Birding Protection Island, Washington

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I discovered that they nest on Protection Island, which is off the northeastern coast of the Olympic Peninsula, just west of Port Townsend, in the Juan de Fuca Strait near where it meets Puget Sound. This third obstacle seemed impossible to overcome until I discovered that the Port Townsend Marine Science Center hosts Puffin Cruises aboard the 65′ Glacier Spirit, owned and operated by Puget Sound Express. Protection Island and Mt. I love puffins.

Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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I like this opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor which calls for an "Endangered Species Hour." It's in response to the pathetic CITES conference which basically screwed marine animal protection. The Christian Science Monitor rightly points out that citizens and consumers need to get involved in endangered species protection, because at the CITES level, it's all about money and international politics. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday.

UK Science Minister Says Public More Accepting of Animal Testing

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According to this interview, he credits animal rights extremists for fueling the public backlash against animal protection. Discouraging article.

2010 100

Thank a Republican for Trying to Strip All Protections from Migratory Birds

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From the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Switchboard blog : So, naturally, it is also the perfect time for Congressional Republicans to completely suspend one of the main laws protecting [birds]. It protects familiar visitors like cardinals and chickadees; raptors such as bald eagles and prairie falcons, and, of course, the many ducks and other waterfowl that sportsmen treasure.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. The group was formed to protest the activities of Huntingdon Life Sciences in Franklin Township, N.J. Tags: huntingdon animal enterprise protection act It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals.

2009 100

COMMENTS ON COLLECTING BIRDS: A Reply

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“He has, among other things, studied foraging behavior of Palm cockatoos in Papua New Guinea in an effort to expand CITES protection; worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society to set up one of the first community-based wildlife reserves in the country; and studied radiations of Pacific birds to clarify boundaries among species and begin unraveling the origins of pan-Pacific bird groups. Science doesn’t work that way! Science Schmience.

Use it or lose it?

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People, they argue, are more important than bugs, and besides, the money will help pay to protect other conservation land. I’m not a fan of some of the cuts to science, but National came in in 2008. Indeed, sustainable hunting of ducks heps fund the NWR network, and helps protect places like the Farallon Islands, which are so vulnerable they can’t even sustain non-extractive visits from the best meaning of bird loving visitors.

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Herpetology Vs. Ornithology

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Herpetology Vs. Ornithology Herpetology Vs. Ornithology By Corey • March 2, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share If you like science and comic strips you definitely want to read xkcd.

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Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

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He noted that this new bird had longer bills and “darker loral and auricular regions” than the mainland Brown-headed Nuthatch, and collected two of them for science. One is a species altogether new to science — a nuthatch discovered on Grand Bahama Island.”

Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

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Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science ," thankfully wasn't called Pepper, the stolen dog that changed American science," so that was an encouraging sign. Her death on an operating table in the Bronx would help animal welfare advocates break a long-standing stalemate in Congress and push through the most significant animal-protection bill in American history. I look forward, with a tad of trepidation, to the part about Pepper being a turning point in science.

A Rare Caribbean Parrot on the Brink

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Eight years later, in the introduction to his landmark Birds of the West Indies, Bond wrote of the threat posed by the illegal parrot trade: “A few years ago, in spite of government protection, the Lesser Antillean parrots were sold to tourists at prodigious figures.

Study Shows Shorter Life Spans for Zoo Elephants

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Elephants born in European zoos die at much younger ages than those bred in protected spaces, says a new study that's adding fuel to an already fractious debate over the welfare of the animals in captivity. Steve Feldman of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums questioned the credibility of the Science report because it used data from 1960 when zoo husbandry practices were considered sub-standard. Do elephants born outside of captivity live longer?

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Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

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Less than one year ago, Puerto Rico enacted a landmark animal protection law, based in part on a set of model laws drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. states and jurisdictions with regards to the strength of their laws protecting animals. I'm behind on my email and only just read this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Another crass attempt at primate slavery for money wrapped in "we put people first" robes." From the ALDF action alert page.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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For those who didn't read the five-part Slate series " Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science " by Daniel Engber , I recommend it for the history, but also for the misconceptions and assumptions that you might want to discuss on the Facebook discussion about the series. To this day, 95 percent of the animals used in research labs receive no federal protection whatsoever under the Animal Welfare Act." Isn't it better for science, and more humane, to use just one animal?

