Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

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The Yellowlegs may sympathize with Canada’s socialized medicine, and those Curlews and Willets may be red-state Republicans, but they all mostly just want for us to leave their kettle lakes alone. Lark Sparrows and Black-chinned Hummingbirds prefer to breed in red states.

What is the National Bird of the United States?

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The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. It was chosen as the national bird by dint of its inclusion in the National Seal of the United States, which happened by an act of the Continental Congress on 20 June 1782. Benjamin Franklin was famously not happy about the decision to use the Bald Eagle as a symbol of the United States (he preferred the Wild Turkey ). Birds eagles national bird United States

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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For the United States, there is also a state list. As of mid-November 2021, the Collaborative had submitted more than 4,200 checklists (up from 1,700 in 2018) and has observed 691 species in the United States (up from 618).

Deadliest Animals in the United States

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What do you think of this “Deadliest Animals in the United States” infographic? Pretty interesting, isn’t it? Looks like sharks really aren’t so bad after all. Maybe they should have “Deer Week” on the Discovery Channel instead (ha, ha, ha). Via: wildlife

Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesThis article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. I don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

Thank a Republican for Trying to Strip All Protections from Migratory Birds

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This is not the first time that I have pointed out the perfidy of Republicans in United States government as it relates to birds or conservation. Politics Migratory Bird Treaty Act United StatesBut this attempt by Congressmen Duncan of South Carolina to completely prevent any enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is beyond the pale, even for bird-hating Republicans.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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For the United States, there is also a state list. The writers at 10,000 Birds span the globe, but I am particularly interested in the lists for the United States, as that is my “beat.” As of mid-October 2018, the Collaborative had submitted more than 1,700 checklists and observed 618 species in the United States. Inexplicably, eBird does not consider Puerto Rico part of the United States, but if it were properly included (Puerto Ricans are U.S.

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Battle Creek Cellars: Unconditional Pinot Noir (2017)

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Franklin’s opinions on the two birds in his letter are certainly consistent with the story, but there’s no truth to the myth that he proposed any sort of official role for the turkey in the national symbols of the United States.

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West Hollywood, CA, Approves Fur Ban

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It's the first fur ban in the United States. Here's hoping there are many more to come! california legislation fur fashion animal law

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Give your pet a healthy hug!

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More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are considered to … Continue reading → The post Give your pet a healthy hug! This post and FitBit giveaway is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 The Love Of Animals only shares information we feel our readers would enjoy. appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cats dogs pet care

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2021)

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Such a great bird for the northeastern United States was easily his Best Bird of the Weekend! Another weekend brings another example of the climate volatility induced by global warming.

Quebec is the Best Province to be an Animal Abuser

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An animal rights group based in the United States has ranked Quebec “the best province to be an animal abuser” in a report on Canada’s animal welfare record. That sucks. From the Montreal Gazette. The Animal Legal Defence Fund says in its fourth annual report ranking Canada’s 13 provinces and territories on their animal protection laws that only Nunavut ranks worse than Quebec. montreal canada animal abuse quebec legislation

How Many Birders are There, Really? (Addendum)

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Fish and Wildlife Service’s estimates regarding the number of birders in the United States. But now eBird displays the number of eBirders in the United States (and in every state). I have previously written about the U.S.

Support Island Dog Inc.

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It's not that different from the rest of Latin America, but Puerto Rico is part of the United States. There's no excuse for them not to be on par with at least the worst US state. I really like this group and donate to them. Puerto Rico's animal welfare is pathetic.

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Voluntary recall of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats

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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States until further notice. All of us at Waggin’ Train care deeply about pets and their owners, and the quality of our products is of the utmost importance,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, President, Waggin’ Train LLC. Waggin’ Train has served millions of pets and their owners very well.

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Climate Change is Here

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July was the hottest month on record in the lower 48 states of the United States. Drought grips much of the nation’s west. And we might as well get used to it. Asides

Pets Are Family, Not Fighters

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He was rescued by the Humane Society of the United States, and has since earned the nickname “Bulletproof Sam”! The shirts this week benefit the Humane Society of the United States, and feature a message we love! This is Sam, an American Pit Bull Terrier that was rescued from a life of dogfighting. Even with his harsh past and permanent cosmetic damage, he is in no pain and he shows nothing but true happiness since being rescued!

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Black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins for Halloween

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Black rhinos are considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and are found in central and southern Africa. Busch Gardens® Tampa’s black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. As part of his daily enrichment, the animal care team provided several pumpkins for Forest! Doesn’t it look like he is having the time of his life?! See the video on the Busch Gardens YouTube channel.

Birding for One Species: American Goldfinch

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American Goldfinches are common in Maine, and can be found across much of the United States. I settled into the wooden rocking chair on my parents’ porch at about 8 in the morning, early for some but hopelessly late for most birders.

HSUS Offers Reward in Grizzly Poaching Case

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The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear found dead in Ashton Reservoir near Ashton, Idaho The Humane Society is offering a 2500.00 reward for the poaching of a Grizzly in Idaho.

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Newt Gingrich Lies – About Birds!

