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. In some parts of Mexico, the same applies for Meadowlarks , although in the end I decided that those in my specific area all seem to be Eastern. But in the winter, both species head for Mexico. The post Special ID problems in Mexico appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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.

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

Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas. If they are passing thru Pima County, and the Tucson area, Arivaca Lake is the last stop for water before crossing the US/Mexico border. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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

BP CEO Seems Like A Jerk

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Alamagordo Chimps Fate Still Uncertain

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Almagordo Chimp Story Hits the Los Angeles Times

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Gulf Coast Wildlife Threatened by Oil Spill

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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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Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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Whether you happen to be more interested in music or birds, you may love “A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean” Since this is a music project rather than an actual guide of bird vocalizations, there won’t be a catalog of antbird trills and toucan yelps. Hopefully, this latest release from Shika Shika will likewise raise much needed funds for much needed conservation from Mexico to the Caribbean and Central America.

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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. The Crescent-chested Warbler can be found in somewhat drier pine-oak forests, also from Mexico to Honduras, and it is one Wood Warbler with no warble at all. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán warblers

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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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Stupid Bull Tradition Catches Someone By Surprise

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mexico Stupid bulls bullfightingThe title says it all."Bull Bull rampaging in Mexican streets gores man right in the crotch." Maybe they should BAN this practice. Full article in the Mirror.

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Funny BP "Commercial"

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Update on Gulf Oil Spill

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Mexican Town Opposes Bullfighting

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Mexico's first "anti-bullfighting" town has signed a petition calling on the United Nations to approve a universal declaration on animal welfare. mexico blood sport bullfightingFrom Latino Fox News. More than 220 organizations, headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, are collecting signatures worldwide to petition the United Nations to adopt the proposed Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

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Mexican Activists Staged Protest Early this Month

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MEXICO CITY – Animal rights activists staged a protest against the sale of pets in Mexico City, urging residents to adopt dogs and other animals instead of buying them. Trade in animals considered objects or toys grows alarmingly” during this time of the year, “and when they grow or are kept for a time, they are discarded,” AnimaNaturalis Mexico director Maria Teresa Menendez told Efe. mexico protests activism animal rights companion animals animal welfare pets

Mexican Border Town Offers Tax Exemption for Euthanizing Dogs

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There's a stray dog problem in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. But there are animal rights activists in Mexico that will hopefully take notice and try to establish some kind of long-term and humane solution. There are about 70,000 stray dogs roaming San Luis Rio Colorado in northern Mexico. euthanization mexico animal cruelty spay/neuter strays dogsThe solution? If you bring in the dog for euthanization, you get a tax exemption.hooray! Sarcasm there of course.

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My Championship Hummingbird Season

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Those that move south to Mexico in the fall come as much for the abundance of winter food sources, as for winter warmth. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán hummingbirds

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Leapin’ Grassquits, Sandy!

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Northern Mockingbirds aren’t all that common in central Mexico, and for some reason, I rarely hear them sing here. Blue-black Grassquits are tiny birds, only four inches long, that are very common in subtropical savannah habitats from Mexico to Argentina.

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