Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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The ranger stood on the dirt road, facing south, and the rest of us, scattered about the parked safari truck, facing north and paying close attention to what she was saying. It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. But they don’t live in North America. I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America.

The Green-winged Teal, North America’s Smallest Dabbling Duck

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The Green-winged Teal ( Anas crecca carolinensis ) is North America’s smallest dabbling duck and taken by hunters second only to the Mallard. Click on photos for full sized images. Luckily for them, even though they nest on the ground, they usually breed far from human habitation, under heavy vegetative cover. It appears that most of the Green-winged Teal have already paired up in California.


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State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

Nature Conservancy - Science

One hundred years ago, North Americans united for birds. protecting birds and other wildlife, connecting all of North America in its efforts to protect our shared species. How Hummingbirds Journey North. In this Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial year, the three countries united once again to produce a “ State of North America’s Birds ” report — a groundbreaking collaboration to evaluate bird populations in habitat types across the continent.

British Columbia: a ‘hunter-gatherer’ green chef honors the Okanagan

Green Traveler Guides

And so it is entirely within that tradition that, on a warm night of summer, we come to the lakeside city of Kelowna (“grizzly bear” in the Okanagan language) to spend an evening with a modern-day hunter-gatherer. British Columbia: a ‘hunter-gatherer’ green chef honors the Okanagan is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. America’s greenest destination? | Canada’s Western Wine Country |.

Stylish, affordable green at Glen Oaks Big Sur

Green Traveler Guides

Big Sur’s rich and colorful history is well documented—and liberally seasoned with famous writers and artists, including Robinson Jeffers , Henry Miller , Edward Weston , Richard Brautigan , Hunter S. All Big Sur California Monterey Motor lodges North America United States California Highway 1 Glen Oaks Big Sur green hotels green motor lodge Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Wahl| Greening with Adobe |.

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Bipartisan Environmental Leaders’ Message to Congress: Reauthorize Conservation Funding

Conservancy Talk

LWCF gave better access to the outdoors to millions of Americans, from hunters and fishermen to urban families. Congress should move quickly to repair its mistake and reauthorize the LWCF to ensure that critical funds continue to be invested in protecting our treasured wild places, in rebuilding once-beautiful city parks and in saving America’s historic landmarks.

As Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Ends, Let’s Get Back To Work—Together

Conservancy Talk

Malheur—a mecca for birdwatchers, fishermen, hunters and hikers—is also a place where ranchers, government and organizations like the Nature Conservancy (TNC) are working together to maintain both a way of life and the health of the land. For decades, ranchers, state and federal agencies, rural communities and environmental organizations like TNC have worked together to collaboratively conserve America’s lands, waters and wildlife in ways that benefit everyone involved.

A Survey of U.S. Birders

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The survey was commissioned by National Flyway Council (NFC), which implements the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), which, in turn, aims to maintain abundant waterfowl populations in North America. Comprehensive surveys of U.S.

Hunting and Conservation: A Personal Perspective

Nature Conservancy - Science

It was a nice perk of working for the Conservancy this far North. While people who aren’t familiar with rifle calibers or butchering their own meat find it strange that I can be both a conservationist and a hunter, to me the two worlds mesh seamlessly. The survey also reported 5% of the population identifying at “active hunters” and another 5% wanting to participate. Mike Palmer scans for Dall sheep in the Northwest Territories.

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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But it also means that released and escaped nonnative gamebirds in North America – partridges, quail, and pheasants, mostly – are warily stealing from their hiding spots to roam the upland underbrush of the continent, occasionally crossing paths with momentarily befuddled birders in encounters that unfailingly send these birds scurrying back under cover, or cause them to take flight in a panicked flush. At last, it’s spring in the northern half of the world.

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The 2012 Mugs Stump Award Offers Grants to Climbers

Wend Magazine

With a number of sponsors on board this year and $25,000 in grant funding available, the Mugs Stump Award is definitely something you should apply for if you’re a man, woman or team of climbers from North America. According to the press release: “ Mugs Stump was one of North America’s most prolific and imaginative climbers until his death in a crevasse fall in Alaska in May 1992.

