Mexico Beat BBOTY

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It is one of those interesting few species that winter in South America, but only migrate as far north as Mexico to breed. Rufous-naped Wren: The lowest ranked 2020 lifer on my list, only because it is extremely common in tropical Mexico, and I was bound to see it eventually.

The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

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Birding in Mexico is not like birding in the United States… especially when it comes to interpreting unusual sightings. There was the Yellow-billed Cuckoo that Mexico’s #1 birders pointed out to me one June, well south of its official summer range.

Special ID problems in Mexico

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Between our many residents and migratory species, birding in central Mexico is a joy. But throughout central Mexico, Bluebirds may be either Eastern or Western , year-round. But in the winter, both species head for Mexico. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán shorebirds

High-Altitude Birding in Central Mexico

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One of the things I love about birding around Morelia, in central Mexico, is the wide variety of habitats I have nearby. Now, something odd happens when you go really high in central Mexico: the countryside begins to look more and more like the United States’ Pacific Northwest. This photo is from Mexico, not Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The post High-Altitude Birding in Central Mexico appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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American Oystercatchers in Mexico

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When we sailed to Mexico, I discovered a whole new species, the American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus. From Southern California, thru Mexico to Chile. The Atlantic Coast birds tend to have a bit more white on the wings and rump, than the western Mexico birds do. Birds American Oystercatcher Black Oystercatcher La Paz Mexico

Another Anti-Bullfighting Protest in Mexico City

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Mexico often has such an abominable attitude towards animals that it's easy to paint all citizens that way. mexico blood sport bulls bullfightingYay!!!!! It happened last Saturday the 4th of February. I'm glad there are exceptions like these protesters.

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Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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This article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesI don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

Isla Isabel – Mexico’s Galapagos

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Isla Isabel, a picturesque volcanic island situated 15 miles off Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit coast, is just such a place. Destinations boobies endemics frigatebirds Mexico Worldwide Birding Adventures Its amazing to me that there are still places on earth where wildlife is blissfully unafraid of humans. The island is half a mile wide and about three-quarters of a mile in length.

Urban birding in La Paz, Mexico

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Despite that, I have it in my head to jot down a few of the interesting things about birding here in La Paz, Mexico. Birding La Paz Mexico Migrant Birds Urban BirdingThere is little doubt in my mind, that the topic of urban birding has been well covered on this and every other birding site. What is it that makes this area different from any other urban setting, which might play host to a nice selection of migrant and non-migrant species?

Back in sunny Mexico

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Now that we have returned to our adopted home of La Paz, Mexico, our bones are starting to thaw out from the trip to chilly Seattle. Despite seeing many of our local Bewick’s Wrens in Mexico, this well hidden House Wren is the first tick for the Baja, as well as Mexico. Last Saturday, I was walking around the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, on a cloudy, gray 28F morning.

New Mexico Governor Opposes Chimp Transfer

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Bill Richardson is asking to tour a former medical research lab in southern New Mexico that houses more than 200 chimpanzees. Tags: chimpanzees animal research animal laboratories Texas new mexico From the AP. Richardson made the comment Tuesday after meeting in Bethesda, Md. with officials of the National Institutes of Health, which contracts with a private company to care for the chimps.

Birding Adventure in Mexico Part II: Durango Highway

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Mexico is great for those who love biogeography! The landscape and birds along the road continued to change, and I felt like we were traveling through Colorado rather than Mexico at this point — the various tropical species were almost all gone, replaced by Chipping Sparrow , Common Raven , Killdeer , and others. Birding durango highway mexican birding Mexico

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Birding Adventure in Mexico, Part I: Colima

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Back in early March, Andrew Spencer asked me if I would like to go birding in western Mexico with him and another friend in May. Before I knew it, it was late May, and I was on the road in Colima, Mexico with Andrew Spencer and Nathan Pieplow on a birding adventure! Boldly patterned and full of character, this endemic sparrow was the highlight of my first day in Mexico.

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Cattle Egrets in La Paz, Mexico

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Lots of the migrant birds are starting to return to Mexico. Birds Cattle Egret La Paz MexicoDespite the still sweltering heat of the Southern Baja Desert, that beautiful time of year has arrived! Some in great numbers, some, just a single bird or two. I counted over 600 Western Sandpipers out on the tidal flats last Sunday, and on the same day, got a visit to my hide from a very cute little Orange-crowned Warbler.

What is Mexico’s National Bird?

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It is found as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, taking its place as one of Mexico’s official symbols. In fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , “The Golden Eagle is the most common official national animal in the world – it’s the emblem of Albania, Germany, Austria, Mexico, and Kazakhstan.” Golden Eagles have a global breeding population of around 300,000 birds, 3% of which spend at least part of the year in Mexico.

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America by William S. This is the first identification guide that I know of that covers Mexico (technically North America but rarely included in North American raptor guides) and Central America. Wheeler, Raptors of Mexico and Central America has a two-part structure: (i) Plates—artwork by Schmitt on the right, detailed plumage descriptions on the left; (ii) Species Accounts—two to six page descriptions of each species with photographs and range maps.

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Mexico and US Go at it Again Over Dolphin-Labeling and Tuna

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The long-running dispute between the US and Mexico over Washington’s ‘dolphin safe’ labelling practice for tuna products is likely to see a WTO appeal, after the two parties together asked for an extension of the appeals deadline. World Trade Organization economics dolphin mexico tuna trade fishing usFrom the Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest.

