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Monday, March 17, 2014

Nevada Governor must rescue Nevada Mustangs


The Virginia Range wild horses fall under the control of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. State laws designate them “stray livestock” no matter how many generations they’ve roamed the sagebrush hills of the Silver State.

This means they can be and are taken to livestock auctions where they are sold by the pound to kill buyers. 
Wild horse advocates worldwide asked Nevada Governor Bryan Sandoval to halt the “trap – castrate – destroy” cycle.
October 4, 2013: private-public partnership is created to cut NDA costs and save mustangs. 
January 2014: ,ASPCA’s Kevin O'Neill and wild horse advocates meet with NDA to express concern at the Department's failure to implement agreement. Advocates are told action is pending. 
February: wild horse trapping continues
March 2014 : silence from the governor’s office as NDA reverts to  “trap – castrate – destroy”
Today: Email, Phone, Fax  the Governor and tell him to act on this win-win way to humanely manage the Virginia Range horses ON THE RANGE through the proposed private-public partnership.

CARSON CITY -  Phone: (775) 684-5670 - Fax: (775) fax: (775) 684-5683
LAS VEGAS - Phone: (702) 486-2500 - Fax: (702) 486-2505
 Virginia Range filly photographed by Cat Kindsfather

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cow tongues, horse poop & Neil deGrasseTyson

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."              

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Horse poop grass sprouts photographed by Palomino Armstrong

Cattle growers and the Bureau of Land Management blame wild horses for damaging Western rangelands, despite the fact that cattle out-number horses at least 50:1.

To paraphrase Neil deGrasse Tyson, the facts are true, whether or not you believe them.

Still, here are four facts to think about as you decide what's really happening to America's wide open spaces.

Fact #1: Cattle have no top teeth in front. To eat grass, cattle wrap their tongues around a clump, sling their heads to the side and tear the grass off against their bottom teeth.

Fact #2: Horses have teeth on top and bottom. To eat grass, horses snip with top and bottom teeth.

Fact #3: Cattle have very efficient digestive systems. As ruminants, they have several processing chambers in their stomachs. These chambers, plus second-chewing of semi-digested cud, mean that almost none of what a cow eats goes to waste. This is good news if you're raising cattle for beef.

Fact #4: Horses have an inefficient digestive system. Their single chamber stomach doesn't digest seeds. This means they need more forage to be nourished. This is time-consuming, but if you're a wild horse, it also means you are an inadvertent farmer, planting seeds in your own fertilizer, so that you can expect fresh grass at the same grazing spots year after year.

The next time you hear someone claim wild horses are to blame for damage to the range, remember: the facts won't go away, just because you don't believe them.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

WILD AT HEART: I love my job

Dear Readers,
I've been especially slow posting on my blog because I'm researching and writing my non-fiction book WILD AT HEART: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them, but I don't want to keep all of the fun to myself.
Let me introduce you to some of the people I've interviewed so far: 

Dr. Jessa Madosky is a professor of biology and I know her best from the time we spent together on Shackleford Island off the coast of North Carolina.  She's been wonderful
Dr. Jessa Madosky
about staying in touch and answering all of my questions on wild horse herd structure. Her research examined the impact of contraception on wild mares and their families and she continues her work as a conservation biologist.

Ginger Kathrens has wider knowledge on wild horses than anyone I know.  She's won two Emmys for her documentaries on wild places and animals and her CLOUD documentaries are the only continuing chronicle of a North American wild animal from birth to maturity. Ginger is not only a citizen-scientist on wild horses, she is their advocate in many ways.
Ginger Kathrens
Dr. Beth Shapiro has a 700,000 horse in her lab -- at least part of one. She is a professor in U.C. Santa Cruz's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the lead investigator into the DNA of the ancient Yukon horse.
Dr. Beth Shapiro

Dr. Eric Scott is the curator of paleontology at the San Bernardino County Museum and a lead researcher
at Tule Springs fossil beds in Southern Nevada. Someday soon, he hopes to see the living descendents of the ancient equines he's digging up & the good news is that the Cold Creek herd is just a short drive away.
Dr. Eric Scott

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Gov. Sandoval: Rein in the Runaway Nevada Department of Agriculture

