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DU's Recommendations for the New Presidential Administration

I love that I’m working for an organization that is a million strong. I love it even more that DU truly speaks for me. I believe in conservation. I believe in having a relationship with the creatures that I eat, regardless of how difficult it is to examine all angles of consumption. I not only believe in, […]


I should be hawking, writing, exercising, wrapping my head around my new job, catching up on freelance bits and pieces and this is what I worked on this weekend:

Coolest Job Ever

On Friday I spent all day exploring around Los Banos, meeting key players in waterfowl conservation and water distribution. Mostly though, I just looked and sighed.  There is so much to be said for embracing good work that has already been done. I wish we spent more time showing people what has been proven possible instead […]

Anakin and Sister

I just got back from teaching at a conference in Denver at The Gabriel Foundation. It was a fantastic event which was attended by some wonderful avian veterinarians and lead by Barbara Heidenreich and Susan Friedman. We spent a lot of time talking about Applied Behavior Analysis and then putting the science to work. Which was my […]

Lists of Lists

We’re leaving…really…in two weeks. (It’s not a royal “we” — it’s an Oh My God. Me and ALL these animals “we”) We need: 218 transmitters —and a new receiver. Damn. to outfit the back of the truck for dogs and falcons (at least there’s a shell on it now…) to puzzle piece how a zoo, […]

Homage to the New Falcon

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/kczwmQu_kNI” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Okay, not really. From what I saw today on the balloon, she flies MUCH faster than Mothra. But DAMN she big. (at least compared to the 535g of attitude that is Anakin) All 1160g of her is chillin’ on the screen perch right now. She’s actually incredibly sweet, which […]

Getting My Ducks in A Row

Okay, let’s get all of the bad waterfowl cliches out of the way. Let’s hope I’ll be the “goose that lays the golden egg” for DU’s conservation effort.  Did I mention that I’ve always been “the queen of all things fowl”? It has been pointed out to me that my people used to be “my peeps” but […]

Hollywood Mallards

John Carlson at Prairie Ice kindly lends his fine biologist-behind-the-lens sensibilities to how one should identify Hollywood Mallards. Enjoy and check archives. John’s photos are amazing!   Mallard. Hollywood perfect. I dare you to keep a straight face.

More on Kip Farrington

My Holy Land of ducks, Mecca, was acknowleged by Kip even in ’45.  In discussing the Pacific Flyway and its possibilities Kip noted, “Down on the Salton Sea you will be doing your shooting below sea level, and the quantities of canvasback and redhead around Mecca are just one more of the many things you […]

Puppy's First Duck

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Appc3eLgAyQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]  Was less than monumental…but she’ll bring me anything she has and drop it, honest. And she points stuff…sorta.  Okay, I know I’ve been the worst dog trainer ever this summer…but we’ll sort it out.