The whimsical world of weeds: what’s in a name? — The Invasives Blog

Invasive weeds are everywhere – not just in our domestic gardens but on a grander scale on the grasslands of Kenya and Ethiopia as well as the Great Plains in the United States and Canada, including the world-famous Rocky Mountains. However, far from deserving a starring role in the latest Western movie, these ‘band’ of……

The whimsical world of weeds: what’s in a name? — The Invasives Blog

Senegal Lapwing — de Wets Wild

Vanellus lugubris The Senegal Lapwing, also known as the Lesser Black-winged Plover, is a rather uncommon denizen of open savannas and woodlands with a covering of short grass, being especially fond of recently burned veld, and prone to localised migrations as soon as the grass cover grows too long for them to easily find the […]

Senegal Lapwing — de Wets Wild

Wattled Starling — de Wets Wild

Creatophora cinerea Certainly one of our most social and numerous starlings, the Wattled Starling is also a nomadic bird that moves around in large flocks, following surges in insect numbers and seeding grasses, their principal foodstuffs, that often follow on good rains. They’re well known for following large grazing herbivores, eagerly pecking up insects disturbed […]

Wattled Starling — de Wets Wild

Message from Equine Advocates Take Action: Our Wild Horses and Burros Need Your Help The Bureau of Land Management is still working to get Congressional approval for its “Path Forward” plan. We at Equine Advocates (and Wild Horse Freedom Federation) strongly oppose this plan, as it is more of a path “backward” for our nation’s […]

via URGENT: America’s Wild Horses and Burros are on the verge of EXTINCTION — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

In many areas, Australia’s temperate zones and coastal ecosystems have been extensively altered, many wetlands have been degraded. Climate change, and introduced plants and animals (invasives), are the agents of the radical changes that are tearing through Australia’s environment. The result? Dramatic declines in the distribution and abundance of many species, with natural resources such […]

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From [John] Fleck has spent years studying the Colorado River, a crucial source of water for much of the region around it. He said that Lake Mead and Lake Powell’s reservoirs have what he described as “big bathtub rings” around them, left behind as the water declines. “There is less water in the system […]

via Ominous trend in American West could signal a looming “megadrought” — CBS News #ColoradoRiver #COriver — Coyote Gulch

Anthus vaalensis An inconspicuous inhabitant of dry, grassy plains with patches of bare ground as well as open pastures and recently burnt fields, the Buffy Pipit subsists on a diet of insects and seeds. They are usually encountered singly or in pairs, occasionally forming flocks in winter. The breeding season in Buffy Pipits stretches from […]

via Buffy Pipit — de Wets Wild