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Sep 022014
 
World's last wild Siberian tigers threatened by illegal logging, global warming, disease (Part II)

This is the second part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part I discussed overall forest loss in the region and its major drivers. The very fact that there are Siberian tigers in the world today is something of a miracle. In the 1940s, just 20 animals remained in the [...]

Sep 012014
 
Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs

Selective logging in India’s Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica. The research, conducted by K. S. Seshadri of Pondicherry University and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, assessed frog communities in logged and unlogged forests in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger [...]

Aug 312014
 
Arabian Wall Brown – Tanoumah

Whilst birding the southwest of Saudi Arabia in July 2014 we saw a number of Arabian Wall Brown Lasiommata felix a butterfly in the Nymphalidaefamily. It is found in southwestern Saudi Arabia and Yemen where it inhabits the western escarpment of the Arabian Peninsula. It can be found all the way north to Taif in [...]

Aug 312014
 
20 percent of Africa's elephants killed in three years

Around 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory on the African continent in just three years, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Between 2010 and 2012 an average of 6.8 percent of the elephant population was killed annually, equaling just over 20 percent of the [...]

Aug 302014
 
Cardenal común, Red crested Cardinal, Paroaria coronata

Que lindo que es ir a un lugar en particular y encontrar aves que en la mayoría de las veces es mas frecuente observarlas en cautiverio presas en la crueldad de una jaula. En Colonia Carlos Pellegrini / Corrientes es casi seguro que se van a encontrar con mas Cardenales que Gorriones, todos conviviendo pacíficamente [...]

Aug 302014
 
New skeleton frog from Madagascar is already critically endangered

Sometimes all it takes is fewer clicks. Scientists have discovered a new species of frog from Madagascar that stuck out in part because it “clicked” less during calls than similar species. Unfortunately the scientists believe the new species—dubbed the Ankarafa skeleton frog (Boophis ankarafensis)—is regulated to a single patch of forest, which, despite protected status, [...]

Aug 292014
 
White-tailed Lapwing – Dhahran Hills

On Thursday I relocated the White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus that Phil had found about ten days earlier on the muddy edge of the percolation pond. This is only the third record I know of for the camp although there have been quite a few records for the Eastern Province. Phil also found four birds on [...]

Aug 292014
 
Orcas - Always expect the unexpected

A moderate rain shower as we got under-way from Tobermory harbour for our Whalewatch Explorer on Monday 7th July. The natives would call it ‘dreich’ but the forecast said things would improve as the day went on. We were making our way through an area of sea nicknamed ‘the middle grounds’ which is a little [...]

Aug 292014
 
When forests aren't really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations

At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of forest cover were gained, while about 1.1 million hectares were lost. On [...]

Aug 282014
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 23 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Nitin Jain for his outstanding image “Hunter”, John Jennings wins Second Prize with “Diedrick Cuckoo” and Third Prize goes to Andrew Butterfield for “Red Panda” (click on thumbnails for full scale view). See detailed [...]

Aug 282014
 
Bridled Terns – Al Jarrim Island South (Bahrain)

The Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus is a common summer breeding visitor to offshore islands in the Gulf and Red Sea. Brian Meadows (Bull B.O.C 2003) mentioned 175 pairs breeding on islets north of Yanbu al-Bahr 18 June 1993. Summer visitor to all coasts nesting on islands occasionally. In 1988 Jennings visited the Farasan Islands and [...]

Aug 282014
 
Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?

Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate – known as tarsiers – in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE. “There does seem to be a [...]