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Archive for May, 2009

California quail: They’re returning to our backyards!

Quail on backyard sentry duty by John & Sandy Ritchie, Concord, Calif.

California quail were absent from our yard for years, but have made a comeback over the past 2-3 years. It’s delightful to hear the “Chicago” calls again.
John & Sandy, Concord

Dear John & Sandy:
Five years ago I don’t think you could spot a quail anywhere in town. I think the cats got a lot of them. Now … I probably get 4-5 reports a month saying quail have returned to local backyards. I wonder if this is an indicator that the feral cat population is down?

Isn’t it great to see all these quail? Beautiful birds!

Any other quail out there in never-never land? /Gary

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009
Under: Birds, California quail | 8 Comments »

Swine Flu: ASPCA says it is of little risk to dogs and cats

Wild Pig by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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I just received a news release from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York, announcing that the human “Swine Flu” outbreak, thought to have originated in Mexico, appears to present little risk of infecting dogs and cats.

Below is the complete ASPCA news release, dated April 29.

At the end of the release you will find links to the Center for Disease Control, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the World Health Organization where you can learn more about swine flu and get updated information on its prevention:
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Posted on Friday, May 1st, 2009
Under: ASPCA, Cats, dogs, Swine flu | 3 Comments »