Feb 282014
 
New Study Provides Insights into Genetic History of European Beaver

European beaver (Castor fiber) has been strongly affected by expanding human populations for many thousands of years, says a team of genetic scientists led by Prof Michi Hofreiter from the University of York, UK, and the University of Potsdam, Germany. Beavers have long been an important resource for human populations across the northern continents. Their […]

Feb 282014
 
Penguins suffering from climate change, scientists say

Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown. Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and Antarctica. At both locations, the beguiling birds face an uncertain future. Climate change is killing chicks from the […]

Feb 282014
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 22 Feb 2014

We are delighted to announce the RESULTS of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded toHarry Eggens for his outstanding photo ‘I’ll Surrender’. Jamie MacArthur wins Second Prize with ‘Success’ and Third Prize goes toHerman Veenendaal for’Black Skimmer’ (see images below). Submit your Photo for the Next Competition Don’t delay! […]

Feb 272014
 
Juniper Gorge-fest 2014

We have a pretty good sized juniper (not sure of the species) in our backyard that produced a TON of berries (cones, rather) this season. The Yellow-rumped warblers have really enjoyed this. So have the cedar waxwings and robins, but the butterbutts (yellow-rumpeds) own this tree, no questions asked. I’ve enjoyed watching them go absolutely […]

Feb 272014
 
Scientists discover new gecko hanging-on in single forest fragment

Scientists have identified a new species of day gecko that is the largest in its genus (Cnemaspis) to be found in Sri Lanka. To date, it has been observed only within the Rammalakanda Reserve in southern Sri Lanka, an area spanning just 1,700 hectares, raising questions about the viability of this population and hence the […]

Feb 262014
 
Join the 1st World Giraffe Day and help save these gentle giants

Giraffe population has declined by 40% over the last 15 years. Less than 80.000 exist in the wild today. In Africa, for every giraffe there are 5 elephants. Habitat loss, disease and poaching are decimating these gentle giants at a worrying pace. Urgent action is necessary to protect these extraordinary animals. You can act now! […]

Feb 262014
 
Smile for the European goldfinch!

Carduelis carduelis – Like many small migratory passerine birds, I did not see many goldfinches this year in the south of France. It really is my fetish passerine, having rescued and hand raised a few when I was young! Although the cage remained opened they preferred to spend the night inside for safety and eat […]

Feb 262014
 
Lemmings fuel biggest snowy-owl migration in 50 years

  For the lowly Arctic lemming, life is cruel. In a flash before death, often the last things a lemming sees are the deadly talons of a majestic snowy owl. A mass sacrifice of this rodent with stubby legs probably gave rise to what scientists are calling the largest snowy-owl irruption in at least half […]

Feb 262014
 
Bald Eagle

Here in Citrus County we have some resident Bald Eagles Who live in the Landfill. They forage every day for food within the garbage that is trucked in everyday. You can photograph from the perimeter of the dumping area. Sometimes the birds fly lower allowing you to get on top.

Feb 252014
 
Stop Wildlife Killing Contests in California

After Project Coyote representatives made the case for a ban, newly elected Commission Vice President Jack Baylis put forth the motion to move forward on a formal rule making process to consider prohibiting wildlife-killing contests statewide. Speaking in favor of the motion Commission President Michael Sutton stated, “I’ve been concerned about these killing contests for […]

Feb 252014
 
Found: New Beetle Collected by Darwin 180 Years Ago

Call it a 205th birthday present: A beetle collected by Charles Darwin was declared a new species on the anniversary of his birth, February 12, 1809, a new study says. The beetle, dubbed Darwinilus sedarisi, after the naturalist and the author David Sedaris, is also a new genus of rove beetle—a group of highly diverse […]