Week 32: Idaho’s Teton Valley, and a visit to Jackson, Wyoming

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Our little adventure now moves us farther north, into Idaho’s Teton Valley area, and a visit to Jackson, Wyoming. The post Week 32: Idaho’s Teton Valley, and a visit to Jackson, Wyoming appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips Jackson Hole Little Big Year Teton Valley Idaho WyomingAs we get a little farther north, my target list for bird species has diminished a bit, as there are a lot of repeats, and not many new bird opportunities.

Little Big Year Week 33: Yellowstone

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Last week we were in the Teton Valley, getting ready to head over to Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. After leaving Yellowstone NP, we drove to Cody, Wyoming wanting to visit the Cody Western Museum, as well as hit a couple of bird sites. Our last night in Wyoming was spent at the historic Terry Bison Ranch. Where else but in Wyoming will you find Peacocks and a Buffalo together? Trips Cody Wyoming Little Big Year Yellowstone National Park

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Support Kindness Ranch

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This is a new nonprofit in Wyoming that provides a sanctuary for survivors of animal experimentation. I'm sending them a donation and hope you will too.

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Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

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A federal government decision to allow a Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony is a victory for American Indian sovereignty as well as for long-suppressed religious freedoms, the tribe says. The Northern Arapaho share the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. From the Seattle PI.

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Wind Farm Company Pleads Guilty to Bird Fatalities

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Photo of a Golden Eagle at a Wyoming wind farm by Dina Cappiello/Associated Press. The case involved the deaths of more than 150 birds, including 14 eagles, at two plants in Wyoming between 2009 and 2013. As part of the settlement, the company will pay a $1 million fine, which will be split between the state of Wyoming, efforts to conserve wetlands, and other projects to protect eagles and to mitigate the threat posed by wind turbines.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding. Despite the absence of two major publishers—Lynx and HMH–from the new title publishing scene (hopefully not permanently), we were happily surprised to read and peruse many excellent books.

Learning the Birds: A Book Review

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In July 2011 a Henslow’s Sparrow was found in Ames, N.Y., a rural area in the eastern-central part of the state.

Books for Animal Lovers; May Edition

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Pukka tells the story of how Ted met the young yellow lab, recounting the early days of their bonding as they explore Kelly, Wyoming, and the wider world. We always love reading books about animals, and from time to time we get to review new books to share with our readers! Here are the latest: The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years. This book explores the special connection and bond between humans and dogs.

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Canis Lupus

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Here is a New York Times story about gray wolves, who are no longer on the protected list in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. If you haven't read Barry Holstun Lopez 's 1978 book Of Wolves and Men , you should do so. It changed my life

Bird Litigation:  Guilty Plea Under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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District Court for the District of Wyoming in April 2022. Broadly summarizing, the information alleges that ESI violated the MBTA and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act by failing to secure permits for several of its facilities in Wyoming.

Snowy Owls Can Fly!

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It was Shawn’s first of the year, Wyoming student that he is, so we were in no rush to move on. As you can see in the picture above, all Snowy Owls do not just sit there like lumps of white awesomeness just waiting for a birder to come along and take their picture. Sometimes, if you are lucky, Snowy Owls fly! Well, I guess everyone knows that Snowy Owls fly – they certainly don’t walk from the Arctic.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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Only several dozen of these swans wintered in the region (the region being, approximately, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) and for some reason they were almost all at this river in this year, and on this day, they were right there in view. Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter. We rented snow mobiles and drove into Yellowstone. That was the only way to get into Yellowstone in the winter (other than walking).

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My Top Ten Birds of 2016

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I saw a very nice male Western Tanager while I was in Wyoming this summer but the relatively drab bird I saw in City Hall Park made the list and the one in Wyoming didn’t. The year 2016 has been a pretty good year. I opened the year in California and even though I flew out in the evening on New Year’s Day I did see some species out there that I would otherwise not have seen for the year.

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Back from the West!

