• Bird Accessories,  Bird Cam,  Bird Watching Camera,  Uncategorized

    Bird Cams View More than Just Birds!

    Bird Cams

    Also Serving as all-purpose nature cameras, bird cams allow you to view virtually any outdoor wildlife desired. The Hawk Eye Nature Cam shown above, will turn any backyard into an entertainment center!


    You can focus on owls, or feathered friends raising their young in a birdhouse, squirrels raiding a bird feeder, or hummingbirds sipping nectar, bird cams show you real-time action in bright, living color right on your television or computer.  Simply mount the bird cam in a birdhouse, next to a feeder, or anywhere you want to watch wildlife.  View your horses, or other livestock, or pets, or…just about any outdoor activity!

    This bird cam, also known as a spy cam, comes with a protective weather shield, so it can be used inside or out.  It may be placed in full sunlight, or evening’s darkness with it’s infrared capabilities.  A built in microphone also lets you hear bird calls and songs, wind and rain, and any other sounds of nature we so often miss.  It also comes with 100 feet of cable and all connections necessary for installation. And like most electronic devices, prices are more affordable now that the “newness” of the product has worn off.

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    Elusive White Deer Herd of Wisconsin

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Cam,  Bird Feeders,  Bird Watching Camera,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders

    Bird Cam- Highnam Woods, Gloucester

    As a hobby, Backyard Birding has exploded over the past few years.  With many innovative products like a bird cam, a whole new, and secret world is available to birding enthusiasts.  Backyard feeding truly helps wild birds—growth and survival rates, breeding success and clutch sizes all improve dramatically when they have access to feeders.

    Check out this awesome video of a bird cam in Gloucester, England.


  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Baths,  Bird Feeders,  Hopper Bird Feeder,  Recycled Bird Feeders,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders,  Wood Birdhouse

    Ever Seen a Double Decker Hopper Bird Feeder?

    Double Decker Hopper Bird Feeder
    Double Decker Hopper Bird Feeder

    Some bird feeders hold more seed than others, while some feeders just look better in the yard.  There are some large capacity wild bird feeders that really do look good!  You can spend less time filling, and more time watching when using hopper style feeders.  They tend to have a larger capacity than tube feeders, and many will compliment your environment too.

    This recycled feeder is a “Double Decker Hopper” and allows more perching room than a traditional hopper bird feeder. The bottom, or base also acts as a seed catcher to prevent unwanted ground mess.  This type of feeder will attract a greater variety of wild birds, while the recycled plastic is guaranteed to never crack, split or fade.  With a 4-quart capacity, you won’t have to make as many trips filling the feeder.

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Feeders,  Hopper Bird Feeder,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders

    Great Variations on Hopper Bird Feeders

    Hopper Bird FeedersThis unique Hopper Bird Feeder’s weatherproof design guarantees birdseed will stay 100% dry and available to your birds continuously. Through rain, snow, sleet and ice, the All Weather Feeder delivers the seed-DRY!!

    Allowing full view of all birds at once, they feed from a lower platform, and reach up into a fully-sheltered slot to get seed.   A great, and innovative feature for those who hate the mess of cleaning out ice, snow, and rain from the troughs and seed ports of other feeders.  Fathered friends benefit from seed always being available — which is especially important after ice storms — and from better sanitation due to no wet, moldy or spoiled seed.  Clean, dry seed means a healthier population.  Durable polycarbonate won’t yellow with age, and large capacity 4 or 6 quart models are available.

    Get ready for winter weather with the All-Weather Hopper Bird Feeder.

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Feeders,  Tube Bird Feeder,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders

    The Very Versatile Tube Birdfeeder!

    Tube Birdfeeder

    Wild Bird Feeders come in so many shapes and sizes that sometimes it’s confusing to pick one.  Of course functionality is at the forefront, while aesthetics might be important to some folks too.  The copper triple tube birdfeeder above is extremely versatile, with great features both you and your feathered friends will love!

