Oceans of Plastic…

Every minute, huge quantities of plastic gets dumped in our oceans. What practical steps can we take to avoid this?

via The Sunday Supplement: Ocean Plastic — Life Sentences

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Helping American great horned owls nesting

A good project…

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This 2016 video from Canada is called Spectacular Footage of Great Horned Owl | The Nature of Things | CBC.

From the NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, October 2017:

Hoot Suite

The leaves are falling and the owls are hooting. During autumn, juveniles disperse and males stand guard on their territories resulting in increased vocalization among the who’s who of the owl world. Now is the time to build and install owl nest boxes or in the case of Great Horned Owls, a nest cone. Find out what owls live in your region and habitat, and download a free plan using our Right Bird, Right House tool.

Try your hand at our easiest project, a Great Horned Owl nest cone. Why a cone? Great Horned Owls are extraordinarily adaptive in their nest site selection. They use old nests such as those of a Red-tailed Hawk or an American Crow, cliffs, deserted…

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Roseate terns video

Red-bellied woodpecker in the USA

Leopard against wild dogs in South Africa

Tough cat!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Leopard Takes on 9 Wild Dogs

19 September 2017

A pack of wild dogs happily digging into their meal did not expect it to be short-lived as this leopard ordered himself an easy drive through meal…

Field Guide (Ranger) Patrick Mziyako was taking his guests for a ride when he captured this footage in Kruger [National Park], at Kwaggaspan Waterhole near Skukuza.

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Monarch butterflies are in trouble

Hmmm!

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This video says about itself:

7 June 2016

The largest insect migration in the world ends each year in Michoacán, Mexico. Millions of monarch butterflies travel from the United States and Canada to pass the cold months in the towering trees of this beautiful forest. On their journey, the butterflies travel around 2,800 miles.

From the Entomological Society of America:

Damage to monarch butterfly colonies in 2016 storm worse than thought

Severe cold, snow, and high winds — and salvage logging that followed — weakened forest that protects declining butterfly

September 17, 2017

A much greater number of monarch butterflies perished in a snowstorm in March 2016 in Mexico than previously estimated, according to new research. Analysis of damage from the storm — and the ensuing salvage logging — sheds further light on the precarious state of the famed butterflies’ overwintering colonies.

Approximately 30-38 percent of the monarch…

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