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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The Mourning Dove ( Zenaida macroura) is among the most abundant and widespread terrestrial birds endemic to North and Middle America. It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort. Approximately one million hunters annually harvest more than 20 million Mourning Doves , which exceeds the annual harvest of all other migratory game birds combined 3.

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Nyala, Southern Africa’s Stunning Antelope

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I’m a big fan of the antelopes, a group that is most commonly associated with Africa but which also occurs in Asia and, if you stretch the term to be cladistically meaningful, Europe and North America. Nyala are much appreciated by hunters and tourists, which has led to their being introduced to many parks and reserves around Southern Africa outside their natural range.

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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In 1850, the Passenger Pigeon ( Ectopistes migratorius ) was the most abundant bird in North America and possibly the world. ” Contemporary environmentalism arrived too late to prevent the passenger pigeon’s demise due to market hunters, but the two phenomena share a historical connection. Of course, by now most people know they have been slaughtered by hunters for their ivory. ” I’ll give you a hint, it’s not hunters!

Carolina Parakeet: Mystery of the Incas

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The 19-teens were not a good time for North American birdlife. But imagine those flocks are verdant green, a color unmatched by any native bird currently in North American (north of Mexico, of course). They are also popular in the pet trade and as an adornment for ladies hats, the millinery trade being pretty devastating to many of North America’s flashiest birds.

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Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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” The Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) is one of the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America. The availability and quality of wetlands and surrounding upland nesting habitats in the arid West may provide the most important limitation on North American populations 1. Waterfowl were then and are now the most prominent and economically important group of migratory birds of the North American continent. References: 1 Birds of North America Online , 2 U.S.

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

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Arriving in North America around the time of Columbus, they have become “one of the most successful invasive species on earth.”. And keeping cats, natural hunters, indoors is, as a matter of biology and of common sense, not the healthiest state for them. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world. But the tenets of the North American Model were developed in the 19th century, when wildlife ethics and science were a mere glimmer of what we understand today. The system was intended as a hunter-centric model, both guided by and benefitting consumptive interests. were funded by hunters and 95.1%

White Deer: Understanding a Common Animal of Uncommon Color

Nature Conservancy - Science

Confusingly, many deer biologists and hunters use “piebald” to describe all leucistic deer). Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Today, human hunters are the most common large predator over much of the white-tailed deer’s range. Imagine a Pleistocene hunter peering over a hill to see a white deer – something the hunter would undoubtedly never have seen before. Many hunters find them interesting trophies.

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Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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Hunters frequently refer to them as “Rib-eye in the Sky” due to the excellent taste. ” More than 10,000 people hunt cranes in North America each year. Rather, he said it was entirely about giving hunters the chance to hunt cranes. One of the interesting statistics that came out of neighboring Tennessee’s crane hunting controversy is that Tennessee has marked an 81% increase in wildlife watchers over the past decade, while its hunters declined 25%. “To

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

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Gray Jays have long been more than willing to scarf down the offal that remains when hunters process a carcass so it is little wonder that they have adapted their foraging habits to include whatever scraps picnickers are willing to share. They are one of three species in the genus Perisoreus and the only found in North America (the others, Siberian Jay and Sichuan Jay , are found in Eurasia).

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Antler Obsession: Can the Search for “Sheds” Threaten Wildlife?

Nature Conservancy - Science

As a life-long deer hunter and deer watcher, I always considered the appeal of antlers self-evident. They’re only found on members of the deer family – white-tailed and mule deer, elk, moose and caribou in North America. Also unlike horns, antlers are shed every year in late winter and early spring (in North America. There are “shed hunters” who use a measuring tape to record the size of the antlers in a complex process that results in a final “score.”.

Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally

Nature Conservancy - Science

While organizations in North America are working tirelessly to help shorebirds weather the many threats they face, the very same birds are being hunted in the Caribbean and South America. This New York Times headline above from 1911 is a reminder that shorebirds were once hunted in North America as well, for food, for sport, and for profit. Shorebird hunters had their own calls, decoys, and hunting blinds.

Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

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The Ruffed Grouse is a bird of the forests across much of North America, from Alaska and the mountains of the west through Canada, and in the east down through the Appalachians to Georgia. It is a beautiful bird and well worth taking examining closely if such a situation can somehow be arranged.

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Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

Green Prophet

A quick internet search told me that passenger pigeons lived in Eastern North America and were at one time the most populous bird species on earth, numbering as many as five billion. The European starling is North America’s most prolific living bird. During their heyday, more than than one fifth of all birds in North America belonged to this single species. A single hunter could take in 5000 birds in a day. Hunters in Michigan collected 7.5

ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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The sandhill crane has the lowest recruitment rate (average number of young birds joining a population each season) of any bird now hunted in North America. Nationwide, wildlife watchers now outspend hunters 6 to 1. Texas and North Dakota together account for 88% of the total yearly kill of sandhill cranes. I’ve received letters and emails from a number of avid hunters who find the concept of shooting cranes repugnant.

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Meet the Ocellated Turkey

Nature Conservancy - Science

Let’s put thoughts of that turkey aside for a moment, because there is another turkey species, this one arguably even more spectacular than the wild and domestic bird (yes, they’re the same species, Meleagris gallopavo ) so common across North America. Most conservationists consider it near-threatened, with deforestation making the birds easier to kill by local subsistence hunters, a major factor in the species’ decline. An ocellated turkey male.

It’s Raining Blood and Feathers: Catching the Spring Raptor Show

Nature Conservancy - Science

Raptors are highly skilled hunters. In North America, right now they have nests filled with hungry young. The Cooper’s hawk is one of the most stunning avian hunters, capable of chasing prey through trees, making sharp turns through steep cover. Peregrine falcon in Colorado, United States, North America. A splash of red caught my eye as I strolled across the yard. A wildflower? Not quite.

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Turkeys Are What They Eat: Weird and Adaptable

Nature Conservancy - Science

Careful regulation of hunting combined with reintroductions has produced a thriving turkey flock that nearly matches the population that existed before North America was colonized. Hunters kill turkeys, but regulations are set to manage for population growth. They allow hunters to take a limited number of mostly male birds. As many of us in the United States prepare to eat turkey, let’s take a look at what wild turkeys eat.

The Resistance is Growing: Take Note, Oil Companies & Corporate Oil Consumers

Sierra Club Compass

But these communities and many, many more across North America -- including those affected by tar sands refining, pipelines, and rail transportation, and people living at the source of tar sands extraction in Canada -- are standing up and calling for an end to the pipelines, the rail terminals, and the tar sands mining that harms our health, our water, our land, and our climate. Photo by Peg Hunter. Photo by Peg Hunter. Photo by Peg Hunter. By Rachel Rye Butler.

Review: Cristina Eisenberg’s The Carnivore Way

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators. She knows that these animals also need large, wild, remote lands – and that a series of such lands exists in western North America from Mexico to the Arctic, with the Rocky Mountains serving as the centerpiece. She’s a hunter. Photo: © Scott Copeland. By Cristina Eisenberg. Island Press, 2014. 308 pages. Review by Matt Miller, senior science writer.

2016—Year of the Cat?

The Alien Next Door

The domestic cat has evolved from wild hunter to opportunist predator and as partner alongside humanity as companion and symbol. The Pseudaelurus also crossed the Bering land bridge into North America and gave rise to the lynx, bobcat and puma. Isolated migrants to South America created the ocelot and Geoffroy’s cat. Initially hunter-gatherers, the Natufians A Cat in Paris started growing crops such as wild cereals. “ Do I contradict myself?

