February 2009

Canada Lynx Vs Plum Creek Timber: Lynx Wins!

The Canada lynx, which is officially listed as "threatened," received a belated Valentine's day present from the federal government yesterday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded the lynx's protected territory, which is now 20 times greater than it was before. Territory in six states received the "protected" designation. Territory was declared "protected" in three new states (Maine, Idaho, and Wyoming), and the existing protected territory was expanded in Washington, Montana, and Minnesota.

Etsy for Animals

We are seeing a revolution in the way that people think about the world.  In particular,  we are all becoming more aware of our impact on the planet, and are learning to change our habits and lifestyles in order to help restore a balance to the world that we live in.  This seems to be having a positive knock on effect on how we live our lives in general,  with a

Green Heron: The Famous Fisherman

There is one bird that is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame this week,  with a video of his fishing habits becoming more and more popular on YouTube.   The video shows a small bird using bread to bait small fish to swim within his reach and then snatching them out of the water with his beak.  He even goes so far as to twitch the bread, much in the same way as a human fisherman moves his line to make the bait appear more like a genuine foodsource.

Amazing Sea Life

The Earth's oceans, rivers and lakes hold a vast ecosystem of animals. So what are the most impressive fish found in the Earth's water system? Fastest Fish - Sailfish If you are lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the fastest fish in the sea...the sailfish.

Songbirds Wear Backpacks For Science

Ornithologists have been wondering about the details of songbird migration for hundreds of years. Biologist Bridget J. M. Stutchbury has found a fascinating high tech solution to help answer this question: tiny solar powered backpack transmitters. The transmitters are about the size of your thumbnail, and rest right over the birds' hips, with loops fastening the backpack over the birds' legs. Dr. Stutchbury and her colleagues have attached transmitters to 34 birds, although they were only able to collect the data from 7.

Hummingbirds

A friend in Southern California sent me a link to this video of an Anna's hummingbird feeding at his balcony feeder. Click the image to the left to see the video.