Use it or lose it?

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The first most readers have probably been aware of, the cheerleader hunter who has been in the news for, well, hunting game animals and being attractive and blonde. This is kind of a big deal because since the 90s logging has been banned on government land, and the government is moving to allow some of that timber to be removed and sold. Regular readers of this site might be able to think of a much discussed example, that of birding on National Wildlife Refuges versus hunting.

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Organizations Investigate Illegal Logging In Madagascar; Majority Of Demand From China

Eco Friendly Daily

Unfortunately, Madagascar is also home to immense illegal logging. The logging is even threatening national parks in the country in addition to areas outside the parks. Tree species and animal species are all threatened by the logging.

Review: When Conservation is Successful (Too Successful)

Nature Conservancy - Science

Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness. Their forest habitat was logged and leveled. Given legal protection and effective law enforcement, together with the reforestation of logged habitat, deer populations began rebounding.

Best Rustic Sofas and Couches for the Cottage

Green Furniture Home Design

Designers who help create the most rustic design aesthetics for log homes and hunting lodges will tell you that one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy to get this look in your cabin or cottage is a sofa.

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What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

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The legislature named the grouse the state bird in 1931 , and as it is a game bird it is legal to hunt them in the fall and winter seasons. The sound is almost like a car engine, created when they beat their wing while standing on a log or stone. Because they prefer young forests, reduced logging can actually be a detriment to their population numbers. You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania.

Hunters, Loggers and Snowmachiners Oppose Possible Maine National Park

Wend Magazine

Several representatives of hunting, logging and snowmobiling groups gathered in Augusta, Maine’s capitol city to debate a proposed national park which would occupy the area east of Baxter State Park , famous for Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2016)

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Pileated Woodpeckers take BBOTW honors quite often around here, but who can resist the captivating sight of an adult teaching two big, gangly juveniles the finer points of extracting nutrients from decaying logs? Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Barn Swallow that kept him company in a bird blind while Seaside Sparrows sang and Common Terns hunted in Wildwood, NJ.

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A River Runs Through It

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Mallard ducklings were hiding among vegetation in the shallows, where Grey Herons hunted for Edible (or Green) Frogs. European Pond Terrapins resting on a floating log.

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Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake

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It was sunning itself on a log beside the water and was very tolerant of me and other people passing by on a board walk just 6 feet away. Ribbon Snakes are small slender creatures with excellent vision for diurnal hunting. Positive reinforcement tells me that I should be finding snakes in Houston, TX. The first one was found simply by accident, but consistent herpetological luck at Houston’s Arboretum makes me look harder and longer until I find one.

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How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?


Commercial logging also contributes to deforestation, and forests are cut down for development [4]. Wolves, once the most widely distributed mammals in the world , were for centuries regarded as our worst enemy for hunting our livestock. Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land.

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Urban birding at its best

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The gamekeeper drives by, I wave my greetings but do not mention the jackals I am observing at the moment: this animal is not protected in Serbia and is allowed for killing year-round (one may say “hunting” instead, but I am having problems trying to spot the difference).

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The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

Burning for Biodiversity: How Hunting Promotes Healthy Ecosystems in the Australian Desert. Ngamaru Bidu monitors a fire line set in preparation for hunting parnajarrpa (sand monitor lizard) near Parnngurr Community. Mapping Reduced-Impact Logging with Lidar. “In the field.”

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Exploring East Bay and the Yellow River

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Here and there, spits of pale sand became playgrounds for families and dogs, or hunting areas for Great Blue Herons. A lone Anhinga stood on a log to dry its feathers, while a Great Blue Heron spread its wings and croaked as it fled our noisy arrival.

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

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Although this park was logged in the past, as a national park it is one of the few forests in Ghana that is really protected. . Now that the colony is off limits for hunting, the population has grown and the village is benefitting tremendously from entry and guide fees, and a school is being built courtesy of conservation funds. According to the World Bank, up to 80 percent of Ghana’s forests had been destroyed by illegal logging by 2008.

