Month: February 2020

Walter Chandoha is the original master of cat photography. Long before cats ruled the internet, he was enchanting the public with flawless pictures of his fierce and fuzzy subjects. As a commercial freelance photographer—a career that spanned from the 1950s onward—Walter took over 90,000 photographs of cats. His photos of felines have appeared on over
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American Redstart. Photo: Christa R./Flickr (CC BY NC 2.0) WASHINGTON (February 27, 2020) – “Senators Murkowski and Manchin have demonstrated important leadership in advancing investments that will modernize our energy system,” said Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president for conservation at the National Audubon Society. “Our own research has shown that if we do nothing to
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In the United States,45 states allow cruel and unsporting wildlife killing contests. These include contests like the South Dakota program that teaches children to kill animals, the squirrel hunt in New Jersey that teaches kids to kill and skin squirrels, and more similarly horrifying contests. According to Humane Society of the United States, American trophy
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed a 9 percent decrease in designated habitat for the western distinct population of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo) (Coccyzus americanus) even though it is found in only a fraction of its former range
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Laura Aguirre, Audubon Florida, Conservation Leadership Initiative students, and the Miami-Dade County group make their way to the capitol building on Everglades Action Day. Photo: Dominic Arenas/Audubon Everglades advocates, local and state conservation leaders, environmental policy analysts, and college students from all corners of Florida made the journey to Tallahassee for Everglades Action Day on
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Snail Kite. Photo: Scott Dere/Audubon Photography Awards NEW YORK – In January 2020, the National Audubon Society welcomed Dean Fischer, founder and chairman emeritus of West Monroe Partners, and Steffanie Munguía, biologist and Audubon’s Pan-Flyway regional director, to its national board of directors. The newest board members bring notable expertise and experience in student-focused and
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As those of you who have been following this blog know, many entries describe the research studies in my laboratory, which usually involve comparisons between African grey parrots and other nonhuman subjects, or between African grey parrots and young children. Most of the time, the methodology of a study needs very little adaptation from the
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A developing illness or a problematic health issue begins with tell-tale signs that can alert that something isn’t quite right. Whether that body belongs to a person, an animal, reptile, or bird, or even a plant or insect, all maladies that afflict our highly complex system of existence start out with usually unnoticeable detail…like a
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All cats can exhibit attention-seeking behavior sometimes, but it’s most common in cats who are left alone for long periods of time or who don’t get enough stimulation from their home environment. A lot of the shenanigans cats pull to get our attention can be perceived as straight up naughty behavior, but it’s important to
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Australia was having an extinction crisis before the fires hit. There were 511 animal species, 1,356 plant species and 82 distinct ecological communities nationally threatened. But the fires were devastating and record breaking. One-third of koalas (an already endangered species) were killed and scientists estimate that over one billion animals died. And now there are
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Harriet Tubman, 1870s. Photo: Harvey Lindsley/Library of Congress Many people are aware of Harriet Tubman’s work on the Underground Railroad and as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Fewer know of her prowess as a naturalist.  At the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Maryland, Ranger Angela Crenshaw
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Colonies of chinstrap penguins have fallen by more than half across islands in Antarctica, prompting scientific concern that “something is broken” in the world’s wildest ecosystem. After more than a month counting chicks in the South Shetland Islands, researchers suspect global heating is behind the sharp fall in numbers of the distinctive birds, which get
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Red Crossbill. Photo: Mick Thompson/Eastside Audubon This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. Transcript:  This is BirdNote. If you were to look at the beak of a baby loon or young crossbill, you’d have to wonder just
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Upsetting news from the Daily Mail has found that mink on a fur farm in Lithuania are attacking and eating each other in their terrible conditions. The animals were filmed by an animal rights group. The video shows the mink jumping up and down in their tiny cages and leaping in distress. One part of the video shows an animal has been ripped
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