Burning Bunnies in Sweden

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In Sweden, the way they deal with rabbit problems is to shoot them and burn them for fuel. Six thousand were killed last year, frozen and their cadavers sent to a special heating plant in Karlskoga, central Sweden. Tags: Sweden rabbits The targeted rabbits are the unwanted inhabitants of capital Stockholm's parks, which are culled to protect the shrubs and trees which they gorge on. Many of them are domestic pets released by uncaring owners which then go on to breed.

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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. Additionally, you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or climb to the top of Sweden’s tallest lighthouse, the Långe Jan (Long Jon), for an even more breathtaking view (and possibly catch a glimpse of some seals).

ALF Activists Burn Down Dog Racing Clubhouse in Sweden

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ALF activists in Sweden burned down a greyhound racing clubhouse in Sweden. They took a picture of it burning too.

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What is the National Bird of Sweden?

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The national bird of Sweden is the Blackbird Turdus merula , otherwise known as the Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird , though, of course, in Sweden it is not known by any of those names but as Koltrast.* It is common in Sweden but so are many other species. Despite my inability to figure out why, exactly, Sweden chose the Blackbird it seems like an excellent choice, especially if one likes The Beatles. Birds blackbirds national bird sweden thrushes

100,000 Salmon Released in Sweden

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From Biteback: On the night of 21 November more than 100,000 salmon were liberated from two fish farms in northen Sweden. These two fish farms are a part of the huge Swedish fish farming industry that kills over 5 billion fish every year. In a fish farm, tens of thousands of fish live cramped in net-cages without any chance to engage in their natural behaviors, like traveling long distances.

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Swedish King Wants to Cull Country's Wolf Population

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Because every year the good king runs an elk hunt in Sweden, along with his son Prince Carl Philip. Despite the fact that some 100,000 elk are shot every autumn in Sweden out of an estimated population of 3-400,000, King Gustaf believes that the presence of 200 wolves might spoil his annual hunt, so has been advocating the culling of as many wolves as possible. elk conservation Sweden blood sport World Wildlife Fund hunting wolves

Vagrant Cliff Swallow Killed By Sparrowhawk in Sweden

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A twitcher’s worst nightmare. Asides

Seal Import Ban Passes EU Committee

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Nordic EU countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Finland have opposed such a ban, and EU legal experts say it could violate world trade rules. But the bill still needs the the approval of the entire EU assembly and EU governments in order to become law. It will be tough. Canada and Greenland have warned the EU that they could challenge such a ban before the World Trade Organization.

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Animal Rights Activists Jailed in Europe

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Some employees from firms in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland had "puppy killer" and "scum" daubed on their houses. They are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). I support their cause, but am uncomfortable with their tactics. From Reuters. The group had targeted about 40 firms as part of an international conspiracy to force the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), an animal research laboratory based near Cambridge.

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Domesticated Dogs May Have All Originated in China

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Here is an interesting article about research out of Sweden that suggests that all domesticated dogs may have originated from China. And it may have been for reasons other then what we would like: A new study of dogs worldwide, the largest of its kind, suggests a different answer, one that any dog-owner is bound to find repulsive: Wolves may have first been domesticated for their meat.

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Care to Hazard a Guess?

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Whatever it was it was killed by hunters in Nigeria, it had the following inscription, I assume on one or both of the rings: “9287963- Reseng Meseuom.hom @ Sweden,” and it made the internet. What do you think the “strange big black bird” that had “two rings on its legs and a phone-like tracking device manufactured in Columbia” was?

Urban Birds Have Big Brains

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So says the lead in this BBC News article , which references a recent study done by researchers from the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala, Sweden and the Donana Biological Station, Seville, Spain. “City dwelling birds have larger brains relative to their body size, according to scientists.&#

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2014?

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Oh to be enjoying birds by Kalmar Castle in Sweden right now… Happy Valentine’s Day! If you can’t be with the birds you love, love the birds you’re with. In fact, you should obsessively stalk them this weekend as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count ! Don’t think this celebration is only meant for North Americans. The festive folks at eBird call this event the Great Global Bird Count : everyone can play along!

