Celebrate Earth Day 2014

by Larry on April 21, 2014

Earth Day 2014Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Read about how Earth Day Became a Global Environmental Event. Give Earth a Hand.

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Sunrise at Modoc NWRSunrise at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge (Click on photo for full sized image)

Do you love National Wildlife Refuges? America’s National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s largest network of protected areas dedicated to wildlife conservation. For more than a century, the refuge system has been integral to bringing species such as the whooping crane back from the brink of extinction. Each year, tens of millions of people visit and enjoy national wildlife refuges in every U.S. state and territory, infusing nearly $1.74 billion into local economies and creating more than 32,500 U.S. jobs1.

Would you like to be part of creating an additional income stream for our National Wildlife Refuge System? If you haven’t heard of our proposal for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp we don’t know where you’ve been! We have been promoting a plan to get an alternative stamp issued to increase revenue for our refuges and our proposal is gaining traction.

We are looking for bird enthusiasts, photographers, bloggers, biologists, hikers, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitators, scientists, teachers, artists and anyone else with a common passion and concern for our nation’s wildlife and wild habitats to join us in encouraging our legislators to create an alternative to the Duck Stamp for non-consumptive users of the wildlife refuges.

If this sounds like a great idea to you, providing a consistent source of income for our refuges, separate but parallel to the current Federal Duck Stamp program, please fill out our short submission form to be included as a supporter on our “About Us” page. If you represent an organization, we have a separate submission form to be included on our “Organizations in Support” page. We will keep you updated on our progress in this endeavor and entertain suggestions on the best way to implement our proposal.

In the meantime, head on over and check out our latest blog entry on “Modoc National Wildlife Refuge Is Nesting Habitat for Greater Sandhill Cranes.”

References: 1Defenders of Wildlife

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Sandhill Crane Migration Is Underway at 10000 Birds

March 26, 2014
Sandhill Crane at Modoc National Wildlfe Refuge

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge photo by Larry Jordan Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are migrating back northward to their breeding grounds. I photographed this crane and his mate at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge about a month ago and will be writing a post for the Wildlife Conservation Stamp blog soon on […]

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Dinosaur Scientists Call It the Chicken From Hell

March 20, 2014
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Illustration by Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History What does a 500 pound chicken with five inch claws eat? Whatever it wants! Matt Lamanna, the top dinosaur scientist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, calls the creature Anzu wyliei. Apparently paleontologists have been trying to figure out what animal a collection of bizarre bones belongs […]

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Pied-billed Grebe in Golden Light

March 18, 2014
Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) photos by Larry Jordan The Pied-billed Grebe has the widest distribution in the Americas of any grebe, breeding from northern Canada through the West Indies and Central America to southern South America1. I photographed these grebes recently at Lema Ranch, one of the better birding hot spots in Northern California. The Pied-billed Grebe […]

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The U.S. House of Representatives Declares War on Wildlife and the Environment

February 27, 2014
Black-footed Ferret

Can the second session of the 113th U.S. House of Representatives be any more harmful to wildlife and the environment than the first session of 2013? It appears that they can! On January 3, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives convened to start its second session of the 113th Congress. By the end of the […]

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Stop Wildlife Killing Contests in California

February 21, 2014
Dead Coyotes

California Fish & Game Commission Votes Unanimously to Consider Statewide Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests February 5, 2014 – Sacramento, CA – Today the California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously 4 to 0 to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests at the request of Project Coyote. After Project Coyote representatives made the […]

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Mating and Feeding Behavior of the Northern Shoveler

January 29, 2014
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Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds! I’ve got this video plus two others and several photos of the beautiful Northern Shovelers that were taken at our National Wildlife Refuges. Did you like this? Share it:

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An American Bittern at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

January 22, 2014
American Bittern

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) photos by Larry Jordan I have seen quite a few American Bitterns (Botaurus lentiginosus) over the years but most I didn’t spot until they were startled into flight. That all changed last November when I spotted this bird out in the open at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The American Bittern is a […]

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Logging Burned Forest Area Destroys Black-backed Woodpecker Habitat

January 15, 2014
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A new report was just released January 6th by the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project outlining the important ecological benefits of last summer’s Rim Fire in Northern California and exposes how a U.S. Forest Service plan to allow 30,000 acres of logging in the burned area will cause significant harm to […]

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Fall River Mills Christmas Bird Count Tally at 10000 Birds

January 1, 2014
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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) photo by Larry Jordan Northern California’s Christmas Bird Counts started out with a bang this year. Saturday, December 14th, the first day of the 114th Christmas Bird Count, 27 enthusiastic counters had unseasonably warm and sunny weather to count 21,695 birds for the Fall River Mills Christmas Bird Count. Head on […]

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My Favorite Bird Photos of 2013

December 17, 2013
Western Bluebird Female

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) photos by Larry Jordan At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I try to pick at least one photograph from each month however some […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
Wild Turkey Female with Poults

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Female with Poults photo by Larry Jordan I would like to wish everyone a very grateful Thanksgiving. There are so many things to be grateful for in my life, my home, my friends, my family. So many things to be thankful for. Like living in a country where, if you really […]

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Ferruginous Hawk on Rat Farm Road

November 20, 2013
Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) Juvenile photos by Larry Jordan Our first Christmas Bird Count will be coming up on December 14th in Fall River Mills so I thought I would take a drive up there to see what I could see as the day approaches. Rat Farm Road is a long gravel road leading from […]

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