Welcome to your next issue of
newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
April 22, 2005 Volume II, Number 30
In This Issue
Case Identified in Illinois
Controversial bills that would have required veterinarians to disclose
vaccine risks to clients were defeated and expired in Maine and Nevada on
April 6 and April 15, 2005, respectively. The Maine legislation will not be
formally defeated until the full legislature meets at the end of this
Join us at the
Event of the Year!
Keep the weekend of
November 4-6, 2005 open to attend the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s 2005 Convention.
You won’t want to miss it!
Come see what is new to this year’s event!
§ Full-day Practice Management Seminar on Friday
§ Keynote speaker Kevin Fitzgerald on Saturday evening
§ Outstanding speaker lineup
§ Expanded Job Fair
§ 25% more exhibitors
§ Ophthalmologic and Dental Radiography wet labs
§ Recent Graduate Program on Sunday
§ Expanded Practice Personnel Breakouts
§ President's Dinner at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - with full access!
ISVMA thanks you for your support and participation! If you know a colleague that isn't a member, ISVMA is offering an incentive for them to join now! If any prospective member joins now they will receive the remainder of this membership year (ends June 30, 2005) for free! Applicants will pre-pay their 2005-2006 membership year dues and their membership will be good through June 30, 2006.
Click on www.isvma.org/application.htm to fill out the ISVMA Membership Application Form.
Have you added a new associate? Are all the doctors in your practice currently members? Did your classmates remember to join their state association? Check their membership status by searching for them at www.isvma.org/findadoctor.htm. If they are not listed, they are not an ISVMA member!
What is that large stork-like bird flying over Illinois during the spring and fall migration? If it's huge and the legs and neck are outstretched to the front and back, it is most likely the Sandhill Crane. Cranes can be heard from long distances away, making a clacketty-clack and bugling call. You can find Sandhill Cranes throughout most of North America, nesting from the sub-artic regions of Canada and Alaska, south to the Gulf States.
Sandhill Cranes are one of two crane species found in North America. The other is the Whooping Crane, an endangered species. Unlike, its white Whooping Crane cousin, the Sandhill Crane is a tall gray bird. It has a huge wingspan of 6-7 feet. While the birds are tall, they only weigh between 8 and 11 pounds. Adults have yellow eyes, black bills, legs and feet, with a bright red patch on the crest of their head. Males and females look nearly alike. In the spring, they actually "paint" their feathers with mud to camouflage themselves in brown grasses. In the summer, many people confuse them with the Great Blue Heron since they are similar in color and nearly the same size. When you see a large bird in the sky, you'll know it's a Sandhill Crane if the neck is outstretched and the downward flap of the wings is followed by a quick upstroke. The great blue heron has a black eye stripe, flies with their neck folded back, and their wing strokes are even.
In the 1800s, Sandhill Cranes were in trouble. The land they lived on was destroyed by speculators and they were hunted to near extinction. In 1916, the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act was signed, protecting the remaining birds in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. Today, the crane population is in good shape, benefiting from habitat restoration projects.
I photographed this Sandhill Crane in Kissimmee, Florida in April 1999.
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