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September 20, 2014

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8:56 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:56 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

September 19, 2014

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10:19 PM | Plan to Cut Down the World’s Largest Underwater Forest in Ghana Sparks Controversy
Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, the government of newly-independent Ghana built the Akosombo Dam on the Volta river to provide electricity to the country’s growing aluminum industry. The dam flooded 3,275 square miles of tropical forest, creating the Lake Volta reservoir, the largest man-made body of water on Earth. Though the flooding killed the trees, the oxygen in the water preserved them, and they quickly became the center of a complex underwater ecosystem in the lake. […]
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7:34 PM | Tanzania Launches Plan to Fight Climate Impacts on Agriculture
Vital Signs is a key part of Tanzania’s new Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan, which presents a strategy for sustainable agricultural development in the face of shifting rainfall patterns and other effects of a changing climate.
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7:09 PM | Lonesome George Unveiled in New York City
Lonesome George, the famous Galápagos Island tortoise that was the last of his kind when he died in 2012, is due to get some company.
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12:52 AM | Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards
It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…
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12:52 AM | Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards
It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…

September 18, 2014

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9:00 PM | The Coral Triangle: At the crossroad of tradition and change
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow James Morgan. I’ve been fortunate to see most of the world’s oceans the past couple…
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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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12:30 PM | A Crusade to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin
Post by Grace Costantino with significant contributions from Field Book Project blog post, "Field Notes from a Battle Against Extinction," by Sonoe Nakasone.We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the "histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." This is also an excellent opportunity to celebrate Hispanic biodiversity. We're kicking things off with a look at one […]
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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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11:09 AM | Knock, knock: Ten facts about Red-Headed Woodpeckers
Birds are wonderful - they are diverse, full of personality, and exhibit amazing behaviours and life history. Among our feathered friends, woodpeckers are especially impressive, and ornithologist and conservation biologist Dr. Barbara Frei knows this better than anyone. She completed her PhD on red-headed woodpeckers and their conservation, and she has graciously agreed to provide us with a contribution for the ten fact series here on Expiscor. Here are some things you probably […]
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6:38 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #72
Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end…

September 17, 2014

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8:14 PM | So what might Scottish independence mean for marine conservation ?
A Scottish otter (which lives in the marine environment) As the referendum for Scotland leaving the United Kingdom (which besides Scotland current includes Northern Ireland and Wales in addition to England, although you would be forgiven from all the media coverage to think that it only included the former and latter) approaches, I’ve been asked […]
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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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5:07 PM | Bangladesh Vows to Protect Wild Tigers in Spite of Industrialization
By Joseph Allchin Dakha, Bangladesh--Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, opened a major international conference on tiger conservation in the country’s capital, Dhaka, on Sunday. With delegates from all 13 tiger range countries in attendance, Hasina stated that her “government will do everything for conservation of the tigers,” lamenting “indiscriminate industrialization,” as a chief threat to habitats. Bangladesh’s government is, however, […]
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4:30 PM | Protecting Antarctic Marine Ecosystems: From Anemones to Whales
Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot about efforts to create marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean. For someone like me, who works on these issues and studies the Antarctic environment, the justification for MPAs is obvious. Antarctic ecosystems are bursting with incredible marine life, much of which we have yet…
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4:30 PM | Protecting Antarctic Marine Ecosystems: From Anemones to Whales
Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot about efforts to create marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean. For someone like me, who works on these issues and studies the Antarctic environment, the justification for MPAs is obvious. Antarctic ecosystems are bursting with incredible marine life, much of which we have yet…
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2:34 PM | Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Shawn Heinrichs Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries: The path to creating an effective Manta Sanctuary Indonesia announced…
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2:34 PM | Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Shawn Heinrichs Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries: The path to creating an effective Manta Sanctuary Indonesia announced…
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1:57 PM | Bigger than just conservation: The WWF Pacific Shark Heritage Program
Ian Campbell has spent his entire career employed across the spectrum of fisheries science and policy, working as a marine surveyor, a fisheries observer and writing fisheries policy for the UK & European governments. He even spent several years as a commercial diver working on oil rigs and for the film industry. Ian is currently […]
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1:00 PM | To thrive in the twenty-first century, can we learn to steer evolution?
Thinking that we can entirely contain or stop the evolutionary change that we do notice is more Quixotic than Quixote, like trying to joust with forests and oceans. But I do think that with the kind of strategies Carroll et al. outline, we can stop worrying about the never-ending wave of evolutionary change, and learn instead how to surf it.
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