May 162018
 
POLL: Should Wildlife Killing Contests be Banned?

Countless animals continue to become targets for wildlife killing contests, but now lawmakers in New York have set their sights on contests themselves in an effort to make these cruel events a thing of the past. These contests, which are also known as drives or derbies reward people of all ages with cash prizes and […]

Jan 182018
 
Victory! New Jersey Just Became the First State to Ban All Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal advocates are celebrating an epic win with the passage of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey, which makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban all wild animals in traveling circuses. The law was appropriately named after Nosey, an elephant who had suffered decades of abuse at the hands of her owner, Hugo […]

Mar 272017
 
Equinox Eve

Tonight is the last night of winter! Doubtless these two raccoons I saw sitting in a tree last week looking down on snow-covered Central Park in New York City, will welcome the warmer season. Here’s my favorite welcome spring poem “When the Hounds of Spring” by Algernon Charles Swinburne: For winter’s rains and ruins are […]

Jan 232017
 
POLL: Should birds be killed around airports to avoid bird strikes?

Nearly 70,000 gulls, starling, geese and other birds have been slaughtered in the New York City area, mostly by shooting and trapping, since the 2009 accident in which a jetliner was forced to land in the Hudson river after birds were sucked into its engine. It is not clear whether those killings have made the […]

Jul 052016
 
New York's whales to be studied for the first time

The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population are to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world. An acoustic monitoring buoy has been deployed off the coast of Long Island to eavesdrop […]

Jan 012015
 
Video: Can We Stop Millions of Birds From Crashing Into Windows?

Every year, up to a billion birds are killed in the U.S. when they strike windows. In New York City alone, an estimated 90,000 birds die after crashing into high-rise windows, especially during migration seasons. Efforts are under way now in New York to design windows that could save the lives of avian travelers.   […]

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