The Crow and the Pitcher

Rooks show there may be some truth to Aesop’s fable ‘The Crow and the Pitcher’ LA Times Blog

From wikipedia :

The Crow and the Pitcher is a fable ascribed to Aesop, number 390 in the classification established by Perry. It is found in the 2nd century AD Greek fable collection by pseudo-Dositheus,[1] and later appears in the 4th–5th century Latin verse collection by Avianus.[2]

In the fable, a thirsty crow comes upon a pitcher with water at the bottom, beyond the reach of its beak. After failing to push over the pitcher, the crow devises a clever plan: it drops in pebbles, one by one, until the water rises to the top of the pitcher, allowing the crow to drink.

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BFC/WWP Workshop

A couple of young bulls close by ©Buffalo Field Campaign

A couple of young bulls close by ©Buffalo Field Campaign

Ken Cole and I (Brian Ertz) are going to be tromping around southwest Montana this Tuesday & Wednesday.

You’re invited.

WHEN: August 11 & 12, 10am

WHERE: BFC Headquarters, 14365 Hebgen Lake Road, West Yellowstone, Montana

WHAT: Bring your own food

We will meet at 10:00 am for an introduction and overview then head to a nearby grazing allotment. If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact Ken Cole at Spread the word!

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Bighorn Roundup 8/09

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has nearly completed its requirement to develop “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) pursuant to Idaho legislation S1232.  Public land sheep ranchers hope that the BMPs will be sufficient to dissuade the Payette National Forest from shutting down domestic sheep ranching on the Payette Forest, a move necessary to protect bighorn sheep from deadly disease.

Idaho meets deadline for bighorn plans – mostly ~ Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman

A lawsuit by bighorn advocates forced officials at the Payette National Forest to start a process to decide whether to keep allowing ranchers to graze their sheep in bighorn habitat.

That sparked a response from the Idaho Legislature, which passed a law that says a wild sheep that had come too close to a domestic herd had to be either relocated or killed. It also required Fish and Game Director Cal Groen to certify these separation plans by Aug. 5.

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Bob Abbey confirmed as the new BLM Director

McCain’s opposition swept aside as new head of Bureau of Land Management confirmed by U.S. Senate-

Senate Confirms Abbey to Lead BLM. The architect of the Great Basin Restoration initiative takes the helm at BLM. By David Frey. New West.

Abbey has generally gotten good reviews from conservation groups.

It’s about time BLM got a new director. It’s 8 months into the new Administration.

More on Aug. 8, 2009. Reno’s Bob Abbey talks about his goals as new director of the BLM. By Erin Kelly.  Gannett Washington Bureau.