In the shadows of Machu Picchu, scientists find ‘extinct’ cat-sized mammal

Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living cat-sized mammal that, until now, was only known from fossils. The Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla rat (Cuscomys oblativa) was first described from two enigmatic skulls discovered in Incan pottery sculpted 400 years ago. Dug up by […]

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POLL: Should the Monk Parakeet be eradicated in the UK?

It has taken nets propelled by bungee cords, egg stealing and £260,000, but the days of the monk parakeet in the UK are now numbered. A programme to eradicate the colourful but non-native bird that started in 2011 has brought the population down to the last 50 birds, according to the latest government estimate. How […]

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Central Winds Park, 9/15/2014

This morning I visited Central Winds Park. I’d seen some pretty nice eBird reports over the weekend, I was not disappointed. Central Winds has been pretty slow so far this Fall, but this morning I found 11 species of warbler, including my top goal for the morning, a Blackburnian Warbler. I’m still waiting for thrushes […]

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Wildlife Licences: Can’t Shoot Robins, but Egyptian Geese are Game

Landowners wanting to be allowed to shoot robins, pied wagtails, starlings and other favourite birds seen eating their crops have been rebuffed by the government. But shooters will be able to legally kill or destroy the nests of Egyptian geese and trap and release protected birds like song thrushes, blue tits and dunnocks found foraging […]

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Fueguero común, Hepatic Tanager, Piranga flava

Macho de fueguero fotografiado con lujo de detalles en el comedero del campo de Angel Prato en Curuzú Cuatiá en varias oportunidades durante la jornada del día Viernes 25 de Julio pasado. Realmente se disfruta tener a esta belleza tan cerca luciendo tan tranquilamente su notable rojo en el entorno. Solamente en las dos primeras […]

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‘Canary in the cornfield’: Monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) […]

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Japan’s whaling has produced more sushi than science

In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed […]

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Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 20 Sep 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Pam Mullins for her outstanding image “Sunset Landing”, Nitin Jain wins Second Prize with “Weaver” and Third Prize is shared by Raj Dhage with “Mottled Wood Owl” and Howard Cheek with “Let’s get it […]

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