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June 17, 2013
Eagle Defense Network
FRESH NEWS CONTENTS: Wind Farming Flatulence West Nile Virus Protection Surprise Visitor Hopi Barbarism Killing Cranes/Condors/Eagles Scientific Fraud OPEN HOUSE April 20th Grouse in Gunnison Arbor Day Dyson On Climate 17 Golden Eagles Slaughtered!! Sleep With Owls Climate Change Dying Peregrine Genome Sequenced Switching Off? Bald Eagles to be Killed for Religion Appellate Court Rules For REF!! Beware: Metroccipiters SAVING THE EARTH NOW!! Raptor Radio Industrial Wind War THE Predator/Prey Cycle? Climate Bribery Zero Emissions? Global Cooling!!! Alex Adams Eagle Brighton Bubos Pasta In Peril Another Successful Collaboration ClimateChange Razor New Energy Audit Frack Not? Consensus Fails Again Dino Free Fuel Conservation Into the 21st Century After Clunking Algore=Aljazeera Vandal Destroys Our Well AGW Tsunami New Predatory Behavior World Cup at Birds of Prey Eagle Hypocrisy Jihad Against Eagles Falcon Slaughter Colorado Killing Watts Another Inconvenient Truth Ned Cabot, RIP Fidget's Folly Lands Jean Craighead George: 1919-2012 BioBlitz 2012 Ethanol Toxemia 2 Decades In Vail IPCC Admits Reports Are Junk Independence Day in Breckenridge The Coming Chill Doomsayers Revisited Earth Day??? More Eagles To Die Eagle Shredding Pigeon Problems?? Eurasian Freeze Goshawk Gymnastics 16 Say No! Owl Murder Volunteer of the Year:2011 2012 Testimonials The Wind Folly Energy Unlimited America 10.000 Years of Global Warming Sun Setting On Solar Wild Ride! Education Excellence Avian Smells EVERY Woman Should Watch This A Final Peace Jabebo Earrings 2,000 Golden Eagles Shredded! AGW Explained Largest Accipiter Down Town! Slaughter of Eagles For Religion Continues-- In America! Lying Schools AGW: R.I.P Renewable Energy Razzle Aliens in Our Office Carbon Con Continues Raptors & AGW Raptor Credit MUST READ!! The HUGE Mistake Eagle: Courts Of Honor Lord Monckton Reveals All Global Warming Revisited Scottish Glimpse 232 Eagles Killed First Eagle Scout Project at Brighton New Section Carbon Pets
Protect yourself, your pets, your working animals from
mosquitoes (West Nile Virus) by using what we use to protect our raptors. It's as
good as DEET, but safe.
Fidget's Folly selected as one of the children's books of the year 2012 by the Pima County Library Association.
"IV. Breach of Contract
In light of our conclusion that the 2009 amendment is unconstitutional, the trial court’s judgment in favor of the Department on REF’s breach of contract claim must be reversed. It is undisputed that the Department breached the contract with REF, and the Department can no longer rely on the 2009 amendment to excuse its breach. The case must be remanded to the trial court for a hearing to assess damages on REF’s breach of contract claim.
V. Violation of Permanent Injunction
We also conclude that the trial court’s judgment in favor of the Department on REF’s claim for violation of the court’s 2002 order must be reversed. Although the trial court acknowledged that the 2002 order required the Department to sell specialty plates only to REF members,see REF I, the court nevertheless concluded that the order “must give way to the law as amended in 2009,” essentially vacating the 2002 order. Because we have determined that the 2009 amendment is unconstitutional, the trial court’s determination that the amendment obviated the 2002 order cannot stand. Therefore, at the hearing on remand, the trial court also should consider what damages should be assessed for the Department’s violation of the 2002 order.
In view of our reversal of the trial court’s summary judgment in favor of the Department, we need not consider REF’s appeal from the denial of its motion for a new trial.
The judgment is reversed, and the case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."
The complete published opinion is here...just click.
Appellate Court Finds State of Colorado In Contempt!
The excerpt on the left includes two of the most important conclusions issued today (12/27/12) against the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles and for the Raptor Education Foundation. This is the second time the Department attempted to breach their own contract with us concerning the issuance of our Colorado Respects Wildlife license plates.
This time, however, the breach was initiated by a small, greedy politician named Randy Fischer (Representative) of Larimer County who snuck through an amendment in 2009 in which he basically attempted to legislatively loot our trademarked and copyrighted design to benefit his preferred organization. Despite being informed that we had a contract, and that our design was protected under copyright and trademark laws, this egotistical parasite thought differently, and ignored our constitutional rights, and our property.
His incompetence as a legislator, his conceit and ethical vacuity has cost us tens of thousands of dollars, and that much again the taxpayers of Colorado who paid for the Attorney General's office to defend the Department of Motor Vehicle's obvious violation of our state and federal constitutional contract rights. More on that later as we report on the entire case pertaining to Representative Fischer's lack of integrity and ethics.
We are pleased to have the Appellate Court's opinion today written by Judge Booras with concurrence from Judge Casebolt and Judge Bernard. No doubt, the state will appeal this decision to the Colorado Supreme court showing more disregard for the use of Colorado taxpayer's funds to try and further beat a little non-profit into submission. After all, it is not their money.
Thanks to Fairfield & Woods, our legal eagles, and in particular Jack Tanner who championed our cause long after we had run out of funds with which to pay. Considering the Appellate Court elected to publish their opinion, they obviously felt it merited historical attention and continuity to re-enforce precedent and the constitutional viability of contract law.
In the coming weeks we will disclose how all of this was an enormous waste of our state's resources, and our very limited resources as we had to fight to protect what was legally ours under state and federal contract law and an earlier court injunction against the DMV.
One thing you can be sure of, however, Representative Fischer doesn't care a bit. As a legislator he is immune from answering for his incompetence, greed, and guile. It's also not his money! He is just a cheap cowardly punk! A reprobate at best.
more developing....stay tuned.
Peter Reshetniak, Director: Raptor Education Foundation
The breaking news is that large scale wind farmers are breaking wind. So much so, that the industrial wind farmer's claims to be able to produce 2-4 watts of energy per square meter of land has been greatly overestimated. The more accurate number that researchers from the University of North Carolina (Charlotte) and Harvard announce is more likely just 1 watt per square meter. And what is more surprising, wind farms also change local weather conditions. Guess which way. To read the full report, just click...
Since 2003, when West Nile Virus (WNV) infections
swept through Colorado, we have had to provide
vaccinations for all of our birds. That year, 3 of our
birds were lost to this disease, and although the
vaccine currently in use was developed for equines, and
is not always effective, it may provide a level of
protection for our birds. This was part of the
research protocols we have become involved in since that
first wave of WNV inundated Colorado's human and
Thanks to the following contributors towards our West Nile Virus Vaccine costs: Susan Anstine, Tyler Autry, Robert Booth, Melanie Clay, Mark Forbes, Dennis Hedley, Joan Kaufman, Amelia Keeth, Josette Mastra, Linda Pohle, James Reisert. Total as of June 17th, 2013 is $317.00 for an average of $28.82/contributor. Please remember that we can only credit your contribution to this campaign if you have indicated your donation is to the WNV Vaccine cost. Our target was $600, so we welcome any more contributors. Just go to our Home Page and use the Donate button on top.
Update: Within a few minutes of publishing our totals above, Melanie Clay boosted the averages to $37.90 per person with a generous jump to $417.00. Thank you Ms. Clay!!
|June 9, 2013: Vaccinating 27 raptors requires a crew, and a carefully orchestrated plan. We must start early in the morning before the heat of the summer adds to the stress placed on the birds during this process. Pictured with DVM Alison Hazel (left) is one of our Senior Docents, Jennifer Redmond, holding a great-horned owl. Dr. Hazel donates her time and expertise once again for this year's vaccinations.|
May 27, 2013, Brighton, CO: REF Offices had a
surprise visit from a young male bald eagle who had
decided he would hang out for awhile and listen to the
cacophony of raptors from the mews just a few feet away.
