Santa’s Elves have furry faces!

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OK, you caught us, they aren’t elves but they are shelter pets Santa’s Workshop and Marnie the Dog is Head Elf! How cute and fun are these “elves” making toys at Santa’s work shop? And for every share of the … Continue reading → The post Santa’s Elves have furry faces! appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs cats

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Humane Society's National Conference Announced

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It looks like they have some great workshops with people like Gene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary and Nicole Pollata from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF.). I recently received this email announcement. The conference is to be held from July 23-26 in Washington, DC. Someday, I hope to attend one of these conferences.

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The most important book about European birds in this century

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Despite all that sun, I have spent days in a darkened Museu Blau on a pan-European bird atlassing workshop hosted by the Catalan Ornithological Institute.

2010 Declared the Year of the Tiger.So What?

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The Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop declared 2010 to be the Year of the Tiger. The intention is to focus on saving the tiger species which is being decimated. I say so what? It's just lip service. When China won't support a ban on tiger farms, nor will it work to curb the ridiculous demand for tiger products in its own country, what's the point? China is the single biggest threat to the tiger and it won't participate seriously in its protection. So what if the tiger gets its own year?

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You Should Go to the American Birding Expo!

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There will be workshops , field trips , and some amazing keynote presentations , including Julie Zickefoose and Scott Weidensaul. Tickets to get in are only $10 and considering this gets you workshops, field trips, access to the exhibition floor, book signings, keynote presentations, and everything else the Expo has to offer!

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Photograph Wildlife Worldwide with Wildlife Explorers!

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He holds the first place in the Greek Birdwatching Club 300, he organizes seminars and workshops both in the field and in venues and has been professionally engaging with field guiding since 1998.

British Center Working On Animal Replacement in Research?

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The Centre funds high-quality 3Rs research, organises workshops and symposia to disseminate and advance the 3Rs, and develops 3Rs information resources and guidelines. We'll see. I just signed up for the e-newsletter. The group is called NC3E (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research).

Are You Going to the New York Birders Conference?

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Billed as The New York Birders Conference , the weekend-long meeting, hosted by the Queens County Bird Club , will feature great field trips, workshops, and a keynote speaker that 10,000 Birds readers will undoubtedly recognize – James Currie ! Not only that, but there are a host of great workshops and presentations on tap. Clay Taylor from Swarovski Optik will be leading both a workshop and a field trip – come learn from the best!

On the Psychological Continuum

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And when I spoke about a continuum over a year ago as a result of a workshop with Rae Sikora, who demonstrated that there was a continuum, there was some discontent. There is no philosophical continuum, but there is a psychological continuum, as evidenced by everyone at the workshop taking steps back or forward, denoting their increase in animal use (including no meat to meat, or backsliding, like I did a decade ago), or their decrease (such as when vegetarians go vegan).

Homage to Catalonia

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The year was 2013 and despite all that sun, I have spent days in a darkened Museu Blau (blue only on the facade, but black inside, almost gothic) with a rather interesting natural history collection (the most interesting question was – how many of those specimens have I seen in the wild, alive and kicking) on a pan-European bird atlassing workshop hosted by the Catalan Ornithological Institute.

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Bird News Roundup: Birds of a feather … well, you know the rest

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And just because we all need a good giggle now and then (me, especially, these days), and who better to provide it than the folks at Sesame Workshop, this happened. If a blustery, snowy afternoon isn’t custom-made for catching up on bird news, then I don’t know what is. After all, it’s not like I’m going to see anything other than the White-throated Sparrows and Northern Cardinals flitting about the brush pile outside my window.

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Going Green is Always in Fashion

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The eco-friendly newspaper fashions created by the Do-Gooder Designers and the three winning handbag designs will be unveiled at the first-ever Yesterday’s News Green Catwalk and Workshop event in New York City in September 2010. At the Green Workshop, attendees will learn green living tips for their cat, home and environment from a number of eco-friendly experts, including Renee Loux and the five designers.

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A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

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The workshops , and mentoring and networking events are not particularly relevant, and I skipped them. Last week, I “attended” the virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC). Because NAOC is so large, it is more accurate to say I sampled small parts of the enormous event.

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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SERVIR Africa Workshop. This is the second post in the Birding crème de la crème series (the first, focused on southern Asia, is here ). This time we travel to Africa, or to narrow it further, to the Afrotropical region (since the north of the continent avifaunally belongs to the Palearctic).

Are You Going to Space Coast in 2014?

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At the festival I’ll be presenting a workshop called Bird Blogging 101, co-leading two field trips for Black Rails (with the hopes of making up for the Fail Rail ), likely co-leading a couple of other trips, and generally birding and enjoying the festival. The 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival will take place from the twenty-second of January until the twenty-seventh of January in 2014. Will you be there? I sure as heck will!

