Hundreds of giant sequoias killed by California’s Castle fire — Natural History Wanderings

Los Angeles Times Sequoia experts may never know how many of the world’s most massive trees died in the Castle fire, but judging by what they have seen so far, they say the number is certainly in the hundreds — and could easily top 1,000. Read full story at  Hundreds of giant sequoias killed by California’s […]

Hundreds of giant sequoias killed by California’s Castle fire — Natural History Wanderings

Species Loss Affects basis of Life of Humans — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports Current species loss also affects our food, water supply, building materials and energy sources. This is confirmed by one of the biggest biodiversity experiments. Researchers found that ecosystem functions cannot only be predicted from the properties of plants, but that the entire complexity of biotic and abiotic interactions has to be considered. Read […]

Species Loss Affects basis of Life of Humans — Natural History Wanderings

Ashy Flycatcher — de Wets Wild

Fraseria (Muscicapa) caerulescens The Ashy Flycatcher, or Blue-grey Flycatcher, is a very active little bird of dense habitats – forests, mature woodland, riverine thickets and densely planted gardens – where it feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates, often moving around in mixed flocks with other small insectivorous birds. Ashy Flycatchers from monogamous, territorial pairs. […]

Ashy Flycatcher — de Wets Wild

The Shy Migratory Warblers of the Virgin Islands — Repeating Islands

This is an older article (28 October 2020) from BirdsCaribbean, but this time of year marks the migration of many species. As Gail Karlsson writes, some warblers live in the Caribbean year-round, some spend the whole winter there, and others are brief visitors in Fall and Spring. Karlsson has also learned that some warblers, like […]

The Shy Migratory Warblers of the Virgin Islands — Repeating Islands

Does the Semper’s Warbler still exist on St. Lucia? — Repeating Islands

Steffen Oppel from the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) recently visited St. Lucia to assist the Department of Forestry with setting up bird counts in order to search for the elusive Semper’s Warbler. This is his story as it appeared in Birds Caribbean. The Semper’s Warbler (Leucopeza semperi) is a small songbird endemic […]

Does the Semper’s Warbler still exist on St. Lucia? — Repeating Islands

Matabele Ants — de Wets Wild

Megaponera analis Matabele Ants take their name from the Ndebele-people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Historically known as the Matabeles and led by their fearsome chief Mzilikazi, they broke away from Shaka‘s Zulu-kingdom in the early 1800’s, warring their way through most of northern South Africa with spectacular results. Matabele Ants are widely distributed over […]

Matabele Ants — de Wets Wild

The Threat of Flooding in Coastal Communities Rises as Sea Level Rise Lifts Water Tables — Sea Level Rise Flooding Information for Buyers, Sellers, Owners, and Real Estate Agents

When Tropical Storm Eta soaked South Florida with torrential rains in November, many property owners far inland were shocked to see streets and homes flood in their neighborhoods. Experts say that the extreme flooding was due to the enormous amount of rain that fell on land already saturated by heavy rains that fell in October. […]

The Threat of Flooding in Coastal Communities Rises as Sea Level Rise Lifts Water Tables — Sea Level Rise Flooding Information for Buyers, Sellers, Owners, and Real Estate Agents

Feds to begin surgical sterilizations on wild horses, starting with a Utah herd — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

By Brian Maffly  as published on The Salt Lake Tribune Over the objections of animal welfare advocates, the Bureau of Land Management plans to initiate a controversial program of surgically sterilizing female wild horses, starting in Utah as soon as this month with the planned roundup of the Confusion herd in the West Desert. (Chris […]

Feds to begin surgical sterilizations on wild horses, starting with a Utah herd — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Cougars and foxes in Chile, new research

This 2017 video from Ecuador is called Andean Fox (Culpeo)! From Virginia Tech university in the USA: What does the fox say to a puma? Predators form an unusual coexistence in the central Chilean Andes November 13, 2020 Summary: Researchers have found that in the Chilean Andes, two predator species — the puma and the […]

Cougars and foxes in Chile, new research

Fulvous Whistling Duck — de Wets Wild

Dendrocygna bicolor Probably as is to be expected, the long-legged Fulvous Whistling Duck is usually found at or near bodies of fresh water, usually with well vegetated verges where it follows a mainly herbivorous diet that includes algae, grasses, water lilies, seeds and flowers and only occasionally taking in insects and other invertebrates. They are […]

Fulvous Whistling Duck — de Wets Wild