He originally came in and landed on the north side of
our building. He then flew away and returned to the
center section of the roof. He left after about 30
minutes, and then returned for a third time to sit on
the power pole seen on the right. We have seen this
individual for the past 2 months, and he seems most
comfortable hanging out within close proximity to
our captive collection.
Maybe he is just attracted to the license plates on our Curator's vehicle? Shouldn't your car have a set of our plates on it? Just click the plate below.
Denver's one and only newspaper, The Denver Post, despite its decidedly lefty progressive leanings and political correctness, actually came out with a Ted William's piece on the Hopi Indian's religious slaughter of Golden Eagles. REF's Eagle Defense Network got a top mention in the piece as did the PEER network's constant monitoring of the deplorable acts committed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in deference to their political masters in the White House. This is bringing Sharia lawlessness into America's regulatory corpus designed to prevent abuse of our wildlife and our natural resources. To our knowledge, REF is the only raptor organization taking a public stand against this barbarity. Where are all the other "raptor" groups who claim a reverence for raptors? Or how about any Indian tribes claiming a reverence for Eagles? Quiet as any invertebrate church mouse would be. Good job for the Denver Post, Ted Williams, and PEER. Click on the Eagle Defense Network link above for more on this deplorable live animal sacrifice ongoing in the 21st century. For the Post article, just click. REF's response to Mr. Peter Whiteley's counterpoint is posted here.
Long time friends and early supporters of REF's mission as Eagle Members, Robert & Roxanne Koehler of Denver, and Crawford, Colorado donated a very low mileage Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition to support some of our program and field work needs. The SUV has all time 4-wheel drive, and lots of bells and whistles allowing us to deal with whatever Colorado's changing climate will throw at us. Thanks to the Koehler Family for their wonderful gift.
The industrial wind farming complex of government subsidies and short term money extraction from dormant taxpayers is horrible on its own, but add the fact that those same wind farmers are killing and crippling the above species with the permission of the Interior Department whose mission is to protect America's wildlife, and you have a classic example of the political corruption that is running rampant through the U.S.A. Just click... and click again... From the AP- This story provides an excellent overview of government enabled eagle slaughter- 83,000 raptors chopped up each year...click once more. And just in case you think you haven't read enough, this one is worth your time to click that mouse!
Although crack government scientists playing with their expensive super computers predicted a hotter than normal spring for the USA, the actual data shows the rest of us without the benefit of advanced degrees and expensive toys that we are about to experience the coldest spring on record. The odds are that these are the same government twits advancing the AGW theory as fast as the actual facts are rendering that theory a complete sham. Just click...
Fraud is not uncommon in the academic/scientific world. In fact, in today's world, when you look at the fraud committed to support the AGW theory, fraud may be the common denominator in much of what taxpayer's support in the statist scientific industrial complex, i.e., Big Science. The following story reveals in exquisite detail how an academic fell from the stars into the swamp as he admits to a massive research fabrications over his entire career. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg, as the revelations about Rachel Carson bring to light. And as far as Algore admitting anything...well this would require he actually understood any of the rubbish he has been flogging. Just click...
Yep, another alternative energy car company was sucking money out of the taxpayer's pockets as it produced cars that cost much more they than sold for. That formula only works until you run out of other peoples money, and the tow truck driver insists on cash as he picks up you and your Karma, one more time. Just click... The northern hemisphere has experienced one of the coldest winters and springs in over fifty years. Russian scientists, who have been predicting a cooling globe say this underscores their theory of the coming big chill. Sorry Algore, your computer modeled consensus doesn't match the data. Just click...
April 20, 2013, Brighton, CO: Another very
successful open house for members and the general public
benefited from a perfect day. Attendance was
measured with 56 cars and 2.5 people per vehicle
according to data gathered out our entrance gate.
Visitors contributed a large amount of in-kind gifts
along with financial support through renewals and
purchases at our raptor gift table. Door prizes
were awarded and lots of raptor related questions were
answered. Most of the visitors were new to our
facility. Many thanks to everyone who came to
deliver good wishes, great gifts and excellent bird
However, as this was an Earth Day celebration, it is appropriate that we take a deeper look at what has occurred since the first Earth Day was initiated. Just click... And for an extensive comparison between then and now, just click again.
Remember, if you do take the time to read the article from Reason Magazine at the second link above, those are the same brilliant fools promoting AGW, Climate Change, Carbon Credits, et al. Same fools, different scam that makes Madoff look like a rank amatuer.
|Guests are listening to one of the two lectures presented by REF Curator, Anne Price, during the festivities. Special thanks to our Docent staff who contributed their time and talents in making another one of our open houses a wonderful experience.|
April 13-Gunnison, CO: Working with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, National Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Town of Gunnison, and all the sponsors of the Third Annual Gunnison Sage Grouse Festival, REF scripted an exclusive program for a formal one hour presentation to a full house. We discussed the predator-prey dynamics which are affecting the status (potential for listing as endangered species) of this signature species. REF's Curator, Anne Price, provided an in-depth look at the grouse and the raptorial predators associated with the Gunnison Basin ecosystem.
We also appeared for informal questions before and after the scheduled program. Many families spent their Saturday with us at Western State Colorado University.
|Many thanks to Nate
Seward, Conservation Biologist with Colorado Parks &
Wildlife, for facilitating our appearance and handling
the extensive logistics for our trip to Gunnison.
Special thanks also to the great team at the Gunnison
Holiday Inn Express for housing our staff, both
feathered and otherwise!
photos courtesy of Gunnison Country Times / www.gunnisontimes.com
April 12: Lyons, CO. Helping the students
achieve a more comprehensive grasp of predator/prey
relationships, we made our second appearance with the
entire Lyons Elementary School student body.
Lucia was selected to receive a copy of our Raptors coloring book as the prize for answering a science question about green plants, which was asked using vocabulary above her grade level:
”Can anyone tell me the name of the chemical process by which green plants utilize the sun’s energy to manufacture their own food?”
Lucia’s hand shot up instantly and she answered: “Photosynthesis”.
Clearly her parents and Lyons Elementary have her on the right track!
Appearing with Lucia is Steve Simms who has facilitated our programs with Lyons Elementary and the Town of Lyons for the past two years.
|The entire school enjoyed our one hour program, Raptors and the Environment, with its signature role playing segment and the free flying red-tailed hawk.|
|The great-horned owl with Jen McAllister, REF Docent, is one of the favorite stars of the show.|
When Albert Einstein passed away, the person who took his place at Princeton had some pretty damned big shoes to fill. That man's capabilities have shown him to be more than a consensus builder, which is just another term for a community organizer, like the fellow in the White House. A real scientist follows the facts and knows how to ask the questions that reveal the facts or the falsehoods. Dyson's comments on the global warming cultists might help clear the Algorian fog from between your synapses. Just click... Even the popular main-stream press is now publishing the bad news for the climate cultists, just click. Just note how they constantly hedge their questioning the gospel of the Algorians.
OWL LOVERS- Sleep
(safely) with your favorite birds
March 27, 2013-We have just received a new shipment of the very cute hand made owl pillows from Madison Park Studios of Seattle. These are exclusive for us and are a real limited edition with hypo-allergenic stuffing. They sold out very quickly when they were first introduced. Pricing is $7 each or 2 for $12 plus$7/each for shipping and handling. Check out all our designs! Sleep with eagles, owls, or those little brown jobs! Only at REF. Order Here
The first complete genome sequencing of two iconic falcons, the Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) and the Saker (Falco cherrug) , has been achieved and sheds light on the evolution of these high speed predators. Just click...
