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Sep 302016
 
POLL: Should Namibia's cape fur seal trade be banned?

Namibian Sunshine isn’t what you might think. It’s oil derived from the blubber of the Cape fur seal, advertised online as rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and allegedly more readily absorbed by the human body—given its mammalian source—than fish oil. Since 2005 Namibia has exported almost 33,000 gallons of sunshine, nearly a third to China. […]

Sep 292016
 
Peru! Traveling to Fight Climate Change

Every year, two million people from around the world head to Peru specifically to visit Machu Picchu. Some of them want to see South American wildlife and enjoy a wonderful experience at one of the genuine wonders of the world, but their visits don’t require protection of anything outside of this area. Indeed, the sheer […]

Sep 292016
 
New Zealand kea, the world's only alpine parrot, faces extinction

The world’s only alpine parrot is at threat of extinction in New Zealand as numbers plummet in the face of threats from non-native predators and human development. The kea is the world’s only mountain-dwelling parrot and also one of the most intelligent species of bird known for their playfulness and novelty-seeking nature. The birds, which […]

Sep 282016
 
Quiet Nature Preserves Have Their Busy Days

We have a small nature preserve in town named The Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary. I like to stop in for a quick look around whenever I’m in the area. During my last visit their was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out keyeer keyeer keeyer from the top of a pine tree just as I was getting […]

Sep 282016
 
POLL: Should buzzards be killed to protect pheasants?

Tim Boxall points at a shape in the field bordering the seven-acre wooded pen where he keeps 1,500 pheasants. “Here you are,” he says. “Look! There’s one over here.” He bends down and prises the remains of a pheasant from the long grass. “That’s a buzzard kill, you can tell by the way it’s been […]

Sep 272016
 
British conservationist takes to the skies for 4,500-mile migration with swans

A British conservationist took to the skies in a motorised paraglider on Monday morning for the start of a daring 4,500-mile expedition across the Russian Arctic that will attempt to shed light on the decline of the UK’s smallest, shyest species of swan. For the next 10 weeks, Sacha Dench, 41, will act as a […]

Sep 262016
 
Feature: Sawgrass Lake Park Pt. II

Back at the main parking area at Sawgrass Lake Park Tom Obrock and I chose to follow the birders seen earlier. We would learn that the trees along the entrance to the park had warblers dripping off of them in preceding days. That was not so apparent initially, but waves of warblers did eventually pass […]

Sep 262016
 
POLL: Should moose be added to the endangered species list?

I’m on an early morning tour bus with Vince Crichton, retired wildlife biologist and renowned moose expert. In between telling moose stories and pointing out other wildlife, like a red-tailed hawk, Crichton pauses to say, “Fresh tracks.” Soon afterward two moose, as fleet as they are massive, dart through the trees, away from our vehicle. […]

Sep 252016
 
Wheatears and Wagtails at Landguard

A nice morning at Landguard NR in Suffolk where the place was alive with Wheatears, Willow Warblers and Wagtails with both Yellow and Pied in the dozens feeding and getting ready for the off. I found a couple of Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat before fly overs from both Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Common Tern […]

Sep 252016
 
Hawaiian crow could help us learn about evolutionary origins of tool-using behavior

There are only a handful of bird species known to use tools for foraging in the wild, and now the ‘Alalā, or Hawaiian crow, can be counted as one of them. According to a study published in the journal Nature this week, the New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides), which inhabits only the main island of […]

Sep 242016
 
Ratona grande (Thrush-like Wren) Campylorhynchus turdinus

Cómo se disfrutan las pajareadas cuando uno puede cumplir con un objetivo propuesto!!!!!!!!; hoy temprano a la mañana fuimos con Roby y Lucho a la Reserva Itá para aprovechar la mañana libre, al menos yo recién entro al colegio a las 11:20 y había tiempo mas que suficiente para sentarse a esperar a que aparezca […]