Suburban Roadrunners of Southern Missouri

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When I was cutting my birding teeth in southern Missouri lo those many years ago, Greater Roadrunner was limited to a couple distant glades, cedar glens on the south side of Ozark mountains, in the far south of the state. Every time a return to Missouri, I try to knock out a couple more species of birds I missed when I was a resident there. It’s getting harder for me to pick up new Missouri birds on my semi-annual returns. Birding Missouri roadrunners

Missouri Legislature Attacks Horse Activist

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Missouri is going to vote on allowing horse slaughterhouses back into the State. Well, apparently Missouri is better than everyone else. Tags: Stupid legislation horse slaughter Missouri Now this is just juvenile. An activist organized an appeal in which people from around the country and the world could contact the legislators in opposition to the bill. This is very common and occurs to local, state and federal representatives.

Missouri Lawmakers Repealing Puppy Mill Measure Approved by Voters

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Months after Missouri voters approved a measure that cracks down on what animal advocates say are some of the nation’s most notorious puppy mills, lawmakers are poised to repeal much of the law, saying the rules are too costly and punish legitimate dog-breeders who generate an estimated $1 billion annually in the state. puppy mills Missouri dogs advocacyThis is infuriating. Here's a link to the full story.

82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Missouri

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Following the devastating tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team to help the animal victims there. In addition to the deployments in Missouri and Tennessee, American Humane Association has been providing emergency grants to states across the South and Midwest that have been hit by severe weather, including Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Election Victories for Animals

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Proposition 8 passed in Missouri. Tags: legislation elections Missouri arizona politics Two victories. It stops puppy mill abuses by establishing responsible standards for the proper care of dogs. Also, Proposition 109 failed in Arizona. This proposition would have given the legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues.

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Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

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112 got, this radio transmitter nevertheless tells scientists at the Missouri Department of Conservation where this Greater Prairie Chicken is. . That could, in turn bolster efforts to boost population numbers in places like Missouri, where Greater Prairie Chickens barely register in the triple digits. 112′s meanderings across Iowa and Missouri. The longest single movement was about 24 miles on April 25 from Grundy County to Mercer County, Missouri.”

Like American Dog Rescue, Help Pets!

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American Dog Rescue has a generous donor who is willing to give $1 to Missouri animal tornado victims for every Facebook fan up to $10,000. Benjamin will donate $10,000 to the Missouri Humane Society and Joplin Humane Society, as a way to assist pets that were injured or displaced by the devastating Joplin tornado in May. Will you help them reach their goal of 10,000 Facebook fans? Upon reaching this goal, Arthur E.

Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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Missouri is again jumping on board to help with the translation project of the Honduran bird book. Both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the non-profit Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation were key in sponsoring the English edition. Send donations to: Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. Jefferson City, Missouri 65102.

Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park!

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Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina Company was founded more than a century ago. Christmas came early for the dog-loving community of Prescott, Arizona, today as Beneful® unleashed the $500,000 Dream Dog Park renovation of Willow Creek Dog Park. The fire-station themed renovation marks the fourth half million dollar dog park transformation by the dog food brand.

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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.

Travis the Chimp is the Victim

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The bizarre incident in April 2001 began when the trio of apes broke out of Mike and Connie Casey's compound, the Missouri Primate Foundation. There has been so much said about Travis the chimp this week. It's 1) a gory story with 2) the bizarre tie-in to the New York Post's inexplicable use of Travis' image in a cartoon about the stimulus package. What were they thinking?) That image was wrong on so many levels. But let's stick to the animal rights issue.

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On Ducks and Geese

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Reading Deb's post about the goslings at Poplar and getting Jenny 's request to sign a petition to save the Canada geese of Ballwin, Missouri from mass extermination reminded me how much I miss the wildlife at the neighborhood we lived in from 2002-early 2005. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course.

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Humane Society Exposes Petland Practices

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Despite assurances by Petland staff and on their corporate website that the company knows its breeders and deals only with those who have "the highest standards of pet care," many Petland puppies come from massive commercial breeders in Missouri and other Midwestern states, where hundreds of breeding dogs are packed into cramped, barren cages—often for their entire lives, with no socialization, exercise, or human interaction. This news story slipped by in November.

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Weekend Adopt-a-thon for Joplin Tornado Pets

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In addition, the Missouri Emergency Response Service team will conduct large animal rescue demonstrations, and there will be food, music and other family-friendly activities. ASPCA , Joplin Humane Society to Host Weekend Adopt-a-thon for Joplin Tornado Pets. Nearly 600 cats and dogs looking for permanent homes during major pet adoption event June 25 – 26.