The news for climateers like Algore, the munificent is not good. The levels of carbon dioxide are increasing but the temperature is flat and/or declining for more than a decade. Other anti-warming evidence is regularly coming to light, and even the pages of the Economist Magazine are beginning to show waffling in their support. American progs, however, keep forcing the square pegs into round holes thinking nobody will notice. Just click... The Climate Industrial Complex is showing sure signs of death, and just like a parasite that must launch itself into a new host, this one is busily concealing its identity, confusing its current host (the public purse), and seeking a new place to hide.... just click. Another blow to the warmer's assertions...just click. Here is some more outright fraud by the Algorian scientists concerning their hoax... click again.
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has settled
into metropolitan areas in very large numbers. They are
seen everywhere and are not intimidated by the din of
city streets, the threat of cats, dogs, or Homo sapiens.
They are fast and furious going after their prey. Built
like cheetahs to explode over short distances their long
tails allow for very rapid turns,
and they know how to hunt
urban and city bird feeders with great success.
For some dramatic pictures and to see the rest of the
story behind this great image on the left, just
is probably the most important piece we have ever published a
link to. It deals with healing massive sections of
land world-wide, by simply mimicking nature's normal processes.
The revelations in this TED video are absolutely shocking in
what they reveal about the consensus of range land health
practices over the past century. Dr. Allan Savory's talk
illustrates his remarkable discovery with a series of
experiments that are turning the world upside down. Dr. Savory's
work is saving parts of the planet- right now, and in ways that are
simple, easy to implement, and yield results almost overnight.
Dr. Savory discovered this lesson after killing 40,000 elephants
from another tragically failed experiment.
click... If you have an hour to spend with Dr. Savory,
then I suggest you invest that time to listen to this lecture,
which will provide a more comprehensive look into his Brown
Revolution. Make sure you view the full lecture: Just
click... If you care anything about ecology,
wildlife, etc...this will be the best hour you have spent in
ages-guaranteed! Remember, however, Alan Savory has his
critics, and here is a link to one of the best- just
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"In short, the global warming movement
is corrupt to the core. Billions of dollars in government
funding–I am too polite to say “bribes”–have bought not just the
acquiescence but the eager collaboration of many scientists in a
click... The UK abandons climate change
education for their children, because the actual data does not
support the theory's claims as a newly published graph brings
home without any doubt...just
click. Who gets to pay for all the lost jobs,
who returns the wasted dollars of one of the world's most
Considering a zero-emissions electric car? Consider carefully says a famous skeptical environmentalist who has carefully analyzed the full life-cycle of an electric vehicle. Not only are the electric cars not producing zero emissions, they are a dreadful financial deal for all tax-payers in the process. Just click... Update: 03/20/13- This story tells more of the same story as the most expensive production electric vehicle is about to lose all of the money US taxpayers were forced to subsidize the Karma with. Just click... Maybe that is karma for real.
If you have not yet recognized the inflated hyper-bubble that is the AGW (anthropogenic global warming) theory then take a mere 60 seconds to look at the video that is attached to this link. Spend one minute for that eureka moment when all the global cooling hype clears up all the warming hysteria. That's right, the global cooling hype, clears up the warming hysteria. Just click... Remember, brevity is the soul of wit. Or, just listen to Leonard Nimoy in the attached video link.
|02/25/2013-Greeley, CO: Alex Adams reached a level of achievement that only 2% of scouts ever attain. Alex became an Eagle Scout in special ceremonies held at the 1st Congregational Church. Young Mr. Adams is pictured with Mom and Dad and REF's 27 year old female Bald Eagle. Our programs acquaint the audience with the biology and ecology of America's eagles, and provides for the Eagle Scout to have a memorable picture of this very special moment for a young man as they learn about the rewards of hard work, discipline, and team work. Alex's family was also presented an REF membership that included our exclusive Colorado Respects Wildlife license plates which feature a bald eagle. Mom got a set of bald eagle earrings made out of recycled cereal boxes by the great folks at Jabebo.|
02/23/13: Air waves- Anne Price, REF's Curator spent an
hour with Scott and David Menough on their Bird Talk
radio show broadcasting from 710 KNUS Radio every
Saturday. You can listen to Anne's interview at the
Thanks to David and Scott for their great support!
Photo by Scott Menough
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Just one month after opening, this wind generating industrial complex has claimed the life of one eagle. It will be the first of many, and the corrupted political Homo saps in the White House are making sure the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service does not apply the laws equally. An oil drilling operation that would have killed the same eagle, would have been fined and dragged into the the abyss of bureaucratic hell. No constitutional equal treatment by this administration. Review these 3 links and see how hypocritical the powers in this administration are. Just click And here is more, and more again. March 25th- another eagle's death by the wind. They come for our eagles, they come for our arms, and then they come for you. These are killer-watts!
UPDATE: Industrial solar complex littered with toxic waste. Abound Solar, one of the Obama Administration's crony corruption bankruptcy success stories for clean energy has hundreds of solar panels stored in Denver warehouses that have just been shown to be leaking toxic cadmium. Remember, these are those wonderfully useful solar panels that ignite when exposed to the sun! Just click...
The more we explore, the more we discover what we don't know about the world's oceans and the immense battle that goes on every second of every day. This very recent revelation emphasizes the folly, farce, and fatuous claims of the AGW proponents. The Algorians must just cringe when real science speaks. Read about this micro war with macro implications. This is arguably the most important predator/prey cycle known to science. Just click...
|February 12, 2012:Pennock Elementary, Brighton, CO-Members of Pack 61 enjoyed one of REF's signature Raptor Summit programs. The audience met a peregrine falcon, a great-horned owl, Harris's Hawk and a golden eagle during the one hour program during which the world of predator/prey cycles was reviewed for everyone's understanding. Tom Weber, twice Volunteer of the Year, provides everyone a vey close viewing of an owl common to the Brighton area...see below.|
Researchers have just announced the discovery of a brand new owl species that lives on only one island in the Indonesian archipelago. This little Otus also appears to have a song that consists of only one note. Just click...
April 23 Update-As you head to our offices from
the Denver area, and you happen to be on Colorado Blvd,
which changes into highway 85 at some point as you head
north, and if you are paying attention to all that
whirrrs by your vehicle you will note somebody
looking back at the traffic. Maybe at you. As the
photo shows below, when you are faced with the choice of
continuing north to Greeley or turning east towards Ft.
Morgan, the traffic observer watching you, all the other
traffic, and the prairie dogs directly below the nest is
one of Colorado's Great Horned Owls.
Who says they cannot adapt? That location is one of the busiest I have ever seen for any large raptor nesting site, but it is not uncommon in that area. If you head towards Greeley instead of turning to the east, just as you pass under the overpass, up on the right is a cluster of trees which have had an active Swainson's Hawk nest for the past 4 years. All right there in the cloverleaf interchange. I have often seen the Swainson's Hawks hunting the open area directly below the site where this year this Great Horned Owl is on guard.
Spring is on the way, and the harbingers of the coming season are all around...look closely! Picture on left updated on April 2, 2013.
|Road birding may be dangerous- pay attention before you pull over- do not interrupt the flow of traffic on these busy roads. Do not impede the normal flow of traffic, don't be a bird brain! Wait a minute...can we say that?|
A razor from the 13th Century cuts through the complications of the AGW theory (dba- climate change) quickly, precisely, and illustrates the differences between science and religion. That razor, however, cannot trim the fat bloated thinking that saddles the politics of energy re-distribution. Just click... But wait! A founding member of the Green Party is fighting the construction of wind turbines in his own back yard. That's right, the Gaia Theory creator is also benefiting from this ancient razor to trim away his cluttered theory...just click.
The growing season in the UK has been tracked carefully for a very long time. The hard data resulting from the concerns of a population about their food supply yields some exact measurements. Those historical measurements are revealing about the current AGW debate...just click...
