WBEZ | cats http://www.wbez.org/tags/cats Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cats kill billions of birds each year, study says http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/cats-kill-billions-birds-each-year-study-says-105233 <p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmcmahon/6224268393/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/black%20cat%20by%20kirk%20mcmahon.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 610px;" title="I can haz 2.4 billion birds? (Kirk McMahon via Flickr)" /></a></p><p><a href="http://mashable.com/2012/07/02/best-cat-memes-ever/">Meme this</a>: wild, outdoor cats could be killing far more birds and mammals than previously estimated &mdash; at least 1.4 billion birds and at least 6.9 billion mammals each year.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to a <a href="http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n1/full/ncomms2380.html">new study in <em>Nature Communications</em></a> that says cat predation is the single greatest cause of bird deaths linked to human settlement &mdash; more than building collisions, pesticides or wind turbines. Previous assessments have <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/science/21birds.html">called cats the no. 1 killer of birds</a>, but never by so wide a margin.</p><p>The study estimated that the median number of birds killed by cats annually is 2.4 billion and the median number of mammals killed is 12.3 billion. Most of that is from feral (stray) cats, so don&rsquo;t scold Snowball just yet.</p><p>There are more than <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/what-is-a-feral-cat-colder-weather-shows-feral-cat-population">50 million feral cats</a> and <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html">some 86 million owned cats</a> in the U.S., according to the Humane Society of the United States. Chicago might have as many as <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-29/news/0907270294_1_neuter-and-return-trap-neuter-and-return-feral-cat/2">half a million stray cats</a> &mdash; an animal welfare crisis in and of itself. But the study also calls into question so-called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) policies for managing stray animals, which are supposed to rein in the population of feral cats without killing them.</p><p>The study&#39;s surprisingly high estimates of bird and mammal deaths, however, suggest cats could nonetheless represent an invasive presence in the U.S., with dire consequences for other animal populations. Proponents of TNR programs say they are successful in certain circumstances, and not yet widespread enough to have the impact they otherwise could.</p><p>By comparison, another <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7141/full/447126a.html">study in <em>Nature</em></a> found each wind turbine kills an average of 4.27 birds per year, but other estimates have been higher &mdash; the American Bird Conservancy projects about 1 million total bird deaths due to wind turbines each year, if 20 percent of the country&rsquo;s electricity comes from wind power by 2030. Other estimates have put that figure lower.</p><p>(Wind turbines can also disrupt mating patterns and habitat for some bird species, as well as kill birds of prey larger than most cats would have the mettle to take on. There has been, however, some&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=wind-turbines-and-bird-conflicts">regulatory progress on minimizing these effects</a>. And fossil fuel-based energy production is no friend of the birds &mdash; <a href="http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/want-to-save-70-million-birds-a-year-build-more-wind-farms-18274">by some estimates it is even worse</a>.)</p><p>Another <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-bird-collision-monitors">1 billion birds die each year</a> following collisions with buildings, by some estimates, which makes skyscrapers a major cause of bird deaths.</p><p>It is worth noting that pinning down the number of dead birds and small mammals is <a href="http://www.voxfelina.com/2010/05/a-critical-assessment-of-critical-assessment-part-2/">an historically tricky proposition</a>. The new study is the most comprehensive yet, and was led by researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/cats-kill-billions-birds-each-year-study-says-105233 Daily Rehearsal: hail and theater http://www.wbez.org/daily-rehearsal-hail-and-theater-98830 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Nathan Lane Iceman Liz Lauren.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Keegan-Michael Key</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-05/keegan-michael-key-interview-98812">was interviewed by Claire Zulkey</a>. Interview someone unlikeable Claire, I dare you.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Vocalo's <em>The Morning AMp</em></strong></span></span> had&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salsation.com/">Salsation Theatre Company</a>, the Latino sketch comedy group, on air this morning. Company founders Juan Carlos Pelayo and Nelson Velazquez apparently talked about their history and the type of work they do, natch.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Here's<a href="http://reviewsyoucaniews.blogspot.com/2012/05/open-letter-to-sir-chris-jones-of.html"> an open letter</a></strong></span></span> to Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones that seems to have sparked a lively comment thread.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2012/05/02/sharpen-your-claws-its-cats/"><em>Cats</em></a>. Bob Bullen</strong></span></span> cannot stop loving it, but the latest production&nbsp;still gave him pause: "I think it’s time to retire this tour and consider reenergizing this show for future generations. Because,&nbsp;<em>Cats</em>, now and forever, man. Meow."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. It literally hailed during <em>The Iceman Cometh</em></strong></span></span> opening last night. Foreboding? Also, just a reminder: three intermissions, four acts, five hours.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/daily-rehearsal-hail-and-theater-98830 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/19 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-19/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-519-86757 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/209885_216872291662341_216294275053476_999832_6895127_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1.