Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

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But I'm not exactly sure why RUSSIA would ban them. Apparently, some claim about 90 percent of Canadian sales are to Russia. Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. Russia and two of its neighbours have informed the World Trade Organization that they are banning the import and export of harp seal pelts – a move that animal-rights activists are celebrating as the death knell of Canada’s commercial seal industry.

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Customs Officials Meet to Discuss China/Russia Smuggling

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From TRAFFIC, Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife trafficking tigers china russia

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Birding Russia on the Fly

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Petersburg, Russia. Trips Europe Russia Joseph Chiera is a Masters student in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NYC and a “somewhat newbie” to birding. After taking an ornithology course last year, he was hooked and spends most of his free time birding or reading birding blogs. Between finishing one graduate program and beginning another, he embarked on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Of course, birding was on the itinerary! First was an awesome stay in Iceland.

Anti-Fur Activists Strike in Russia

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This is something I've never heard of. From BiteBack : "December 5, in Izhevsk two locks on the entrances of the fur shop were filled with glue with the help of syringe, and the key holes were plastered over with the cold welding. Two big billboards were slashed, walls and sign - pelted with paint bombs. November 27, in Sochi at the billboard of the fur shop 'The furs of Scandinavia' a slogan 'Fur = murder!' was painted. The same inscriptions appeares near the fur shops in the centre of the city.

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Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity. Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion. This decision was made largely thanks to public environmental organisations which took an active position on this issue.” Conservation groups have staged protests in 20 Russian cities this week, demanding an end to the slaughter.

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Crows Vandalize Cars in Russia

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Bizarre. And also, I imagine, fun. Asides

From Russia With Birds: The World’s Biggest Owl, “Zombie” Pigeons

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Today’s post includes two such stories, brought all the way to you from Russia. In the hardcore “news” department, scientists from the United States and Russia have managed a successful study of the foraging and nesting habits of Blakiston’s Fish Owl , the largest owl on the planet and one of the rarest. On the other side of Russia, in Moscow to be specific, other birds seem to be in danger, but for an entirely different reason.

Russians Love Fur

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Greenpeace has absolutely no voice in Russia,” said Natalia Paslavskaya, director of 2nd Fur Salon, one of the most exclusive fur boutiques in Russia that caters to the most sophisticated clientele, usually able to afford paying $250,000 for a signature fur coat and ordering a new one every year. “I’ve Tags: fur animal rights russia Apparently, it is so deeply embedded in Russian culture that everyone wants it.

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Russians Introducing Leopards Back to Caucusus

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Russia won the right to host 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and major construction works are about to begin. Tags: leopard russia Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was on hand when two leopards were released into the Caucasus. While I think the gesture is nice, it appears to be more of a publicity stunt to head off environmental criticism of the 2014 Olympic Games construction. "We We are standing here and admiring your animals.

Battle for Control of the Arctic Looms

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Canada, Russia, the US, Denmark [via Greenland] and Norway want a piece of it. Tags: canada norway national security us russia arctic WONK ALERT! The Arctic, and foreign claims to it, are discussed in this dense piece by It will probably make your head spin. Suffice to say that untapped oil reserves are at stake. AND the Arctic is getting even more accessible due to global warming (knew it would be good for something!)

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Putin an Animal Lover?

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Vladimir Putin, former President and current Prime Minister of Russia, just got a tiger cub for his birthday. He was visiting a wildlife preserve in Russia's Far East and shot the 5-year-old tiger as part of a program to track the rare cats, also known as the Siberian, Amur or Manchurian tiger. Tags: tigers russia He'll be donating it to a zoo or a wildlife preserve. No word on who gave it to him and I can't imagine where it came from (torn from its mother?),

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). From the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt.

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Kenny Glenn Story is Far-Reaching

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I came across this story about it in Russia Today, an English language Russian newsite. By the way, here's a petition to have him tried as an adult. It claims that his brother was in on the abuse as well.maybe he was the camera guy? Lovely kids.

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program at its headquarters in Lyon, France. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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Russian President's Dogs Win It Big!!!

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I thought he would be too busy writing best selling novels, composing award winning operas or ruling Russia to enter his dogs in contests and stuff. Two of President Dmitry Medvedev's dogs won top prizes in the Eurasia 2009 dog show! Hooray! His third dog only got 2nd place, and will probably be assisting border guards near the Republic of Georgia or some other exciting place.

