Hoary cress infestation at Crowheart, WyomingLike many countries, the USA suffers from the detrimental impacts of invasive weeds which can threaten livestock, crops, native species and sectors including agriculture and tourism. In many of America’s Western states, invasive weeds such as houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale), Russian knapweed (Rhaponticum repens), yellow and Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria vulgaris and Linaria dalmatica), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), and hoary cress (Lepidium draba) are serious problems.…Invasive weeds in America’s Western states: restoring balance using biological control — The Invasives Blog
14 Spectacular State Parks Across the Country Where to find gorgeous scenery and outdoor fun by Ken Budd, AARP, July 24, 2020 | PAWEL.GAUL/GETTY IMAGES Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park Stunning canyons, lush forests, majestic mountains, rocky waterfalls, raging rivers — you’ll find of all these natural delights at (surprise!) the roughly 8,500 state parks in the […]AARP : Spectacular State Parks Across the Country — Eslkevin’s Blog
The vast majority of man eating is down to only two Croc species. The Saltwater Crocodile (from South East Asia and parts of Australia) and The Nile Crocodile (who is comfortable roaming pretty much all over Africa). Between the two of them, they are responsible for hundreds of fatal attacks on humans for the sole purpose of […]The crocodile — E-knowledge hub
Bubo africanus The Spotted Eagle-owl is one of our most frequently encountered nocturnal birds, even in towns and cities where they can become quite confiding with humans (beware though that they will defend their nests ferociously!). They’re not very picky about their habitat and feed on an enormous variety of rodents and other small mammals, […]Spotted Eagle-owl — de Wets Wild
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) populations in 2019 were found to have grown by up to 10% since 2009 – to as many as 282,150 breeding pairs (up from about 256,500) out of a total population of over 600,000 birds (Fretwell et al. 2012; Fretwell and Trathan 2020; Trathan et al. 2020) – despite a loss […]Emperor penguin numbers rise as biologists petition for IUCN Red List upgrade — polarbearscience
The Guardian reports When Onon the common cuckoo took off from Mongolia last June no one expected him to make a 26,000km round trip to southern Africa When Onon took off above the rolling hills of the Khurkh valley in Mongolia last June, researchers had no idea if they would see him alive again. Along with one […]Cloud cuckoo land? How one bird’s epic migration stunned scientists — Natural History Wanderings
Time for another animal spotlight, and this week it’s the majestic narwhal! For a long time this animal was believed to be magical, then imaginary. We still know very little about it, but the more we are learning the more amazing it seems to be! This week we will explore where it lives, what that […]52: Narwhals — Notebook from the North
Hello and welcome to another Notebook from the North! This is not just any old plog episode however, it’s the 50th one! Who’d have thought we’d get this far eh? To celebrate this milestone, we have a special expert guest writer- the wonderful Greta Ferloni. Greta’s research work has taken her from Jerusalem to Italy […]50: Sea ice in the Arctic is melting… except in the Bering Sea — Notebook from the North
The Tar Sands are already one of the very worst environmental disasters in the modern world today. Its had to find much worse!
Currently, the oil extracted is not commercially viable with world oil prices being the way they are today. Wildlife of all kinds has been negatively affected by this giant cesspool in this northern part of Alberta. Twenty-five percent of Alberta’s ground water is required in the refining of this dirty crude…
What benefit is this oil patch with its oil-filled settling ponds, low cash return and general major pollution issues? Many of the oil companies have pulled out of this province — it just isn’t worth it to anybody.
Devastating wildfires, forestry policies, general habitat loss, climate change are all adding to the stresses on the Australian Koala population.
These little symbols of Australia are naturally delicate, and they are not fairing well in our modern age. Disease, too, has impacted the remaining populations.
We should all press anybody we can think of in Australia to do much better in terms of protecting this special little wildlife species…