Celebrate Mother’s Day…with tons of cute animal pictures!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day…with tons of cute animal pictures!

Check out our collection of cute Cow Ribbon e-cards to send to the mothers in your life! And a very, very happy Mother’s Day to all moms, whether they be… (It’s a cuteness blitz and I can’t stop!) (As with pigeons, both parents take care of their babies, so this might actually be the father.)

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Better than a Zoo: Big Red and Ezra, the Red-tailed Hawks

Zoos are no substitute for appreciating a wild animal in his or her natural habitat, and they usually mean cruelty, suffering, and death for the animals themselves. Almost everybody loves watching wild animals, though, and we’re very fortunate to be in the 21st century, where technology is improving to the point that we no longer

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Leave baby birds alone!

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  As spring arrives and with it, lots of new baby birds, it’s time to talk about some misconceptions.  Every year, compassionate and well-intentioned animal lovers sap much needed funds from wildlife rescue groups (like the local Wildlife Rescue Association, for example) by picking up what they believe are abandoned baby birds and “rescuing” them.

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Birds in the Pacific Northwest eat the most plastic…so what can we do?

A study published this summer found that seabirds studied off the coast of British Columbia and Washington have “among the highest” consumption of plastic in the world.  Researchers examined 67 Northern Fulmars who washed up dead on the shores of Vancouver Island and Long Beach, Washington.  Fulmars are a particularly apt subject for this type of

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Don’t feed the birds!

A lot of people love to feed birds, and I can’t blame them.  It’s fun, right?  I used to do it plenty myself. Note that I said “used to”.  I am a huge bird-lover, but the more I learn about birds, the more I realize how important it is that we leave them alone.  (The

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Help Animals Affected by Oil Spill pt. 2

Just a quick link: Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary has published a great blog post about the impact our eating decisions have upon the environment, including our overconsumption of oil. http://farmsanctuary.typepad.com/making_hay/2010/06/the-power-on-your-plate.html I wrote about the oil spill about a month ago, when it had just happened.  Of course, the oil is still flowing today.  Sigh.

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The True Story of the Stanley Park Swans

If you’ve spent any time at the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, you’ve almost definitely seen the Mute Swans.  They are large, strikingly lovely birds, and certainly one of the most memorable and defining aspects of the lagoon. Did you know, however, that they aren’t a native species to the Park or even to the

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Help Animals Affected by Oil Spill

The timing of the spill, National Audubon reported Wednesday, could not be worse for birds, which are now nesting and therefore especially vulnerable in many of the places where the oil could come ashore. Said an Audubon bird conservation director: “We have to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, including a true

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Pigeons and Teamwork

Once again I must post about the frequently overlooked pigeon, described in this DailyMail article as “among the most intelligent of all the bird species.” After waiting for the fountain to be free, one bird jumped on the lever and pushed it down to fill up the bowl, while another kept watch and the third

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International Vulture Awareness Day

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day, and because I am a huge bird lover, I was excited for the opportunity to participate.  Vultures are finally getting the respect they deserve after years of being viewed as a creepy symbol of death and decay.  Of course, their unsavoury scavenging habits are actually an important part of