For Wildlife Emergencies, Contact Animal Help Now

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Too often there are endless calls to friends of friends, to veterinarians who actually don’t take wildlife, to “animal control experts” who sound so dodgy you’re not sure you want them to know where you live. All photographs by wildlife photographer Ingrid Taylar.

Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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Babita Tours has many years of experience organizing tailor-made wildlife tours for private groups in this wonderful country. Commoner species include Bar-headed Geese , parakeets, shrikes, mynas and minivets. The post Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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Nisqually Delta Wildlife Refuge

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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Nearly 800 acres of wetlands and tidal flats provide diverse habitat for the local birds, as well as large numbers of migratory species, including thousands of ducks and geese. Birding bird photography Migratory Species National Refuges Nisqually Wildlife Refuge State of WashingtonThe last weekend of January found me in the frosty Pacific Northwest, meeting some long over due work and family obligations.

2017 51

Wildlife Rehabilitator Slang

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To civilians who may have been puzzled by the wildlife crowd’s tossed-off references to peefas, modos or mice cubes, here is a beginner’s guide to Rehabberspeak. Just when wildlife rehabilitators have made it through the summer, dealt with fall migration, repaired whatever’s been broken during the chaos, and are just about to try to relax … noooooo. Birds abbreviations slang wildlife rehabilitators

Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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Since then, the majority of my guests became birders and wildlife photographers. About the same time, I made another dream come true, and started offering wildlife watching and photography boat tours at the lake.

Returning to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Here, birds make up only some of the wildlife sightings. After all, the refuge was established in 1931 to protect the wintering grounds of migratory species, and my head has already filled with dreams of crisp, cool hikes, trusty binoculars over my shoulder. Marks National Wildlife Refuge appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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eBirding National Wildlife Refuges

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I am something of an aficionado of National Wildlife Refuges. The new features are called “ Explore a National Wildlife Refuge ,” and they can be found in the “explore” tab under the “explore a region” sub-tab. This is an excellent development: the National Wildlife Refuge System is likely the most important avian conservation system in the United States and separately providing NWR eBird data can only reinforce that important fact and make it more widely known to birders.

2018 45

Wildlife Rehabber Misidentification

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“Here’s an idea for a blog,” wrote Donna Osburn, a wildlife rehabilitator from Kentucky. Occasionally finders mistake not just species, but entire classes. “We Birds Conservation Bird falcon grackle Green Heron hawk owl vulture wildlife rehabilitators wren What’s your best misidentification of a bird?”. This is a great topic. It even has two parts.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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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. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies. Both birds and birders flock to national wildlife refuges. and only includes locations that are technically national wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

2018 67

Malaysia is One of the Centers of Wildlife Trafficking

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Malaysia is a transit hub, a supply source, and a consumer hub for endangered wildlife. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking malaysia endangered species A deadly combination.

The Gas Station Bird

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When the photo was posted on social media, people immediately began making calls – to the local wildlife rehabilitation center, the state falconry club, and the wildlife division of the state wildlife agency. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar.

A Few Highlights from the Annual Bird Count at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

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It takes a detour to reach Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica but oh how the trip is worth it. An uncommon species in Costa Rica, it was in a brushy area that reminded me of its breeding grounds. 171 Species.

Baby Tiger Victim of Wildlife Trade

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Tags: wildlife crime vietnam wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species

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Get Thee To A Wildlife Rehabilitator

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If that’s not possible, she needs the knowledgeable care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabbers love the public. Why do wildlife rehabilitators not love the public? The state of Indiana has been soliciting comments for a bill which would make the above scenario legal for 90 days, creating an uproar among those who are licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Birds injured wildlife orphaned wildlife screech owl wildlife rehabilitator

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

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. These reports (called “ Banking on Nature “) are relevant to birders because they are among the few comprehensive analyses that relate to the economic impact of birders on national wildlife refuges, which are among the more popular birding locations. Birding economics National Wildlife Refuges Rainwater Basin USFWS WPA

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U.S. Endangered Species Act: The System Works

