Wild Mississippi

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In the newest mini-series, Wild Mississippi, viewers will get to see how the Mississippi river can both nurture and destroy. The show covers an entire year along the Mississippi, and shows the many challenges that the wildlife in the area deal with. As Mark Twain once said, the Mississippi River is a “wonderful book with a new story to tell every day.”

Duck Migration On The Upper Mississippi River

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One of them is a waterfowl usage survey over the upper Mississippi conducted by plane…or as I like to call it: Duckmaggedon! Our job is to fly above the Mississippi River at a about 120 feet going about 100 mph and count and ID ducks. Birds ducks features Mississippi River waterfowlOkay. I know at 10,000 Birds, we’re not only supposed to wow you with blog articles, but we’re also supposed show you some awesome photos.

17-Year Cicadas and a Mississippi Kite in Staten Island

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Back in 1979 New York State birders were pleased with the first record of Mississippi Kites in the state when two visited Staten Island and spent nearly two weeks fattening up on the periodical cicadas that emerged in great numbers that year. At least one astute Staten Island birder, Seth Wollney, predicted that this year’s cicada emergence, 34 years after the first state record of Mississippi Kite , might lead to another visitation by the fabulous southern raptors.

Avian influenza H5N2 in the Mississippi and Pacific Flyways

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This is the first finding in the Mississippi flyway. What is H5N2 Avian Influenza? H5N2 is a bird influenza virus that is making news. This mainly affects domestic fowl, and in this sense is not a topic central to 10,000 Birds. But, wild birds are part of the story, and the virus itself has changed and has been known to make wild birds ill. And, of course, the reputation of certain species of birds as troublemakers for humans is a problem in bird conservation, so this is worth watching.

Spotlight: Laurens Wildlife Rescue

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Starting this week, my guest bloggers are going to tell theirs – which will be really fun, because not only are they great rehabbers, but they live all over the country and take in all different types of birds (like the Mississippi Kite , left). Birds georgia wildlife rescue laurens wildlife rescue mississippi kites Vonda Lee Morton birds wildlife rehabilitatorsHey – I’m not the only rehabber out here. (Do

SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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The new Lifers are the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Short-tailed Hawk, Mississippi Kites, Juniper Titmouse and Painted Buntings! There is believed to be a very small breeding population of Mississippi Kites that occupy a small area that borders Pima and Cochise Counties. We saw a total of 7 Mississippi Kites, and these three birds were hunting on the Pima County side of the line.

Mississippi Kites at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center

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The last time I saw a Mississippi Kite was way up in Root, New York, back in 2009. Many New York birders made the pilgrimage to Montgomery County that year and managed to check Mississippi Kite off of their state checklists. Now, just because I had seen Mississippi Kites in New York before didn’t mean that I didn’t want to see them again. Nate also had s ome good shots of Mississippi Kites in North Carolina recently.

Kite Running

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But the default kite for this part of the country, as well as parts of the southern plains as well, is the Mississippi Kite , Ictinia mississippiensis , unparallelled aerial acrobat and merciless devourer of katydids. It’s a spot where Mississippi Kites have nested before, but they’re never really expected, and I was busy managing expectations while encouraging sharp eyes. Birds kites Mississippi KiteThe bird came first, just in case you were wondering.

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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. BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

Humane Society Ranks States in First-Time Report

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Ohio, Mississippi, North Dakota, Idaho and South Dakota are at the bottom. It's their first annual "humane state" report. California and New Jersey came out on top.

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Dead Sea Turtles Near Oil Spill Site

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According to this article, "at least 25 sea turtles have washed up dead on Mississippi beaches over the past few days, according to multiple media reports. So far, there is no evidence that the oil spill killed the turtles, but tests are ongoing." The web page also has a video.

Why Do I Keep a Neighborhood Bird List?

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And it’s true, I know that the Pied-billed Grebes show up around the same time the Mississippi Kites leave, because I make a note of both and it sticks in my memory. “Why do you always keep a list?” ” my brother asked on a hot and muggy afternoon in North Florida.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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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. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Dead Marine Animals Showing Up Along Gulf Coast

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Seems odd, although officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said that fish they've tested have not been killed by oil, but a lack of oxygen in the water. But so far, it looks like the oil spill is not to blame. But why did 60 dead endangered turtles wash up over three weeks? And what about the dead dolphin?

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Birds at the Bell

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This is the Mississippi Kite, which used to live all up and down the Mississippi, even way up to the source at Itasca. Anybody out there know why the Mississippi Kite has abandoned most of the Mississippi? The Mississippi Kite. Perhaps some other time I’ll write in more detail about the links between Minnesota’s Bell Museum and birds. There are many.

