Dec 312017
 
Andaman Islands - 29th November (Day 5)

Today we were up at 03:45 for a 04:15 departure from our hotel in Port Blair with a limited number of endemic birds to see. We headed back to the Government Secondary School in Port Blair to try for Barn Owl of the endemic subspecies deroepstorffi. Arriving just as the sun was rising we waited […]

Dec 312017
 
Why Whistleblowers Are the Answer to Global Wildlife Trafficking

Whistleblowers are the number one source of fraud detection across the world. In fact, whistleblowers are such an incredibly valuable tool in fraud detection, that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) give out millions of dollars in monetary rewards every year through their dedicated whistleblower programs to whistleblowers who […]

Dec 302017
 
Queensland man to face court over death of 5.2-metre crocodile

A man is expected to face court in central Queensland next month accused of shooting dead a 5.2-metre saltwater crocodile. The reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton on 21 September. A 31-year-old Etna Creek man has been issued with a notice to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 12 January […]

Dec 292017
 
POLL: Should the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears be banned nationwide?

Conservationists are finally celebrating an epic victory after decades of fighting to protect grizzly bears in British Columbia. In August, the government announced its commitment to ending grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the province. While the news was welcomed at the time, major concerns were raised about a loophole that […]

Dec 282017
 
Reinita Coronicastaña (Palm Warbler) Setophaga palmarum

En Cuba ocurre prácticamente lo mismo que en mi país (con respecto a las aves obviamente)…. el pájaro mas fotogénico y por lo tanto mas fácil de fotografiar, es el que mas abunda. En Varadero el Chipe playero, Bijirita de palma, o la Cigüita de palmar como también se lo conoce entre tantos nombres regionales, […]

Dec 282017
 
Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis

Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines. The “live slow, die old” strategy […]

Dec 272017
 
Photographic Maps for the Primates, Warthogs, Dik-diks, and Hyraxes of Africa

By Yvonne A. de Jong and Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl The design and implementation of effective conservation measures for primates, warthogs, dik-diks, and hyraxes requires an efficient, low cost, and accessible resource for the identification of species and subspecies. Although photographs cannot replace an adequate museum collection as […]

Dec 272017
 
White-eared Bulbul – Dhahran Hills

Whilst birding Dhahran I came across a White-eared Bulbul with a very large grub in its beak. It was in the trees at the edge of the golf course, but would not come out fully into the open. White-eared Bulbul is a very common species in Dhahran with the birds appearing to be of the […]

Dec 272017
 
POLL: Should the UK finally abandon its controversial badger cull?

Nearly 20,000 badgers were culled this autumn as part of the government’s attempt to reduce bovine TB in cattle, in what critics called the largest destruction of a protected species in living memory. The 19,274 dead badgers is almost twice as many as last year after 11 new cull zones were added to a swath […]

Dec 262017
 
Do Partridges Really Live in Pear Trees?

The lucky recipient in the classic Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” got 23 birds over the course of the holiday season. Hopefully they didn’t live in a studio apartment. In the yuletide spirit, we’re taking a closer look at the birds immortalized in the English folk song, first published around 1780. Seven Swans […]