Wolves & Eagles No Longer Endangered in Michigan?

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That's what Michigan's State Department of Natural Resources says. Michigan's removal of the bald eagle and gray wolf from the list will be the most significant change in species protection the state has seen in years.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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It looks like Michigan's Big Ag is afraid they could end up with their own Proposition 2.

PETA Files Complaint Against Michigan School

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It's a flurry of activity out there in the animal research fight! This one involves PETA and Saginaw Valley State University.

Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager

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But I did have what comes close to qualifying as a Proustian moment in finding this week’s featured beer: 313 Polish Lager from Grand River Brewery of Detroit, Michigan. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze eagles Europe Michigan White-tailed EagleIt was in the great borough of Queens in New York City that I first discovered both beer and birding, two great loves of my life that happily intersect with great regularity here at Birds and Booze.

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No Cute Title, Just an Owl Swimming

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He spotted something swimming in Lake Michigan, but it wasn’t a gull or winter duck. Spitzer doesn’t have a monopoly of crazy owl-attack captures along Lake Michigan’s Chicago shore. News Bird Behavior Chicago Great Horned Owl Lake Michigan Peregrine Falcon swimming I have backlogs of bird news to wade through for you, but couldn’t help singling out this spectacular story. There’s nothing earth-shatteringly newsy here, just a rarely seen behavior that was caught on camera.

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Birdless Pain at Ross Coastal Plain

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To anyone considering spending time on the serene summer shores of Lake Michigan, I applaud your discerning taste. The summer doldrums are in full effect right now in southern Michigan. Summer in Michigan feels a lot like summer in New York. Trips Michigan summerMy family and I are enjoying our week in a beautiful house in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area overlooking the jade waters of this magnificent, mutable Great Lake.

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Michigan Dog Credited With Starting Internet Business

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A Michigan dog has been credited with starting a business online! Michigan Dog Credited With Starting Internet Business originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on May 10, 2010. Now this is a fun story! Well, we all know that dogs and cats are “tweeting&# , and that many have their own blogs and websites, so it should come as no surprise that a furry friend would start a business!

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site.

Court Overrules Federal Government on Wolf ESA Decision

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The ruling today affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Good news for wolves in the Great Lakes area. TRAVERSE CITY - State officials say they're not pleased with a federal court's ruling overturning the government's decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Great Lakes region. It's in response to a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups, including The Humane Society of the United States. The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,

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The Incredible Dr. Pol

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In this new series, we’ll travel with him across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise and kindness. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a vet that worked on farm animals? Be sure to tune in tonight to The Incredible Dr. Pol which premiers at 10PM ET on NatGeo! Of course, we have a clip to share with you to get you excited to tune in: With more than 19,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all.

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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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Man in Hummer Squishes Ducklings

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In perhaps the ultimate expression of everything that is wrong with American culture, a 19-year-old man in a Humvee intentionally ran over ducklings in a McDonald’s parking lot in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dillon Pearce faces up to four years in prison after being charged with a felony. My money is on him getting off with community service. Asides

UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

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The others are the University of Michigan and University of Louisiana/New Iberia. From the Los Angeles Chronicle. The University of California, Davis is the focus of a major federal complaint charging it and two other nationally known university research centers have killed dozens of primates through traumatic injuries, veterinary negligence and other violations. A protest will be held today at the UCD Quad (1 Shields Ave.),

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Tracking the Kirkland’s Warbler

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The jack pines of Michigan are well-known as the breeding grounds of the Kirkland’s Warbler —and thus, the best place to catch a glimpse of this exceedingly rare songbird. Eastern seaboard, and up to Michigan. Photo of Kirkland’s Warbler in Michigan by Jeol Trick, U.S. But how do these tiny birds get there? And where do they spend the winter? For the first time, scientists have some solid answers.

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Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Similar limits were approved last year in Michigan and less sweeping restrictions have been adopted in Florida, Arizona and other states. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Dear Professor Burgess-Jackson, The Michigan Law Review ’s companion journal First Impressions this week published an online symposium on Agricultural Animals and Animal Law. Best regards, Bradley Moore Executive Editor of First Impressions Michigan Law Review

Turkeys Gone Wild!

