Ferruginous Hawk in Vermont?

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John certainly seems to know his birds and he describes a Ferruginous Hawk well but seeing one in Vermont would be beyond absolutely amazing and buteos are known to have a variety of plumages. An interesting report from John Thaxton of Adirondack Dispatches. The comment thread is interesting as well. Thoughts? Maybe this bird escaped? Asides

Wild Wolves in Vermont? In New York?

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This article has so much cool information I can’t even believe it. Asides

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bobolink Saison

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But efforts like The Bobolink Odyssey , a project run by the Perlut Lab of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, are attempting to bridge that divide by investigating land management practices in Vermont that balance the needs of both farmers and grassland birds. And to further underscore the link between healthy farmlands, farmhouse beer, and grassland birds, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery of Burlington, Vermont, has brewed a Bobolink Saison to support The Bobolink Odyssey.

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Snow Geese at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area

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Vermont’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area was the first place I saw huge numbers of Snow Geese so I was pleased to stumble across this post on VTDigger and see that the birds are still showing up there. If you live in northern New York or Vermont it is well worth a visit!

Black Bear

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During a brief moment of insanity after the death of my pet kitty Brady in 1991 (at the age of 17), I attended Vermont Law School to study Environmental Law. South Royalton, Vermont is a picturesque New England town that in 1991 didn’t even have a stoplight. The campus of Vermont Law School (no connection to the University of Vermont) was composed of a handful of new buildings sprinkled among turn-of-the-century buildings, setting a tone of contrast.

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Birds Taking Over TV Screens

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To wit: A lingering Snowy Owl plopped down right outside a television news station in Vermont. After watching the three-eyed ravens on Game of Thrones , it seems some other members of the bird kingdom want a piece of the small-screen action. The BBC’s Winged Planet and Earthflight programs are now available on DVD. And last but not least, a Norwegian TV channel has created what just might be the first bird reality show , complete with a squirrel as the annoying neighbor.

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On Ducks and Geese

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Creatures have come in phases for me: the duck phase, the cat phase, the dog phase, the bear phase (I was living in Vermont--it was unavoidable), the Canada goose phase. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course.

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It’s On: The Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz!

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Fish & Wildlife Service, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and others). As if U.S. and Canadian birders needed another reason to pull ourselves out of the winter doldrums, how about birding for a good cause? Specifically, the plight of the Rusty Blackbird , which has experienced the sharpest rate of decline among North American landbirds, according to the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group (IRBWG), and has a conservation status of Vulnerable.

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

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This week’s beer is the second we’ve seen from the Hermit Thrush Brewery of Brattleboro, Vermont, a state with its own share of boreal habitat for nesting Hermit Thrushes. I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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Sixpoint Brewery: Hootie

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Hootie’s mouthfeel might be a bit thinner than the soft and fluffy milkshake character exhibited by the very best IPAs from Vermont, but this Brooklyn take on the trendy New England style is wonderful nonetheless. I’m ending a busy week at work with a one-day business trip from Albany to New York City today.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery: Strawberry Moon

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Strawberry Moon, a strawberry sour ale by Zero Gravity Craft Brewery of Burlington, Vermont is one such beer. Despite its usually diurnal behavior, the hummingbird makes an ideal avian mascot for this full moon beer, and Strawberry Moon echoes the brilliant, iridescent gorget of Vermont’s Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a shimmering can of purple and rose.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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My profile page identifies the states that I have not eBirded, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Mississippi, and Vermont. According to eBird , I have been an eBirder since December 23, 2009, so today is my 10th eBird anniversary. During the decade, I submitted 1,219 checklists and observed 555 bird species, all in the U.S. and Canada.

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From Today's New York Times

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April 9, 2009 The writer is the editor of Vermont’s Local Banquet, a quarterly magazine about food and agriculture. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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Bob White is both the name and mascot for this week’s offering, a seasonal Belgian-style wheat beer by Zero Gravity Craft Brewery of Burlington, Vermont. At last, it’s spring in the northern half of the world. Birds are singing and migrating, freshets are running, and trees are budding – yes, it’s time for all those things.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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From Today's New York Times

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While the comfortably affluent always seem to prefer archaic forms of production and commerce, such as that to be found in a quaint Vermont (or Oregon) village, those of us who live in the real world understand that efficiency and productivity, as well as trade, are what make life better for the vast majority of people in the world. To the Editor: Re “ A Farm Boy Reflects ” (column, July 31): Hats off to Nicholas D.

Birding the Battlefields

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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, VT – Woodstock, Vermont sent many soldiers to the front lines, and today “homefront tours” are given at the park to show what life in a small northern town during the War was like. Nick Lund , formerly at birdDC and then the Birdist , should be no stranger to readers of 10,000 Birds. He’s previously shared his surprisingly strong feelings about the bird logos of NFL and MLB teams.

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“A wonderful bird is the pelican” – Pelican Brewing Company: Hazy Rock India Pale Ale

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Less predictable are the particulars of the style itself, which coalesced at several Vermont breweries around the middle of the current decade. The brewery’s logo is an American White Pelican, a regular in the Beaver State but an incredibly infrequent visitor to Vermont, allaying any concerns about the origins of this East Coast-style beer. In North American birding, east versus west is the most basic geographic division of the continent.

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: A Field Guide Review by an Aspiring Naturalist

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I can’t think of any birder (or botanist or lepidopterist) who wouldn’t find the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England useful during a trip to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Several years ago I asked one of my birding mentors, a curmudgeon with an enviable life list, if he was a bird watcher, a birder, or a lister? None of the above,” he proudly proclaimed, “I am a naturalist!” A naturalist, he told me, looks at everything.

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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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Vermont. The Refuge in partnership with other publicly owned (State of Vermont) lands has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS.

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New York State Big Year?

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It’s a special bird and while I’ve seen them in Minnesota and Vermont, I’d love to see one in New York. I first met Anthony Collerton when he was trying to see the Barrow’s Goldeneye at Jamaica Bay back in February. It was something like his fifth attempt at the bird. That made me wonder why someone would put so much energy into a species that is regular in New York and not a lifer.

The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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As this Newsweek article and this Washington Post article report, when Gillette boarded a flight from Burlington, Vermont to New York on Oct. In my earlier post "Children and Heart Disease" available here , I noted that, in the seventh and final edition of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: A Handbook for Parents of the Developing Child from Birth to Adolescence , Dr. Benjamin Spock no longer recommends feeding animal products to children after two years of age.

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Hermit Thrush Brewery: Party Guy

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Named for one of America’s most melodious songbirds, Hermit Thrush Brewery of Brattleboro, Vermont brews a range of sour beers that have gained as much attention for their quality as for the conscientious methods employed in making them. With today being Black Friday, I thought it would be fitting to offer a foil to the day’s frenzied consumption and consumerism by showcasing a relatively new brewery with a stated commitment to more ecologically-responsible brewing.

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