Jun 232015
 
Proposal to Expand Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

Please head on over to 10000 Birds to read my latest post on the Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges. You might also want to read my latest post, and join me in urging congress to End Cruel Trapping on National Wildlife Refuges. Did you know that an estimated 300 refuges […]

Jan 072015
 
My Favorite Bird Photos of 2014

At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I try to pick at least one photograph from each month however some months were photographically prolific, others not so much. […]

Dec 092014
 
Wildlife-killing Contests Targeting Nongame Animals Banned by California Fish and Game Commission

VAN NUYS, Calif.— In response to overwhelming public support for banning wildlife-killing contests, the California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to adopt regulations prohibiting hunting “derbies” targeting species such as coyotes, raccoons and badgers. The ban came after thousands of Californians expressed opposition to the killing competitions. “We’re grateful that the commissioners responded to […]

Oct 272014
 
Swainson’s Hawks Are Threatened in California

The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is listed as threatened in California. Its numbers have declined significantly in parts of the western United States; and in the western Canadian prairie, reproduction of the Swainson’s Hawk has dropped since the mid-1980s, following a decline in its main prey species, Richardson’s ground squirrel. In 1995, satellite telemetry was […]

Oct 072014
 
How Wolves Change Rivers

There are “elk” pictured in this video when the narrator is referring to “deer.” This is because the narrator is British and the British word for “elk” is “red deer” or “deer” for short. The scientific report this is based on refers to elk so we wanted to be accurate with the truth of the […]

Oct 012014
 
The Bank Swallow Is On the List of Common Birds in Steep Decline

As part of the recently released 2014 State of the Birds Report the Bank Swallow is listed as one of the common birds in steep decline. The report identifies 33 species that do not meet the Watch List criteria but are declining rapidly in many areas. These birds have lost more than half their global […]

Sep 212014
 
Nearly Half of Our Birds Are at Risk of Extinction This Century

The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report should give us all deep cause for concern. The findings are heartbreaking: Nearly half of the bird species in the United States will be seriously threatened by 2080, and any of those could disappear forever. For the first time, Audubon scientists have analyzed decades of historical […]

Sep 062014
 
Huckleberry Wolf Pack Loses One of Thier Own

One member of the Huckleberry Wolf Pack in Stevens County Washington confirmed killed. A press release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) which stated “Personnel from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their effort today to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least […]

Jul 222014
 
Portrait of the Juvenile Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) nest on my property here in Northern California. They are conspicuous, gregarious and a joy to watch. Click on photos for full sized images. This woodpecker is a cooperative breeder and lives in family groups of up to a dozen or more individuals. This is an adult male sticking his head […]

Jun 092014
 
EXPOSED – USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife

The United States Department of Agriculture’s “Wildlife Services” is a rogue organization that kills over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, including Endangered Species. This killing agency is supported by tens of millions of our tax dollars each year. You can view an interactive graphic showing the number and variety of animals […]

Apr 112014
 
Sandhill Crane Migration Is Underway

Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are migrating back northward to their breeding grounds. I photographed this crane and his mate at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge about a month ago and will be writing a post for the Wildlife Conservation Stamp blog soon on that Northern California refuge. Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post […]

Apr 012014
 
Pied-billed Grebe in Golden Light

The Pied-billed Grebe has the widest distribution in the Americas of any grebe, breeding from northern Canada through the West Indies and Central America to southern South America1. I photographed these grebes recently at Lema Ranch, one of the better birding hot spots in Northern California. The Pied-billed Grebe is an aggressive bird, threatening, chasing, […]

Mar 042014
 
The U.S. House of Representatives Declares War on Wildlife and the Environment

Can the second session of the 113th U.S. House of Representatives be any more harmful to wildlife and the environment than the first session of 2013? It appears that they can! On January 3, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives convened to start its second session of the 113th Congress. By the end of the […]