First Post-COVID-19 Birding Trip: Wisconsin and Horicon NWR

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I settled on Wisconsin, which is home to one of the Top 25 NWRs for Birding that I have not visited: Horicon NWR. However, I had never actually visited a WPA, and Wisconsin has several relatively close to Horicon NWR.

Wisconsin-Madison Cleared by USDA

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison was cleared of animal welfare violations in a report released yesterday. Tags: animal research animal laboratories wisconsin It had twenty violations back in December 2009. According to the ten-page detailed report from December, the USDA cited sanitation, ventilation and enclosure concerns within the Center’s facilities.

Dane County Debates Wisconsin Animal Research

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Not sure anything will come of this, but Dane County is turning its attention to the primate research going on at University of Madison-Wisconsin. Tags: animal research primates university of madison-wisconsin From Twenty county board supervisors have sent a letter to UW-Madison's Chancellor Biddy Martin, asking her to get directly involved in the ethics of monkey experimentation.

Now Wisconsin Too?

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A lawmaker in Wisconsin is proposing a Sandhill Crane hunt. When will the madness end? Asides

Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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” That winter birding lull that plagues listservs and online groups with arguments seems to have reached new levels this winter as people debate not only how close one should get to an owl, but if feeding them ok (cause someone started a website on how to feed snowy owls ) to a direction I didn’t expect when a Wisconsin falconer live trapped a first winter snowy owl last week near Freedom. I talked to some of my falconry friends about the Wisconsin man with the snowy.

Anti-Research Advocacy in Madison

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Tags: animal research medical research university of madison-wisconsin

Key AETA Supporter Suspended Over Animal Welfare

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Michelle Basso was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin who worked with primates. Tags: animal research animal enterprise terrorism act primates University of Wisconsin She testified in favor of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Now, she's been suspended from working with animals.

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Green Bay Turns to Hawks to Stop Rats

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, will put up nesting platforms and boxes in an attempt to lure birds of prey. The nesting program isn’t to benefit the birds but to try to contain a serious rodent problem. How cool is that? Asides

Court Overrules Federal Government on Wolf ESA Decision

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The ruling today affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Good news for wolves in the Great Lakes area. TRAVERSE CITY - State officials say they're not pleased with a federal court's ruling overturning the government's decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Great Lakes region. It's in response to a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups, including The Humane Society of the United States. The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,

2008 100

Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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I may have to buy a smartphone : For more than a year, Berres (and his graduate students, of course) have been testing and improving the fruit of that inspiration: WeBIRD, the Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database.

2011 83

ALF Activists Burn Company That Sells Animals for Research

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Here is one little blurb I found out about them from the University of Wisconsin: Scientific Resources International, Ltd. Activists from ALF are claiming responsibility for a fire that caused an estimated $300,000 damage to Scientific Resources International. From the site: In the early morning hours of May 18th, four incendiary devices were planted at Scientific Resources International, a supplier of non-humyn primates for use in vivisection labs all over northern Nevada.

2009 100

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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The Collective added six new states in the past three years, but none have eclipsed the century mark: Wisconsin ( 74 ), Utah (55), Hawaii (38), Oklahoma (18), Rhode Island (9), and Connecticut (5).

Boy Crazy: Why Older Loon Ladies Chase Young Studs

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That is one of many interesting findings from The Loon Project, which studies the territorial and breeding behavior of Loons in northern Wisconsin. Image by John Picken/Wikimedia Commons. When aging male Common Loons begin to lose their mojo or die off, females are still going strong—and ready for action, even if that means seeking the attentions of younger males.

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What is the State Bird of Connecticut?

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Found in all fifty states except for Hawaii, the robin is also the state bird of not just Connecticut, but Michigan and Wisconsin as well. Looks like these birds will remain symbols of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin far into the future! Few birds are as ubiquitous in the United States as the American Robin. Long a symbol of spring in New England (even though they can be present throughout the winter), the robin was named Connecticut’s state bird in 1943.

Last Flight for Operation Migration

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federal government’s Operation Migration program, which has used ultralight aircraft to teach migration routes to the endangered cranes, has flown its last group of Whoopers from Wisconsin to Florida. It looks like Whooping Cranes will have to find another way to fly. The U.S. Over 15 years, the program sought to boost the cranes’ numbers and enable them to someday flourish without intervention.

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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Of Bird Diets, Dangers, and Delinquents

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Some jerk (I’d use a stronger word, but this is a family-friendly website) in Wisconsin is shooting raptors. This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit: As if beach-nesting birds don’t have enough problems , along comes a new scourge: nudists. Brings a new meaning to the term “shake your tail feathers” ! Disregard what Mary Poppins advises ; in Swansea, UK, feeding the birds will cost you (and a whole lot more than tuppence). Cormorants in the crosshairs —the U.S.

2014 66

Jane Goodall Charity Auction

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The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is hosting an online charity auction until November 9th, 2011. Items up for bid feature a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences and merchandise. Proceeds from the sales will support ongoing programs such as chimpanzee preservation, and many more.

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5 things to know about pets and pests

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Be aware of areas where Lyme disease (a common tick-borne illness) is prevalent: the eastern coastal states and the north central states, especially parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin and northern California. 5 ways to de-bug your pet this spring: Ticks can be difficult to spot. Ticks are tiny, some about the size of a pin head. They can resemble freckles, moles or even specks of dirt.

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Biofuel: Now With More Birds

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In it, researchers from Wisconsin compared cornfields with grasslands in terms of which provided better bird habitat. When you hear the word “biofuel,” you probably think of corn, right? But other types of plant matter can power our vehicles and our homes. And some of those options may be more beneficial to birds than are acres and acres of cornfields. That’s the gist of a new study published in PLOS ONE.

2014 61

Some Chinese Pheasants

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Wisconsin. Apparently, there is a traditional Chinese saying that seeing one pheasant in the wild is better than seeing ten other birds.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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We had a fledgling Yellow-billed Cuckoo delivered in a glass of water,” said Marge Cahak Gibson in Wisconsin. “By I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

Reflecting on a Year of Less Birding

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In addition to spotting exciting new species in Florida, including the rare Snail Kite, travel across the country brought me into contact with birds in Oregon, California, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, and more. 2018 proved to be one of my best birding years ever.

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Central Waters Brewing Company: Brewhouse Coffee Stout

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But it is a good one: Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a specialty release brewed by Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, Wisconsin using coffee roasted in-house by Emy J’s Coffee House and Café in nearby Stevens Point. The Central Waters logo – a stately, graceful Great Blue Heron standing amidst the vast northern woods of Wisconsin – that adorns most of their beers is replaced on this bottle by a ridiculously perky cartoon bird wearing a winged helmet (a nod to Mercury or Wagner?),

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Lightning Storms and Eagles

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It was the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, calling to report a Bald Eagle standing “crumpled” in remote area near Wausau, Wisconsin. In early July, a young bald eagle fledged into the Wisconsin River. Wisconsin eagles are often released in January or February, when they are not territorial. This blog was written by Marge Gibson, founder of the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo, WI. She is a lifelong champion of all birds, and a hero and inspiration to me.

Birds In Movies

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Since these things are filmed in New Zealand, I would have guessed they’d use a New Zealand bird but hey, the fact that they used the state bird of Wisconsin and even dubbed it over with the actual call totally impressed me. I don’t think this is anything new but I’ll say it: Birds are rarely depicted accurately in movies. Gasp.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island. For example, my list of the Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for birding includes locations in Utah ( Bear River MBR ), Minnesota ( Minnesota Valley NWR ), and Wisconsin ( Horicon NWR ).

