Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Unlike national parks, national forests, national monuments, and other federal lands which must balance competing interests such as recreation and resource extraction, national wildlife refuges are legally required to be maintained for the preservation of wildlife. Chinteague NWR (Virginia).

The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. These reports (called “ Banking on Nature “) are relevant to birders because they are among the few comprehensive analyses that relate to the economic impact of birders on national wildlife refuges, which are among the more popular birding locations. Chincoteague NWR (Virginia/Maryland): 7,000,000; $390 million; 3,647.

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Wildlife Rehabilitators vs. Bird Thieves

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I’d check my bank statements anyway,” cracked Michele Wellard, of Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill Center Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic , during one of our frequent Rehabber FaceBook Free-For-Alls. The Common Grackle pictured at left was a patient at Wildlife Care Alliance in Virginia. “I Birds Bird Behavior wildlife rehabilitators I don’t mean people who steal birds. I mean birds who steal, sometimes from people.

How Does Extreme Winter Weather Affect Wildlife?

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With the recent blizzards, have you wondered how wildlife fares in nasty weather? Matt Miller offers a look at how creatures from Virginia opossums to non-native reptiles are affected. Wildlife Birds Herps Mammals Nature Pop Top 10

The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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The general public is out and about, birds and animals are raising their young, and human/wildlife interaction is at its peak. I don’t want to be too hasty in my response,” wrote Gay in Virginia. Violation of the law would be punishable by substantial fines, plus the cat owners would be required to perform community service at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. Hidden by camera angle is hitch on back for wildlife trailer.).

Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums

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And other weird facts about the underrated Virginia opossum. From the Field Latest Science Wildlife Mammal Watching Weird NatureDeath fainting! Walking embryos! The post Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums appeared first on Cool Green Science.

40 infectious photos of wildlife comedians!

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(Photo by Artyom Krivosheev/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) . Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam tap into animal magnetism to boost support of wildlife conservation. Their second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is inciting “conservation through competition”, helped by heaps of belly laughs, and the unbelievable images are real. Photo by Gil Gofer/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) .

The Devastating Consequences of Wildlife Poaching


Wildlife poaching has grave. It is important to know that the consequences to wildlife are not only devastating; they are also pervasive. Quick Navigation for The Consequences of Wildlife Poaching. What is poaching of wildlife and why it is illegal? What is poaching of wildlife and why is it illegal? Wildlife poaching is the unlawful hunting or capturing of live animals. . Further reading: Should We Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as a Serious Crime?

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The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

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Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm " And here's the damning detail: "(B)ecause these contaminants are released gradually and in some cases not tracked or regulated, they attract much less attention than a massive spill such as the recent one in West Virginia."

How Will the Polar Vortex Affect Wildlife?

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Many wildlife species, like snowshoe hares, are well adapted to survive cold temperatures. Many wildlife species, of course, are well adapted to thrive in even the coldest of temperatures. While it’s still too early to tell how this week’s weather will affect wildlife, research suggests some species will not fare well. Virginia Opossums. In Florida, species like Burmese pythons and green iguanas can become invasive, posing serious threats to native wildlife.

Koalas Have 2 Thumbs & Other Weird Australian Wildlife Facts

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So read on for a compilation of some of the wonderful wildlife weirdness from Oz. Here in North America, we’re just left with the hapless-but-lovable Virginia Opossum. I spend a lot of time looking at birds, which as far as wildlife goes is a fairly benign taxa. Wildlife Asia Pacific Mammals Weird NatureWhen it comes to biological weirdness, nowhere on earth do things get as collectively bizzare as Australia.

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

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Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. Thankfully, a corps of community-minded citizens has risen to moment, delivering water to underserved areas throughout the region, calling in to let folks know when water has been delivered to local stores and acting as a rapid response team for folks in need in central and southern West Virginia. The rocks, the sticks, the wildlife - they were my best friends.

Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Not long ago, I posted a list of the 25 best National Wildlife Refuges for birding. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has published a list of NWRs that have been created or expanded with Duck Stamp funds. and 80.0%, including: Aransas NWR in Texas (42.7%), Chincoteague NWR in Virginia (69.9%), and Malheur NWR in Oregon (25.8%). Chincoteague NWR (Virginia): 69.9%. Conservation duck stamp Federal Duck Stamp National Wildlife Refuges USFWS

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Mad Men Go Falcon Trapping

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Birds bird conservation citizen science conservation history falconry falcons natural history reintroduction Virginia wildlife biology The thrill of victory: bird banders capture a falcon. By Joe Smith , ornithologist and restoration ecologist. I recently came across a 1952 LIFE magazine article profiling a group of falcon banders working on Assateague Island, Maryland. Along with the article is a series of striking photos of the banders and their lifestyle on the coast.

Obama defends wildlife refuge from dirty oil drilling

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25 the Obama administration proposed new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which, if approved, would be a huge win. Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife," said Interior secretary Sally Jewell. Last week left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of environmentalists. On Jan.

