Eurasian Hobby in Massachusetts

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The second-ever record of Eurasian Hobby for lower 48 states has been spotted and photographed by Ian Davies in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was viewed from his yard. Now that is a yard bird that any American birder would kill for! Congratulations, Ian! Asides

Greyhound Racing Officially Ends in Massachusetts

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Thanks to Grey2kUSA and the voters of Massachusetts who put an end to live greyhound racing in the Bay State as of last Saturday night! Here 's more on how it all happened and why this particular situation was unique (i.e., the ban happened while the industry was still operating). Greyhound racing is a complex topic that sometimes appears to have nothing to do with the dogs and whether we should be racing them.

Good News for Greyhounds

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You may recall that Massachusetts voters let their opinions about dog racing be heard when they voted to ban racing in their state. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Greyhound Matters Florida Gambling Greyhound Racing Massachusetts Michael J. We who want humans to stop using sentient nonhumans have few victories to celebrate.

Boston Zoo May Close and Kill Animals

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Tags: zoos Massachusetts economics Boston

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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. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

Skittles’ Surgery GoFundMe

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Any funds that are raised in excess of Skittles’ medical bills will be donated to Cape Ann Animal Aid, a no-kill animal shelter in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Reader Bridget needs our help! On April 15th, 2014, Skittles required emergency surgery due to an intestinal obstruction. Thank goodness, he is out of surgery and healing now. But, due to the surgery being an emergency performed by a specialist, his medical bills are through the roof.

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What is Wrong with People?

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In Dartmouth, Massachusetts an Osprey was recently found with a gunshot wound that proved fatal and in Santa Clara, California some sick person has taken to shooting Mallards with darts from a blowgun. What is wrong with people? Asides

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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Animal Rescue Month

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Volunteers will earn double points for time spent on animal rescue-related activities, which they can redeem for rewards from the site’s retail partners, such as Especially for Pets, a seven store Massachusetts pet food and supply company. “Animal welfare efforts throughout Massachusetts are supported by residents who want to have a direct impact on the life of an animal,&# said MSPCA-Angell spokesman Brian Adams.

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

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In " 'Animal Rights:' Pernicious Nonsense for Both Law & Public Policy ," Massachusetts attorney and "sportsman" Richard Latimer is on the mark with some concepts, and way off with others. However, both his perceptions and misconceptions are based on: 1) observing the work of PeTA and HSUS; and 2) the assumption that those two organizations are in the same category--"animal rights."

An Animal Rights-Protection-Abolitionist Organization

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Massachusetts is probably an exception, as voters banned racing while tracks were still in operation, so that's a message about how they feel about dog racing that turned into a ban. I've always thought of horse-drawn carriages the way I think about greyhound racing or fur: Most people are against them, so why are they still around? Greyhound racing is dying, for sure, but not because people are necessarily against it.

Tales of the 2012 Superbowl of Birding

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You can read about it in The Eyrie , Birding North Central Massachusetts…and beyond , and the Maine Outdoor Journal. Though no one from 10,000 Birds participated in this year’s Superbowl of Birding IX and the Bloggerhead Kingbirds did not field a team that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about what happened this year. Will the Bloggerhead Kingbirds ride again in 2013? Only time will tell… a. Asides super bowl of birding

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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100 Heartbeats

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He currently resides with his family on an island in Massachusetts. I recently got the chance to read the book, 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species , written by Jeff Corwin. You may know Jeff from his fun and informational TV show (I know we used to watch it all the time), but he is much more than just a television show host. In this book, Corwin shares what he has learned as he travels the world to see first hand the species that are endangered.

2011 116

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2018?

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Maybe I’ll be able to add something new to my Massachusetts list. The last weekend of July signals the midpoint of the current season, at least as far as the conventional calendar is concerned. Birds run on a different timetable than humans, so many of the former are making plans for fall (or spring) while the latter still ponders how to spend those summer (or winter) nights. So if the birding by you has been uninspiring, just wait. A change is on the horizon.

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Woof ‘n’ Worship

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By Rachel Bickford, North Weymouth, Massachusetts. I’m the pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, and my parishioners are my second family. Would you take your dog to church with you? Sounds good to me! Check out this article from Guideposts (shared with permission), about taking your furry friend to church with you! Sunday afternoon, five o’clock sharp. The organ hums while I set refreshments on the front table and walk to the pulpit.