A Post Chock-full of Bird News

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Scientists at the University of Missouri report that most deaths of young birds happen in the first few weeks after fledging. … because my husband and I have done some migrating of our own, from Chicago to Philadelphia, over the past few weeks, and bringing 10,000 Birds readers the freshest and best bird news sadly had to take a back seat to packing, driving, unpacking, and furiously scouring Craigslist for Ikea furniture. But our new nest is, at last, well on its way to getting feathered.

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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I dread to imagine what Yellow-billed Cuckoos from Illinois, Missouri, and elsewhere will find when they arrive on these wintering grounds in 2020. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.

eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

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On eBird profile pages, size matters: tiny Delaware is barely noticeable whereas Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri are conspicuous. According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists.

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Going Green is Always in Fashion

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Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina was founded more than a century ago. - National Contest Invites Cat Owners to Create “It” Handbag of the Season -. LOUIS, March 29, 2010 – To celebrate Earth Day and the millions of cat owners across the country who make good green choices for their cats, home and environment all year-round, Yesterday’s News® brand cat litter is announcing the Do-Gooder Design Challenge.

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Rev. Bachman’s Lost Warbler

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The species disappeared from the record for several decades afterwards due to the war and all, but it popped up again in the mid-1880′s where it was reported to occur in decent numbers across much of the southeast all the way west to the Mississippi bottomlands of southeast Missouri’s bootheel. In Missouri in 1948. Rightly or wrongly, there’s an hierarchy of extinct birds in North America, in the United States in particular.

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The Catbird Seat

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Where I grew up in Missouri, Catbirds were present, but not in the same density that I find here in North Carolina. Louis Cardinals on the radio in Ozark, Missouri. Here in the southeast we have three Mimids of three distinct groups all present more or less throughout the year. The Northern Mockingbird is easily the most famous, celebrated in classic literature and song and deemed notable enough to have the honor of being the official state bird of five southern states.

2011 74

Who Wants To See a Greater Prairie Chicken?

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There are no individuals remaining within an area of nearly 56,900 sq miles which once formed the core of the range of this truly magnificent bird, This area where the highest densities were recorded stretched from central and northern Iowa into western Illinois before covering most of northeast Missouri. Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker , passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years.

Arrowood Farm Brewery: Bramble Farmhouse on Raspberries

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Louis, Missouri (early 20th century). WELCOME, welcome, little stranger, Fear no harm, and fear no danger; We are glad to see you here, For you sing “Sweet Spring is near.”

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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The Importance of Nurturing Young Birders

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Shouldn’t I be much more worried about people in a catastrophe the size of the F5 that hit Joplin, Missouri? Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker , passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years. His work is the foundation of the Macaulay Library video collection. Tim’s involvement with birds began very early and has led him to his passion for conservation through television. “No

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From Today's New York Times

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20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.” To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. But we can ask, and they can answer. Not in words, of course, but they can answer in ways that we can understand if we are paying attention. People who study pigs say they are as intelligent as a 3-year-old child, smarter even than the dogs we share our homes with.

Birds on Posts or Birding North Dakota

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The Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota covers over 1 million acres and is the largest grassland in the United States. If you like birds on posts, if seeing “little brown jobs” posing nicely in the distance as you drive or walk along a dirt road only to have it fly away as you approach makes you deliriously happy, then North Dakota is the place for you. I love sparrows, so seeing a feather-worn Vesper Sparrow this past July filled my heart with joy.

Requiem for a Bat: Mysterious Bat Deaths in the Rockies

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But that is supposedly still well east of us, having only been detected in Missouri this spring. We’ve had a lot of discussion recently on the pros and cons of interfering with ‘nature’ on behalf of an individual animal. But sometimes, when you’re actually confronted with a situation, theory gets all muddled. I like bats. Always have, even before my goth phase kicked in.

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Albino Squirrel

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An interesting speculation is put forward in response to the success of white squirrels in places like Brevard County in North Carolina and Marionville in Missouri. This post comes by way of an assignment. After seeing an albino squirrel in a Redgannet post , The Management wrote to me suggesting that they would like one of those.

Why You Should See The Big Year When It Opens

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so… since I am from the state of Missouri: Show Me. Timothy Barksdale is a birder, Prairie Chicken documentarian , and wildlife videographer well-known for his stunning Adventures with Birdman. He’s got a different view on how bird watchers should respond to The Big Year than the one Corey recently expressed here.