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The New York Birders Conference

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Billed as The New York Birders Conference , the weekend-long meeting, hosted by the Queens County Bird Club , will feature great field trips, workshops, and a keynote speaker that 10,000 Birds readers will recognize – James Currie ! The first weekend in November will see birders from all over the Empire State descend on Long Island for the 66th Annual Meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association ( NYSOA ).

Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review

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On the other hand, if I were to engage in actually drawing and painting birds, I think I would have to start with an actual in-person workshop, not even on bird art specifically, but an introductory course, just to get me familiar with the basics. Then again, I would not dream of attempting creating a block print without taking a workshop. I first encountered Molly Hashimoto’s bird art in California.

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American White Pelicans in Key West

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I was on a workshop field trip, learning about marine protected areas as my group snorkeled on one of the area’s famous coral reefs. We felt awash in blues as our tour boat skirted the waves to anchor near a shallow sand flat off of Key West, Florida. The aquamarine water gave the sky a run for its money, so clear and sparkling beneath a noon-day sun.

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Looking Forward to Birding Fallon, Nevada

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In addition to kayak tours and birds of prey demos, Spring Wings has plenty to do for even the most casual birders, including a decoy-carving workshop, a photography seminar, and a chance to help band baby Wood Ducks (and who wouldn’t love that!). … where the Spring Wings Festival will be held from March 17–19, 2013!

Birding Deliblato Sands: What I have seen and what I haven’t

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Taking part in a wind farm development workshop in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, I learned that no less than 8 construction permits are issued and that the Deliblato Sands should become encircled with wind generators from all sides. Turning off the asphalt, I enter the Deliblato Sands steppe, between the Danube and the Carpathian Mountains in the northeast of Serbia, where the first bird to greet me is a Northern Wheatear , followed by a Crested Lark.

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Catalonian Spring

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Despite all that sun, I have spent days in a darkened Museu Blau (blue only on the facade, but black inside, almost gothic) with a rather interesting natural history collection (the most interesting question was – how many of those specimens have I seen in the wild, alive and kicking) on a pan-European bird atlassing workshop hosted by the Catalan Ornithological Institute.

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Birding Sarajevo or the sentimental journey home

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The series of birding workshops and meetings continued across the map, through Ulcinj, Montenegro, then Samobor, Croatia and Stip (described here ), North Macedonia, leading to Brussels, the unofficial capital of EU. Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease …. Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home. Sentimental Journey – Ella Fitzgerald (1947).

2018 65

How To Choose A Digiscoping Camera

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I give a lot of workshops all over the country. When I give workshops, I almost always have someone come up to me and tell me how much they have spent on a spotting scope and camera and that every photo they take is utter crap. One of my most popular requests is for a digiscoping program, using a digital camera (point and shoot, SLR or smartphone) along with a spotting scope. It’s perfect for someone who is a wildlife watcher first and a photographer second.

2013 79

Lake Apopka – Florida’s Inland Rarity Hotspot

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Also featured are excellent speakers, informative workshops and hands-on classes on topics like native gardening and attracting butterflies. Lake Apopka Restoration Area in Lake County Florida is fast-becoming one of the best bird magnets in all of Florida. Situated pretty much slap-bang in the center of the state north of Lake Okeechobee, this massive wetland was once the Florida’s most polluted body of water. Today, through extensive management by the St.

2015 81

Calling All Birders: Come To Hog Island!

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I was returning from Rockport, Maine, having retrieved my daughter Skye and her friend Bau-Hien from a photography workshop. The first time I saw a puffin, it was a revelation. I’d seen pictures of them, of course – the stocky, flamboyantly-beaked little seabirds who always seem to be wearing expressions of sympathetic concern – but I’d never seen one “in bird” (the avian equivalent of “in person”).

2014 86

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America was my first field guide, part of an ‘introduction to birding’ workshop taught by the incomparable Starr Saphir.

Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru?

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I recently heard from Chris Kirkby, the Managing Director and Principal Investigator at Asociacion Fauna Forever , a Peruvian not-for-profit organisation based in Lima and Puerto Maldonado, about a series of bird-banding workshops being held this June and November in the rainforests of Tambopata in south-eastern Peru. One way volunteers help is by participating in a bird banding workshop called Bird Ringing Forever.

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Definitively the Egyptians!

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Recent workshop of the Migratory Soaring Birds project led by BirdLife International and the United Nations Development Program has prompted the Sudanese government to replace the Port Sudan “killer line”. Scientific papers are simply boring. That is why they have sections Abstract and Summary, to allow you to read the digested versions and skip the rest.

