Oct 162017
 
POLL: Should hippos have a higher level of protection under CITES?

It seems almost incomprehensible that the desire for an ivory ornament or piece of jewellery justifies the slaughter of a majestic elephant, but as their populations continue to crash, the ever-hungry black market has become creative in order to satisfy its greed. Now, ivory hunters are setting their sights on everything from arctic narwhals to […]

Oct 152017
 
Picaflor de barbijo (Blue-tufted Starthroat) Heliomaster furcifer

Una vez mas y como todos los años el Picaflor de barbijo nuevamente apareció por mi casa; este año se demoró unos días mas y realizó su primera visita de la temporada Primavera Verano 2017 durante la tarde del pasado 28 de Agosto. Luciendo a pleno el plumaje nupcial con su garganta de color púrpura […]

Oct 152017
 
POLL: Would you support the reintroduction of the wolf in the UK?

For anyone raised on Grimms’ fairytales – or wary of cows, hostile-looking geese – there have always been certain obvious difficulties with ambitious rewilding campaigns. Reintroducing beavers is one thing. Boars: maybe. But among the more appealing aspects of life in Britain, for the nervous, is the relative certainty of never encountering a wolf pack. […]

Oct 142017
 
Beema Yellow Wagtail – Jubail

Whilst birdwatching the Jubail area at the end of September I came across a small group of Sykse’s Yellow Wagtail beema. The Yellow Wagtail is a common passage migrant through the whole of Arabia with many thousands passing through the Eastern Province alone. Birds are common in the spring migration period but less common in […]

Oct 132017
 
Pennington Marsh - 29th October

I had a few hours to spare after dropping Tobias at school and so had a quick wander around the marshes. Wandering along the Ancient Highway past Efford Lagoon there were now 42 Tufted Duck, my highest count yet, while 25 Swallow and three Sand Martin foraged overhead. I spent some time grilling a Common […]

Oct 132017
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on Monsanto's glyphosate?

Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference. It is the first time MEPs have used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access for firms that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings. Monsanto officials will now be […]

Oct 122017
 
Macuquito (Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper) Lochmias nematura

En una de las tantas recorridas que los amigos pudieron realizar por zonas aledañas de Cerro Corá Misiones han tenido una nueva oportunidad de encontrarse con esta especie residente en arroyos selváticos del noreste de la Argentina. Afortunadamente todavía existen al sur de Misiones algunos remanentes selváticos por los cuales transitan numerosos cursos de agua […]

Oct 122017
 
Is the ‘Extinct’ Javan Tiger Still Alive in Indonesia?

No one’s actually seen the animal for 40 years, but a wildlife ranger in Indonesia has snapped photos and video of a tiger that many believe is long extinct. The Javan tiger is one of the nine subspecies of tiger. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List declared it extinct in […]

Oct 112017
 
POLL: Should outdoor cats be prevented from killing birds?

More than 1 million native Australian birds are killed across the country by cats every day, new research shows. The study, published in the journal Biological Conversation, estimates feral cats kill 316 million birds a year, while pet cats kill 61 million birds annually. More than 99% are native. “Everyone knows that cats kill birds, […]

Oct 102017
 
Be Sure To Be An eBirder

Somewhere between the Arctic and Southwest Florida is a place to relax and do some good birding. One of those great places to bird is in Killingworth, Connecticut. With the ability to observe action at a leisurely pace, typically 15 minutes before sunrise and beyond with a desire to increase my bird list, it has […]

Oct 102017
 
Can the Javan rhino be saved before disaster strikes?

As the old saying warns, it’s bad enough to put all your eggs in one basket. If you have to, though, at least try not to leave that basket sitting on the beach under an active volcano. Unfortunately, that’s basically the situation of the last population of the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus). The Javan rhino […]