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The Gas Station Bird

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In Mississippi you can own an ocelot, but not a wolverine. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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With two of North America’s major flyways, Mississippi and Central, overhead, and with almost 400 miles of coastline Louisiana is one of those states where you can see Eastern and Western birds and a hell of a lot of shorebirds and waterfowl. Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

A Cute Story of Sandhill Surrogacy

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The Cuban sandhill and Mississippi sandhill are both subspecies of cranes that are listed as endangered and are protected under the Endangered Species Act. SeaWorld Orlando’s Aviculture Team Pair Orphaned Chick with Rescued Sandhill Crane. While caring for two rescued sandhill cranes – an injured adult and an orphaned chick – SeaWorld’s aviculture team put their problem-solving skills to work to create a successful surrogacy.

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Fall Hawk Migration Hotspots

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Mississippi Kite. Super Hot-spot: Hawk Ridge, Duluth, MN – Mississippi Flyway. Super Hot-spot: Hawk Ridge, Duluth, MN – Mississippi Flyway. Our favorite birds of prey fly south. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird. I would fly about the earth. seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot). Appearing now (or very soon) at a Flyway near you – fall raptor migration!

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Student Researcher Says "Hooray for Animal Research"

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This kid is a biochem major at the University of Southern Mississippi. He's helping to investigate possible drug cures for obesity. Listen to this. Freeman says that the most difficult thing he has encountered so far in his research comes not from the lab, but from people’s attitudes about animal testing.

Sandhill Crane Migration Is Underway

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The Cuban Sandhill Crane , Grus canadensis nesiotes and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane , Grus canadensis pulla are listed as endangered species. This is a photo of a Mississippi Sandhill Crane colt being weighed at White Oak Conservation, photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. In 1975 there were less than 35 of these birds remaining on the planet prompting the creation of the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.

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Justified and Ancient

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The five subspecies – Greater, Lesser, Mississippi, Florida, Cuban – show the genetic marks of what the species has had to do to survive. Featured image: a Mississippi Sandhill Crane egg begins to hatch, courtesy of the U.S. They call it a shell pit because of the vast array of fossilized mollusks who once lived and died there, then became a resource to be mined as gravel and fill.

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Visiting Bird Service: Avian “Pet Therapy” Cheers Seniors

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As reported by the fine folks at The Dodo , after Hurricane Katrina forced Katrina “Kasia” Perkowska to evacuate, she started bringing her pet Wood Duck , Scooter, to her mother-in-law’s nursing home in Mississippi. You may have heard of nursing homes or assisted living facilities bringing in dogs and cats to give their residents a little “pet therapy.” But what about birds? One enterprising New Orleans-area bird rescuer is doing just that.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2013)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Mississippi Kite , though 17-year cicadas came a close second. How are seasons like species? In both instances, we can have trouble telling where one ends and the other begins. We’re in the midst of a shoulder season right now, which can be almost as much fun as finding a cool hybrid or intergrade bird in the wild.

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Old Crow Distillery Company: Old Crow

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But Audubon adds, “Some go up the Mississippi for four or five hundred miles, but I have not seen any higher on that stream, which they generally leave to return to the vicinity of the sea-shore in the winter season.”. By my reckoning, 500 miles up the Mississippi River as the steamboat goes only gets you as far as the Mississippi-Louisiana-Arkansas tripoint. Well, it’s happened again – my first bird of the year was a crow.

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Yard List Birding in Costa Rica

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Some of the sweet species there can include flyby Great Green Macaws among other parrot and parakeet species, toucans, various woodpeckers, flocks of migrating Mississippi Kites and other species. In Costa Rica, official, enforced quarantine hasn’t happened yet.

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Protected Birds

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In addition to numerous Anhingas he was also found to have feathers from “four red-shouldered hawks, two Cooper’s hawks, two pileated woodpeckers, one red-tailed hawk, on rough-legged hawk, one broad-winged hawk, one golden eagle, one osprey, one sharp-shinned hawk, one Mississippi kite, one peregrine falcon, one American kestrel, and another bird that was identified as either a Gila woodpecker or red-bellied woodpecker.”

Suburban Roadrunners of Southern Missouri

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From its core range in the southwest US and northern Mexico, it has staged a pretty dramatic range expansion in the last couple decades, spreading nearly as far east as the Mississippi River. This plus Mississippi Kite, another recent arrival from the southwest, put me up two on this one. There’s no species of bird more associated with the North American desert than Greater Roadrunner.

A Nashville Warbler Bathing in the Pond During Migration

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Their are two separate subspecies of the Nashville Warbler , one occurs east of the Mississippi River ( Oreothlypis ruficapilla ruficapilla ) and the other, pictured here, formerly called the Calaveras Warbler ( Oreothlypis ruficapilla ridgwayi ) in northwestern United States and adjacent Canada.