Sherry T. Snider photo

Dear Governor Sandoval:
The January 4 trap-and-snatch of wild horses from the Rhodes Road equestrian community of Reno is yet another mistake by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
The public has repeatedly volunteered to work with this department to help home-owners obey the fence-out law in Nevada, but the  Department of Agriculture continues to waste money and good will by scurrying to do the bidding of a few wealthy people.
Department of Ag should enter into the long-discussed on-the-range-management cooperative agreement with advocates immediately. We have our Western boots on the ground and we're ready to implement humane management, but the Department of Agriculture continues to dawdle.
Responsible property owners understand that if they don't want wild horses on their property, they must fence them out. It's that simple.
These iconic wild horses are not only a tourist draw, they delight the eyes and hearts of most Nevadans.
Please take a stand for the law, and take charge of this runaway agency. 
Terri Farley

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Dear Readers: You win

Dear Readers,  
You emailed hundreds of times, asking me to take you back to River Bend Ranch.  So, I wrote a short book doing just that.  And then I wrote more and more.  The novella that I gave you last Christmas has about 30 new pages. 

Of course you know that Sam has a secret name for the Phantom, but did you know the PHANTOM HAS A SECRET NAME FOR SAM, TOO? 



                          Here's a peek at PHANTOM, THE PROTECTOR.

It's been a year since an avalanche sealed the Phantom's herd in Wild Horse Valley. They're living on dwindling resources, when a sudden thaw allows the wild horses to escape through a secret tunnel.

Back on their home range, they gallop toward a trap full of tasty feed. The corral sits on land belonging to convicted felon, Linc Slocum. His plan to build a fly-in golf course does not include wild horses, so he's working with BLM to strip the lands bordering Riverbend Ranch of mustangs.

Samantha Forster wants to work with her best friend Jen Kenworthy, her pal Jake Ely and his brother Seth to free the mustangs legally, but when the Phantom protects his family by facing a hotshot helicopter pilot who only cares about his paycheck, how far should Sam go to help the horse she loves?

How to Order
Order ebook from Amazon for 99 cents!
Kindle-format books can be read on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices using Amazon's free Kindle apps, as well as dedicated Kindle devices. Other formats coming soon!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

No, No, A Thousand Times No -- with this exception.

Morning Glory Farm and the family that feeds an island 

Dear Readers,
Almost daily, I'm asked to read an unpublished story and tell the author what I think of it.
My publishers have strongly discouraged me from doing that. Why? They say that many published authors are accused of stealing ideas.
It's easy to say "No" to people I don't know, but when one of my friends or readers ask me to critique their book or story, it's a lot harder. Still, I refuse because I (selfishly) need time to write my own books, hang out with my family, and walk the dogs.
I make an exception every 18 months for the SCBWI Mentorship Project.
Now, I'm making one more exception. I've donated a line edit (correcting grammar, sentence structure, etc) and critique for up to 30 pages of a manuscript to an online auction to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.
Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on November 8, causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people and animals -- wild and domestic -- are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October.

Philippine Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since before the storm hit, helping with evacuation plans and warning communities. Now, they are getting aid to the people who are most in need, and they need our help

Click here to see my donation    AUTHORS FOR THE PHILIPPINES
but hundreds more authors have donated 451 items from adult and kids' books, online writing classes and author visits to editing by a Pulitzer Prize winner and the chance to have a book dedicated to you or "appear" in a graphic novel! 

Hint: I had to scroll down lower than normal to see stuff, so if the page doesn't seem to be changing, try that!


The Rescue Princesses - The Rainbow Opal by Paula Harrison
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The auction is now LIVE !
You may bid on the items until Wednesday, November 20.

p.s.  With 451 items up for auction, the bidding isn't always pricey.  You may want to do holiday shopping and good deeds at the same time!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Who Do YOU Believe about Wild Horses?

Decide whose "facts" you'll believe, before it's too late!
Here are just few of many links you can check out to see what advocates and BLM are saying about the same situations.

BLM's response to "Facts & Myths" about wild horses 

Myth #4:  Since 1971, the BLM has illegally or improperly taken away more than 20 million acres set aside for wild horses and burros (from 53.8 million acres to 31.6 million acres).
Fact:  This claim is false.  No specific amount of acreage was “set aside” for the exclusive use of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. 

False Claim #3:  There are too many wild horses and burros and they are multiplying too fast because they have no real predators or other controls.
As the architects of the Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971 knew very well, the carrying capacity for wild horses in the herd areas and territories on our public lands is relatively high. 

Numbers Talk: Stats about America's Wild Horses from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

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