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Call B for Birder or Waterfowling East Anglia

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I was a bit surprised and not overly enthusiastic about the sight – while groups of 10 or more birders are an extreme rarity in Serbia, recently one such group of 30 workshop participants was practicing their counting skills on 8000 geese and 20,000 cranes.). A few winters ago, I went waterfowling in East Anglia. At local Internet forums, my friend Dr B. sounds like some James Bond’s nemesis, doesn’t it?)

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Rescue for the rescuer.

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As a professional Animal Communicator, Intuitive & workshop facilitator for over 10 years, Cherie has clients all over the United States & has made it her life’s mission to give all animals a voice, deepen the relationships we have with our pets & to help raise the compassion level for all living things. This is a guest post from Cherie, and I think that it is something everyone who rescues animals needs to read. Thanks Cherie!

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Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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And, looking at the question of cost from a different angle, you could say that this is a very cheap professional photography workshop. The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior.

2019 67

Where to Find Me at the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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First, from 8 AM until noon will be the “Shorebird Workshop for Advanced Birders” which will be led by Kevin Karlson, a co-author of The Shorebird Guide. I can’t wait to be in Florida! The 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is less than a month away and while we don’t have snow down yet here in New York City I am pretty sick of cold weather and could use some warmth and Florida sunshine!

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The Warbler Guide Song and Call Companion: A Review and a Little More

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The book’s web site, The Warbler Guide , offers articles expanding on the book’s content, including “Often Overlooked ID Points” and “How to Memorize Warbler Vocalizations” The site also offers a calendar of Tom and Scott’s speaking engagements, including a workshop they will be doing at the New York Birders Conference on November 1st, in Uniondale, NY (western Nassau County). I love authors who make good on their promises.

2013 81

Morning Flight at Cape May

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Just watching him bird and hearing his explanations was like an advanced workshop in birding. It is early, pre-dawn, and the sky is just lightening in the east when you arrive. You park your car, gather your optical equipment, take a last gulp of glorious coffee, and get out of your car.

2011 78

The Whistle Blowers

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Through educational materials and workshops, local Working Groups have been working to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value of local wetlands and their responsible use, while pointing out the consequences of species and wetland loss. The haunting call of the West Indian Whistling Duck has long been a sound synonymous with the ever-shrinking wetlands of the Caribbean. But, as with so many other species, these birds have been left to do their own whistle blowing.

A Fistful of British Bird Bloggers

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Daring to be different Martin offers gull identification workshops, motivational talks as well as the now out of print Frontiers in Birding book that was filled with hugely helpful identification material. If you’re a British birder, or a birder looking in to British birding, you could be forgiven sometimes for feeling it bears all the hallmarks of a good soap opera depending on where you surf.

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Hidden Birds and the Birders Who Find Them

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Once the digiscoping workshop had moved on to Cammann’s Pond Park, where we had a good time digiscoping some cooperative waterfowl, herons, and kingfishers, I received a call from Tom letting me know that he and Gail Benson, another amazing New York birder, had found some Vesper Sparrows at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center.

2013 60

Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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Both authors are experienced workshop educators at CMBO and birding festivals around the country. I’m not a larophile*, but some of my favorite birders are. It’s hard to escape the mystic pull of wanting to excel at gull identification.

2018 70

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

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Gilbert Dunn started creating bird feeders in his New Hampshire workshop because he wanted to do something connected to the outdoors and be self-employed. I came late to bird feeding, and when I was finally able to put out a “thistle” sock and a seed feeder (or two or six), I was amazed by the learning curve.

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An Interview with Richard Fried – the New York State Big Year Record Holder

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I read as much as I could, accumulating a fairly large library of field guides and ornithology texts, listened to recorded songs, and participated in a number of workshops in Cape May. Richard Fried spent 2011 doing a New York State Big Year and managed to top the record of 350 species which was only set in 2008 by Scott Whittle.

Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

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She recreates Alice’s world, describing the poverty in which she and her co-workers, including children, lived, utilizing reports of government Factory and Workshop inspectors and, on the U.S. A feather is a magical thing. There is a wonder to its construction and color, a mystery that goes beyond what we know anatomically about how feathers function.

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Birding By Impression: A Book Review

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he is a co-author of The Shorebird Guide (with Michael O’Brien and Richard Crossley, from who he says he first learned to appreciate BBI), an author and co-author, respectively, of two photographic books– Birds of Cape May and Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography (with Lloyd Spitalnik), photo editor of The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution (2011), and a keynote speaker, workshop presenter and tour leader at birding festivals.

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The Warbler Guide: A Book Review by a Warbler-challenged Birder

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A series of videos on how to use the book’s features have been made available on the book’s Facebook page and the Princeton University Press Blog , and Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle have been presenting workshops and talks on warbler identification and vocalizations across the country, including one I attended in April at the Queens County Bird Club, NYC. Imagine a world without warblers. No small songbirds feeding like moving jewels in the canopy.

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