• You can’t escape the cruelty of foie gras on a cruise ship

    Updated: 2012-06-29 22:27:04
    On Sunday, July 1, California’s ban on the production and sale of foie gras takes effect. Birds raised for foie gras are force-fed enormous quantities of food through a long metal pipe several times a day. This process of deliberate overfeeding continues for weeks. By the end of the force-feeding process, ducks are physically debilitated with [...]

  • Who’s got the best warblers (and why?): Europe vs. America edition

    Updated: 2012-06-29 19:43:56
    Science editor Gus Axelson is just back from a tour of eastern Hungary sponsored by Swarovski Optik. (Look for his story about bird conservation in Hungary to appear in a future issue of Living Bird.) As Gus returned to the world of American Redstarts and other brilliant warblers, he turned his attention to a more [...]

  • Phriday Photo – Somes Sound

    Updated: 2012-06-29 12:00:06
    Considered the only fjord on the east coast in the US “Somes Sound runs north-south in the middle of Mount Desert Island. This section is at the southern end where it opens into the open ocean. At the north end is the small and picturesque village of Somesville, the first settlement on the island.” – [...]

  • Pip, pip, hooray!—BirdCams memorabilia are here

    Updated: 2012-06-28 22:32:48
    Many of the people following our BirdCams grew pretty attached to our Red-tailed Hawks and Great Blue Herons. Now that the youngsters are making their first flights into the great unknown, we’ve been getting requests for memorabilia. We’re pleased to announce a few commemorative designs for coffee mugs and t-shirts, including our unofficial “Pip, Pip, [...]

  • Update: Piccadilly Circus

    Updated: 2012-06-28 20:51:49
    In a previous post we wrote about the Piccadilly Circus’ decision to keep elephant handler Frank Murray on the payroll despite his arrest on animal cruelty charges. Murray has now left the circus for the Bristol Renaissance Faire, where he’ll give elephant rides. The Piccadilly Circus is performing this week in Connecticut without elephants. We hope [...]

  • Nest camera captures buzzard stealing rare Osprey chick

    Updated: 2012-06-27 16:59:10
    An Osprey chick on a Scottish estate has been snatched from its nest by a buzzard in front of shocked bird lovers.

  • Maine 2012 – Traveling Through New York

    Updated: 2012-06-26 21:56:04
    Some of the Birdfreaks (Jennie and Dakota from Ohio and Mom/Dad [Grandma/Grandpa] in Illinois) traveled to Maine this June. Birds, mammals, snapping turtles in the road mixed with a whole lot of natural wonders and history made this a memory-building experience! One of the first things we found was an awesome rest stop by Chautauqua [...]

  • Endangered Sumatran rhino born in Indonesia

    Updated: 2012-06-25 15:57:40
    A highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros has given birth to a calf in western Indonesia, only the forth birth in captivity in more than a century, according to the Indonesian forestry minister.

  • USDA proposes to regulate unlicensed, “Internet puppy mills”

    Updated: 2012-06-22 20:52:52
    One of the country’s largest sellers of puppies over the Internet is based in South Florida. The company, Purebred Breeders, has sold thousands of puppies without any government oversight. Purebred Breeders is currently the target of a lawsuit filed by 50 former customers who allege that the company sold sick puppies from substandard breeders. Click here [...]

  • Rare white rhino born in Israeli zoo

    Updated: 2012-06-20 12:15:23
    A rare white rhinoceros is born in a zoo in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, after a year and a half long pregnancy.

  • Iceland Photos: Digiscoping Puffins With a Phone [slideshow]

    Updated: 2012-06-18 03:18:34
    In off hours during the Icelandic Puffin Rally I enjoy finding a clifftop and watching seabirds fly past (Atlantic Puffins, of course, but also the many Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Lesser Black-backed, Herring, and Glaucous gulls, Black Guillemots, Common Murres, and Razorbills). It’s a chance to savor the vivid green grass, the cold wind coming [...]

  • Bird Photography Weekly #199

    Updated: 2012-06-17 06:57:58
    Join in now on the 199th edition of Bird Photography Weekly!! Help spread the word with these badges: Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-wide.jpg" width="225"/></a> Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-smaller.jpg" width="125"/></a>

  • Cuckoo

    Updated: 2012-06-16 14:01:15
    Yes we have a few around here; but not the kind that pops out of a clock now and then, nor the ones that conger up images of strange behavior. We have two kinds of cuckoo in our area – each named for the color of their bill – the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Black-billed [...]

  • Phriday Photo – More Dickcissels

    Updated: 2012-06-15 11:22:51
    Dickcissels have been abundant this year. Not only that but they always seem to be posing for photos.

  • Lark Bunting Out of Range in Northern Illinois

    Updated: 2012-06-12 15:20:18
    Over the weekend I heard about a Lark Bunting reported from a preserve in a nearby county in northern Illinois called Nippersink. I hadn’t even heard of this place and oddly enough, had never seen a Lark Bunting before either. This bird of the Great Plains somehow ended up at this beautifully restored prairie grassland [...]

  • Say what?

    Updated: 2012-06-10 21:53:20
    “Pleased – pleased – pleased ta meetcha” Well, that’s one way to remember how the song of the  Chestnut-sided Warbler. “Chicken in a car and the car can’t go – that’s how you spell Chicago”.  That’s a mnemonic that helped us as kids to remember how to spell Chicago. Did it work? I don’t know, [...]

  • Bird Photography Weekly #198

    Updated: 2012-06-10 06:57:07
    Join in now on the 198th edition of Bird Photography Weekly!! Help spread the word with these badges: Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-wide.jpg" width="225"/></a> Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-smaller.jpg" width="125"/></a>

  • Hunters to kill wild pigs introduced by hunters

    Updated: 2012-06-08 14:01:07
    When state or local governments determine that there are too many wild pigs in a particular area, they sometimes call in hunters. (Activists in Sarasota are currently fighting a proposal for hunters to kill pigs in a nature preserve.) Hunting is, if anything, a temporary solution to conflicts between humans and wildlife. But sometimes hunters [...]

  • Book Review: The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America

    Updated: 2012-06-05 14:04:45
    The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Bill Thompson III is the companion to the successful eastern version which we reviewed four years ago! The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America covers 300 of the “most common birds of the United States and Canada”. The format is [...]

  • Bird Photography Weekly #197

    Updated: 2012-06-03 06:56:09
    Join in now on the 197th edition of Bird Photography Weekly!! Help spread the word with these badges: Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-wide.jpg" width="225"/></a> Copy this code to place this badge: <a href="http://birdfreak.com/category/bird-photography-weekly/"><img src="http://birdfreak.com/images/bpw-sharing-logo-smaller.jpg" width="125"/></a>

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