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. Both birds and birders flock to national wildlife refuges. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

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Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us. What are your best wildlife moments? And what are your wildlife dreams? Trips Africa Europe India World Wildlife DayI remember, several times while motionlessly surveying birds, I found myself being investigated by Striped Field Mice , who would dare to come to sniff me.

Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund

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| Green Travel News | Hilton Worldwide, in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment, has forged an alliance with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Asia Green Travel News Singapore Xtras ban on shark fin soup Hilton LightStay Singapore green hotel World Wildlife Fund and Hilton

A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. I’m hoping this will give you an incentive to get out and experience a National Wildlife Refuge in your area during this fall migration.

Is Your Landscaping Killing Wildlife?

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Snow on the Hoof: How Deer, Elk and Other Western Wildlife Cope in Harsh Winters. Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven. Other plants and shrubs can kill wildlife. Some landscaping plants spread beyond yards and choke out wildlife habitat.

10 Overlooked Wildlife Experiences in Our National Parks

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Think of wildlife in U.S. But the National Park Service protects a wide range of wildlife, large and small. Please list your favorite overlooked national park wildlife in the comments. Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife.

Fishing at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Fishing is not one of the recreational activities allowed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge but apparently no one has passed that information on to the local bird population. Birds egrets Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Snowy Egret wading birds

Video: Infrared Technology for Wildlife Conservation

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Infrared technology has many applications for wildlife research, including enabling biologists to more accurately count greater sage grouse in the rugged country of the arid West ( covered in Monday’s blog). Hummingbird as seen in infrared.

10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

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A greater yellowlegs at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System is one of shining stars of United States conservation history, and the refuges in this system offer some world-class nature experiences. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge , Texas.

Self Medication, Wildlife Style: How Birds and Other Creatures Use Medicinal Plants

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Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds NaturePop Weird Nature“Not all pharmacists are human.” So begins a 1993 review article on the use of medicinal plants by animals. Reading on, we learn that pharmacists can be chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, starlings and grackles.

New Year’s Day Birding at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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The best place I could come up with that was within a short drive of my in-laws’ place in Yorba Linda was the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Irvine, only a quick twenty-minute drive away. San Joaquin is renowned among wildlife photographers for the up close opportunities with shorebirds and ducks. Trips San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15M to Protect Wildlife


Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio gave out $15 million in grants this year to environmental organizations working Read More The post Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15M to Protect Wildlife appeared first on Ecorazzi. Not a bad chunk of change, and all for a good cause, too.

Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You

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In colder climes, the lack of tree cover and a white snowy backdrop makes finding birds and other wildlife easier – even in cities and suburbs. Here are ten of my favorite winter wildlife activities: Go owling. Even in developed areas, at dusk wildlife is on the move.

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Blue-winged Teal ( Anas discors ) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to discover several pair and a few non-paired individuals of the species at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on the day I had reserved photo blind #2.

Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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It’s the perfect time of year for a wildlife road trip. Wildlife watchers are a friendly lot; ask folks where they’re having the best sightings. The National Wildlife Refuge system offers opportunities to view ducks and other wetland wildlife.

The Gap Between Wildlife and the Animal Rights Movement

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What I don’t understand is why animal rights organizations almost completely ignore wildlife. Habitat destruction and degradation is far and away the number one reason why wildlife populations are extirpated or go extinct. If you, animal lover, have no interest in providing wildlife a healthy environment, then your efforts and passions are brought into question.

Get Thee To A Wildlife Rehabilitator

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If that’s not possible, she needs the knowledgeable care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabbers love the public. Why do wildlife rehabilitators not love the public? The state of Indiana has been soliciting comments for a bill which would make the above scenario legal for 90 days, creating an uproar among those who are licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Birds injured wildlife orphaned wildlife screech owl wildlife rehabilitator

Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven

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Turning your yard – or other small outdoor space – into a wildlife haven is easier than you think. Get started with Habitat Network , an online community of citizen scientists working together to build habitat to support wildlife. Get Started with a Wildlife-Friendly Space.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. National wildlife refuges provide premier outdoor recreational opportunities across the Nation. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas.

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10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

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However, many times they’re overlooked by naturalists who view state parks as picnic spots that don’t offer much in the way of wildlife. Across the country, state parks offer some incredible opportunities for birders, natural history enthusiasts and other wildlife buffs.

Internet Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Linda runs a wildlife rehabilitation center in Austin County, Texas, and one night she wrote to our listserv that a woman had called her that afternoon and told her that Mockingbirds had gotten into her house, taken over her brain, and were telling her what to do. “I

Citizen Science Tuesday: Chicago Wildlife Watch

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What is Chicago Wildlife Watch? When it comes to wildlife in the city, it turns out, we can throw out most everything we know about wildlife ecology. Why is Chicago Wildlife Watch Important? How do wildlife interactions change? Geese in Chicago.

Snow Leopard hunt by Adam Riley (INDRI Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

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Seeing a wild Snow Leopard is every wildlife enthusiast’s dream, probably the ultimate and most elusive wildlife experience on the planet. This event was observed during a tour arranged and guided by INDRI – Ultimate Wildlife Tours They also arrange and guide other wildlife tours globally to the world’s last remaining wildernesses in search of iconic wildlife.

Recovery: Saving Timber Rattlesnakes, Why Wildlife Recovery Isn’t a Popularity Contest

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But there’s progress in Massachusetts thanks to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, created in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. From the Field Wildlife Field Notes Herps Nature + People Restoration

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. Photo: Christopher Brown. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

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Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves. I was working at the Coastal Wildlife Rescue Center here in Alabama, and he had either been blown in during a storm or caught a ride on a ship. Birds wildlife rehabilitator injuries wildlife rehabilitatorsMost of them think we’re trying to eat them, not help them.

Red-necked Phalarope on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Late morning this past Thursday, 27 August, I was on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay. I was only there because I had worked an overnight and therefore had the day free from work and Desi was busy at a day camp.

Growing Up Osprey: Wildlife Reality TV Returns to Osprey Cam

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You can help keep osprey populations going strong by supporting the EPA, which continues to regulate pesticides and other synthetic chemicals that can pose a hazard to wildlife and people and by supporting regulations on discarded fishing gear (in which ospreys are sometimes entangled and killed).

Searching for Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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That place is the fabled home of shorebirds, both common and rare, the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. American Avocet on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. It being mid-August in New York City there is one place where I have to be as often as I can. This year, what with family plans and other commitments, I didn’t get out on the pond until later than usual but it was worth the wait.

In Defense of Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Why do you wildlife rehabilitators waste your time saving a cardinal with a broken wing, when you could be giving your money to save habitat? Wildlife rehabilitators should not have to defend what they do. Birding bird rehabilitation buckshot rehab wildlife rehabilitators

Tornado Takes Toll on Wildlife

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Though we obviously recognize that extreme weather causes death and destruction to humans we shouldn’t overlook the damage that it can do to wildlife as well. Birdchick has the sad tale of the destruction of a Minneapolis heronry. Asides

Top 10 Night Safaris: When the (Wildlife) Freaks Come Out

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For hard-core wildlife enthusiasts, “night life” has a different meaning. Many wildlife reserves and guides now offer night safaris for those seeking quality views of nocturnal critters, particularly mammals. Please obey all local laws pertaining to spotting wildlife at night.

100 Words on Wildlife Connectivity

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Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. Our new blog series featuring conservation concepts and commentary in 100 words. Today: the importance of connectivity. Imagine grizzly bears : roaming two mountain ranges, national forests both. In between: a valley , with farms, ranches, patches of trees.

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

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As we mark the end of a six-week standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge, it’s important that we return our focus to finding collaborative ways to use and protect our country’s natural resources. Fish and Wildlife Service and academic researchers through the Malpai Borderlands Group.

Dubai exposed as major wildlife trafficking hub [video]

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The United Nations now classifies the illegal trafficking of exotic wildlife as second only in scale to the illegal drug trade, with Dubai emerging as a major smuggling center for the world’s most rarefied creatures.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Wildlife CSI

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What is Wildlife CSI? How does the local wildlife behave around the compost heap? Wildlife CSI (Compost Scene Investigation) is on the case, and you could be one of their investigators, joining a crack team of sleuths that includes crowbots. Why is Wildlife CSI Important?

Grouse Count: Aerial Infrared Technology Ensures Accurate Wildlife Census

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Greater sage grouse have become one of the most-studied wildlife species in the American West. The consummate wildlife biologist, there’s not much Talsma finds difficult. Even one degree shows as a different color – making it easy to locate grouse (and other wildlife) remotely.

How Does Extreme Winter Weather Affect Wildlife?

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

Species On the Move: Mapping Barriers for Wildlife in a Warming World

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A highway crossing at Alamos Canyon is a key wildlife cooridor in Simi Valley, California. As climate change causes temperatures to rise, plant and animal species across the country will need to move as their preferred climactic conditions shift across the country.

Getting to Know Your National Wildlife Refuge: Comprehensive Conservation Plans

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Jason’s first contribution tackled the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System , his second took a deep look at how many birders there really are , and his third looked at the competing interests of sage-grouse and wind turbines. Jason A.