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Quoth the Raven: Who you callin’ bird-brained?

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A team of researchers from Sweden, the UK, and Germany collaborated to study intelligence in Ravens, Jackdaws , and New Caledonian Crows. They may (or may not) be smarter than a fifth-grader. But Ravens (like the fine specimen above photographed by Corey) are no slouches in the intelligence department. Recently published research suggests that these corvids are at least as clever as primates like chimpanzees.

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Douze points

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Strangely, despite their recent lack of success and this year’s dirge-like entry, UK (along with other European countries that you may have heard of (and the hosts, Sweden)) get a straight run into the final without having to qualify in a semi-final. Tonight, Malmo hosts the high camp drama that is the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a celebration of trite, ridiculous and frankly disturbing pop music. This is the Czech Republic entry for 2009; [link].

The Cute Show Jumping Bunnies

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These little furry bunny rabbits compete in the Rabbit Grand National in Sweden every year – bopping down the jumping course while showing off their speed and ability, and dreaming of winning the first prize trophy! Just in time for Easter, the latest from VICE’s The Cute Show, features Swedish Jumping Bunnies! You think horse jumping is awesome?

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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).

Sea Shepherd Goes After Japanese Whalers Again

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That is one stinky slippery ship," said Sea Shepherd 2nd Officer Peter Hammarstedt of Sweden. I guess I haven't been paying attention, as I didn't know this was going on again. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin closed in on one of the vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet at 0730 Hours GMT (1930 Hours Sydney Time) on December 26th off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory north of the Mawson Peninsula.

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GARBO TALKS!

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And now, researchers from Japan, Germany and Sweden confirmed what I knew all the time, like if I needed them to tell me so. Don’t you hate those people who say “I told you so”? But – I did tell you. While birding the fir forests of the Greek island of Kefallonia , I noted: Coal T**s move here in about dozen or (likely) more strong groups, chitchatting all the time. Do those voices have some meanings?

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The European Christmas Bird Count

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Barnacle geese breed mainly on the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic, while the nearest wintering areas also lie along the northern coasts of Europe: the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea (Estonia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden). I remember studying the map of countries participating in the i nternational mid-winter w aterbird c ensus, where the USA wasn’t marked.

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Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

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For example, in the section on the advantages of single-species flocking behavior, we learn about Eurasian Hazel Grouse in Sweden and Siberia, then Black-capped Chickadees in Ithaca, New York, and then Eastern Kingbirds in Peru and Panama. Here are some of the things I learned reading Birds in Winter: . Birds who store food in advance of winter (corvids, t**s, and nuthatches) have a larger hippocampus (the brain structure that regulates memory) than non-storing birds do.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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The book’s acknowledgements indicate the number and range of organizations also needed to support development of a guide like this, published on a nonprofit basis; they include organizations from Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Bolivia, and our own American Bird Conservancy.

The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

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Dates of first arrival listed by Schorger (1966) are: Italy 1520, Germany 1530, France 1538, England 1541, Denmark and Norway 1550, Sweden 1556. This is the time of year that we rightfully contemplate the noble Turkey. The very first thing we notice about this large member of the Galliformes is that there is a wild version and a domestic version, and although the two are rather different, they are both given the same species name, Meleagris gallopavo.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011)

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Kah Wai Lin Mar 14th, 2011 at 3:26 am White-throated dipper in Nyfors waterfall of Sweden.

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A Question of Migration

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To investigate whether magnetic cues might enable inexperienced migratory birds to recognize a region where they need to replenish their body fat, we caught and held thrush nightingales (Luscinia luscinia) in Sweden just before their first migration and exposed them to a magnetic field simulating that at a migratory stopover in northern Egypt, before the Sahara Desert.

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Collaborative List – March 2017

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Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

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Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range. Tom has made an altitudinal migration, but stayed within his accepted beat.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

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Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. It worked! After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico.

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