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The experienced election watcher in the United States will not be surprised to learn that Newt Gingrich lies. It comes to him like breathing does to most people. But to lie about birds ? Unacceptable! Asides Politics

Please Share "Silencing the Lambs"

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I understand how someone who supports the Humane Society of the United States might think an event celebrating "humane" farms would be a good id, as HSUS isn't an animal rights organization. Thanks, once again, to James LaVeck and Jenny Stein of Tribe of Heart for kindly and carefully bringing attention to what should be a stunningly-obvious moment of hypocrisy by groups that exist to advocate for and save animals.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2021)

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As many as six soaring overhead at once was enough to make the national bird of the United States Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend.

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v. A coalition of animal protection groups consisting of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Farm Sanctuary, and the Humane Farming Association (HFA), intervened in the case to ensure that the interests of animals and the public were represented. Did anyone know this was going on?

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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Here in Mexico we have many hummers that are much larger, but most hummers in the United States are indeed smaller.) Those are apparently their main nectar source during their summers in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

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Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

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Many ornithologists fear that the long-billed relative of the southeastern United States’ Brown-headed Nuthatch is kaput. Brown-headed Nuthatch of the southeastern United States. Jim Wright is an author and birding columnist.

CHIMPANZEE Challenge Fact #5

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Currently 269 chimpanzees live in 34 United States zoos that are accredited with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). These facilities are dedicated to excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science and meet the highest standards in animal health, husbandry and welfare. See CHIMPANZEE, Save Chimpanzees! Please see the film during it’s opening week and you will help save chimpanzees. Opens today! Chimpanzee Challenge

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Legal Efforts to Dismiss the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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The defense demanded that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) be struck down as unconstitutional before Judge Ronald Whyte of the United States District Court, Northern District of California in San Jose. I found this on the Twin Cities Indy Media blog. On July 13th, defense attorneys for Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope and Adriana Stumpo (the AETA 4) presented oral arguments on their motion to dismiss the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Ending 2021 with the Steller’s Sea Eagle

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If you are plugged into the birding community, you’ve probably seen photos of this errant eagle, normally found in Russia and Asia but now be-bopping around the United States and Canada. Steller’s Sea Eagle photos through a scope by Gwenne Oberg.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2015?

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Here in the United States, we’ve just observed (not celebrated, mind you) Tax Day, the annual IRS tax filing deadline. Therefore, if you live in the United States, celebrate the fact that your taxes are filed by birding this weekend. If you live outside the United States, celebrate that! Keep your eyes to the skies for exotics like this Red-masked Parakeet !

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US a Hub for Eatin' Them Endangered Species

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The United States is one of the world's largest, if not the largest, consuming nations for wildlife products. And here I've been yelling at China all this time. (Be Be warned there's a horrific picture of a cooked monkey head in this article.) From This includes wildlife used for food, whether for cultural reasons or luxury markets," says Leigh Henry, a senior policy officer for the World Wildlife Fund and the international wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.

Hamsters Celebrate 70 Years in the US

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Sadly, though, some 200,000 hamsters were used for research in the United States in 2000, third behind rats and mice. Interesting article. Prior to the 1930s, hamsters were pretty much in the wild. Prior to the 1970s, virtually all were descended from one breeding pair. Now, one million hamsters are kept as pets, an increase of 41 percent since 2001. This includes the two sitting on the shelf in our house!)

Activists in Canada Found Not Guilty of Getting to Close to Seal Slaughter

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They are representatives of Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States. That's good news. A judge has found five animal-rights activists not guilty of getting too close to seal hunters during the 2006 hunt off Canada's east coast. The five were charged with coming within 10 metres of seal hunters on March 26, 2006 while filming the annual slaughter in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, not far from Cape Breton.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2020?

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Though it is January, often the coldest month for those of us in the northeastern United States, this weekend is forecast to be exceptionally mild.It will be much more cloudy than the sky in the photo above, taken at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

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Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets. Tags: State of Washington legislation humane society congress us

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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These birds also invite one to sites that are unique within the United States – the climate, vegetation, and landscapes all add context and heighten the experience of seeing one’s first Elegant Trogon or Painted Bunting.

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How Many Birders Are There?

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How many birders, as opposed to general wildlife watchers, do you think there are in the United States? Robert Mortensen hazards a guess at Birding Is Fun while sharing tips to increase that number. If you live outside the U.S., how many full-fledged birders are there in your country? Asides Birding

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2011-2012 Winter Finch Forecast

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Though it is largely limited to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, Ron Pittaway’s yearly winter finch forecast is always eagerly anticipated by birders with thoughts of Evening Grosbeaks , Pine Siskins , and Red Crossbills in their heads.

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What’s Up with the ABA?

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The announcement states that “Julie Davis, Chair of the Board, is acting as interim president while the Board prepares to begin the search for the next ABA president.” Jeff Gordon resigned as president of the American Birding Association, effective November 30, 2021.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020)

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Those of us in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, normally a time to gather with friends and family for barbecues, beach outings, and other fun group activities.

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At What Point Are American Tea Baggers Labeled "Terrorists?"

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According to our government, the animal rights and environmental movements are the number one domestic terrorism threat in the United States. That's BS. What about militias? White supremacists? Was Tim McVeigh who blew up the Oklahoma Federal Building an animal rights/environmental activist? What about the nut who flew his plane into the IRS building in Texas?

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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. 50 surviving horses were rescued. For the full story, go here to The District Attorney's office served a seizure warrant to the owner of the horses Tuesday, opening the door for the rescue team to begin removal on Wednesday.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2020)

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Most birders I know across the United States–and well beyond–seemed happier than usual this weekend, even ecstatic. Is a winter finch irruption really that exciting?

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