The Oldest Bird Of State

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The choosing of birds as emblems of State gripped the nation in the late 20s/early 30s. For instance, running safely ahead of the red-headed woodpecker and the purple martin, the Brown Thrasher was chosen by the school children of Georgia in 1928. The campaign was inaugurated by the Fifth District of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs and was sponsored by the Atlanta Bird Club and kindred groups. Interest in the campaign in Idaho ran high. As the State Federation Conservation Chairman, Mrs. E. H. Barton presented the western tanager as the choice of the women’s clubs of the State. But the children overruled her and in the balloting the Mountain Bluebird, meadowlark and robin were favorites. The former lead the field and was generally endorsed, so Mrs. Barton fostered official approval by the Legislature and this became law in 1931.

In Illinois the State bird campaign developed the meadowlark, song sparrow, wren and the bobwhite as favorites, together with the catbird. Mrs. J. D. MaKinney of the State Federation sponsored a bill for the catbird, which, for some reason, emerged as a bill for the Cardinal, which was legally approved on June 4, 1929. Back in 1924, under the leadership of Miss Madeleine Aaron, secretary of the Audubon Society of Kansas, a campaign was launched for selection of a State bird. Widespread publicity was given and a large vote was gotten out, giving the Western Meadowlark a plurality of some 121,000 votes over the other candidates. This day, January 29, 1925, marks the culmination of a remarkably successful educational campaign. James Lane Allen made the Cardinal the favored bird of Kentucky in his famous book of that name, and it was both natural and inevitable that it be established as the official State bird. The 1926 session of the Legislature passed such a resolution, which was approved February 17, 1926. The Pelican was established as Louisiana’s State bird through the medium of the State Seal, which was formally designated in 1902 by the then Governor Heard. Maine’s legislators officially approved the Chickadee as the State bird in 1927 after a campaign conducted by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

It may be said that Maryland was presented with a state bird nearly a century and a half before it became a state. It is related that when George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, founder of a colony on Newfoundland, became wearied by the severity of the climate and by persecution, he went to northern Virginia (now Maryland) where he was granted a large tract of land. Here he selected as the colors for his coat of arms the orange and black of a beautiful bird that he found common among the trees. A century later Catesby, in the account of his famous travels in Virginia and Carolina, called this the Baltimore bird, and from his description the great naturalist Linnaeus formally described the bird in 1758. Ever since that time the Baltimore Oriole has been Maryland’s state bird.

A Look Into Suffering Animals

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What are the reasons we eat food? That might seem like a silly question, because we eat to feed our bodies, first of all. Many of us also obtain an emotional gratification when we eat, and most of us are omnivores, meaning we eat everything, including meat and poultry.

There are many compelling reasons to move towards a vegetarian diet, many of them health-related. But many people refuse to eat meat because of the inhumane treatment of the animals that are mass-produced to feed the population. Animal farming on the scale that it needs to be to satisfy U.S. consumption is grotesquely cruel. When you eat meat, you’re eating the flesh of an animal whose life has been artificially shortened by overfeeding it to get it to a slaughterhouse earlier. They’re kept in small pens and cages, where they endure chronic stress. If they bear their young live, their babies are taken from them, sometimes a day after they’re born. They’re fed growth hormones and antibiotics and kept from the natural behaviors and actions that characterize the normal life span. Pigs aren’t allowed to root. Calves are kept immobile. Chickens are kept in cages, their beaks seared off with a burning hot knife to thwart aggressive behaviors that are the result of unnatural confinement.

Do you really think the flesh of the animal is separate from its spirit and its energy? The agony and stress they endure in their shortened lives infuses every cell of their bodies. Consider that depression and stress can make humans ill, can infect our muscles and organs. Is an animal so very different? We don’t need meat or milk for survival. We’re no longer a hunting society; we’re merely a consuming society.

Isn’t it time we all started thinking differently of what we consume to nourish our bodies? We’re evolved from herbivores, and yet we’ve veered off our own evolutionary path. One can make a case for hunting and eating meat when it’s the only means for survival. But that’s no longer the case and our options are plentiful. Do they have to include the flesh of suffering animals? How can that possibly be considered nourishment?

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The Importance Of Finding The Right Pet Shop

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Anyone who owns a pet should know about a particular pet store where you can shop at. You need to be comfortable when you are selecting items for your pet and you should trust the knowledge of the pet store you have chosen. So, if you aren’t sure where to shop for your pet and what to look for. You can definitely browse through the various pet shop online and find out products which satisfy the needs and requirement of your pet.

Probably, the most important aspect of any store is the collection of their items. Obviously, a good pet store will have a lot of different pet supplies that you can chose from. You should pay extra close attention to the amount of product they are providing for your type of pet. You also need to ensure that the animal supplies provided by the online pet shop chosen by you is of really good quality. Even if they are supplying the whole lot of product but it isn’t of any use if quality of the products is not good. Give a look to the brand of their products that fill their selves and notice if you can see the signs of quality. As long as everything look sturdy and well made, then you will most likely be pleased with the items.

Whether you are shopping at a online pet store or in person, make sure that you can easily find what you are looking for. All the categories for different pets and supplies should be clearly labeled. You should be able to easily able to find subcategories in larger areas. So, if you are shopping online for pet supplies, then you shouldn’t be getting confused for certain product or information. A couple of clicks should get you right where you need to be. And the same goes for easily locating the items in regular stores.

If you are shopping at a regular store,in case of any problem you would be quickly able to find quick assistance from the associate. Associates should be happy to help you and if they don’t have the solution to your problem, they should be able to find someone who will be able to. And if you are shopping online, there should be the selections of items available to give you some pointers on purchasing what you need. Some sites also provide the chat options or a system that allows to send your queries in an e-mail.

So, it doesn’t matter how the store helps you, just make sure that you have excess of the information available when you need to buy the products. Once you find a pet shop online store you are comfortable with, you will probably be happy shopping there for a long time.

Fascinating Animals of the Amazon

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A recent report by WWF revealed that a new species of plant or vertebrate is discovered every three days in the Amazon rainforest. The data comes from information collected over the last ten years and offers the stunning revelation that the Amazon is still a vastly unknown territory where a rich and diverse world of plantlife and animals has yet to be discovered. .

According to the report, an impressive 1,200 new species of vertebrates and plants has been discovered during the last decade, including creatures like new types of anacondas and parrots, showing off just how capable the rainforest is of harbouring a stunningly diverse range of life. On top of this, WWF has noted that this figure doesn’t even include the sheer wealth of invertebrate life that has been discovered, with total figures too numerous to list in the report.

Another thing that the findings have brought to light, however, is the crucial need for society to work harder than ever to conserve this incredible habitat for countless different plant and animal species, both undiscovered and known. What’s more, around thirty million humans call this tropical rainforest home, and at the rate that climate change, deforestation and the sapping of the Earth’s natural resources is going, the negative impact of these combined problems is only going to get worse.

When we think of the animal life of the Amazon, images of exotic, beautiful and fantastic creatures come to mind. Unfortunately, the habitat of these creatures is under threat and, even though it has been proven that there is still so much more to be discovered in this precious rainforest, there isn’t enough being done in order to conserve both the rainforest and its inhabitants.

If we want to ensure that new species continue to be discovered – such as the eye-catching fire and water frog that displays a pattern of flames on its head and a water pattern on its legs – then we must keep doing everything we can to prevent further damage to the delicate ecosystem of the Amazon. If you want to help the Amazon rainforest animals, it’s time to find out just how you can do your part – and encourage others to do so too! If everybody pulls their weight and works together, the impact towards helping save the rainforest could be immense – so see what you can do today!

