International Vulture Awareness Day 2017

by Larry Jordan on September 2, 2017

Turkey Vulture

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day.

Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.

The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event.

Turkey Vulture Adult and Juvenile

Turkey Vulture Adult and Juvenile

It is now recognised that a co-ordinated international day will publicise the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by the world’s vulture conservationists.

On the first Saturday in September, the aim is for each participating organization to carry out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness. This website provides a central place for all participants to outline these activities and see the extent of vulture conservation across the world. Additionally, it is a valuable resource for vulture workers to learn about the activities of their colleagues and to perhaps develop new collaborations or exchange information.

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You Do It Suet – A Very Handy New Product

by Larry Jordan on April 11, 2017

You Do It Suet

Do you have bird feeders around your home? How about suet feeders? Yes? Well I have a treat for you!

I have discovered a great new product created by Desiree and Josiah Cole. It’s called YouDoItSuet®. Like most people who cook meat, I always poured the leftover fat into a metal can and stuck it in my freezer until it was full, then threw it in the trash. This is obviously a waste of good fat that can be made into suet cakes for our birds.

The YouDoItSuet® product is a silicone mold that you can use to store your drained fat in the refrigerator or freezer (I store mine in the freezer) until you have enough to make a suet cake. You can make the suet cake right in the mold or, as I did, add the fat from my bacon, sausage, hamburger and other cooked meat to some suet I had stored in the freezer to make a larger batch. Then I filled my YouDoItSuet® molds and stored them in the freezer.

Once the suet is frozen it can be removed from the mold which is now ready to store your excess fat again! Place your freshly frozen suet cake in a plastic bag until you’re ready to place in your feeder. The mold can be hand washed and it is also dishwasher safe.

Living in Northern California sometimes temperatures get over 50° in the winter so I have to make N0 Melt Suet. The ridge on the inside of the mold holds 1 1/3 cups of liquid so I can follow my recipe by mixing up a batch when the mold is a little short of the ridge line, or increase each of the recipe ingredients by 1/3. The YouDoItSuet® website has several recipes you can try out as well. Here is a video of the product.

Now for the best part of this post, Desiree has agreed to give all of you, my readers, a discount coupon for her superior product! After ordering whatever you want at the “You Do It Suet” website, put in this discount code TBR2OFF in the box on the checkout page for two bucks off the regular price! Enjoy!

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Some of My Christmas Day Yard Birds at 10000 Birds

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California Scrub-Jay

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Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy or the Interior?

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Mew Gull at 10000 Birds

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First Winter Mew Gull at Van Damme Beach, Little River Check out my latest 10000 Birds post on the Mew Gull (Larus canus) we discovered at Van Damme Beach in Little River before our Northern California Audubon Chapter Council meeting. Did you like this? Share it:

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The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Is Now The Wildlife Conservation Pass

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We are very excited to relaunch the Wildlife Conservation Stamp project as the Wildlife Conservation Pass. Rather than promote a second stamp, we’ve created a brand new alternative that stands on its own. It’s modern, and its design can be adapted for a variety of uses (see below). This will be an innovative way for […]

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Northern Red-shafted Flickers and Nestlings

June 16, 2016
Northern Flicker Male

Click on photo for full sized image The proud father of five Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) nestlings perches near the entrance of the nestbox. See the full post which includes a video of the adults and the nestlings inside the box at 10000 Birds. Did you like this? Share it:

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Northern Flickers Have Finally Found Their Nest Box

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Northern Flicker Female at Nest Box Entrance

Northern Flicker Female (Colaptes auratus cafer) at Nest Box Entrance I finally have a pair of Red-shafted Northern Flickers nesting the the nest box I mounted about three years ago. Watch the video below as the male beckons the female to the nesting site. And read the full post over at 10000 Birds! Did you […]

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Eurasian Wigeon Arrive at 10000 Birds

January 27, 2016
Eurasian Wigeon Drake

Eurasian Wigeon Drake (Anas penelope) – Click on photo for full sized image Don’t miss my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds. I posted some nice photos of the Eurasian Wigeon along with some comparisons of American Wigeon. Did you like this? Share it:

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Marbled Godwit at Seal Rock Beach

December 16, 2015
Marbled Godwit

I recently spent some time watching birds on the beach near Seal Rock below the Cliff House in San Francisco. This Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) was one of the many shorebird species I observed. Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds to see all the avifauna I encountered. Did […]

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Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

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  Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national […]

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Why Are Heermann’s Gulls Listed as Near Threatened?

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Heermann's Gull

Wonder why the Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni) are listed as Near Threatened (NR) by the IUCN? Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds! Did you like this? Share it:

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