    Three tubes allow for multiple seed mixes, attracing a greater variety of birds.  The weather guard helps protect birds and food from the elements, at the same time thwarting pesky squirrels from stealing seed.  The attached tray acts as a seed catcher to reduce and eliminate ground mess.  The newer polycarbonate plastics are very durable, and will not yellow with age.  Large capacity feeders also let you spend more time enjoying birds and less time filling feeders.

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    Plight of Famed Wild Horses and BLM

    Latest Victims of BLM Roundups:
    Family of Cloud, Wild Horse of PBS Fame,
    Dumped at Federal Auction Saturday


    Lovell, WY (September 24, 2009) — This weekend, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction the offspring of the much-celebrated Cloud herd of wild mustangs, captured earlier this month, along with other horse bands, from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range that borders Wyoming and Montana. In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, is outraged at this latest travesty committed by the BLM, a division of the U.S. Department of Interior and the government agency entrusted to protect wild horses. A popular PBS Nature series, which has chronicled the story of the near-mythical wild stallion Cloud and his family, has brought into the public consciousness the plight of America’s wild horses. Wild horses have always been fixed in people’s minds as the embodiment of true and unfettered freedom.

    “Just two weeks ago, the majestic horses of Pryor Mountain were living wild and free with their families,” said IDA President Elliot M. Katz, DVM. “Now those families have been shattered forever.  57 of these beloved horses are imprisoned in BLM holding pens awaiting an uncertain future. If the world’s most famous herd cannot be saved, then the future looks bleak for the wild mustangs who are part of our nation’s heritage.”

    The auction of Cloud’s family members on Saturday comes just two days before the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will hear public dissent over the government’s inhumane wild horse management program, which plans to round up thousands more wild mustangs, even as an astounding 33,000 horses are currently warehoused in government facilities at a cost to taxpayers of $100,000 per day and tens of millions annually.

    An IDA observer documented the Pryor Mountain herd roundup, in which horses, including young foals, were mercilessly chased by helicopter causing injuries and lameness. In addition to members of Cloud’s family, four other bands of horses were rounded up from the Pryor Range, including older horses like Conquistador, a 19-year-old stallion and his 21-year-old mare.

    “The inhumanity of the BLM’s policy is most evident in the roundup and auction of the older horses who are completely unsuitable for adoption. These horses have no future unless returned to the open range immediately,” Katz continued.

    The Pryor Mountain horse roundup is just one of many BLM captures underway; in late August, the agency began roundups southwest of Ely, Nevada, intending to capture and remove more than 600 horses from 1.4 million acres of public lands.

    At Monday’s public hearing, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (public testimony at 3 p.m.), at the Hyatt in Arlington, Virginia, IDA will call upon the Obama Administration to reverse the BLM’s scandalous wild horse policy, which aims to remove thousands of additional horses from public lands while continuing to allow millions of privately owned cattle to graze those same public lands.

    IDA is also supporting passage of the Restoring Our American Mustangs Act (ROAM), which would update existing laws that protect wild horses by prohibiting the killing of healthy wild horses and burros, removing restrictions on areas where horses can roam freely, and facilitating the establishment of wild horse sanctuaries, among other provisions. This summer. ROAM was passed by the House of Representatives on a 239-185 vote and is currently in the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. When Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971, these wondrous mustangs were described as “the living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.” The horses who remain deserve our fierce protection.

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    In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals’ rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS · 3010 KERNER BLVD. · SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 · 415-448-0048Pli

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Feeders,  Glass Bird Feeder,  Tube Bird Feeder,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders

    Tube Birdfeeders for Growing Grass?

    tube birdfeedersRecently we’ve had lots of rain here in Georgia, which is great because we’re usually in a drought.  However, I think this past episode may have been one of those “500-year” occurrences!

    Inundated, with rain, it has not let up for days, then the grand finale…about 16 inches in 24 hrs. All of the feeders were soggy, soaked, and stinky!  Not once, but twice, the tube birdfeeders were dumped and cleaned.  The seed became packed down, and downright nasty.  There was grass growing in them!

    The sideways rain had turned the little sanctuary into a health and safety issue for feathered friends.

    With 2000% humidity, waiting until the storm passed,would likely have been a better option!

