Nov 302014
 
Gamekeeper sentenced for poisoning birds as judge warns landowners

A judge has warned Britain’s rural aristocracy that they must take responsibility for the actions of their employees after a gamekeeper was sentenced for poisoning birds of prey. The RSPB described the killing of 11 birds of prey by Allen Lambert, former gamekeeper at the Stody estate near Holt in Norfolk, as the worst case […]

Nov 292014
 
The Eurasian eagle owl

Bubo bubo – Protected in France since 1964, it is the largest nocturnal top predator with its 75 cm high. Uncomfortable in broad day light its vision is unbelievable, it hunts at dawn and dusk; omnivorous, it eats anything alive including snakes, birds, fish, beetles, rodents and even fawns thanks to very strong claws. More […]

Nov 292014
 
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 29 Nov 2014

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image:  Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) perched on a branch in Costa Rica by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images […]

Nov 282014
 
Daily Dose of Cute

Hey hey! A long-tailed weasel! I saw this little friend while hanging out in PikaLand. My patience level can be pretty limited sometimes, but not when it comes to pikas, so I was rewarded by them and this long-tailed weasel, who was really curious about what I was, who I was, and what the hell […]

Nov 282014
 
Poll: Should the Hunting of Trumpeter Swans in the Mississippi Flyway be Legalized ?

Members of seven Chippewa Indian tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are allowed to hunt for swans during a two-month season that started Saturday. It represents the first legal swan hunt in the Mississippi Flyway and the first hunt anywhere that allows trumpeter swans to be legally killed. While swan lovers have been critical of […]

Nov 272014
 
Video: On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

At dawn the bush comes to life. Birds sing, a lion roars and a tiny deer steps gingerly past my veranda. As the first rays of light touch the acacias, there is a soft voice by the canvas and a tea tray is set out. Soon after sunrise, I grab my camera and climb on […]

Nov 262014
 
Video: Humpback Whales Cause Quite the Surprise As They Hunt for Herring

Each year, thousands of people embark on whale watching tours in hope of spotting the majestic humpback whale in the wild. These baleen whales—who engage in lively leaps and flips, enhanced by their thin flippers and blue-back coloration—can put on quite the show for onlookers, but there is something extra special about encountering these marine […]

Nov 252014
 
Shake if Off

All is quiet, except for the sound of doves and guinea fowl in the distance. The sky is bright blue on a winter’s morning. I am sitting in an underground research bunker in Etosha National Park in Namibia. He approaches from the southeast, ambling like they usually do. His footfalls are quiet, eerily quiet, like […]

Nov 252014
 
Poll: Should U.S. Government Kill Thousands of Birds to Save Salmon?

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she’ll be able to count […]