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July 29, 2014

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8:00 AM | whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that...
whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that only reach about 2 inches long. In the daytime, they use their tentacles to bury themselves under the sand and remain undisturbed. Here is an awesome video of one burying itself. Image credit: Alexius Sutandio
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5:22 AM | Negatives of Neonicotinoids
Insecticides eliminate pollinators and they are correlated with bird decline. Continue reading →
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2:57 AM | RACOON DOGS: Under the knife
Raising wild animals to kill for their fur is abominable. Continue reading →
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2:20 AM | Oppose Montana Fur Farm
Raising wild animals to harvest their fur for luxury clothing is an outrageous act of cruelty. Tell the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department to deny the request. Continue reading →
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12:45 AM | About those lionfish
We’ve been monitoring the situation surrounding a south Florida lionfish study that’s been blowing up the headlines thanks to a feel-good story about a young student’s science fair project and a subsequent controversy surrounding a former grad student who feels slighted for having his name left out of the research. We decided not to comment […]
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12:00 AM | asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the...
asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone diving down to take a closer look,” writes photographer Eduardo Lopez Negrete. Mobula rays are often referred to as flying rays due to their fondness for breaching.” — the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo ContestLet’s also keep in mind that a mobula ray […]

July 28, 2014

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10:03 PM | New Date! – Next Platte River Prairies Field Day is August 27, 2014
Our next Field Day will be on August 27 – – NOT August 29, 2014.  It was pointed out to me by several people that it might be a bad idea to schedule a field day on the Friday of … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code
The Nuremberg Code does not protect nonhuman species, but since other species influence human health, it should. Continue reading →
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1:17 PM | Short-eared dog? Uncovering the secrets of one of the Amazon's most mysterious mammals
Fifteen years ago, scientists knew next to nothing about one of the Amazon's most mysterious residents: the short-eared dog. Although the species was first described in 1883 and is considered the sole representative of the Atelocynus genus, biologists spent over a century largely in the dark about an animal that seemed almost a myth.
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9:00 AM | Busting Ocean Myths: This anglerfish is not as kink as you think.
The claim: Deep-sea Anglerfish have parasitic dwarf males that fuse to their mates and become nothing more than wibbly gonads hanging off of the much larger female.  Who said it: Well, pretty much everyone. This Oatmeal Comic, Ze Frank, me. Status: Sometimes true, sometimes false. I’d like you to meet a very dear friend of mine. […]
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8:00 AM | ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than...
ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than they used to, here is a seahorse drawing i just finished!
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4:35 AM | Sea Turtles Fooled by Prey-Like Plastic Debris
Our burgeoning plastic waste—arising from the packaging of everything from food and drinks to toiletries and medicines—isn’t just littering the oceans, it is choking marine life. Almost twice as many endangered green sea turtles are ingesting plastics compared with 25 years ago, according to a study last year, led by Qamar Schuyler, a postdoctoral fellow from the […]
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1:52 AM | artandsciencejournal: Home Sweet Home Usually plastic and the...
Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with […]

July 27, 2014

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6:02 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (July 27th, 2014)
Living Alongside Wildlife is now on Facebook. You know what to do. Did you catch this Slate story about why it's not a good idea to release snakes in your yard to reduce the number of Copperheads, featuring lots of input by yours truly?  If that wasn't enough of me for you, check out this piece on Vet Street about why we shouldn't be so afraid of snakes. Must see incredible pictures of leaping
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5:45 PM | Busting Ocean Myths: How many containers are really lost at sea?
The Claim: 10,000 containers are lost at sea every year. Who said it: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Slashdot, Yahoo News, NOAA, me, and many others. 10,000 is one of those numbers that’s big enough to be surprising, but not so huge to inspire immediate incredulity. The worldwide shipping industry is enormous and containers do […]
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5:37 PM | Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms
During the past century we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago. Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | International Tiger Day
During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago. Continue reading →
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9:29 AM | thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on...
thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on Flickr.
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9:28 AM | griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an...
griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction. The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine […]
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1:53 AM | Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution
Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Goal: Save seals, birds and other animals from more than one trillion pieces of plastic released by melting ice *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear… Source: forcechange.comFiled under: … Continue reading →
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1:52 AM | Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures – Science World Report
Science World Report Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures Science World Report The researchers examined the growing role that “conservation translocation,” which is the movement and release of plants and… Source: www.scienceworldreport.com Scientists roll … Continue reading →
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1:44 AM | Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small … Continue reading →
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1:37 AM | The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
Too much acid in the ocean is bad news for sea life. Acid eats away at calcium carbonate, the primary ingredient of shells and skeletons that many ocean animals depend on for survival. The shell pictured here is a victim … Continue reading →

July 26, 2014

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11:40 PM | Say NO to Arctic Drilling
Fossil fuels pollute our air and water. Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life. Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made. Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi
Again, leadership comes from outside government. Thank you Leonardo. Continue reading →

July 25, 2014

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10:49 PM | Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems
Invasive plants replace native plants and degrade native ecosystems. Continue reading →
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8:43 PM | No longer 'deaf as a stump': researchers find turtles chirp, click, meow, cluck
Turtles comprise one of the oldest living groups of reptiles, with hundreds of species found throughout the world. Many have been well-researched, and scientists know very specific things about their various evolutionary histories, metabolic rates, and the ways in which their sexes are determined. But there was one very obvious thing that has been largely left unknown by science until very recently. Turtles can make sounds.
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8:15 PM | Seafood apartments and other experiments in fixing Indonesia's fisheries (Part IV)
Shrimp farms, industrial plants, and one of Indonesia's busiest thoroughfares make up Java's north coast today. It's a very different scene from the fishing villages with beachfront boat parking that stood here decades earlier. Which begs the question, where will fish live in this new 'coast without mangroves, without coral, without seagrass,' asks Alan Koropitan, a marine biologist based at Bogor Agricultural University.
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2:45 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – All About the Benjamins Baby!
To quote the Notorious BIG, “It’s all about the Benjamins, BABY!” That quote unfortunately holds true in many walks of life, and is especially applicable to this weeks FSF where Dr. Costanza, from Australian National University, and a number of colleagues puts a price tag on the world’s natural environment. Some of you are probably […]
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12:00 PM | Less wildlife means more terrorism
The harvest of wild terrestrial and aquatic animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet’s human population with a livelihood. It’s also the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It’s also led to piracy, slavery, and
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