Encountering Wild Boar in New Guinea

Nature Conservancy - Science

Especially not in New Guinea. Wild boar are not a native species here — most native mammals are marsupial-like species — so what is it doing in Papua New Guinea? To find out, we need to go back 50,000 years, when the first settlers are thought to have arrived in New Guinea. Connected by a land bridge, Australia and New Guinea formed a larger land mass called Sahul. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition.

In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

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View photographs from our reporter’s journey to Manus, where local communities are taking sustainable sea cucumber management into their own hands. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Asia Pacific Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Manus sea cucumber expedition TNC Science


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Ricky Gervais is no stranger to providing hilarious voiceovers for animals and his latest one for Rory, the guinea pig is just as brilliant. Read More The post Watch: Ricky Gervais Voices Guinea Pig appeared first on Ecorazzi. Entertainment News Pop Culture Top News ricky gervais

Extreme Birding: Entering Un-Birded Territory in Papua New Guinea

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Above, left, right, and center — calls ricochet off the dense vegetation of the Papua New Guinea rainforest, seemingly coming from everywhere and nowhere at once. Just as my confidence in my birding ability is about to shatter, I hear Tim Boucher muttering silently to himself in frustration as he thumbs through the 528-page thick Birds of New Guinea book. Are the tropics (and Papua New Guinea) birding nirvana? A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Also, the island of New Guinea appeared as a whole, or as its parts, the eastern independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the western West Papua province of Indonesia. 10%: Australia, Papua New Guinea. 15%: Colombia, New Guinea (irrespective of the part/country). New Guinea’s high position came as a surprise to me (having in mind its poor infrastructure and arduous hikes), but clearly birds of paradise are seen as a reward enough.

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Surviving Field Science in Papua New Guinea

Conservancy Talk

When I joined The Nature Conservancy as a science writer, I didn’t think I’d be able to add rainforest survival to my resume a mere 6 months into the job. In July I spent 10 days deep in the rainforest of the Adelbert Mountains , shadowing Conservancy and Princeton scientists as they gathered bioacoustics data to help guide conservation land use planning.

Teaching Children About the Birds and the Snakes: A Mammalogist Goes to Papua New Guinea

Conservancy Talk

So naturally, when I told him I would be going to Papua New Guinea soon, his first question was, “Do they have snakes there?” In fact, Papua New Guinea is home to over 80 species of snake. The country is also home to many different species of the Bird of Paradise — these, more than snakes, had me excited to visit Papua New Guinea. Wait a minute mister, don’t you want to know why your daddy is going to Papua New Guinea?”

A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

And neither is Papua New Guinea. In July I joined Nature Conservancy scientists Eddie Game and Tim Boucher for 10 hard days of fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s Adelbert Mountain range. Here’s what a typical day is like for a field scientist in the Papua New Guinea rainforest. Tropical field science is not for the faint of heart.

Species Discoveries On New Guinea Amongst Deforestation Concerns

Eco Friendly Daily

New Guinea is an island home to great biodiversity, biodiversity which continues to grow as scientists discover more species on the island. New Guinea is the world’s second largest island behind Greenland, size which has benefited its biodiversity. New Guinea is home to the third largest area of rainforest which is uninterrupted, only lagging behind the Amazon and Congo rainforests. Concerns for biodiversity in New Guinea is no different.

Two Villages: Notes from the Climate Change Frontline in Papua New Guinea

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This small barrier island (only two square kilometers) off the coast of Manus Island , Papua New Guinea was used by the U.S. Asia Pacific Climate Change Conservation Issues Coral Reefs Ecosystem Services Featured Post 2 Fish Habitats Indigenous Communities Oceans & Coasts Adaptation Admiralty Islands canoe Charles Bedford climate change adaptation Manus Island Margaret Mead Melanesia Ndillo Papua New Guinea Pere Titan Margaret Mead Slept Here.

Dozens Of New Species Discovered In Papua New Guinea

Eco Friendly Daily

recently unveiled findings from a two month trip last summer to Papua New Guinea. The researchers from the organization worked alongside other American researchers as well as Canadian and local Papua New Guinea scientists. The researchers spent their time exploring a remote mountainous region in Papua New Guinea. A group of researchers from Conservation International, based in Washington, D.C.,

Fukushima - Local Children Unwitting ( and Unwilling) Radioactive Guinea Pigs


Seventeen months after the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Tokyo Electric Power Company's six-reactor complex at its Fukushima Daiichi, discussions continue about the possible effects of the radiation "dusting" the prefecture's inhabitants received, and their consequences.