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Watch out for Wild Turkeys going wild in western Michigan! It seems that they have taken to crashing through windows and windshields. Though, as the news report points out, it is likely just because it is their breeding season and the hormones are getting to them… a. Asides

This Is Absolutely Insane

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But in Oak Park, Michigan, it is apparently a crime to have a vegetable garden in your front yard. Julie Bass should be lauded and should not be facing jail time. Where are the Tea Partiers? Or does freedom not apply to vegetable gardens? And are we so insane as a culture that “suitable&# plants for the front yard excludes vegetables? Asides

Wooden Watches and Kirtland’s Warblers

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I love my new WeWood watch , a sustainable yet stylish timepiece made of maple, and I like WeWood even more now that I’ve learned about the 4,000 trees they helped place into American Forest’s Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Creation Project in Michigan.

Canis Lupus

Animal Ethics

When I was in law school, many years ago, I wrote a lengthy term paper entitled "The Legal Status of the Wolf ( Canis Lupus ) in Michigan, 1805-1982" for a graduate history course I was taking. A copy of the paper was deposited with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in East Lansing, where I did much of my research, but it has never been published. Here is a New York Times editorial opinion about the wolf.

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ALDF Provides Grant to Fund Investigation of Animal Abuse

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to investigate the abuse of over 100 dogs by an animal hoarder in Michigan. The Animal Legal Defense Fund provided $3500.00 From the ALDF site: Dearborn, Mich.– Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced today that Dearborn dog hoarder Kenneth Lang Jr is being charged with two counts of cruelty to 10 or more animals, after more than 100 live and approximately 150 dead Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes were removed from the filthy home this past July.

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Organic Milk

Animal Ethics

I spent some of the best times of my life on their farm in North Branch, Michigan. My cousins Craig and Kevin Hicks are dairy farmers, specializing in organic milk. They also sell pasture-fed beef and pasture-fed chicken. Here is their website

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On Flow and Water

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I watched Flow last night and though I did know about the evils of water privatization in other countries, I had no idea that communities (Michigan is featured) right here in the US are fighting huge multi-nationals for their own water.

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Dog Parade at Fox Run

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Dog lovers in Novi, Michigan will be delighted this Saturday, September 24th, when the residents at Fox Run take to the the Dog Parade Runway and strut their stuff! Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds, and Pomeranians will be among the “models” on the runway! WHAT: A Dog Parade at Fox Run retirement community in Novi, MI, in which residents and their pets will stroll the runway to “put on the dog,” so-to speak.

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Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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About Dr. Tim: Dr. Tim Hunt is a licensed veterinarian in both Michigan and Alaska. He and his wife Mary live on 50 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with four house cats, two house dogs and 40 outdoor dogs. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet.

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

2019 58

eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

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In particular, Michigan was gray, indicating complete failure to submit even a single checklist. But I had spent years in Ann Arbor attending law school at the University of Michigan, albeit before I started birding. At some point, I will certainly get to Michigan, Colorado, and the other states that are “missing.” In other words, I will do just what eBird intended when it introduced Profile Pages. # # #.

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Kirtland’s Warbler Population Stable

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Their were 1,805 pairs of Kirtland’s Warblers found in Michigan this year, second only to 2009′s 1,813. The population has stabilized with neither increases nor decreases of greater than five percent since 2007. A couple dozen pairs also nest in neighboring states and provinces. Of course, Kirtland’s Warbler isn’t out of danger and won’t be for a very, very, very, long time, if ever, but this is a bit of bright news. Asides wood-warblers

What is the State Bird of Connecticut?

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Found in all fifty states except for Hawaii, the robin is also the state bird of not just Connecticut, but Michigan and Wisconsin as well. Looks like these birds will remain symbols of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin far into the future! Few birds are as ubiquitous in the United States as the American Robin. Long a symbol of spring in New England (even though they can be present throughout the winter), the robin was named Connecticut’s state bird in 1943.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2016?

