• Celebrate Urban Birds hosts Latino youths for informal summit

    Updated: 2012-08-28 19:16:15
     “It feels so fragile!” said Alexis, cupping a tiny Song Sparrow in her hands for the first time. On a hot, sunny August day, Alexis and two dozen other teens were visiting the Cornell Lab as part of an informal summit of Latino youth. Hosted by the Lab’s Celebrate Urban Birds project, the trip capped [...]

  • Mothing at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory

    Updated: 2012-08-28 01:42:27
    Eastern Wood-Pewee – Pro Bug-eater! If you love birds and butterflies – why not give moths a try? The Ohio Birdfreaks took on the night life by attending a Mothing event at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) led by Kenn Kaufman. The BSBO joined the Toledo Naturalists’ Association (TNA) to help us learn how [...]

  • Wildlife-Trafficking Bust Highlights Problems in Caged Bird Trade

    Updated: 2012-08-23 20:04:25
    Writing intern Abby McBride explores the caged bird industry with help from Cornell Lab scientist Eduardo Iñigo-Elias, who coordinates our Neotropical Bird Conservation Initiative. Here’s Abby: Environmental crime officials cracked down on wildlife trafficking between Latin America and Europe this summer, seizing more than 8,700 contraband animals in an Interpol bust dubbed Operation Cage. Authorities arrested [...]

  • Banfield Pet Hospital cuts ties with controversial veterinarian

    Updated: 2012-08-23 14:29:14
    A few weeks after ARFF revealed that a Bluffton/Hilton Head, South Carolina veterinarian had started a controversial side business transporting monkeys for use in laboratory research and testing (read our previous post here), Banfield Pet Hospital has announced that the veterinarian, Dr. Paul Barras, is no longer affiliated with the veterinary practice. “As a practice, Banfield [...]

  • Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford/Chicago International Airport

    Updated: 2012-08-21 20:23:54
    Thanks to a fellow birder’s discovery, I made my way to a small nature preserve that I never had even heard of called Bell Bowl. This preserve is on the Rockford/Chicago International Airport’s property but is open to the public. So I made my way down a nondescript road to the preserve. Hanging around the [...]

  • Six-Lined Racerunner

    Updated: 2012-08-18 18:57:00
    : Craig's Bird Watching and Nature Blog Pages Home Bird Pictures Butterfly Pictures Bee Pictures Wild Animal Pictures My Life List Hire Craig Saturday , August 18, 2012 Six-Lined Racerunner Six-lined racerunners have six light blue to yellow lines running the length of their body . Males have a pale blue belly and throat . The hind feet are much longer than the front and the fourth toe on the hind foot is extremely long . They can be up to 12 in 30 cm . long This lizard lives in open , dry grasslands and sandy areas . Six-lined racerunners are very fast and can outrun most humans attempting to catch them . However , when you see one of these active , alert lizards , you can usually watch it if you don’t get too close . These lizards rarely climb and often take refuge in burrows if

  • Slaughterhouses are places of terror and animal suffering

    Updated: 2012-08-17 15:21:04
    The USDA/Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is required to inspect slaughterhouses in Florida where animals are killed to provide meat for sale to the general public. The main job of FSIS inspectors is to enforce food safety laws, but they are also responsible for enforcing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Enforcement of humane animal [...]

  • A Young Birder’s Take on Our Young Birders Event

    Updated: 2012-08-15 18:14:06
    Our fourth annual Young Birders Event brought together 10 expert young birders for a long weekend at the Cornell Lab in July. In addition to touring our favorite local birding spots, the high-school-age students met many of our scientists and graduate students to learn about how to turn an interest in birds into a career [...]

  • eBird passes the 100 million mark!

    Updated: 2012-08-14 18:46:42
    For a few weeks now we’ve been looking forward to a major milestone in our eBird project: the addition of our 100 millionth bird observation. It couldn’t have arrived in better style: Liron Gertsman, a keen young birder from Vancouver, British Columbia, reported an American Robin along with 23 other species as part of his [...]

  • Did veterinarian forget his oath to prevent animal suffering?

    Updated: 2012-08-08 21:01:55
    Update: “Banfield Pet Hospital cuts ties with controversial veterinarian” (details here) There’s a story in today’s Bluffton Today (newspaper serving the Hilton Head-Beaufort, South Carolina area) about a local veterinarian who has started a company that specializes in the transportation of monkeys for use in laboratory research and testing. Barr Scientific Transport was started in 2011 by [...]

  • A New Generation of “Digital Ornithologists”

    Updated: 2012-08-08 19:44:13
    It’s an exciting time to be in field biology—the naturalists of today have more tools at their disposal than ever before. To learn how to use those tools, a group of Cornell students have been spending this summer in the field; and Abby McBride, a summer writing intern, accompanied them in the field to write the [...]

  • Great Egret Taking Flight and Landing

    Updated: 2012-08-07 16:53:59
    A Great Egret taking off at Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin. And here’s a landing

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