December 19, 2014

11:25 PM | Rapid loss of top predators ‘a major environmental threat’
Recent stories about predator recovery in Europe point out that going into the woods is becoming dangerous. Just a few centuries ago we knew how to guard against large predators, but we gradually eradicated them and lost our cautious habits. I expect that eradication will be our response to the tiniest losses to predators. Continue reading →
4:27 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (December 19th, 2014)
Sometimes people ask me what they can do to help make a difference in wildlife conservation. Opportunities are seldom as direct and important as this one: The North Carolina Herpetological Society took out an emergency loan to help the state buy some critical Bog Turtle habitat. It's a small loan and you can make a big difference in helping them pay it
1:00 PM | Pink pigeon recovery has been hindered by turtle doves
The pink pigeon is the lone survivor of all the columbids – pigeons and doves – native to Mauritius. In 1990 the species was down to just nine individuals, but thanks to the work of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, there were some 400 individuals flying the skies of the island by 2013. In the year
12:43 PM | The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote how […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

12:30 AM | Ocean biology: Marine dreams : Naturejobs
Ocean biology: Marine dreams : Naturejobs: Scientists in a glamour field offer tips — and reality...

December 18, 2014

8:07 PM | Why Buffalo Should be Protected by the Endangered Species Act
The Yellowstone buffalo are America’s last wild, migratory herds and the most important bison population that exists. Continue reading →
5:39 PM | UN sends team to clean up Sunderbans oil spill in Bangladesh
Thousands of litres of oil have spilt into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area, home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, after a tanker collided with another vessel last Tuesday. Continue reading →
5:36 PM | Tropical deforestation could disrupt rainfall globally
Large-scale deforestation in the tropics could drive significant and widespread shifts in rainfall distribution and temperatures, potentially affecting agriculture both locally and far from where forest loss is occurring, concludes a study published today in Nature Climate Change.
4:03 PM | Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire’s impacts
We have hypothesized for many years that fire is a natural, even a necessary, part of stable forests/shrublands. But here we have a test that falsifies the hypothesis. Continue reading →
3:45 PM | Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on
GR: And the prize goes to..........Homo sapiens! The U. S. Congress has protected the grazing and mining industries from the endangered Sage Grouse. Thank you Thank you. Nothing can stand against us! Cheers, cheers, cheers! Continue reading →
3:20 PM | Squirrels and beavers contributing to global warming more than previously thought
Squirrels improve soils, beaver reduce flooding, and both species feed predators. Dynamic balance occurs. What can balance humans? Continue reading →
2:00 PM | How polluted is your morning commute?
City-dwellers are constantly exposed to pollution, which can contribute to heart and respiratory problems. But commuters may be getting a particularly big dose on their way to and from work. Drivers are breathing more polluted air, especially when diesel vehicles such as trucks and school buses are nearby, researchers say. “[E]xposures during daily commutes may
1:30 PM | Fun with Seeds
Seed and Nursery Catalogs at The New York Botanical GardenThanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The New York Botanical Garden’s The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, has recently cataloged all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. The grant also funded the digitization of public domain pre-1923 American nursery catalogs and their publication to the […]
1:08 AM | Favorite Photos From 2014
As we near the end of another year, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite images from 2014.  I hope you enjoy them.  Though I traveled to prairies in several other states this year, all of my favorite images … Continue reading →
12:31 AM | A short visit to Kenya
The World Bank is pressing forward with a study on reducing the illegal trade in ivory.  Part of that process involved getting feedback from a number of experts in the field.  As most of these experts are based in East or Southern Africa, Kenya was chosen for the meeting point.  I though, am based in [...]

December 17, 2014

6:38 PM | Control Major Anti-Nature Corporations (CEFIM)
It is time to divest in the largest chemical, energy, finance, insurance, military corporations (CEFIM). #DIVEST Continue reading →
4:13 PM | There is 10,000 times more plastic in the deep sea than in surface waters.
Ocean plastics is one of the most pernicious problems facing the ocean. One-time use plastics, which, ironically, can persist for thousands of years, often find themselves carried downstream, settling on our beaches, our coastlines, and in large aggregations within oceanic gyres. We’re still trying to cope with the extent to which plastics, and particularly microplastics–tiny […]
2:27 PM | Tell the President to #BeeKindObama and suspend bee-toxic neonics!
In June, the President called on federal agencies to create a plan to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.” To show appreciation for all that bees and wild pollinators provide, it is essential that this plan address … Continue reading →
1:30 PM | We Need Books to…Identify New Species
This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. The Science of Identifying Life on EarthThere are an estimated 8.75 million species on earth, of which almost 2 million have been described. Scientists classify about 18,000 new species […]
1:00 PM | First find the whales, then you can save them
Killer whales, or orcas, can be found in just about every corner of the planet’s oceans, from the frigid poles to the much more comfortable Equator. One population of killer whales that plies the waters around the Iberian peninsula – which overlaps genetically with those spotted in the Canary Islands – has been designated by
4:23 AM | At Lima Conference, World Bravely Decides to Take Modest Action Later Maybe
Three degrees is the new two degrees. [more]
3:58 AM | The Basics
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December 16, 2014

2:00 PM | Is nuclear power key to biodiversity?
The discussion surrounding the future of our energy supply tends to focus on carbon emissions. This is logical and probably the right way to look at things, given that climate change caused by those carbon emissions is the backdrop for virtually every other environmental (and geopolitical, and health, and economic, and so on) issue we
1:30 PM | Latino Natural History: Recognizing the contributions of Latino naturalists
While there are plenty of accounts on the natural history of Latin America, many of the best-known stories are from the point of view of outsiders, especially those from the age of extensive European exploration. The new exhibition “Latino Natural History” aims to turn the focus to a few notable naturalists of Latin American origin, and recognizing the work they did to further the study of the world’s flora and fauna.Some of the featured naturalists, like Puerto Rican American […]
1:28 PM | Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
1:00 PM | Readers Write In: Can You Help Them Figure Out The Identities of These Snakes?
Here are some recent snake identification requests. Can you help these folks out? Hello, My neighbor's cat brought this into her garage today. She killed it because she was afraid it was going to get her cat. The vet said it was an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. After doing some googling, I found your site and hoax page. We are located about 45 miles north of Little Rock in
6:43 AM | No Endangered Listing for Dusky Sharks (and That’s a Good Thing)
Though the fisheries news cycle has mostly been taken up by the 15-year anniversary of the Sea Around Us project (and some choice words between researchers), today also marked the official announcement of the 12-month finding on the petition to list dusky sharks on the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Long story short, the National Marine […]
6:11 AM | Texas and the Future – Hero or Villain – Still Undecided
New battery technology presents an ideological challenge to free market fundamentalists in Texas government. Are they principled, or are they tools of the oil bid'ness? What do you think? [more]

December 15, 2014

11:15 PM | The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing
For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating a new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise — but they’re saying this is a good thing. Continue reading →
10:40 PM | Contrasting Approaches to Prairie Management: Leopold, Land Health and Cabbages.
“A Land Ethic” is the concluding essay in Aldo Leopold’s 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, and is the most powerful and relevant piece of conservation writing I’ve ever read.   Leopold’s essay spells out the changes we need to make in … Continue reading →
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