May 312013
 
Hot jump!

Esta hembrita de sobrepuesto (Lessonia rufa) buscaba alimento realizando carreritas por la costa del lago Tromen, en Neuquen, Argentina. Las pequeñas piedras , de origen volcánico, típico en la zona; estaban a buena temperatura la que sufrieron mis codos echado cuerpo a tierra para lograr la toma en el momento justo en que daba un […]

May 312013
 
Best Photo of the Week Ended 18 May 2013

We are delighted to announce the winners of our most recent “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. Frank Comisar wins First Prize for his outstanding image “Blast Off! taken at Bosque del Apache”. Scott Simmons wins Second Prize with “Roseate Spoonbill Landing” and Dana Allen wins Third Prize with “Getting Your Feet Wet in Botswana”. […]

May 312013
 
Scientists discover two mini-spiders in China (photos)

Scientists have uncovered two miniature spiders living on mountains in China’s southern region, one of which is among the smallest spiders recorded worldwide, according to a new paper in ZooKeys. Both spiders belong to the Mysmenidae family, which is made up of mini-spiders with eight eyes. “Although the family Mysmenidae is distributed worldwide, it is […]

May 312013
 
Great Crested Flycatcher at Lower Wekiwa River Preserve

This morning I drove out to the Lower Wekiwa River Preserve in northeast Seminole County. I was hoping to find a Bachman’s Sparrow here. After walking about 2 miles or so, I found two, and it looked like they were paired. Unfortunately, they didn’t stay out in the open long enough for photos, but it […]

May 312013
 
Industry, fires and poachers shrink Sumatran tigers' last stronghold

Karman Lubis’s body was found near where he had been working on a Sumatran rubber plantation. His head was found several days later a mile away and they still haven’t found his right hand. He had been mauled by a Sumatran tiger that has been living in Batang Gadis National Park and he was one […]

May 312013
 
Why was our blog unreachable?

You probably realized that our blog has been out of action during the last couple of days. The main hard-drive on our server had to be replaced due to a major technical defect. We hope that this has not inconvenienced you too much and that you’ll continue to enjoy our articles and newsletters. Best wishes […]

May 312013
 
Turning up the temperature might save frogs' lives

Over the past 30 years, amphibians worldwide have been infected with a lethal skin disease known as the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). “The disease can cause rapid mortality, with infected frogs of susceptible species dying within weeks of infection in the laboratory.” Jodi Rowley, a herpetologist with the Australian Museum told mongabay.com. “This disease […]

May 302013
 
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaectus albicilla) – Danube Delta, Romania, May 2013

During this month’s group tour to The Danube Delta we we had returned to our floating ‘pnton’ or hotel which was berthed on one of the many tributaries and courses of the old Danube, relaxing with a beer on the mid-deck when this lovely adult White-tailed Eagle flew towards the boat and landed directly opposite […]

May 302013
 
Fipronil named as fourth insecticide to pose risk to honeybees

A widely used insect nerve agent has been labelled a “high acute risk” to honeybees by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A similar assessment by the EFSA on three other insecticides preceded the suspension of their use in the European Union. “The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as […]

May 302013
 
Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers

One evening last June, wildlife rangers heard a burst of gunfire in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They followed the sound to a group of poachers attacking elephants for their ivory. When confronted, the poachers opened fire with an arsenal that included PKMs, AKs, G3s, and FNs. Outgunned, the rangers […]

May 302013
 
13 year search for Taiwan's top predator comes up empty-handed

After 13 years of searching for the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), once hopeful scientists say they believe the cat is likely extinct. For more than a decade scientists set up over 1,500 camera traps and scent traps in the mountains of Taiwan where they believed the cat may still be hiding out, only […]