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Sep 232014
 
Birders flock to see exotic bee-eaters

Exotic bee-eaters have had their best ever breeding attempt in the UK with eight chicks fledging from two nests, conservationists said. Two pairs of the brightly-coloured birds, which are normally found in the Mediterranean, have nested on the Isle of Wight this year. Three chicks fledged from one nest on National Trust land, in a [...]

Sep 222014
 
Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon

While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds across the vast Amazon landscape as they primarily dine on fruit. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher [...]

Sep 212014
 
Nearly Half of Our Birds Are at Risk of Extinction This Century

The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report should give us all deep cause for concern. The findings are heartbreaking: Nearly half of the bird species in the United States will be seriously threatened by 2080, and any of those could disappear forever. For the first time, Audubon scientists have analyzed decades of historical [...]

Sep 212014
 
Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

  High on bluffs overlooking the Pacific, Dominik Mosur was strolling along at 2 a.m. searching for owls. Darkness enveloped the Presidio, a historic military encampment turned national park, as Mosur made his way through cypress-scented fog. Alert in the mist as he cut through a forest, Mosur listened for the hoot of the great [...]

Sep 202014
 
Egyptian Geese

Egyptian geese are abundant in Kensington Gardens in London where I took these pictures. The bird’s native range is in the Nile Valley in Egypt and throughout subsaharan Africa. Introduced and escaped birds have established feral populations throughout southern Europe. I sometimes see Egyptian geese in urban parks in the northeastern United States. Feral populations [...]

Sep 192014
 
Norway whale catch reaches highest number since 1993

Fishermen in Norway have caught 729 whales this year, the highest number since it resumed the controversial practice in defiance of international pressure, industry sources said on Monday. “The season is more or less finished and it’s been very good,” said Svein Ove Haugland, deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation. The eventual figure [...]

Sep 192014
 
POLL: Should the Faroe Islands' whale slaughter be allowed to continue?

The recent arrest of 14 volunteers working to stop whaling in the North Atlantic Ocean’s Faroe Islands has focused a spotlight once again on a local tradition stretching back over a thousand years. Six of the protesters were found guilty this week of interfering with the grindadráp, or grind, as these drive hunts are called, [...]

Sep 182014
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 06 Sep 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Jim Ehle for his outstanding image “Final Approach”, Nitin Jain wins Second Prize with “Colorful Male” and Third Prize goes to Myer Bornstein for “Little Blue Heron Feeding” (click on thumbnails for full scale [...]

Sep 182014
 
Counting Elephants From the Air in Africa’s Newest World Heritage Site

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana—”Fifteen elephants right!” ecologist Mike Chase shouts above the roar of the single-engine Cessna. The plane swoops low over the herd of gray bodies as they wade single-file across the floodplain below. We’re flying over the channels and islands on the western periphery of the vast Okavango Delta, as part of the Botswana [...]

Sep 172014
 
A few waders back in the ditch – Dhahran Hills

The wet ditch in the camp has previously been good for getting good close views of a number of species of waders. Over the last few months, however, there have been no birds of any description present here. In the last few weeks wader passage has started in earnest and again a few birds are [...]