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Bobcats – Targeted for Hunting in the Illinois Legislature

Originally posted on sierraclubillinois:

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Photo by Valerie via Creative Commons

In the final days of the fall veto session HB 4226 was rushed through and narrowly passed in the Senate by one vote. HB 4226, which allows bobcat hunting in Illinois is on its way to Governor Quinn’s desk.

You can help! Please ask the governor to Veto HB 4226.

Bobcats are important apex predators that live on a diet of rodents and small mammals and contribute to an overall healthy ecosystem.  According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), bobcats historically occurred throughout Illinois, but habitat changes and unregulated hunting caused a dramatic population decline by the 1800s. Bobcats were placed on Illinois’ first official list of threatened species in 1977.

After a study conducted by Southern Illinois University in the 1990s found that bobcat populations were becoming fairly common in southern Illinois and expanding northward, bobcats were removed from the state…

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Photo Credit:  Jeff Johnson

December Program Meeting – Arctic Bird Research

 

Photo Credit:  Jeff Johnson

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

The December 15, 2014 Program Meeting of the Sierra Club Eagle View Group will feature Kurt Burnham, D. Phil, founder of the High Arctic Institute, presenting on Birds and Bergs: “24 years of Avian Research in Greenland”

Dr. Burnham will be presenting the highlights of his research on birds in northern Greenland. The presentation will include information on Gyrfalcons, Peregrine Falcons, and on a number of seabird and waterfowl species. Results of migration studies, nest surveys, and arctic adaption will be covered in addition to what effect climate change is having or likely will have on many of the species.

Kurt was born in Col­orado and moved to Idaho at the age of nine.  Kurt grew up in the out­doors and traveled extensively around the world, vis­it­ing various conservation and research projects through­out the third world with his father (former pres­i­dent of The Peregrine Fund, Dr. William Burn­ham).  Kurt first visited Green­land in 1991 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Albertson’s Col­lege of Idaho in 1997.  Upon grad­u­at­ing Kurt began work­ing for The Pere­grine Fund man­ag­ing their Green­land Project, and in 2003 was appointed as their Arc­tic Projects Direc­tor.  In the fall of 2006 Kurt cre­ated the High Arc­tic Insti­tute and in the spring of 2008 received his D.Phil. from the Uni­ver­sity of Oxford, with his research focus­ing on Pere­grine and Gyrfalcon populations in Green­land.  Kurt has con­ducted field research in Green­land every sum­mer since 1991, spend­ing nearly three com­bined years of his life in Greenland.

Join us at the Moline Public Library in the Bronze Room at 7PM on December 15, 2014.

Photo Credit:  Jeff Johnson

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson