How Much Do You Know About Birds?

How Much Do You Know About Birds? Many of us are fascinated by birds. It’s no wonder when we see wonderful photos in bright colors showing so many varieties of birds. Did you know there are about 10,000 different species? Close to seventy percent of those are found in the rain forests. In the United States, households have 40 million birds as pets these days. I bet you already know the ostrich is the largest bird, but did you know one...

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Cecil the Lion: What We Learned

Who Was Cecil? Cecil the lion was an icon, a black maned lion who earned respect the hard way, by surviving the hardship of being a lion in a place where his kind are killed by hunters every day. But Cecil was more than that, he was a subject of study for England’s University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university. Cecil’s life came to an end...

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Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals

Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals Giraffes Are Gorgeous ~ But They Need Help Come with me to learn about those tall, graceful, gorgeous animals known as giraffes. Their numbers in the wild are decreasing throughout the world each year. African Giraffes alone, are already listed as an endangered species because their habitat is being encroached upon by civilization cutting down trees to clear the land. Giraffes only...

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Wildlife of Australia: An Animal Lover’s Delight

Wildlife of Australia: An Animal Lover’s Delight Animals are a favorite subject of mine, more technically known as the science of zoology. And of the many books I’ve looked through, and several that I own about animals, Wildlife of Australia is definitely one of the very best. The book is very comprehensive, and clearly identifies which animals are native to Australia, and have been there for tens of thousands or even millions of...

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Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses?

Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses? Were We Smarter In 1971 or Just Less Greedy?   Congress enacted Public Law 92-195 in 1971 that stated unequivocally that wild, free-roaming horses and burros “are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros...

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Petition Against A Horse Kill Buyer

Horse Slaughter In The News Anyone who pays attention to the news knows what is happening to the wild horses across our country. The news of a kill buyer who recently shipped close to 1800 wild horses to slaughter in Mexico rankles our souls. He bought these horses at a Bureau of Land Management auction, signing a contract that he would not ship them to slaughter. The worst part of the news is that everyone knew he was lying, because...

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A Sea Turtle’s Soliloquy

I arrived at the shore at the usual time, around a half hour before sunrise, crossed over towards the dunes and headed for the shore. It it wasn’t for the presence of that morning’s Sea Turtle patrol, who had spotted her tracks I might have missed her completely. Moma green was selecting a spot for her nest and the light was growing. I watched and wondered what she was going through. Seaturtles of all kinds like to lay...

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Magic in the Air!

While most birds do not have any difficulty finding food for themselves in the spring, summer and fall, there is one exception to that rule. Our everyday (I won’t ever call them ordinary) birds, the ones that frequent our gardens throughout the year, know very well how to forage for seeds, nuts and bugs. However there is a bird that frequents us in the nicer months and I’m sure that everyone would love to have them in their gardens...

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An Important Moment In Wild Horse History

An Important Moment In Wild Horse History The Story of Wild Horse Annie And the Law Protecting Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Velma Ann Bronn Johnston loved horses. She loved them so much she became an activist to try to stop the removal of wild horse and burro herds from public lands, earning her the nickname of Wild...

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Kill Buyers: Avarice and Inhumanity

Kill Buyers: Avarice and Inhumanity   The photo above shows the traditional love and respect for horses that pervades most of America. Like most others, I love horses and burros. They’ve helped humans since time immemorial. We used them to settle the wild west. We used them to carry our goods from place to place. We used them to fight the second World War. Amazingly, they were even used in Afghanistan after September 11,...

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Help Save America’s Endangered Wild Horses

Help Save America’s Endangered Wild Horses   This is the story of America’s endangered wild horses. You may not know or have even thought of this, but in the states of Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and other states, the Bureau of Land Management conducts a wild horse and burro roundup several times a year. What do they do with them? They take them off the range, pen them up in the sun, rain or snow without...

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