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October 30, 2008

Lovebird Behavior: Nature or Nurture?

Great Article about lovebird study, and their genetics and behavior and how they are connected. I found this posted on Science blogs.

"Is behavior genetically "programmed" or is it the result of learning? Or is it instead a little bit of both? This is the old "nature versus nurture" argument that has occupied behavioral and evolutionary scientists, psychologists and even the general public for decades. Interestingly, nearly 50 years ago, a series of elegant experiments by an ornithologist and aviculturist revealed that, in lovebirds, at least, nest-building behavior has a very strong genetic component combined with surprisingly little experiential modification."

Read the full story and download the experiment PDF here.

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October 27, 2008

Woman braves fire to save her *Babies*!

To her, not rushing in would have been unthinkable.

"If your kids were in the house, would you do the same thing?," she said. "The birds are my everything. They're my family."

the air conditioning unit on fire. It spread to the carpet.
She grabbed her Cockatiels and had to go back in for her two Ekkies.
She pulled them from their bulky cage and put them outside on top of the cockatiel cage.

The fire did about 250K in damage to her home.. but her birds were safe!

Full story here

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October 23, 2008

Free food and care for an animal in need.

The Animal Rescue Site offers free food and care to animals in need. You may click daily. Click here to give

While you are there, please click on the other tabs to help with Hunger, Breast Cancer and other.

Remember, bookmark the site and click daily!

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October 22, 2008

The World's First Bird Dance-Off Crowns its 'Top Bird Dancer'

Oct 21, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- After thousands of votes, the 'Top Bird Dancer' and runners-up are announced
BirdChannel.com announced today the "Top Bird Dancer" and runners-up of its widely successful online-based contest, "The World's First Bird Dance-Off." The winner of "Top Bird Dancer" title went to Poirot, a Congo African grey belonging to Mother Barbara of the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Etna, Calif., with 1,334 votes cast. Second place went to Marley, a green-winged macaw owned by Paula Sloniegora of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, with 1,107 votes. In third place was Chester, a blue-fronted Amazon owned by Tami and Paul Careiro of Lawndale, Calif., with 637 votes and finishing fourth with 591 votes was Gucci, a hyacinth macaw owned by Kashmir Csaky of Lynchburg, Virginia.
"The contest was a great success, it was as much fun for our staff as it was for the 100,000 visitors who voted, on all rounds, for their favorite video," says Laura Doering, Bird Talk editor.
Bird owners submitted videos of their dancing bird and BirdChannel.com visitors voted for their favorite clips. Birds were judged on their dance style, rhythm and creativity. Bird Talk magazine will profile the winning birds in its January issue.
ZuPreem was the sponsor and prize supplier of the "World's First Bird Dance-Off". All dance finalists received a custom Dance FlightSuit from Avian Fashions, the official outfitters of the "World's First Bird Dance-Off."
BirdChannel.com launched in November 2006 and has since grown into a bird community with more than 67,000 visits per month and nearly 12,000 user profiles. BirdChannel.com is powered by Bird Talk, the world's largest pet-bird magazine, which caters to avian enthusiasts who want the very best for the pet birds, and Birds USA magazine, a one-stop guide to bird ownership. BirdChannel.com, Bird Talk magazine and Birds USA are owned and operated by BowTie Inc.
To view the winnings clips visit

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October 14, 2008

Sex shy Pandas: Genetic?

Scientists in China have mapped the genome of the giant panda, which could yield a better understanding of why the endangered animals are so famously sex-shy, state media said on Monday.

"We hope the genome map could help genetically explain why giant pandas have little reproductive capability so that scientists can help them deliver more cubs,"

Scientists hope also to eventually gain a better understanding of why pandas subsist almost solely on bamboo, another factor viewed as inhibiting the species' range and adaptability.

Full Story

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October 10, 2008

Parrot Festival 2009 Jan 23-25th

National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation Speakers include:

Dr. Natalie Antinoff - TBA-Avian Veterinarian Topic
Valentina Barcarolo - Free-Flight, Parrot Communication-Body Language & Stress Control in Captive Parrots
Dr. Robin Bjork - Mealy Parrots and the Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Project
Dr. LorenzoCrosta – Avian Neonatology & Pediatrics: common problems in a big parrot nursery
Dr. Mark Hagen - Avian Nutrition
Bob Johnson - Planted Aviaries & Free-Flight Enclosures
Rick Jordan - The Link between Conservation and Aviculture
Steve Martin -Natural Encounters: Free-Flight; Behavior Enrichment
Dr. Pat MacWhirter -Progress report on endangered birds in Bali and Western Indonesia
Sid Price -Avian Ambassadors; Questions about the ethics of some avian training practices
Dr. Brian Speer - Behavior and Handling for the Veterinary Clinic

More info and register: HERE

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October 07, 2008

Geckos- Tails to Toepads Reaches Completion

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Allenwood, PA- The fabrication team at Peeling Productions, the exhibit arm of Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, has been climbing the walls this year—they have been busy creating the world’s largest exhibition about geckos. Geckos – Tails to Toepads is the latest addition to a fleet of traveling exhibitions that visit museums, zoos, and science centers around the country.

“It’s been ‘all-geckos, all-the-time’ around here for months,” said Chad Peeling, co-creator of the exhibition. “Our staff pulled out all the stops on this project and we’re really proud of the results.” The exhibition took over two years to complete and includes 20 living habitats complete with naturalistic décor, filtration and life support systems and living geckos from around the world. Colorful graphic panels and interactive learning stations allow visitors to experience gecko night vision, explore the cutting edge science of gecko adhesion, listen to gecko voices, activate video clips of geckos in action, try to spot camouflaged geckos, and build a custom gecko for various environments.

Why build an exhibition around geckos? “Geckos are endowed with a charisma that marketing firms can’t resist and audiences can’t ignore,” notes Peeling. “GECIO’s animated character has made ‘gecko’ a household word, but the real animals are even more amazing.” Geckos are small, agile lizards - most have stout bodies, short legs, and specialized adhesive toepads. More than 1,200 species range from shadowy, nighttime hunters with bulging eyes and squawking voices to bold, nectar eaters that scamper around in daylight, adorned in neon colors. Geckos are incredibly adaptable and have conquered habitats from balmy tropical beaches and lush rainforests to frigid mountain slopes and parched deserts.

The exhibit premiers in mid-September at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California. From there it will move to institutions in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. The exhibition will travel indefinitely, stopping to educate and entertain at museums and science centers across the country.

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Geckos- Tails to Toepads Reaches Completion

Allenwood, PA- The fabrication team at Peeling Productions, the exhibit arm of Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, has been climbing the walls this year—they have been busy creating the world’s largest exhibition about geckos. Geckos – Tails to Toepads is the latest addition to a fleet of traveling exhibitions that visit museums, zoos, and science centers around the country.

gecko.jpg


“It’s been ‘all-geckos, all-the-time’ around here for months,” said Chad Peeling, co-creator of the exhibition. “Our staff pulled out all the stops on this project and we’re really proud of the results.” The exhibition took over two years to complete and includes 20 living habitats complete with naturalistic décor, filtration and life support systems and living geckos from around the world. Colorful graphic panels and interactive learning stations allow visitors to experience gecko night vision, explore the cutting edge science of gecko adhesion, listen to gecko voices, activate video clips of geckos in action, try to spot camouflaged geckos, and build a custom gecko for various environments.

Why build an exhibition around geckos? “Geckos are endowed with a charisma that marketing firms can’t resist and audiences can’t ignore,” notes Peeling. “GECIO’s animated character has made ‘gecko’ a household word, but the real animals are even more amazing.” Geckos are small, agile lizards - most have stout bodies, short legs, and specialized adhesive toepads. More than 1,200 species range from shadowy, nighttime hunters with bulging eyes and squawking voices to bold, nectar eaters that scamper around in daylight, adorned in neon colors. Geckos are incredibly adaptable and have conquered habitats from balmy tropical beaches and lush rainforests to frigid mountain slopes and parched deserts.

The exhibit premiers in mid-September at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California. From there it will move to institutions in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. The exhibition will travel indefinitely, stopping to educate and entertain at museums and science centers across the country.

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October 06, 2008

rule to protect the North Atlantic right whale

The long-awaited rule to protect the North Atlantic right whale is coming soon, according to President Bush himself. Speaking at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on Friday, Bush briefly discussed the rule: "There are fewer than 400 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world… And there are going to be new regulations that will be coming to be shortly that require ships to slow down as they approach seaports where these whales are likely to be."

Bush's pronouncement comes after the rule was stuck inside his White House for 573 days. In that time, the White House Council of Economic Advisors and the Vice President's office attacked the science behind the rule in attempt to derail it. Although the rule has not yet been unveiled, early signs indicate it may be somewhat weaker than what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration originally proposed.

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October 03, 2008

Foul Mouthed Parrot on Sale.....

London,A cheeky parrot has been put for sale after his owner got fed up of him because he keeps saying w***** to her pals.

The 31-year-old owner, who bought Charlie as a chick last year, has given up on the bird who wolf-whistles at women, eats chicken tikka masala and nods along to gangster rap.

on sale for.. 625 pounds.

OK what is w***** ?? Drop us a note!

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October 01, 2008

8 Hour Whale Rescue!

A young adult male was caught in shark netting Saturday in Australia.

More than 15 rescuers battled for eight hours on Saturday to release the distressed 9m whale from tangled netting, including up to 80kg in lead weights and an anchor caught around its tail fin.

See the Video HERE

Full Story and more links HERE

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