Study Shows Mercury Pollution Affects Wildlife as Well as Human Health


A new study conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute in partnership with The Nature Conservancy shows unhealthy levels of mercury in songbirds and bats throughout the American northeast from Maine to Virginia. The study— entitled: Hidden Risk: Mercury in Terrestrial Systems of the Northeast —confirms mercury contamination extends to many forms of wildlife in addition to fish.

Delhi’s Birds Need Help!

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Through the internet, they have forged bonds with other wildlife rehabililators throughout the world. In March, rehabbers in the United States will gather at the annual National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association conference to make contacts, swap information, and learn new techniques. The wildlife centers set up lodging, local transportation, and meetings with their directors and veterinarians. Conservation India wildlife rehabilitators

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Week 30: We return to Summer Lake

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Right, smack dad in the middle of Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge. There is a 12 mile Wildlife Viewing Loop that can be driven, and is a great way to get a feel for the layout of the refuge. I have tried for years to get a decent picture of a Virginia Rail. All around our little campsite, we keep getting amazed but the diversity of the wildlife. Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge is the beneficiary of support from several groups.

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When the Best Design Is NO Design, Except Nature’s

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Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. By Jill Bieri , Director, Virginia Coast Reserve. Breaking News: Virginia Coast NOT Devastated By Storm! The Eastern Shore of Virginia may be less than thrilling for a storm-team reporter , but as a marine scientist, I have found my nirvana. Water birds congregate at Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. Oyster reefs at Virginia Coast Reserve. Photo: © Hal Brindley.

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Counting Red Knots: Keeping Tabs on a Threatened Bird

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The Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is a key stopover site for migratory red knots. The technology for tracking wildlife gets fancier every year. For two decades, researchers at The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) have been counting rufa red knots and other migrating shorebirds the old-fashioned way: one bird at a time. Fish and Wildlife Service as it considered the conservation status of the rufa red knot.

Glue Trapped

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My very first rescue was a House Sparrow caught in a glue trap,” says Donna Osburn, a wildlife rehabilitator in Kentucky. I tell people DO NOT try to remove the bird,” says Maureen Eiger of Wildlife Care Alliance in Virginia, who gets calls from people who put glue traps in their garage, leave the garage door open, and catch birds instead of mice. Birds birds glue traps glue traps sticky traps wildlife rehabilitator

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The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

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A West Virginia chemical spill , which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. ( Huffington Post ). Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife ? Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news. “Let the Cows of Hope Live!”

Releasing White Doves

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Wildlife rehabilitators constantly receive lost racing pigeons who are starving, riddled with lice, and suffering from coccidia, trichinosis, or worms. Mine are always found near the local funeral home,” says Maureen Eiger, in Virginia. “I asked Gay Frazee, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, referring to the time Pope Francis released two white doves as a symbol of peace, and they were immediately attacked by a gull and a crow. Birds white dove release wildlife rehabilitator

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Father’s Day: Playing with Fire

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But what if your job is setting managed, controlled fires to benefit people, water and wildlife? Sam Lindblom is The Nature Conservancy in Virginia’s director of land management and a trainer of fireworkers in the Fire Learning Network. What I loved most of all from those experiences was not only the hard work, but seeing the many patches of forests that had burned before, now covered in grasses and wildflowers, and generally, where we’d see the most wildlife.

CHART: Which Kills More Birds, Cats or Turbines? | Mother Jones

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29, 2013 2:34 PM PST Tweet Malingering/Flickr; vaxomatic/Flickr Last month Fox News reported on the "grizzly deaths" of 500 songbirds in West Virginia. The study, conducted by scientists from US Fish & Wildlife and the Smithsonian, found that "free-ranging cats. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture. Photo Essays. Blogs Political MoJo. Kevin Drum. Blue Marble. Tom Philpott. Mixed Media. Subscribe. Support.

Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

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National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and ball fields in every one of our 50 states were set aside for Americans to enjoy thanks to federal funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Conservation Politics House Natural Resources Committee Land and Water Conservation Fund LWCF national parks National Wildlife Refuges

7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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North Bend State Park, West Virginia. Strong populations of birds reside in the hardwood forests and dense understories in this north-eastern location of West Virginia. Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia. Known as a warbler haven, 30+ species visit this bi-state park near the Kentucky and Virginia southern border. While a small park of only 1,050 acres, it’s surrounded by the massive Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area.

