Bird store – Budgies Paradise http://budgies-paradise.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 05:29:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://budgies-paradise.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-41-150x150.png Bird store – Budgies Paradise http://budgies-paradise.com/ 32 32 Salmonella recall cost Cranswick £3m https://budgies-paradise.com/salmonella-recall-cost-cranswick-3m/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 05:06:31 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/salmonella-recall-cost-cranswick-3m/ Cranswick revealed that a Salmonella incident earlier this year cost the company more than £3 million ($3.6 million). In a half-year results statement, which covers until September 24, 2022, the food producer said the group’s adjusted operating profit was 1.7% lower at £68.4m (£81.4m). of dollars). This included a £3.1 million ($3.7 million) charge due […]]]>

Cranswick revealed that a Salmonella incident earlier this year cost the company more than £3 million ($3.6 million).

In a half-year results statement, which covers until September 24, 2022, the food producer said the group’s adjusted operating profit was 1.7% lower at £68.4m (£81.4m). of dollars).

This included a £3.1 million ($3.7 million) charge due to costs associated with the product recall in May after Salmonella was found at the Hull cooked poultry facility in England.

The lower operating margin reflects the short-term lag in the resumption of inflationary pressures in several cost categories. Good progress is being made in managing and recovering these additional costs, Cranswick said.

Recall and production stopped

In May, Cranswick halted production at the Hull plant after finding Salmonella. A routine internal inspection revealed the problem in some cooked chicken products.

The company asked its customers to remove any product containing ready-to-eat chicken produced during the affected period.

The products were sold as ingredients for sandwiches and meals at UK retailers and takeaway food outlets. A number of supermarkets including Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi and Sainsbury’s have issued recalls. So does Amazon, Costa, Starbucks and Caffé Nero coffees, and the Pret A Manger sandwich franchise.

Cooked poultry revenues fell following the recall as the plant was briefly closed while testing and remedial work was carried out, but Cranswick said volumes continued to recover throughout the period .

Cranswick said he also continues to closely monitor events due to bird flu with strict biosecurity protocols being enforced at all farms.

The poultry industry in the UK is experiencing its most virulent bird flu season with a record number of captive bird protection and surveillance zones in place. At the beginning of November, a national bird housing ordinance was introduced.

Adam Couch, CEO of Cranswick, said the company has made progress in a difficult operating environment.

“Our unwavering focus on quality, value, innovation and our people, and our commitment to delivering great tasting food, created with passion for our customers and the UK consumer, continues to strengthen our competitive edge,” he said. -he declares.

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A day to express our gratitude https://budgies-paradise.com/a-day-to-express-our-gratitude/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:56:05 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/a-day-to-express-our-gratitude/ By Vickie Rhodehamel Arcane News Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time once again to get together with family and friends and express their gratitude for one another, all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and give thanks to God for another year. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. […]]]>

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcane News

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time once again to get together with family and friends and express their gratitude for one another, all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and give thanks to God for another year. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. The day is celebrated as a day to be grateful for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year. The festival is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States. This day has the tradition of gathering around a table with friends and family. Turkey is the main tradition of this event, and is cooked for all members present and shared among them on this special Thanksgiving Day occasion. I think Erma Bombeck said it best: “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside for the fourth Thursday in November, when nobody’s dieting. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? May your thanksgiving be filled with peace, love and harmony!

The annual Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society fundraiser for the Christmas Bazaar takes place this Friday and Saturday. You won’t want to miss it; it’s still the best bazaar in town! You can do your Christmas shopping here for a great selection of gifts, Christmas decorations from gently used items and homemade treats. Opening hours are Friday evening, November 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. AWTHS is located at 123 West George St., Arcanum.

The 10th Annual Arcanum Seniors Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Arcanum High School. This event is free and open to all seniors in the Arcanum community. The event will take place at the local Arcanum-Butler schools cafe. If you plan to attend, please confirm your attendance at 692-5174 Ext. 1337 before December 2. Please share this information with your family, friends and neighbors.

The Arcanum Area Business Association presents “Christmas in the Park” on December 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a Candy Cane Hunt, followed by visits with Santa alongside crafts, a bonfire and S’mores. The decorating contest in the park will begin around 7 p.m. The decoration competition is open to individuals and companies and there are 20 places available. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To reserve a spot or for more information, please contact Julie Miller at the Town Building at 937-692-8500 or email [email protected]

The Arcanum Village Park and Recreation Committee is proud to announce that 12 trees have been sponsored for Ivester Park in 2022. The organizers would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the sponsors. The next Ivester Park Tree sponsorship will begin in the spring of 2023!

Arcanum High School’s National Honor Society welcomed fifteen new students and an honorary teacher earlier this month at the annual tapping ceremony. Congratulations to the following people: Lily Johnting, Lydia Kauffman, Kolin Frazee, Carley Rieman, Dominic Rhodehamel, Arianne Garrison, Ethan Bennett, Rylee Leeper, Caleb Hartman, Katie Sharp, Taelen Unger, Hannah Kendig, Katie Weiss, Isabella Harleman and Jaelynn Hatfield. Special congratulations to Kathy Kuhbander who was selected as an honorary staff member! Thanks to Alychia Wright and Lora Brandon for their efforts and to Jason Stephan for making this event a success.

Historic Bear’s Mill is even more beautiful by candlelight. Join them for the annual Candlelight Walk as you usher in the holiday season with one of their favorite events on Friday, December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary refreshments around the campfire and live music by Joseph Helfrich. Stock up on holiday cheer at the Mill Store and Art Gallery! The store will be fully stocked with stone-ground flours, holiday decorations, homemade candies, gourmet food items and Bear’s Mill souvenirs. It is a very popular event and well attended by their supporters; so plan to sightsee, sightsee, and spread good cheer to everyone you meet at Bear’s Mill.

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Twitter breaking App Store rules would be ‘catastrophic’ https://budgies-paradise.com/twitter-breaking-app-store-rules-would-be-catastrophic/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:25:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/twitter-breaking-app-store-rules-would-be-catastrophic/ Failure to follow Apple and Google’s app store guidelines would be “catastrophic” for Twitter, the company’s former trust and safety chief said. The company’s new owner, Elon Musk, has said he is a strong supporter of free speech and wants to allow more of it on the site, although critics have suggested this is contradicted […]]]>

Failure to follow Apple and Google’s app store guidelines would be “catastrophic” for Twitter, the company’s former trust and safety chief said.

The company’s new owner, Elon Musk, has said he is a strong supporter of free speech and wants to allow more of it on the site, although critics have suggested this is contradicted by his removal of staff who are not disagree with his views.

Yoel Roth’s departure from the company was slammed last week as a blow after many raised concerns about the abuse of the Twitter Blue subscription by bad actors buying a blue tick to pose as bad actors. real people and companies to commit fraud and spread misinformation on the platform.

Write in the New York TimesMr. Roth noted that app stores represent “the single most important check on unrestricted freedom of expression on the consumer Internet.”

He said: “Failure to follow Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking expulsion of Twitter from their app stores and making it harder for billions of potential users to obtain Twitter’s services. . This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions made by Twitter.

He added: “Reviewers suggest that app approval could be delayed or possibly even withheld entirely if issues are not resolved to their satisfaction – although standards for resolution are often implicit.

“Even though they appear to be driven largely by manual checks and anecdotes, these review procedures have the power to derail corporate plans and trigger all-out crises for weeks or months at a time. “

App stores may be welcome for those of us hoping to avoid an escalation in the volume of dangerous speech online.

Mr. Musk’s mission to “unleash the bird” is also limited by the influence of advertisers as well as the laws and regulations of the countries in which Twitter operates, Mr. Roth said.

He said the European Union’s chief platform regulator had reminded the boss of SpaceX and Telsa that an unmoderated “free for all” would not fly, while members of the US Congress and the Federal Trade Commission have raised concerns about Twitter’s recent actions.

“Longer term, the moderating influences of advertisers, regulators and, importantly, app stores could be welcome for those of us hoping to avoid an escalation in the volume of dangerous speech online,” Ms. Roth.

“Twitter will have to balance the goals of its new owner with the practical realities of Internet life at Apple and Google, which is no easy task for the employees who have chosen to stay.

“And when I left the company, the app review team calls had already started.”

