Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Louisiana is a magical place to bird. At the same time I was ogling Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Upland Sandpipers, Marybeth Lima was also birding Louisiana. The book focuses on two listing events: her 2012 Louisiana Big Year and her 2016 Louisiana 300 Year.

Louisiana Waterthrush Photo Gallery

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One of the earliest wood-warblers to arrive each spring here in the northeast is the Louisiana Waterthrush ( Parkesia motacilla ). And though Louisiana Waterthrush prefer habitat with clear, rushing streams next to which to nest, while they are on migration they are much less picky and can be found in a variety of wet habitats. I don’t know what this Louisiana Waterthrush is eating but I know that I am glad that I am not eating it.

Action Alert to Help Louisiana Tiger

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This is an awful story of a tiger kept captive at a horrible truck stop in Louisiana. louisiana animal cruelty tigersThe Animal Legal Defense League is trying to save it. Please visit this link and respond.

Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

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Louisiana is known for a lot of things. Louisiana, I do so love you for your birding opportunities! The post Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips louisiana national wildlife refugeMardis Gras, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, crawfish, oil production, coastal erosion, chemical plants; all encompassed within one state and a whole lot of coastline.

What is the State Bird of Louisiana?

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Brown Pelicans are quite popular in Louisiana. One of the state’s nicknames is “The Pelican State,” the bird is on the state’s flag, the state seal, the state painting (yes, apparently states have official paintings), as well as on one of Louisiana’s bicentennial coins. Good thing too – Louisiana is the only state that has named the pelican its official bird. Birds Brown Pelican louisiana state bird

Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!

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For the first time in 75 years, a pair has successfully nested in Louisiana , producing not one but two fuzzy, wild-born chicks. Louisiana’s last wild Whoopers disappeared just after World War II. In 2011, a collaborative effort among state and federal wildlife agencies teamed up with Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

University of Louisiana Plays Defense on Primate Research

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They are at least admitting there are problems with standard operating procedures at New Iberia Research Center. Officials claim to be taking steps to correct certain problems. Maybe. This web page also has a video with a tour of the facility, conducted by center staff.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Threatened by Oil Spill

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Bob Barker Funds Space for HIV-Infected Chimps

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Retired game-show host and animal rights advocate Bob Barker is opening a new area for five HIV-infected chimpanzees at a sanctuary in northwestern Louisiana. louisiana chimpanzees Bob Barker chimp haven animal sanctuary primates medical researchAs I've often said, Bob Barker is a good man. From The Washington Post. The former host of “The Price Is Right” donated $380,000 to create space at the Chimp Haven near Shreveport.

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Mary Landrieu is Stupid

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This Louisiana Senator is just a slave to these oil interests and I'm sick of her. Tags: louisiana oil drilling 2010 oil spill endangered species She's calling for MORE frigging oil drilling in spite of the catastrophe in the Gulf. I'd like to shove her face in a vat of oil and not bring her up for a long, long time.

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Oil Spill Visuals Finally Arriving

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Greenpeace Activists Threatened with Terrorism Charges

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Charges have been filed against seven members of Greenpeace who boarded an offshore drilling support ship in a Louisiana port and painted anti-drilling slogans in crude oil on the vessel’s side on Monday afternoon. Tags: louisiana animal enterprise terrorism act Stupid British Petroleum 2010 oil spill It's bullshit and there is no way this can stand, but the fact that it's even been threatened is ridiculous. These people are protesters, not terrorists.

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New Iberia Inspection Documents Available

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The calm after the storm

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Hurricane Nate looked set to disrupt my first visit to Louisiana. Birding louisiana New OrleansReports predicted that we would make landfall in New Orleans at around the same time. Hopes for a brand new list from a whole new state were dampened by the outlook, but the dodgy digit of Disruption (from fickle Fate’s other hand) decreed that the trip would have to be extended. Hence, instead of a quick overnight layover, we ended up having 3 whole days in the Big Easy.

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Birding New Orleans

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Trips Bird louisiana New OrleansNew Orleans. The Big Easy. There’s no doubt that it is one of the most famous cities in the south, and I spent 24 hours there over the weekend! While I did not go NOLA to bird specifically, I always keep my eyes out. The Garden District. I arrived with my cousin and husband Saturday evening, checking into our room at the Crescent Palms and taking an Uber into the city.

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More Whooping Cranes Shot, Killed

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Sad news out of Louisiana. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage people to shoot any cranes? Hat-tip to Julie. Asides

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2021)

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Though he added Louisiana Waterthrush , Blue-gray Gnatcatcher , and Yellow-throated Warbler to his year list, Corey most enjoyed watching a Northern Mockingbird doing singing in the Rockaways.

Stop the Madness: More Whooping Cranes Shot

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Another pair of Whoopers has been shot , this time in Louisiana. Image above by AP Photo/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.). The pair was part of a project aimed at restoring the birds to Louisiana. 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. The female was killed but experts suggest the male will survive, although perhaps without the ability to fly.

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What’s Going On

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It was also to be expected that the first passerine to turn up would be the Louisiana Waterthrush. These were two different Louisiana Waterthrushes , but with the same posing preference… dark and distant!

Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

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This blogger, Earle Holland at Oregon State University, doesn't seem to believe the allegations coming out about the New Iberia Primate Center in Louisiana. He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations. Here's his post about it. Here's a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with an interesting post about the same issue, wondering how much we really need to experiment on chimps.

Saving Pelican 895

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The Brown Pelican, the state bird of Louisiana, has endured a turbulent history along the Louisiana Coast. Five months later on April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, spilling millions of gallons of oil into prime bird habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, and leaving the state bird in peril once again. HBO’s new documentary “SAVING PELICAN 895.”

Birds Suffering from Oil Spill

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Several pelicans were coated in oil on Barataria Bay off Louisiana, their usually brown and white feathers now jet black. Pelicans unable to fly due to being coated with oil. It's the Exxon Valdez all over again. Pelican eggs were glazed with rust-colored gunk, and new hatchlings and nests were also coated with crude. It is unclear if the area can even be cleaned, or if the birds can be saved.

Is BP Hiding Dead Animals?

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A CBS News crew was threatened with arrest when it tried to photograph the spill, and a BP representative in Louisiana told a Mother Jones reporter that she couldn’t visit the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge without a BP escort. That is the issue raised by this blog post.

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Humane Society Calls for Refuge for 9 Chimps

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These chimps are currently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center. This is the same place that was nailed by a Humane Society undercover investigation. Videos showed mistreatment of the lab animals. The Humane Society wants 9 chimps that are not being "used" as part of experiments to be released to a sanctuary. I just love the language used by the Research Center's spokesperson. {Dr.

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UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

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The others are the University of Michigan and University of Louisiana/New Iberia. From the Los Angeles Chronicle. The University of California, Davis is the focus of a major federal complaint charging it and two other nationally known university research centers have killed dozens of primates through traumatic injuries, veterinary negligence and other violations. A protest will be held today at the UCD Quad (1 Shields Ave.),

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LSU Sets Big Day Record in Peru with 354 Species!

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Well, a team from Louisiana State University managed to pull that off on 14 October, seeing an astounding 354 species in one day in Peru. How would you like to see a lot of bird species in a day? Like, more species than anyone else anywhere has ever seen in a day? Jealous?

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When You Have to Make a Choice About Your Beliefs

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Then I read more about what's happening at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. This is a link to a recent scandal at a primate center in Louisiana. I've decided to quit my book club, which I dearly love, because of a member who works in medical research and supports animal experimentation. This has been a very difficult decision for me, because I have such good friends in the group. I thought I could stay with the group because she does give me fodder for the blog.

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Not a Duck?

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” That is the defense of Lloyd “Chip” Badeaux , a city councilman in Thibodaux, Louisiana, for killing 48 whistling-ducks at a friend’s house. “This is not just regular duck. This is an infestation, they come by the thousands.” State law allows 6 dead ducks per day. Badeaux, who claims to never have violated hunting laws before this incident, faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $15,000.

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Animal Researchers Promote Sob Stories

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I posted on this blog about quitting because of the New Iberia scandal in Louisiana in which the Humane Society found primates being abused. I don't support animal research and I have no sympathy for animal researchers. I don't believe they are working for human welfare. I don't believe they want an honest dialogue about what they are doing to animals. I do believe they want prestige, tenure, royalties and patent rights. I believe they want to be gods in the laboratory.

Saving Pelican 895

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Now HBO Documentary Films presents Saving Pelican 895 , the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this life and so many others. The April 2010 Gulf oil spill was obviously devastating to the region’s wildlife. However, oiled birds would have suffered even more were it not for the relief workers attending to as many as they could.

Spoonbills are ibises with big flat bills

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Spoonbills and ibises are stocky, colorful wading birds with distinctive bills: downcurved and pointed in the case of ibises, flat and paddle shaped in the spoonbills (above is my shot of Roseate Spoonbills ( Platalea ajaja ) near a breeding colony in Louisiana). Roseate Spoonbill ( Platalea ajaja ) in Louisiana © David J.