Colorado's previous governor, Bill Ritter, heading the "new energy economy" deserves all the kudos everyone can muster for getting this great energy rip-off rolling. Of course, the fellow who stepped into Ritter's shoes hasn't done much of anything to improve the waste of state and federal dollars being "disappeared" by this marvelous new energy being created. But as another well placed politician says, "what difference at this point does it make?" Just click...
January 26, 2013:
Castlewood Canyon State Park-
Another very successful collaboration with REF and
Colorado Parks & Wildlife staff saw a sell-out audience
attending an intensive raptor ID class. We featured 11
different live raptors to compliment exceptional raptor
photographs in REF's living field guide series. Led by
Senior Volunteer Raptor Monitor for Castlewood Canyon
State Park, Karen Metz, with REF Curator Anne
Price, participants received a deep immersion into the
world of identifying Colorado's buteos, accipiters, and
falcons. This is a continuation of the collaborative
seminars REF has previously taught with the Audubon
Society of Greater Denver. Because of the room size
attendance was limited. The seminar sold out in two
days, and a wait list was taken for the next class.
Thanks also to Heather Hawkins,
manager of the Starbucks at 9700 S. Parker Rd (Parker Rd
& Lincoln Ave.) for the coffee donation!
This is another great example of REF's ability to create unique and exclusive education programs for general or expert audiences.
Alarmists of one ilk or another, love to make the claim that various species are vanishing at astonishing rates, and if we don't do something, all living creatures will disappear in a thick cloud of carbon dioxide or whatever. This extinction myth was first proclaimed with little evidence by the eminent ant biologist E.O. Wilson. Very few did not get on that band wagon, and they all rode around trumpeting "the end of the world is nigh." Ooops, the folly of consensus got it wrong...again! Just click...
now appears that the desperate global warming mongers are trying
to terrify the populace by threatening the world's pasta supply.
Yes, AGW Algorian's are making another highly exaggerated claim
that if billions aren't spent to control the fiction of AGW, you
will be pasta-less. Just
And just like the
Live Strong admissions of
Lance Armstrong, numerous reports are
appearing that we have an even larger fiction with Climate
Strong doping of a lot of addled brains. Just
click again.... And, just one
more click will get you ten points to consider as to whether
or not AGW matters at all.
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Here is a great reasoned look at the "evil" of fracking, which is now producing so much cost effective energy for the U.S. market coupled with a surge in employment in the fracking zones, that "greenies" have started a massive assault upon it. From movie stars to politicians who covet a crisis which affords them a stage on which they may prance, fracking is the new show in town. Get some facts before you frack or frack not. Just click...
Beginning in 1965 during the "Great Society" infections Head Start programs began to ramp up their promises and now, $180 billion later, a Congressionally mandated study demonstrates once again, Head Start does not work. In fact, evidence shows that Head Start causes regression in its participants in several areas, or simply does nothing to help the majority achieve Head Start's goals. Okay, that's clear, lets send more money to Head Start. Just click...
Remember the "Cash for Clunkers" program of 2009? The current White House administration decided it knew what needed to be done, and with its normal impetuous and imperious decision making process the clunking began. For those of us who recycle or repurpose much of what we can, the outcome was immediately foreseeable. For those who measure actions by the intentions of the actor this was a brilliant move. This would improve our environment almost instantly! Well the data is in, and it paints another picture. As is typical of many government programs, this one wasted billions of dollars and mountains of natural resources, while increasing pollutants into our environment. Ooops! Just click...
Look at who just bought Algore's Current TV, and rewarded the munificent Imam of green energy with about $100 million in dirty oil proceeds. Yes, Al Jazeera (oil proceeds) from the Arabian sands, just paid about $500 million for current TV giving the Arabian princes access to the American market of infidels. What a wonderful example of the Algorian hypocrisy. The only green Al is interested in, is the color of money. Of course, Algore will take dollars from anywhere, even fellow travelers in the terrorist television network. Another inconvenient truth. Just click...
For quite awhile another theory for the origins of hydrocarbons on earth has been percolating through the establishment academy. The "Russian-Ukranian theory" or the " abiotic theory" has just received another major boost towards legitimacy from astronomers as they discover a massive cloud of hydrocarbons far from any known dinosaur burial grounds. Gee, this could already be a wonderful renewable energy resource? If it is a fossil free fuel will the " anti-fuelists" finally be happy? Just click... More evidence again that science is based on observable data and not political consensus.
Conservation in the 21st Century will require some new approaches if it is to successfully cope with the challenges facing the ever growing use of planet earth by Homo sapiens. Fortunately, one of the leading thinkers on such matters at the Nature Conservancy has written a wonderful piece which thoughtful "naturalists" might wish to read. However, a cautionary admonition to those who read the linked article, it is easy to get caught up in the external facts about how humans are cultivating the macro-environment, while easily overlooking how our internal micro-biome is cultivating us and directing all we do. And to what end, one might ask? Just click...
Not that the major old news media will publish what has just been leaked from the next IPCC report on AGW, but the new media already has. And if this doesn't cause all of the warmers and Algorian idolators to pause, then nothing will. Just remember who has been promoting very bad science, and who has been attempting to steer you through the confusion and propaganda. We have paid a price for our heresy, however, just remember, science is never about consensus. Your government, however, will continue to dump money down the AGW rat hole, despite the current IPCC admissions. Just click... Or for more on the same inconvenient truth, just click again...
When you think you are too old to learn anything new, just remember that other allegedly lesser species are going through adaptive learning behavior all the time. If they don't, well consider the consequences for your own circumstances. Homo sapiens, at certain levels of social complexity, seem to think the world owes them a living. Nature has no sense of being fair, nor does she tolerate excuses for too long because those who are too slow, too weak, or just aren't paying attention, get eaten. Nature's job as Aristotle opined, is simply too feed that which is born. The remaining complexity seems to come about as Mother Nature explores the infinite ways of eating or avoiding being eaten. Just click...
This young man's spontaneous expression of delight is one of the most potent reasons for the Raptor Education Foundation's continuing success. We have been systematically creating these moments longer than any other organization in the United States.
Beaver Creek Resort is just west of Vail, Colorado, and is one of Colorado's world famous winter and summer destinations to experience the wild wonderful beauty of our Rocky Mountains.
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On October 18th, we abruptly discovered that our well would no longer pump water. Our investigation led us to discover that somebody trespassing onto our property drove their vehicle into our well-head and destroyed our water supply. Since then we have been involved in a great deal of creative responses to deal with the immediate emergency of keeping our birds watered and cleaned. There is a good ending to the story since we now have our new well pump and motor installed and everything is working properly, however, the bad part of the story is what the cost of this vandalism is to our operations. For the whole story, Just click... , and yes, we are asking for emergency funding support.
Our male screech owl is perched atop our new well-head with a hearty thanks to everyone who has helped to get the water flowing!
As the madness whirls around us, from the blatant corruption at the highest reaches of government, we can look back for the past 25 years and note that 20 Golden Eagles were slaughtered every year by a small sect of Hopi Indians in furtherance of their religious barbarisms. And who says Sharia law will not find a home in the United States?
"Based on results from these sources, all of which suggest measurable declines in nesting attempts and productivity of Golden Eagles in the areas of consideration in the southwestern U.S., we believe that if these downward trends continue, we may re-examine the authorization for 40 birds to the Hopi Tribe in the future.” This excerpt is from the report that follows. Although the government has been giving the Hopi tribe permission to slaughter 40 eagles, the actual numbers support just half that allowance. Nice of them to be so generous.
To see the entire report of this barbaric behavior enabled by the U.S. Federal government, just click...
Falcons To The Slaughter
Just when you begin to think that the world is mostly a sane, civilized, and logical place, another dose of reality imposes itself and dissolves your delusions. This story is particularly dreadful to follow. It chronicles the wholesale slaughter of 10,000 or more Amur falcons each day during migration though northeast India. That slaughter totals more that 100,000 little falcons each migration, each year, and despite India being a signatory of CITES, this illegal slaughter proceeds without consequence. Just click... WARNING- not an easy read!
Colorado's crony connections into the Whitehouse produced Abound Solar, a new energy company promoted by green energy utopians. They produced solar panels, that worked really well, unless you put them into sunlight as one employee stated. 68 million dollars (taxpayer funds) vanished into the stratosphere, and hardly anyone in Colorado's media community takes notice. Just click... And, how about the wind energy crowd in Colorado? Well, without taxpayers footing the bill, that industry is vanishing as it sucks taxpayer funds into spinning black holes of clean energy jobs and low carbon footprints...just click... It appears Colorado is killing watts with impunity. Not to be outdone, however, here is another of the life-changing utopian green corporations that was THE answer the goobermint types foisted on the taxpayers, going bankrupt on a battery business...just click... And how about all of that "free energy" business? How free is it...just click...
|September 21, 2012: The first
copy of Fidget's Folly, was flown into the Mountains &
Plains Independent Booksellers Association convention in
Denver, Colorado. The remaining books have been
delayed by about a week clearing customs in Seattle. The
first copy is shown with Anne Price, REF's Curator,
and John Rimel of Mountain Press Publishing.
Written by Stacey Patterson with illustrations by
Vadim Gorbatov, this is the sequel to Fidget's Freedom
shown just below Fidget's Folly.
See the Russian version of this intro on Vadim's website...
Join us at the Tattered Cover in LoDo on October 6 at 2:00pm as we accompany Stephen Bodio with his introduction of his new book, An Eternity of Eagles, and we have a first public release of Fidget's Folly. Our male golden eagle will also be there.
|Holding the book open, Anne reveals
the sumptuous character of Vadim's exquisite illustrations.
Stacey's story, brings animation to the beautiful renderings of
The iconic endangered species recovery. Peregrine
falcon's are back, and the story of Fidget will capture
young readers imagination as they follow Fidget in her
Thanks to everyone at Mountain Press Publishing for adding the Fidget Series to their list of new titles, and thanks to Stacey for being as determined as the scientists who showed the way to bring peregrine populations back to the United States in numbers that insure their long term stability. Congratulations to Stacey for having faith in her vision, and to Vadim for portraying that vision better than any artist alive today.
Fidget's Folly is just another example of how the Raptor Education Foundation leads the way with its educational mission to insure the appreciation and survival of one of mankind's most revered family of birds. From Moscow to Montana to you...another REF first.
Available very soon at REF appearances and our web site...stay tuned....
The Raptor Education Foundation has lost a friend and dedicated supporter. Dr. Edmund Cabot, one of the pillars of the prominent Cabot family of Boston, Massachusetts, drowned on September 1st when the yacht he was sailing on was hit by a rogue wave off the coast of Newfoundland. Dr. Cabot, a very experienced sailor, had been at sea for approximately 50 days, sailing across the Atlantic from the northern coast of Scotland.
Dr. Cabot was a surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital for more than 25 years, and also taught at Harvard Medical School. He was a devoted husband and father of four. He was also an avid hunter, conservationist and was a regular visitor to the Bar NI Ranch outside of Stonewall, CO which is where we first became acquainted with him and other members of the Cabot family. REF was the recipient of several generous grants from the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation. With their support, hundreds of local schoolchildren were able to experience the thrill of seeing a hawk fly just a few inches away, look an eagle in the eye, and visit the scenic and historic Bar NI Ranch. For more on Ned, just click...
He departed this world far too early at 69, yet lived an incredibly full life helping others and pursuing his passions. We wish you smooth seas and gentle breezes, Ned.
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Jean Craighead George 1919-2012
Jean Craighead George, author of numerous award-winning children's books, and one of the last of the Craighead family (famous for many wildlife studies/discoveries), passed away leaving a wonderful legacy for future parents and children. A small part of that legacy was her review (left) of our Fidget's Freedom children's book written by Stacey Patterson and illustrated by Vadim Gorbatov. Her suggestion for the BEFORE and AFTER sections were incorporated into the final book design as was part of her review.
During the past year she was aware of the sequel to Fidget's Freedom, Fidget's Folly, being finalized for publication, and we are sorry that she will not see its arrival in another month or so. Her support of the first book in the series added to its success, and we are certain she would be very pleased with the sequel.
The full letter is shown to acknowledge her contribution to Fidget's story taking flight.
August 24, 2012: Estes Park, Colorado-When The National Geographic Society (NGS) wanted a live raptor program for their signature BioBlitz event at Rocky Mountain National Park, they selected us. After all, our first book (Raptors), now in its 9th printing was illustrated by Donald Malick, the very same artist who illustrated many of the pages for the National Geographic's Field Guide to Birds of North America. Since our book appeared back in 1985, we have continued to set the highest standards of connecting people, especially children, to the natural world with our collection of live raptors.
REF docent, Tom Weber shows off an Eastern Red-Tailed Hawk, followed by Kevin Corwin with a Northern Goshawk as Anne Price, Curator, delivers a special 8 bird Raptor Summit to the packed tent.
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"Thank you so much for being a part of our BioBlitz event. Your program was fantastic, and I had at least 3 park employees tell me that either their or their child's favorite part of the entire event was the raptor program. I think it might have been my favorite part, too! The National Geographic staff also commented on what a good program it was.
You and your group do fantastic
work, and we were so fortunate to have our event made better
by your being there!"
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Thanks to the National Park Service (Rocky Mountain National Park) for facilitating all of our requirements.
That's right, America's politicians are drunk on ethanol and forcing you to consume it. They are after the corn producers votes as 40% of corn production goes to the government's ethanol mandates, which stipulate you must consume ethanol as you drive. The stuff is no net improvement on energy yields from gasoline, destroys automotive components, adds to pollution, and causes other food commodities to increase in price...especially during the current drought. Just click...
|August 11, 2012-Vail, CO: Our
last Saturday of the summer season at the Lionshead Mall
had us talking with the largest crowd of the season.
The weather was overcast, keeping the audience cool, as they
listened to Anne Price, REF's Curator, presenting our
Thanks to everyone for making this summer season another successful adventure connecting raptors and people together into a wonderful Eagle County experience.
|July 28, 2012- Vail, CO: The
last Saturday in July found us surrounded by
visitors from all over America as well as some international
guests who found themselves enraptured with the raptors we
had on display.
We have two more Saturdays in August before we finish our summer run on the Lionshead Mall. Stop by and see us if you are in Eagle County on the coming two Saturdays...see an eagle up close and in person.
|As we always say, their faces tell
our story, and sometimes that story is both entrancing and a
little scary...maybe? Not sure what the young girl on
the right is seeing, while the one right in front is very
studiously taking it all in.
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|Getting your audience's attention
with an eagle in Eagle County is easy. Getting that
audience enraptured with raptors is what the Raptor
Education Foundation does better than anyone else, with more
raptors, more experience, and more knowledge to share.
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|Our birds have had thousands of
phones pointed at them, and you can be certain those digital
images have flown around the world letting their friends
know what they were seeing.
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|July 21, 2012- Vail, CO:
Visitors to the Vail valley for at least the past 20 years
have been able to find us almost all seasons somewhere up
valley or down. This weekend we were part of the
family entertainment and education sponsored by the
Lionshead Merchant Association and the Town of Vail. In
fact, you have been able to find us there almost every
Saturday this summer with our final appearance scheduled for
August 11th. Our presentations start at 3:00pm - 6:00 pm on
the mall. Look for the large white tent near the
Thanks to everyone for making our wonderful birds available for visitors from all over the world as they enjoy some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery and wonderful hospitality.
Photo by Marie Bolster
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The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has quietly admitted that its prior reports on the state of Anthropogenic Global Warming are all suspect because of their lack of a variety of controls on who contributed to them, who wrote them, who edited them, and who reviewed them. Now that America has already spent billions and billions on a variety of schemes and scams to mitigate the alleged affects of AGW consequences, how do we get our money back? Just click...
