Choosing A Stately Bird

Forty-three of our States and the District of Columbia have selected a bird to represent them as an emblem. In the majority of the States this popularly-chosen avian representative has been officially recognized and in the other states it is planned to have this done at early legislative sessions. The mere fact that these bird emblems have been chosen is not important so far as the emblem itself is concerned. What is significant is that which led up to the selection; the discussion, study, and thought that it required: the very real educational service that it performed. And the result is that affectionate interest has been thus aroused in all birds and their protection.
When the first query went out, “Have you a State Bird?” it was virtually a new thought. Aside from Louisiana, Maryland and Utah, where custom had already established official birds, and Kansas, where a successful early campaign was held, inquiry revealed that there were no state birds. So campaigns were started, taking most effective form in drives by women’s clubs, Audubon societies and Nature groups in cooperation with the schools to “get out the vote.” Quickly these campaigns grew into crusades. Many candidates were entered. Their qualifications were discussed from all angles. Inquiry brought out whether the birds nominated were valuable economically; whether they were truly representative of the region; what their distinctive characteristics were; whether they were attractive songsters, and many other details. An awakened interest in birds and their study and a greater interest in Nature Study were quickly noted. Balloting was active and the votes cast were well-considered decisions. Beyond all question the value of selecting an official State bird was established. Naturally in the various campaigns many interesting things developed. It is, therefore, of both value and interest now to review these various campaigns in connection with the reproduction here of these official birds in all their color and beauty.
For instance, in 1927, at the request of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, the Legislature of Alabama adopted the Flicker, or “yellow hammer”, as the official State bird. The members of this organization urged the choice because the Alabama soldiers in the Confederate Army were known as “Yellow Hammers”, and the yellow lining of the bird’s wings and tail recall the uniform colors of the Alabama cavalry. Or, when the General Federation of Women’s Clubs accepted the invitation to hold its 1931 Biennial Council in Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. D. I. Craig, Chairman of Conservation for the State was urged to have a State bird selected before the meeting was held. She wasted no time and a campaign was launched throughout the State. Ballots were cast for various candidates but when these were counted the Cactus Wren was out in front in a run-away contest. A bill making the selection official was immediately presented to the Legislature and passed and signed by the Governor in March, 1931.

Whale Stuffed Animals

The whale most familiar to people is the killer whale. which is one of the reasons whale stuffed animals are so popular. Whale stuffed animals are large, overgrown ‘teddy bear’ types of plush, which are ideal for hugging and snuggling with.

Orca’s or killer whales as they are more commonly known, are part of the toothed whale family, which includes dolphins. In fact, killer whales are actually dolphins, but are much bigger in size. They are often referred to as the wolves of the sea because their behavior is comparable to the wolf.

Killer whales can reach lengths of 33 feet and weigh more than 12,000 pounds with males being the largest. They are mostly black in color with bodies that are covered in distinct white patches. They have a stocky body and a rounded head. A male’s tall dorsal fin can be up to 6 feet in height while females are up to 4 feet tall. They eat a wide variety of fish, seals, turtles, penguins, birds, and even sharks. When hunting, killer whales do so with other members of their pod (a group of animals) in which they will go on to share the food with each other. The bonds of a pod are extremely strong and last a lifetime.

On their upper and lower jaws, killer whales have very large, sharp, interlocking teeth 10-13 pairs for a total of 52 altogether. With their teeth curving inwards and backwards, it assists them in catching their prey. Each tooth is about 3 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, although some teeth can be longer.
On a daily basis, an average sized killer whale will consume 550 pounds of food.

When hunting, killer whales can dive to depths of 100 feet. In short bursts, they can also swim up to 30 miles per hour. They are known for breaching swimming very fast toward the surface and then rising up out of the water when attacking their prey. They also will poke their heads out of the water to look around (called spyhopping), and slap their tales on the water.

Killer whales can be found in every ocean in the world and most seas which means they live in water that is tropical and arctic, coastal and deep. They typically do not make long, seasonal migrations although they will travel one hundred miles in an area in order to find specific prey in a specific season.

The best place to see killer whales is in the wild, but until that opportunity arises, killer whale stuffed animals will have to do. Online stores have some really spectacular killer whale stuffed animals, one of which is 3.5 feet in length – at 40 inches long, that is a whole lot of plush whale to love.

Feral Hogs To Be poster Pigs For Alleged Cruelty To Animals In Texas

I need to stay on the subject of feral hogs this week to take note of the animal rights folks attempt to derail the Texas Department of Agricultures Get the Hog Outta Texas campaign. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently announced a county grant program to control feral hogs, which are rapidly becoming Texas number one pest problem. Under the pretense of an effort to reduce cruelty to animals in Texas, some want to stop the program.

In a blog post title Hog Out is Out of Line on the Care2 blog, Staples was urged to consider more humane means of dealing with this porcine menace. Im sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out what form that might take. Anyone out there know of a place we could keep 2 million wild hogs? How about petting zoos? No, scratch that, kids would lose fingers. Maybe a traditional zoo would work, though I cant imagine anyone wanting to view them in their natural habitat, which is about anywhere they want to be. They are too wild to be companion pigs, guard pigs, drug sniffing pigs or seeing-eye pigs. I cant come up with anything. Any help out there?

