NPR reports More diseases that pass from animals to humans, such as COVID-19, are likely to emerge as animals lose their habitats, says a new United Nations report. But don’t stress about whether or not to give your dog the belly rub she has been asking for all day. The animals most likely to harbor […]

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University of Edinburg News Release Forest loss escalates biodiversity change The loss of forests around the world is causing far reaching change, with significant gains and losses to the variety of animals and plants that live there, research has found. The international study, led by the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, analysed biodiversity data […]

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Center For Biological Diversity News Release In Yet Another Blow to Keystone XL, Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Key Water-crossing Permit WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court today declined a request from TC Energy and the Trump administration to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed under Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit for […]

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Q&A with Dr. Shari Wilcox of Defenders of Wildlife — The Jaguar

This is a special post, and one that I’m excited to share. It’s a Q&A with Dr. Shari Wilcox: Texas Representative at Defenders of Wildlife, and an expert on wild felid (cat) conservation in the United States-Mexico borderlands. Our conversation focuses on a species of cat called the ocelot.

Q&A with Dr. Shari Wilcox of Defenders of Wildlife — The Jaguar

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana  — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months. Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May. No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab […]

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana  — Natural History Wanderings

This is a video about a turquoise-browed motmot in Costa Rica. From the American Ornithological Society Publications Office: Goodbye northwestern crow, hello Mexican duck Updates to the official list of North and Central American bird species June 30, 2020 The latest supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Checklist of North and Middle American Birds, published […]


From The Los Angeles Times (Sammy Roth): If, like me, you live in Los Angeles — or Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix or Salt Lake City — you drink water from the Colorado River. You probably eat vegetables grown with Colorado River water, and maybe you eat beef fed on alfalfa grown with Colorado River water. […]

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