&nbsp;The MCA has released&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/performances/index.php" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">their full line-up for 2011-12</a>, the 15th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art Stage. One highlight: musician Andrew Bird joins Ian Schneller/Specimen Products for&nbsp;<em>Sonic Arboretum</em>&nbsp;from Decemeber 6th to 31st. The project consists of an installation open to the museum-going public, but there will be two other performances by&nbsp;Bird and Schneller. <em>Sonic Arboretum</em> was also performed <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/support/join/dark-sounds">last summer at the Guggenheim</a>. No word on whether Bird will bust out his impressive and famous whistling.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="208" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-19/Julieanne Ehre Interview.jpg" title="" width="200"></p><p>2. <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/05/17/spotlight-julieanne-ehre-director/">Director&nbsp;Julieanne Ehre told 2amt</a>: "I’m drawn most to work that is unrealistic. As Blanche put it in <em>Streetcar Named Desire</em>: “I don’t want realism, I want magic!” I go to the theater to be transported into another reality — I love fiction, I love being immersed into imaginary worlds."</p><p>3.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/05/19/the-rapture-list-some-of-my-top-theatrical-memories-of-all-time/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Chicago Theater Addict has a list</a>&nbsp;of some of his top theater moments ever, and a few of the selections are more than surprising: <em>Cats&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Phantom of the Opera</em>. His reasoning is solid, but I still can't get past <em>Cats</em>...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-19/209885_216872291662341_216294275053476_999832_6895127_o.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 385px;" title=""></p><p>4. <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&amp;shows=yes"><em>Vonnegut Shorts</em></a> is wrapping up its run at Gorilla Tango tonight at 11pm and Sunday at 2pm; for this play, Vonnegut's short stories have been adapted for the stage by <a href="http://www.timesthreechicago.com/">Times Three Theatre</a>. It's the premier production from this new group made up of mostly young recent college graduates.</p><p>5. Some say don't mess with a good thing, but the guys over at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/dueling-critics-original-grease-returns-stage-86156"><em>The Original Grease</em></a> disagree; they're <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/05/18/original-grease-minus-the-fat">"tightening" up the hit production</a>. What does this mean?&nbsp;Artistic director PJ Paparelli says ten to twelve minutes of the show have been cut, by reducing the scenes of the older, adult Taft High students. This means five cast members have been cut, though <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/05/the-original-grease-yet-more-original.html">Paparelli claims</a>&nbsp;that "They were very understanding. They understood that it has changed."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-19/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-519-86757 Mayor: Weis did a 'very, very good job' http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jody weiss kate gardiner_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday said the city's police superintendent abruptly resigned this week in order to pursue other job offers.<br /><br />Jody Weis' resignation Tuesday - the final day of his contract - came as a surprise to the Daley administration. The mayor had indicated as recently as this week that he wanted Weis to stay on until the end of his term, rather than go through the trouble of hunting for a new superintendent who may only serve until mid-May, when Daley leaves office.<br /><br />Daley said Weis had been considering whether to stay past his contract for the last couple of weeks.<br /><br />&quot;He was undecided whether or not he wanted to stay,&quot; Daley said. &quot;He had offers coming in, and he just saw fit to do it.&quot;<br /><br />The mayor praised Weis for lowering the city's crime rate, taking the lead in prmoting anti-gun legislation and cleaning up the Chicago Police Department after some high-profile scandals.<br /><br />&quot;He came in under that cloud,&quot; Daley said. &quot;And he did a very, very good job.&quot;<br /><br />Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who's indicated he would replace Weis once he's in City Hall, had nothing to do with Weis' departure, Daley said. The mayor also said pressure from the police union, which has been sharply critical of Weis' policies, wasn't a factor.<br /><br />&quot;Morale is good,&quot; Daley said. &quot;You know, we're public servants. And you select the job. You don't have to stay on this job. ... There're jobs out there.&quot;<br /><br />Former superintendent Terry Hillard, who served under Daley from 1998 to 2003, is leading the department on an interim basis.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job PAWS Chicago: Keeping the city's pets alive http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/paws-chicago-keeping-citys-pets-alive <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/puppies.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Christmas is little more than a week away and that means some folks will wake up to find a warm and fuzzy gift under the tree: A puppy or a kitten! Sounds adorable but how practical a gift is an animal? And what about all our furry friends who don&rsquo;t have a home for the holiday?</p><p>To find out how our city is managing animal control, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke to Paula Fasseas.&nbsp;Fasseas is the founder of the city&rsquo;s largest no-kill organization, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pawschicago.org/">PAWS Chicago</a>.</p><p>Since opening its doors in 1997, PAWS has reduced the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually by more than 50 percent.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/paws-chicago-keeping-citys-pets-alive PAWS Chicago founder on pets as presents http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/paws-chicago-founder-pets-presents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/puppies.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Christmas is little more than a week away and that means some folks will wake up to find a warm and fuzzy gift under the tree: A puppy or a kitten! Sounds adorable but how practical a gift is an animal? And what about all our furry friends who don&rsquo;t have a home for the holiday?</p><p>To find out how our city is managing animal control, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke to Paula Fasseas.&nbsp;Fasseas is the founder of the city&rsquo;s largest no-kill organization, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pawschicago.org/">PAWS Chicago</a>.</p><p>Since opening its doors in 1997, PAWS has reduced the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually by more than 50 percent.</p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/paws-chicago-founder-pets-presents