Smithsonian’s National Zoo reports Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants Findings Give Landowners a Simple Road Map to Provide Essential Habitat for Breeding Birds Insect-eating birds that depend on the availability of high-calorie, high-protein cuisine — namely caterpillars and spiders — during the breeding season to feed their young […]

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This 2 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself: Rapper Gaiaisi: Trump Waging War On Animals Is there a war on animals? John Iadarola interviews rapper Gaiaisi about Trump’s war on animals on The Damage Report. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is our country’s most important bird-protection law—but it’s under attack. During the […]

via Donald Trump’s war on animals — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Vox reports Today, we have new data that paints a bleak picture of what’s happening to the animal kingdom right now. On Tuesday, WWF, the international wildlife conservation nonprofit, released its biennial Living Planet Report, a global assessment of the health of animal populations all over the world. Here’s the topline finding: The average vertebrate (birds, […]

via New World Wildlife Fund “Living Planet” Report Finds Huge Animal Losses  — Natural History Wanderings

Our final group has left Vwaza Marsh and Biosphere Expeditions is wrapping up its time in Malawi for 2018. It has been a very successful expedition, with an incredible amount of data collected by our three teams. The third and final group did 21 large mammal vehicle transects and five large mammal walking transects, two […]

via Malawi: Wrapping up 2018 with data galore — Biosphere Expeditions: blogs from the wildlife conservation frontline

An article in Nature (“Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world,” 26 September 2018) presents the alarming prospect of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ (TCM) being endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO): “….expect that the inclusion of TCM will speed up the already accelerating proliferation of the [TCM] practices and eventually help them […]

via Increased Threat to Wildlife from Traditional Chinese Medicine — International Wildlife Bond