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Birding the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland

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In her former life, she worked as a professor of Russian literature and culture at the University of Missouri. Julia Zarankin is on her way to becoming a birder. In her other life, she is a writer, editor, writing coach, and lecturer to later-life learners in Toronto. She contributes regularly to Ontario Nature , reviews books for Birding, and also blogs about her misadventures in bird identification while offering trenchant analysis of avian coiffures on her own blog Birds and Words.

2013 63

Listening to a Continent Sing

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In the hybrid zone of western Missouri, he becomes enthralled with an individual who mixes the songs of black-cap and Carolina chickadees. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes both birds and books, which makes him an ideal birding book reviewer. He previously reviewed Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer for 10,000 Birds.

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Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America and of Northeastern North America: A Review of Two Field Guides

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The Northeast goes as north as southern Ontario, Quebec, and North Brunswick, west to the western borders of Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri, and south to the southern borders or Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia. Happy May Day! Here in New York City, May is a magic time for birders as the migration floodgates open. To celebrate spring migration, I usually review an exciting new bird book. But, this year I’m going to be contrary and give you moths!

Introducing the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

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Russell National Wildlife Refuge , more than a million acres of prairie, badlands, coulees, and the massive Fort Peck Reservoir on the Missouri River. One of the admirable things about Montana is how it contains prime examples of not one, but two iconic North American landscapes. I’ve spent a lot of time in, and done a lot of writing about, the Rocky Mountains, their beauty, their climate moods, and the wildlife that lives here.

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Eurasian Tree Sparrows from long ago

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Second, it was wiltingly hot and compressingly humid, as one might expect in Missouri in the summer in the middle of the day – and not only does such weather discourage birders, it takes a toll on the birds as well. So, the good news is I defended my thesis successfully. The bad news is I then celebrated too hard, fell down, and broke my wrist.

How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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And, Essay #195, “Our Human Values: The Ugly,” describes the standoff between catfish loving Double-crested Cormorants and catfish farmers in the Missouri Valley. “Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over. But, sometimes an appreciation of birds and birding requires more than a reference book with images of birds and facts about their identifying field marks.

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CBCer for Hire

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When I was a young birder in Missouri, my home-town CBC saw me return again and again – with my dad and a core group of other local birders – to the same part of the count circle. It’s one of the subtle joys of doing Christmas Bird Counts to be assigned the same area over and over again over the years. To be able to have a profound understanding of a particular patch of ground, to personally witness the changes brought over time.

2013 57

Would You Move to Another Country… for the Birds?

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Travel ten hours from Ohio to Missouri or Alabama, which I have done, and you won’t find all that much variation in the species you can see. Last week, I received an email from an American couple that has recently moved to Morelia; they found me right here on 10,000 Birds.

“Dog Days and Poisons” – Collective Arts Brewing: Mash Up the Jam

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Louis, Missouri population. Drinking is an act of risk and vulnerability, though it’s such an everyday part of our existence that no one thinks of it that way. There’s always a chance that we could ingest something bad for us, something that might even kill us – a peril we face anytime we swallow anything, in fact. But drinking is essential for life, so despite the danger, we continue to imbibe.

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A Field Guide to the Birds of Honduras? An Interview with Robert Gallardo

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A tax-deductible donation can be done through the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. I first met Robert Gallardo on my first trip to the neotropics, a wonderful experience at the first Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras in 2009. Robert was briefly a Beat Writer on 10,000 Birds and he has also contributed a guest post. He is a great birder and has found over thirty new species in Honduras since he moved there in 1993.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Missouri. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is designated as an Important Birding Area for Missouri. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East: A Field Guide Review

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The specific geographic area covered is “east of the western boundaries of Ontario, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana”; the eastern United States and Canada is known for its diversity of odonates. We now interrupt all talk about birds and migration to consider dragonflies. And damselflies. Together they comprise Ondonata, an order of insects that, like birds, are beautiful in flight and challenging in identification.

2012 79

Mr. Smith’s Longspur

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The holidays found me back in southwest Missouri, and the opportunity to bird was one I was looking forward to taking. Now, as I look back on that part of the continent from my current home in the southeast, I find that the much more interesting birds are those who reach their eastern boundaries on the edge of the prairie in western Missouri. Gideon B. Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, was not really a birder. Nor was he an ornithologist.

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Perennial Artisan Ales: Vermilion Barleywine


Louis, Missouri as an annual special release. A new year will begin in three days. The passage of time has a special meaning for birders. But while we’re deeply attuned to the seasons or the near-clockwork predictability of arrival and departure dates, it’s the Gregorian calendar year of 365 days that imposes the strictest temporal boundaries on this hobby.

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