Our world has many unique and rare animals including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. The pressure of the growing global population, however, continues to drive the trend of increasing land use by humans leading to habitat loss for wild animals. Only a few of the many species at risk of extinction actually make it to the endangered species lists. Many more species will become extinct without gaining public notice.

Dec 042014
Promote Our Logos

Please help us to increase awareness about the urgent need to preserve biodiversity by mounting one of our attractive, animated butterfly logos on your website or blog. Choose the logo according to the background color of your web page and the width of your sidebar. The logos do not need to be downloaded to your […]

Jun 122014
Zebras for the win! Africa's longest land migration discovered

With food and water scarce in many parts of Africa, many species migrate long-distances in order to survive. A new study published in the journal, Oryx has found a new record-breaker for the continent’s longest tracked terrestrial migration: a huge group of zebras that traveled a total distance of 500 kilometers (300 miles). The journey […]

Jun 112014
Saving Darwin's finches from blood-sucking parasites

In two small areas of mangrove forest on the west side of Isabela, the largest of the Galápagos Islands, the 80 or so remaining members of one of the world’s most endangered bird species are in serious trouble. Philornis downsi, a parasitic fly brought to the archipelago by humans, lays its eggs in the nests […]

Jun 102014
Bird of the Week: Varied Bunting

Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation. Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the […]

Jun 092014
Oldest Known Fossil of Nectarivorous Bird Discovered

Fossilized pollen grains found in the stomach of a 47-miilion-year-old Pumiliornis tessellatus, a tiny bird that lived in what is now Germany during Eocene, are earliest direct evidence of flower-visiting by birds.       Fossil evidence for the existence of pollinating insects dates back to the Cretaceous period. Until now, however, there had been […]

Jun 082014
Northern Climes to Nicaragua: Long-distance Migrants on Shade Coffee Farms

The challenges facing bird conservation can seem insurmountable. And it’s true that some of the threats—climate change, habitat loss—are overwhelming in their scope. But as American Bird Conservancy has been pointing out for years, sometimes even the smallest changes can have enormous effects, from keeping your cat inside to making the right choices when you […]

Jun 062014
Restless Muse on Migrating Birds

Aristotle was a brilliant philosopher and observer of nature. He pioneered the study of zoology, but he was utterly clueless about bird migration. The seasonal appearance and disappearance of the birds in his native Greece perplexed him. Similar appearing species must be “transmuted” into each other across seasons, he reasoned, to explain the disappearance of […]

Jun 052014
Urgent action needed to protect seabirds, say RSPB Scotland

Scotland’s seabird populations are in need of “urgent action” to halt significant, long-term declines, according to a report. A study from RSPB Scotland proposes creating seven sites to be designated as Special Protection Areas (SPA) to protect key feeding areas. It claims that the Scottish government is in danger of breaking conservation legislation if no […]

Jun 032014
RSPB uses drone to keep watch on Britain's vulnerable birds

Military technology used to hunt down insurgents in Afghanistan has been taken up by Britain’s biggest nature conservation charity to safeguard some of the country’s rarest birds. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is using a remotely controlled drone to spy on the nests of endangered breeds and monitor the progress of […]

Jun 022014
Specieswatch: Egyptian goose

After struggling to survive Britain’s cold winters for more than 300 years the Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus, is undergoing a population explosion. Once confined to a small area of Norfolk the goose is now abundant across Greater London and surrounding counties and has been reported breeding in the West Country and as far north as […]

Jun 022014
 Western Wind-Dancer: Chestnut-collared Longspur

Longspurs are named for the long claw on the bird’s hind toe. The Chestnut-collared Longspur is an iconic species of shortgrass prairie, once nesting at sites grazed by bison or disturbed by fire. Today, with most native habitat gone, it is often found in pastures and airstrips. Declining migrants like this one need habitat on […]