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Police, CTA officials offer passengers safety tips ahead of holiday shopping season | Chicago News https://budgies-paradise.com/police-cta-officials-offer-passengers-safety-tips-ahead-of-holiday-shopping-season-chicago-news/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:38:02 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/police-cta-officials-offer-passengers-safety-tips-ahead-of-holiday-shopping-season-chicago-news/ This file photo shows a southbound CTA Red Line train in Chicago. (WTTW News) With Black Friday arriving next week and the holiday shopping season approaching, Chicago police and transit officials are offering tips to help keep bus and train riders safe while they do their shopping. The Chicago Police Department’s Public Transportation Section held […]]]>

This file photo shows a southbound CTA Red Line train in Chicago. (WTTW News)

With Black Friday arriving next week and the holiday shopping season approaching, Chicago police and transit officials are offering tips to help keep bus and train riders safe while they do their shopping.

The Chicago Police Department’s Public Transportation Section held a public roll call Tuesday morning at the Clark & ​​Lake CTA station to highlight an increased security presence along public transportation routes across the city.

“We’re trying to increase our visibility and presence on public transportation,” said CPD Public Transportation Section Commander Joe Bird. “We want to let runners know that during the holiday season, as ridership increases, we are here to serve and protect them.”

Safety tips offered by CPD include: being aware of your surroundings, securing wallets and phones in zippered pockets, keeping shopping bags close to you, and keeping headphone volume low enough to hear what is happening outside. proximity.

Passengers have expressed heightened concern about public transport safety as violent crime has increased along CTA lines this year, with several high-profile shootings and robberies on trains.

In March, police officials began reassigning officers to serve on patrol teams along the Red and Blue train lines, as well as other train and bus routes, while the board CTA approved a $71 million proposal for unarmed security guards to patrol transit lines.

The CPD made extra efforts to step up security in August after a 29-year-old man was shot and killed on a Red Line train in Chatham. Since then, the department says it has seen double-digit declines in violent crime, month over month, in September, October and the first two weeks of November along the CTA, compared to the same periods l ‘last year.

“We want to have a great holiday season, there’s a ton of activity going on in the city,” Bird said. “We are here to serve and protect. We’re going to be on the platforms, we’re going to be in the stations and we just want to make sure it’s a great season for everyone.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson | [email protected] | (773) 509-5431


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Making memories outdoors can be as easy as striking a match https://budgies-paradise.com/making-memories-outdoors-can-be-as-easy-as-striking-a-match/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 23:05:55 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/making-memories-outdoors-can-be-as-easy-as-striking-a-match/ “Outdoors” is self-explanatory: get out of the house. Yes, but how many people actually practice “outdoor” activities? Do you remember the toy you received for Christmas when you were 6 years old? Probably not. I bet you remember the first fish you caught. We remember memories, not things. Souvenirs are cheap and easy to make; […]]]>

“Outdoors” is self-explanatory: get out of the house. Yes, but how many people actually practice “outdoor” activities? Do you remember the toy you received for Christmas when you were 6 years old? Probably not. I bet you remember the first fish you caught. We remember memories, not things. Souvenirs are cheap and easy to make; the majority are made from scratch from little to nothing.

Family time is the most important of all. In a world with many single-parent families, going out is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. Outdoor recreation can be expensive or mostly free. It’s as simple as walking the dog…or just a walk, if your household doesn’t have a dog. The key is to make it a family outing, not say “Hey Bobby – take the dog to pee, will you?”

Days are short in Alaska, decent LED headlights are under $10. Take your kids on a backyard expedition to look for leads if nothing else is readily available. Vole tracks and squirrel tracks are usually easy to find.

Install a bird feeder on an outside windowsill. A manger can be as simple as a cut-out shoebox stapled to the threshold. Stores sell potent food for chickadees and redpolls. It is not a requirement. Birds of all kinds will come to dried bread, bacon grease and other household leftovers. Red squirrels, the bane of most bird watchers, will thrive on almost anything and are interesting creatures on their own hook. Magpies quickly learn to tap on the window if you haven’t replenished the food supply. It doesn’t matter what wildlife you attract; it is the fact that you are bringing “new to you” life into your family’s world.