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Podcast Uploaded for Week Ending 12/12/09

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The Calgary Zoo is under scrutiny for yet another animal death; Convicted dog fighter Michael Vick is welcomed back to Atlanta; New Zealand is being bombarded with international protests for what many consider to be a transition to “factory farming” in Mackenzie Country; Russia bemoans that fact that it hasn't matched the US in transforming sea lions into military weapons; and a German tourist is caught smuggling 44 lizards out of New Zealand in his underwear.

Polar Bear Hunters Face Battle Over Extinction Worries

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Although few people outside the Arctic realise it, there is still a major legal hunt for the animals in four out of the five states that host the bears: Canada, Greenland, Alaska in the US, and Russia. Native and sport polar bear hunters may be facing more restrictions due to increasing threats to bear populations.

Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

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The rumor mill has it that Bouvry wants to reopen the plant to service more inexpensively developing markets for its product in Russia, China and other Asian nations. Stanwood is right near where we live in Seattle and, sadly, home to Pigs Peace Animal Sanctuary which rescues all kinds of animals. I can only imagine how they feel. From the Sky Valley Chronicle. A new report in the Staug News of St.

Vladimir Putin Flies With The Cranes

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Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, took time out from persecuting Pussy Riot and otherwise being a strongman, to pilot an ultralight aircraft leading a flock of cranes on their migration. Categorize that headline as one I never expected to write. Of course, he compared the cranes left behind to his political opponents , calling them “weak.” ” Asides

November is. Awareness Month

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I am a vegan who has adopted a diabetic greyhound who eats vegan food ( Natural Balance ), and who is adopting a boy from Russia. China has more girls available and Russia has more boys. My better half and I both have to go to Russia 2-3 times for short trips (3-7 days). My inbox this month has informed me that November is Vegan Awareness Month! And Diabetes Awareness Month. And Adoption Awareness Month. Who knew November was such a potentially-informative month?

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Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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Spoon-billed Sandpipers nest only in the far north-east of Russia. Really sad. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the world's most threatened birds, is rapidly heading towards extinction because young birds are being targeted for human consumption. In 2000, around 1,000 breeding pairs were known, but by 2009, the number had plummeted to just 120-220 pairs, a decline of 88%.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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Found in the frozen forests near Russia’s border with Korea, the cats are feared to have just 30 members left in the wild. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14. Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species.

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Awkward Fostering

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The most spectacular case was in Krasnoyarsk Zoo (Russia), where people could watch the life of very interesting and strange family, consisting of four puma cubs, stray dog Mary and baby-badger. It turns out that people are not the only ones, who can adopt children – animals are good at this as well. Especially it is associated with dogs, which may raise kids of other species and even of scary and dangerous representatives of wildlife!

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The Ross Sea – the Last Intact Marine Ecosystem on Earth – and I

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The deal failed due to Russia voting against it, citing uncertainty about whether the commission had the authority to establish a marine protected area. In October 2014, during a meeting in Hobart, Australia, the protection of this important region was once again blocked by China and Russia. “Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.” (“Antarctica” by Kim Stanley Robinson, 1998).

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Pectoral Sandpipers Lookin’ for Love in All the Right Places

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In some cases the males strayed from their Alaska home base for a bit of far-flung sex tourism in Canada and Russia.). ”Well, I’m the type of guy who will never settle down. Where pretty girls are, well you know that I’m around”. Dion, “The Wanderer” When it comes to being a Romeo on the run, few birds can match the Pectoral Sandpiper. Like the ladies’ man above which Corey photographed a few years ago at Jamaica Bay in NYC.).

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Schoolkids Across Asia Team Up to Save the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

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The project recruited schoolkids from eight Asian nations, from Russia down to Thailand, to help color in frames of an animation that depicts the lonely and perilous migration of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper as it faces threats from habitat loss and hunting. Photo by JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons. Children are cute. So are Spoon-billed Sandpipers.

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where?

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What is the State Bird of Alaska?

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The Willow Ptarmigan, which is the most numerous, can also be found in Russia, Finland, Scandinavia, and Canada. Though many people joke that the mosquito is the Alaskan state bird, in fact it is the much more pleasant Willow Ptarmigan. In 1955 – before Alaska was a state – the Territory’s leaders in charge of drafting a constitution allowed schoolchildren to choose what would eventually become the state bird.

