucky Dept.

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Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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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!) 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.

Courier-Journal Gets It Right

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The Sandhill Crane hunt in Kentucky is over for the season and only fifty birds were killed. The Courier-Journal , Kentucky’s largest newspaper, excoriated the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for allowing the hunt to happen in this editorial. While fifty dead birds is still fifty too many, it is better than the 400 that could have been killed under the rules of the hunting season.

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.

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. For example, as to checklists, Kentucky ranks 37th in the U.S.

Singing Wood-Warblers

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Well, the two birds below kind of speak for themselves… Cerulean Warbler at Doodletown Kentucky Warbler along Mine Road … a. This is just a quick post to share two of the latest birds that made it onto my year list after a quick run to Doodletown and to Mine Road on Saturday morning.

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The Gas Station Bird

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You can own a yak in Kentucky, but not a cheetah in Maine. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly.

Operation Nix-the-Petting-Zoo

Animal Person

Meanwhile, most eat them, wear them and "love" the Kentucky Derby, yet don't approve of dog racing. ?After my long weekend up North I returned to a message from our neighborhood association announcing a picnic on April 11 on the Village Green. We paid a heap of extra money to live on the Village Green, so anything that happens there is basically happening in our front yard. Like a "BBQ, pony rides and a petting zoo!"

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Ruppy the glowing puppy

4 The Love Of Animals

CheMyong Ko, a team member of the University of Kentucky in Lexington says “The next step for us is to generate a true disease model&#. The worlds’ first transgenic dog, Ruppy (short for Ruby Puppy), produces a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light. Ruppy and four other beagles are the first dogs to glow, though the experiment has taken place in other animals.

7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky. Known as a warbler haven, 30+ species visit this bi-state park near the Kentucky and Virginia southern border. 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!

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The Wintering Wood-Warblers of Costa Rica

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Kentucky Warbler. Winter birding can be fun, especially when you do it in a place with palms, parrots, and weather for wearing shorts. This is where the summer birds go, where those fall warblers went sometime after October.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2012?

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Thus, I was surprised and a little saddened to learn from my Kentucky family that kids in the Bluegrass State go back to school next week. Maybe Kentucky has it right. The summer span of school-free days from late June to early September always seemed to me to be an experience all United States students held in common. No kid should be stuck in school in early August! Then again, my position is based on my personal experience and preferences.

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Stop the Madness: More Whooping Cranes Shot

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The pair shot last year in Kentucky belonged to Operation Migration’s project establishing a migratory flock in the eastern United States; there is also the last true wild flock , which winters in Texas and summers in Canada.) As if the last month’s revelation of a pair of murdered Whooping Cranes wasn’t devastating enough, the bad news just keeps on coming. Another pair of Whoopers has been shot , this time in Louisiana.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2019)

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His Best Bird of the Weekend was an easy one though, as he found a Kentucky Warbler in Forest Park on Friday morning, only his fifth sighting of the species in Queens ever and his earliest by four days. April has come and will soon be gone, hopefully carrying a bounty of bodacious birds in its wake for you. Rest assured that, no matter how good this month has been, May has the potential to be so much better.

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On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

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As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.". " Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Let's deconstruct: The facts of the case: "Emaciated horses eating bark off trees.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2014)

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Assuming that your over-worked eyes are as blurry as mine at the moment, we should get right down to business and talk birds… The best of the many warblers I uncovered at Cobbs Hill this weekend was an entirely improbable Kentucky Warbler. What a weekend for those of us experiencing the exhilaration of spring migration!

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Old Crow Distillery Company: Old Crow

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Crow, a Scottish chemist-physician who settled in Frankfort, Kentucky in the 1820s. It certainly doesn’t take an advertising genius from Madison Avenue to market an old Kentucky bourbon made by a Scotsman named Crow with a corvid, which is precisely what Old Crow has done for decades. But as the crow flies, Kentucky’s southern border with Tennessee is just about within reach. Well, it’s happened again – my first bird of the year was a crow.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2015)

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But the Kentucky Warbler singing away at Doodletown won the honors this weekend even though it wouldn’t cooperate for pictures worth sharing. At last, those rare days in June have arrived, those perfect ones James Russell Lowell rhapsodized about. Life in Western NY teaches us that perfect days are hard to come by in any month, so seize these days! I enjoyed the refined pleasure of a Prairie Home Companion performance in Canandaigua.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2014)

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Though Corey managed to see or hear 135 species this weekend including such good birds as Yellow-bellied Flycatcher , Piping Plover , Yellow-billed Cuckoo , Kentucky Warbler , Bay-breasted Warbler , and a host of others, his Best Bird of the Weekend was a commonly seen bird, albeit a very cooperative one. We birders seem to keep our own arcane calendar, with weeks and months symbolized not by numbers but rather by avian avatars.

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The Wood-Warblers Are Back In New York City!

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The first was a Kentucky Warbler , first heard but never seen by Cesar Castillo on Friday in Alley Pond Park. Kentucky Warbler. It was only my second Kentucky Warbler ever in Queens and despite its reluctance to come out into the open I was still pleased to see it and to get a recognizable photo. This bird was much more cooperative than the Kentucky Warbler had been, and a whole big bunch of birders got on it once they were convinced to abandon the waterhole.

Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

10,000 Birds

As you’ll remember, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources unanimously passed its sandhill crane hunting proposal. All eight hunters on the commission think it’s a good idea to shoot cranes in Kentucky. The public comment period on the Kentucky sandhill crane hunting proposal ends AUGUST 1 2011. The public comment period on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources sandhill crane hunting season proposal ends August 1, 2011.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2017)

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Among the many first-of-the-year birds he saw his Best Bird of the Weekend was a Kentucky Warbler that he really had to work for in Alley Pond Park. Around here, we’re getting the last of April showers and the earliest of migrants. Everywhere else, other things are happening. But no matter where you are, you undoubtedly have good reasons to get out and enjoy nature right now. But did you?

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. Now that we’ve almost succeeded in pushing a Sandhill Crane hunt through in Kentucky, the sky’s the limit. Now that I’ve got your attention, here’s the final action alert for the Kentucky Sandhill Crane hunt proposal.

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.

Notable Trees

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Not only is it useful to be able to understand instantly when a fellow birder tells you that the Pine Siskin is at the top of the London plane or the Kentucky Warbler is skulking in the bushes just to the west of the big catalpa; it’s also helpful to understand the world the birds inhabit. Most birders of my acquaintance are also broader naturalists.

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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. For example, as to checklists, Kentucky ranks 38th in the U.S. Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.”

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The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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Out of over 30 respondents, almost everyone wanted money for better facilities, paid staff, on-call veterinarians, emergency vehicles, food, and protected land – from Terry and Lindsay in California to Cindy in Michigan, from Sally in Kentucky to Mickie in South Dakota, and Lisa and Lia in New York. Me too – if I win, all my rehabber friends can be sure they’ll be remembered,” wrote Eileen in Kentucky. It’s August, and first on the menu is: Fried Rehabber.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2011)

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Corey’s BBOTW was a singing Kentucky Warbler at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester County on a family outing… nice find! Is May over already? I feel like we’ve waited all year for this mighty migratory month and how it’s nearly gone. Good thing those of us north of the equator have plenty of shiny summer days ahead! I just enjoyed a lightning strike visit to NYC for family and fun, then endured the trip back home.

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Blue Jays On the Move

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A jay born and raised in New York State may winter in Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, or Tennessee, depending on its taste in barbecue. Many aspects of fall migration are not calculated to appeal to a bone-idle birder such as myself. The warblers are confusing. The raptors are confusing and distant. The shorebirds are confusing AND distant AND you will probably fall into quicksand and die. Far better just to stay inside and write about birds! But that’s sort of cheating.

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What to Do at High Island When the Winds are South

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” A Kentucky Warbler literally ran right next to me before diving under the boardwalk and disappearing into a thicket. High Island in April requires Weather, so I was told. A very specific type of weather–north winds, a cold front, rain.

Wildlife Rehabilitators vs. Bird Thieves

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Eileen Wicker of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky has an unreleasable Turkey Vulture who has a thing for hats. I don’t mean people who steal birds. I mean birds who steal, sometimes from people. It’s a sad fact of life: sometimes birds take things that don’t belong to them. Raptors mug each other mid-air. Bowerbirds steal each other’s nest decorations. Stellar’s Jays take acorns from Clark’s Nutcrackers.

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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Kentucky Warbler – Geothlypis formosa; La Selva area, 9-Jan. 2021 is already well underway, are you birding? I hope so because watching a flock of redpolls bound through wintery airs that echo with the calls of crows is nature connection magic.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Even the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand ended up in a Japanese slaughterhouse because he wasn’t proving his monetary value as a stud. To the Editor: Re “ Another Horse-Racing Horror ” (editorial, May 6): Thank you for adding your voice to the many who are demanding that the welfare of racehorses should come before profits.

Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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Had we visited during winter, the rainforest portion would almost certainly have yielded tons of warblers; winter residents include Kentucky , Blue-winged , and Golden-winged Warblers along with both waterthrushes. Zamorano University may be regarded as one of the crown jewels of Latin American higher education, particularly in the areas of agriculture, environmental management, and food science, but this idyllic campus excels for more reasons than simply academics.

Stop the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Hunt! (Again)

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I encourage you to head on over to her blog to learn more, or, if you already know that the idea of a Sandhill Crane hunt is a bad idea, head on over to the Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes page dedicated to stopping the hunt in Tennessee and TAKE ACTION !

Birding Rockefeller State Park Preserve

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Singing Kentucky Warbler ! Maybe, just maybe, an individual Kentucky Warbler with a weird song had been reported from that exact spot on the listservs and maybe, just maybe, my decision of park for our outing and paths for our stroll weren’t random? This past Sunday was a hot sunny day in New York and the family and I took full advantage of it, exploring Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a pretty park in Westchester County, not too far north of the Bronx.

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