Another inexpensive activity is sledding. Children’s sleds are cheap. A piece of Visqueen or even a large garbage bag will also suffice. All you need is a rock-free slope. There are stores that sell second-hand sporting goods. Second-hand places are also great sources of used skis and ice skates.

A skating rink can be built in the backyard. Clear snow from any flat spot, spray it with a garden hose to seal the ground and let it freeze. Then add a little water every day until you get a smooth surface. Who knows, your home might be home to a future NHL star. Scotty Gomez came from Alaska, after all.

One of the most popular and practical activities is building a fire. A few years ago I took a group of small children out into the woods on a program called Dads Night Out. We went into the trees (it was February) not far away and stopped to make fires. Each child had a single match, some string, and some yarn in a Ziploc bag. They watched a fire-building demonstration, then were sent out to gather materials for their own fire. Every child succeeded. When the fires were all burning happily, we took our headlamps and looked for signs of animals. The boys, aged 6 to 10, then learned to stretch a squirrel snare with their piece of string. These young people have learned to set snares and fires, but what they have built is only a memory.

The only cost of these experiences outside the home is time. And… you don’t have to be 10 to enjoy it. I’m just over 10 and heck, I still have fun doing these things. An outdoor camping trip 20 feet from the back door can be a hoot for kids and adults alike. No tent? It is very good. Dress up as best you can, gather a big pile of spruce branches for a base, and throw a blanket on top. Build a small fire (not too close to the branches), roast some marshmallows, then lie down for a nap. Kids can pretend they’re leading the Iditarod and napping with their team of dogs.

Some 30 minutes of sleep and everyone will be running around the house freezing and jumping into a nice warm bed. Because the camp is right outside the door, the experience remains enjoyable. You’re not building strength here – you’re having fun and creating memories.

The image should be clear. I remember my first ice fishing trip and my first run down a gravel slope on a pair of old cross-country skis. Neither was successful, but both gave me something to build on. Age doesn’t matter. You are building memories – go out and make one that will last.

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death is for the birds https://budgies-paradise.com/death-is-for-the-birds/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/death-is-for-the-birds/ Courtesy of Tin House When people talk about the loss of a loved one, some like to say that grief doesn’t diminish over time, you just grow bigger around it. For cartoonist Will Betke Brunswick, who lost his mother to cancer 13 years ago, that sentiment doesn’t quite ring true. “That never happened for me,” […]]]>

Courtesy of Tin House

When people talk about the loss of a loved one, some like to say that grief doesn’t diminish over time, you just grow bigger around it.

For cartoonist Will Betke Brunswick, who lost his mother to cancer 13 years ago, that sentiment doesn’t quite ring true.

“That never happened for me,” says the Boulder-based artist. “I always feel like my grief is big and I’m small.”

Betke-Brunswick turned this great grief into a moving and poignant graphic memoir titled A list of pros and cons for strong feelingswhich is to be published by Tin House on November 15.

The story follows the main character, a penguin named Dooger – the author’s actual nickname – as they grapple with their mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis and the last 10 months of her life.

Scene after scene, Dooger and their mother (another penguin called Mumin) share both hilarious and heartbreaking moments. The story is told with a delicate touch that is as much a tribute to a child’s love for his mother as it is an introduction to how families deal with tragedy.

For example, take this devastating line of dialogue from Dooger: “She doesn’t want to talk about death, and my dad thinks talking about it will help us prepare and Marci thinks my mom takes care of us all because she’s dying. .”

Betke-Brunswick, who earned her MFA from the California College of Arts, says the decision to explore such painful themes through cartoonish bird figures was born out of a need to break away from the

matter of the subject. It helped them access those difficult emotions in a creative and cathartic way.

“It was too emotionally difficult to draw my dead mother,” says Betke-Brunswick. “I was like, ‘I can draw a horizontal penguin.’ Once I drew her as a penguin, I bonded with all of us as penguin characters.

Healing through caricature

But death isn’t the only big topic this feathered family tackles. Dooger also appears as genderqueer in the book. They explain to their father by reading on Wikipedia, but his answer is far from validated.

“I’ve had patients who have regretted their sex reassignment operations,” Dooger’s father replies.

Dooger reacts indignantly: “Did you even listen?

Betke Brunswick may laugh at that exchange now, but his father’s response was painful at the time. “It was not correct to say it”, they explain. “That’s not an appropriate response when coming out as genderqueer.”

This intimate exploration of gender identity is another area where drawing the characters as birds has creatively liberated Betke-Brunswick.

“I draw myself as a penguin – people don’t see a penguin and immediately think of a boy or a girl,” they say. “And you don’t have to spend time and energy figuring that out. I can just exist as a character.

In order to tap into this self-proclaimed figure, Betke-Brunswick, who works at the Boulder Public Library as the library coordinator, did not tap into the journal entries from the time described in the book. They didn’t need to write down what happened as it happened – the pain of loss remained fresh in their minds over the years.

“I didn’t write a diary,” they say. “It was all from memory. It’s very visceral. »

Ultimately, creating this book was a big step for the author in dealing with his grief, even if the sense of loss hasn’t really diminished.

“[It has been] healing in the sense of both being able to create something out of my emotions and spending time with it, because that was 13 years ago,” they say. “It felt good to both feel in the same room, to have a conversation together again. It’s something I’ve missed incredibly…it’s not something I can do anymore .

ON THE BOOKSHELF: Will Betke Brunswick: A List of Advantages and Disadvantages for Strong Feelings, Reading and Signing. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St. Tickets: $5: boulderbookstore.net


Further reading

Five graphic memoirs that inspired Will Betke-Brunswick when writing A list of pros and cons for strong feelings:

From Truth With Truth: A Graphic Memoir by Lawrence Lindell. Lindell explores so many types of comic book forms in his memoir, mixing panels, full-page illustrations, silent pages, and overlapping words and images. It also includes photos and other documents. I am always inspired to experiment more when I read their work.

A! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry. Lynda Barry is one of my favorite designers. I love his monsters and demons, his big caps, and how absolutely hilarious his comics are.

Everything is beautiful and I’m not afraid by Yao Xiao. This book made me feel so many emotions! I was inspired by the intense feelings and calm storytelling.

The loneliness of a cartoonist from a distance by Adrian Tomine. I love holding this book in my hands. It’s so beautiful and deliberate. I love that it’s a graphic memoir about being a designer, not some other life event.

Super Late Bloomer: my beginnings in transition by Julia Kaye.I read this whole book in the Boulder library, while standing still in the middle of the graphic novel section. I usually prefer four-panel comics, but this book made me appreciate the three-panel format

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Grocery stores offer Thanksgiving discounts and promotions during record inflation https://budgies-paradise.com/grocery-stores-offer-thanksgiving-discounts-and-promotions-during-record-inflation/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 01:01:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/grocery-stores-offer-thanksgiving-discounts-and-promotions-during-record-inflation/ (WFSB) – Record inflation and rising food prices could eat up the Thanksgiving budget for many. Many grocery stores try to help you out by saving you money for the upcoming vacation. It’s not just about discounts and lower prices. Some spots even offer free turkeys. “The prices everywhere are just crazy, everything,” said Doug […]]]>

(WFSB) – Record inflation and rising food prices could eat up the Thanksgiving budget for many.

Many grocery stores try to help you out by saving you money for the upcoming vacation.

It’s not just about discounts and lower prices. Some spots even offer free turkeys.

“The prices everywhere are just crazy, everything,” said Doug Turner of East Haven. “For a parent of two, well three, but two who live with me, shopping is outrageous.”

If you shop around Thanksgiving, there are deals there.

Walmart is selling turkeys and trimmings at last year’s prices.

“I think it’s a good idea, to come here, to feed our families,” said Sean McIntosh of Seymour.

“Saving money is a top priority for our customers right now, so this year we’re removing inflation on an entire basket of traditional Thanksgiving items,” Walmart said.

Although their online frozen turkeys are sold out right now, you might want to keep checking back as this offer runs through Christmas.

Aldi is also stepping back with prices from 2019 and discounts of up to 30% on select dinner dishes.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a free Butterball turkey, fresh or frozen, to members who spend $150 or more on a shopping trip.

You must do this by next Thursday, then you will receive your free coupon for a free bird while supplies last.

