February 24, 2015

1:34 AM | Applaud Actor for Becoming a WWF Global Ambassador
Target: Actor Jared LetoGoal: Thank actor Jared Leto for becoming a global ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund.Oscar winner Jared Leto has become a global ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an international conservation organization. Source: animalpetitions.orgFiled under: Nature … Continue reading →
1:34 AM | Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming
Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming. Source: phys.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
1:31 AM | Flawed method puts tiger rise in doubt, calls for new approach
Flaws in a method commonly used in censuses of tigers and other rare wildlife put the accuracy of such surveys in doubt, a new study suggests. Source: phys.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
1:31 AM | Via laser into the past of the oceans
Next to global warming, ocean acidification is currently considered as the second major carbon dioxide problem. With the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere larger quantities of the gas are getting into the seawater, too. Source: phys.orgFiled under: … Continue reading →

February 23, 2015

8:57 PM | Ice Jam Flooding
As I mentioned last week, recent ice jams on the Platte River caused some flooding in some of our prairies.  I was able to photograph the flooding from a couple perspectives.  On February 5, we got some aerial footage with … Continue reading →

February 22, 2015

6:59 PM | What’s Living Under These Elephant Seals?
Most people come to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to see elephant seals and penguins. Ginny Edgcomb came for the microbes. Source: Amazing.  We know so very little about Earth’s creatures.Filed under: Nature Conservation Tagged: biodiversity, microorganisms
6:34 PM | Game and Fish increases pronghorn population with killings of coyotes
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) lets people kill Pronghorn Antelope for the money. Antelope have declined drastically from their original range. However, AZGFD continues to sell Antelope hunting licenses for $103 ($565 non-residents). Continue reading →

February 20, 2015

3:11 PM | Photo of the Week – February 20, 2015
Nebraska’s Central Platte River always becomes a focus of attention about this time of year as migratory ducks and geese descend upon the river by the thousands and millions, followed shortly after by a half million sandhill cranes.  This year, … Continue reading →
3:07 PM | Urgent: Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough
“Where in 1945 it was thought that the way to solve the problem was to create wildlife parks and nature reserves, that is no longer an option. They are not enough now. The whole countryside should be available for wildlife. The suburban garden, roadside verges ... all must be used." Continue reading →
3:06 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Evolution, what’s it good for?
It is widely accepted that the world around us is changing, and as a result the organisms that exist adapt with that change or are resigned to the fossil record. Evolution, it’s a fact of life… or is it? UCLA paleobiologist J. William Schopf, and colleagues,  have discovered an organism that has remained relatively unchanged over a […]
1:00 PM | Dingoes could be the answer to Australia’s wildlife decline
Australia’s mammals are going extinct at an alarming rate. Invasive rabbits are gobbling up all the native plants, and feral cats are preying upon the rabbits when they can, and just about everything else with a pulse when they can’t. Introduced red foxes do a fair bit of damage as well. Attempts to curb the
12:35 PM | Dams or indigenous land: the battle over the Munduruku frontier
The Munduruku indigenous tribe have begun to mark out the limits of their land, in an action that could halt the giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the apple of the Brazilian government's eye. Although sacred, this land will be flooded if the dam goes ahead. 'We are not leaving,' says the village chief.

February 19, 2015

11:24 PM | Hail hydra ! Taking a super villain approach to conservation #scicomm
Rarely do conservation or environmental issues solely deal with just one group of homogenous people. Most who deal with “on the ground” conservation realize that typically issues have multiple, often conflicting, groups with multiple view points and values. So why do some many attempts as conservation science communication just have one line of attack? I was at […]
3:03 PM | Exclusive: Funai confirms that land threatened by dam projects belongs to indigenous tribe
The Brazilian government opposes granting traditional land to the Munduruku people since it would jeopardize seven proposed hydroelectric dams on the Tapajós River. For this reason, a year-old report by Funai that supports the Munduruku claim has not been officially published, but a copy of this report was obtained by the Brazilian publication Publica.
3:00 PM | The Effects of Noise Pollution on National Parks and Wildlife
Think your neighborhood in the city is too loud? Do you ever get woken up at night by the sounds of traffic or airplanes or trains? Source: Noise is one of the reasons we must keep recreation out of … Continue reading →
2:55 PM | English ivy: berry good for birds
Shelter, foodstuff, pollen source … ivy is so valuable to wildlife, even though it is maligned by many a gardenerOn Sunday I watched a blackbird almost strip an ivy of its berries, gobbling each one whole in a few, satisfying … Continue reading →
2:40 PM | Rainbow cat collars may save birds
It might resemble a flashback to early 90s fashion but a scrunchie-like collar cover could be the key to reducing the amount of wildlife your cat kills. Source: First the laser, now this.Filed under: Nature Conservation
2:00 PM | Greenways or freeways?
Greenways are a breath of fresh air in polluted, crowded cities. Now researchers have found that a greenway can attract office workers and boost nearby employment density, revitalizing urban areas that have lost businesses to the suburbs. The team studied the Cheonggyecheon greenway in Seoul, Korea, a stream flanked by landscaped pedestrian walkways that replaced
1:30 PM | Just a Click Away: BHL Promotes Biodiversity Research and Taxonomy
The Biodiversity Heritage Library is dedicated to providing open access to the biodiversity resources in its collection. Open access not only ensures that users the world over can freely locate the information they need online, but it also enables other biodiversity initiatives to make use of the wealth of knowledge represented in our 45 million+ pages to support research and taxonomy. We’ve highlighted several projects over the past few months that have incorporated BHL content into […]
7:35 AM | Chizmi: A Village of Butterflies in Nagaland
Yellow Coster is one of the 212 species of butterflies documented at the village of Chizmi Chizmi may give the impression of any other typical village in North-East India- scenic with lush greenery and its forests. But today this village stands out as an illustrative example of Nagaland’s butterfly diversity. As per the results of a butterfly survey conducted at Chizmi for a period of three