Wind energy companies are now asking to chop, maim, and cripple more eagles as they pursue their wind follies across America. The US Fish & Wildlife Service is asking for your comments. As alternative energy sources, wind farms are enormous failures, and now they want another special privilege of shredding birds and bats while generating very few watts. You might ask why they are not being treated like oil companies? The current inhabitants of the White House are pursuing their political agendas and damn anything or anyone that gets in the way. Just Click... Remember all of you alternative energy fans, you can now measure your usage in Eagle Watt Hours!
Giant feathered dinosaurs discovered in China. Further developing the lineage of feathers and dinosaurs going back more than 65 million, this new find adds evidence to the current theory that only non-flighted dinosaurs went extinct. Just click...
Update:11/07/12- Judge rules for living eagles
Update:04/04/12- The Wyoming tribe granted the permit for two bald eagles is now back in court, claiming the permit they received was a sham. The bureaucratic stand off will at least grant a reprieve for two bald eagles not to suffer the consequences of religious barbarity. At least for a little while longer...
We have been fighting this barbarity for years, but political correctness continues to trump reason in the matter. Now, a Wyoming Indian tribe has received permission to kill two bald eagles within the framework of their religious liberties and sovereign status. This is nothing more than a barbarous act, and should be condemned by any rational being anywhere, and yet as you see if you take the time to read what we have been dealing with, the opposite is true. By the way, no other raptor organization has the temerity to bring any attention to this craziness. Just click... Read about one small sect of the Hopis who have killed over 466 golden eagles in celebration of their religious fantasies. Now that the living national symbol has been removed from the endangered species list, is it now to become a political sacrifice for the insanity occupying our highest levels of goobermint? Goobermint is now discriminating in favor of certain religious sacraments by supplying the nation's living symbol for ritual live animal sacrifice to favored religions, while denying religious principles for Catholics. This is simply the King selecting by decree. And, since some Indian tribes consider owl species to be evil or bad spirits, may we expect that our goobermint royals will be issuing "kill evil owl" permits as well? Maybe that's what the war on owls is all about? Your Donations Help Us
Killing Eagles Welcomes Sharia
Since the mid-1980’s a small sect
of Hopi Indians in Arizona is ritualistically killing young golden
eagles and other raptors to express some aspect of their religious
beliefs. Over 460 golden eagles have died in this barbaric fashion.
Now, the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming has gained the same
special right to kill America’s living national symbol, the bald
Starting with only two bald eagles, the Wyoming tribe will no doubt, expand that amount in coming years. They may also expand the number of species requested for ritualistic slaughter. With over 500 recognized tribes in America, will each of them get “special religious exemptions” to kill more eagles? How about scissor-tailed flycatchers? How
about any other animal that figures into their religious practices?
But they are sovereign entities within this country and they are practicing their religious freedom in carrying out sacrifices of wildlife, which rightfully belongs to all Americans, Indians or otherwise. Shut up!
This logical progression, enabled by a lawless administration has now tacitly authorized Sharia adherents to proceed with honor killings, wife beatings, and assorted other barbaric practices not uncommon in the caves and earthen hovels home to citizens of Sharia in the assorted “stans” of the old Soviet empire. After all, they are just practicing their religious freedoms. It is part of their culture. Shut up!
In fact, Sharia, with its assortment of primitive tribal barbarisms, has already crept into America much as it has spread into the UK and France, where there are now two laws of the realm: one for you, and another for them. And if you aren’t one of them you are an infidel, and you will convert or be killed. But it is the religion of peace, just as the American Indian tribes are the perfect environmentalists, and peace loving stewards of that great green paradise European tribes debauched forever.
The debauchery, however, is not of our once wild ecosystem. It is of the minds in those who have abdicated reason and civil discourse in favor of a demeaning and destructive parasitic ethos, which inexorably consumes its hosts.
We are witnessing the growth of a virulent parasitic cosmology. Cultured in Europe and the Soviet sphere for a long time, it has infected America’s governing and academic elites. Worse than that, however, it has subverted America’s voting class, which has succumbed to the main principle of parasitism: something for nothing. Under the guise of religious freedoms, the barriers meant to keep invasive barbarians from breaching our defenses have been thrown wide open. Sharia tribes are steadily infiltrating our confused immune systems.
It is religious freedom, you know! What are a few bald eagles anyway? Shut up!
Religious beliefs are fine. Believe whatever you wish, but when you act upon those beliefs and those actions diminish my life, then I will act to defend my rights. Killing eagles or other wildlife for no other reason than sacrificial slaughter diminishes my environment, my rights, and my life. Stop! Killing humans under the same cloak of religious rights is even worse, but human history is littered with these religious rituals and millions have been buried as a result. As they come for our eagles, where are you?
Peter Reshetniak, President, Raptor Education Foundation Your Donations Help Us
Mike Rosen, KOA Radio, interviews REF's President on this topic. Listen to the whole interview.
Rhinos Sacrificed to Cultural/Tribal Appetites: Similar to the religious slaughter of eagles, the Asian tribes/cultures are also slaughtering wild animals for the superstitious beliefs related to sexual prowess and magical cure-all nostrums. The damage is enormous, as this story reports.
02/29/12-The U.S. Government is about to get itself into another shooting war. This time its enemy has no radical religious extremists blowing up buildings with airplanes, nor does this enemy smuggle drugs across the border or smuggle millions of illegal aliens into the country. This enemy is far worse: It is naturally spreading and colonizing areas that's its weaker cousin cannot manage to hold onto. The Interior Department, after many committee meetings no doubt, will start shooting hundreds of Barred Owls (Strix varia), and trapping others so its famous endangered cousin, the Spotted Owl, (Strix occidentalis) can manage to eke out a living. Somehow, I cannot see a bright future for either Strix species when government agents with guns and traps are running around in the woods on another mission from GOD. Rules of engagement: If They Hoot You Can Shoot!
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picture by Perry Conway of REF's Barred Owl
The freezing Eurasian land mass should drive this point home to everyone in love with wind turbines and solar alternatives to that nasty, oily, oozing stuff trapped below ground. But, because of AGW religionistas like Algore the holy prophet of all things known and unknown that point will be missed completely. Maybe not? Just click... And despite all the claims made by the IPCC, the Himalayas and nearby peaks are not losing their ice masses, and have not in the past ten years. So much for the vanishing glaciers--ooops! If you want more, here's an interview from a top German energy expert who was duped by the AGW crowd and is now writing about it. And if you want to get to this new energy paradise in your Volt, be prepared to shell out huge amounts of money for a car that nobody wants. Your government, however, doesn't care about financial sense when it comes to more subsidies for another of its electrical fiascoes. But for many the delusion of AGW persists, however, that fever also appears to be breaking. For those that haven't heard, Wind Farm Syndrome (WFS) is showing up more and more. And the more its low frequency pressure waves are researched, the more of a problem they are shown to be causing Homo sapiens in the vicinity. What do you think happens to non-Homo sapiens? Just click... For a primer on American energy consumption, just click...
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|January 22, 2012 Brighton, CO:
The 24th Annual Docent Awards Banquet occupied the Brighton
Armory on Sunday evening, and REF Docents dined on a
variety of dishes supplied by attendees as we came to
enjoy each other's company and review the past year's
accomplishments. One of highlights of each docent
banquet is to honor the Volunteer of the Year. In
2011, despite taking a 3 month absence to ride his bicycle
approximately 3,000 miles across the US for the
Fuller Center, Tom Weber, once again captured
the Volunteer of the Year Award. The beautiful award
included an exquisite photo by Rob Palmer, of a wild
snowy owl which visited Colorado a couple of years ago. Tom
appears with Anne Price, REF's Curator and the
evening's Master of Ceremonies. More below...