“We recognize that our members are looking for incredible value, this year more than ever as we head into giving season we are excited to continue our tradition of giving our members a free turkey promotion,” said BJ’s.

Shop Rite’s annual turkey giveaway is also back.

Loyalty club members who spend $400 between Oct. 16 and Thanksgiving can pick up a turkey or other options like roast chicken, frozen lasagna or smoked ham.

“Everything is high right now and I feel sorry for the buyers cooking dinner this year and I’m pretty sure they’re looking for deals and hopefully they can find deals this year,” he said. said Mary Graham of West Haven.

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No winner, again: Powerball rises to $1.2 billion https://budgies-paradise.com/no-winner-again-powerball-rises-to-1-2-billion/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:49:08 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/no-winner-again-powerball-rises-to-1-2-billion/ ((AP) – There were no big treats in the Powerball draw on Halloween night because none of the tickets sold matched all six numbers. The lack of a winner means the next draw on Wednesday night will be for a whopping $1.2 billion jackpot. The winning numbers drawn on Monday were: the white balls 13, […]]]>

((AP) – There were no big treats in the Powerball draw on Halloween night because none of the tickets sold matched all six numbers.

The lack of a winner means the next draw on Wednesday night will be for a whopping $1.2 billion jackpot.

The winning numbers drawn on Monday were: the white balls 13, 19, 36, 39, 59 and the red ball 13.

The increased jackpot will be the 4th largest in US history. The biggest prize was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won by three ticket holders in 2016.

Massive lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years as lottery officials have adjusted game rules and ticket prices to increase top prizes. The most recent change came in August when Powerball officials added an extra draw day – going from two per week to three – to create bigger prizes and boost sales.

Although the top prize announced Wednesday is estimated at $1.2 billion, it is for winners who receive their winnings via an annuity paid over 29 years. Winners almost always opt for cash, which for Wednesday night’s draw will be estimated at $596 million.

No one has hit all six numbers since August 3, meaning there have now been 38 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, which speaks to how slim the odds of winning the jackpot are: 1 in 292.2 million .

Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

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Wild About Utah: Ripple Effects https://budgies-paradise.com/wild-about-utah-ripple-effects/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 20:53:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/wild-about-utah-ripple-effects/ Birdwatching is a fun hobby for all ages and it’s a great way to connect with nature and increase self-efficacy, so let’s discuss the benefits and importance of a safe environment to feed our backyard birds. First, the benefits of complementary feeding, and second, preventable cat deaths and window collisions. Supplemental food and water are […]]]>

Birdwatching is a fun hobby for all ages and it’s a great way to connect with nature and increase self-efficacy, so let’s discuss the benefits and importance of a safe environment to feed our backyard birds. First, the benefits of complementary feeding, and second, preventable cat deaths and window collisions.

Supplemental food and water are important ways to reduce backyard bird stress, especially during the winter months. Sites with feeders attract more birds over time than those without feeders, and birds are healthier overall than birds at sites without feeders. A higher percentage of chicks hatch at sites with bird feeders and survival rates are significantly higher, but supplemental feeding should be done in a safe environment.

Loose domestic cats and collisions with windows are the leading causes of bird mortality in North America. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds each year in the United States alone. About 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with windows in North America – that’s about 10% of our birds that die from crashing into windows, and combined that’s over 4 billion fewer insect eaters, fewer pollinators, fewer seed spreaders and fewer parents. for the next generation.

Cats should be kept indoors and windows should be treated, especially if they reflect trees and shrubs. If you’ve seen a ghostly bird’s footprint or heard the thud of a bird knocking on your windows, then those are windows that need treatments such as screens, translucent UV tape, or even hand-paint patterns. distemper, as even birds that manage to fly away have life-threatening internal injuries. Feeders less than three feet away don’t allow birds to increase their speed before they collide, so it’s a good idea to place feeders and birdbaths three feet or closer to a window or more than 30 feet.

Feeders placed on or near windows have the added benefit of being easy to access and monitor. Besides a window suet feeder, one of my favorite window feeders is actually a clear plastic suction cup toothbrush cup holder from the dollar store – it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t. you don’t need binoculars!

