Groundbreaking legal win for Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

WildEarth Guardians reports I’m thrilled to announce that we have scored a monumental legal victory for the Joshua tree, as well as climate-imperiled species across the country. A federal judge—a George W. Bush appointee no less—recently ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law when it failed to list the imperiled Joshua tree under the […]

Groundbreaking legal win for Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

Victory for Alaskan Western Arctic Region — Natural History Wanderings

Center Biological Diversity News Release Biden Administration Won’t Appeal Decision Shutting Down Western Arctic Oil Drilling Project ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Biden administration cemented a climate victory today by not appealing a federal district court decision halting ConocoPhillips’ Willow Master Development Plan. Willow would be the largest oil-and-gas drilling project in the Alaskan Arctic and would […]

Victory for Alaskan Western Arctic Region — Natural History Wanderings

Bringing Back the Burrowing Owl 10/21/21 — Natural History Wanderings

from Golden Gate Audubon Bringing Back the Burrowing Owl  Thursday, October 21 via Zoom — 7 p.m. Doug Bell and Shawn Smallwood Once thriving in the East Bay, the Burrowing Owl has been forced to move inland and the consequences for many have been fatal. Conducting long-term research on these colonies, Shawn Smallwood and Doug Bell […]

Bringing Back the Burrowing Owl 10/21/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Olive Grass Snake — de Wets Wild

Psammophis mossambicus A common inhabitant of moist savannas and grasslands, often found in marshy areas, the Olive Grass Snake is distributed from Uganda and the Republic of Congo southwards to the northeastern provinces of South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal). These snakes are diurnal, strongly built, very fast, and great climbers. They prey mainly on […]

Olive Grass Snake — de Wets Wild

Osprey — de Wets Wild

Pandion haliaetus The Osprey occurs throughout the world, on every continent except Antarctica. In South Africa Ospreys are rare, and any sightings we have of them are always a thrilling surprise whenever and wherever we’re lucky to find them. Feeding almost exclusively on fish snatched from the water, Ospreys are found in close association with […]

Osprey — de Wets Wild

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Junonia oenone The outer (under) side of the Blue Pansy’s wings blends in so beautifully with its surroundings that when this butterfly opens its wings and flashes the bright blue, red and white markings on a black background on the inside (topside) of its 5cm wingspan, it often comes as quite a surprise, especially if […]

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules — Natural History Wanderings

AP reports President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service is part of a broad effort by the […]

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules — Natural History Wanderings

Long-crested Eagle — de Wets Wild

Lophaetus occipitalis The Long-created Eagle is easy to identify thanks to the couple of extended feathers on its head that is so conspicuous when it sits prominently on an exposed tree top or utility pole along the road. They’re medium-sized raptors, weighing up to 1.5kg and measuring around 55cm in length – females are heavier […]

Long-crested Eagle — de Wets Wild

Condors Can Reproduce Asexually — Natural History Wanderings

Slate reports Two baby birds were born in California without any help from males—that is, they were each produced by a female bird alone. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance released a report Thursday detailing the discovery, which reveals that condors, a critically endangered species of bird, are able to asexually reproduce. A few years ago, the […]

Condors Can Reproduce Asexually — Natural History Wanderings

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings

San Luis Obispo Tribune reports Thousands of western monarch butterflies have returned to a Pismo Beach, California, grove to overwinter. The monarch population this year is larger than the last two years combined “We expect the numbers are going to keep going up,” a biologist said. Read story and see video at  Pismo Beach monarch grove […]

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings