Friday, February 9, 2007

Help Save Safe Place for Bears

Help Save Safe Place for Bears

McNeil River Bears, (c) Roy Wood

Each year, people from across America and around the world visit Alaska?s McNeil River State Sanctuary to see the area?s famed brown bears congregate and fish for spawning salmon. The sanctuary boasts the largest congregation of brown bears in the world and is a point of pride for Alaskans.

Now, hunting restrictions that have protected the McNeil River Bears for more than 20 years are about to expire, and we need your help.

Take action now! Please write a personalized message to the Alaska Board of Game right now, urging them to maintain a ban on hunting on neighboring state lands in the Kamishak Special Use Area adjacent to Katmai National Park and the McNeil River State Sanctuary.

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Help us meet our goal of 25,000 comments to the Alaska Board of Game by Friday, February 16th.

Your Message Must Be Personalized

It is vitally important that you personalize your comments to the Alaska Board of Game. Form messages may be disregarded.

Note: If you plan on writing extensive comments, you may want to compose them in Microsoft Word or another word processing program, and then paste them into our action form.

Thanks for helping. No, there is no free offer with this.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Birds in our Garden 2007 - January

by artycat
I'm on holiday at the moment and have had a chance to update my Bird Journal.

The grey butcher birds have had their second lot of youngsters - two or three, and we have been able to feed the young ones by hand. Our favourite little grey juvenile is the tiniest addition to their brood and we have called him "Ollie". Ollie has oodles of personality and sits on the side fence, chirping quietly, waiting to be fed. He is the smallest and tamest little bird I have seen and right from the start he showed no fear. (We can't feed the parents by hand) He is much more independent than his feathered siblings but is still learning about co-ordination and sometimes grabs our fingers instead of the mince when we are feeding him. He is the cutest little bird and I just want to pick him up and cuddle him! I look forward to seeing him every day ....

Ollie © All rights reserved

We had an interesting visit from a family of sulphar crested cockatoos recently and while two of them were happily munching our seed bell, the third one was on the roof of our pergola and at one stage we could only see his head peering down at us below. It was so comical that I quickly ran for my camera. Peter, my husband attempted to feed him by hand and the inquisitive cockatoo was very close to grabbing the seed out of Peter's hand but my husband was concerned that the cockatoo might bite his finger instead!

Inquisititive and adventurous sulphar crested cockatoo © All rights reserved

I also managed to get a few more photos of Neville, our crazy noisy miner and it's the first time that we have actually regularly fed one of these birds in our garden but Neville is very unique. He still appears when the other birds are feeding and has now mastered the art of catching the mince in his beak when we throw it at him!

Neville © All rights reserved

The 'boldest' of the junior pied butcher birds is driving us crazy! He comes down about five times a day squawking for food and he does not give up because we have tried to ignore him! When the squawking fails to get us out into the yard, he adopts to 'choir practice' and sings beautifully. When I am working in my study, he sits up on a tree branch and I am serenaded by him and beautiful as it is, it is quite distracting. I would much rather him sing though than squawk and he is growing up so fast and learning from his parents.

Our annoying but loveable "singing" juvenille pied butcherbird

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