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My Favorite Release

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So I asked seven wildlife rehabilitators, “Tell me your favorite (or one of your favorites) release story – the kind that makes you keep going, in spite of everything.”. “A We let a one-eyed Bald Eagle go after a year of battling state officials in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky. I’ll never forget an orphaned Northern Cardinal nestling that I really fussed over a few years back,” said Arden Zich of Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, Illinois. “We

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Birding from New York to North Carolina

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To get there we would need to get out of New York, through New Jersey into Delaware, and then on through Maryland and Virginia until finally reaching our destination. We got off the ferry and, seeing as we only had about half-an-hour to drive before we were at our hotel, we decided to explore a bit at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Trips Cape Henlopen State Park Cape May Point State Park Chincoteague Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings

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Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven. A Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) eating berries at Mount Porte Crayon in West Virginia. Port Crayon in West Virginia. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds NaturePopCedar Waxwings are a favorite of many birders and backyard naturalists. With their fuzzy-looking crests and sharp color accents, they’re dapper looking birds.

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When Is a Black Bear Actually a Blue Bear?

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American black bear or North American black bear (Ursus americanus) photographed among a patch of springtime ferns at Mount Porte Crayon, West Virginia. I’m watching the brownish black bear safely from a turnoff in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, one of the great wildlife viewing spots on the planet. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department offers a bear ID quiz. Wildlife Mammals Natural History Nature + People NaturePop Weird Nature

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Recovery: Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

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Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to learn about New England cottontail rabbits. The non-natives, called “eastern cottontails,” are a genetic mishmash of species and subspecies plucked from Minnesota, West Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that listing was not warranted because of all the recovery work.

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What Does the Fox Need?

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Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife through a Creative Commons license. Nature Conservancy Scientist and urban wildlife specialist John S. Coyote colonization of northern Virginia and admixture with Great Lakes wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(6):1204-1217. Behavioural responses of wildlife to urban environments. Wildlife Research 33:175-180. A red fox prowls the urban greenbelt in Boise, Idaho. Photo: Phares Book.

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Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

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And in April, he sees the return of the many species he has seen in that month in years past – but, also, weirdly, a Virginia Rail, a reclusive marsh bird, flopping around the sidewalk in downtown D.C. (the

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Recovery: Rare Turtle Gets a Second Chance

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Anyone suggesting that we shouldn’t worry about Plymouth redbellies because the “same turtle” is secure along the coastal plain from New Jersey to North Carolina and inland to West Virginia ought not to be entrusted with wine selection. The agency’s basic management philosophy was: If you can’t legally kill it, it’s not wildlife. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge, primarily to recover redbellies. Wildlife

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Mushroom Man, Crime-Fighting Reindeer & Saving Silverbacks

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We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler : Biodiversity & Wildlife. Migrating wildlife depend on more than just wilderness. Frack away : US Forest Service backs off ban in Virginia’s George Washington Forest. The Cooler biodiversity Climate Change news research science communications wildlife Sabyinyo group of mountain gorillas.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2014)

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I’ve only been in Virginia Beach for a few days and I’ve already knocked down most of my targets, including Blue Grosbeak and Yellow-breasted Chat at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Any Jimmy Buffet fans out there? His song, “C hanges in latitude, changes in birding attitude” really rings true when you’re on the road. Traveling really rejuvenates the passion when local breeders become banal.

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Mule Deer Migration, Fearless Fish, and Pirate Naturalists

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Wildlife. West Virginia University). Boston Globe, via National Wildlife Federation). Rethinking “Natural” : How future agriculture could support more wildlife. The Cooler biodiversity Climate Change research science communications wildlife Mule deer at Torrey Creek Trailhead, Wind River Range Wyoming. Photo by Scott Copeland. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

Angry Birds: Why Molting Makes Our Feathered Friends Grumpy

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A study of wood thrush in Virginia led by Jorge Vega Rivera discovered just how discreet birds can be during molt. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds NaturePop Research Weird NaturePerhaps you’re familiar with having a “bad hair day.” For birds, “bad feather days” – what we call molting – are a part of life. And those days are not easy. In fact, it can make birds downright grumpy. Seriously. Feathers are a bird’s defining feature.

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Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

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to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Well then you get the planned Coalfields Expressway in Southwest Virginia. The project is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and coal mining companies, including Alpha Natural Resources. Fish and Wildlife Service all submitted comments strongly urging a closer look at the project.

Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. Orange-crowns, Mac Gillivray’s, Yellow, Black-throated Gray, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s and Virginia’s Warblers have all been seen around the lake. For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas.

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The Alligator in the Basement: Breeding Bird Colonies Benefit Alligator Health in the Florida Everglades

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Crocodilians are often found underneath these nesting birds, and this has been a common natural history observation for quite some time,” says Lucas Nell , who conducted this research as part of a master’s in wildlife ecology at The University of Florida. Logic follows that there had to be some benefit to nesting near such an obvious predator, and the suspicion is that the alligators were keeping out even more unwelcome neighbors — raccoons and Virginia opossums. “If

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Virginia (122), New Mexico (112); Texas (106); Colorado (106), and Pennsylvania (102). Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island. West Virginia ranks 44th, Hawaii ranks 45th, and Rhode Island ranks 48th.

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