Extra Large Dog House Is It Worth

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Owning an extra large breed means added expenses. If you have a large breed you know that the requirements of these dogs are huge in comparison to small or medium sized dogs. They need more food, extra large bed and more space both indoor and outdoor. These things dont indicate luxury for them. These are merely the needs of the large breed. As an owner you should be able to fulfill these needs of your pet.

Pet owners should have the patience to understand all the needs of their dogs. Large breeds are costly. If you wish to have a large breed you should be prepared for the extra expenses. These pets are most costly to care for. They not only need extra space or food, you may also have to go for expensive medications depending on the dimension and weight of the animal. Veterinary care for these animals is also costly. They need some costly injections for preventive treatments.

The most important thing that you should keep in mind as the owner of a large dog is that it needs a large dog house to stay in. You will have to fulfill their accommodation needs properly. The best thing to go for is an extra large dog house that you can place in your back yard. Placing the dog house in the yard is a wise decision as this will allow you to enjoy the indoor space completely.

Extra large dog houses are expensive but they offer peace of mind to the pet owner. Large dog houses have lovely designs which make them look like little homes. These kinds of dog houses have dormers, peaked roofs and windows. You can also add attractive shutters, window boxes as well as paint colors to make them appear more beautiful. But make sure the decoration is in harmony with your outdoor space.

The size of these dog houses is big enough to accommodate large and extra large breed as well. Your dog can enjoy the comfort the large dog houses offer. Many of them also come with double door. This helps the owner to get inside and clean the dog house. You can also put down the pets bed, or change the food bowl or pail of water. You may also find dog houses with a fenced in area attached to them. It offers your pet some additional space to move around their own home.

While ready made extra large dog house is available in the market you can also go for the ones which need to be assembled. Decorating and assembling the large dog house can be fun. Having a nice dog house in the yard feels great. It is not only a pleasure to you but also to your pet.

How to Prevent and Treat Cat Hairballs

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Cat hairballs can really become a problem for your cat, especially if they occur frequently. What causes hairballs? Cats are very clean animals. They wash themselves constantly, and in the process, they ingest a lot of fur. Eventually, all that hair builds up creating a hairball. Cat hairballs are not only uncomfortable for you cat, but they can also lead to other problems like constipation. There are ways, fortunately, to reduce and even prevent hairball buildup.

So if you already own a cat, or if you just adopted a cat, and need information on cat hairballs, here is some information about the symptoms and prevention of hairballs. You’ll also find information on cat hairball remedies.

Hairball Symptoms

A hairball problem is somewhat easy to spot. Your cat will start hacking and coughing, followed by vomiting. These episodes might occur frequently, especially if you have a long-haired cat.

Even if you don’t see your cat going through what I call a “hairball episode”, you can still see the evidence: a ball of hair on the floor, or the carpet, or wherever your cat chose to spit out the ball. Usually, a hairball is an long mass of hair, similar to a cigar in shape. It is definitely not a pretty sight.

Cat Hairball Prevention and Treatment

The easiest step to help you prevent hairballs is brushing your cat on a regularly basis, preferably every day. Even if brushing does not completely eliminate hairballs, it will reduce the amount ingested, thus reducing the frequency of the problem. Furthermore, brushing your cat will help your cat stay in great condition. And remember that a grooming session is always a great bonding opportunity.

If despite your efforts, your cat continues to have a hairball problem, try a hairball remedy. Consult your vet, and he or she will suggest the best treatment for your cat. Some common hairball remedies include petroleum-based gels, which are given orally. You may also give your cat a fiber-rich diet, or special-formula food designed to prevent hairballs.

Another alternative is to use home treatments, like giving your cat a little bit of butter once or twice a week. Canned pumpkin is another known home remedy used to treat hairballs. You can mix a bit of pumpkin with your cat’s wet food. Again, always consult your vet before using any of these remedies.

Claudia Escobar is an avid cat lover. For more on cat hairballs and cat lovers gifts visit .

