Feb 282015
 
Chipping Sparrow at Central Winds Park

When I moved to Florida I was very new to birding, and I knew next to nothing about sparrows. I remember going to take our dog Ella to a dog park. I didn’t know at the time that right next to this dog park was the best place to find warblers in Seminole County, Central […]

Feb 282015
 
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 28 Feb 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) perched on a branch in Ecuador by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you […]

Feb 262015
 
Four arrested for allegedly attempting to export 150 native animals to Europe

Four men are in custody in Perth accused of attempting to export more than 150 native animals from Western Australia. The men were arrested at Perth international airport earlier this month after customs was tipped off by postal workers who noticed something amiss in packages sent from destinations including Carnarvon, Tom Price and Geraldton. All […]

Feb 262015
 
42 pangolins rescued, then sold to restaurants

On February 1st, local police seized 42 live Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) from poachers and handed them over to forest rangers in Vietnam’s northern province of Bac Ninh. While the poachers were slapped with a fine, the rangers turned around and sold the live pangolins to local restaurants for a reported $56 a kilo, netting […]

Feb 252015
 
Inaguan Lyretail: Scientists Unveil New Species of Hummingbird

According to a group of ornithologists led by Dr Christopher James Clark of the University of California, Riverside, the two subspecies of a hummingbird known as the Bahama Woodstar actually represent distinct species. The Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae) is a member of the North American branch of the bee hummingbird group Mellisugini. This bird is […]

Feb 242015
 
Poll: Should the illegal trapping of birds in Cyprus be stopped?

At roughly 250 km long by 100 km wide, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is used as a crucial stopover site by migrating birds during their sea crossings. The volume of migration there is actually quite incredible with millions of songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey passing through twice a year. With such […]

Feb 232015
 
Authorities catch kingpin responsible for killing 20 rhinos

With the aid of Interpol, authorities have arrested the leader of a rhino poaching gang responsible for killing 20 Indian rhinoceros in Nepal. Last month, authorities nabbed Raj Kumar Praja in Malaysia where he had been evading capture for two years. Kumar was already evicted of 15 poaching incidents in absentia and sentenced to 15 […]

Feb 232015
 
Is It Spring Yet?

I realize the east coast of the US is reeling from the latest of many severe winter storms this winter. But here in SW Colorado spring is in the air. It has been unseasonably warm with snow pack far below normal. The ski resorts are hurting and exceptionally dry conditions may cause issues later this […]

Feb 232015
 
Goldcrests and firecrests flicker with energy

Rich, green, moss covers the ground and the feet of the tall, dark, Norway spruces. Bright yellow beams of sunlight start to spread between the trunks. The thin, high-pitched, calls and songs of goldcrests trickle down from the canopy above. One hovers and feeds among the branches near my head, completely ignoring my presence. I […]