Welcome to your next issue of
newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
March 1, 2005 Volume II, Number 24
In This Issue
House Bill 315
Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow
"THE ISVMA IS OPPOSING THIS BILL SO WE NEED
The emphasis is not added. The ASPCA is characterizing this issue as veterinarians versus humanitarians.
The ISVMA is opposed to House Bill 315. We need every ISVMA member veterinarian to contact their state representative and state senator to explain our opposition. Please contact the legislators that represent the district you live in and the district where your veterinary practice is located. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.
Illinois veterinarians are committed to efforts to reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned animals in Illinois and to advance the well-being of animals and the public. All across the state, veterinarians participate in existing programs to provide low-cost spays/neuters, promote animal adoption, and encourage responsible pet ownership that includes appropriate vaccination, preventative health maintenance.
House Bill 315 has a laudable goal of trying to reduce the number of unwanted animals in the State and Illinois veterinarians support this goal. However, ISVMA has very serious concerns about how the proponents attempt to achieve the objective:
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.
E-mail ISVMA at email@example.com or fax contact information to (217) 523-7981.
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
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.
The Great Gray Owl North America's largest owl. It is dark grey overall and interspersed with bars and flecks of light grey and white. When perched, they appear very bulky because of their dense, fluffy plumage, long wings extending past the body, a relatively long tail, and a large head. The size of the head, and the prominent facial disk make the yellow eyes appear small. A noticeable white "moustache" strip is under the facial disk, broken by a black "bow-tie". The feet are heavily feathered and remain hidden from view. The Great Gray Owl is a ponderous flier, does not often move more than short distances between perches and seldom glides. They fly close to the ground, except when flying to a nest. The Great Gray Owl thermoregulates by roosting in dense cover. When hot, a Great Gray Owl will pant and droop its wings to expose an unfeathered area (apterid) under the wing.
Great Gray Owls inhabit a range of forested habitats. In far north America, they frequent stunted coniferous forests along the edge of the Arctic treeline, through spruce and tamarack muskeg forests further south. In the Sierra Nevada Mountains they breed in mixed conifer and red fir forests. Nesting habitat usually includes copses or islands of aspens within pure stands of conifers. Most foraging is done in open areas such as swamps, bogs, and forest clearings where there are scattered trees and shrubs that can be used as perches. During migration they may be found in estuaries, mountain meadows, and along farm fields.
Great Gray Owls are found from Alaska across Canada, down the Northern Rocky Mountains, and northern Minnesota. They are also found in northern Europe and Asia.
During certain winters, "irruptions" of Great Gray Owls occur in the southern portion of its range. These irruptions usually occur as a result of food shortages. The winter of 2004-2005 has seen the largest irruption of Great Gray, Northern-Hawk and Boreal Owls in recorded history.
This Great Gray Owl was photographed near Meadowlands, Minnesota in February 2005.
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