In addition to enhancing a backyard birding hobby and improving bird health and survival, the ripple effects of feeding birds, keeping cats indoors and Window collision prevention includes pest control in our gardens where birds feast on slugs, snails, aphids and grasshoppers. For my part, I particularly appreciate the Black-billed Magpies when they remove wasp nests from my house!

The Bridgerland Audubon website has tools, coloring pages, checklists, and science-based information on preventing window collisions. Solutions can be as simple as carefully placing bird feeders and keeping cats inside. Find us at bridgerlandaudubon.org.

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New Audubon Study: Climate Change Threatens Bird Populations in National System of Wildlife Refuges https://budgies-paradise.com/new-audubon-study-climate-change-threatens-bird-populations-in-national-system-of-wildlife-refuges/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 16:48:35 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/new-audubon-study-climate-change-threatens-bird-populations-in-national-system-of-wildlife-refuges/ Tundra Swans. Photo: Robert Tiller/Audubon Photography Awards NEW YORK (October 26, 2022) – In a survey of the National Wildlife Refuge System’s 525 refuges, National Audubon Society scientists found that half of the birds in the system will see changes in the environmental suitability of their habitats if they are global. temperatures are allowed to […]]]>

NEW YORK (October 26, 2022) – In a survey of the National Wildlife Refuge System’s 525 refuges, National Audubon Society scientists found that half of the birds in the system will see changes in the environmental suitability of their habitats if they are global. temperatures are allowed to rise unchecked. The result could be a drastic change in up to 25% of species in the system, as some birds move to other areas or are expelled.

“Our national refuges should be just that – places of safety and conservation for our beloved wildlife. Instead, warming temperatures are forcing many birds to be driven from the places where they call home, whether there are whether or not there is more suitable habitat nearby,” said Brooke Bateman, director of climate science at the National Audubon Society. “Birds tell us that the places they need to survive are changing rapidly and not all will be able to adapt.”

The results show that climate change is accelerating habitat change at rates that may not be sustainable, so birds that leave one area may not be able to find the resources they need elsewhere, and the system may not be able to accommodate new species. . The change is particularly noticeable in northern latitudes and high altitudes, where birds seeking cooler temperatures may run out of places to go.

The result will be a very different refuge system than it is now, as iconic species in some regions move on. Some species, such as the tundra swan, rufous hummingbird, yellow-billed magpie and black warbler may disappear from the system altogether.

“While it is quite distressing to think that you may no longer see some of the same species you used to see in some areas, the bigger problem is that some species will disappear completely from this vast system,” said batman. “And because the wildlife refuge system covers a wide range of ecosystems across the country, the consequences for birds in refuges tell us a lot about what could be in store for humans if we don’t act.”

The National Wildlife Refuge System spans 95 million acres of land and also covers 760 million land and submerged waters. National shelters are found in all 50 states. The study’s findings have already affected how shelter biologists approach their work, prompting them to adopt a method known as Resist-Affect-Direct, or RAD.

“For years, the norm for refuge biologists has been to assume that the conditions in their region would remain the same, and they have specialized their work in those climates. But now they have moved to the adaptive Resist-Affect-Direct approach, anticipating how to deal with some changes that may be unavoidable, while trying to prevent the worst effects of climate change,” said batman.

Audubon has made available scientific notes for the 525 refuges that detail the specific climate threats that affect each refuge, which species will be vulnerable to the climate, and how rainfall and temperature could change over the next 30 years in the absence of any preventive action. Audubon works with policy makers and land managers to ensure the National Wildlife Refuge System has adequate funding and to expand the system to meet the needs of birds and humans as they adapt to the climate change. The FWS also uses the data to support the expansion and acquisition of the refuge system.

“As the Refuge System adapts to its new climate reality, each level of the agency will need more resources and funding to achieve its mission,” said Lander Karath, Public Lands Policy Manager at the National Audubon Society. “Congress must significantly increase the budget for the refuge system to meet current needs and to support future adaptations and expansions for birds and other species.”

A 2019 Audubon report found that two-thirds of bird species across North America could be vulnerable to extinction if global temperatures rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The survey is available here: https://academic.oup.com/condor/article/124/3/duac016/6572070.

About Audubon
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