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Should I Own a Large Bird as a Pet

Should I Own a Large Bird as a Pet

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Large, exotic birds make beautiful and unique pets, but the duties involved pose many challenges. Cockatoos, parrots or macaws seem like fun pets, but be ready for the huge responsibility that comes along with owning a large pet bird. The first consideration is the investment that goes into owning a large bird. Cages, food and veterinarian bills for exotic animals create a huge expense. Even a modest cage for a large bird will run upwards of $800. Planning vacations or even going away for the weekend can be a hassle as well. Be ready to pay someone to care for the bird during any absence. Time is another large investment when owning a large bird. Owners will spend hours a day, every day, caring for and catering to the animals' emotional and physical needs. Large birds are attract...
The 1916 Migratory Bird Convention

The 1916 Migratory Bird Convention

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Any approach to conservation of migratory birds requires international cooperation because many bird species breed in one country and spend the winter in another. During migration, they often pass through other countries as well. Anywhere along their migration route, they may be killed. The Reason for an International Conservation Agreement for Birds In 1919, George Lawyer, Chief U.S. Game Warden, wrote: “The myriads of migratory birds that fairly astounded the early explorers… inspired the writing of volumes of literature. These volumes have told of the wanton and thoughtless slaughter of the birds, and have given warning of their certain disappearance with the settlement of the country and the usurpation of the forests, fields, and streams that had furnished shelter, food, and
Using New Scientific Techniques to Help Save the Giant Panda

Using New Scientific Techniques to Help Save the Giant Panda

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China’s giant panda has become a modern symbol of the country. It has commercial value and is used as a tool for international relationship-building and influence. Today’s best estimate is that there are some 1,600 giant pandas in the wild. Another 266 are held in captivity, about 10% in overseas zoos on a ten-year lease from the Chinese Government. The species cannot survive without human help. Conservation efforts focus on the programmes at three national panda breeding centres in China. These facilities also serve as educational tourist attractions where visitors from around the world can experience the panda as close as possible to its natural habitat, and learn about efforts to save it. National Panda Survey Begins in 2011 The 2008 Sichuan earthquake caused considerable c
The Siberian Husky: Is this the breed for you

The Siberian Husky: Is this the breed for you

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When deciding what breed of dog to get it is fundamentally important to carefully research its specific traits before making your final decision. Are you looking for a guard dog or a family pet? Are you looking for a pet that is high or low maintenance? Are you aware of the idiosyncrasies of the breed? This article focuses on the traits of one particular type of dog; the Siberian Husky. There are numerous advice articles and websites that provide excellent information on this breed, this article is merely intended as a summary of some of the more common themes presented by dog experts. Positive Traits There are a number of traits inherent to the Siberian Husky that, if you are prepared, can make them a wonderful pet. In general, they are one of the most friendly breeds and do not...
Whales, Dolphins and Ocean Noise

Whales, Dolphins and Ocean Noise

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In the wake of multiple mass strandings of varied species of whales, the link between naval exercises and these events has become a very controversial topic. And there are other sources of noise that are also affecting marine mammals. Boats, Oil and Gas Exploration, and Industry Engine noise from large ships and even recreational boats causes dolphins and whales to alter their behaviour. Oil and gas exploration, construction, power plants and factories all contribute to the problem. Whales and dolphins exist in a world of underwater sound. Most people are familiar with the clicks and whistles of dolphins and the eerie sounds of humpback whale songs. Some of these sounds can carry up to a mile away and are a vital part of cetacean communication. In addition, dolphins and toothe...
Hiking in Rattlesnake Country

Hiking in Rattlesnake Country

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Rattlesnakes are a common feature in the western United States. Hikers can potentially come across one while on the trail, so knowing what to do can be important to prevent injury. How to Identify a Rattlesnake The Western Diamondback rattlesnake is part of the pit viper family of snakes. The holes on the triangular head of the snake allow it to detect the heat of prey. The other obvious sign of a rattlesnake is their distinctive rattle, which can be visible on the tail, and heard when one approaches a snake. The venom produced by the Western Diamondback can cause swelling, pain, bleeding, edema, and tissue necrosis. How to Prepare to Hike in Rattlesnake Country If planning to hike in an area that has rattlesnakes, think of what to bring ahead of time. Wear leather hiking b...