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A prime example is a report newly released by the Center for Biological Diversity which suggests that, by and large, in the United States, the Endangered Species Act is indeed helping to save the birds it protects. Fish & Wildlife Service) seem to be faring especially well, with some 85% of populations stabilizing or increasing. News Center for Biological Diversity Conservation Endangered Species Act Northern Great Plains Piping Plover

Six Months Birding in Costa Rica, 620 Species of Birds

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Although Bobolinks are a very rare migrant, lots of other birds are possible, more than enough to rack up hundreds of species over the course of the year. Each January, I hope to identify at least 600 species over the next 12 months, this year, I’m hoping that Marilen and I (aka Team Tyto ) will find 700. Thanks to guiding, I have identified around 620 species six months into the year and Mary has a list of more than 530.

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"Thin Green Line" Surveys Wildlife Crime in UK

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Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

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It’s that coastline, however, that called me to Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, an oasis drawing migrating waterfowl like a magnet. Is there anything better for a birder than when the target species are literally everywhere , with nothing to obstruct them? Over the course of an hour, my husband and I wracked up almost 30 species, many of which were year birds for me. The post Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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The raid took place on the day an amendment to the law controlling illegal trade in endangered species came into effect. Tags: wildlife crime UK wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph. Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers.

The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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The general public is out and about, birds and animals are raising their young, and human/wildlife interaction is at its peak. Violation of the law would be punishable by substantial fines, plus the cat owners would be required to perform community service at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. They’d also have to pay for every aspect of care the injured bird requires, as well as the emotional suffering of the wildlife rehabilitator!”.

A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. One species I can always count on at Colusa NWR is the Black-crowned Night-Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax ), which boasts a large resident population.

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Wildlife and Life Celebrations

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Environmentalists view helium–filled balloon releases as wildlife killers. No buying invasive fish from the pet store and tossing them into a pond, where they will grow into behemoths and devour the native species. Recently a baby was born in North Carolina with Trisomy 13, a chromosomal abnormality so severe most carriers die at birth.

2013 82

Trafficking Should be Crime Story, Not Wildlife Story

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He says inflated wildlife smuggling numbers are hurting the fight against the crime. In other words, puffing wildlife smuggling to sell stories hurts efforts to fight crime. Recall any wildlife smuggling story you've ever read or watched in the past 20 years. Now, substitute the word "cocaine" for whatever wildlife is featured in the story. Reporting on wildlife crime likewise should treat the matter as a crime story not a wildlife story. Interesting.

The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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On a sandbar in the center of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of ducks swirled around each other or lay down to take cover against the punishing wind. The waterfowl flock was made up of two very unique looking species: the Fulvous and Black-belled Whistling Ducks. In the distance I spotted two species of cormorants, and as we watched the water an entire flock of Black-necked Stilts made a pass before settling down in the waving reeds.

2019 54

US Fish & Wildlife Only Accepting Snail Mail

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OK, so if you have a comment about the changes to the Endangered Species Act , you can ONLY snail mail or hand deliver your letter. Tags: us fish and wildlife endangered species No email or faxes. You only have 30 days to comment. And there will be no public hearing. That's just BS.

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In Defense of Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Why do you wildlife rehabilitators waste your time saving a cardinal with a broken wing, when you could be giving your money to save habitat? Wildlife rehabilitators should not have to defend what they do. Sometimes it is a member of an endangered or threatened species. Birding bird rehabilitation buckshot rehab wildlife rehabilitatorsThe kids can’t get enough of this stuff. Who’s ever seen an x-ray?” I ask. Anyone ever broken a bone?” Hands shoot up.

The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

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So what do these facts mean for our wildlife? Fire can also cause wildlife to be burned, dehydrated and malnourished. In the months after a fire, wildlife populations can suffer substantial losses due to habitat alteration and destruction. Since their habitat has been destroyed, wildlife become displaced and must spend more time searching for food, water and shelter. News CalFire Carr Fire wildfires wildlife

2018 47

Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed downlisting it from “endangered” to “threatened.”. Under the Endangered Species Act, any listing, uplisting, downlisting, or removal from a list requires a formal “rulemaking” process. Several national parks, national wildlife refuges, and state lands host significant populations.

Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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A few weeks ago I led a field trip to Butte Valley Wildlife Area. It was a destination I had never experienced so I made a few phone calls and got some information from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife agent who actually runs both the Butte Valley and the Shasta Valley Wildlife Areas, which are about 25 miles apart. Like many “wildlife areas” it is open to waterfowl hunting during the season.

2017 42

Wildlife Rescued in Trinidad and Tobago

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Three corrupt police officers in Trinidad and Tobago robbed a couple of Venezuelan wildlife smugglers and were subsequently arrested themselves. Over 1,000 animals were rescued, including 500 bull finches and 300 picoplats, The rescued wildlife also included monkeys, parrots, macaws and other species from Venezuela. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime trafficking

Birding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida, is an amazing destination to see a wide variety of wildlife including, of course, birds! And while I didn’t lead any field trips to the refuge this year during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I did visit the refuge on a couple of occasions. 10,000 Birds is a Scrub Jay level sponsor of the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. ….

2014 85

Gulf Coast Wildlife Threatened by Oil Spill

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2010 109

The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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Many of these refuges and associated Conservation Areas, which have the potential to protect more than 1 million acres of vital wildlife habitat, have been forged through creative partnerships with sportsmen, conservation groups and private landowners. It is now more important than ever to draw on the diverse group of refuge advocates around the country to safeguard America’s wildlife heritage 1. Most wildlife watchers are anxious to contribute their resources toward that end.

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My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

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Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us. I already have a history of searches for this species. What are your best wildlife moments? And what are your wildlife dreams? Trips Africa Europe India World Wildlife DayI remember, several times while motionlessly surveying birds, I found myself being investigated by Striped Field Mice , who would dare to come to sniff me.

2016 63

Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

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I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me. After all, I have written several posts on wildlife conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Pass that my co-founder Ingrid Taylar and I have been encouraging for years. This week I have simply put together a post featuring several of my favorite photos, all taken on our National Wildlife Refuges. I will close with a video from Colusa National Wildlife Refuge.

2018 44

A Tribute to a Wildlife Lover’s Support Team

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It’s a rough world for wildlife. Part of a wildlife rehabilitator’s job description should be a willingness to have your heart smashed to bits over and over again. More than 90% of wildlife injuries are caused by humans. I loudly curse people out, I routinely wish everyone would disappear and leave a world populated only by wildlife, I mock the word “humanity.” Hold tight to those who love you, no matter what their species, in the time you are given.

2015 78

A New Wildlife Refuge Pass: Fellow Birders, Help Us Help You

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Since we first launched the Wildlife Conservation Stamp Project, we’ve made our case to thousands of birders and photographers. And, one of the common ideas throughout is that birders, photographers and other wildlife watchers deserve and are excited about a Refuge pass they can call their own. We’re relaunching the project as the Wildlife Conservation Pass. This will be an innovative way for us to show our support for the National Wildlife Refuge system.

2016 64

Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

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Slightly larger than Wales and about the size of the US state of Maryland, this country’s lure is its 703 bird species and three dozen Albertine Rift endemics among them. The “Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife” gives you the info how and where to look for both birds and mammals (not just primates, the title is somewhat misleading). Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife.

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

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world. Developed in the post-frontier era, the NAMWC helped put a stop to wanton wildlife destruction in an era where many species were being hunted and trapped ruthlessly to the brink of extinction. Setting land aside in the public domain in perpetuity is probably the most substantive thing we do for wildlife conservation.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. National wildlife refuges provide premier outdoor recreational opportunities across the Nation. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas.

2015 59

The National Wildlife Refuge System: Birders Leading the Way

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He has visited more than 40 National Wildlife Refuges in 20 states and frequently visits NWRs in his travels, most recently Buenos Aires NWR in southern Arizona. The focus on Malheur is and was appropriate, but we should not lose sight of the significance of the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. The debates regarding the appropriate use of our public lands are likely to continue and most Americans are unaware of the importance of the System to wildlife conservation.

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