Climate change could threaten Alberta’s wetlands, study suggests

New research suggests that climate change is threatening to turn Alberta’s huge northern wetlands into vast expanses of bush and shrub, altering the province’s freshwater cycle and releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Read more:

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/edmonton/climate-change-could-threaten-alberta-s-wetlands-study-suggests-1.2933709

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A synthesis of human related wild bird mortality in Canada

Slowly, the world is waking up towards the causes of wild bird decline:

Many human activities in Canada kill wild birds, yet the relative magnitude of mortality from different sources and the consequent effects on bird populations have not been systematically evaluated.

Read more:

http://www.ace-eco.org/vol8/iss2/art11/

Which Nest box?

From the Cornell Lab if Ornithologie comes this beautiful article of what kind of nest box to put up for which bird:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478

Have you always wanted to put up a birdhouse, but weren’t sure which species you could attract to your area? Or just not sure what birds need? Visit our new ALL ABOUT BIRDHOUSES.

With our Right Bird, Right House interactive, just enter your region + habitat type, and we’ll show you which birds you could attract with a nest box (or other nesting structure). With 54 birds to choose from, including declining species, you will find everything you need to support more nesting birds in your yard. Plus, lots of good landlord tips for continuing the success for many years.

 

http://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/

 

 

Cats destroy wildlife

Too bad snakes aren’t native to many countries or cannot be trained to hunt cats…

Via Contain cats NZ

https://m.facebook.com/containcatsnz?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcontaincatsnz

NZ cats; apex predator and companion animal.

Elsewhere in the world domestic cats are eaten by snakes, coyotes and great horned owls. In NZ cats have no such threats and are effectively apex predators in urban areas. Their population size overall is not controlled by the availability of prey as it would be in any natural ecological system. They receive their nutritional needs from cat food. If numbers of small introduced mammals, native birds and lizards decline, cat numbers are not reduced by famine. Urban cats hunt and kill without necessity for survival.

Cats were introduced into NZ as companion animals and to control rabbits and rodents. Rabbits and rodents are still common while NZ has lost 11 species of endemic birds which have cats as a primary causal factor in those losses. Lizards are relatively scarce and cats are generally a significant factor in these declines.

To claim cats are a natural part of NZ’s ecology and should be roaming free to control rats and mice disregards their historical impact on our native wildlife, the current threats which cats pose to many declining species and their potential for continued indiscriminate predation .

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Malta’s bird trappers destroy nature protected areas

Malta, Malta, Malta…..

Trappers used chlorine chemicals to destroy a protected stretch of garigue landscape and make way for nets and limestone hunting hides.

(Malta is now facing legal action by the European Commission, which had warned the government not to reopen the season last October.)

Read more:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150117/local/-Trappers-dump-chlorine-on-rare-Dwejra-habitat-.552153

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Song Bird slaughter for restaurants

The reason for all these bird masacres in Cyprus are the people who go into restaurants and who eat these birds as without them, no one would gain a profit.

A quote comes to mind here:

“Not everyone is in a position to help other animals, but everyone is in a position not to harm them.”

So by ‘not’ eating birds, any person can help a lot.

People travelling to Cyprus and finding restaurants where birds are being served (just look what’s on the plates around) should also leave that restaurant and tell the manager or waiter why. Or just not eat there any longer and telling that to the staff before leaving the restaurant.

Take a picture of that restaurant from the outside and post it on facebook or/and twitter.Send it to the CABS team http://m.komitee.de/node/31 and ask them to make a list of the restaurants which serve (endangered) songbirds. This list can be published then on websites of birders.

As Andrea points out in the video if we keep on doing what we are doing because we have always done it that way, and we don’t look at the bigger picture what consequences our actions have, we will destroy the whole planet in 5-10 years.

Never forget that birds are essential for life on earth as they are insect and rodent controller’s, pollinators and seed dispersers. No human technology can plant the amount and kind of plants birds plant in the way they do per year all over the planet.

No human technogy can pollinate what they pollinate per year all over the planet.

And no human technology, other predator or pesticide can control the rodent and insect populations like they do.

We must do whatever we can to stop slauthering them and hunting them (for fun.).

Times have changed and by having more and more people living on this planet who need money to survive and by killing more and more birds with wind turbines, glass, fireworks, pesticides, habitat loss, unnecessary predators we keep as pets like cats and pollution of air, water and soil we are losing birds in dramatic numbers.

Watch the video;

http://munchies.vice.com/videos/the-politics-of-food-cypriot-songbird-massacre

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Here is another link to read:

It is estimated that illegal trapping has increased by over 50%. The numbers of poachers have increased since the banking crisis earlier this year. Desperate for cash, more people have turned to this lucrative business, since a dozen birds can be sold for as much as 80 euros. Read more:

http://www.lgcnews.com/1-5-million-birds-caught-poachers-nets-souoth/

Falcon Hunters Become Fervent

This is such a great heartwarming story…If everyone would act towards nature like the people in this village earth would be a much better place to live on .There can be a lot of good in this world.TheseFalcon Hunters Become Fervent Preservationis people have shown humility and kindness.I wish them all the best and good fortune to have soon many birders coming to their beautiful place for bird spotting.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/world/asia/falcon-hunters-become-fervent-preservationists-.html?referrer=

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