Besides chopping eagles to pieces (along with other birds), wind turbines are a very expensive form of energy generation as a new report from the UK makes clear to all except those that are economically illiterate. Unfortunately the latter group occupy the seats of power in governmental agencies, especially where they have bought into the AGW scheme foisted along by the likes of the eco-Imam Algore, the munificent and all knowing. Just click... Without your tax-dollars being sucked into these schemes, they collapse because they are not self-sustaining, as Colorado now faces the loss of several thousand jobs with the impending Vestas closures. 2-11-12 Update on Vestas--not good as execs quit!
|World-wide, the sun is setting on subsidized
solar energy. It looks like people are waking up to the facts
that without massive government subsidies (tax support) the
allegedly clean and sustainable supply of sunny energy isn't worth
it...yet. How long will it take for "yet" to become now is the
question, but it is obvious that the costs to everyone "now"
is the issue. Failing solar firms are sucking tax payers dollars
into somebody's pockets, but the public isn't getting kilowatts
enough in return. Just
click... Is there any chance that the
current crop of political candidates will grasp the reality
of what is going on? Just
The chart on the left says everything in a single glance. The 1.3% for renewables are receiving massive subsidies which are unjustified by the results.
World energy consumption by source. “Renewables” are solar, geothermal, wind, and biomass. Note that the traditional use of firewood for cooking is not included. Data from the BP Statistical Review
Wind is no answer:Altamont's turbines have since 2008 been tethered four months of every year in an effort to protect migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 75 to 110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-tailed Hawks, and 333 American Kestrels (falcons) are killed by Altamont turbines annually. Read about the California wind rush....just click.
remember, stored solar energy (hydrocarbons/fossil fuels)
helped end slavery-read
Raptors often seem invincible to someone not acquainted with the variety of defenses lesser species have at their disposal. This is a great example of what a gull can do to a white-tailed sea eagle. These eagles are cousins to the American bald eagles. As the fantastic photo illustrates, gulls can be quite adroit in defending what is theirs. Note the eye of the eagle is closed to protect it from the unwelcome wrangler. Just click...
24 teachers evaluate our program, Raptors Need Clean Water Too, presented during the Thornton Water Festival in May. Thanks to our sponsors for helping us continue this important program. May we create a program for your school, group, or business?
Avian olfaction was thought to be minimal or non-existent with most species, however, recent studies are confirming the importance of olfaction in more and more species. The Turkey Vulture's olfactory prowess is well established, but now more and more birds are joining the parade. Read this study and rethink the possibilities of the birds we think we know. Just click...Support us every time you shop with our exclusive Raptor Credit Card.
Reshetniak: 1921-2011. "Jenny" passed away
July 16th after a protracted battle with severe spinal
stenosis. An early and sincere supporter of REF's mission
she provided both financial sustenance in our early years
along with moral support during tough times. She spent her
last years being cared for at Berkley Manor and will
be put to rest next to her husband, Alexander, in the
Tower of Memories at
Crown Hill Cemetery this Friday the 22nd of July at
Coming to America in 1960 from Australia via a German prison camp, where she endured as a captured slave laborer for the 3rd Reich until the war ended. She managed to survive Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler and worked hard to support her family of displaced persons as they found their way to the last best place, here in Denver, Colorado. From the little Ukrainian village of Zabara, she re-started her life over from nothing on several continents and demonstrated an outstanding and tireless work ethic to all around her.
She is survived by her son, daughter, and beloved grandson, Alexander. She outlived almost all of her old world friends and family at home, and those new world friends from the small Ukrainian Orthodox community which has almost vanished from Colorado.
Her simple peasant honesty, honor, and integrity will be sorely missed.
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We are offering Jabebo Earrings for the very discriminating raptor connoisseur out there. We have selected a variety of raptor designs and offer discounts on purchases of 3 or more sets. $9.50 each for 3 or more. One or two may be purchased for $12.50 and all prices include shipping and handling.
To those unfamiliar with Jabebo designs, they are made from recycled cereal boxes. You can actually see the cereal art on the back side of the earrings. Each pair of earrings also tells a story because of the different designs for each ear. Visit our Jabebo display, and be amazed!
The Altamount Pass Wind Resource Area supplying electrical power to the Bay Area of Northern California has been shredding an average of 67 golden eagles each year for the past 30 years. That's 2,010 golden eagles contributing their lives to the green energy needs of California consumers. The numbers are astonishing, and as the national government pushes for more "sustainable" energy sources, more and more raptors are chopped into pieces if they are lucky. If they get unlucky, they get crippled, and do not die for days or weeks. If you take the time to read the studies, all of this "sustainable" energy is very expensive, unreliable, and still needs conventional supplies as a back-up when they go down. Google knows what is reliable and cheap for their massive electrical needs at their server farms, its coal! We need more nuclear, and more clean coal electrical supplies, and we need them now. Two thousand golden eagles have been sacrificed on the altar of energy stupidity for the religion of Green imbeciles. How many more raptors will die before common sense returns? Just click. And this sustainable green jihad wrecks the economy. As the folks in Canada are learning, "blowing in the wind" is just another word for dirty expensive energy.
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Save The Eagles International ( STEI), based in Spain, is calling for a halt and re-think of construction of wind-farms harvesting energy using wind turbines. STEI claims the use of a variety of large spinning blades to gather "free" energy has the unwanted side affect of chopping thousands of birds into bits. Many raptors, especially eagles, are included as the big birds are easier targets for these Cuisinearts of the air. Just click... Feather frappe anyone? Challenge Green Assumptions: A major new challenge to green assumptions, is that wind and wave energy may not be renewable after all. Look at what is being reported on by a thermodynamics researcher- Just click...
No matter how much supporters spin it, Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard is an ill-advised law that forces consumers to use expensive, unreliable power with little “green”benefit. Over the next decade, Colorado working families and businesses will have to pay nearly $3.8 billion in additional electricity costs that will not be subject to any rate cap in order to meet the RES and will be collected from ratepayers via the ECA. Just click... Or how about all of those wonderful "green jobs" coming out of our current national administration...what is really going on? Just click...
Shocking! The top educational bureaucrat from the current administration, Arne Duncan, admits the obvious, but cannot add one and one and come up with the logical answer. Yes, the government monopoly school system is dumbing down their clients and their customers. The students are the clients and their parents are the customers. We've addressed the shortcomings and solutions with America's educational process for 3 decades as have other organizations and individuals. Maybe it is finally making an impact? Do you think they will actually take a lesson here? Just click...
Royalty in the United Kingdom certainly has its privileges. Besides the cash for being in the royal gene pool, you get a ready audience for any stupid fancy you might wish to spout off about. Now the bonnie prince is telling anyone who will listen that the "Islamic" way of life will solve all the world's environmental problems. Did the fanciful prince ever think to ask the various women of the world living under the benevolent blessings of Islam what they think of his royal effluence? How peaceful and eco-friendly is it for the Prophet to marry a six-year old girl and then wait until she was nine to consummate the marriage? Sharia law is to live under the whim and wham and whip of Allah's will. Maybe the royal rube will change his Christianity to the great Islamic rule book? Just click...
|This particular example is from a national developers housing project in Commerce City, Colorado. The example below is from hotel row near Denver's International airport. Any questions about efficacy?|
If you have ever wondered if the plastic great-horned owl decoys that cost from about $20 to $40 have any positive affect on scaring pigeons...here's your answer. We have seen this type of scenario in many different areas. Pigeons aren't stupid, and quickly figure out they decoy is dead! Don't waste your money. Let us help you eliminate your pigeon problems.
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In May 2008 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) the 2007 Hopi Tribe eagle and hawk collecting reports. In 2007 the Hopi Tribe collected 36 golden eagles and 19 unspecified (red-tailed) hawks in northeastern Arizona. The Hopi’s reported take from 1986 to 2007 is 405 golden eagles, 154 red-tailed and other hawks. (This report will soon be updated for 2008 and 2009).
