Sep 302015
 
POLL: Should the illegal slaughter of songbirds in Cyprus be stopped?

Only one road runs through the Cypriot village of Xylophagou, and the traffic rarely stops. There is a florist selling dusty ferns in pots, a hardware shop protected by a gaggle of surly-looking youths on mopeds, and a deserted fast-food outlet. The main parade ends at a cafe overlooking a roundabout that leads the way […]

Sep 292015
 
After 60 million years of extreme living, seabirds are crashing

Every day for sixty million years, seabirds have performed mind-boggling acts of derring-do: circumnavigating the globe without rest, diving more than 200 meters in treacherous seas for a bite of lunch, braving the most unpredictable weather on the planet as if it were just another Tuesday and finding their way home in waters with few, […]

Sep 282015
 
Pelagic Trip from Black Point Marina, 9/20/2014

Sunday I went with some friends on a pelagic trip out to Miami. I’ve never birded in Miami-Dade County before, so I was hoping for some lifers. We had west winds all day, though, so birds were sparse. We didn’t see a single shearwater the whole day, and we saw only a handful of Sooty […]

Sep 282015
 
POLL: Should the ban on rhino horn trade be lifted?

Two South Africans who farm rhinos on game ranches appeared in court today in Pretoria seeking to overturn the country’s ban on the domestic rhino horn trade. John Hume and Johan Kruger argue that the ban, which has been in force since 2009, is unconstitutional. And they claim it has contributed to the recent sharp […]

Sep 272015
 
Collared pratincole twitched at Raysut

I finally saw collared pratincole in Oman yesterday. It became bird number 295 on my Oman list. Thanks are due to Jens Eriksen for tipping me off that four were at Raysut settling pools. It wasn’t easy as I was at work at the time the message came through. I left work at the close […]

Sep 272015
 
POLL: Should the annual Canadian seal hunt be banned?

The Canadian government in early March announced this year’s quota for its annual, and highly controversial, seal hunt. The allocation for 2015? 468,000 harp, hooded and grey seals. In an effort to minimize inhumane treatment, the Canadian government mandates that seals can only be killed using a high-powered rifle or shotgun, a club or a […]

Sep 262015
 
Halconcito colorado (American Kestrel) Falco sparverius

Regresando del Club Refugio Ombú el 5 de Julio pasado como es habitual nos demoramos unas dos o tres horas en ocasiones para recorrer los kilómetros del camino de tierra hacia la Ruta 12. Siempre aparece algo interesante o como en este caso alguna especie en particular se queda perchando en alguno de los tantos […]

Sep 252015
 
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 26 Sep 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. After […]

Sep 252015
 
Video: Siberian Tiger Release

By rescuing Zolushka from poachers as a cub, and returning her to the wild, IFAW works to replenish the dwindling number of Siberian Tigers left in the wild.               For more information on IFAW and their mission to rescue animals around the world, please visit: http://www.ifaw.org