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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Environmentalists recognize the meat industry as extremely ecodestructive – including fish, dairy, eggs, feed crops with their massive use of water & topsoil and toxic runoff killing rivers and oceans, and the killing of billions of free-living animals to protect farmed animals and feed crops. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Sleep Number True Silver Blanket

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Not only is it so soft, with it’s 300 thread-count cotton sateen cover, but it has natural allergy protection which will never wash or wear out! Yes pet loving friends, you read that right, natural allergy protection in your blanket! If you want to learn more about the ‘Science of Sleep’ be sure to take part in the Sleep Better Chat (taking place on September 23rd). I’m very excited to share this with you! We all know that our pets love to be on our beds with us.

2011 139

NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

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To be honest, I like science fiction and find the universe fascinating, but I do not support NASA funding. Or better yet, to protect and cherish the planet WE CURRENTLY LIVE ON. Another animal experiment I would not support as a US taxpayer. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are calling attention to it. The research project, led by Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, Mass.,

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in November 2021

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Their strong presence here at Nanhui in combination with their highly threatened status should be a good argument to protect Nanhui better. In case the local government needs further incentives to protect Nanhui, Oriental Storks are also listed as endangered.

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Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

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More recently, a group of developers petitioned FWS to delist the gnatcatcher because the underlying science was allegedly flawed and the coastal gnatcatcher is not really a distinct subspecies. The group and its members typically allege that they observe birds or run birding companies or have a mission to protect and preserve birds, so the standing requirement is satisfied.

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Blue-Collar Dogs on Nat Geo WILD

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Customs and Border Protection stand guard over land borders, deserts and urban ports of entry. Follow a K-9 team from recruitment through graduation to learn about the methods and science behind training a dog team, and how handlers use natural elements in the field, such as the wind, to their advantage. We are excited to share some sneak peeks of a great new show, Blue-Collar Dogs.

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The most important book about European birds in this century

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Clearly, European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 is primarily intended for scientists and policy makers to protect and save these species, but how about an ordinary birder?

Audubon’s New Report on Climate Change Shows Us How We Can Make a Difference

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Many datasets were compiled directly from citizen science efforts, including Christmas bird counts! While many of us – myself included – use eBird.org to keep track of our own birding efforts and life lists, each time we record an observation we are directly contributing to landmark reports like this one, science that can shift policy priorities and conservation actions. Every concrete step we take is one more step towards protecting the bird species we love.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Jane Goodall Institute

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theses; More than 30 books (including the best-sellers by Dr. Goodall In the Shadow of Man in 1971, Through a Window in 1990, Reason for Hope in 1999, and a number of books for children); Nine films (including those produced by the National Geographic Society and Animal Planet, and an IMAX film with Science North in 2002); Hundreds of popular articles, secondary writings, radio and television interviews; and.

2010 160

Get Ready for Global Shorebird Counting!

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6), which raises awareness of the perils threatening shorebirds and the need to protect them and their habitats. Interestingly, citizen science isn’t its primary goal. Clear your calendar for September 4-6! That’s when thousands of people worldwide will head out to a beach near them for Global Shorebird Counting. It’s part of World Shorebirds Day (celebrated annually Sep. The effort uses eBird to tally the numbers of shorebirds that people spot the world over.

2015 59

The Pungent Smell of Success

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First up is a paper appearing in the new issue of the journal Science. That is, cuckoo nestlings shunted into Carrion Crow nests can secrete a godawful-smelling substance that keeps potential predators at bay and thereby protects their nestmates. Of course, it doesn’t protect the nestmates from competing with the baby cuckoos’ voracious appetites, especially when predators aren’t much of a threat , but you can’t win ‘em all. (If

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

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Raphael Nussbaumer is a keen ornithologist who enjoys combining his passion for birds with computer science background. Even among the protected areas of Serbia, Djerdap National Park stands out as better preserved than most.

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Dawn in South Carolina

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Today, the vast tract of land is protected, managed for science and conservation. At dawn, my feet hit one of the protected beaches with Wendy Allen, the manager of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the science and outreach organizations working within Hobcaw. Near the turn of the 20th century, wealthy influencer Bernard Baruch bought coastal property in South Carolina.

Good news for the Wood Stork

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are considered a distinct population segment, which is protected by the ESA and the Migratory Bird Treaty act. Fish and Wildlife Service, I was involved in various aspects of the species habitat protection largely on the regulatory arena. However, reclassifying the wood stork from endangered to threatened does not diminish protection measures for the bird under the ESA.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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And though the satellite transmitter let Machi be tracked it did not protect it from the hunters’ guns. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, in part, to protect dwindling numbers of birds that migrate across country borders. The last Eskimo Curlew known to science was shot on Barbados in 1963. Suggestions to start a campaign to protect shorebirds from hunters as they migrate through the Caribbean would be appreciated in the comments.