On February 26, 2008 Acting USFWS Director Kenneth Stansell issued a new permit to the Hopi Tribe for 2008. As in the past, the permits authorized the Hopi to take up to 40 golden eagle eaglets in 2008. The permit continues a limitation first imposed in the 2007 permit that limits the take of eagles by the Hopi to no more than 18 from Navajo lands.
Since 2003, the USFWS HQ in Washington, D.C., issues the Eagle permits. The Regional Office in Albuquerque issued a separate, new permit on March 31, 2008 for the Hopi to take red-tailed hawk nestlings in northeastern Arizona in 2008. The hawk permit limits the numbers of red-tailed hawks that can be taken to no more than 50. Previous permits did not limit the number.
The USFWS reports that the only permits issued in 2008 was to the Hopi Tribe. (In 2006 and 2007, the USFWS issued permits to Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico to capture up to 2 golden eagles in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, administered by the Forest Service; to Taos Pueblo to shoot one mature golden eagle on Taos Pueblo Tribal lands in Taos County, New Mexico and to Isleta Pueblo to take two mature golden eagles on Pueblo lands in Valencia and Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The USFWS reported on May 2, 2008 that Taos and Isleta permitees failed to file their collecting report as required by the 2007 permit).
The permits may not legally be used to take eagles or hawks within any area of the national park system except under 36 CFR 2.1(d) where such take is specifically provided for in law or as a treaty right. The 1999 Hopi attempt to take eagle nestlings from Wupatki National Monument in Arizona resulted in PEER’s scrutiny of the eagle-gathering permits. There is nothing new to report about the rule proposed by the Interior Department in January 2001 that requires that the superintendent of Wupatki National Monument, Arizona allow members of the Hopi Tribe, in possession of a USFWS permit, to take golden eaglets in the park. The rule has not been made final. However, the National Park Service (NPS) last wrote to PEER on March 27, 2003. The NPS stated that “…there continues to be no planned action related to this issue at anytime in either the near or far distant future.” To follow all the reports, just click... Remember, all these birds are being taken to be killed for the purpose of a "religious sacrifice." Welcome to the politically correct 21st century.
Thanks to Frank Buono for his continued efforts to follow this travesty and to keep us informed.
Raptor Fulbright Report
Lauren's story is now available for the rest of us...enjoy!
12/27/09: An avid falconer since age 14, Lauren McGough has always had a love of eagles and the world’s wild places. At 17 she traveled to Mongolia to hunt with the Kazakh eagle falconers. While studying at the University of Glasgow, Lauren began flying golden eagles on the moorlands of Scotland as well as discovering the unique tradition of eagle falconry on the European mainland. Recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Zoology and International Studies, Lauren is back in Mongolia on a ten-month Fulbright scholarship to apprentice under the eagle falconers of Bayan-Olgii.
Eagle falconry is only one aspect of humanity's relationship with raptors that goes back approximately 5,000 years. Lauren will be bringing a contemporary look at this ancient tradition as it is practiced in one of the world's most remote and wild places. And as possibly one of the first women accepted into this traditionally all male activity, Lauren will have some unique observations to share with all of us.
Lauren is pictured in Scotland after a successful hunt. On the right is Andrew Knowles-Brown.
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August 24, 2009: So what would happen if Black Bears decided that they could kill some little old lady that had been feeding them as a ceremonial tribute to their god, Ursus, as their ritual to show their gratitude for the food some kind and stupid Homo sapiens provide? Could the bears invoke their sovereign nation status as immunity for the murder? Could they hide behind the veil of their religious freedom to sacrifice one or two stupid Homo sapiens each year as a tribute to their god, Ursus? Well they could, but Homo sapiens would still kill the responsible bear, and any other bear that happened to be snacking on the remains of the dearly stupid Homo sapiens. How you decide to interpret the actions of the bear will certainly show your bias. Aren't you just a racist or speciesist as some say? Bears having rights to their own religious freedom? Are you insane? So what if America's eagles got together and decided that sacrificing a few Homo sapiens (American Indian babies in this case) each year is a right of their passage from fledgling status to the honorific of Adult Eagle? As eagles, do they not have sovereign nation status as elegantly described by Henry Beston? Does that not allow them to take such actions as they please? What's the death of a few Indian babies anyway? It's not like the eagles are using automatic weapons and killing hundreds of them... there are plenty of Indians around. Hell, those Indians would hit the warpath and certainly kill the offending eagle, and who knows how many more just to send a message. Stupid, right? Well that's what is being invoked by one Indian named Friday for murdering a bald eagle...its a right of his wonderful religious practices as a member of a sovereign nation. We say this is the height of barbaric insanity. And the Interior Department authorities continue to issue permits for this insanity, because they have become invertebrates before the god of "religious freedom." Just click... Follow this story in the pages of our web over the past years. What say you? Where are all the other "erstwhile" environmental or raptor groups/organizations hiding? Peter Reshetniak
The federal government has completed an extensive court case against a Wyoming utility for the death of hundreds of eagles, hawks, and other raptors. The utility operates electrical transmission lines and had failed to update old fashioned power poles which were shown to be electrocuting a large variety of raptors when the big birds used the poles as perches. Just click...
|His Day of Many Proud
Eagle Scout candidate, Patrick Tidwell walks along the new fence posts of his Eagle Scout project. It was installed with the help of 30 scouts, friends, and family. This is the first Eagle Scout project to benefit the Raptor Education Foundation at their new Brighton headquarters.
Patrick's project was also the largest and most complicated project to benefit REF's operations over the past 29 years. Not only did Patrick and friends install a brand new 400 foot long fence along our frontage road, his organizational skills managed the entire project from starting at 08:00 hrs to cleanup and departure at 15:00hrs. Wow! Let's also not forget, that Patrick's proposal and planning document was the most comprehensive we have ever seen, and they threw in a thorough cleanup of our entire nine acre site just because a few of the scouts ran out of stuff to do.
Thanks to Patrick, his immediate family, and his scouting family. All of us at REF are eternally grateful!
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The current economic cycle brings a series of lessons which might instruct anyone paying attention to what is going on. One of the basic disconnects with virtually all economic theorists is still not being addressed in any substantive manner. One serious scientists brought his focus on economy and ecology back in 1933 at a time when America was in the midst of the Great Depression. That scientist was Frederick Soddy, the winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry (1921), and his book, Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt, is a brilliant look at our economic system. It offers much to anyone interested in such things, and it offers a way out of our current dilemma. This new section will address many of the issues that have come back to haunt all of us again. Just click...
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A New Year's resolution could not be any better if it would simply serve to remind Homo sapiens of their own limits. To that end, one of our favorite authors wrote in The Outermost House:
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."
Working with raptors for the past 33 years, many of us at REF have learned to acknowledge some small part of the quote above, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to remind other humans of this unconventional perspective about their momentary presence in this vast spinning, dancing, waving and pulsing universe. If unfamiliar with Beston, we urge you to make yourself acquainted with his perspectives. You will benefit yourself and all around you. Happy New Year!
And in the same vein about who we as humans are, science is rapidly seeing us in an entirely new light. "If you have gone through life blithely thinking of yourself as a "human being", then 2009 will bring the shocking news that it is time to think again. You are a "human-microbe hybrid" or "super-organism", dependent on a vast number of microbes that live in or on your body, do vital jobs for you, and both influence and provide unique indicators of your health. Their numbers are staggering: Each human is a gathering of about 1 trillion human cells, however, another 10 trillion non-human cells live on or in each human, so Beston's quote above takes on another entirely more personal meaning. 2009 will be the year of the hybrid in more ways than Toyota can deliver. And to further complicate those numbers, each of those cells has myriads of parasites/viruses living on or in them as well.
*Link to the speech about you as a super-organism. It will blow your collective mind.
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