Puerto Rico’s Birds after Hurricane Maria

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In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two powerful hurricanes: it was grazed by Irma and then clobbered by Maria, a Category 4 storm that cut a devastating swath across the island. These hurricanes prompted a personal interest in the impact of hurricanes on birds, so I did some research, which ultimately led to an article in the April 2018 issue of Birding magazine. One bold celebratory move would be to expand the ABA Area to include Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Primate Breeding Facility Generates Controversy In Puerto Rico Itself

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I come down hard on Puerto Rico, ever since the scandal in which dogs were being thrown off bridges by an animal control company. Plus, the horrible pictures I've seen of strays in Puerto Rico. They've been planning to build a facility to breed research monkeys in Puerto Rico for some time. I'm glad this is sparking a dialogue in Puerto Rico. Tags: puerto rico animal research primates Good!

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. 2552) place Puerto Rico among the top tier of U.S. The proposed primate breeding facility would violate both the letter and the spirit of Puerto Rico’s progressive new law, which strictly limits the use of animals in experimentation.

Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

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Puerto Rico is using it as a dumping ground for "nuisance" monkeys. Puerto Rico is eager to rid itself of the estimated 2,000 patas and rhesus monkeys that have taken a toll on wildlife and agriculture in the Lajas Valley since escaping from nearby research centers 30 years ago. "We Unlike rhesus monkeys, patas are not considered desirable for research, and there has been little demand for either from zoos — until now.

The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Now that Hawaii is in the ABA Area , the next additions should be Puerto Rico and the U.S. Both Puerto Rico and the USVI have active birding communities that are currently excluded from full membership in the ABA family.

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A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

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Plenary Speaker Dr. Daniel Cadena — “The Origin and Future of a Tropical Diversity Hotspot” Beyond that, I primarily limited myself to the subject matter of hurricane impacts on birds and anything about Puerto Rico.

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Summer Books for Kids (and the rest of us)

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico is a wonderland of colors and shapes. The story of the Puerto Rican Amazon, also known as the Puerto Rico Parrot, Parrots Over Puerto Rico is illustrated with deeply hued collages created by Susan L. There are two stories here–the story of the parrots, and the story of the settlement of the island of Boriquén, which became the island of Puerto Rico.

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Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! The University of Puerto Rico, an "1862" LGU founded in 1900, operates a slaughter facility killing small ruminants -- typically goats and sheep, cattle being large ruminants.

Reflections on Five Years of Blogging

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I often start with a question that piques my interest (frequently triggered by the news, social media, or other reading) and then I do some research. Another observation is that researchers are generous with their time and respond to inquiries about their research, even by birding bloggers.

Reflections on Five Years of Blogging

10,000 Birds

I often start with a question that piques my interest (frequently triggered by the news, social media, or other reading) and then I do some research. Another observation is that researchers are generous with their time and respond to inquiries about their research, even by birding bloggers.

Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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The systematics and taxonomy used in this field guide follow the two volumes of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World (del Hoyo & Collar 2014, 2016) with some updates based on subsequent research that have already been adopted by BirdLife International and HBW Alive. Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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I could go on and on, it’s that kind of a book—a comprehensive treatment of a species we respect and adore, based on the most current research, written in a style that, while factual, is from the author’s viewpoint, flavoring facts with a witty, observant personal quality. The latter is important, because I don’t think there is a sentence in this book that is not based on ornithological research, from wing measurement to map distribution to behavior to conservation status.

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The Traveling Birder

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territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. I mention these trips because, along with other trips and experiences closer to home, they inform my research into my future birding travel. In a recent post, Corey listed five things to do when it is too cold to go birding and one of those things is planning birding travel. Here in Portland, Oregon, it is more frequently too rainy rather than too cold to go birding, at least comfortably.

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