Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of  71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction. Some of their recent updates serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of […]

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

Sea lions are dying from a mysterious cancer — Natural History Wanderings

LA Times reports on Sea lions are dying from a mysterious cancer Now, after two decades of study, an all-star team of marine mammal pathologists, virology experts, chemists and geneticists say they’ve connected two surprising culprits: Herpes and toxic chemicals, like DDT and PCBs, that poisoned the California coast decades ago. Read story at: Sea lions […]

Sea lions are dying from a mysterious cancer — Natural History Wanderings

A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific  — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports It is now the third year that gray whales have been found in very poor condition or dead in large numbers along the west coast of Mexico, USA and Canada, and scientist have raised their concerns. An international study suggests that starvation is contributing to these mortalities. Read more at  A large number […]

A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific  — Natural History Wanderings

Attenborough’s cliff-dying walrus convinced elite Davos influencers of a global climate emergency — polarbearscience

For the past two years, the Netflix/Attenborough ruse to blame climate change for walruses falling from a high cliff to their deaths seemed like a silly PR stunt. But it appears the film’s real purpose was to convince a far more important audience than paying Netflix customers that a global ‘climate emergency’ was going on: […]

Attenborough’s cliff-dying walrus convinced elite Davos influencers of a global climate emergency — polarbearscience

CFP: Coral Reef Conservation Fund 2021 — Repeating Islands

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has sent out a call for proposals. Projects proposing work in any U.S. coral jurisdictions (American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands) are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and […]

CFP: Coral Reef Conservation Fund 2021 — Repeating Islands

Feds Propose More Than 6,000 Square Miles of Coral Habitat Protections in Florida, Caribbean, Pacific — Repeating Islands

A report from the Center for Biological Diversity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced two proposed rules today to designate more than 6,000 square miles of critical habitat protections for 12 threatened coral species off Florida, in the Caribbean and in the Pacific Ocean. The rules were prompted by a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued […]

Feds Propose More Than 6,000 Square Miles of Coral Habitat Protections in Florida, Caribbean, Pacific — Repeating Islands

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

CABI research on desert locusts helps safeguard the food crops of millions — The Invasives Blog

In 2019-2020, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 20 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda faced acute food insecurity due to swarms of desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria). In Kenya, the outbreak represented the worst locust crisis in 70 years; by its peak, the country was tackling over……

CABI research on desert locusts helps safeguard the food crops of millions — The Invasives Blog

Mass die-off of birds in south-western US ’caused by starvation’ — Natural History Wanderings

The Guardian reports The mass die-off of thousands of songbirds in south-western US was caused by long-term starvation, made worse by unseasonably cold weather probably linked to the climate crisis, scientists have said. Flycatchers, swallows and warblers were among the migratory birds “falling out of the sky” in September, with carcasses found in New Mexico, […]

Mass die-off of birds in south-western US ’caused by starvation’ — Natural History Wanderings

Beluga Whales “Canaries of the Sea” — EPIC by DESIGN

My first time seeing a beluga whale was at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut when I was a child. I remember being amazed by their white coloring and how they effortlessly glided through the water. With white coloring, lack of dorsal fin and bulbous head, the beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is the most identifiable species […]

Beluga Whales “Canaries of the Sea” — EPIC by DESIGN