The Greek Strategy

10,000 Birds

Hence, back to strategy. Have you read my blogs on birding Greece ? Presuming that you live somewhere in Europe and plan a car trip to Greece, let me suggest a couple of routes that will increase your tour list. Driving from France or Germany to Greece, you are likely to pass through my hometown of Belgrade and continue south following the E75 through the FYRO Macedonia. That motorway takes you to the Gevgelija (MAK) – Evzonoi (GR) border crossing. My recommendation? Avoid it!

2016 64

A Global Big Day Strategy for Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

After days of scouting, assessing eBird results, and playing with probabilities, I settled on a route that would follow these strategies: The first hours in the Central Valley : Since I couldn’t help but participate in Big Day form (it is called “Global Big Day” after all), the first hours literally are the first hours of a calendar day.

Big Day Birding in Costa Rica- Strategies and Constraints

10,000 Birds

Up north, strategies for a Big Day have to include knowledge of sites for breeding birds, the best places to find migrants, driving times, and the ability to identify by sight or sound, anything that peeps, flies, or pops into view. Witnessing the Champions of the Flyway race, seeing social media coverage of the World Series of Birding, participating in the Global Big Day, and doing my own on April 24th has got me thinking about strategies for better Big Days in Costa Rica.

15 Resources for Employer Branding Professionals

Proactive Talent

The report reveals what’s motivating and concerning today’s workforce - valuable information you can use to reach candidates through your employer brand strategy. Building strategy Employer Branding Strategies Conference Sometimes an immersive experience is just want you need to inspire and learn. The Employer Branding Strategies Conference will do just that, giving you tools and tips to develop your strategy, strengthen your employer brand and learn about best practices.

British Hospitals to Offer Meatless Alternatives

Critter News

Meat-free menus are to be promoted in hospitals as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions across the National Health Service. The plan to offer patients menus that would have no meat option is part of a strategy to be published tomorrow that will cover proposals ranging from more phone-in GP surgeries to closing outpatient departments and instead asking surgeons to visit people at their local doctor's surgery. It's all part of a campaign to cut carbon emissions.

2009 100

PETA Buying Corporate Stock

Critter News

I think this is a great strategy. I'm sure this is old news, but PETA keeps buying corporate stock to gain influence in corporate decision-making. From the AP. Companies don't always change their policies, but Byrne said the effort has paid off.

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BBS Giveaway – Pet Fire Safety Awareness

4 The Love Of Animals

To make it easier, we’ve assembled some great tips to help you whip your fire prevention strategy into shape! Having a fire safety strategy has many benefits and may help reduce the chances of fire, injury and home evacuation. Evacuation Strategies. Yesterday was Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day. Many people don’t have a set plan for house fires. And sadly, even fewer have plans that include their pets.

2013 176

Dead, Poisoned Mice to Rain Down on Guam

10,000 Birds

In what must be one of the most unusual conservation strategies ever, dead mice laced with acetaminophen, trailing streamers meant to catch on tree branches, will be dropped one-by-one, by hand, from helicopters. To try to manage the invasive Brown Tree Snake on Guam, which has forced many of Guam’s bird species to extinction and as a way to try to keep the snakes from Hawaii. This article is fascinating. Conservation Guam Reptiles

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A Strategic Arms Race Among Birds

10,000 Birds

There are two patterns that are fairly extreme that fall into this category: brood parasitism and helper-at-the-nest strategy. In the case of brood parasitism, made famous by the many species of Cuckoo as well as cow birds and some fiches, among others, one might expect the host birds to evolve anti-parasitism strategies. In the case of helpers-at-the-nest one might expect that this strategy arose because of certain ecological or social conditions.

2014 79

Another Thumbs Up for Avian Radar?

10,000 Birds

” So says Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, from the infamous “ Miracle on the Hudson ” flight, about strategies to make air travel safer. Until an effective strategy (or strategies) is adopted by the aviation community, Sullenberger warns, “What happened to us could happen again tomorrow.” “Miracle on the Hudson” image by Greg L./Wikimedia Wikimedia Commons.

2013 58

Just Two Lessons Learned for Today

Animal Person

To talk about the future as if we know what theory or strategy will lead to our goal doesn't make sense. I've decided that 20 lessons is a good number to stop at, and today I'll discuss what are probably the two most controversial ones, about the animal rights movement. Lesson #11. The Appeal of Cliques The first six Lessons Learned from 4 Years of Animal Person and numbers 7-10 hinted about cliques, but only the negative aspects.

2010 107

On the Vetsulin "Recall"

Animal Person

Every animal is different, so what I do with Violet won't be the ideal strategy for everyone. First let me say that there is no recall of Vetsulin (often used to manage the diabetes of dogs and cats) as of today. Somewhere between six months and a year ago, I noticed that there was a difference in effectiveness of Vetsulin from bottle to bottle. Violet's dose, twice each day, is either nine or ten units, depending on how active she is.