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Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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Lemuel Shaw, the nineteenth century chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, provided this good definition: it “consists of a few broad and comprehensive principles, founded on reason, natural justice, and enlightened public policy, modified and adapted to all the circumstances of all the particular cases that fall within it.” The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways.

2012 62

Quoth the Ravens: We’re Ready for Our Close-up

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Now you can add another one to the list: the Ravencam, in the unlikeliest of places—the campus of Wellesley College , just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. You’ve probably heard of many different kinds of bird cams—web feeds that spy on the inner lives of birds. There are hawk cams , falcon cams , puffin cams , tern cams , heron cams , and even Osprey cams.

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Guest Post: Susan Wilson

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A feral kitten captured and neutered by a small non-profit, somewhat militant organization, was on display at our local Massachusetts Society Prevention of Cruelty Association branch, which often took these feral cats in the hope of finding homes for them. My second favorite rescue story is that of Hunter, a beagle-ish dog that my daughter and son-in-law adopted from a shelter in Massachusetts. Today we have a great guest post from author Susan Wilson.

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“Birds of Passage” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Longfellow was born in Maine, then a part of Massachusetts, in 1807. He outlived two wives and upon his death was buried next to both of them in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Longfellow’s house on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Julie Zickefoose “Birds of Passage” was the title poem in a short collection of poetry that Longfellow published in 1858.

2012 78

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

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Po Tweet is a sour pale ale brewed year-round with local hops from Four Star Farms, just over the border in Northfield, Massachusetts. I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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Sand Trap: Netting Red Knots for Science

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That’s just what researchers on Cape Cod in Massachusetts are using–a cannon-fired net. If you need to capture a bird for study or rehabbing, there are a number of tools at your disposal. You can use garden-variety butterfly nets or bigger, pool-cleaning nets. Mist nets are a popular strategy. I’ve even marveled at watching fisherman toss a huge cast net to secure a Ring-billed Gull with a bum wing (but with the ground speed of Usain Bolt).

Trillium Brewing Company: Stumpy Duck American Pale Ale

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Stumpy Duck is an American pale ale by Trillium Brewing Company of Boston, Massachusetts, one of the most popular breweries in New England for the past few years. I’ll be the first to admit the selection of ducks so far at Booze and Birds has been rather paltry.

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Birds Are Gumming Up the (Public) Works

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But parts of Fire Island are nesting habitats for the threatened Piping Plover (like the one above that I photographed, albeit in Massachusetts). As bird lovers, we’re happy that laws exist to protect birds, and that people are especially looking after protected species. But sometimes, what’s best for the birds and what’s best for the humans collide. In the United States, a few of those conundrums are making news.

2014 63

The Predominately Western, Golden-crowned Sparrow

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Even though it doesn’t show on the NatureServe range map above, Golden-crowned Sparrow vagrants have been recorded eastward to Ontario and Nova Scotia, Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; also south to Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Florida 1. At first glance you might not recognize this bird as a Golden-crowned Sparrow ( Zonotrichia atricapilla ).

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

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Parker River NWR (Massachusetts): 687,000; $17.2 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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Backyard Birdfeeder Bragging Rights, a Great Adventure for a Great Twitch, and More: This Week in Birding News

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This lucky youngster from Massachusetts has almost 300 ticks, but just added his favorite— a Great Gray Owl his supportive family drove hundreds of miles to glimpse. Let us no more speak of this week’s extraordinary failure by a cast of Falcons to finish off their prey. Instead, we’ve got other bird news to cheer us up (or at least take our minds off avian’s inexplicable inability to capture U.S. sports championships ).

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Delhi’s Birds Need Help!

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After Nadeem attends the NWRA conference in Princeton, NJ, he will go to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware; The Wildlife Center of Virginia ; New Jersey’s Mercer County Wildlife Center ; and The Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. Birders, nature lovers, anyone who can appreciate the triumph of compassion over seemingly insurmountable odds … here’s a chance for you to be part of something great.

