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Archive for August, 2008

Sarah Palin, Republican VP choice, a concern for environmentalists

Friends of the Earth Action president Brent Blackwelder just e-mailed me the following statement in response to this morning’s announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be the Republicans’ candidate for vice president:
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Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Alaska oil drilling, Wolves | No Comments »

New Bay Area license plate to preserve local open spaces

Mount Diablo Open Spaces

Hi Gary:
Ron Brown (Save Mount Diablo) and Linus Eukel (Muir Heritage Land Trust) from the Open Space Coalition suggested that I get in touch with you to talk to you about the Bay Area License Plate, a campaign that we hope will raise $1 million in annual revenue for open space projects in the Bay Area. You can find out more by visiting

I’ve also pasted some basic info about the program below:
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Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008
Under: Mount Diablo, Open space | No Comments »

Help stop legislation that’s harmful to animals

I just received a newsletter from Animal Place, a farm animal sanctuary, asking for help in stopping legislation that’s harmful to animals and those striving to protect animals.

Below are two bills that need action taken.
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Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal Politics | 3 Comments »

SURPRISE: Marin County flushes MORE sewage into the Bay


Guess what, folks, it’s time again for Marin’s Monthly Sewage Spill Into The Bay!

MORE Marin County sewage has been dumped into the Bay and MORE wild shorebirds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Under: Marin County, Pollution, Sewage spills, Wildlife | No Comments »

Golden eagles vs. bald eagles — how to tell the difference



In case you run across a golden eagle or a bald eagle in the wild, here’s what they look like:
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
Under: Bald Eagles, Golden eagles | 11 Comments »

Mink fur farm raid by ALF: 300 released mink will starve in wild


I just got this PRESS RELEASE from the Animal Liberation Press Office:
“300 Captive Mink Released From South Jordan, Utah Fur Farm
Animal Liberationists Destroy Breeding Cards, Liberate Animals from McMullin Mink Farm

South Jordan, UT — According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office this week, 300 captive mink were released from the McMullin Mink Farm, located at 10400 W. 1540 S in South Jordan, Utah.

“The communique reads:
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Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008
Under: Animal Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Movement, Fur Farms, Mink | 3 Comments »

FEDS & agribiz can’t spend federal funds on anti-Prop 2 ads

Millions of misappropriated federal dollars temporarily put on hold, won’t be spent on anti-Prop 2 ads.

San Francisco (Aug. 21) — Yes on Prop. 2 – Californians for Humane Farms, the proponents of an anti-cruelty ballot initiative that will provide more humane treatment of California farm animals, announced today that millions of advertising dollars slated to be spent by the federal government and agribusiness giants campaigning against Prop. 2 have been put on hold while a federal court decides whether the advertising violates federal law.
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Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2008
Under: Chickens, Farm Animals, Humane Laws | No Comments »

Was that a coyote howling last night … or someone screaming?

coy howl2

Dear Gary:
About midnight for the last several nights we’ve been hearing strange noises that are a cross between a woman screaming in pain and a warbling sort of call. What animal (we presume it’s an animal!) would be making a sound like that, and why? Actually, it sounds like more than one animal. Thanks.
(PS: Yes, we live right next to an open space area; Shell Ridge.)
G. W., Walnut Creek, Calif.

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Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2008
Under: coyotes, Wildlife | 5 Comments »

Bears? On Mount Diablo?

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For the last month or so, about once a week I’ve been getting calls from people who claim they’ve seen bears on Mount Diablo.

Well, what they’ve been seeing may have LOOKED like bears, but they’re not. What people have been seeing is WILD PIGS, like the one in the above photo.

When viewed from a distance, those big, fat, dark shapes look just like bears … but they’re actually wild pigs. There’s over 100 wild pigs wandering over the sides of our mountain. They’re shy and keep their distance from people, so when we see them it’s usually from afar.

So be aware. That’s not a bear. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Under: Black bears, Mount Diablo, Wild pigs | No Comments »

These pelicans need your help!


Crisis continues for brown pelicans along Northern California coastline.

The International Bird Rescue Research Center’s Northern California rehabilitation center in Fairfield has received 137 injured pelicans this year — and 115 of those pelicans have come in since June 15!

Most have been weak young birds that are learning how to hunt … but … recently, many have been brought in suffering from injuries from fishing hooks and from being entangled in fishing line.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
Under: International Bird rescue research Center, Pelicans, Waterfowl | No Comments »