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    Landmark Victory in Federal Court for IDA

    In Defense of Animals Wins Landmark FOIA Victory in Federal Court

    USDA Forced to Disclose Records from Controversial Animal Test Lab Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Washington, DC After a seven-year court fight, including the first trial in years involving the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been ordered by a federal judge to disclose 1,017 pages of records obtained during an investigation of controversial toxicology lab Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) to In Defense of Animals, the animal protection group said today.

    “These records will shed light on the USDA’s failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act,” said IDA Research Director Eric Kleiman. “Why did the USDA, later joined by HLS, fight so hard and so long to prevent the public from seeing these records? We’ll know within the 60 days ordered by the Court.”

    The records – 503 pages withheld in full, 514 withheld in part (with most heavily redacted) – include test results, notes of observations of primates involved in toxicology testing, Animal Care and Use Committee minutes as well as necropsy reports and requests for veterinary care from six studies.

    IDA filed the lawsuit in 2002 against the USDA, but later HLS “intervened” and also became a defendant. At trial, the USDA did not produce a single witness; HLS had two.

    The December 2008 trial, the first in years involving FOIA, resolved the issue of whether HLS would suffer competitive harm if the records were disclosed. These records, obtained by the USDA during its investigation of the lab, formed the basis of the USDA’s formal complaint against HLS, alleging multiple and grave violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The charges included multiple counts of failing to provide adequate veterinary care and inadequate research oversight.

    Within days of filing the complaint against HLS, the USDA settled it with what IDA termed a “slap-on-the-wrist” fine. This was consistent with multiple USDA Inspector General reports regarding the agency’s lax enforcement of the AWA. The most recent, in 2005, stated that USDA imposes “minimal” fines that “violators consider…a normal cost of conducting business rather than a deterrent for violating the law.”

    The FOIA trial came about as a result of an opinion by another judge, who, after reviewing a sampling of the unredacted records in camera (in private), expressed his doubt that defendants could prevail at a trial focusing on the issue of competitive harm. This judge stated that the USDA and HLS came “mighty close” to “’blatantly’ contradicting the record” in the case. He also noted that the USDA had violated a prior court order by failing to produce an analysis of what could be redacted from the records.

    Kleiman noted that IDA has won multiple FOIA victories, including a court-ordered public interest fee waiver for thousands of pages of NIH records after IDA had proven its “dissemination methods and history demonstrate that the disclosure will contribute to a greater understanding” by the public. IDA has also used FOIA records to document data manipulation and researcher misconduct (see “Drug Study Hid Chimp Deaths,” at http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=11617276

    “This victory is the latest in a long line of IDA campaigns that often take years,” concluded Kleiman. “No matter how long, IDA will continue to persevere on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.”

    The public interest law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal represents IDA in this case. The District Court opinion is available online at https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2002cv0557-121 <file://localhost/cgi-bin/show_public_doc>


    In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals’ rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS · 3010 KERNER BLVD. · SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 · 415-448-0048


  • Bird Feeders,  Uncategorized,  Wild Bird Feeders

    Why Clean Wild Bird Feeders?

    wild bird feeders

    In the natural world it’s “survival of the fittest” or “natural selection” which keeps species healthy and flourishing.  When we feed wild birds, there is an unnatural gathering that takes place.  Mind you, backyard birding is one of the most popular and relaxing hobbies today, and providing food and shelter for birds is a wonderful way to help them thrive.

    With our wild bird feeders, most of us don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of diseases.  Aside from the regular molds and fungus that can make birds sick, they can develop viral infections as well.  These infections are easily spread at high-activity feeders, and carried to other feeders as well.  This little sparrow has conjunctivitis, a disease affecting the eye, causing irritation and swelling  at first.  Blindness usually follows, and soon death as the bird can not venture far to find food. They say if you see a sick bird like this at your feeders, it’s best to stop feeding, as you’ll decrease, or possibly avoid any further spread of the disease.  It’s a rare occurrence for a bird to fully recover from a disease like this.

    The most effective and practical cleaning solution is bleach! Simply mix 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.  Scrub with a brush and rinse thoroughly.  At the very least, shoot for once a month.  Your birds will be healthier and thank you for it!

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