Counting birds that count on us.

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The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the prominent bird organisation in Great Britain. It is a very simple and accessible event which requires each observer to sit for one hour in their garden or a local park. Their observations are then entered to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch site.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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But the tenets of the North American Model were developed in the 19th century, when wildlife ethics and science were a mere glimmer of what we understand today. Dr. David Lavigne, Science Advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, co-authored Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability 5. As a consequence, “people should treat all creatures decently, and protect them from cruelty, avoidable suffering, and unnecessary killing.”

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10 proofs that rock climbing is birding in disguise

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Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really bird for the hell of it. (5). Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. Now, in rock climbing, a bolt is a permanent anchor drilled into the rock as a form of protection (most bolts are self-anchoring expansion bolts).

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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

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The iconic Ted Williams: Cool Green Science – Native Fish Coalition – Audubon – Muckrack – Recent Conservation Columns (I’m waiting for the expanded paperback version of his Wild Moments/Earth Almanac essays to come out in April.

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Murder Most Wildfowl: A Review of “A Dance of Cranes” by Steve Burrows

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It’s a matter of personal preference: neither does every reader like, say, science fiction, or the writing of Henry James, or romance novels. And there’s a good discussion of how natural instincts (like the migration instinct) can be eliminated from the DNA of a species when, for example, a small population on the brink of extinction is taken into captivity, ostensibly for its protection – as almost happened, in 1941, when only fifteen migrating “whooper” adults were known to exist.

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Western Snowy Plover

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Even our local Greater Sage Grouse , which now are receiving a huge effort at habitat protection, and restoration, were just those really cool birds out in the desert. Then, in one of my freshmen science classes, there was a discussion about extinct species, which then lead to the topic of threatened, or endangered species, and what we could do to help out. When I was just a wee’ lad, in my formative birding years, I was introduced to the plight of the Western Snowy Plover.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

They’re about protecting a system that produces cheap food. Mr. Hurst flippantly questions the ability to measure a pig’s happiness, but sound science—not to mention common sense—clearly establishes that mother pigs locked in gestation crates with so little space that they cannot turn around for most of their lives do indeed suffer. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Mustangs Stir a Debate on Thinning the Herd ” (front page, July 20): The Bureau of Land Management is charged with protecting wild horses and burros on the Western rangelands. Davis, an emeritus professor of animal science at Oregon State University, says the horses “damage” the environment.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

You report that Susan Predl, a senior biologist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, uses “distance sampling” to count the deer that managed to survive the recent county-organized, taxpayer-financed slaughter. You also note that “counting deer is an imprecise science” and that an aerial survey is expensive, “but some believe it yields the most accurate count.”

School Burrowing Owls

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Not only has this live camera feed provided a wonderful educational resource for science teachers across the country, but it has also shed light on some very interesting behaviors of these owls. Through various education initiatives and with help from Project Perch many of the schools now protect their owls by providing suitable habitat and burrows. Broward County has one of the highest densities of Burrowing Owls in Florida.

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Introducing Bluebird Man

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What followed was a truly remarkable citizen science effort led by the North American Bluebird Society to construct nest boxes and restore bluebird populations back to historic levels. Boxes need regular maintenance and care, they need to be cleaned out and repaired to ensure future use, and they need to be protected from predators and introduced nest competitors.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While Alaska is increasingly devastated by global warming—melting glaciers, permafrost and sea ice, as well as the severe impacts on wildlife, ecosystems and people—she seems to be working not to protect the polar bear or ultimately the citizens of her state, but to make sure nothing gets in the way of energy company plans for expansion. Instead, it simply seeks to protect bears in the absence of a better national approach to climate change.

Starlings and Eagles

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If we were just birders, or photographers, this would be dreadful behavior, but we were here to watch people engaged in Science. And Science requires Sacrifice. To understand, and thus to protect. It required a bit of an ethical adjustment. Here I was, sitting patiently in a blind, watching a tethered European Starling on a string.

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

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Written in a friendly, inclusive style quietly grounded in science, How to Know the Birds is an excellent addition to the growing list of birding essay books by talented birder/writers like Pete Dunne and Kenn Kaufman. There is also a bit of science thrown in–bird banding, remote sensing, museum collecting–not everything, but enough to give the beginner a taste of the ornithological side of the birding passion. “Get a field guide!”

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