The Telegraph reports The self-proclaimed “Pablo Escobar of the falcon egg trade” is facing another lengthy jail sentence after being caught at Heathrow airport with a stash of 19 rare eggs strapped to his chest. He had arrived in London from South Africa carrying two rare vulture eggs as well as others from rare and endangered birds […]

via Prolific Bird Smuggler Arrested with 19 Rare Eggs at Heathrow Airport — Natural History Wanderings


A dead olive ridley sea turtle lies with a rope around its neck on Marari beach near Mararikulam in southern India. Getting tangled in nets and ropes used in the fishing industry are a frequent hazard for the vulnerable creatures, which hatch by the millions in their largest nesting grounds each year along the coast […]

via Southern India — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

The Salt Lake Tribune and Washington Post report on the how the government shutdown may interfere with the world’s longest continuous study of predators and their prey (wolves and moose). The shutdown will also interrupt relocating as many as 30 wolves to the Isle Royale National Park. Read article at The shutdown may snarl a 60-year study of wolves […]

via Government shutdown may snarl a 60-year study of wolves & moose  — Natural History Wanderings

From childhood, I had been intrigued by stories about headhunters of Nagaland. As I grew older, I got to read books like Highway 39 and Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains. In the latter, the author, a lady from United Kingdom, rides solo from Guwahati all through Arunachal Pradesh. She has done a fine job […]

via My first visit to the North Eastern frontiers of India : a walk in the tiger reserve and a village with no shops — Cosmic Cognac

SOURCE: “Public lands ranchers have always hated the trees. Just like native predators are killed as rancher enemies, native trees (and sage) take up space where grass might grow so they must be destroyed. In all of these projects, BLM ballyhoos wildfire suppression benefits, ignoring that deforestation creates hotter, drier, windier, weedier sites with longer fire […]

via The Terrible Destruction of Pinyon-Juniper Forests — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Japan to resume whaling in July 2019

The Japanese government decided to resume whaling in July of this year, reasoning that the world whale populations have stabilized.

In it’s peak whaling year, 1964, Japan slaughtered 24,000 whales.  In recent years Japan has focused on Antarctic and Offshore Mink and other whale hunting. Japan also buys whale meat from Iceland.

Japan has been criticized recently for trying to grow the whale consumption market by promoting consumption to young people. Whale meat is also used for pet food in Japan.

People who are are concerned about this turnabout should support the boycott of Japanese manufactured goods; particularly motor vehicles and electronics.