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

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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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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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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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Reading: a bunch of links from the past week

Here is a batch of links from the past week or so, for your reading pleasure. Sorry to get to it so late. The biggest story was probably the HSUS veal slaughterhouse investigation, but I’ve only included one link to a story about it below. I’ll try to do a recap post about that story


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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


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Building for animals, continued

I just watched this report from a year ago about building over- and underpasses for wildlife so that they can get from one side of the highway to the other. When we build highways or towns it very often divides an animal’s natural habitat. These people are trying to come up with solutions that protect


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Pigeons are survivors

One of my favorite people, David Eby – who is a tireless advocate for the homeless, the poor, and people on the fringes of society – posted this entry on his blog yesterday about the remodeling of Pigeon Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). In case you don’t know about it, the DTES is one


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Penguins at risk – what can we do?

Scientists have stated that the magnificent Emperor Penguin may be extinct within the century due to loss of ice caused by climate change. As the earth warms, we are going to start seeing more and more animals becoming extinct. What can we do to help? One of the easiest and most effective ways that we


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