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Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia

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and Colombia respectively, have secured thirteen new conservation easements in Colombia with private landowners that will protect important habitat for the Cerulean Warbler – North America’s fastest declining neotropical migrant songbird. Though breeding grounds for neotropical migrants get the bulk of attention in North America wintering grounds are just as critical, and any news about land being preserved as wintering habitat for the Cerulean Warbler is wonderful.

Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White: A Book Review

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3) It is a sequel to Good Birders Don’t Wear White: 50 Tips From North America’s Top Birders , the popular 2007 collection of essays. Dorian Anderson finds a moment of connection with a duck hunter during his bicycle big year, and, despite his distaste for the sport, realizes that in hunters we have allies for conservation.

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Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Wall Street Journal then ran a story in November 2012 entitled America Gone Wild , noting the impact of overabundant deer. Indirect effects on wildlife have been reported as well, such as widespread declines of North American songbird populations (Chollet 2012). Among these partners are hunters, auto insurance companies and the driving public, the public health sector, the timber industry, and agriculture. Hunters. Such hunters could be very helpful.

Nest Cam of the Month: Peregrine Falcons

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s not surprising that humans saw the potential of such an effective hunter. ALL RIGHTS GRANTED TNC) Peregrine falcon in Colorado, United States, North America. Peregrine falcon. Photo: © The Peregrine Fund. By Matt Miller. I step outside my office building, and it’s raining bird parts. That’s not an unusual occurrence at this time of year. The sidewalk is often littered with severed avian legs, bloodied feathers, even the occasional starling head.

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Cristina Eisenberg on Large Predators, Large Landscapes and Coexistence

Nature Conservancy - Science

Cristina Eisenberg has emerged as a leading voice for large predator conservation in North America. She is the author of two books, most recently The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators , published this year by Island Press. We had been living in Montana for a few years, and all at once wolves started recolonizing our land, moving down from the north, from Canada. I come from a ranching background and I’m also a hunter.

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The Great Turkey Shuffle: How Restoration Has Changed Gobbler Genetics

Nature Conservancy - Science

Wildlife managers have released more than 200,000 wild turkeys in North America since the 1950’s to help recover populations that were decimated by overhunting. Both wildlife managers and their prime constituent, turkey hunters, want to make sure these distinct subspecies persist and aren’t blended beyond recognition. Hunters want a diversity of turkeys because it makes hunting more interesting. A wild turkey is released in Wisconsin. Photo: Paul M.

The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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So, one might surmise, it’s OK if they get shot by hunters thinking they’re sandhill cranes? What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding.

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10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

Trails along the north and south rims wind through pinyon-juniper forests and gambel oak thickets typical of the Colorado Plateau. Photo: © Hunter Desportes. Pinyon-juniper forests are home to a wide variety of desert animals, including desert bighorn sheep and canyon bats, the smallest bats in North America. The tallest sand dunes in North America aren’t found at the beach. Petrified Forest National Park. Photo: © Andrew V Kearns VIP/NPS. By Justine E.

The West Greenland Kayak: Testing A Replica

Eco Friendly Daily

The kayak is another example of an old technology that is still being imitated and improved upon— there is evidence to suggest that the first kayak was being used in North America about 4000 years ago. The roll, a technique in which the paddler rolls sideways into the water, and the kayak flips over with the paddler still inside, was invented as a way to protect a hunter from animals which attacked, or other dangers on the surface.

10 Reasons Why Species Become Endangered


History abounds with stories of mass extinctions of animals by hunters and the consequent deaths of their predators if not by direct hunting as well, then by starvation because they no longer have a food source. A recent study suggests that the reason for the mass extinction of large mammals like mammoths, mastodons, and camels in the Americas between 13,300 and 15,000 years ago was because today humans hunted them into extinction [4]. Is pretty much the mentality in rural America.

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The 6 th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America , for example, includes “extinct” and “probably extinct” species in a chapter, mixed in with accidentals.) Fuller’s astonishment at locating this “grail of extinct-bird photograph hunters” is contagious.