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Birders flock to Israel for one day bird-watching race

Green Prophet

Called “ Champions of the Flyway “, the competition also raised money to combat illegal hunting in countries along the migratory route, which kills millions of birds annually. Millions of birds are hunted each year along the route.

The great green Caribbean lowlands – Costa Rica

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Its cabins stand on stilts, Caribbean style, and are built from salvaged tree stumps left after the logging operations in the past, each with a spacious veranda with a hammock and views of the surrounding forest.

Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Dilemma

Nature Conservancy - Science

Woodland caribou in the United States were decimated by overhunting and logging. Overhunting and logging devastated woodland caribou populations, but animals continued to survive in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia.

Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Story

Nature Conservancy - Science

Woodland caribou in the United States were decimated by overhunting and logging. Overhunting and logging devastated woodland caribou populations, but animals continued to survive in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia.

The American Woodcock, And Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Nearly every square inch of North America was systematically logged and logged again at a rapid clip. The Snipe Hunt: Myth and Reality. Throughout their lives and even within a single day, American Woodcock are citizens of many habitats.

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Top 10 Most Endangered Species

Green Earth Journey

Bengal Tiger Live among India and the Himalayas and other dry areas of Asia Strictly carnivorous Endangered because of heavy hunting due to fear from humans There are probably less than 200 left in the wild today 4. These are some serious reasons why logging is such a huge concern.

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Why Are Elephants Endangered Species?


Hunting elephants for ivory and sport has reduced their numbers by 50 percent over the past century. But illegal wildlife trade and trophy hunting are not the only risks. Legalized hunting must be monitored for its impact on elephant populations.

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Three New Books Showcase Science Storytelling

Nature Conservancy - Science

Lanham describes himself as a “rare bird, an oddity”: an African-American ornithologist who loves birding, hunting and exploring the land. The chapter on how he came to deer hunting is perhaps the best on the subject I’ve read in years (and I’ve read a lot about hunting).

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Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

providing hunting opportunities for thousands of Americans. Their story is a familiar one: Habitat changed with encroaching agriculture, residential development and logging. Over-hunting and poaching took its toll, says Brent Lawrence, a spokesman for the U.S.

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Change Comes to the Eastern Forest: Five-Part Series Begins Today

Nature Conservancy - Science

Does logging have any place in a “pristine” eastern forest? There was to be no hunting or trapping, no logging and no extractive human use. Some people don’t want any wildlife killed or trees logged.

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests. Aside from the ever-present logging and oil palm, another threat to PNG’s forests is subsistence agriculture, which feeds a majority of the population. Morning in Musiamunat village.

For World Orangutan Day, An Ambitious Plan to Save These Great Apes

Nature Conservancy - Science

Mapping Reduced-Impact Logging with Lidar. The harmony between humans and apes began to unravel with the arrival of European explorers, who hunted them extensively during the 19 th century. They conduct trainings on planning and various practices, including Reduced Impact Logging (RIL).

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Birding: Time and Effort

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While checking floating logs for ducks, I counted European pond turtles (strange things birders do?) Pity, it is the sleeping hours and not the hunting (morning/evening), but at least they are not forced to socialise with people all day. How much time do you devote to birding? Are you happy with an occasional morning here and there or do you need more? How high is birding on your list of activities – is it the very first or merely one of?

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Can Cutting Trees Save Wolves?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Logging. Overharvest may be occurring because logging roads provide easier access for hunters and trappers to get into wolf habitat. So it may seem counterintuitive that one way to boost wolf numbers may be through logging. After logging, the habitat was largely uniform.

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Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

Nature Conservancy - Science

More moose and deer attract wolves, which hunt on caribou as the opportunity presents itself. Northwards expansion of roads and industrial activity such as logging, oil and gas exploration and development is degrading and fragmenting caribou habitat at an increasing rate.

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Astonishing Facts About Wetlands


Fishing, hunting and birdwatching are all popular in the US, adding approximately $157 million in 2016 alone, hunters of migratory birds spent over $81 million of this spent on hunting expeditions of migratory birds, exclusive of costs to lease land [12]. White heron on the hunt.

Wild Turkey Restoration: The Greatest Conservation Success Story?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The forests of the eastern United States had been logged and cleared, but when farms were abandoned and logging stopped, they quickly reverted to woodlands. My dad and I saw dark forms moving through the woods as we hunted deer in central Pennsylvania.

Jinx Warbler Vanquished

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I got out of the car, climbed a small hill where the shooting benches were and realized I was looking at a fabulous patch of habitat for a great gray owl to hunt. The day shift, hunting the meadow.

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Recovery: Rare Turtle Gets a Second Chance

Nature Conservancy - Science

In 1971 the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game existed to serve sportsmen who provided our salaries by buying hunting and fishing licensees. They share one log with painted turtles. Now the big log that had been in pitch-pine shadows is lit by the afternoon sun.

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The Horned Guan in Chiapas

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It was already a relict species living in isolated populations long before man brought deforestation, coffee plantations, wood extraction, hunting, trapping and other risks to its world, further decreasing its range and population and further fragmenting populations. Kathi Borgmann and Josh Beck are living the dream of many a North American birder. They packed up in June of 2013 and headed south from San Diego with the southern tip of South America as their destination.

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Tribe of Tigers

Eco Friendly Daily

Only 150 years ago, as many as 100,000 tigers may have existed, but they have come under intense pressure through trophy hunting, conflict with expanding settlements, and poaching for the illegal trade in tiger products.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Tiger Afternoon

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The Osprey tries another hunt, finally a successful one, while Telia goes deeper into the water and lies down. Maharashtra, February 2013. Trying not to inhale so much of the dust cloud that envelops us, I am sporting a bandana tied bank-robber style. A winding track through dense woodlands takes us to the Telia Lake in the southeast of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.

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Protection Working for Mountain Gorillas

Eco Friendly Daily

Restrictions on logging, hunting and development have helped mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, increase their population by 13 percent over the last ten years.

Mountain Monkeys Found

Eco Friendly Daily

The populations of these monkeys are not well-described and they are subject to hunting , although the level is unclear. In Peru, the meat may be eaten, while it is used as hunting bait in Brazil.

Croc and rock birding trip part 1

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The quarry was being used as a training ground for a family of five Brown Falcons and they were amazing to watch as they used the quarry walls to hunt. Rainbow Bee-eaters are often found roosting on sticks along the edge of the river, and crocodiles pretend to be logs!! We have recently returned from a “croc and rock” birding trip that took us further into the Kimberley to visit some gorges, see some crocodiles and a great variety of bird-life.

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Rwanda Looks to National Parks as Part of a Peaceful, Hopeful Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

This over-turned logging truck is only one of many. The shadowy form of one of the park’s many chimpanzees swings along the opposite crest, hunting monkeys. In 1994, Rwanda made global news headlines as a horrific genocide against the Tutsi population unfolded.

New campaign aims to untap the UK’s free drinking water sources

Green (Living) Review

Through public records, has so far logged over 600 of the nation’s drinking water fountains and is now calling on volunteers to upload details of their own local facilities or free public drinking water sources. For more details about the fountain treasure hunt go to A campaign to improve the public’s access to free drinking water has been unveiled.

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Furry And Cute, But Not Always Seen As Harmless

Eco Friendly Daily

They were hunted intensively for the fur trade, mainly in the 19th century, until only remnant populations were left. Along the British Columbia coast, the sea otter population has been causing controversy.

The Four Biggest Hazards Facing Monarch Butterflies, and How You Can Help

Nature Conservancy - Science

A Treasure Hunt for Prairie Wildflowers. While the area is protected by the Mexican government, its edges are still being eaten away by illegal logging. Monarch butterflies are in the media a lot lately, and it’s not good news. What’s really going on?

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