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I’m still in Michigan enjoying the lake life, despite the prosaic (for a New Yorker) birding. Summer is full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means a birder’s fancy turns to less predictable targets. Traditionally, we might start chasing butterflies or odes, but these days bring more colorful fare. Are you Pokébirding ? Corey never gives up on avian observation, so look for him somewhere in the Empire State. How about you?

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Welcome Home Mama & Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldiers Beloved Dogs

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She lives in Michigan with her son, Patrick. If you are looking for a heartwarming, uplifting story, then you really need to add Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs to your reading list. What a lovely story, with such a great message. Here is just a little taste of what you will find inside the book. Two big thumbs (and four small paws) way up! Be sure to pick up a copy (and some tissues too)!

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Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum

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Well, even though it’s blended in Detroit, Michigan, Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum from Two James Spirits gives us just that.

eBird and Urban Planning: City Green Spaces

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Its eastern border is Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. We also observed spatial patterns in bird observations across neighborhoods, with fewer observations in low-income community areas and those with less open space, as well as those farther from Lake Michigan. Birders who submit their checklists to eBird likely know that their data may be used to conduct research on avian migration, range, or population.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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There’s the first meaningful trip away from the west coast: a checklist from City Park in New Orleans that added 10 new birds during a trip to see Michigan play in (and win) the Sugar Bowl. My profile page identifies the states that I have not eBirded, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Mississippi, and Vermont. According to eBird , I have been an eBirder since December 23, 2009, so today is my 10th eBird anniversary.

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The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It: A Book Review

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What do you say when someone tells you they will be spending the summer in the Lower Michigan Peninsula? A lovely looking and distinctive sounding bird (so they say, I sadly have not seen one…yet), the Kirtland’s Warbler can only be found during its breeding season in Jack Pine forests 5 to 20 years old in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. So if you want to see a Kirtland’s Warbler, you go to Michigan in May or June. The University of Michigan Press, 2012.

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Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

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of Birmingham Michigan have released Piping Plover Pilsner. 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. Though I never cared much for the season growing up, my initial birding forays to Jamaica Bay in Queens were a welcome antidote to the smelly sidewalks and sweltering apartments that plagued my life in summer in New York City.

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Reflecting on a Year of Less Birding

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In addition to spotting exciting new species in Florida, including the rare Snail Kite, travel across the country brought me into contact with birds in Oregon, California, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, and more. 2018 proved to be one of my best birding years ever.

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Of Nesting Spoonbills, Nestling Flamingos, Left-the-Nest Shearwaters, and Mystery Gulls

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Finally, identifying gulls can be tricky, but there’s one in Michigan that seems to have everyone stumped. You can keep up with the latest on this case through the Michigan Birding Network.). Pink-footed Shearwater image by Felonious Jive. What do all these birds have in common? They’re (at least partially) pink. And they’re making the news, too.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2016)

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My week on the shores of Lake Michigan resulted in the same birds I enjoy on the shores of Lake Ontario. This weekend, millions of people, young and old alike, were driven to explore the most unlikely corners of the world in a relentless, unquenchable thirst to track down species they hadn’t ticked before. And some of the rest of us went birding! But whether you’re questing for Pokémon or birds, at least you got outside.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (2nd of July 2016)

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Mike’s Best Bird of the Weekend was the Caspian Tern (like the one above) that greeted him upon his arrival at Lake Michigan. The dog days of summer are upon us though here at 10,000 Birds we call them bird days. This despite the heat and humidity sometimes making it seem that there are no birds to see. What is a birder to do but go somewhere hopefully less hot and more birdy? Both Mike and I saw birds more or less far from our homes this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2016?

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This weekend, I’ll be heading out to Lake Michigan to really soak in summer moods with extended family. This time of year, with its excess of heat and humidity, gladdens me in a fundamental way that seems seems similar to how John Clare must have felt when composing his poem Summer Moods back in 1835: I love at eventide to walk alone. Down narrow lanes oerhung with dewy thorn. Where from the long grass underneath–the snail. Jet black creeps out & sprouts his timid horn.

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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 ).