This is very interesting research. Another good example of the interface between humans and the natural order. We still have much to learn about birds and their true benefit to humans. I think tagging birds, like we have tagged other wild animals, will continue to provide us with valuable information like how do birds accommodate to the changing habitats and our environment. And, I hope we keep protecting our environment to provide a healthy place for birds to flourish.
It's a great article, thank you! I didn't mean to leave that out!
"but the dark side of his success is that, most likely, he consumed his siblings—not uncommon in the unsentimental world of the barn owl." I'm sorry, this is not factual. They only consume siblings after they have died, or maybe almost died. They do not engage in siblicide.
Also, vineyards that kill birds can never be bird friendly. It's not a few non-native songbirds that get trapped and killed, it's more like thousands. and it's not ok.
I appreciate that vineyards are moving towards non-toxic, predator-friendly practices! Barn owls and bluebirds are a vineyards best friends as long as no poison is used. This is a great steady and much-needed, but there have been others - just recently in fact. Another study was published in the local Ag-Alert paper in April of this year! I look forward to the results of this new study.
The budding politician and gun-owner Keith Rhinehart wants to work within the NRA: "Most NRA members, like myself, are pretty sane, normal people who don't believe you should be able to go to a gun show, buy a gun and walk out."
I'm sure many would like to know what efforts he's making within the NRA to put sane leadership in charge there. Otherwise, his money is just going to keeping in place the current extremists there now.
Mr Natural, my step-father is 90 years old, healthy, and drug-free, and eats meat every day of his life, for lunch and supper. I eat meat at least five days a week. I am 55 years old, an ultramarathoner who runs every single day of the year, without ever incurring injury, and I never get sick. I have a friend who is Sikh, from India, who is vegetarian and is alway suffering from some sort of nutritional deficiency, suffers from migraines, and allergies. What is your point? A person's health is not really as related to diet as much as Americans have been misled to believe. Many other variables factor into a person's health.
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