New Mexico Governor Opposes Chimp Transfer

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Bill Richardson is asking to tour a former medical research lab in southern New Mexico that houses more than 200 chimpanzees. Tags: chimpanzees animal research animal laboratories Texas new mexico From the AP. Richardson made the comment Tuesday after meeting in Bethesda, Md. with officials of the National Institutes of Health, which contracts with a private company to care for the chimps.

Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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This article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesI don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots.

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Not so with our visit to Bosque de Apache NWR in southern New Mexico. What a stop it turned out to be, as I got two new Lifers in a matter of minutes. Despite the backlit picture, here is the new Crissal Thrasher. The second half of the week was spent near the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It is almost a requirement to spend some quality time at Madera canyon, which will be about 40 miles from our new Desert Trails RV Park home.

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What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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In fact, they are central to many Mexican and Native American spiritual beliefs, and have been named the state bird of New Mexico. Birds New Mexico Roadrunner state birdI saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest. Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing.

Alamagordo Chimps Fate Still Uncertain

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Tags: chimpanzees animal research primates National Institutes of Health new mexico

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Almagordo Chimp Story Hits the Los Angeles Times

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Good News for the Alamagordo Chimps!

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The Alamagordo chimps will be allowed to remain in New Mexico for about two years while the NIH studies the issue of their transference. AP) - Some 186 chimpanzees will remain at a federal facility in New Mexico for now. chimpanzees animal research primates National Institutes of Health new mexicoI received an alert from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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Almagordo Chimp Story Hits the New York Times

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Help the Almagordo Chimpanzees

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Write to Your Congressional Representatives to Help the Almagordo Chimps

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Dear Senator Murray, I have read articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times about the chimpanzees at Holloman Air Force Base. Sincerely, Tags: chimpanzees animal research almagordo primates new mexico Here is the text we sent to Congressman Jim McDermott and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. It's based on the suggested text we saw on the web site for Physicians for Responsible Medicine.

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The Juniper Titmouse Nesting Project

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In fact, they have risen to become the most active Nest Watching group in New Mexico (regardless of species), contributing 77% of the state’s data in 2018.”. Conservation Aldea Bird Group Cornell Lab of Ornithology Juniper Titmouse New Mexico titmouseThe Juniper Titmouse ( Baeolophus ridgwayi ) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae.

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City of Albuquerque Being Sued for Trap-Neuter-Release Program

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The lawsuit was filed with the state of New Mexico, county of Bernalillo, Second Judicial District Court by attorney A. Conservation cats New Mexico From the American Bird Conservancy : The mayor of Albuquerque and the director of the city’s animal welfare department have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the officials have committed animal cruelty by allowing certain illegal and improper animal management practices to occur related to abandonment of stray cats.

Mikal Deese: Dead Bird Flies Again For Love

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This guest blog was written by Mikal Deese, Wildlife Educator, Rehabilitator, and founder of On A Wing And A Prayer in Corrales, New Mexico. We put her back in the mews to try out her new wing. Birds Great Horned Owl Mikal Deese New Mexico wildlife On A Wing and a Prayer wildlife rehabilitator

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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.

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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In autumn and winter, they descend these high ridges to avoid the worst of the high winds and blowing snow – sometimes to feeders such as Sandia Crest in New Mexico, where there is a long ongoing study on these fascinatingly tough songbirds. New Mexico Nature & Culture. These colorful songbirds occur in two populations, a western one which winters in Mexico and Central America and an eastern one which winters in South Florida and Cuba.

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Best Photobomb By A Bird Ever!

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Matt Daw just had the find of a lifetime at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. He was busy filming a Least Bittern , a pretty good bird to get video of to begin with, when, well, watch the video! That Rufous-necked Wood-Rail is a first in the ABA Area and it is way, way, way, out of place. It isn’t featured in a single one of the many North American field guides. For more on the bird check out the ABA Blog. Congratulations, Matt Daw!

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New York City’s oldest dog, Paco Sosa

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Paco Sosa, New York City’s oldest dog, is the subject of a new film called Wolf Dog. Wolf Dog, is the story of Paco Sosa and his owner Bernadine’s journey to New Mexico to help him find his peace. Paco, who passed away last year, will be doing helping animals, even after his passing, through sharing his true story as an animal celebrity! When the film is finished, it will be used to support animal causes.