Learn To Love This Face

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Its range on that continent extends as far east as the Iberian Peninsula, west to Russia, and north to Scandinavian points above the Arctic Circle. In my first trip to the West Indies , I learned that the Bahamas boast an impressive array of wild native doves including the Caribbean Dove and White-crowned Pigeon. The various islands also support more adaptable civilized species like Mourning Dove , Common Ground-Dove , and Rock Pigeon.

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Godwits are bad ambassadors of conservation

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It breeds in a broad and not quite coherent band from Iceland in the west through central Europe and southern Scandinavia all the way to eastern Russia, wintering in Africa, parts of India, and Southeast Asia to Australia. I fully realize that my last post was not a bird post in the strictest sense. As a matter of fact, one might surmise that I have merely instrumantalized a few images of a wet magpie to let loose a relentless rant about our weather.

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From Today's New York Times

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Though hunting still plays a role and led to a bilateral treaty with Russia, ratified last September, climate change is the major threat to polar bears today. To the Editor: Re “ Bearing Up ” (Op-Ed, Jan. 5): In contrast to the arguments made by Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the scientific literature is very clear that polar bear survival is highly threatened in the wild.

“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001).

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What is a Merganser?

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While this merganser does maintain a strong presence in China throughout the year, it may breed as far north as Russia and winter as far south as Thailand. One of the sweetest subsections of the duck family has to be the sawbills, formally known as mergansers. Mergansers are a family of diving waterfowl in Merginae , the seaduck subfamily of Anatidae. Ironically, only one of these seaducks is truly a seafarer, the others favoring rivers and lakes.

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Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

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Reasons for their decline include steppes being turned into arable fields – the reason they disappeared from Ukraine and European Russia, on migration they are hunted with guns and falcons, and on their wintering grounds natural habitat is dwindling in the absence of once large herds of wild ungulates (one should try to see these animals as gardeners of a well-kept landscape). Gujarat, December 2010. Target for today: critically endangered Sociable Lapwing ( Vanellus gregarius ).

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Blue Monday turned Black Monday – a picture story

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The Black Stork ( Ciconia nigra ) has a very wide distribution in the Old World, ranging from Spain (an isolated population) and northern France through central and eastern Europe all across northern and central Asia to the Pacific coast of Russia and China. This is a short account of what happened one fine Monday around noon, March 21st of 2011, while I was at work. It won’t need many accompanying words, so I won’t deliver many.

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Rosefinches, Griffons and Woodcocks

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Quarter of a century ago, these birds were believed to breed only in the north of Europe, in Fennoscandia and Russia, and just migrate through these areas. Early morning finds me driving southeast through spruce forests, mountain meadows, pastures and an occasional potato field, across Mt. Zlatar in western Serbia, heading towards the town of Sjenica and, behind it, the bridge on the River Vapa. As we go lower, from glorious sunshine, we enter the morning fog.

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Time To Get Goosed!

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High pressure over mainland Europe sweeping them across from Russia before strong southerly/southeasterley winds nudging them north and east over the North Sea and into Britain; this Autumn/Winter may turn out to be one of the best in recent memory for European White-fronted Geese numbers in Britain. Anyone thinking that it’s time to slow down needs to think again.

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Review: Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

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With populations plunging dramatically over the last decade, researchers from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Birds Russia, and a number of other conservation organizations made the always-controversial call to pluck eggs from the imperiled wild population and establish a captive breeding program as a final hedge against extinction.

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Birding Sweden on the Fly

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In June of 2013 he embarked on a whirlwind tour of Europe, spotting birds in Iceland , Russia , Finland , and, as you’re about to find out, Sweden: We took a quick flight from Helsinki and arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, arriving at our fourth country on this trip. Joseph Chiera is a Masters student in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NYC and a “somewhat newbie” to birding.

Of Snowflake Birds and the Cold War

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Since all birds are brighter on the other side of the fence, the Azure Tit became something of a mythical creature, its plumage mirroring the image of Russia as a wintery place where Azure T**s would swirl around Father Frost like snowflakes in a storm. My transition from being a kid interested in all kinds of animals to being a full-on birder happened when I was around 11 years old, in the early 1980s (oh dear!).

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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The other sub-species, Calidris canutus roselaari , migrates along the Pacific Coast and breeds in Alaska and the Wrangel Island in Russia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot ( Calidris canutus rufa ) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

We are Just Money Grubbers

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Although some sub-populations have shown recent increases (including in Greece, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia and Turkey), this species’s population is suspected to have decreased rapidly over the last three generations… “Former declines were primarily caused by wetland drainage, shooting and persecution by fishers. Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species.

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