2010 103


10,000 Birds

A clever strategy to specialize on something that everybody thinks is disgusting. I am probably one of the least qualified people to write a post with this title, as my interest in food is quite limited, as long as I do not go hungry.

2020 82

Bar-shouldered Doves in Broome

10,000 Birds

The strategy is not successful and it is quite common for Bar-shouldered Doves to hit our windows in a panic. I am not sure how it happened, but I have written 480 posts and somehow not even shared photos of Bar-shouldered Doves. This bird species is usually the first in our garden each morning and the last to leave at the end of the day!

2019 61

Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

It is interesting to see the different evolutionary strategies of closely related bird species – the various snow-white egrets with their “I don`t give a damn who can see me” attitude contrasting with the ridiculously well-camouflaged yellow bitterns.

2020 77

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

If Engber does a good job with anything, it's with pointing out the flaws in the strategies of pro-animal activists and in the outcomes of their campaigns. 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. Let's deconstruct: Part I: Where's Pepper?

2009 118

EPA Wants to Rely Less on Animal Testing

Critter News

Kavlock expects the testing strategy to be fully deployed within 10 years but believes useful applications will be released within two years. It's not a move based on compassion, but efficiency. I'll take what I can get though, even if it's not an immediate eradication of a despicable practice. The U.S.

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The Simple Economics of Pet Overpopulation

Critter News

A second strategy is limiting the number of breeders out there who simply keep adding to the supply for their own personal profit. It seems to me that the root of the problem in pet overpopulation can be expressed simply in economic terms. The supply of pets is way, way greater than the demand for them. What we need to do is reach an equilibrium where the supply for pets equals the demand. Many groups and individuals are working very hard on this by trying to decrease the supply.

2009 100

On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

I do disagree with some of what follows, though, and agree with some as well (my comments are in italics): The animal rights movement must adapt their political campaigning strategies to these psychological facts. There is a general consensus that vegetarianism and veganism are different philosophically. And when I spoke about a continuum over a year ago as a result of a workshop with Rae Sikora, who demonstrated that there was a continuum, there was some discontent. How about this?

Top 5 Ways to Pet Proof Your Home

4 The Love Of Animals

To enjoy the most of your pet (and your home), it’s best to take action with these top 5 pet proofing strategies. Take one look at the viral blog, Pet Shaming , and it’s difficult to retain any illusions about our furry friends. Love them as we may, they will make a mess of the house when left to their own devices, and they might make themselves very ill in the process. See What Your Pet Sees.

2012 176

Pycnonotidae: A Critical Review

10,000 Birds

The same strategy also works for the Crested Finchbill , a species that presumably feels very much at home at Graceland. The reception of bulbuls in the ornithological world is decidedly mixed.

Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

Critter News

In 2007, the National Academy of Sciences published a report calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make a fundamental shift in its toxicity testing strategies away from testing on mammals and focusing increasingly on new, more accurate—not to mention, more ethical—in vitro toxicity testing. 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."

8 Reasons Why Bringing Your Dog To Work Is A Good Idea

4 The Love Of Animals

One method of getting dogs integrated into the office could be a solo strategy at first, just start with one dog — someone who has a dog who’s ancient, or who sleeps all day, could be tested out on staff or clients. Office Life – 8 Reasons Why Bringing Your Dog To Work Is A Good Idea. Today’s guest post is from Lloyd Burrell. Lloyd is an animal lover and enjoys blogging on the office theme.

2011 198

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

Is It So Hard To Understand Why Birders and Wildlife Conservationists Don’t Buy the Duck Stamp?

10,000 Birds

” In that document they speak of a strategy for new opportunities stating that “the team will work with States and other conservation partners to complete a strategy for developing new opportunities for hunting, fishing, WILDLIFE VIEWING AND PHOTOGRAPHY , with special emphasis on youth and people with disabilities.” Maybe even come up with a strategy to help this multitude of wildlife viewers contribute monetarily to the refuge system they seem to enjoy so much?

2013 83

Alien Face

10,000 Birds

The adult Streaked Xenops (top right) keeps an eye on the younger bird, now acclimatizing to the workings of their unorthodox feeding strategies.

2020 84

Expedition Grizzly

4 The Love Of Animals

Throughout the seasons, Casey observes survival strategies of these grizzlies from a distance, while Brutus demonstrates up-close grizzly anatomy, strength and behavior.

Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Bird Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf

10,000 Birds

You’d think that dressing in green to hide from predators inside a dense rainforest is as a strategy as plain as day, yet only a surprisingly limited number of bird species on Borneo have ventured down that evolutionary road. Fun fact: Their camouflage strategy and dependence on deciduous tree species has kept them from expanding into more temperate zones since the constant moult to adapt to the changing autumn colours would overstrain their metabolism.

