March 6 , 2008
Volume V, No. 18
ISVMA Lobby Day is April 9, 2008 - Plan to Attend!
ISVMA will hold its Fourth Annual Lobby Day on April 9, 2008 in Springfield, IL. All veterinary professionals are invited to attend!
The Lobby Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a briefing session from the ISVMA lobbyists at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street in Springfield. We will provide instructions and support if you have never lobbied before; and all participants will receive position papers on key issues to share with your legislators. If you don't know who your legislators are, we can help you find out!
The ISVMA Lobby Day is fun, exciting and rewarding. It will be an experience you'll never forget.
If you plan to attend, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISVMA Legislative Action Center
*Who are the top ten activists?
ISVMA is proud to be a national leader in state advocacy organization and success. The ISVMA executive director and lobbyist Terry Steczo have both been asked to make presentations at national and state conferences on developing effective grassroots political networks.
The success of the ISVMA advocacy effort is directly related to the participation of its members. We're doing better than most; but we should work to set the bar much higher!
Since the ISVMA Legislative Action Center was introduced, we have had 771 veterinarians and veterinary students contact their legislators using our simple advocacy software. These grassroots advocates have contacted 131 of the 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly.
Advocacy isn't just measured in the number of times you have sent messages using the ISVMA Legislative Action Center. We have many other veterinarian and student members that have developed relationships with their legislators that allow them to pick up the phone or drop by the legislator's office to talk to them about issues that impact the veterinary profession; as well as the health and welfare of animals and the public.
Some notable examples:
You would be surprised how a simple phone call or visit to a legislator can contribute to the success of your association's advocacy efforts. Please take the time to get involved. It is a small investment with a huge dividend!
ISVMA Spring Seminar Series - Register Now!
ISVMA is proud to offer another outstanding learning opportunity for veterinary professionals. With support from IDEXX Laboratories, the 2008 ISVMA Spring Seminar Series will be offered in the following locations:
*The 2008 ISVMA Spring Seminar Series is generously sponsored by:
ISVMA Has Moved!
The ISVMA officially moved into its new headquarters on Friday, February 29 and opened the new office on March 3, 2008.
Please remember to update your records with our new contact information:
About the Photo
The Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) are predatory birds that soar low (10-30 ft) above fields, short grass, pastures and other types of open country. Their prey are usually taken on ground and consist mainly of small mammals but also birds, frogs, small reptiles, crustaceans and insects. Unlike most hawks, harriers can use their sense of hearing to help locate prey. Harriers have an owl-like facial disk to help with directional hearing and soft feathers for a quieter flight.
Harriers are unusual in that there is a greater difference between male and female plumage than is typical of raptors. Females are brown above with varying degrees of brown and buff streaking below. Males are gray above with an unmarked lighter color below; they also have black wingtips. Juveniles are brown above and plain orange-brown below.
Northern Harriers reside in throughout North America; and parts of Europe and Asia. These magnificent birds of prey roost and nest on the ground, usually in marsh or prairie lands that are sheltered by low shrubs or reeds. They often in groups in a traditional location. They are often polygamous, with a single male mating with 2 - 3 or more females. This may be a result of colonial breeding.
In migration through the state, they will hunt in pastures and fields.
Northern Harriers are listed as an Endangered Species in Illinois, largely because their breeding habitats (high value) are large areas of prairie and marsh. Such habitat has become scarce in the state.
Some interesting facts:
I photographed this female Northern Harrier on February 9, 2008 in the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area as she hunted over the restored prairie.
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