Cuckoos Tracked from England to Africa

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One cuckoo is lagging slightly behind the rest and has made it as far as Morocco. Tiny satellite tracking tags allowed scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology to track five cuckoos on their 5,000 km migration to Africa. The birds have dispersed rather widely: Four of the birds have already crossed the Sahara; two are in southern Chad, one is in northern Nigeria and the fourth one is in Burkina Faso. Birds, technology, and science together are simply fascinating. Asides

Working Animals Face "Firing Squad" in Developing Countries

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Like many poor people in Morocco, Humar’s owner had little chance of being able to afford a vet – or even find one close by. Horrible story. Fortunately the donkey was rescued by the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). Here's what they say about "the Firing Squad," a horrible method of "treating" wounded work animals. We don’t really mean that they will be lined up and shot. No, their suffering will be far more drawn out.

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The Morning After: What 2017 and Beyond May Hold for U.S. Environmental Protections

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climate talks , currently underway in Morocco. Since I got literally three scattered hours of sleep last night—which is not enough for me, much less the mini-me inside who’s more than halfway to the hatching stage—this will be a brief but, I hope, somewhat coherent post. In the aftermath of yesterday’s election, thoughts turn naturally to what the next four years may bring. Likely of particular interest to 10,000 Birds readers, no matter their nationality, is that U.S.

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A Little Win

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This email was flagging up the activities of a ‘sporting agency’ in Britain who were offering trips/holidays to Morocco to shoot Turtle Doves. Whilst most Turtle Doves present in Morocco during the summer periods are probably local breeders the possibility of late arrivals or early returners from the British breeding population getting caught up in the slaughter was a real threat. Conservation Morocco Operation Turtle Dove Protest Shooting Turtle Dove

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Eurasian Jay; Woodsman

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And while the Blue Jay may have 4 forms across North America, the Eurasian Jay could lay claim to 40, from Scotland to Morocco to the Japanese Islands. There is a price for everything. For the simple pleasure of watching the Jays drill acorns into my front lawn, I now have to pull out all the little seedlings that made it through the winter and germinated into little oaks. Ash and Oak seedlings.

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Birding Acapulco

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Cuba (twice), South America (twice), Europe and Morocco (once) and Bali (once). During the period from 1994 through 2006, I mostly dedicated myself to itinerant ministry. In other words, I travelled, sometimes every weekend.

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Africa’s endangered species

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Northern Bald Ibis also occurred in North Africa and many colonies survived in Morocco and Algeria but this tragic pattern continued with the last colony in Algeria vanishing in the 1980’s. In Morocco 38 colonies remained in 1940, 15 in 1975, in 1989 the last migratory population in the Atlas Mountains died out and all that remained into the 1990’s were 4 breeding colonies at two locations on the coast of Morocco that totaled 56 breeding pairs.

Introducing the African Birding Beat

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The last wild population of critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis or Waldrapp is almost entirely restricted to Morocco Once you’ve joined our ranks and are a confirmed Afrophile, the next level of trips to consider would be: Uganda – Africa’s overlap zone; 1,000 bird species in a tiny country and Mountain Gorillas (spending time with these gentle giants is arguably the greatest wildlife experience on earth!); Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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Biting the bullet or jumping the shark? A potential Baikal Wagtail in Germany

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The White Wagtail Motacilla alba , or the taxonomic entity formerly known as “White Wagtail”, comprises a complex of 9 differently-looking forms which have some white in their plumage, wag their tail and inhabit all of Eurasia from eastern Greenland and Morocco to western-most Alaska and northern Vietnam. The second group has two odd forms with a limited distribution, namely yarrellii of the British isles and sub-personata from Morocco.

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South Africa’s endemic birds

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It now exists only in 4 breeding colonies at 2 locations on the coast of Morocco and a recently rediscovered relict colony in Syria, where it had been declared extinct for 70 years. My home country of South Africa can only be described as a birding paradise!

The Bee-eaters of Africa

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Morocco and Algeria) and migrates to tropical West Africa. The wonderful family Meropidae contains 27 dazzling species, of which Africa is endowed with no less than 20 species, the balance occurring across Asia and with one as far afield as Australia. These charismatic, colorful and finely formed birds are favorites amongst birders from experts to novices, and lie within the group of birds whose beauty even non-birders really appreciate.

The Storks of Africa

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An ancient White Stork nest at Ourzazate, Morocco by Adam Riley A pair of Black Storks with a subadult bird by Adam Riley Our final true African stork in Black Stork , another species shared with Europe and Asia. Africa has more than its fair share of storks, with 8 of the world’s 19 species gracing the continent. Furthermore we have another very special stork-like bird, the regal Shoebill , previously known as the Whale-headed Stork but now placed in its own family.