May 232018
 
Are bees wildlife?

Why don’t we see bees like another nuisance insect that stings like a vulgar scolopendra or worse, a mosquito? Somewhere deep down, humans have computed that these originally coloured flying darts are more than “just” insects. Bees are one of the most well spread out species families in the kingdom of life. Where there are […]

May 232018
 
POLL: Should the use of wild animals in entertainment be banned?

If prom ideas could be graded, this one definitely deserves an “F”. During the “Welcome to the Jungle”-themed Christopher Columbus High School prom in Miami on May 11, live, exotic animals were put on display. These included a lemur, two macaws, an African fennec fox – and a tiger that was rolled out in a […]

May 222018
 
Lakenheath Haven for the Reed Bunting

At Lakenheath today we had three flight views of the Bitterns along with several views of the constantly calling Cuckoo. No Cranes today but we did find a smart drake Garganey on the scrape. A single Hobby was seen flying in and then sitting in a tree to give good scope views and the reserve […]

May 222018
 
‘Paradise and hell’: the battle to save the forest elephant

Deep in the steamy rainforest of Gabon, a poaching gang’s night-time fire is smouldering and two long elephant tusks lie among the tangled roots. The axe that hacked them off lies nearby. Just after dawn, the insect buzz and bird chatter is suddenly pierced by a whistle blast and camouflaged park guards burst out from […]

May 212018
 
South-East China - 24th April (Day 3)

Our first full birding day and we were raring to go, we were up at 05:00 and into the bus by 05:30 we were on site at the Dongtai seawall by 05:45 where we had breakfast of banana, Snicker’s bars and various bread with hot sweet coffee on the seawall. Scanning during our breakfast produced […]

May 212018
 
POLL: Should fur farms be banned and closed down?

An undercover investigation of a fur farm in Canada has exposed heartbreaking animal suffering, and the sad reality for mink who are raised and killed for their fur. The investigation was conducted by Last Chance for Animals (LCA) at the Millbank Fur Farm Ltd., in Ontario, where more than 40,000 mink are housed. According to […]

May 212018
 
Thrush Nightingale

May, guiding and demanding kids makes blogging difficult! Yesterday I guided Gene and Susan from Minnesota and we had a great day under a hot sun. Marsh Harrier, Water Rail, Shoveler, Ruff, Wryneck, Osprey, Icterine, Reed and Sedge Warbler plus all three flycatchers was a pretty good showing. Today, as forecast, we had rain in […]

May 202018
 
POLL: Should Canada Ban Whale and Dolphin Captivity?

After years of delays, animal advocates are again hopeful that Canadian lawmakers will move to pass legislation banning whale and dolphin captivity. The legislation, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act (S-203), would effectively phase out captivity by banning captive breeding, imports, exports and live captures of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada, […]

May 182018
 
Churrinche (Vermillion Flycatcher) Pyrocephalus rubinus

Durante las últimas veces que recorrí la Reserva del Arroyo Itá pude encontrarme con varios individuos de esta especie migratoria, coincidiendo con los registros anteriores para la misma época del año nuevamente pude registrar a individuos juveniles que se quedan por estas latitudes para pasar el invierno, o quizás esperan un poco mas de tiempo […]

May 182018
 
The impact of plastic on our oceans

Around 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, with these vast, wondrous bodies of water an essential part of our planet’s lifecycle. Plastic, however, is a serious threat to our oceans, and the wildlife that are so dependent on them. Ocean pollution is a huge issue, with plastic a particularly prominent pollutant. Researchers […]

May 182018
 
Common Kingfisher (Alcedinidae) Having a good stretch

  Watching nature you often see them doing mostly the “I know you’re there” act regardless of how well you camouflage yourself or make yourself look like a bush. It makes it a treat when you can make a species so comfortable with you that they “ignore you” and go about their daily lives such […]

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