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.

Boston Zoo May Close and Kill Animals

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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.

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

First Puppy To Be Unveiled Soon

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Kennedy of Massachusetts. The word is, that it's a Portuguese water dog. The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin' senator himself, Edward M. The girls named it Bo -- and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. Get it? Diddley?)

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 ( ) 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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Ending 2021 with the Steller’s Sea Eagle

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I knew it had been recently seen in Massachusetts, but now I had a chance to see it for myself, on the very last day of 2021. Steller’s Sea Eagle photos through a scope by Gwenne Oberg. It was perhaps the most important text my Aunt Gwenne had ever sent me – a link to a Tweet.

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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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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How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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“A lady put American Robin nestlings in a small Tupperware container and put the lid on,” said Jodi Swenson in Massachusetts. Thankfully the bird was alive, but he needed a lot of Dawn soap baths.” “ Herring Gull in a bait bin,” added Jodi Swenson in Massachusetts.

Marchesi Biscardo – Corvina della Provincia di Verona (2017)

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With the risk of infection declining in the summer months, I headed over the border to Massachusetts for a day at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

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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.

Montezuma Winery: Carbonated Rhubarb Wine

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So far, the closest Roseate Spoonbill to me in Albany, New York has been a bird discovered in the last week just over the border in western Massachusetts – but I don’t really care about my list in that commonwealth enough to cross the state line, even if it is for a spoonbill.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know , the writers contribute 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.

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.

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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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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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“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.

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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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Teaching Ornithology in High Schools

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The gap is in high school, though there are a few teaching in high school, including Steve Maguire in Massachusetts. In 2018, I read an article in Birding magazine by Jeff R. Manker about teaching ornithology in high schools. (It It was later re-published on the All About Birds website.)

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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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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).

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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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 ).

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.

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Vagrancy in Birds: A Book Review

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It was a cold afternoon in Maine, and I was looking at the Steller’s Sea-Eagle perched on a tall coniferous tree across Boothbay Harbor, having arrived at the harbor area seven minutes earlier (I know! Thank you, goddess of birding luck and text group people).*

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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 ).

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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