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February 15, 2005 Volume II, Number 23
In This Issue
You Contacted Your Legislator?
Please call your legislators to relate the ISVMA position on House Bill 315. Once you have made your call, please e-mail or fax ISVMA to let us know which legislators you spoke to and what, if anything, you learned from your conversation that will assist us in our effort to find a more appropriate solution to pet overpopulation.
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By JANETTE RODRIGUES, The Virginian-Pilot
Remember to Register for the MVVMA Annual Meeting
The Mississippi Valley Veterinary Medical Association changed their long-standing tradition of holding their Annual Meeting in the fall in order to avoid conflict with the ISVMA's Annual Convention which has transitioned to November meetings (formerly February). Please note that there will be no MVVMA Annual Meeting in the fall.
101st Mississippi Valley Veterinary Medical Association Meeting
March 2 (Wed) & 3 (Thurs), 2005
East Peoria, IL
If you wish to download the meeting program in Microsoft Word format please click here.
If you wish to register for the
Registrations Still Available for ISVMA Spring Seminar!
The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) is proud to offer an excellent continuing education seminar designed to develop vital communication skills essential for each member of your practice team. Nationally acclaimed consultant Karyn Gavzer will present: "It's Not What You Say; It’s How You Say It – Tips and Strategies for Effective Client Communications."
For more information on this tremendous program or to register please visit:
REMEMBER TO REGISTER EARLY TO GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY!
*There are only 150 spaces available at each of three regional locations for this very popular and useful program.
As you drive by the fields and pastures of the eastern Great Plains between May and September, you notice certain birds perched on the fences and power lines. Two species will look somewhat similar because each has a black "V" on a yellow breast. The robin-size one with a long skinny bill and white outer tail feathers will be one of the two species of Meadowlark (Western or Eastern). The sparrow-size one with the typical finch's seed-cracking beak will be a Dickcissel.
Both will commonly sing as you go by, but the songs are totally different. The Eastern Meadowlark has a clear, descending, melodious whistle. The Dickcissel, on the other hand, makes two or three dry chirps followed by a trilled yerp-yerp-yerp. If you can sit and listen, he will sing all day long.
In fact, the male dickcissel does little more than feed himself and try to attract a mate. The female is totally responsible for building the nest, incubation and feeding the young. Dickcissels typically make a woven grass cup type of nest in short woody vegetation or on the ground. They will often nest twice in a season. The young of the second brood may not fledge until August, making the Dickcissel a very late nester for the prairie.
Dickcissels winter from southern Mexico to northern South America.
This singing male Dickcissel was photographed in Macon County, IL during July 2004.
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