Why Swallow Bird Tattoos Are So Famous

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These days many people blend sparrow bird tattoo and swallow bird tattoo well, to come up with something unique. To relate sparrow tattoos with sailor is quite unpleasant for the sailors. Most of the bird tattoos you commonly see are swallow bird tattoo, though some may call them as sparrow bird tattoo. So, be careful before you get a bird tattoo done.

Conventionally the sailors likes swallow and anchor tattoo. Some men get a tattoo of their mother or a beloved on their upper arm or the forearm. Swallow bird tattoo these days is not only popular among the sailors or the bikers; it has become a fashion for every one among four people. Many women get a swallow bird tattoo on their neck or their back as a style statement. It is quite trendy to have a tattoo on your lower back; some of the common designs are lotus flower and dragons.

There are different types of bird tattoos available, among them swallow bird tattoo are quite common and popular. It is a very beautiful blue color forked tail with pointed wings bird. Sparrows are plump, small and short winged bird. As theses two birds are quite similar they can be confused quite easily for one another. It is quite rare sight to witness a genuine sparrow tattoo. Even if you do happen to witness a sparrow tattoo it is mingled with some religious ideas.

Swallow bird tattoos are quite liked by people and are thereby quite popular. Generally, swallows are related to sailors, as these birds live on lands. So whenever, a swallow is seen sailor is satisfied to know, there is land at close hands. Also, swallow birds return to their mating place every year. The sailors take it to be a symbol, indicating their happy return to home.

A swallow tattoo symbolizes the sailors seasoning. A sailor would get their first tattoo done, only once they would have traveled a considerable distance of 5,000 miles and then there next tattoo at next 5,000 miles.

As swallow bird is very beautiful, you have an opportunity to give many colors to it. To make a tattoo worthwhile, it is important to personalize it. With your tattoo there should be some event or a story to narrate it, to show how special it is for you. To express your feelings, make use of your imagination.

Online tattoo gallery is a place where you can find great tattoo designs for yourself. If you have a membership of some tattoo gallery, then you can access the gallery unlimited times, and see the unique and exquisite designs. You can even download them, without paying any extra penny for it. So, look out for online galleries and choose for yourself the best swallow bird tattoo.

Best Breeds Of Chickens For Pets

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Hopefully if you are reading this you are in the market for chickens and are planning on having a chicken coop or already have one in your yard. Chickens make amazing pets and will lay you fresh eggs every week. They will also eat bugs and pests which may cause harm to your yard and garden. So not only are they very friendly pets, they also will help around the yard! I have come up with a list of some of the better breeds to look into when deciding what kinds to buy. This is not a complete list, but should get you on your way to narrowing your choices down.

Australorps make great pets and lay brown eggs. They are known for being extremely friendly and can be picked up, these are great chickens if you have kids. These are usually brown or black chickens.

The Mille Fleur is the most popular chicken breed. They do very well as pets and are small birds, called bantam birds. The roosters in this breed can also be friendly sometimes. Another thing that makes these fun birds to have is that they are very colorful.

Plymouth Rock chickens lay brown eggs and are very friendly chickens, which make great pets. Barred Rock hens are the most common of this breed and have white and black striped feathers.

The next breed that are both great for laying eggs and as pets are the Rhode Island Reds and Whites. You should try to stay clear of the roosters in his breed though, as they can be pretty aggressive. These birds can handle most weather conditions without a complaint. This is probably the most famous chicken breed in the world and lays more eggs than almost any other chicken at about 260 a year.

The Wyandotte is a very nice looking bird and makes a great pet. They lay brown eggs. Some are not as friendly as others, but for the most part they get along well with people.

The Japanese Bantam is a smaller bird but has a large tail that points towards the sky. They are very cute birds, but don’t lay many eggs. If egg production isn’t your main concern I would look into this wonderful bird as it makes a great pet.

This list was not supposed to tell you the only breeds of chickens to buy, but hopefully gave you a start in narrowing down your search of which breeds you think will be best for your yard and family. Chickens are a ton of fun to have in your yard and garden and make great pets for the family while providing you with fresh eggs. I hope you enjoy having chickens as pets as much as I do. Good luck finding your perfect chickens!

Aesthetically Pleasing Acrylic Bird Cages Make Happy Birds

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Do you have a pet bird? Are you thinking of getting one? There are many exotic birds that you can purchase as pets. They are very beautiful and can add color and companionship to your life. If you have or are considering buying a bird, it is important to get a proper cage in the right size for the bird you choose. Most of us work and have to leave the bird alone for most of the day, and so it is vital that the bird has enough room to move about and play, to encourage movement. Acrylic bird cages are a great option and your bird will not be behind bars all day long.

Metal cages often have chipped paint and rust on them. Acrylic bird cages do not have this problem. They are aesthetically pleasing and are less problematic than traditional cages. Acrylic cages solve these common problems of keeping birds:

*Fraying of feathers is virtually eliminated.
*The mess created by wing-flapping and eating is contained within the cage.
*Drafts are reduced creating a more stable environment.
*The bird’s beak and claws will not mar the lustrous finish of an acrylic bird cage.
*Designed as a beautiful piece of furniture, the owner can now be proud to display their pet anywhere in the home.

An acrylic bird cage comes with either a hinged or drawer bottom and facilitates easy cleaning. It also virtually eliminates the usual mess of keeping birds. A large cage with a bottom feeding feature, ladder and a swing will encourage your bird to stay active, thus making him healthier and happier. These cages also have rounded, smoothed holes appropriate for the size of the bird to allow for air flow. These cages will stay within a degree or two of the temperature of the room they are in. Be sure your cage is not in direct sunlight, as your bird needs shade.

When cleaning an acrylic bird cage, never use a dry cloth. Sponge it down with warm water and a mild detergent, avoiding abrasive or aromatic cleaners. These will ruin the finish on your cage. Rinse the cage twice. If there is debris on the rims then use either a Q-tip or a toothpick to remove it. You can use regular paper liners or pine bedding to line the bottom of your cage.

These cages come unassembled unless specified otherwise, to save on shipping costs.

Galta Monkey Temple – A Holy Ground for Hindus

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Jaipur, known as the Pink City is a beautiful sight to behold. Stunning hilltop palaces and forts lay like footprints from the rich and royal past. Jaipur was known to be one of India’s first planned cities. Find a treasure trove of goods in open bazaars where if you are brave enough, you may test your bargaining skills. The saris on sale are so beautiful and colourful, that you cannot help but buy one.

Visiting Jaipur there are so many attractions, festivals and things to do. Among the best places to visit while on holiday or if you have a day to spare while on business would be Jantar Mantar a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The battle scarred Old City from which Jaipur derives its moniker is beautiful to behold at sunset when the rays make the city glow with is soft shades of gold and pink.

Travel 2.5 kilometres to the east of the city and find the Temple of the Sun God which is also known as the Galta Monkey Temple. A popular place among the locals for worship, non-believers are also allowed to the temple. However, it is best if you are dressed modestly when going to religious places in India in general. One would also be advised to wear sensible shoes as upon reaching the temple site, you will have to walk through a gorge which is a steady climb to the distance of 200meters.

The biggest possible highlight of visiting the temple is the monkeys that inhabit the surroundings. Very familiar with humans the monkeys wait for visitors to feed them fresh fruit and vegetables. It is not uncommon for them to come right up expecting food. Considered an extremely holy place for Hindus, the Galta Monkey Temple has a complex with holy water which is for bathing, which is considered an act of purifying yourself.

Looking for a Jaipur hotel on your next visit to the Pink City? The Gateway Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur is a comfortable and spacious accommodation choice that is centrally located to allow for some exciting Jaipur sightseeing. Make a choice to stay in this hotel and enjoy conveniences, amenities and service that keep both the travelling businessman and holiday seeker in mind.