Jusani; Clothes for a Cause

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Jusani Culture is a haute lifestyle brand representing a new culture of supporters for a no-kill nation. They were kind enough to send us the shirt you see in the photo, and it is a new favorite. And please take a moment to visit their site and learn about the rescue they are helping , New Mexico Pets Alive! Not only are their clothes fun to wear, but they help actual shelter pets through the money that is donated via each purchase.

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NYT Opens the Door to the Humane Myth

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In this morning's New York Times editorial " There Is No 'Humane' Execution ," we have an imperfect yet nevertheless baby step toward acknowledgment of the HumaneMyth. The imperfection comes at the end of the editorial with: "Earlier this year, New Mexico repealed its death penalty, joining 14 other states — and the District of Columbia — that do not allow it.

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Little Big Year – Week 35: Route 66, Tucumcari and The Albuquerque area

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After our brief trip thru the great state of Texas, we were headed back into New Mexico, a state I was quite excited to explore. I have been all around the western states, here and there, but never spent any time in New Mexico. The birds were right next to an old abandoned farm house, and seemed quite happy to have their photo taken, up to a point, but then like the wind, they were gone, out thru the flat desert areas of New Mexico!

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One of the reasons Mexico is such a great birding area is that, while it shares all sorts of bird groups with the United States and Canada, it also is home to some of the northernmost representatives of neotropical and genera that do not (or just barely) reach that far north, such as Woodcreepers, Tityras, and Trogons. Two reach from South America all the way to southeastern Mexico. Mexico is considered part of North America, not Central America.)

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To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

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Chaco Cultural National Historic Park, a World Heritage Site in New Mexico, teeters back and forth with ongoing lawsuits. As we enter the second century of protecting, preserving, and respecting our wild spaces, certainly no one would actually consider undoing, reversing, and exploiting our national parks, forests, and monuments. Right? And yet, it has begun. Minnesota’s Superior National Forest is now on the radar for underground mineral mining.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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For example, Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico is renowned for its winter birding, featuring huge numbers of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, among others. Forsythe NWR (New Jersey): 306,000; $6.0 Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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After an initial period when all species are new, the lifers begin to follow a pattern. Thus, I can pinpoint my first pelagic trip, as it added 13 new species. 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. Birding trips to Florida , New Mexico , and Texas are obvious too.

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Scanning the skies for Zone-tailed hawks

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Today I will cover another one of Mexico’s Baja Peninsulas characters, the Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo Albonotatus. Zone-tailed Hawks can be found in the extreme lower parts of the US, in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, with an estimated population of 450-650 birds. Mexico’s baja Peninsula has a strong resident population, and they can be found sporadically thru out main land Mexico. Birds La Paz Mexico turkey vulture Zone-tailed Hawks

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Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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Trinidad Colorado is located just a few miles north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, and home to the Trinidad Reservoir. A new Lifer, the Woodhouse’s Scrub jay was split away from the Western Scrub Jay. This lovely bird is the new Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay. Next week we will spend some time in New Mexico. With Wyoming and South Dakota in our rear view mirror, we look toward Colorado, and a hot spot I have been anxious to visit.

Snow Geese in Florida

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The Sunshine State isn’t known for its massive snow drifts, nor for the massive flocks of Snow Geese that grace states like Texas and New Mexico every winter. By their very name, most would assume you can’t spot Snow Geese in Florida.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Bosque del Apache NWR (New Mexico). Forsythe NWR (New Jersey). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies.

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What is the State Bird of Colorado?

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Instead, they are summer visitors, moving up to Colorado in the warm months to breed before returning to wintering grounds in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. Colorado is unique in many respects, so it comes as no surprise that its residents went in a different direction when selecting their state bird. Unlike many other official birds, the Lark Bunting is not a year-round resident.

Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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Nine thousand pour into tiny Socorro, New Mexico, each November for Bosque del Apache’s Festival of the Cranes. Everywhere cranes gather, from New Mexico to Indiana to Tennessee, people come to watch them. As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you that there’s another vote coming up.

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

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There’s a new proposal before the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Classification Committee to split Painted Bunting into two species (yay! — maybe, more later) and to name the new species “Eastern Painted Bunting” and “Western Painted Bunting” (no!). The interior population migrates after nesting to stopover areas in Mexico and Arizona, molts, and then continues on to its wintering grounds.

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Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

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They are also found in the mountainous interior west as far south as Arizona and New Mexico, as well as in the far northern reaches of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and New England. How anyone can possibly resist a bird that has been called Whiskey Jack is beyond my comprehension. And Whiskey Jack is just one of the nicknames that has been applied to Perisoreus canadensis. Others include Camp Robber , Lumberjack , and Moose-Bird.

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Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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The main wintering area for Ross’s Goose ( Chen rossii ) is presently in the Central Valley of California, though increasing numbers winter in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and the north-central highlands of Mexico 1. Every autumn, tens of thousands of Snow Geese arrive in California’s Sacramento Valley following their long journey from the Canadian Arctic (click on photos for full sized images).

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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The heat map is revealing: Unsurprisingly for a site founded and run by two New Yorkers (one of whom literally wrote the book on birding New York), the Empire State boasts the highest number of species (316). California (297) is next, followed by Florida (227), Oregon (209), and New Jersey (199). Virginia (122), New Mexico (112); Texas (106); Colorado (106), and Pennsylvania (102). Some are all three ( e.g. , New York, California, and Florida).

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Glue Trapped

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” Rehabbers have various tricks they use to remove glue from feathers, but often the birds have already lost so many feathers in their effort to free themselves that they have to be kept until they grow a new set. I only had one sticky trap bird,” says Laura Westlake, a rehabber on Long Island, New York. “A says Lisa Kelly, of Teatown Lake Reservation in New York. “I’ve What a coincidence,” says Mikal Deese of On A WIng and A Prayer in New Mexico. “I

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Proposed Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act – Part II

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In August 2020 , a federal judge in New York held that the Administration’s interpretation of the MBTA was unlawful. That will mean that the new head of FWS could extend the effective date or re-open the notice-and-comment period, which would likely be the death knell for the rule.

A Rehabber’s List of Worst Bird Myths

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They may be slightly better than nothing for adult birds, but they afford no protection at all to fledglings, who have just entered a brave new world and 1) are not sure what is dangerous, and 2) are not quick or strong enough to fly away from a domestic predator, whether or not it’s wearing a clown costume. That’s why I can’t take owls to a lot of my education programs out here in New Mexico.”.

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On Not Chasing Grace’s Warbler

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This is no one’s fault but my own; had I partied a bit less hearty on New Year’s Eve, I would have stuck with my original plan of going birding on January 1, which in turn would have led me to check the rare bird alerts before I went outside. An insectivore trying to scrabble calories into its body through a New York winter is a stressed creature at best, and the line “I wasn’t even supposed to be here today!”

Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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His parents moved where opportunity beckoned, taking him from San Angelo, Texas, to Columbus, New Mexico, then to Dallas, and finally on to California. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. She also has an abiding interest in important figures in natural history. She’s already written about Rachel Carson: Secret Birder.

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WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), contain many of the nation’s most renowned birding locations, including Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico, Laguna Atascosa NWR in Texas, and J.N. Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who loves to share thoughtful , in-depth conservation pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. This is Jason’s fifth contribution to the blog.

Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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In this new book, she puts everything she has learned in over 30 years of wildlife photography down in writing. Every photo is there for a reason, whether it be to introduce a new chapter (each chapter begins with a photograph and the story behind it) or to illustrate a point about technical settings, fieldcraft strategy, equipment, or one of Read’s many teaching stories.

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AOU to leave Mexican Duck in limbo

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The Mexican Duck, as its name suggests, is native to Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States, and unlike the Mallard, the Mexican Duck does not have a showy male breeding plumage; both sexes are brown throughout the year. And while we’re at it, what’s your experience with Mexican Ducks and Mallards in Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas?

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Bluebirds Fly

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They are listed as sensitive in Oregon and Utah; a candidate for listing in Washington and a species of high concern by New Mexico Partners in Flight. Well, it is nesting season and being a nest box monitor with three Bluebird Trails, I thought I should rectify the blatant lack of coverage on 10000 Birds of one of the most iconic North American birds of our time. Living in California, I am of course speaking of the Western Bluebird ( Sialia mexicana ).

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