New Study Provides Insights into Genetic History of European Beaver

European beaver (Castor fiber) has been strongly affected by expanding human populations for many thousands of years, says a team of genetic scientists led by Prof Michi Hofreiter from the University of York, UK, and the University of Potsdam, Germany. Beavers have long been an important resource for human populations across the northern continents. Their […]

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Penguins suffering from climate change, scientists say

Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown. Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and Antarctica. At both locations, the beguiling birds face an uncertain future. Climate change is killing chicks from the […]

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Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 22 Feb 2014

We are delighted to announce the RESULTS of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded toHarry Eggens for his outstanding photo ‘I’ll Surrender’. Jamie MacArthur wins Second Prize with ‘Success’ and Third Prize goes toHerman Veenendaal for’Black Skimmer’ (see images below). Submit your Photo for the Next Competition Don’t delay! […]

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Juniper Gorge-fest 2014

We have a pretty good sized juniper (not sure of the species) in our backyard that produced a TON of berries (cones, rather) this season. The Yellow-rumped warblers have really enjoyed this. So have the cedar waxwings and robins, but the butterbutts (yellow-rumpeds) own this tree, no questions asked. I’ve enjoyed watching them go absolutely […]

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Scientists discover new gecko hanging-on in single forest fragment

Scientists have identified a new species of day gecko that is the largest in its genus (Cnemaspis) to be found in Sri Lanka. To date, it has been observed only within the Rammalakanda Reserve in southern Sri Lanka, an area spanning just 1,700 hectares, raising questions about the viability of this population and hence the […]

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POLL: Should fur farming in Finland be banned?

With its noble face and thick glossy fur, this Arctic fox may look appealing. But a glance inside its tiny wire cage reveals it is lying in its own filth. It is held with hundreds of other animals including silver and red foxes. Some have eye infections and others are so obese they can barely […]

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Join the 1st World Giraffe Day and help save these gentle giants

Giraffe population has declined by 40% over the last 15 years. Less than 80.000 exist in the wild today. In Africa, for every giraffe there are 5 elephants. Habitat loss, disease and poaching are decimating these gentle giants at a worrying pace. Urgent action is necessary to protect these extraordinary animals. You can act now! […]

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