What is the State Bird of Maryland?

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It’s true that many know the bird because of Baltimore’s baseball team, but the species’ history with Maryland goes back much further. In 1947 , Maryland made the oriole its state bird. Birds Baltimore Oriole Maryland state birdWe all know the feeling. We’re birding in the summertime, when a beautiful whistling calls catches our attention. We turn our eyes and binoculars to the canopy, where we peer through the thick, green foliage.

PETA Among Groups Spied on by Maryland State Police

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According to the Washington Post , PETA was one of many groups the Maryland State Police considered a security threat. PETA was labeled a "security threat group" in April 2005, and by July police were looking into a tip that the group had learned about a failing chicken farm in Kent County and planned on "protesting or stealing the chickens."

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 ( www.bestfriendspetcare.com ) 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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Do the Right thing, Charles County

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Here’s hoping that Charles County, Maryland, stands up to the feral cat mafia and moves ahead with plans to require cats be licensed and special “animal fancier” licenses be required for those who harbor ten or more cats on their property.

Socks the Cat Dies

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It was near their home in Maryland that Socks was put to sleep Friday morning. "He The Clinton cat Socks has died. Former First Cat Socks, one of the world’s most famous felines, died Friday at the age of 20 after battling throat cancer since November. A stray cat rescued by the Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, Socks lived in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas and later moved with the family to the White House.

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Suit Against Circus Owners Goes to Trial

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Department of Agriculture investigator determined the use of the bull hook “precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death” of Benjamin, said Tracy Silverman, general counsel for the Animal Welfare Institute.The suit, also filed by The Fund for Animals, of Maryland; the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of Washington; The Animal Protection Institute of Sacramento; and Tom Rider, a former Ringling Bros.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Blackwater NWR (Maryland): 223,000; $7.8 Chincoteague NWR (Virginia/Maryland): 7,000,000; $390 million; 3,647. Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

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While he’s able to scourge what needs to be scourged (a wind farm near Maryland’s Backbone Mountain is an “environmental and visual desecration of the Allegheny front”), Beehler, in his ‘60’s, has a writerly calm and elegiac tone. In his blog, Birds and Nature North America, the peripatetic Bruce Beehler professes to cover not just what the title says, but also American culture, American history, and “stories of back-roads travel and camping.”

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From the Mailbag

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Dear Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan, My name is Miry and I’m from Potomac, Maryland. First of all, I want to tell you how much I enjoy Animal Ethics. It is beautifully written with wonderful perspective. I read it all the time. I especially liked your posting from Gardner Williams’ “The Moral Insignificance of the Total of All Value.” I found this very inspiring, and would have never have seen it if not for your blog, so thank you for that.

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Birding from New York to North Carolina

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To get there we would need to get out of New York, through New Jersey into Delaware, and then on through Maryland and Virginia until finally reaching our destination. As we headed south I started entering the occasional eBird checklist as we worked our way out of Delaware and through Maryland. This is the third year that my family and some our close friends did a vacation together. Two years ago it was Culebra, Puerto Rico. Last year it was New Providence in the Bahamas.

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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Climate Change and Birds

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And, in that area there is something every bird lover will be interested in: I’ve recently heard that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources may be implementing a new policy dictated by the realities of climate change. A few years ago, the Maryland DNR decided to elevate some of its structures by a couple of feet in order to get them out of the way of impending sea level rise.

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But…It’s a Canada Goose?

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She’s from Maryland, so birds like Anhinga , Purple Gallinule , Short-tailed Hawk and Tropical Kingbird were all new for her. Luis Gonzalez is a Miami resident and IT major who was originally born and raised in Cuba. He has been an avid lover of the natural world since he was a kid, with a strong love for paleontology when he was younger, but he only took up birding in his last year of high school and hasn’t looked back since.

“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

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Slightly larger than Wales and about the size of the US state of Maryland, this country’s lure is its 703 bird species and three dozen Albertine Rift endemics among them. Forget the old news, Rwanda of today is one of Africa’s safest, cleanest and most stable countries. The “Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife” gives you the info how and where to look for both birds and mammals (not just primates, the title is somewhat misleading).

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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Proposed Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act – Part II

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently finalized a rule regarding its narrowing interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). However, it is unlikely that this rule will stand long enough for it to be implemented on its effective date of February 8, 2021.