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Best Time to Bird South Florida? Fall Migration

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As the cold fronts begin to sweep through the northern states ushering in a wave of seasonal change and color, South Florida becomes a gathering place for migratory birds far and wide across the country.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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First, wildlife officials in Louisiana announced the first successful wild Whooping Crane nest in that state since 1939. It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! Now, it’s Spoon-billed Sandpipers’ turn. The species, which migrates from the Russian Arctic to Southeast Asia, is down to about 200 breeding pairs in the wild, due to habitat loss and poaching.

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Clapper and King rails may represent four or five species

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The photo above, one of mine, shows a Clapper Rail in Louisiana. Maley then goes on to examine the hybrid zone between Clapper and King rails in Louisiana, finding that the hybrid zone is very narrow (about 4 kilometers, or 2.5 Maley’s genetic work shows that the saltwater and freshwater populations are maintaining their distinctiveness in Louisiana. Clapper and King rails ( Rallus longirostris and R. elegans ) are the largest rails in the Americas.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2014)

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Though Corey spent most of the day on Sunday birding Sandy Hook in New Jersey, seeing 73 species of birds, including four new species for him for the year, his Best Bird of the Weekend was the Forest Park waterhole in Queens, where he spotted his first Louisiana Waterthrush of the year. While spring is widely revered as the season of rebirth, many of us celebrate birth during this time as well.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2017)

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Based on the songs that surrounded us as we hiked Trail #15, the “Grand Canyon of the East” is awash in warblers, including my FOY Louisiana Waterthrush. June may be the gateway to summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but the birding still delivers the thrills of spring migration when you have access to the right birds’ breeding grounds. Songbirds are still singing, so go find them!

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Lest we Forget – BP Oil Spill 2010

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Oil washes ashore at Venice, Louisiana. Oil begins to wash up on the beaches throughout May and June of 2010 May 6, 2010 Oil washes ashore on the Chandeleur Islands off the Louisiana coast, an important nesting and breeding area for many bird species. May 19, 2010 Oil washes ashore on mainland Louisiana. June 4, 2010 Oil washes up on barrier islands and beaches from Louisiana to Florida.

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Pet Paradise Resort to donate ALL pet hair clippings

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The company has grooming salons in all 13 resorts located in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and North Carolina. We sure love to share great press releases like this one! Did you know that pet hair clippings (and human hair too) can be used to help clean up oil? Read on to learn what Pet Paradise is going to do to help with the massive oil spill. Pet Paradise Resort to donate ALL pet hair clippings from 13 resorts to help with oil spill effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Collaborative list July 2021

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Heatwaves, floods, lockdown, football and Olympics. It’s a wonder that any of the beats managed to get out and wave their binoculars at birds this July. Yet, 79 checklists were submitted by 8 beats, accounting for 366 species in 5 countries.

Insider’s guide to Great Smoky Mountain birding – Cades Cove

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This is where I saw my first Louisiana Waterthrush and Swainson’s Warbler. Louisiana Waterthrush. Where to go birding without the crowds in our busiest national park. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over a half million acres visited by more than 11 million folks, you can still bird in relative solitude. I’ve been birding on the Tennessee side of GSM for over thirty years; and Cades Cove is at the top of my easily accessible, ‘private’ habitats.

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The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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Have time along the Texas-Louisiana coast? I couldn’t believe it. On a sandbar in the center of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of ducks swirled around each other or lay down to take cover against the punishing wind. February had brought zipping breezes and cloudy skies to this part of coastal Texas, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. What made my eyes widen?

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There goes the neighborhood

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A good winter will also include an Ovenbird, and at least one Louisiana Waterthrush. 10,000 Birds is having trouble with our website platform. If this post turns up on Wednesday, April 23, it will mean I was successful in uploading text. However, the platform did not allow me to include photos. Since I consider myself a better writer than photographer, I can live with that. When you are an American expatriate who lives, and birds, in Mexico, it is a topsy-turvy world.

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Whooping Crane Ancestry

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In 1938, they were reduced to only 18 birds in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock and only 11 remaining in the non-migratory Louisiana flock. By 1950, the Louisiana flock was gone. Since there were only two birds in captivity when the Louisiana flock became extinct, its likely that the genetics of the non-migratory flock are lost forever. So what’s so special about seeing the resident re-introduced Whooping Cranes in Florida? According to the ABA, they are not countable.

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