North from Alaska: The Surfbirds return to Mexico

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Birds La Paz Mexico Migrant Birds Surfbirds It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing about the Surfbirds, and the long trip to their Alaska breeding grounds. Well, they are back. This last week we took a trip over to the Pacific side of the Baja to see who had arrived back from their summer up north. Given the large amounts of birds that have arrived in the La Paz area, I felt is would be a worth while trip. For the most part, I was quite disappointed.

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Activists in Mexico Bomb Max Mara Store

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ALF activists in Polanco Mexico bombed a Max Mara clothing shop. Max Mara is an Italian fashion house. You can read about them here. According to a communique received by Bite Back , they did this in protest of Max Mara's use of furs. With this sabotage we join the international week against MaxMara. The explosion that damaged the facade of the store was not a coincidence.

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Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots.

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Not so with our visit to Bosque de Apache NWR in southern New Mexico. The second half of the week was spent near the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The post Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots. Rarely am I caught too off guard, when it comes to visiting a National Refuge. Most of the time, I know enough about an area, or have done some research into what is found there, that I am pleasantly surprised at best.

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ALF's Campaign Against Fast Food in Mexico

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Every time I go to Bite Back Magazine , I'm struck by how many times ALF activists in Mexico have targeted fast food outlets. I suppose they are easy to get at. Here is just a brief summary: Oct. 24 - They left some sort of awful smelling liquid at a KFC Oct. 21 - Arson at a Burger King Oct. 16 - Fake bomb left at McDonalds Oct.

What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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In fact, they are central to many Mexican and Native American spiritual beliefs, and have been named the state bird of New Mexico. Birds New Mexico Roadrunner state birdI saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest. Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in La Paz, Mexico

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The La Paz, Mexico waste treatment plant is actually quite near to town, mostly due to the residential growth creeping closer and closer. Most long time birders, at some point in their birding career, spent time at a wastewater treatment plant. I am sure there are many reasons why these nasty pools of varying degrees of “black” water seem to be magnets for a large number of species. The amount of insects that are prevalent is, I am sure, a huge one.

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Everything You Want to Know about the Gulf of Mexico/Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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All here at the Encyclopedia of Earth site. It keeps being updated so check in from time to time.

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Matt Damon at a Bullfight? Say It Isn't So!

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He attended a bullfight in Mexico City. mexico blood sport entertainment bullfightingIt's true! That sucks!

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Mexican Activists Protest Bullfighting

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Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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However, even if songs of the avian kind are more your musical thing, you will still find them in ten innovative, unique tracks that pay homage to endangered birds from Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and seven other countries. Destinations Caribbean Costa Rica Mexico

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Warblers that Warble

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I have commented before in my posts that most of our Warblers here in central Mexico never actually warble. southwest, but it is a permanent resident in western Mexico and parts of Central America. The adorable Red Warbler lives only in Mexico.

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Very Special Birds

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The Colima Warbler has a distinction shared with no other species in the world: It is fully migratory, but both its summer reproductive range and its winter range are almost entirely within Mexico. (A Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán Colima Warbler

Guamúchil Mania

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The most common one, Manila tamarind, is wildly inaccurate, since the tree is native to southwestern Mexico, not Manila, and its only connection to tamarind trees is that both are in different subfamilies of the huge legume family. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán

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In the Heights

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They were a fairly common species from my childhood in California, but I had not expected them to turn up in central Mexico. I did manage photos of other flagship species of the Mexico’s highest mountains. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán hummingbirds

Perch Wars

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This one, seen at Lake Cuitzeo in central Mexico, makes me think of a giraffe wearing a tuxedo: Now, most of the time this middling photographer can only hope to get a clear photo of a bird, not too far away, and at a good angle. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán black-crowned night herons Mexico MichoacánIn April of this year, I had the crazy idea of submitting this article to 10,000 Birds for their consideration.

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Mexican Male Caught Smuggling Titi Monkeys

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Caught at the airport in Mexico City, he had 18 of these monkeys and two of them were dead. Tags: wildlife smuggling mexico primates endangered species

Crazy Eyes

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Then I moved to central Mexico, where I discovered that Juncos are actually crazed psychopaths who are clearly plotting your death. Juncos in most of Mexico are of the Yellow-eyed Junco species. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán Yellow-eyed Junco

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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Since I am an evangelical pastor down here in Mexico, I always feel a bit odd when I give visiting birders their first encounter with Lucifer. Here in Mexico we have many hummers that are much larger, but most hummers in the United States are indeed smaller.)

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No Place Like Home

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BP CEO Seems Like A Jerk

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My Northern Birds

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One of the ways I could describe the unique mix of birds I can see here in southwestern Mexico, would be to divide our species into five categories. We also have many species that we share with the rest of Mexico, Central America, and/or the southwest of the United States.

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An unexpected Yellowthroat

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This bird is only found around three lakes (Lago de Pátzcuaro and Lago de Cuitzeo in the state of Michoacán, and Lago de Yuriria just across the border in Guanajuato state), and in the marshy area southeast of Toluca, the capital of the state of Mexico.

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Great Mexican Bird Names

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They tell me that in the east of Mexico, it is called Tengo-frío (I’m Cold); that works well too. Being of the Tyrant-Flycatcher family, kingbirds are simply called Tiranos, or Tyrants, in Mexico. Birding Bird names Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán Mexico MichoacánBy the time this post is published, I will be on a short trip to Spain, though not principally for birding purposes.

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The Thorn Birds

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Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán Thorn forestThe reason that La Mesa is my new favorite local birding destination is not just that it is so close to home; it is the great mix of habitats that it offers.

Alamagordo Chimps Fate Still Uncertain

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Almagordo Chimp Story Hits the Los Angeles Times

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