Feb 292016
 
POLL: Should the trafficking of all wildlife be banned?

The “year of the monkey” dawned recently in China – and with it, a trendy new exotic pet. Pygmy marmosets are all the rage among China’s wealthy elite, who are forgoing legality and snapping up baby monkeys at around $4,500 (£3,200) each. The internet has exploded with photos of the so-called “thumb monkeys,” while conservationists […]

Feb 282016
 
Aguilucho colorado (Savanna Hawk) Buteogallus meridionalis

De nuestros últimos viajes al Club Refugio Ombú rescaté estas dos fotografías que elegí para compartir hoy, en la primera toma pueden ver a un Aguilucho colorado adulto perchando al costado del camino de acceso al club, y en la segunda un individuo juvenil fotografiado por Nicolás dentro de las instalaciones del club.     […]

Feb 282016
 
150,000 penguins die after giant iceberg renders colony landlocked

An estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins living in Antarctica have died after an iceberg the size of Rome became grounded near their colony, forcing them to trek 60km to the sea for food. The penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay used to live close to a large body of open water. However, in 2010 a […]

Feb 272016
 
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area 12 February, Phil Roberts and I saw a Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus. This was a new species for the Eastern Province for me although Phil had seen one previously. They are a common and widespread breeding resident on the Tihamah and southern Red Sea coastlands, less common in the Northern […]

Feb 262016
 
Daily Dose of PIKA

Ohhh. I guess I may have scared some people off with my last few rants about Malheur and grazing, huh? Guess that’s what happens when you give a damn. “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul” my friends. Passion, it’s healthy. Truth and justice, I like it. (Below: the tiniest pika I’ve seen […]

Feb 262016
 
POLL: Should the killing of birds in Southern Europe be allowed to continue?

Jonathan Franzen’s 2015 film “Emptying the Skies” about the illegal trapping of songbirds along the Mediterranean coast does a thorough, sobering job of covering what is a pretty grotesque practice. Once again our blog is sponsoring “The Dutch Knights” in the “Champions of the Flyway” event on 29th March 2016. They will line up in […]

Feb 252016
 
Study identifies parrots as most-threatened bird group

Scientists, including staff from BirdLife International and the Australian National University, have published new research indicating that parrots (Psittaciformes) are among the most threatened groups of bird species, with 28% of extant species (111 out of 398) classified as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List. On average, the study confirms that parrots are more […]

Feb 242016
 
POLL: Should US zoos be allowed to import wild elephants from Africa?

Under intense criticism from animal welfare groups and others—and now facing a lawsuit—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently approved a permit allowing three U.S. zoos to import 18 wild elephants from Swaziland. The elephants—3 males and 15 females ranging from 6 to 25 years old­—will go to the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, […]

Feb 232016
 
2016 – The Year of the Otter

Otters are special animals – not only are they wonderful to watch but they are great indicators to a healthy environment. And yet all over the world they are being exploited for commercial gain and in some places hunted almost to extinction.     DID YOU KNOW THAT FOR EVERY TIGER SKIN FOUND THERE ARE […]