2015 68

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: A Field Guide Review by an Aspiring Naturalist

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It was Massachusetts Representative John Weeks who sponsored and fought for the 1911 Weeks Act, which authorized the use of federal funds for the purchase of forest lands for conservation. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Kenn Kaufman several years ago at the Hampshire Bird Club, located, appropriately, in Massachusetts. And, having spent time this past summer looking at odenata in western Massachusetts, I know that there are more common species than the 14 presented here.

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Birding Hokkaido

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Ian Davies lives in Manomet, Massachusetts, and is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Widlife Ecology and Conservation. Despite his wandering tendencies, you can often find him turning up in Massachusetts during the spring and fall, as predictable a migration as the birds themselves.

2014 73

Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

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But in the fall (with plumage as in the photo on the left, above) they take an entirely different, and heroic, route, first to Massachusetts and then, after a rest, south over the Atlantic Ocean. How blessed can one guy be? Not only is Kenn Kaufman a world-class birder and all-around naturalist who makes his living doing what he loves. Not only has he authored multiple field guides, and prose works, too (such as the classic coming-of-age-as-a-birder story, Kingbird Highway ).

2019 67

Rwanda Dreaming

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My mind now wanders off to one of those, to Rwanda – one of the smallest African countries, about the size of Massachusetts or Slovenia (for those familiar with Neotropical birding, it is half the size of Costa Rica), but with 701 bird species. The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

Lamplighter Brewing Company: Birds of a Feather

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Actually, I would be happier if I could identify the two birds depicted on the can of this week’s beer – Birds of a Feather by Lamplighter Brewing Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts. I said in my last review that it wouldn’t be long before we saw yet another New England India Pale Ale (IPA) at Birds and Booze – and here we are with one more.

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The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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A robot that feeds baby birds so I can take a nap,” wrote Jodi in Massachusetts. “A A massage therapist for an hour every morning, then I wouldn’t be so bitchy,” wrote Jodi in Massachusetts. It’s August, and first on the menu is: Fried Rehabber. Summer is high season. The general public is out and about, birds and animals are raising their young, and human/wildlife interaction is at its peak.

My Subtropical Bird Garden

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And while Dogwoods and Eastern Redbuds may be great options in Massachusetts, they won’t grow for me in Morelia, Mexico. Those who follow my posts know by now that I love gardening. And I love making my little garden (some 1400 square feet) more attractive to birds. But I would never have imagined how important it would be to my emotional well-being to have a bird-friendly garden during lockdown.

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Say Hello to Our New Nature News Beat Writer!

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She’s a relative newcomer to birding, but it’s already taken her to some amazing places, from Plum Island in Massachusetts where she saw baby Piping Plovers during blackfly season, to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh where the birds were not countable as lifers, but still very cool, to the streets of downtown Chicago, which she walks early mornings during migration season as part of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.

2013 73

What is the State Bird of Maine?

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As it is a common sight throughout New England, it is no surprise that this chickadee species is also the state bird of Massachusetts. As I am a native of Maine, it is only fitting that my first state bird post is on the Black-capped Chickadee ( Poecile atricapillus ). This little songbird has a range that extends across the United States and Canada, and is a ubiquitous backyard feeder visitor.

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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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Wildlife Rehabilitators vs. Bird Thieves

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Jodi Swenson of Massachusett’s Cape Ann Wild Bird Rescue released a crow named Odin, who occasionally still appears at her open window. 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.

Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Parker River NWR (Massachusetts). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies.

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Snowy Owl Mania!

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The Stokes checked out some Snowy Owls in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As we might have already mentioned here on 10,000 Birds, this year is shaping up to be a historic year in terms of a Snowy Owl irruption. And because birders are often bloggers, the amount of material that has already been published regarding this invasion of big, white owls from the north is pretty impressive.

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What is the State Bird of Rhode Island?

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Originating in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, these birds are known to be good choices for people with small flocks. When I picture state birds, I picture the gorgeous Scissor-tailed Flycatcher of Oklahoma, the pristine white feathers of Alaska’s Willow Ptarmigan , or the haunting call of Minnesota’s Common Loon. I don’t picture chickens. And yet, that is the very bird Rhode Islanders chose for their state bird: the Rhode Island Red Hen !