Fly Away Home (and Safe) … on crippling rates in duck hunting

This is my annual re-post -- on the first weekend of waterfowl hunting season in both Washington (where I'm living now) and California (my home). I've been lightly tweaking the post each year, adding new information or links. My reason for re-posting this piece is to bring attention to some of the lesser discussed aspects of duck hunting. The most significant issue for me is the enormous injury rate in all wing shooting -- [...]

2018-09-30T19:26:12+00:00October 20th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog, Hunting|36 Comments

Sea Lion Branding in Oregon

California Sea Lions at Westport, Washington - ©ingridtaylar Because this is happening a few hours from home, I'm posting to bring some attention to the issue. I haven't included any graphic photos, but the subject matter is the hazing and culling of California sea lions. Just south of our Washington border, in Astoria, Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is trapping and branding sea lions at the Bonneville Dam on the [...]

2013-03-27T01:10:51+00:00March 27th, 2013|Hunting, Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|17 Comments

Another Exposé of USDA Wildlife Services

I received an email recently, asking if I'd heard any updates on the Jamie Olson situation, the one I posted about in November. As you may recall, Jamie Olson is the USDA Wildlife Services trapper who posted about his wildlife "work" -- with graphic images depicting his treatment of wolves and other predators, including pictures of his dogs mauling trapped animals. The petition to fire Jamie Olson, started by Project Coyote, is still [...]

2013-03-17T14:05:45+00:00March 17th, 2013|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Uncategorized|29 Comments

How Many Songbirds Didn’t Have to Die?

** Note: There is no graphic visual content in this post. The subject matter, is, however disheartening for anyone who cares about birds. How many? That's a legitimate question. I don't know and I'd like to -- but there's no verifiable nor practical way to find out. It's an issue that came up for me a couple of years ago when I ran across dozens of bird-shooting videos on YouTube. The titles are often something [...]

2013-03-04T10:33:00+00:00March 4th, 2013|Hunting, Uncategorized|7 Comments

Fly Away Home (and Safe) … 2012

This is my annual post -- on the eve of waterfowl hunting season in both Washington (where I'm living now) and California (my home). It recounts a waterfowl hunt I encountered unexpectedly in the Sacramento Delta area of Northern California. I've been lightly tweaking the post each year, adding either a few new details or links. This year, I'm recommending a book by Marti Kheel: Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective. Kheel addresses the gap between [...]

2012-10-12T14:28:24+00:00October 12th, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Bird Rescue, Fishing Gear & Existential Inquiries

This post is (or will be) a rambling confluence of a few different stories. Back in June, I posted about a Brown Pelican I saw flying over Bolsa Chica at dusk. I photographed the bird in silhouette as it trailed a triple-hook fishing lure from its pouch. I obviously have no way of knowing what will happen to the pelican I saw in that flyover, but in my Facebook feed today, I saw [...]

2012-10-01T18:54:31+00:00October 1st, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Sea Lions, Salmon & Seal Bombs

Note: Taking into account my title ... no sea lions were harmed in the deployment of these "seal bombs." There is, however, one dead salmon -- a sea lion's meal. I'm a relatively new witness to the conflicts in the Pacific Northwest between humans, sea lions, salmon, tribes, dams, fish ladders, and fisher people. As such, this was my first experience watching explosive sea lion deterrents in use at the Ballard Locks ... ATF-regulated "seal [...]

2012-08-28T17:46:47+00:00August 28th, 2012|Hunting, Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|4 Comments

The Hook-and-Plastic Club for Birds

Edited on 6/12/12 to add a few links and resources. This was my last shot of the night. Under a California sky, I saw my favorite silhouettes on approach ... those pterodactyl forms, Brown Pelicans, gliding past the fallen sun. Knowing I would get just the barest outline of a pelican, I raised my lens anyway, finding it impossible not to photograph these big birds I miss so much up here in the Northwest. As [...]

2012-06-13T21:42:13+00:00June 13th, 2012|Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized|9 Comments

The Sac Bee on USDA Wildlife Services

I knew about some of the lethal practices used by Wildlife Services, but I had no idea about the extent of usage and implementation. This three-part series from the Sacramento Bee is a really tough read (as in painful), but I think it's information worth knowing: The Killing Agency (Part 1) and Part Two by Tom Knudsen. (Thanks to Dawn Watch for the link.)

2012-04-30T14:20:58+00:00April 30th, 2012|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Our Wolves, Our Humanity

I decided, when I started this blog, that I would limit the content to things I'd personally photographed or experienced. For the most part, I do that, digressing only occasionally. I made that choice because on any given day, I read about, hear about, or other wise encounter wildlife issues that either trouble me or inspire me, but that could also fill this blog space a thousand times over. I'm one solo traveler with my [...]

2012-03-30T23:16:57+00:00March 30th, 2012|Hunting, Mammals, Uncategorized|2 Comments