Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports Firefighters are swaddling giant sequoias in a flame-retardant foil in an effort to protect the ancient trees from wildfires that are raging through national parks in California, officials said. Three wildfires, named Colony, Paradise and Windy, were ignited by lightning on Sept. 9. Since then, they have scorched thousands of acres of […]

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires  — Natural History Wanderings

Southern African Rock Python — de Wets Wild

Python sebae natalensis The largest snake occurring in Africa, and one of the biggest in the world, the African Rock Python is an impressive creature. Adult females are quite a bit heavier built than males and weigh around 55kg on average, attaining a length of around 4.8m though there are reports of snakes longer than […]

Southern African Rock Python — de Wets Wild

The Flapper skate: Working to conserve NI’s most endangered species — Northern Ireland Marine Task Force

Did you know the largest skate in the world lives in our local seas? The flapper skate can grow up to 3m in length and lives to 100 years old! However, these impressive facts are overshadowed by the reality that the species is classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. This mighty species […]

The Flapper skate: Working to conserve NI’s most endangered species — Northern Ireland Marine Task Force

Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Scientists say light pollution may be contributing to “worrying” declines in insects seen in recent decades. In a UK study, artificial street lights were found to disrupt the behaviour of nocturnal moths, reducing caterpillars numbers by half. Modern LED streetlights appeared to have the biggest impact. There is growing evidence that insect […]

Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss — Natural History Wanderings

Stop Shark Finning – an European Citizens’ Initiative[1] — LifeLover

Imagine you are caught, your arms and legs are cut off, whereupon you, mutilated in this way, are abandoned in a place where you perish miserably. All of this happens with full awareness. A horror show that comes from a particularly macabre thriller? Not at all. Because this is what happens to around 273 million […]

Stop Finning – an European Citizens’ Initiative[1] — LifeLover

Halting the spread of Himalayan balsam: a CABI interview — Invasive Species Blog

With its bright pink flowers and fairly common appearance in Europe, and North America, when Himalayan balsam blossoms it can grow up to two metres tall with rough, reddish stems and shiny oval-shaped leaves. As alluring as it sounds, this plant, frequently found along waterways or damp areas, is highly invasive and causes a number……

Halting the spread of Himalayan balsam: a CABI interview — Invasive Species Blog

Green-backed Camaroptera — de Wets Wild

Camaroptera brachyura The Green-backed Camaroptera, also called the Bleating Camaroptera for its easily recognizable call, is found widely over sub-Saharan Africa in dense vegetation ranging from thickets in savannas to forests, where they feed almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates caught in the undergrowth. In South Africa they’re found in the Lowveld and escarpment […]

Green-backed Camaroptera — de Wets Wild

Raccoon dogs threaten Scandinavian ground-nesting duck populations — Invasive Species Blog

Ground-nesting waterbirds such as ducks have been declining across Denmark and Finland in recent decades, with breeding pair numbers falling since the 1980s. Predators of duck eggs have become more abundant during this time, including invasive species such as American mink, raccoons and raccoon dogs. Invasive predators Invasive predators are generally thought to have a……

Raccoon dogs threaten Scandinavian ground-nesting duck populations — Invasive Species Blog

Southern Sierra wildfires wiping out giant sequoia trees for 2nd year in a row — Natural History Wanderings

The San Francisco Chronicle reports More than a dozen groves of giant sequoias may lose significant numbers of trees in the wildfires now raging in the southern Sierra Nevada, even as fire crews succeed, sometimes dramatically, in keeping flames at bay in the most popular stands. Scientists surveying the damage of two active fires say […]

Southern Sierra wildfires wiping out giant sequoia trees for 2nd year in a row — Natural History Wanderings

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times  reports In all, 22 animals and one plant should be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list, federal wildlife officials announced on Wednesday. Read more at Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings