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Archive for April, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Fairfield Bird Rescue team to aid Louisiana wildlife groups

Gulf oil spill slick (U.S. Coast guard photo)
gulf-oil-spill-slick-2010, US Coast Guard

It came as no surprise to me to learn that my good friend Jay Holcomb and his team of wildlife rescue and oil spill experts from International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fairfield have been activated to help with that HUGE oil spill from that blown-out rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jay and I first met while we were cleaning birds during the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill when I was curator at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA. Jay continued on in the wildlife/oil spill business and is now, in my opinion, THE oiled wildlife expert. When there’s a big oil spill anywhere in the world, the call usually goes out for Jay to bring his team of experts to help them set up rescue and bird cleaning operations. Good luck, my friend, you’ve really got your work cut out for you on this one! /Gary

I just got this News release from Bird Rescue this morning:
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Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010
Under: International Bird rescue research Center, Oil, Oil Spills | 10 Comments »

Gray wolves: People will decide if they are to survive

Gray wolf. Photo by Flickr user Fremlin used under a Creative Commons License.
wolf2 Fremlin

The latest issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management has a very interesting article on “Survival of Colonizing Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States, 1982-2004.” You care about wolves? Check it out. /Gary

Humans—both predators and protectors—will decide survival of gray wolves

The Journal of Wildlife Management – Survival of the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States depends not as much on the wolves as on people. Humans are both predators and protectors of this species, which has been reintroduced into parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Humans were responsible for eradicating gray wolves from this area by the 1930s. Annual survival was considered adequate to sustain the present population, but  killing, both legal and illegal, continues and should be monitored to ensure their survival.
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Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: Wolves | No Comments »

Xylitol: Products sweetened with Xylitol are toxic to dogs

Shaggy dog. Photo by Flickr user foxypar4 used under a Creative Commons License
shaggy dog story foxypar4

I just received this important news release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York. If you have a dog, please read it and pay very close attention what it says. Your dog will appreciate it. /Gary

No Sugar Coating: Products Sweetened With Xylitol Are Toxic To Dogs

ASPCA warns that the number of xylitol-related cases is increasing – sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked goods among products

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today reminded animal lovers and pet parents that xylitol, a sweetener found in certain sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked goods, toothpaste, and other products can potentially cause serious and even life-threatening problems for pets.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Under: dogs, Xylitol | 3 Comments »

Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest: Still time to enter!

Screech owl nest
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Wildest Bird Nests!

Guess what, everyone? There’s still time to enter (one more week) my fourth annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Do you have a bird nest (or nests) in your yard? Grab your camera, take a photo and enter it!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Under: Bird Nest Contest, Birds | No Comments »

Animal Defenders International urges Congress to protect animals from cruelty

Abused dog. Photo by Flickr user AmazonCARES used under a Creative Commons License.
AmazonCARES flickr

Dear Gary:
Animal Defenders International (ADI) urged Congress to take immediate action after a landmark Supreme Court ruling has left vulnerable animals without protection against extreme violence and cruelty.  The Court decided that legislation passed 10 years ago to prevent extreme acts of cruelty, such as in dog fighting and “crush” videos, must be set aside.
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Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010
Under: Abuse, Animal Activists, Animal Cruelty, Animal fighting, Animal protection legislation | 6 Comments »

A squirrel and a cat … have a little “chat”

Photo by Joanne Ouimet, Concord, CA
cat, squirrel Joanne Ouimet

Gary:
Kind of cute!
Joanne Ouimet, Concord

Joanne:
I don’t think they were discussing the weather. /Gary

Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Under: Cats, fox squirrel | No Comments »

Bones are unsafe for your dog!

No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog

The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one.

However, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet. If you have a dog, you better read this. /Gary

Here are 10 reasons why the FDA says it’s a bad idea to give your dog a bone:

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Posted on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Under: dogs | 3 Comments »

Orphaned or injured wildlife: What to do if you find a fawn

Fawn. Photo by Flickr user zhumaly used under a Creative Commons License.
fawn zhurnaly

Wildlife Tips from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, California

What to do if you find a fawn:
Now is the time to watch for fawns. Deer have learned to adapt to small patches of open space in urban areas and are common in many of our neighborhoods.  Black-tailed deer, a subspecies of the mule deer, are common throughout the northern and central California coastal ranges. While they prefer open chaparral, they will adjust to almost any open space they can find.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Under: deer, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Wildlife, Wildlife Rehabilitation | 2 Comments »

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Like birds? This website is the BEST!

cornell website

If you like wild birds, you definitely need to visit the website for The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Click on the link below and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! /Gary

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/netcommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1478

Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Under: Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wild birds | 3 Comments »

Bird Nests: 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest

Bald eagle nest. Photo by Flickr user keithminer used under a Creative Commons License.
eaglenest keithminer

Wildest Bird Nests!

Guess what, everyone? It’s time for my fourth annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Do you have a bird nest (or nests) in your yard? OK, it may not be an eagle nest, but grab your camera, take a photo and enter it anyway!
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Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010
Under: Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, Birds, wild birds | 1 Comment »