February 18, 2015

11:10 PM | Baby Snake Shows Why The Dead Can Still Be Deadly
Remember that story from last fall about the Chinese chef that died after being envenomated by the severed head of a cobra he was cooking? (Well, if not, here's a good summary.) Many dismissed the tale outright, thinking a snake couldn't possibly be lethal if it was no longer living. But a great photo taken this week by Lee Reeve shows just how dangerous venomous animals can be, even after death: Lee found this wee western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) dead this morning. […]
2:29 PM | fyeah-seacreatures:Bobbit Worm. By: ken & anita’s...
fyeah-seacreatures:Bobbit Worm. By: ken & anita’s photosThe Bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, is a ferocious underwater predator. Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speeds that its prey is sometimes sliced in half. Though they do vary in size, they have been recorded to grow up to nine feet tall.  A 9 foot Bobbit Worm? The sea holds both my dreams, and my nightmares…
1:00 PM | Flying High: The Ethics of Monitoring Birds with Drones
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as “drones,” are quickly become useful tools for ecologists and biologists alike. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand US dollars, and are fairly easy to learn how to operate. They can allow researchers access to landscapes that are otherwise inaccessible and to approach
11:30 AM | Bioshock Oceanographic: The Problem with Buried at Sea
Previously on “Andrew takes a piece of pop culture and over-analyzes it to death“: we went to Rapture, the city under the sea in Bioshock and Bioshock 2 (and, briefly, Bioshock Infinite) to figure out exactly where and how deep the city was. In the end, I came up with a respectable if underwhelming, maximum […]

February 17, 2015

10:02 PM | CitSci2015: An overview of the inaugural Citizen Science Association conference
Citizen Science 2015 marked the inaugural meeting of the Citizen Science Association from Feb 11- 12 in San Jose, California. Over 600 participants from 25 different countries converged to discuss […]
8:12 PM | More Timelapse and More Wetland Restoration
Having just downloaded nearly two months of images from the timelapse cameras at our Derr Wetland Restoration Project (I showed photos and video from this site last week as well), I went through the images to see what stories the … Continue reading →
7:09 PM | Something Rotten With The Climate — January 2015 Comes in As Second Hottest
The warming is about a 20 times faster pace than at the end of the last ice age. Continue reading →
1:00 PM | To ensure reef survival, hack the corals?
The past several decades have been tough on the world’s coral reefs. Warming waters, ocean acidification, invasive predators, and toxic runoff have hammered these iconic hotspots of underwater biodiversity. In response, conservationists have developed coral ‘gardens’ where young corals are reared to help rebuild damaged reefs. But some scientists worry that existing restoration strategies won’t
12:20 AM | China’s rosewood craving cuts deep into Madagascar rainforests
In February 2014 Madagascar’s new president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, promised to take control of the battle against rosewood trafficking, but nothing changed. This was perhaps not unexpected. During his five years as finance minister illegal trade in rosewood soared. Continue reading →
12:00 AM | cool-critters: Candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) The candy crab is...
cool-critters: Candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) The candy crab is a very colourful crab that grows from 1.5 to 2 cm. It lives on various species of soft coral in the Dendronephthya genus. It camouflages itself by mimicing the colours of the polyps among which it hides. It adds further camouflage by attaching polyps to its carapace. Colours vary depending on the colour of the coral, and may be white, pink, yellow or red. This crab is widespread in the Indo-Pacific and it feeds on […]
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