Case Closed: Double-crested Cormorants Have Their Day in Court

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Birds in the 24 states east of the Mississippi River are now protected from mass culls by a recent court ruling. It’s a good day to be a Double-crested Cormorant —at least for those living in the eastern United States. The cormorants have long been targeted by those who fish—or who raise fish on farms—for depleting fish stocks. So the U.S.

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Save the Painted Bunting, y’all: Keep wonder alive

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There are two Painted Bunting populations, one that breeds along the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida and one that breeds in the interior United States and northern Mexico from southeastern New Mexico to western Mississippi. For reasons no one fully understands, much of Mississippi, Alabama, and inland Georgia lack Painted Buntings during the breeding season, a gap of several hundred miles. Everyone, the Painted Bunting needs your help.

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Neversink Spirits: Neversink Spirits Gin

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As the only breeding hummingbird east of the Mississippi River in the North America, could they have helped pollinate the apple trees of Neversink Spirits?

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There’s a Bewick’s Wren in Our Garden

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Today, the species has all but disappeared east of the Mississippi River and has declined in western parts of its range, most likely caused by the expansion of the House Wren which destroys and removes their eggs from nest sites 1. A few weeks ago I was working out in the garden and noticed a small bird flutter into the garden. It was a Bewick’s Wren ( Thryomanes bewickii ). This bird didn’t look like the Bewick’s Wrens I was used to seeing.

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Woolly Bears And Winter

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My daughter and I were exploring our yard the other day, which presented the perfect opportunity to introduce her to one of the coolest, cuddliest caterpillars of all… The wonderful Woolly Bear Caterpillar ( Pyrrharctia isabella ) is a common sight once October rolls around in temperate regions of the United States east of the Mississippi.

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Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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Like most regional bird guides, the Mississippi River is the line of demarcation. Birds of Prey of the East covers species that reside or migrate east of the Mississippi River and east of Manitoba and the west shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, and eastward across the Arctic islands to Greenland. I was happy to see that the Mississippi Kite map documents the kite’s incursion into the Northeast, including two notable nesting sites in New Jersey and New Hampshire.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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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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Spoonbills are ibises with big flat bills

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falcinellus ) in Mississippi © David J. Spoonbills and ibises are stocky, colorful wading birds with distinctive bills: downcurved and pointed in the case of ibises, flat and paddle shaped in the spoonbills (above is my shot of Roseate Spoonbills ( Platalea ajaja ) near a breeding colony in Louisiana). Together, they are placed in the family Threskiornithidae, and they’re related to herons and egrets, pelicans, and the strange Hamerkop and Shoebill.

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Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

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The next two shots give the answer: a close-up of a stunningly beautiful Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and a long shot of hundreds of Mississippi Kites in flight. The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it. Then, a long shot looking down of the Rio Grande delta, green and brown, but mostly green, bisected by a continuing, curving brown line.

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Drones: The Next Thing Birders Will Be Arguing About

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I work part-time for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and here are some stunning views of our very urban park along the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities in Minnesota: This video is not only remarkable for the views, but also the places they take the small drone–behind waterfalls, are you kidding me? Amazon had a brilliant press release on Cyber Monday 2013 about using drones as a possible delivery service for their products in the near future.

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600 Bird Species in Costa Rica by August, 2015. Which Birds Are Missing?

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With regular birding in the right places, the most likely additions will be White-tailed Hawk, Pearl Kite, Mississippi Kite, Bicolored Hawk, and Black Hawk-Eagle (should have had that one already!). A kettle of Mississippi Kites from last year. It’ s August but there aren’t any lazy, late summer, hazy days down here. The wet season is still in full effect and that translates to dynamic birding in every habitat.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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There are a lot in the Mississippi Flyway these days. Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter. We rented snow mobiles and drove into Yellowstone. That was the only way to get into Yellowstone in the winter (other than walking). You either rented a snowmobile or you took the big giant snowmobile bus (called a snow coach as I recall). At one point we came to an overlook of a stretch of the river.

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Snow-fronted Geese

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I’ve seen the offspring of Canada and barnyard geese, Canada and Swan Geese, and everyone’s favorite, Snow X Ross’s Geese. In fact, this hybrid is so popular that sources tell me every Ross’s Goose east of the Mississippi has some hybrid theorist trying to convince everyone the bird “impure”(lets get it together, eastern birders).

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Birding New Orleans

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The Mississippi River also boasted great birding opportunities. New Orleans. The Big Easy. There’s no doubt that it is one of the most famous cities in the south, and I spent 24 hours there over the weekend! While I did not go NOLA to bird specifically, I always keep my eyes out. The Garden District. I arrived with my cousin and husband Saturday evening, checking into our room at the Crescent Palms and taking an Uber into the city.

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