Other Animals

In Whāingaroa/Raglan on New Zealand’s (NZ’s) west coast, trapping for introduced mammals that prey on endangered native birds is something of a competitive sport. Karioi Project, a local conservation NGO named after the bushclad volcano that backs the small surf town and houses a significant population of endemic oi (grey-faced petrels, Pterodroma gouldi), has established
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Every March, birders spill into the canyonlands outside of Austin, Texas, to search for Golden-cheeked Warblers. The tiny black-and-white songbird, with vibrant yellow splashed across its face, is the state’s sole endemic bird, and a federally protected species with an estimated population of 27,000. In early spring the birds migrate up from Central America to nest in
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Our vast world is quite a splash of natural design and color. From the uniqueness of a raindrop splatter, the individual characteristics of an iris, the shape and form of a flower or plant, and the genetic coding of anything that lives, nature has created awe-inspiring blueprints for everything that we can see and hold.
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Dumb criminals make everyone’s jobs so much easier. Three poachers were arrested, convicted, and banned from hunting, fishing, and trapping worldwide for three years after they illegally killed a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park and posted photos of their “trophy” on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The social media trail made it easy for authorities
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While her UCLA classmates spent their free time in the sun, Lisa Hanawalt passed hers away in local pet shops, chatting up parrots and learning their personalities. Eventually, she got her own when a neighbor handed off his ex-wife’s lovebird. The relationship didn’t last long. “She was the most hateful creature,” Hanawalt says. “She would bite
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American Golden-Plover. Photo: Mick Thompson/Eastside Audubon WASHINGTON (June 25, 2019) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the second appropriations bill in a week that increases funding for critical conservation programs. “Minibus number 2” (H.R. 3055) prioritizes the protection of important lands, funding for bird programs, monitoring and research, restoration of coastal habitat, and
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Pride Hike in Vermont. Photo: Harper Simpson/Audubon Vermont Slightly more than a year ago, almost 20 hikers trekked up Snake Mountain, a scenic peak looking out over the Champlain Valley an hour outside of Burlington, Vermont. The first of many trips, the hike was designed to specifically include members of the the LGBTQ community in the the outdoors. After that
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The final days of the Rockjumper tour I was leading were spent in the steppes and wetlands around Nursultan (until recently Astana…). Together with our sharp-eyed local guide Andrey, we birded one day west of the city, and another day south. Birding was fantastic, with non-stop action both in quality and in numbers. Insect load
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This week has not only been about reminiscing about the weekend and I have been out in the Dale although with lots of rain my visits have been short. There has still been lots to see though. The Three-toed Woodpeckers seem to have failed with their breeding as a 70 minute vigil at the nest
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First the bad news,currently the weather is very unsettled with plenty of rain and very cold for June. This recent bad weather brought disaster to the local nesting great crested grebes. They had constructed their nest and were incubating three eggs as previously reported. A subsequent visit found no sign of nest or eggs. They
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