The indefensible violence of wildlife killing contests — Natural History Wanderings

WildEarth Guardians reports on the documentary Wildlife Killing Contests Wildlife Killing Contests is—as intended—extremely difficult to watch. The recently released twenty-five-minute documentary, produced by Filipe DeAndrade and Brian Moghari in partnership with Project Coyote, contains graphic footage of animals being callously slain for entertainment and prize money, only to be added to piles of carcasses […]

The indefensible violence of wildlife killing contests — Natural History Wanderings

America’s Wild and Wondrous Burros are in Peril — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

by Mary Koncel & Charlotte Roe as published on The Washington Examiner Among the most amazing animals of the desert are wild burros. Yet in the past three years, the Bureau of Land Management has removed more than 5,000 of them from their federally designated habitat. This year, it’s ratcheting up the assault. photo by […]

America’s Wild and Wondrous Burros are in Peril — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Seagrasses turn back the clock on ocean acidification — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports Expansive study shows seagrass meadows can buffer ocean acidification — Spanning six years and seven seagrass meadows along the California coast, a new extensive study examined how seagrasses can buffer ocean acidification. Read more at  Seagrasses turn back the clock on ocean acidification: Expansive study shows seagrass meadows can buffer ocean acidification — […]

Seagrasses turn back the clock on ocean acidification — Natural History Wanderings

Fisher Rewilding: How Washington State Is Restoring a Native Carnivore  — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports Years of work in the Pacific Northwest is paying off. It started with preserving the ecosystem so native species would have something to return to. There aren’t too many animals that will eat a porcupine for lunch, but fishers are at the top of the list. Fishers (Pekania pennanti) are members of […]

Fisher Rewilding: How Washington State Is Restoring a Native Carnivore  — Natural History Wanderings

Surprise Weekend at Marakele; Baby Elephant Rescue! — de Wets Wild

We were still watching the herd of elephants calmly going about their business on the shores of the dam at Tlopi Tented Camp in Marakele National Park on Marilize’s birthday, when suddenly there was a tremendous uproar in the herd. Cows were trumpeting in panic and rushing to a specific spot, while one particular youngster […]

Surprise Weekend at Marakele; Baby Elephant Rescue! — de Wets Wild

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports Dozens of countries are backing an effort that would protect 30 percent of Earth’s land and water. Native people, often among the most effective stewards of nature, have been disregarded, or worse, in the past. Read story at There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way. – […]

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way — Natural History Wanderings

Birding Basics: What You Need To Know To Start Bird Watching  — Natural History Wanderings

NPR writes about tips on starting to watch birds There is no “right” or “correct” way to observe birds. You can enjoy them however you like! Maybe you’re doing the dishes, you spot a Northern Mockingbird outside of your kitchen window, and you pause to appreciate it — that’s birding! Maybe you’re taking a moment […]

Birding Basics: What You Need To Know To Start Bird Watching  — Natural History Wanderings

Surprising sea ice thickness across the Arctic is good news for polar bears — polarbearscience

This year near the end of May the distribution of thickest sea ice (3.5-5m/11.5-16.4 ft – or more) is a bit surprising, given that the WMO has suggested we may be only five years away from a “dangerous tipping point” in global temperatures. There is the usual and expected band of thick ice in the […]

Surprising sea ice thickness across the Arctic is good news for polar bears — polarbearscience

UK Invasive Species Week floating pennywort campaign picture special — The Invasives Blog

As part of UK Invasive Species Week 2021, we bring you – thanks to our friends at the Angling Trust – this collection of photos taken at the launch of a national campaign to tackle the highly invasive floating pennywort from blighting Britain’s rivers and lakes. Floating pennywort – first found in the wild in……

UK Invasive Species Week floating pennywort campaign picture special — The Invasives Blog

Olive Woodpecker — de Wets Wild

Dendropicos griseocephalus Despite being a common bird in its preferred montane forest habitat, the Olive Woodpecker is secretive and doesn’t spend much time in the open, preferring to forage in dense leaf cover in the canopies of the forest trees. They feed mainly on insects and other invertebrates discovered while pecking behind bark and probing […]

Olive Woodpecker — de Wets Wild