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Archive for August, 2009

Hot weather: Two hot squirrels on a hot back fence

Hot squirrels, coping. Photo by Patricia Rotter, Clayton, CA
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You’ve probably heard of a “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?”

Well, here are two hot squirrels on a hot back fence.

EVERYONE — man & beast — was hot this last weekend. Whew! Like these overheated squirrels, we cope with these things as best as we can. Stay cool, my friends … especially your pets. /Gary

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009
Under: Hot Weather | 3 Comments »

Bluefin tuna: Fastest fish in the ocean is on a fast track to extinction

Bluefin tuna (NOAA photo)

The western Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the fastest fish in the ocean, is also on a fast track to extinction — and a new federal proposal would speed its demise.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ocean species and ecosystems from overfishing and bad fishery practices, has just issued the following alert:
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Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009
Under: Bluefin tuna | 1 Comment »

Hot cars & pets: No charges for SPCA exec in dog’s death in hot car

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Kind of a shocker to read this story in your morning Times:

Associated Press:
RICHMOND, Va. —A prosecutor says no charges are planned against an executive for an anti-animal cruelty group whose 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after accidentally being left in a hot car for four hours.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said Wednesday charges are not planned against Robin Starr, CEO for the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Under: Hot Cars | 8 Comments »

Home Security: Because sometimes a Rottweiler is not enough

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I saw this and I just couldn’t help myself. I had to pass it on. Pretty funny./Gary

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Under: African lion | 2 Comments »

Gardening: There’s nothing like your own backyard garden

Lois and Gary surrounded by their Benicia garden. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

Every spring, my wife Lois and I plant a backyard garden. We think gardening is a lot of fun and we enjoy harvesting and eating the vegetables and fruits we produce. Besides, working in the garden is also good therapy after a hard day (and week!) at the office.

This year we think we produced our best garden, ever, and we’d like to share it with you.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
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Wolves: Conservation groups seek to stop wolf hunts in Idaho & Montana

Howling wolf photo by Flickr user moosewhisper used under a Creative Commons license.

Conservation Groups Seek to Stop Wolf Hunts

In a continuation of the legal battle over wolves in the Northern Rockies,On Aug. 20 the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a large consortium of conservation groups filed for an injunction to block wolf hunts this fall in the states of Idaho and Montana. The groups, with significant scientific backing, claim that the hunts will prevent the conditions necessary for full recovery, including a larger population and genetic exchange between the three subpopulations in the region.
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Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2009
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California tiger salamander to net 74K protected acres

California tiger salamander

I just got the following good news this morning in my weekly e-newsletter from the Center for Biological Diversity:

In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit against Bush-era corruption, on Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-proposed to protect 74,223 acres of habitat for California tiger salamanders in Sonoma County.
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Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2009
Under: California tiger salamander | 2 Comments »

Sea turtle webcam goes live in the Florida keys

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Photo courtesy of Fish & Wildlife Commission

Sea Turtle webcam goes live in Florida Keys

The press release below just arrived from the Florida Keys tourism council. As a collector and lover of webcams that watch all kinds of wild creatures, I thought you might be interested in watching sea turtles hatch and crawl across the sand into the ocean. You’ll have to time it just right, otherwise you’re going to spend a LOT of time just watch sand and waves, but hey, that can be pretty soothing, right? You can find out more below:
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Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Under: Web Cam | No Comments »

New community resource for good Samaritans and independent feral/stray cat rescuers

Dear Gary:
I wanted to let you and your readers know that beginning today (Aug. 19), a new community resource for “good Samaritans” and feral/stray cat rescuers in Contra Costa County will be activated. The “Petunia’s Project” will provide vouchers for independent rescuers and “good Samaritans” who have rescued and taken in abandoned, stray and/or feral cats in Contra Costa. The vouchers will provide: FREE combo test, spay/neuter, deworming (if deemed necessary ), FVRCP shot, Rabies shot, and Advantage application.

For those rescuers who will be practicing trap, neuter and release (TNR) and caring for a cat colony, the basic voucher will also provide for ear-tipping.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Gap, Inc. joins Calif. companies in hatching cage-free egg policy

Gap, Inc. has joined the list of leading California companies — like Google, Yahoo! and Bon Appétit Management Company — in switching to cage-free ( eggs for its corporate cafeterias.

The decision came after the San Francisco-based company learned that factory farms confine most egg-laying hens in the U.S. in tiny battery cages ( where each hen has less space than a standard sheet of paper on which to live for more than a year before she’s slaughtered.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Under: Cage-free eggs | 4 Comments »