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Aug 292015
 
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 29 Aug 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you like best of all and click the VOTE button at the bottom of the page.   […]

Aug 302015
 
Pesticides blamed for bee declines widespread in US waterways

The most comprehensive survey to date of pollution in the US from a controversial group of pesticides has found the chemicals are widespread in streams and rivers. Though not considered a human health threat, the findings underscore the environmental ubiquity and potential for ecological harm of neonicotinoids. While neonicotinoids have been blamed for fuelling declines […]

Aug 292015
 
Acapulco Birding, Aug. 2015

Yesterday I returned from my service project in Acapulco, Mexico. We were working with an orphanage there, and my time was pretty filled up with that. However, in the mornings I was able to walk along the streets around the campus and see what birds I could find. I found four new life birds on […]

Aug 282015
 
Rare New Zealand birds killed accidentally as cull goes wrong

In a tragic case of mistaken identity, four critically endangered takahē birds have been accidentally killed in New Zealand after hunters misidentified the animals as a more common species. The mixup occurred at a sanctuary on Motutapu Island, where volunteers from the Deerstalkers Association, a national body representing hunters, were participating in a regulated cull […]

Aug 272015
 
Tanzania turns a blind eye to poaching as elephant populations plunge

For tour guides in Tanzania, the results of a continental elephant census showing that the country had lost two-thirds of its herd in five years and become Africa’s ivory trading hub came as no surprise. They’d tried to prevent tourists from seeing the melting skins and drying bones littering the Selous ecosystem in southern Tanzania […]

Aug 262015
 
Denmark Supports the Slaughter of Pilot Whales and Dolphins

Who are the deceitful Danes disguised as Faroese who kill whales? A bit of research into Faroese holders of Danish passports is revealing. According to the attached Faroese article, 86% of the people of the Faroe Islands have chosen to hold the Danish passport. They are given a choice of holding the red Danish passport […]

Aug 252015
 
Owls use 'stealth technology' to help capture prey

Owls are equipped with highly developed stealth technology that helps them swoop on prey undetected, a study has shown. The nocturnal hunters have feathers that absorb aerodynamic sound and suppress the vibrations that occur when a bird beats its wings. During flight, an owl’s feathers extract mechanical energy and convert it into heat. The result […]

Aug 242015
 
Savanna's Treasure: a Children's Wildlife Story with a Difference!

In Behren’s first illustrated children’s book, Savanna’s Treasure, a field mouse and a young elephant form an unlikely friendship as they seek refuge from evil poachers. Shamba, a friendly Serengeti field mouse, lives at an American zoologist’s campsite with his friend Panya. The two mice enjoy the American’s food and protection from the gnarly gang […]