Aug 272014
Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

This is the first part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part II discusses in more detail what their shrinking habitat and low numbers may mean for their future. The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s [...]

Aug 262014
Alilicucú común, Tropical Screech-Owl, Megascops choliba

Comparto hoy una nueva serie de fotografías del Alilicucú que frecuenta la casa del amigo Luis Krause en Rincón Ombú Chico, tenemos la gran suerte de que no es solo uno el individuo que se deja fotografiar, en la mayoría de las oportunidades en las que se acercó a la casa lo hizo acompañado de [...]

Aug 262014
Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite! You likely know great white sharks from their many appearances in the media, from “Jaws” to “Finding Nemo” and coverage across local news networks. [...]

Aug 252014
Male Little Bittern – Dhahran Hills

Little Bittern is an unusual species to see on the ‘patch’ but they are occasionally seen, primarily on the percolation pond. This year I have seen less than normal, probably as the reed beds are not very well developed from their clearance last year. In April I saw a male in the spray fields, which [...]

Aug 252014
Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction - Can It Be Saved?

The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California, is rapidly going extinct, an international team of scientists reported earlier this month. The researchers say that the marine mammals – whose name means “little cow” in Spanish – are accidentally drowning in the gill nets local fishers deploy for fish and shrimp. [...]

Aug 232014
Minke Whales Feast Under Antarctic Ice, Study Finds

Minke whales have been discovered feasting furiously under Antarctic sea ice in a hunting strategy not seen before, scientists report. Tracked using digital tags, the whales gulped mouthfuls of krill nearly every 30 seconds-the fastest “lunge” rate ever observed in filter-feeding baleen whales, according to the new findings. The study, published in the August 13 [...]

Aug 222014
Snow Geese

I don’t remember ever feeling a chilly wind in the northeast in August until last night on my way home from work. August 15th! It reminded me of autumn, and that reminded me of snow geese. My favorite place to see migrating snow geese is the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, New [...]

Aug 222014
Google Earth spurs discovery of a 'new' chameleon species

Google Earth has spurred the discovery of another new species. In this case, the creature is a pygmy chameleon, one of four previously unknown Rhampholeon chameleon species described from the remote ‘sky islands’ in Mozambique. The Mount Mabu pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon maspictus) was discovered after Google Earth images of a tract of forest led Julian [...]