2015 69

Raptor ID Happy Hour with Crossley & Sullivan – Friday 6:00pm

10,000 Birds

Before you start plotting out your weekend birding strategy, consider joining Richard Crossley and Brian Sullivan for Raptor ID Happy Hour, a conversation about North American raptors, at 6pm tonight, March 22nd. What are you doing this Friday evening? Crossley and Sullivan are the co-authors of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors , published this week by Princeton University Press. You may remember Mike’s post What is a Black Hawk?

2013 52

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

10,000 Birds

He also described the current recovery strategy for the parrot, which will involve the creation of additional populations and exchanges between them. Last week, I “attended” the virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC).

2020 87

Whooping Crane at Joe Overstreet Road

10,000 Birds

Continuing to release more birds into an environment that could not sustain them was a losing strategy. The strategy that I had to find the bird was the same unsuccessful strategy I had used on my two previous visits: drive slowly along Joe Overstreet Road, stopping frequently to get out and scan, and hope that a bright white bird that stands more than four feet tall wouldn’t be that tough to see.

2015 78

A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference

10,000 Birds

The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) is held every four years. It seems that pretty much everyone who is anyone in ornithology in the Western Hemisphere attends, making NAOC is one of the largest ornithological conferences in the world.

2020 67

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

10,000 Birds

For New Zealand, he describes each of the Subantarctic Islands and mainland islands and beaches where its nine Penguin species are found, including endemic species like Snares, Erect-crested, and Royal, and suggests strategies for seeing them all. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause>

Could Radar Help Make Birdstrikes a Thing of the Past?

10,000 Birds

Engineers, airport managers, and wildlife authorities have devised a number of strategies. Birds and airplane compete for right-of-way at Sky Harbor Airport and Seaplane Base (image by Donald Emmerich, Wikimedia Commons). For about as long as people have been flying planes, pilots of all type of aircraft have been experiencing birdstrikes. Sometimes the damage is little more than dented panel or cracked windshield. The damage to the plane, that is.

2013 78

Sand Trap: Netting Red Knots for Science

10,000 Birds

Mist nets are a popular strategy. If you need to capture a bird for study or rehabbing, there are a number of tools at your disposal. You can use garden-variety butterfly nets or bigger, pool-cleaning nets. I’ve even marveled at watching fisherman toss a huge cast net to secure a Ring-billed Gull with a bum wing (but with the ground speed of Usain Bolt). What if, however, you want to nab a group of shorebirds that will scurry or take flight at the merest approach?

Choosing a food that is right for you and your dog

4 The Love Of Animals

The convenience of ‘ready-made’ dog meals has been the key to its success, and since then many brands and varieties have been created, all coupled with great marketing strategies utilizing colorful labels and pictures. Since their initial domestication, dogs have been fed scraps from their owners until commercial pet food became readily available in the 1940’s.

2011 100

eBird and Urban Planning: City Green Spaces

10,000 Birds

I hope that my work helps to show some of the nuance, but also helps point to some strategies. Birders who submit their checklists to eBird likely know that their data may be used to conduct research on avian migration, range, or population.

2020 98

The Bird Way: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

One good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

2020 87

National Justice for Animals Week

Critter News

ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program provides free legal assistance—including legal research and strategy suggestions, location of expert witnesses, and sample pleadings—to prosecutors handling cruelty cases and works to strengthen state anti-cruelty legislation. From the better late then never category, the ALDF is having a National Justice for Animals Week to raise awareness about animal abuse. They sent me an email on the 21st, but I just got around to reading about it.

This Week in Bird News: Iceland’s Newest Residents, Sleeping-While-Flying Secrets, and a Truly Diabolical Image

10,000 Birds

A new study proposes an algorithm for how birds navigate thermals , suggesting strategies that glider pilots might use. It’s a sad day for nestcam watchers, as a Bald Eagle nonchalantly snatched one of Rachel and Steve’s Osprey fledglings. But thankfully, there’s other bird news that’s more positive. Listen up, listers: If you’ve got an Iceland list, you might need to amend it … the country has gained six new nesting species in the 21st century.

Nectar Wars of Tandayapa

10,000 Birds

Such is the variety of survival strategies employed by the hummingbirds that several authors have attempted to categorize them into well-defined groups. And at Tandayapa Lodge you can view all of these strategies in action from your bedroom window or from the breakfast table. These hummingbirds have developed a highly organized strategy of nectar gathering. These are hummingbirds that are so big that they do not rely on any strategy besides knocking others out the way.

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A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

10,000 Birds

And the nandu, a South American rhea, has an intriguing chick-survival strategy: a week before hatching, the male (who does the incubating) pushes one egg out of the nest.

2020 63

Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

10,000 Birds

In October of 2012, the Institute for Bird Populations released “ A Conservation Strategy for the Black-Backed Woodpecker in California 3.” ” The purpose of this Conservation Strategy is to provide a roadmap for conserving Black-backed Woodpeckers in California through informed management. A Conservation Strategy for the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) in California. It was July of 2012.

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