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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+00:00 March 17th, 2013|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Uncategorized|29 Comments

Support a New Wildlife Conservation Stamp

WildlifeConservationStamp.org is a collaborative effort to promote a new wildlife stamp and funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges. We are birders, photographers, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitators, scientists, teachers and artists ... joined by a common passion and concern for our nation’s wildlife and wild habitats. We propose the Wildlife Conservation Stamp to provide a consistent source of income for our Refuges, separate but parallel to the current Federal Duck Stamp program. The Wildlife Conservation Stamp would raise fees [...]

2013-02-13T19:19:33+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Ecology, Issues, Parks, Uncategorized, Wildlife Solutions|4 Comments

Wet Eagles and Power Gulls

This is who we came to see in Beautiful British Columbia: And this is what drew our eyes upward ... to the gossamer-draped mountains: All morning, the gulls traversed the valley in regiments. First one troop would cross, then another, then a third, their numbers interspersed with sudden flushes of Starlings from the trees (the black dots you see in this frame). In the distance, we watched the gulls drop down [...]

2013-01-10T12:25:18+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Ecology, Issues, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Our Thanksgiving Tradition: Turkey Adoption

There are a few posts I recycle annually, this Thanksgiving piece being one of them. Farm Sanctuary, where we've "adopted" our turkeys in previous years by making a donation, was the first farm sanctuary I learned about years ago when I was looking for a more animal-friendly way to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Hugh and I are the only ones in our families who celebrate Thanksgiving this way, but we're used to [...]

2012-11-12T18:31:04+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Issues, Uncategorized|9 Comments

Livestock Production, Wildlife & Food Choices

Edited 11/9/12: I received some additional links which expand the discussion here, concerning the findings of the FAO report I link to below. I've noted a few corrections in the actual text. But, you can read a good summary of the points in this New York Times piece, Measuring Livestock's Long Shadow. In this article Robert Goodland, a retired environmental advisor with the World Bank, talks about how livestock's contribution to greenhouse gases is [...]

2018-04-25T18:15:25+00:00 November 4th, 2012|Domestic Animals, Ecology, Issues|4 Comments

The Deafening Sound of Man

My title here derives from a quote in this article about Dr. Bernie Krause: "A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening. Little by little the vast orchestra of life, the chorus of the natural world, is in the process of being quietened. There has been a massive decrease in the density and diversity of key vocal creatures, both large and small. The sense of [...]

2012-09-10T11:19:20+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Ecology, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized|2 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+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Uncategorized|3 Comments

A Closer Look … for Birds in Trouble

This post contains one image of a long-deceased gull, just FYI. You'd think I would have learned my lesson last year, with the dead gull I found wrapped around a deterrent wire on a nearby warehouse ... or the gulls we untangled last fall from a fish-pen net. But, in fairness, this location was difficult to see from any common vantage point in the neighborhood. It wasn't until I was out the other day, photographing [...]

How Do You Feel About Wing Tags?

Edited 4/4/12 to add: I got a note from the biologist associated with this study, who gave me some background on the hawk pictured here. It's a juvenile female who was tagged last August 2011 at SeaTac Airport. She -- along with the other hawks who are trapped and tagged -- was taken up to Skagit County where the habitat can support many Red-tailed Hawks and other raptors (lots of voles and other food sources, [...]

2012-03-25T19:47:34+00:00 March 25th, 2012|Issues, Uncategorized|7 Comments

Having a Heart for Horses

In commemoration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday: "Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. " ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. I've posted only once about horse issues in this blog -- citing an article in the New York Times [...]

2012-01-16T14:53:00+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Ecology, Issues, Mammals, Uncategorized|0 Comments