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The birds weren’t high on the agenda while we were in Wyoming but I still managed to see some. When we left Wyoming we headed west across Idaho making a stop at Craters of the Moon National Monument and spending the night further west still in Boise. After sixteen days touring the interior west and west coast of the United States with my family I am back in New York City.

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The five most unique birds in the world

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The Oilbird today lives only in South America, but fossils of similar species are known from Wyoming. What are the world’s most distinctive birds? That question could be answered in several ways, but a new paper released this month — Global Distribution and Conservation of Evolutionary Distinctness in Birds (Jetz et al.

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The Why of Ferrets

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Then, in Meeteese, Wyoming, the Hogg family’s ranch dog Shep found something. Sorry for banging on about black-footed ferrets, but here’s a bit on why this trip was so special to me: Forty years ago the black-footed ferret was a bit more like the Loch Ness Monster than it is today. You couldn’t see it. The species was extinct, a vanished part of the vanishing prairie — and not for the first time.

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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448 Great Things to do in Nature

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Ken Keffer was born and raised in Wyoming. Find a Four-leaf Clover. Start your own Plants from Seed. Find your State Bird. These are just three of the 448 great things to do in nature before you grow up that are covered in illustrated detail in The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer. I previously wrote a post entitled “Plugging Kids into Birding” in which I presented 10 ways to get kids into birding.

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The Popular Barn Swallow

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Chicks in nest in Wyoming. The Barn Swallow ( Hirundo rustica ) is one of the most widespread and popular birds. Most everyone with an eye for the natural world can recognize them and has a name for it, often a name used only at the regional level. Many literary references are based on the Barn Swallow’s migration as a symbol of a change in seasons. They are easy to notice and seem rather consistent regarding the time or arrival at the many regions and countries they fly through.

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The “Birds” in the Brush

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One species, the Wyoming ground squirrel, spends only about three hours a day above the surface of the earth, and that only on days during the four months of the year when they are not hibernating. Ah, late spring. You hear a loud, unfamiliar chirp from near the ground.

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

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With Wyoming and South Dakota in our rear view mirror, we look toward Colorado, and a hot spot I have been anxious to visit. Trinidad Colorado is located just a few miles north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, and home to the Trinidad Reservoir. This area also is where I hope to fill in a few target birds, like the newly spilt Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Pinyon Jays and Prairie Falcons.

Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

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The landscape known as the Crown of the Continent extends from northern Idaho and Wyoming through Montana to the Canadian border, linking the Greater Yellowstone and Salmon-Selway ecosystems and including Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.

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A Colorful Finch in Colorful Colorado

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Their range of breeding is literally only very southern Wyoming to very northern New Mexico. I think we can all readily admit that when summer comes, nature just seems to burst out at the seams. It is this season we experience vast musical repertoires, green canopies, hot air, and bustling energy. Now, here in Colorado this is the season for the high-country birds.

Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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There were birders from a wide cross-section of the United States: Colorado, Ohio, Idaho, Iowa, Wyoming, Washington State, Pennsylvania, New York State, New Jersey, California, Texas, Florida. I wanted Penguins. And Sunbirds. And Flamingos and Hornbills and a Secretarybird and birds with names like Hamerkop and Thick-knee and Eremomela (which I know is a scientific term, but which, when pronounced correctly, reminds me of a Yiddish term of endearment my grandmother used).

Polyandry and Polygynandry on the Tundra

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Shawn Billerman is a graduate student at the University of Wyoming studying birds, though his degree will likely use fancier words than that. He is a New Yorker, a great birder, and a nice guy. You may remember him spotting a shrike in Brooklyn from the passenger seat of Corey’s car back in December. Though some aspects of Shawn’s post have been touched upon in Felonious Jive’s , this post is well worth the read. Enjoy!

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The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana

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And of Wyoming. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana By Carrie • March 11, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Like most Northern Hemisphere birders, I’ve been monitoring the signs of spring like a dog watching the driveway for a beloved owner.

The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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However, 12 states, namely, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin [Imagine, The Dairy State doesn't protect a woman's right to nurse!],

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