Birder Identification

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” -Our Ritual Greeting It was after about fifteen minutes on the dike at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area with a pleasant couple from Maryland that I realized that we had managed to have quite a conversation that touched on a variety of topics but managed to not introduce ourselves. “Seen anything good?”

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Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

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Look at the Maryland-based website Crow Busters , although I warn you you’ll need a strong stomach for the photographs. I am not anti-hunting. I won’t pick a fight with hunters, as long as they eat what they shoot and don’t use lead ammunition. However, I will pick a fight with the Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club in Palenville, New York, which is sponsoring their fourth annual “Crow Down” March 29-30, 2014.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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Fidelity And Guaranty home office building in Baltimore, Maryland. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. She also has an abiding interest in important figures in natural history. She’s already written about Rachel Carson: Secret Birder.

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Wood Warbler Names Done Right

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Then again, Geothlypis trichas was ever so briefly called the Maryland Yellow-throat , but cooler heads recognized how very common this warbler was. For many North American birders, wood warblers represent everything exciting, compelling, and immediate about birding.

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Bird Sex Voyeurs

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She teaches anthropology at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, USA, and lives in Maryland with her husband and not nearly enough pets. Amy Evrard has a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University and loves to write about human relationships with nature. But that makes her sound awfully stuffy. As a clumsy person, she enjoys the experience of literally stumbling through nature, learning as she goes, experiencing the magic of finding something interesting.

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A Red-naped Sapsucker and a Townsend’s Warbler

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It seemed as though “other species” referred mostly to species of hummingbirds until I came across some reports from a Listserv in Maryland of an exceptional TOWA, that was reported to be feeding from sapsucker wells. I have been searching through the internet this evening trying to find support for some behaviour that I witnessed at Fort Mason, San Francisco, this week.

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Birding the Battlefields

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Meade at Gettysburg (Joy Oakes/NPCA) Highlights From: Antietam National Battlefield, MD – The battle was fought in western Maryland in September 1862 and resulted in 23,000 casualties. Nick Lund , formerly at birdDC and then the Birdist , should be no stranger to readers of 10,000 Birds. He’s previously shared his surprisingly strong feelings about the bird logos of NFL and MLB teams.

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The Grand Old Hawkwatch of the South

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There’s Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, of course, and that little known Cape May place in New Jersey, not to mention others like Fort Smallwood in Maryland and even Fort Tilden in Queens, New York, which gets some press on the occasions that Corey swings by. Hawkwatches on the northern half of the Appalachians get a lot of press.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. Virtually everyone agrees that: (1) It is wrong to cause a conscious sentient animal to suffer for no good reason. Causing an animal to suffer for no good reason is cruel, and our ordinary commonsense morality tells us in no uncertain terms that cruelty is wrong.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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million from the MBCF to conserve 2,629 acres in four NWRs, including Blackwater NWR in Maryland. Forsythe NWR in New Jersey, San Bernard NWR in Texas, and Blackwater NWR in Maryland. million in MBCF funds to conserve 5,802 acres in six NWRs, including San Bernard NWR in Texas and Blackwater NWR in Maryland. The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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Thomas Serfass, a professor at Maryland’s Frostburg State University says, “I would describe the North American Model as incomplete. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world. Developed in the post-frontier era, the NAMWC helped put a stop to wanton wildlife destruction in an era where many species were being hunted and trapped ruthlessly to the brink of extinction.

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The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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The Newsweek article also reports that year before last, a Maryland woman breast-feeding in a Starbucks was asked to move to a restroom if she wanted to continue feeding her baby.

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Birding’s Biggest Dips

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No luck but Mike knew he could get the “predictable” Kelp Gull at Sandgates, Maryland as the tide began to pull out at Bombay. All twitchers will experience it at some stage or another. That most dreaded of disappointments. The dip. For those that might not fully comprehend, the birding slang-term to “dip” or to “dip out on” a bird is to go looking for a particular species and not find it.

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Proposed Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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The Trump Administration interpretation of the MBTA is already the subject of multiple lawsuits, one by non-profit groups such as National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy , and another by a group of eight states (New York, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon). The U.S.

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Mr. Smith’s Longspur

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Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, was not really a birder. Gideon B. Nor was he an ornithologist. He was into silkworms, and made much of his money as one of the first Americans to import the little caterpillars with the cocoons made of money into the United States. So it’s probably ironic that his name is applied to such a range-restricted and cryptic species, a true birder’s bird. But Smith did have one thing going for him in the race to ornithological history.