Saving Quaker Parakeets Saves Us

  From my new home region of Metro New York  a story went international about a stolen Quaker parakeet (also known as a monk parakeet).  The woman, Ana Marte, and the bird, Cuca, were in an elevator when a man, caught on video, snatched the bird and made off with her.   The robber was promptly […]

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Knots in the Web of Life

  I grew up on the Atlantic coast and frequently came across Horseshoe crabs stranded on the beach.  What I didn’t know then is that probably these individuals weren’t stranded, but merely the molted exoskeleton of this species which isn’t actually a crab.  It is more closely related to spiders, scorpions, and ticks, and looks […]

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Python Challenges Us All

Python Challenges Us All

A few days ago, nearly 800 people from 30 states signed up for permits to kill the invasive Burmese python in the Florida Everglades during the “Python Challenge.”  That’s a lot of people out there in the bush on a killing spree with guns, clubs, and machetes. PETA jumped up to protest, not as one […]

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Beauty Where it Belongs

Beauty Where it Belongs: Jaguars and Parrots in Arizona

Historically jaguars and thick-billed parrots ranged into Arizona, but are rarely encountered now by humans.  Thick-billeds seen are probably birds that were reintroduced into the area in the 1980’s and 1990’s.   This original reintroduction process was deemed a failure because of predation which kept the population from growing, although some pairs may have been able […]

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Vladimir Putin Puts in Flight Time with Cranes

Vladimir Putin Puts in Flight Time with Cranes

Last month I was intrigued to see that Russian president Vladimir Putin leads not only people, but also cranes. He attempted to guide a flock of captive-raised Siberian white cranes as part of the birds’ training for winter migration. This status of the crane is critical, hence the efforts of conservationists to introduce them into […]

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Let Cats Not Get Our Tongues, nor Our Wildlife.

If I ever want to lose control of a presentation, I bring up the outdoor cat issue in North America and invite questions or comments.  On one side there are folks who do not want cats removed from outdoor spaces, preferring to trap them, neuter them, vaccinate them, and release them.  Companion cats ,whose people […]

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Compassionate Conservation - Based on the Needs of All

Compassionate Conservation – Based on the Needs of All

  I’ve always been crazy for birds, including when I was a young adult living in California.  Scrapping for every penny and working long hours, I still managed to get some inexpensive binoculars and an aged identification bird guide. With them I went bird watching every change I got, much of it in California’s Central […]

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Swift Poop

  Nope, I’m not talking about poop that moves quickly, but quite the opposite. This story is about a pile of poop that accumulated in one place for nearly 50 years, 1944-1992, in a chimney, by, wait for it….chimney swifts. A group or researchers recently stumbled upon this find, and decided to analyze to learn […]

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Who Shoots for You

Who Shoots for You?

The barred owl’s call, commonly characterized as “Who cooks for you?” may soon change to  “Who Shoots for You?  The answer, hauntingly echoing through the trees, is “the United States of America. “ The Interior Department recently released a draft plan that would call for the lethal and nonlethal removal of barred owls from the […]

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How Do You Crane for Cranes?

With cranes so much in the news these days I wonder at the wide range of how human perceive cranes.  On one hand our species doesn’t consider cranes much more than an object for our diversion and disdain. I am referring to the three Whooping Cranes shot and killed in Georgia a year ago, and […]

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A Species Recovery Plan for An Extinct Species

A Species Recovery Plan for An Extinct Species

Last night I saw the movie, “Ghost Bird,” about the recent sightings (and following controversy surrounding the legitimacy of those findings) of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker (IBW). This movie brought up so many “what ifs” in my mind. What if we knew then in the 1930’s what we know now? Even a small group of […]

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