|Tues. Feb. 1, 2011||Volume 10 Issue 2|
A British nonprofit agency is planning a massive extermination of wild birds in the UK.
New links to news articles will be posted here daily as they appear.
Scroll down to read the links under "Killing the Corvids" for more information. An online petition is available.
++ CROW CULL PETITION ++ Wildlife Village The petition has moved to this new location at wildlife village
Stop The Cull Of Crows anD Magpies Care2 petitionsite: The care2 petition site
Beaky returned to the boat every morning in January but appeared terrified of any kind of bird. He could be fed by following him along the docks until he would hide at the far end.
He seemed to regain his courage a little every day, and on January 6 he was able to climb up on the swim step. He had lost some of his fear of other birds and successfully chased away two coots.
He later was overcome by more enemies and made his retreat.
This general pattern persists through the month of January. Beaky arrives early and is able to feed unmolested. Monday occasionally joins him somewhat later and adds her assistance. They work together well and Beaky treats her with more consideration that ever before.
When she is able to find the boat she has access to unlimited food and clean water, and Beaky shares food, or waits patiently for her to eat. Beaky can easily recognize her in the dark before sunrise, but he will attack enemy male coots.
Monday (right center) attacks two enemy male intruders. The coot at the right was the "Terror" coot, and he attacked the male coot at the left.
Beaky's dominant behavior is usually temporary. Later in the morning when enough coots arrive to overwhelm him, he quietly slips away.
Beaky gets up in the morning very early to wait alongside the boat in the water. He no longer stands on the boat in the darkness squawking loudly when I approach. He keeps his head down, his eyes open, and his beak shut. He has just a few hours to eat before the enemy coots arrive to chase him away.
This is a very large male at least a few years old. He is calm and patient, and not aggressive toward the other coots. He is in excellent condition, and can easily hop from the water onto the dock. He patiently waits to take food by hand.
And dribbles crumbs down his front.
He is usually found not far from his constant companion, Rachel.
Rachel is a small and timid young female in her first year. She is rather shy and will take food by hand, but will quickly scuttle away to eat it.
She is aggressive toward other coots, especially males. The Timid Male described later in this column is afraid of her, and will cry and yelp in fear when she paddles up to the dock.
Rachel is not physically strong or agile, and struggles to hop up on the dock from the water. She does this by hooking her beak over the top edge and scrabbling up with her toenails on the wood.
Rachel cackles when threatened by a male coot. Monday (out of sight) cackles in response to her calls in a sort of female comradery of combat.
Rachel and Big Boy are often found at the North end of the docks in the mornings. They are probably a mated pair, but their age difference is obvious. Sometimes they seem to be working together and they are never far apart.
The coots struggle to pick up crumbs with the sides of their beaks. They have so much overbite that they can't directly pick up a small object. Usually, they peck at food as chickens do. This often results in a comical procedure where a small object is "pecked" along a few inches at a time.
This is a nice young male bird of the year from last spring. He has the ability to hop out of the water onto the dock. Few birds in past years had the physical strength or agility to do this. Rachel has very rarely been able to hop up, and makes quite a difficult struggle.
This young male reacted in fear when Rachel paddled toward the dock. He was crying with submissive yelps even though it was unlikely that she could actually get at him on the dock.
It seems that, in fact, most of the new coots this winter are able to hop up onto the docks from the bay 16 inches below. Often they make a loud "whack" as their wings hit the water. Some of them "fly just like birds."
One unidentified coot flew up unexpectedly to take a Cheez-It cracker.
The best explanation for the coots' flying technique is that the shape of their wing is different, and better suited for high speed and high altitude flying. They usually take a long run across the water to get airborne.
This coot appeared about January 9. This is one of the coots that come to the boat early in the mornings to pester Beaky. This bird was first thought to be female, but because of Beaky's reaction, this may be a male. The facial appearance of the frontal shield is unusual and distinctive. The color of the bird's feet may indicate a second year bird.
This, and other non-aggressive coots sneak up to the boat in the darkness to scoop up a few kernels of corn or some pudding.
This coot is a young male on his first year. He is remarkable aggressive for his age and moderate size. He is very loud and squawks to be fed. He will chase and charge at other coots in the area. Fortunately, he usually stays on the other side of the dock until well after sunrise.
This coot, when he finally navigates around to the boat where Beaky and Monday are feeding, always results in the disappearance of Beaky.
If this coot survives another year to return next fall, he will be ten times worse than Marvin.
On January 19, a new male coot entered the area behind the boat where Beaky was defending his territory against three enemy coots. The three enemies were not aggressive, and two were trying to sneak up and grab a worm or kernel of corn, while Beaky was busy chasing the other.
The new aggressor simply charged into the coots and forced them to flee in all directions.
Beaky paddled away quietly. He was done for the day.
The male coots this winter seem more hostile and combative than ever before. Sometimes they charge at each other or fight for what appears to be no reason at all.
The Osprey nest on Sandpiper Way at G Street has been rebuilt and may hold two eggs. Chicks usually hatch in February.
These power lines have been covered with bird guards. Bird contact with high voltage power lines has been a problem for nearly a hundred years. Electrical engineers not only face consequences of equipment damage and power outages, but serious criminal penalties as well.
Recently in California, huge fires have been blamed on power line insulation failures. .
Protection methods have included insulator covers, protuberent perch guards, and design for adequate clearance between phases. Since many bird species do not easily abandon their nest sites, methods also include construction of safe nest platforms nearby.
AVIAN PROTECTION PLAN (APP) GUIDELINES The US Fish & Wildlife Service Produced this document in 2005 to aid utility companies in meeting their responsibilities to minimize adverse impacts to protected avian species while delivering cost-effective and reliable energy. Be sure to check the links near the end of this document.
Starvin' Marvin, the ugly, stupid, and kleptoparisitic coot was sighted on January 20. He is back for his sixth year making his stupid yapping call and chasing the other coots trying to steal their food.
Last winter Marvin attacked and defeated Beaky several times and drove Beaky from his territory. Beaky was slightly injured and eventually lived in fear of Marvin.
In the last week of January, Marvin attacked Rachel and chased her about 25 yards under water.
Later, Big Boy attacked Marvin and chased him away. Big Boy is obviously the dominant coot because of his size. Marvin has quickly sunk to the bottom of the coot hierarchy. Feeding Marvin is difficult because of his fear of everything.
Late in January a sewage spill polluted the water in San Diego bay. The coots in the water seem to be able to taste the difference and react by shaking their heads from side to side when tasting the water.
State and local governments display signs and posters that depict boat owners as gross polluters. This makes the general public perceive boaters as the cause of water pollution and sewage in the bay.
However, lack of maintenance by local governments cause sewer spills of tens of millions of gallons. The quantity of sewage from city sewers is virtually unlimited.
Unfortunately, boat owners (and wildlife) are the main victims of city sewage spills.
Last year the Brewers blackbirds had learned to come to the boat for worms and crackers in the mornings. They are wild and nervous little birds, and it took a few years for them to calm down and interact sensibly. The blackbirds lived short miserable lives, plagued with a crippling and progressive foot disease.
Five months has passed since last seeing them, but they swoop down from the sky showing signs of recognition and are eager to get a few crumbs to eat.
It is still not clear that these are the same birds since they don't seem crippled or diseased.
Long silvery colored fish are seen in the bay before sunrise. According to the California Department of Fish & Game these fish are Jacksmelt, Atherinopsis californiensis.
One or two blue herons can be seen catching these fish every morning. The link referenced above says that these fish contain parasites harmful to birds unless fish are cooked before eating. So far, the herons seem to survive.
This is the breeding season for the stingrays in the marina. Male stingrays grow teeth and often swim up to mistakenly attack the coots.
Coot News of February 1, 2009 gives detailed information on how the stingrays frighten the coots.
(I don't make this stuff up department)
++ CROW CULL PETITION ++ Wildlife Village We the undersigned are asking the UK Government and the Scottish Government to stop the planned trial cull of Corvids
Magpies and crows to be culled to protect songbirds The Telegraph:Magpies and crows will be trapped and killed in the first cull of its kind to protect songbirds.
Urgent! Murder(ing) of Corvids and Raptors Wildlife Village:
Population change of avian predators and grey squirrels in England: is there evidence for an impact on avian prey populations? Journal of Applied Ecology: abstract
Bloodsport Groups 'Project' ACT Against Corvid Traps:Against Corvid Traps had joined in the criticism of SongBird Survival’s funding of a project of intensive killing of corvids.
