Texas Father & Son Sentenced for Wildlife Trafficking

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Texas restricts deer importing.) Tags: wildlife trafficking Arkansas Texas deer They were illegally bringing in deer from Arkansas. Plus a little matter with stolen property.

Dogfighting Grows in Texas

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Investigators found that dogfighting was on the rise in Texas and was much more widespread than they had expected. Besides a cadre of older, well-established dogfighters, officials said, the sport has begun to attract a growing following among young people from hardscrabble neighborhoods in Texas, where gangs, drug dealing and hip-hop culture make up the backdrop. Tags: animal cruelty Texas dog fighting us From the New York Times.

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Animal Cruelty at Texas Horse Farm

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The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of East Texas and Humane Society of North Texas worked with the Smith County District Attorney's Office to rescue 50 horses from a Lindale property. animal cruelty horses Texas50 surviving horses were rescued. For the full story, go here to KLTV.com.

University of Texas May Receive Surprise USDA Inspection

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PETA has complained to the USDA that the University of Texas has been severely mistreating its lab animals. animal research USDA Texas PETAThere may be a surprise inspection, but I don't really understand how effective a "surprise" inspection is when the facility is notified in advance!!

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The Owls of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Texas

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Along with Hawk Mountain and the Platte River, there were two destinations in Texas near the top of the page – Padre Island National Seashore and the Rio Grande Valley. One of the highlights of birding in this Texas state park is the chance to see five owl species that breed here. Let’s enjoy the owls of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Destinations owls Rio Grande River Valley Texas

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27,000 Animals Rescued in Texas

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An Arlington, Texas, municipal judge ruled that the animals suffered from neglect and cruel conditions, and an appeal by the company's owners to a higher court was denied last weekend. Holy cow! That's HUGE. It was an exotic animal importing firm (why the eff do those even exist?) that was allegedly mistreating its animals. A lot of these animals are reptiles, spiders and amphibians, which explains the large number. This rescue is the result of a PETA undercover investigation.

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The Little Big Year – Week 43: Last minute trip to Texas

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Well, that’s just not really our style, so at the very last minute, we rented a high gas mileage car, thru a few things in a cooler, and our birding gear and headed for south Texas. We left Tucson on Monday, and drove to Alpine, Texas for our first night. This allowed me a good night’s rest, and an early start towards Alamo Texas, where we had reserved a very cool little room with a kitchen. That lovely little owl represented bird number 34 for the run thru Texas!

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Turkeys in Texas Playing Soccer!

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Now here is something you don’t see everyday! The iconic turkey, star of Thanksgiving, also seems to enjoy playing a good game of soccer! What do you think? Could they win the world cup? cute video

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The Urban Birds of Austin, Texas

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Though I have been birding for a few years now, I had only birded west of the Mississippi once before my recent trip to Austin, Texas. These birds live in Texas and the southwest, and until that power line I had never seen one. Trips Austin Texas Urban BirdsGiven how far west I found myself, I was hoping for at least a handful of new birds. I didn’t realize how many new species I would see within the city itself!

Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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So, we were off and away to Dalhart, Texas, and the Rita Blanca Reservoir. We had no real plans to go to Texas, but the last report from Rita Blanca was very impressive. For those of you that have never been thru any part of Texas, especially the northwest corner, it is very flat! The post Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips Dalhart Texas Little Big Year Rita Blanca Res.

Dogfighting Ring Broken in Texas

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Looks like a lot of people, and dogs, were involved. Authorities already have seized 187 animals from Harris, Montgomery and Tyler counties connected to the operation. As many as 100 people attended the fights, placing bets as high as $1,000 for a single match. Detailed records kept by those involved should help authorities prosecute the eight people arrested Friday and the 47 other suspects who have been indicted, but not yet arrested.

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More Great Texas Birding Classic Action

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My stint accompanying the Swarovski Roadside Hawks in the Great Texas Birding Classic 5-day Bird Race has come to an end, but the action still continues. Asides Great Texas Birding ClassicClay Taylor is tweeting the action @CTaylorBirder and all Birding Classic tweets can be followed via #gtbc11. I highly recommend following this amazing team’s bird chasing exploits… their combination of intensity and ability makes birding exciting!

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Texas Tech Allowed to Withhold Info on Animal Testing

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The Texas Attorney General ruled earlier this month that the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center can withhold records of a committee that oversees the use of animals in training and research. PETA was trying to get the information to find out why the university is buying cats and dogs from a West Texas animal shelter for university training or research.

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Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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All of these titles deal with birding in specific North American geographic areas: The Atlantic coast, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The first edition of the TOS (Texas Ornithological Society) Handbook of Texas Birds by Mark W. There are more photographs, mostly new (the 1962 Eskimo Curlew remains), taken by the authors and a large group of birders, most of whom appear to be from Texas. The TOS Handbook of Texas Birds, Second Edition.