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Nature Conservancy - Science

New acoustic research from Nature Conservancy scientists indicates that forest fragmentation drives distinct changes in the dawn and dusk choruses of forests in Papua New Guinea. In tropical rainforests, like Papua New Guinea, it requires a tremendous amount of expertise to rigorously measure and monitor the wealth of species. Using soundscapes to detect variable degrees of human influence on tropical forests in Papua New Guinea. Morning in Musiamunat village.

Locally Based Monitoring: Are Scientists at Risk of Losing Their Day Jobs?

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Conservation projects could benefit in numerous ways from locally based monitoring, such as this project carried out by community members in Papua New Guinea. A recent study shows that people from remote areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are able to collect quantitative data as accurately as trained scientist, but for a fraction of the cost. She started her PhD in 2010 at James Cook University in Cairns, and settled to working in remote and rugged tropical forest of Papua New Guinea.

GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

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Sadly, though much of the Upper Guinea Forest remains at threat from illegal logging and clearing areas for farming. Chris Townend is an ace birder, keen conservationist, and proprietor of Wise Birding Holidays , a UK company that leads tours to places most of us dream of visiting. Through his extensive travels, Chris has come to know Ghana very well and shares why this West African country should be high on every birder’s bucket list.

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Deep Sea Mining: The Next Big Threat to our Oceans.

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Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green Writer's Contest June 1-14 Activism Avaaz conservation copper deep sea mining ecosystems environmental activism fragile ecosystems gold mindfulness mining the ocean MoveOn National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Nautilus Minerals noaa ocean Papua New Guinea Res Publica save the oceans Tongling Tongling Metals underwater mining

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Environmental Economics: Help a student out by pretesting a survey!

Environmental Economics

Were looking for some guinea pigs to run through our survey and see what works and what doesnt.

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

Nature Conservancy - Science

In Papua New Guinea, a tribal network is taking sustainable management of sea cucumber fisheries into their own hands. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Economics Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Manus sea cucumber expedition TNC Science

Marine Fisheries: Does Local Protection Mean Local Benefits?

Nature Conservancy - Science

These questions were the focus of researchers working in Manus, Papua New Guinea who investigated whether community protection efforts for the squaretail coral grouper ( Plectropomus areolatus ) actually benefited the community by providing more fish. Local fishers assist researchers at a spawning site for coral groupers. Will protecting such areas benefit local communities? Richard Hamilton/TNC. by Matt Miller, senior science writer.

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

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It started as a simple bush trail, one of thousands criss-crossing Papua New Guinea’s formidable mountains, connecting communities […]. In many places, the Kokoda Track is little more than a narrow footpath, the earth beneath packed hard from centuries of footsteps. From the Field Asia Pacific Forests Natural History Protected Areas TNC Science

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

These are just three examples among many that The Nature Conservancy is pioneering in Indonesia, China, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Mexico, all 50 U.S. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today. As we race to solve the climate challenge with technology—innovating clean energy solutions that lessen our reliance on fossil fuels—we often overlook the fact that nature has worked as a carbon store for hundreds of millions of years.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Panama top the list.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Reachable by direct flights from Portugal, the island country of Sao Tome and Principe lying in the Gulf of Guinea, in the armpit of Africa, has about 140 bird species and 28 endemics – more endemics per square mile than anywhere else on Earth. Island hopping further east lies Papua New Guinea with 870 species, including 38 Birds of Paradise. On the eastern New Guinea (within PNG) there are 29 endemics, plus 54 at the Bismarcks and the Admiralties, plus 4 more at the Bougainville.

12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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Located in the Gulf of Guinea (the “armpit” of Africa), Sao Tome and Principe doesn’t only have a decent number of species overall, but with 28 endemics (staggering 18% of the total), it has a higher endemism level than the Galapagos! The Species per Square Mile Approach.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Inputs and outputs

Environmental Economics

Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other treats just as the harvest season begins.

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

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The speaker turned out to be Tim Laman, and the topic was the incredible research he and Ed Scholes had spent years doing on birds of paradise in New Guinea. Be careful how you Google ‘bird of paradise’!

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Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach.

The top 7 Lessons I learned in 7 years of Personal Development.

Elephant Journal

I’ve often been my own guinea pig, whether that meant rising at 4.30 In the past seven years, I’ve read countless books, attended many seminars, and listened to even more podcasts in my pursuit of personal development. taking cold showers, or writing out daily affirmations.