Cull of Britain's feathered fiends to save the disappearing dawn chorus THE TIMES CROWS and magpies in Britain are to be trapped and killed in the first large-scale trial of culling to protect songbirds and save the disappearing dawn chorus.
++ CROW CULL PETITION ++ Corvid Aid Crows and magpies in Britain are to be trapped and killed in the first large-scale trial of culling to protect songbirds
Feathers fly as conservationists reveal plan to cull birds scotsman.com Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, said: "Whilst we have no objection to bona fide research we do not believe that there is any scientific evidence to justify a cull of magpies and crows
Charities in dispute over culling magpies The Sunday Times Archive Article
Unjustifiable Crow and Magpie Cull in March The Corvid Journal
Wildlife Charity Opposes Predator Cull Wildlife Aid according to Wildlife Aid founder Simon Cowell MBE, the cull is “misguided and pointless” and it is causing unnecessary divisions within the conservation movement
Wildlife Management and Licensing Service Natural England.org Natural England's policy on culling wild birds on their pdf form.. Specifically rooks,crows & magpies. Even they admit there is no link between numbers of songbirds and crow population. Check out the frequently asked questions within the pdf document.
STOP Songbird Survival from culling Corvids. Sign the Petition Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue
1085281 - SONGBIRD SURVIVAL charity-commission.gov.uk
LICENCE (General) To kill or take certain birds to conserve flora and fauna (including wild birds)
"Sticks in my craw" Sound and Furry
***SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE CULL OF CROWS*** Wildlife Village
Find local MP's Parliament Go to the tab for MP's Lords Offices
stop the cull now causes.com:
NEW CORVID RESEARCH PROJECT: Songbird Survival: Contact Songbird Survival the organisation who are proposing this cull and voice your concerns and defend the corvid:
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is the leading UK charity conducting scientific research to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust: Contact The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – as they are the people who will carry out the cull:
Crows and magpies to be trapped and killed in cull to protect songbirds Jo Warrior in Wildlife:
Songbird Survival charity’s £88,000 funding to cull Crows and Magpies Raptor Politics: Are England's birds of prey really protected by law?
Are predators to blame for songbird declines? BTO: the evidence that such effects are widespread amongst songbirds has been weak, having been based on a relatively small number of studies.
Saving songbirds RSPB Blogs: "South west England is rich in wildlife - from the high moors to the coast and out to sea, it's one of the most wonderful regions in the UK. This blog celebrates all that's wild about the region. Here we will share insights into our work to protect birds and build support for wildlife in the West Country. It is written by our south west England press officer Tony Whitehead, with occasional contributions from colleagues"
Stop The Cull Of Crows anD Magpies Care2 petitionsite: "Stop The Cull Of Crows anD Magpies"
Government to cull magpies – myths busted Defra News: The Government are not culling magpies or crows. We are aware that songbirds are in decline and the best way to protect these birds is to provide the right habitat for them. That’s exactly what agri-environment schemes, such as Environmental Stewardship, aim to deliver.
General licences Natural England:
Campaign suggestions Forum 38 Degrees: Possible site for petitions
Correspondence from Natural England by email
Correspondence from Songbird Survival
Comment on the Sunday Times article
The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project-a different way of limiting predator damage by diversnonary feeding Langholm Moor: Carrion will be provided to breeding pairs of hen harriers to limit the numbers of grouse chicks they kill.
Queen's private donation to songbird charity The Telegraph: The Queen has given money from her private income to a charity that believes in exterminating magpies, grey squirrels and feral cats
One for sorrow, two for joy ... why we must protect magpies The Guardian:: The trust's reasoning comes down to the same old misinformed chestnut - that evil magpies are causing the decline in smaller songbirds
Surrey charity appeals to halt animal shootings BBC:: A Surrey wildlife campaigner has appealed to air gun users not to aim at animals after a series of shootings of squirrels, foxes, owls and swans.
Partnership for action against wildlife crime Defra:: The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) is a multi-agency body comprising representatives of the organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK.
RSPCA HQ Advice Team Email Feb 7
Stop the Corvid Cull animalaid.org:: The Songbird Survival Trust - several of whose most prominent figures own shoots or have strong shooting connections - has called for a cull on corvids (magpies, crows, jackdaws etc).
Crow’s a buddy, not a bully Sunderland:: A SCARE crow labelled a problem bird is no feathered fiend, according to a Sunderland schoolboy.But pupil Emmanuel Adams says the bird has been his companion for the last two weeks as he walks into school.
Response from SS:
Opinion from Animal Aid
Ravens 'not behind' wader decline BBC:: A large crow considered one of the most intelligent native British birds has been ruled out as the cause for a decline in the number of wading birds.
Nature reserve's gamekeeper accused of killing wild bird The Independent:: The head gamekeeper at a country estate which owns one of Britain's most celebrated national nature reserves has been charged with a string of wildlife and firearms offences
Corn buntings make a comeback thanks to farmers The Telegraph:: Corn buntings are making a comeback, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), thanks to a few simple measures to improve the environment on farms
Starlings like 'swarm of locusts' say farmers The Telegraph:: Farmers are demanding to be allowed to shoot huge flocks of starlings that are eating valuable animal feed in alarming quantities after unusually high numbers arrived in this country
Return annual crow cull: Naturalist canada.com:: Flocks of marauding crows in Abbotsford have one naturalist calling for a mass murder.
CrowsThe ubiquitous Corvidae, arguably among the most fascinating, clever and adaptable of birds - can be found on almost every contintent. The intelligence and social behaviours of crows is widely documented: roosting together in large groups; using tools; stashing food and mobbing predators are all common everyday examples of their remarkable intelligence. Indeed, so impressive is the crow that they have garnered a prominent place in our mythologies. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our indigenous people have long celebrated the Raven as both 'the creator' and 'the trickster' (( http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/native_american-mythology.php?deity=RAVEN )). On the other side of the world - the raven has long been associated with Odin - the chief godhead of Norse paganism. Crows also figure prominently in Buddhism, as it was they who cared for the first Dalai Lama - and continue to herald the birth of many subsequent Dalai Lamas including the current Tenzin Gyatso. Even from the cradle of Western Civilization - the ancient Mesopotamian Mythologies acknowledge the superior intelligence of the crow in "The Epic of Gilgamesh", one of our earliest written works. In Vancouver and Seattle, we have a remarkable hybrid cross-species that has developed: a combination of the American and Northwestern crows - who reportedly have developed their own unique language and complex social hierarchy (typically Northwestern Crows are relatively solitary - not so with our urban variants who roost in massive colonies like that found around Burnaby's Still Creek). Unfortunately for crows though, their remarkable intelligence, adaptability and omnivorous diet have created a symbiotic relationship with our urban centres and sprawling suburbs. Declining songbird stocks combined with fear-based superstitions and/ or a general dislike for crows have resulted in a local trash newspaper calling for a "crow-cull". http://www.canada.com/theprovince/story.html?id=5aca5b9f-665e-4e3c-b5fd-c752a838d5d3 Then I see Facebook pages like these little pissants dispensing advice on how to poison crows (regardless of the potential to kill other birds and pets) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2970085275 Well, I LIKE crows.. and I'm proud to stand up and say so.. I love watching the daily spectacle of them traveling en masse across the skies of the city at dusk as they return to their rookery. I enjoy their antics. I marvel as I watch them knock acorns from the oak trees on my street so that cars might crush out the meat. With their uncanny ability to thrive in an environment that is otherwise hostile to wildlife (bees are dying in record numbers, songbirds are being found to contain toxically high levels of mercury) - we should be defending these remarkable creatures.. not killing them ****** CROW FACTS: - corvid brains are among the largest in birds and are comparable in brain-to-body ratio of the great apes and cetaceans, just slightly lower than our own. In studies crows have out performed both domestic cats and dogs, displayed complex memorization, innovation and improvisation skills suggesting cognitive abilities on par with great apes. Some crows have even reportedly demonstrated a capacity for imagination - an ability previously believed to be unique to humans alone - crows mate for life, courtship involves acrobatic feats and tests of endurance - crows have a complex social system, and - crows (particularly juveniles) have been known to play games - crows have been extensively documented using tools crows in decline? http://courses.washington.edu/vseminar/survey.htm Crow FAQ http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm bird brains? http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/112096_crow12.shtml non-lethal means of controlling urban crows as 'pests' http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/Urban-Crow-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Rooks come home to roost YouTube:: by Mark Williams
A copy of a letter today sent to Natural England by Animal Aid!!
The Regulator for Charities in England and Wales Charity Commission: /www.charitycommission.gov.uk
With regard to the issues you have raised in your message: All charities must operate within the provisions of their governing documents and their activities must fall within their charitable objects. As long as the activities do further these objects, trustees have a wide discretion as to how their charity operates on a day to day basis nd the priorities they set for a particular year. There is also no requirement for charities to be fulfilling all of their purposes all of the time. As well as contacting the trustees with your concerns we would also direct you to our guidance on the website which sets out clearly what issues the Commission would become involved in -
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Paul McDonald: okay, booked a radio interview for Wednesday next week to talk about the campaign on wildtime radio - dear God I hate radio/tv interviews
WILD TIME IS AN ANIMAL RIGHTS/WORLD CONSERVATION SHOW wild time radio :
Convicted Gamekeepers NWHSA : You'll see Viscount Coke has been busy before.
The role of the legal observer NWHSA :
Head gamekeeper charged with wildlife crime & firearms offences at Holkham Estate, Norfolk raptorpersecutionscotland : The head gamekeeper at Holkham Estate, Norfolk, has been charged with a series of wildlife crime and firearms offences following a police investigation.
Bird killing charge Lynn News : A MAN charged with illegally killing a wild bird is due to appear at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 2.
Caw To The Queen...open letter to Queen Elizabeth II
12:26pm Feb 11
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust seem to be trying to avoid our demonstrations - they've removed details of where their offices are from their website! If anyone who's going to either the London/Leicestershire demos and doesn't have the address of the offices let me know - was fortunate enough to have written them down.
The New Countryside Alliance The New Countryside Alliance : If you live in the countryside, and love the countryside but don't like the old Countryside Alliance, this is the page for you.
Songbird Survival charity’s £88,000 funding to cull Crows and Magpies Raptor Politics : If the study uncovers a link, it could lead to a much wider cull extending to protected species such as sparrowhawks and buzzards.
Mark Avery's blog RSPB COMMUNITY :Songbird Survival - this is interesting
WILD BIRD POPULATIONS IN ENGLAND Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs :20 January 2011
Songbird Survival Bloodsport Background ACT Against Corvid Traps. :True motives: support of the shooting industry
Unjustifiable Crow and Magpie Cull in March CORVID JOURNAL. :
The jury is in on magpies and sparrowhawks Mark Avery's blog. :This post is about the analysis carried out by the BTO (with the University of St Andrews and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) on the huge datasets of the Common Birds Census and the Breeding Bird Survey.
Stop the crow and magpie cull - in conversation with Paul McDonald By WILDTIMERADIO :Meet Paul McDonald whose facebookgroup http://www.facebook.com/stopthecrowan... and protests are aiming to raise awareness re the planned culling of crows and magpies in the UK for "study purposes". 47 minutes
Corvid cull looming RSPB Forums: :This is indeed a black day for biodiversity.
Campaign suggestions Forum 38 Degrees :help save our corvids from being culled
stop the cull now 38 Degrees campaigns :
11:17am Feb 17 Hmmm... had a very long email from GWCT tonight, crafty buggers are trying to silence the protest, the email states I am not to disclose the information!
The very worst kind of conservation Wildlife Extra :Kill crows to save songbirds? Ridiculous. By Powell Ettinger
Conservation chief questioned by police after dead sea eagle found on his estate www.scotsman.com :Another of the rare white tailed sea eagles was found poisoned on the Glenogil Estate last year
Fight to save Britain’s birds Country Life :
Pictures From Save the Crows Demonstration Saturday Feb. 19
Songbirdsos and lucymgreenfield on twitter are trolls, check ur friends and followers, that Georgina Bradley is watching my movements
What a waste of lives, money and time nwhsa.wordpress.com :EIGHT years on, £1.3 million spent and more than 1500 hedgehogs killed or relocated. But a new report on the attempt to eradicate the animals from the Western Isles in order to protect wading birds says there is no evidence that the culling operation has had any effect.
Protest over proposed bird cull in Warwickshire coventrytelegraph.net:" some wildlife groups say a cull is not the right solution, labelling it “the wholesale slaughter of innocent birds”.
Please help stop the Corvid cull Catbird Craft:I am writing this to you in abject despair and frustration, for my friends there are many injustices in this world that get me riled, but none moreso than when wildlife are being unnecessarily hunted down for the profit of a small number of humans that have no regard for anything except their grubby money.
Hope Farm diary rspb.org.uk: Increase in Farmland bird numbers 20 July 2010
Hope Farm diary rspb.org.uk: November 2010
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust GWCT: Home Page
Warwickshire plan to kill magpies and crows to protect songbirds coventrytelegraph.net:DOZENS of magpies and crows could be trapped and killed in Warwickshire to help protect smaller farmland birds.
Speak Out for the Tullos Hill Deer! Ethical Voice for Animals :a large number of deer inhabit the hill and to protect the young trees a cull has been advised by Scottish Natural Heritage
Protest over proposed bird cull in Warwickshire coventrytelegraph.net:They plan to protest this weekend at the offices of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust across the Warwickshire border in Leicestershire.
Response from DEFRA
Thank you for your email of 29 January to the Secretary of State about a proposed trial cull of corvids. I have been asked to reply.
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs ww2.defra.gov.uk:DEFRA Home page
RSPB grudgingly admits: predator control helps threatened birds networkedblogs.com:By James Marchington, the editor of Sporting Shooter magazine.
Show your support of the campaign to stop tyhe corvid cull by adding a Twibbon to your Facebook and Twitter Avatars http://twibbon.com/join/Stop-The-Corvid-Cull
Swooping assassin: Pictured for the first time in Britain, a soaring golden eagle clutches a bloodied lamb in its razor-sharp talons - confirming farmers' worst fears for their flocks dailymail.co.uk:
Shop The Coop Specializing in products for pet chickens
Arsenic In Chicken Feed May Pose Health Risks To Humans Science Daily: Pets may not be the only organisms endangered by some food additives
Wrath of God and Old Testament News
New Year’s Surprise: 4,000 Dead Blackbirds New York Times: About 10 p.m. Friday, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky
Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River CNN: Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish
Hundreds more birds found dead, this time in Louisiana USA TODAY 500 red-winged-blackbirds and starlings were found dead along a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Louisiana
MDE: Fish Kill Caused By Cold Stress WBAL TV The Maryland Department of the Environment said that tens of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay
More dead birds found, this time in Sweden NATIONAL POST In a week that saw unexplained massive bird deaths in the southern United States, up to 100 birds were found lying in a snow-covered street in Sweden Wednesday
Mass Animal Deaths Links and locations on Google Maps
The Sheep Incident Damn Interesting
National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) Encylopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
'Superstorm' warning for Calif. Seattle Times: California faces the risk of devastating earthquakes but also of a catastrophic storm that could tear at the coasts, inundate the Central Valley and cause four to five times as much economic damage as a large quake
Most ocean species still unknown after census CBC: At least three-quarters of the world's ocean species remain unknown following a 10-year census of marine life, Canadian researchers say.
Dead birds, fish around world spark flood of wild conspiracy theories from End of Days to HAARP DAILY NEWS Are we in the End of Days? Some fear we are, with recent animal deaths and other natural disasters spelling doom for humanity.
GLOBAL BEE EMERGENCY -- ACT NOW! Avaaz: Quietly, globally, billions of bees are being killed off threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.
Flying drunk proves fatal for bird flock (Reuters)There was nothing mysterious about the death of a flock of birds in Romania last week -- they were simply drunk, veterinarians said.
Save the planet: Swap your steak for bugs and worms Straits Times:Eat Super Worms?
Don’t Be Alarmed: Mass Fish and Bird Die-offs Occur Regularly The Log:In the past eight months, the USGS has logged 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America
Hundreds of Yankton, South Dakota birds poisoned by USDA KTIV:Yankton police received a phone call from a USDA official who said the birds had been poisoned.
MI DNRE Considering Mute Swan Population Control Michigan Humane Society:Michigan’s Wildlife Conservation Order would be amended to ban the release of mute swans into the state. If this were to be approved, licensed swan rehabilitators will be prevented from rehabilitating sick or injured swans.
Dinos Gave Birds the Finger Science Now:"This very important paper is the final nail in the coffin for the remaining supporters of the nondinosurian origin of birds," says Kasper Lykke Hansen, a vertebrate zoologist at the University of Copenhagen.
Backyard bird count tracks avian ups, downs The Baltimore Sun:"Remember when thousands of blackbirds mysteriously dropped from the sky in Arkansas on New Year's Eve? Here's a chance to help scientists understand what's happening with those and all the other birds across North America: join the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this week.
More Corruption at NOAA?
'Catch shares' blamed for fishermen's forced ouster Gloucester Times: The displacement of commercial fishermen through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new regulatory policy is proceeding.
Scientist: Overfishing Has Ended WCBV TV Boston: For the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won't take too much of any species from the sea, one of the nation's top fishery scientists says. - another view from the chief scientist from NOAA
Editorial: Bravo to Legal CEO for taking on bogus seafood 'eco-labels Gloucester Times: Berkowitz contends that the so-called "eco-labelers" — like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which publishes Seafood Watch — are "brainwashing" not only consumers but restaurants as well, which fear the wrath of environmentalists if they serve blacklisted fish."
More problems with fishing agency Daily News: If true, this is corruption coming from the top. It would merit very harsh sanctions.NOAA's already tattered credibility sinks even further.
Saudi Arabia detains Israeli bird found with transmitter USA TODAY Saudi Arabia has taken an Israeli bird into custody on suspicion of espionage
Lovesick whooping crane Romeo gets home with his Juliet in Homosassa Springs St Petersburg Times
Flirty and Maverick Cranes Put in Pens for Their Safety St Petersburg Times: Two whooping cranes that have received a lot of attention in recent days - one for courting a captive crane in a Homosassa park and the other for escaping a sure death in horrible storms - are now roomies.
Happier than Kings; Circus of the Spineless #57 Wanderin' Weeta: (With Waterfowl and Weeds)
Editorial: Wind farm plan cannot come at expense of fishery Gloucester Times: the Obama administration once again puts commercial fishing — along with the jobs it creates and preserves and the food it provides for this region and beyond — at the bottom of its priority totem poll.
Fishermen Say BP Owes Them Money Gloucester Times: Twenty fishermen from Mississippi sued BP in Federal Court, saying the oil company chartered their boats after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but hasn't paid up.
No S*&%t Sherlock, dispersants DON’T degrade quickly Deep-Sea News: The new study from Wood’s Hole researchers shows lingering traces of dispersant in the deepwater oil plume that spread out for 200 miles southwest of the Macondo well head.
The oil industry’s ‘Culture of Complacency’ Deep-Sea News: Because of the gushing oil, 40,000 Vietnamese fisherman were put out of work and reduced to standing in line for $100 food coupons. Hotel occupancy in the Gulf was at 30% last memorial day weekend as scared tourists stayed away. Europeans were canceling vacations to Key West despite the oil never getting close.
Angler: Fish taking priority over people Post and Courier: "They want to go from two wahoo per fishermen to two wahoo per boat. People are going to say, 'I'm not spending $1,500 to $2,000 to go catch two fish,' "
Waylaid pelican wades through paperwork in Dartmouth National Post Canada: "Ralph isn’t like you and me. Ralph has feathers. Ralph is a brown pelican "
'Maria, Maria, I've Just Met A Goose Named Maria...' The Wall Street Journal: "In L.A., a Bird Bonds With Mr. Ehrler, but Renovation May Force Her Out"
Centennial of Naval Aviation February 12
Expect massive traffic jams on the streets and on the bay. Ride your bicycle.
Celebrate 100 Years of Naval Aviation! Navy Compass:100th Anniversary Parade of Flight and North Island Open House on February 12, 2011
MW&R Web site for the event US Navy MW&R : Join in the Celebration - One Hundred Years of Naval Aviation
COMNAVAIRFOR's Centennial of Naval Aviation COMNAVAIRFOR: By honoring Naval Aviation, we honor our country and assure America and our allies that their security is guaranteed by a strong Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team.
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