Avian Images from a Texas Big Week

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Birding, like so many other things, is bigger in Texas. How else can you explain the 312 species the Swarovski Optik “Fabulous EL Fifties” racked up in a frenetic five days to win the 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic Big Week? 1/4000sec @ ISO 2000 Long-tailed Duck was the “star” of the Galveston FeatherFest , and a write-in for the Great Texas Birding Classic. Trips bird race Great Texas Birding Classic swarovski texas

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Texas Oil Spill Threatens Migrating Birds

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Is last week’s oil spill near Galveston, Texas bad for birds? As the guys on SportsCenter say, it’s not good , according to conservationists and wildlife officials, since spring migration is just heating up. Many birds flying toward their nesting sites pass over where the spill occurred (on World Water Day, ironically). If they rest or feed in the affected area , they’re at risk for contamination. That goes for resident birds, too.

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Don’t Mess with the Great Texas Birding Classic

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Now you should have a sense of the excitement elicited by the Great Texas Birding Classic ! The Great Texas Birding Classic covers the extent of what else but the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, 500 miles of phenomenal habitat covering the Gulf Coast from the east Texas Piney Woods to the lower Rio Grande Valley. Speaking of fun, have I mentioned that I’ll be attending the 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic?

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Texas May Allow Aerial Hunting of Wild Pigs

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Millions of wild pigs weighing up to 300 pounds have been tearing up crops, trampling fences and eating just about anything in their path in Texas. This doesn't sound good. But now they had better watch their hairy backs. A state lawmaker is proposing to allow ordinary Texans with rifles and shotguns to shoot the voracious, tusked animals from helicopters. For years, ranchers in the Lone Star State have hired professional hunters in choppers to thin the hogs' fast-multiplying ranks.

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SPCA Supervisor Arrested For Animal Cruelty in Texas

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I hope this woman rots in jail, but I doubt that will happen in Texas. Authorities found the dog, a German shepherd mix named Bruce, in a small crate on March 18. They arrived after neighbors complained of a strong smell emanating from Martin's apartment in the 2800 block of Townbluff Drive in Plano. The crate was in a dark closet that functioned as a laundry room and had flooded, according to the affidavit. Police say Bruce was emaciated in a puddle of water and his own feces.

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Great Texas Birding Classic: Big First Day on the Upper Coast

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Any of these bodacious Upper Texas Coast bird watching destinations deserve hours if not days in order to be fully appreciated. Blame the Great Texas Birding Classic. Most but not all Texans appreciate the amazing Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail The Great Texas Birding Classic features a series of competitions from a Big Sit to Big Days for each of the three sections of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Boykin Spring. Jasper Fish Hatchery. Marvin Dies.

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Follow the Great Texas Birding Classic

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Sometime after midnight, the Swarovski Roadside Hawks will swoop into action in the 5-day Competition event in the Great Texas Birding Classic ! Follow my updates through the 10,000 Birds Twitter account ( 10000birds ) and any other tweets via the designated hashtag for this year’s Classic: #gtbc11. Wish us luck! Asides

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Great Texas Birding Classic: Scenes from the Upper Rio Grande Valley

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On the first day of the Great Texas Birding Classic , the Swarovski Roadside Hawks racked up over 180 species on the Upper Coast. Trips Estero Llano Grande features Great Texas Birding Classic rio grande valley South Padre Island texasBut one day does not a Big Week make. The team decided on an ambitious strategy that placed us in the Upper Rio Grande Valley before sunrise so we drove through the night, stopping only for showers and snipes.

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker in East Texas!

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Oh, wait, never mind. Darned local news stations… Hat-tip to Birdchick. Asides woodpeckers

Be Glad You Aren’t A Mailman in Texas

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Because you would be attacked by a misidentified bird. Hat-tip to Will Raup. Asides

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Baby Squirrels Rescued from Hurricane Ike

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For more news of SPCA of Texas' hurricane work, go here. Tags: squirrels Texas hurricane rescue Nice rescue news for a Sunday.

Investigation Demanded for Southwest Lab

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SAEN says previous USDA reports revealed primates have died at the Texas lab from dehydration and hypothermia, while others have simply been "found dead" -- possibly without veterinary care -- after suffering from serious disease conditions that include temperatures up to 105 degrees. Tags: animal research primates Texas Stop Animal Exploitation Now! SAEN) is calling for an investigation of Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, TX.

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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Occurring primarily in two disjunct populations (one in Mexico and the other in the Andes), these jays are common residents in South Texas where they are steadily spreading northward. South Texas Birding & Nature. Birding Elegant Trogon Florida birding jays Painted Bunting rosy-finches Southeast Arizona Birding Texas birdingNorth America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate.

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New Mexico Governor Opposes Chimp Transfer

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The animals can be used again for medical experiments if transferred to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas. Tags: chimpanzees animal research animal laboratories Texas new mexico From the AP. Bill Richardson is asking to tour a former medical research lab in southern New Mexico that houses more than 200 chimpanzees. Richardson made the comment Tuesday after meeting in Bethesda, Md.

San Antonio Zoo Accused of Elephant Mistreatment

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The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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February had brought zipping breezes and cloudy skies to this part of coastal Texas, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. You’d think I would be able to stand the frigid temperatures, but the dampness of the Texas coast was just too much when mixed with the driving winds. Have time along the Texas-Louisiana coast? Trips national wildlife refuge Texas whistling ducksI couldn’t believe it.

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Hummer Time

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At the top of those destinations is the stretch of Gulf Coast Texas barrier islands starting at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in the north, through Padre Island National Seashore, to South Padre Island near the country’s border. Many fly through these Texas hotspots, transforming physics into magic right before our eyes! With a bit of luck the Texas Gulf just might have several of our favorite hummingbird species. Destinations Aransas hummingbirds South Padre Island Texa

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Hagerman NWR: Birding Amidst Oil Wells

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I recently traveled to Texas and made a trip to Hagerman NWR (an “Honorable Mention”), which is north of Dallas. In the Fall, Franklin’s Gulls migrate through Texas and Oklahoma on their way south. Birding Trips Hagerman NWR National Wildlife Refuges TexasLast year, I compiled a subjective list of the Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding. Based on comments from other birders, I added ten “Honorable Mention” sites for a total of 35 locations.

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Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

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She runs Birds of Texas Rehabilitation Center in Austin County, Texas. If he were a Minnesota dentist, or a Texas veterinarian, or a beauty contestant posing with this trophy, would his argument for justifying this death be any different? Birds Birds of Texas Rehabilitation Center collecting rare birds Linda Hufford moustached kingfisher wildlife rehabilitator

Birds and Belt-sander Racing

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We are here to film the local HummerBird Celebration for the towns of Rockport and Fulton, Texas. The competition lines up A contestant prepares The finish line Next time you’re birding the Coastal Bend of Texas, be sure to stop in at the Pickled Pelican. Birding hummingbirds ruby-throated hummingbirds TexasOk, let’s admit that there are many people out there who think of birding as a weird and eccentric pastime. But we’re not alone.

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Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake

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Reptiles Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Texas Positive reinforcement tells me that I should be finding snakes in Houston, TX. The first one was found simply by accident, but consistent herpetological luck at Houston’s Arboretum makes me look harder and longer until I find one. It took two visits during this trip, but I was rewarded with a very intimate look at a charming little snake. This is the Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus orarius.

Swarovski Optik Team Wins the 2011 GTBC 5-Day Event

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I’ve already regaled readers with the Swarovski Optik “Fabulous EL Fifties” heroic first and second days in the 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic 5-Day Event. Also, stay tuned to more details of what it took to see so many freaking birds in just 5 days as well as how Swarovski Optik will allocate its winnings to support conservation projects along the mighty Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Birding bird race Great Texas Birding Classic swarovski

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls

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Mike had just invited me to Nikon’s Prostaffer Retreat that was to be held at a ranch in south Texas. Birding at sunset in Willacy County, south Texas In years gone by, the chosen site for the retreat was part of the southern extremity of the King Ranch , a property of legendary status amongst US birders, most notably for its population of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls. Birds features owls pygmy-owls Texas Worldwide Birding Adventures“Do they have owls?”

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Manky Muscovy Ducks

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When this native of Mesoamerica and South America is spied in the wild, usually in some corner of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, it elicits admiring oohs and ahs. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America.

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Resaco de la Palma – an excerpt from The Winter Texans

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Happily, the park’s status and its many bird-obsessed visitors mean that it has decent funding even in small-government Texas – a share in the 300 million dollars a year that ecotourism brings to the Rio Grande Valley. Birding ibis Texas woodpeckersIt’s been an indoorsy kind of week here in Montana, so I’m sharing a bit of the past with you guys: an excerpt from The Winter Texans, my essay in the current issue of Camas.

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Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants

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San Antonio Zoo (Texas) Edmonton Valley Zoo (Canada), Buttonwood Park Zoo (Mass.), This list was issued by In Defense of Animals last month. Here they are. Central Florida Zoo (Fla.), Niabi Zoo (Ill.), Topeka Zoo (Kan.), Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii), Wildlife Safari (Ore.), York's Wild Kingdom Zoo (Maine) tied with Southwick's Zoo (Mass.), Pittsburgh Zoo's ICC (Penn.). San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Calif.) earned a dishonorable mention. I'm surprised that Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle didn't make it.

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Help the Almagordo Chimpanzees

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However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move the chimpanzees—many of them at least 30 years old—to the Southwest National Primate Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas, where they can be used in painful, invasive experiments.". Here's an action alert from Physicians for Social Responsibility. Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used for research.

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PETA Enters Alamagordo Primate Controversy

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Here's an opinion piece from Ingrid Newkirk arguing to stop the transfer of 202 "retired" chimpanzees to a Texas facility where they may be subjected to more experimentation. The Governor of New Mexico has already met with the National Institutes of Health to try and stop this transfer with no apparent success. Some of the animals are 60 years old and veterans of the US space program.

Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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“There’s a chance for any dog, even a good dog, to bite someone,&# said Larry Green, a chaplain for Hospice of South Texas. I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society. I work with someone, in fact, who is so prejudiced against these beautiful dogs, that she will leave a dog park with her dogs if a pit bull arrives.