It will be interesting to see if feral hogs become poster pigs for the animal rights movements perceived notion of cruelty to animals in Texas. They are poor choice as a symbol for any movement, even one as misguided as this. These animals are ugly, mean, destructive, wild, and carry diseases with the potential to devastate wildlife and livestock populations. They have been known to attack people and cause traffic accidents. They are also very cunning.

I use the word cunning instead of smart. Dont misunderstand. They arent studying for algebra tests, but they are very adept at escaping detection and fleeing from efforts to control them. They are also, apparently, quite amorous. They breed like rabbits.

Controlling feral hogs is absolutely essential. The damage they do to agriculture and increasingly, many urban areas, is costly. Their occasional clashes with people can be dangerous. No method of reducing their numbers will be easy, but weve got to start somewhere.

Solutions are like noses. Everybody has one. I suspect this is one of those cases where its someone elses problem, so its really not that important.

I admit it. Im a people first kind of guy. This is not about cruelty to animals in Texas or anywhere else. This is about a serious problem with only one solution. It should be done as humanely as possible. But it has to be done.

Tips And Tricks For Therapy Dog Trainers In Wilmette

Though therapy dog training is vital, many people are still unaware about such training methods that are used by a very few dog trainers in Wilmette, IL. If a dog is trained to provide care and affection to people in hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers, old age homes, hospices, retirement homes, sober living homes, etc., then it is called a therapy dog.

These dogs are also used to treat people with disabilities. Many people think that only a few dogs like Labrador retriever or Golden retriever or a Terrier can be used as therapy dogs, which is a wrong notion. Any breed of dog, of any size if trained by a good dog trainer who is specialized in such training can be used as a therapy dog. Whether a dog owner is going to use his puppy as therapy canine, still therapy training can be given to sober down an ill-mannered and misbehaved one. For proper therapy training, the owner of the canine should approach certified dog trainers who would be able to give proper training. A dog trainer if not aware of proper training methods or if an owner would like to give home-training for a dog to be a therapy dog, then the following tips can be followed.

“A dog trainer should be patient enough when he is handling a dog or a puppy. Too much of impatience with the pup may scare it and further training would become utterly difficult.

“A therapy dog needs to be AKC certified and should be at least a year old. He should have passed a graduation from a certified training institute.

“While training, it should be taught to handle sudden noise and sounds like electronic and metallic sounds, sounds of walkers and wheelchairs, etc.

“The trainers should also take care to train the dog specially in greeting people without bouncing or leaping, walking in crowded place very politely with its leash on, not touching spilled food if given a cue, etc.

“It should also be trained not to growl or snap if a socially challenged person pulls its ears.

“The trainer should be able to assess when the dog is ready. The dog should be temperamental and should not be aggressive. However, before certification as a therapy dog, it would undergo temperamental and obedience testing.

“The trainer should insist the owner to make the therapy dog become wary of strangers and not bark as and when he sees a stranger, as he would be meeting new people each day.

If you are a dog trainer in Wilmette and are interested in specializing in therapy dog training, then the above said tips and tricks would be really useful.

Pets Spark, The Only Permanent Solution For Dog Tear Stains

As a pet owner, you have probably tried everything in your power to find a solution to the problem of dog tear stains. These stains are rather unsightly, ruin the soft fur of your favourite pet and certainly can’t be good for the health of your dog. While most products commonly found on the market to this day provide a quick-fix for dog eye stains, none of these products will actually prevent those stains from reappearing in other words, none of these products offer a permanent solution to dog tear stains.

Many people believe that tear stains simply come from excessive tearing, or overactive tear ducts. While this may be true to a certain extent, there is certainly more to it than that. Because of any tearing, the surrounding fur around the eyes is a great breeding ground for any bacteria; its humid and damp, two things essential to the development of any kind of bacteria. Basically, the light reflecting on the moisture area and the bacteria itself contributes to the stains; when the light hits this particular area, it turns the fur into this unsightly brown or reddish shade that we call ‘dog tear stains’.

Pets Spark has decided to not only provide a solution to remove those stains from the eyes of your beloved four-legged friend, but also to attack the problem at its source; the bacteria. Most products, as aforementioned, will take away the stains to give back your dog its original appearance. The problem is that the stains are free to come back at anytime. By using Pets Spark, you will be assured that the bacteria will no longer have the power to breed, as it is attacked by the active ingredients in the Pets Spark formula.

Pets Spark is available under a powdery form. This powder is to be included in your dog’s regular diet to ensure full consumption of the daily dose of Pets Spark. The dose will be gradually augmented until it reaches its peak dosage, then maintained for a certain time and eventually decreased until full removal of the dosage. This will ensure that the active ingredients found in Pets Spark get enough time to attack the bacteria and prevent its reappearance in the future. Pets Spark is available in a few tasty flavours for all taste buds: Beef Liver, Chicken, Vegetarian and Sweet Potato.

If you are looking for a permanent dog tear stains removal solution, look no further. Pets Spark will ensure that not only the existing stains fade away, but that the bacteria causing the coloring of the fur around the eyes of your dog does not have the possibility to breed and live anymore. Your pet will certainly thank you for that and you will be able to parade your beloved dog proudly for years to come!

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