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Horicon NWR (Wisconsin): 434,000; $8.6 Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Every western dove and flycatcher that turns up along our wind-swept coast came there from somewhere; every alcid that somehow makes it to Wisconsin likewise, but in reverse. It was Bryant Park that got me thinking. Everyone knows about Bryant Park… but what if you didn’t? Who would think to look for Ovenbird and American Woodcock there? Or even Hermit Thrush for that matter? It’s not an original thought that there must be other parks out there that hide treasures.

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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And, Ursula Murray Husted’s “Koan” is a lovely graphic story touched with a wry sense of humor, about a visit to Horicon Marsh, Wisconsin to watch the pelican migration, a simple story that is really not simple because it’s all about flying, disappointment, and surprises.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Horicon NWR (Wisconsin). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies. But they primary protect land, an essential but dwindling avian resource.

2018 67

Stop the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Hunt! (Again)

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More than 50,000 Sandhill Cranes stop to feed while migrating during the fall and winter between Wisconsin and Florida. Yes, the earth has gone around the sun twice since the uproar from birders and other lovers of wildlife managed to convince the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to table the idea of hunting Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee for two years.

All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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During the 1980s, the Pacific Coast Population swans became the source of eggs for several restoration programs in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa 2. Following my local list serve I was pleased to read that there were two Trumpeter Swans ( Cygnus buccinator ), one adult and one immature, hanging out at the Chico Oxidation Ponds , about an hour and a half from my house. This being a life bird for me I had no choice but to take the drive.

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European Goldfinch in Socrates Sculpture Park

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In Chicago in the early 2000s a sudden influx of European Goldfinches – possibly due to a rogue deliberate release – resulted in nesting records from Illinois and Wisconsin. When I was a kid, and couldn’t travel, I thought patch birding sounded dreadfully boring.

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Where Have You Gone, Rhodonessa caryophyllacea?

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” that leads to comments like “…my wife and I observed what I could swear is that exact bird two days ago, on a pond in NE Wisconsin!” Extinction is sometimes more confusing than it looks. It is easy to tell when some species become extinct — a Martha or a Lonesome George dies and there are no more, not now, not ever (until science fiction kicks in.)

2013 70

National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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The range description for Kirtland’s Warbler, I was happy to see, has been updated to include its nesting in Wisconsin and Ontario. Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946.

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

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They are also found in the mountainous interior west as far south as Arizona and New Mexico, as well as in the far northern reaches of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and New England. How anyone can possibly resist a bird that has been called Whiskey Jack is beyond my comprehension. And Whiskey Jack is just one of the nicknames that has been applied to Perisoreus canadensis. Others include Camp Robber , Lumberjack , and Moose-Bird.

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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Folks want to know what they can see, if it’s worth traveling to Trinidad and Tobago, if they should to to Ecuador for three days or three weeks, or if one should drive to Wisconsin to look for a vireo with white eyes or a blue head. Some birders are more learners than listers, others more photographers than birders. However, no matter how one enjoys or takes in interest in the avian side of life, an official list of the birds for a given area is of vital importance.

2019 67

Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth – A Film Review

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The film is produced by the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, but it is clear from the start that its driving force is Neil Rettig, a well-respected award-winning nature cinematographer who keeps a Harpy Eagle in his Wisconsin barn and who first filmed the Philippine Eagle over 36 years ago. The Philippine Eagle has a kind face.

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Wild Turkeys Causing Car Accidents

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There’s a story out of Wisconsin this week of a 5 year old boy that was shot because someone thought he was a turkey. What is up with all the frickin’ Wild Turkeys out there? They are running amok! This is the time of year when I tend to see turkeys dead on the side of the road. News stories of turkeys causing car accidents abound around the US right now.

Trolling for Cuckoos in Costa Rica

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Have a technicolor Lewis’s Woodpecker fly over a funeral in Wisconsin, though, and the birders are revealed when they either let out an audible gasp, tear their phones out of their pockets with fumbling hands to get the word out, or suddenly rush back to their vehicles (to either report the news or fly home for optics). I watch birds pretty much all the time. This may come as a surprise to folks who keep their birding casual, or who limit their watching to a backyard feeder.