Bad Day for Bad Bird

At the top of the news this weekend: forces of nature (Physics,  centrifugal forces, mostly) thwart  theft.

Please identify bird below and send information to either comments on this page or in Facebook.

 

At first all went well, and Bad Bird (BB) got a few deeply drawn sucks of nectar. 

 

But then, something strange began to happen…

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El Cajete Fire Continues to Burn

By R.W.

Photo R.W.

The wind has changed direction from overnight, but otherwise no notable improvements in the behavior of the El Cajete Fire has been observed, with 0 percent of the over 700 acre blaze contained. The good news is that no human casualties or damage to property have been reported, with firefighters taking measures to save structures in the path of the flames. They have been conducting back burns between the fire and people’s homes to create protection zones.

Air temperatures are high, and humidity levels low; forecasts call for these conditions to continue into the foreseeable future, leaving no option but “full suppression” for the fire on part of the firefighting crews. The fire continue to head in a southeasterly direction, just as it was yesterday. Also, just as through most of the day yesterday, NM Highway 4 remains closed from its intersection with  NM Highway 126, above which, on the stretch leading to Valle Grande, the worst fire conditions are occurring.

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Bears Beware, Marathon Returns to Bear Country

By R.W.

A bear.

(Please note comment at end of article)

Around this time last year a marathon pounding through bear country during cub season, caught national attention when a runner was mauled by a bear in the course of the race.  The incident occurred when the runner ran between a mother bear and her cubs. The cubs scampered up a tree, the bear rushed in defense of her cubs biting and clawing at the runner, who took good precaution to protect herself and survived with minor injuries.Continue reading

Update on Bill to Prohibit Traps and Poisons on NM Public Lands

By Mary Katherine Ray
TRAPFREE NEW MEXICO

SB 286, the bill to prohibit traps and poisons on NM public lands unfortunately got only as far as its first hearing before the Senate Conservation Committee. Bill supporters had the hallway packed outside the small hearing room by 7 a.m. to get a seat even though the hearing didn’t begin until 8:30 a.m.. Once it began, they told their stories of dogs being trapped, the struggle to remove the device, the pain and injuries the trap caused, and the expenses for treatment. We know how frustrating it was that not everyone who wanted to tell their story was able to in the time allotted. But that moment when a sea of hands went up in support in the bill would not have been possible without all of you in those seats.

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Pet Vaccines and Pet Food at the Walatowa Youth Center

By Samuel Adams

JEMEZ PUEBLO ANIMAL RESCUE

 

Join Jemez Pueblo Animal Rescue, on April 9th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for their monthly vaccine clinic and pet food bank at the Walatowa Youth Center. Dr. Barbara Maxam will be the on-staff veterinarian.
Also present at the vaccine clinic will be UNM’s pre-veterinary medicine students, who will be volunteering. Save money and a trip to the city by taking your pet(s) to JPAR’s vaccine and wellness clinic!”

 

 

How To Help a Bird in Need

Sandra West

LOS ALAMOS NATURE CENTER


Sally Fitzgibbon, Carol Taschek and Jo Ferdinand will give a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center about how to know whether a bird needs help and how to care for songbirds that need a helping hand. For years people have helped injured wildlife heal and return home. As the weather warms, we are more likely to see wildlife, especially young birds. This presentation is perfect for anyone who wants to help wild songbirds in need.
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It’s Alive (SB286)!

Mary Katherine Ray

TRAP FREE NEW MEXICO

Last Tuesday in the Senate Conservation Committee heard SB 286, the bill to ban traps and poisons from public land. After impassioned testimony from the public, the senators on the committee discussed elements of the bill. Most of that discussion centered on technical questions about the penalties the bill would impose on violators, about which agency would enforce infractions and on which public lands the state has the ability to restrict traps. Then, rather than voting on the bill, the committee unexpectedly directed the sponsor to come up with a committee substitute bill that would address these questions. (You can watch a webcast of the entire hearing here

So in the end, no vote was taken. This means the bill is not dead. In fact, this is the first time in the history of this bill that a legislative committee actually discussed its provisions and did not table it!
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Jemez Resident Patty Foy Appears Before Senate Conservation Committee

By R.W.

 

The bill to ban trapping of animals on public lands in New Mexico has once again stalled out in a legislative hearing, despite the Senate Conservation Committee hearing gruesome and horrifying accounts of the practice of trapping animals. State Senator Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas), who introduced the bill, today withdrew it, saying that he was unable to find room for compromise between supporters and critics of his initiative.

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Senate Bill 286 to Ban Traps on Public Lands Will be Heard at a Later Date

Mary Katherine Ray
TRAPFREE NEW MEXICO

 

Please note that the bill to ban traps and poisons on public land, SB 286, has not been heard  in the Senate Conservation Committee on Thursday, February 16. It has been rescheduled for a later date, possibly Tuesday or Thursday next week. This change is not nefarious but just an example of how fluid the legislature can be.

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Trap Free New Mexico Legislative Alert

By Mary Katherine Ray

TRAP FREE NEW MEXICO

Senate Bill 286, the New Mexico state bill to ban traps and poisons on public lands, has its first hearing on Thursday, February 16 at 8 AM in Room 311 of the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe. Please attend the hearing! Your presence and a short, 30-second comment in support of the bill is the most powerful message you can deliver to our legislators.

Imagine being able to recreate on our beautiful public lands without the worry and fear that a hidden trap could be lying in wait to harm your dog or your family. Imagine the peace of mind knowing you won’t come across an animal brutalized by a trap. Imagine the opportunity to see a beautiful bobcat, fox or other wild creature without the looming danger of baited, steel-jaw, leg-hold traps.

Senate Bill 286, the NM WILDLIFE PROTECTION & PUBLIC SAFETY ACT to prohibit traps and poisons on New Mexico’s public lands has been introduced!

 

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