Bioacoustics for Conservation Land-Use Planning

Nature Conservancy - Science

Standing on a ridgeline in Papua New Guinea, I can see vivid green forest stretching for miles in every direction. Inconsequential as this small garden may seem amid the immensity of forest, subsistence agriculture is a major driver of deforestation here in Papua New Guinea. New Guinea is the second-largest island in the world, and its forest is the largest stretch of contiguous forest in the Asia Pacific region. Hausheer / TNC 3 of 6 Musiamunat village, Papua New Guinea.

Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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The family Picathartidae consists of two very unusual birds; White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes , endemic to the Upper Guinea forests of West Africa; and Gray-necked or Red-headed , restricted to Lower Guinea forests of Central Africa. They also occur in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea. Photo by Markus Lilje (Rockjumper Birding Tours) Further to the south, the Gray-necked or Red-headed Picathartes has a wider range along the Gulf of Guinea.

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I'm smarter than Krugman (sort of)

Environmental Economics

other than the ridiculousness, for being against the gold standard: The first money pit is an actual pit — the Porgera open-pit gold mine in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s top producers. In today's NYTimes, Krugman describes human rights and environmental reasons (uniting economists and sociologists!),

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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But he’s got stiff competition, including peers working to save Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia, and Snow Leopards in Pakistan. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count. The Whitley Awards , bestowed by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature, have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” for their role in recognizing and supporting grassoots-based conservationists in developing countries.

The Nomad’s Bookshelf: Essential Reads for the Traveling Naturalist

Nature Conservancy - Science

Throwim’ way leg — it’s a New Guinea pidgin phrase that means “to take the first step on a long journey.” In this fantastic read, legendary mammalogist, traveler, and science activist Tim Flannery recounts his years of fieldwork studying rare New Guinea mammals in the 1980s. I first read this book only days after I’d finished my own fieldwork journey through Papua New Guinea, and it’s been my absolute favorite travel read ever since. . In the field. On the trail.

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The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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’s Birds of New Guinea notes that the species is often seen moving in “high-flying flocks,” and Coates and Bishop’s Bird of Wallacea declares, “this species has suffered greatly from human predation and is now generally scarce to very rare.” The bird’s skeleton bears similarities to New Guinea’s much smaller (!) The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon.

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World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Papua (western, Indonesian part of New Guinea – the 2nd largest island in the world) has 680 species (data fatbirder.com). What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Palm Oil and Deforestation: A Real Threat for Orangutans


Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown on industrial plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) [7]. Orangutans are great apes with fine reddish hair and large brown eyes who literally hang out in the trees in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Southeast Asia.

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Grey-headed Robins

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It is, instead, a member of the Petroicidae, the Australasian robins, a family mostly found in New Guinea and Australia but also reaching here in New Zealand and as far across the Pacific as Fiji. According to my Pizzey and Knight Australian guide, it s restricted to the tropical area around Cairns, mostly in the montane area of the Atherton Tablelands, as well as the island of New Guinea.

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A Sing-sing Welcome in Iwarame

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Seemingly ageless as the land itself, she is thin but strong, her dark skin wrinkled by a life spent in the Papua New Guinea forest. An Iwarame woman represents Papua New Guinea in a village drama. Half an hour earlier, my companions and I were welcomed into a remote village in Papua New Guinea’s Adelbert Mountains by a traditional sing-sing. A sing-sing in the village of Iwarame, Papua New Guinea. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition.

The Most Colorful Trees in The World

Green Earth Journey

Its natural distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. From Wikipedia: Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus, the Mindanao Gum, or the Rainbow Gum. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. Now, this tree is cultivated widely around the world, mainly for pulpwood used in making paper. It is the dominant species used for pulpwood plantations in Philippines.

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Others Reasons to Visit Cassowary House

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Cassowary House isn’t just a place to rest your head with some birds, it is also the headquarters of Sicklebill Tours, famous for it’s jaunts to New Guinea. Guide and owner Phil Gregory knows his New Guinea birds so well that he was tapped to write many of their entries for the massive handbook of the Birds of the World, a difficult task considering how little is known about so many of them.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list. The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

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What Is Forest Resilience & What Does it Means for Conservation?

Conservancy Talk

Rainforest in the Adelbert Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. Photo © Mark Godfrey/TNC Forests for Social Resilience in Papua New Guinea New Guinea, shared by Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, is the world’s second-largest island, and 65 percent of it is blanketed in some of the world’s richest tropical rainforests. Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar.