Snowy Owls Caught a Ride to the Netherlands

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At least two of the birds ended up in the Netherlands where they have been delighting birders from across Europe. Birds irruption Netherlands Snowy Owl How dramatic has this winter’s Snowy Owl irruption been? How about so dramatic that nine birds caught a ride on a freighter and some made it all the way across the Atlantic Ocean ? You can see pictures of them on this blog , which is in Dutch.

ALF Spray Paints Bomb Threat in the Netherlands

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ALF activists spray painted a bomb threat at Wageningen University in the Netherlands because they do animal research. Never heard of that approach. From Bite Back: "In the morning of June the 15th the ALF went back to the Wageningen university. For more than a year this university has been warned about their meaningless experiments on various animals and especially pigs (obesity research). But the Wageningen university decided to do NOTHING and even sent the police after us!

Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

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This could halt production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands – and lead to similar campaigns in other European countries. kosher Slaughterhouse cows livestock farm animal welfare NetherlandsIt could have a snowball effect for other countries in Europe, although probably it certainly won't be seen as politically correct. Excerpted from the Irish Times. THE DUTCH parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban the ritual slaughter of livestock.

Increase in Dutch Animal Testing

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Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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captivity spain academic research marine life marine animals entertainment Orcas NetherlandsUnfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe.

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Customs Officials Meet to Discuss China/Russia Smuggling

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Representatives from the Federal Russia Customs, Far East Customs Directorate, Far East Operative Customs, Siberian Customs Directorate, General Customs Directorate of China, TRAFFIC Russia and TRAFFIC China met from 16–18 November in Vladivostok, through a programme supported by WWF Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

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Another Bird Surprise for Costa Rica- Buff-collared Nightjar!

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A bit larger than the Netherlands but with less land than Latvia and Ireland, in terms of territory, we rank 126. As far as countries go, Costa Rica is at the smaller end of the spectrum.

Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

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Scientists at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have grown in-vitro meat, using cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish. From an opinion piece in the Times of India. They haven't been able to actually taste the pork they've grown because of lab rules. Nevertheless there's potential here for two giant breakthroughs. It could mean not only an end to killing animals for food, but also significantly aid the fight against climate change. This would be great.

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Otto Plantema resides in the Netherlands, is a scientist by trade (he has a Ph.D. Netherlands: Oliver Plantema, 2020. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause> <pause> Do I have your attention now?

Could Radar Help Make Birdstrikes a Thing of the Past?

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The article cites avian radar proponents in the Netherlands and Israel who suggest that this technology can be quite effective at reducing the risk of birdstrikes. Birds and airplane compete for right-of-way at Sky Harbor Airport and Seaplane Base (image by Donald Emmerich, Wikimedia Commons). For about as long as people have been flying planes, pilots of all type of aircraft have been experiencing birdstrikes. Sometimes the damage is little more than dented panel or cracked windshield.

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The Charge of the Egyptian Goose

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The situation was still much the same in 1995, when a friend and I went on a short birding trip to the Netherlands in winter, specifically to see geese. The Netherlands were far away. Of course I considered it to have been blown there from the Netherlands. On 22 January 1879, a pair of Egyptian Geese sat quietly on top of Isandlwana Hill and watched closely. Then, they had a plan.

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Notable Mentions: Digiscoper of the Year 2011

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This wonderful Yellow Wagtail ( Motacilla flava ) was entered by user geerta (Netherlands) early on in the competition and was one of the first photos in this year’s competition that really made me sit up.

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Mid-migration Coffee Break

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This timing suites Britain and Netherlands well, I suppose, but Europe is somewhat larger than that.). October is a strange month. While it might fall within the autumn migration, if you are in the south of Europe, it isn’t in full swing. The beginning of the month is especially some sort of a mid-migration coffee break.

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A New Way Global Warming Kills Birds

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The birds used in this study were Zebra Finches reared and housed at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. A new research project using Zebra Finches in semi-wild conditions indicates that for some bird populations a certain aspect of climate change may have a negative effect on the viability of populations by causing increased mortality in a subtle but significant way. The study looks at changes in the range of daily temperature variability.

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The Rose-ringed Parakeets of Heidelberg

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The Rose-ringed Parakeet’s European (=feral) range is surprisingly coherent for an introduced bird that is dependent on large metropolitan areas, and the species occurs in very decent numbers from UK’s London throughout the Netherland’s large cities all the way up along the Rhine to Germany’s Heidelberg. A Birdy New Year! This article is about the parrots we have, not the ones we wish we had. Here in Germany, we don’t wish we had. Because we never have had.

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The European Christmas Bird Count

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Barnacle geese breed mainly on the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic, while the nearest wintering areas also lie along the northern coasts of Europe: the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea (Estonia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden). I remember studying the map of countries participating in the i nternational mid-winter w aterbird c ensus, where the USA wasn’t marked.

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In which I put a Beach Boys song in your head

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Brown-throated Parakeet is a pretty common species across much of Central American and northern South America, true, but Aruba, just like the other two islands that make up the Netherlands Antilles, has its very own endemic subspecies, arubensis. The many islands of the Caribbean Sea are as unique a place to experience the amazing potential for speciation and diversity as the more famous Galapagos and Hawaiian islands are.

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Sandpiper family reorganization on the way

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Black-tailed Godwit ( Limosa limosa ) in the Netherlands cc-by Frank Vassen Sandpipers The birds known as peeps, stints, knots, turnstones (which were once awarded their own family!), A recent proposal ( 555 ) to the AOU’s South American Classification Committee deals with newly published information about relationships within the sandpiper family, Scolopacidae, and what it means for the classification of these wonderful, fascinating birds.

Chacachacare Island

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In fact, the habitat on Chacachacare recalls that of the desert islands of the Netherlands Antilles. Tobago of course bears a closer geological relation to the aforementioned Netherlands Antilles than it does to Trinidad.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

25 well-known scientists, philosophers and politicians from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States informed in a comprehensible manner and on a high level about the current status on animal ethics studies, answered open questions and introduced their approaches. Hello!

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Review: Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change

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From there, we learn of the effects of season creep on Great Tits and winter moth caterpillars in the Netherlands, the increasing gap between male and female migration dates in Africa-wintering Barn Swallows and the lengthening migration of Barred Warblers as their breeding grounds shift north. Few issues of our day are as huge, in scope or in implication, as climate change.

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Jochen’s Top 10 birds of 2016

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I also got to spend a few hours in the Netherlands. Marsh Sandpiper , Den Oever, Netherlands. You may know (although probably not since you’ll likely reside in North America) that a Siberian Rubythroat showed up over the winter 2015/16 in a small village in the Netherlands, an extremely rare and highly sought-after vagrant from Siberia (duh!).

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Killingholme Haven Pits

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Skrins, Friesland, The Netherlands. Skrins, Friesland, The Netherlands. Harlingen, west of Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands. Harlingen, west of Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands. This is dedicated to “Daddy” who sadly slipped away from us in the evening of November 27th. He will be sorely missed by his loving wife of over fifty years, myself and my sister and of course his two grandsons.

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Buxton Brewery: Ring Your Mother

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This week’s beer is Ring Your Mother, a collaboration between the English Buxton Brewery and Oproer Brouwerij and Oedipus Brewing of the Netherlands, that revives an 1832 recipe for an XXXX mild ale originally brewed by the now-defunct Truman Brewery of East London, one of the largest breweries in the world in the 1800s.

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