Jul 312015
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 01 Aug 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.   […]

Jul 312015
Spring Migration Tour on The Strait of Gibraltar with Stephen Daly. 13th-20th April 2016

Spring Migration – Watching Birds and other Wildlife crossing from Africa to Europe.             A male Montagu’s Harrier displaying near Casas Viejas-Benalup A White Stork flock arrives at Bolonia, with Morocco in the background The Strait of Gibraltar awaits the return of wintering birds from Africa to Europe each spring […]

Jul 312015
Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence

How do you tell two species apart? Let’s say you’re investigating a bird with two populations. One lives in the savanna, the other in the forest. The savanna population eats grasshoppers, but the one in the forest eats beetles. The savanna bird is big-bodied with a curvy beak; the forest bird is smaller with a […]

Jul 302015
Flight School

The 2015 class of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) naval aviators started flight school this week! I’ve been watching these youngsters on daily dog-walks in the park since early May. When they first showed up I noticed the their resemblance, in size and coloration, to the yellow puffball flowers of the American sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) towering […]

Jul 302015
POLL: Should lion canned hunting be banned?

Up to 7,000 lions are living behind bars in South Africa. Raised in captivity on private breeding farms and hunting “reserves,” some of these animals are petted as cubs by tourists, who can also walk alongside or even feed more mature lions. Eventually, many are shot in “canned” hunts, in which lions are pursued and […]

Jul 292015
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 7/18/2015

The Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area arguably boasts the best inland birding in the State of Florida. But until recently most of the area has been closed to the general public most of the year. During the annual Christmas Bird Count, birders are granted access to the restoration area, but most of the area […]

Jul 292015
Beloved Storks, Emblems of Fertility, Rebounding in France

The same rule applies walking through the streets of Alsace, France, as it does in the Sistine Chapel: Don’t forget to look up. Nowadays, white storks—harbingers of fertility and good fortune—perch above Alsace (map) in nests that can grow large enough to almost fit a smart car. This wasn’t always true: Rewind to the 1980s, […]

Jul 282015
Can Rewilding Bring Nature Back to Modern Britain?

Britain’s most endangered animals and plants have declined by 58 percent since the 1970s, and one in ten is threatened with extinction, according to a recent report. The U.K. has lost 44 million birds since 1966 and, historically, more large mammals—including wolves, lynx, bears, beavers, boars, moose, bison, and wolverines—than any other European country except […]

Jul 272015
Red Milkweed Beetle

The red milkweed beetle is another nice summer insect. It’s a longhorned beetle, in the family Cerambycidae. Check out its extreme antennae. The red milkweed beetle’s genus and species names are derived from Latin and mean four-eyed. Many species in the longhorned beetle family have antennae that originate close to the eyes, some so close […]

Jul 272015
POLL: Should the ban on bee-killing pesticides be continued?

Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban. Opponents called the decision “scandalous” and criticised the government’s secrecy, which The Guardian revealed has included gagging its own expert advisers. But prime minister David Cameron defended the move. “We should follow […]

Jul 262015
Curutié blanco (Stripe-crowned Spinetail) Cranioleuca pyrrhophia

En este último viaje a los Esteros del Iberá pude mejorar mis fotografías del Curutié blanco durante la tarde del día 16 de Mayo pasado. Este Curutié creo que fue el pájaro al que mas fotografiamos entre todos; habíamos decidido ir con el grupo a los Esteros de Cambá Trapo, fuimos entre 7 personas porque […]

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