Life, Death & Bird Cam Drama at the Great Salt Lake

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birds & Birding Birds National Parks Nest Cams WildlifeSeason two of the Utah kestrel cam returns, with more drama than ever. Tune in now to see chicks in the nest!

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Top wildlife destinations in North Africa

Green Prophet

Toubkal National Park certainly makes for one of the best wildlife holidays in North Africa. Consisting mostly of desert vegetation, the place is home to a large variety of wildlife which include the Barbary sheep, a species which is endemic to the region. At the base of Toubkal.

Recovery: Saving the Lake Erie Watersnake, A Lesson in Outreach

Nature Conservancy - Science

In 1999, when the Lake Erie watersnake was listed as federally threatened, fewer than 2,000 adults remained on the planet. It’s hard enough to save wildlife the public perceives as “adorable,” like island foxes or “beautiful” like loons. Recovery: Saving Timber Rattlesnakes, Why Wildlife Recovery Isn’t a Popularity Contest. Lake Erie watersnakes were frequently killed because they were mistaken for rattlesnakes or copperheads; but this was aberrant behavior.

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Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife

Nature Conservancy - Science

But many serious naturalists give the park a wide berth – they want nothing to do with the circus-like atmosphere of Old Faithful or the famous “bear jams” (when traffic stops for wildlife). Cutthroats migrate out of Yellowstone Lake to the river to spawn. That changed dramatically thirty years ago, when someone illegally dumped lake trout, a non-native species, in Lake Yellowstone – a mindless act of ecological vandalism.

Preventing Invasives is Vital to Great Lakes Ecology and Economy

Cool Green Science

Earlier this month, for the first time since 2005, eight governors met to commit to protecting the Great Lakes and strengthening the region’s economy. As I said in my remarks to the Council of Great Lakes Governors , the correlation between these two issues—healthy ecosystems and healthy economies—could not be any more evident than it is in the Great Lakes. Agriculture, shipping, fishing, hunting, tourism and more all rely on the Great Lakes.

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Lake life suffers from declining oxygen levels

AGreenLiving

Fish are struggling to breathe and algal blooms flourish in lakes around the world, thanks to a drastic decrease in oxygen levels. A new study published in the journal Nature examined oxygen in 400 lakes in the U.S. Related: Warming in deepest parts of the Great Lakes could be irreversible “Oxygen is one of the best indicators of ecosystem health, and changes in this study reflect a pronounced human footprint,” said co-author Craig E.

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10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

Nature Conservancy - Science

They’re often the place to go for a picnic, an impromptu hike, a swim in the lake or to rent a paddle boat. However, many times they’re overlooked by naturalists who view state parks as picnic spots that don’t offer much in the way of wildlife. Across the country, state parks offer some incredible opportunities for birders, natural history enthusiasts and other wildlife buffs. It also offers fantastic wildlife viewing. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park , Louisiana.

Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You

Nature Conservancy - Science

In colder climes, the lack of tree cover and a white snowy backdrop makes finding birds and other wildlife easier – even in cities and suburbs. Here are ten of my favorite winter wildlife activities: Go owling. You may not catch the images wildlife biologist Jonny Armstrong does by camera trapping carcasses , but one can dream. Trumpeter Swans taken 11-30-15 from the road high above Sullivan Lake at The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve.

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Scuba Divers Provide Non-Chemical Weed Control on Wisconsin Lake

Nature Conservancy - Science

When invasive Eurasian watermilfoil comes to a lake, conventional wisdom says you can kiss wildlife habitat and clean water goodbye. But those chemicals can imperil the very wildlife that weed control is supposed to protect. At Lulu Lake in southcentral Wisconsin , though, scientists may have found the Eurasian watermilfoil’s worst enemies: scuba divers and snorkelers. The Problem: Choking Lulu Lake. The pesticide also poses health risks to swimmers in lakes.

10 Overlooked Wildlife Experiences in Our National Parks

Nature Conservancy - Science

Think of wildlife in U.S. But the National Park Service protects a wide range of wildlife, large and small. Please list your favorite overlooked national park wildlife in the comments. Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife. In the Pleistocene, the deserts of California and Nevada would have been covered in lakes and streams. Wildlife Birding Birds Fish Herps Insects Mammals National Parks Traveling Naturalist

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Gillnets in Lake Yellowstone: Can Conservationists Recover Cutthroat Trout in Our First National Park?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife. Conserving Lake Trout Among the Philosophers. Those gillnets are part of one of the most ambitious native fish restoration efforts ever undertaken, attempting to control invasive, non-native lake trout so that native Yellowstone cutthroat trout can return. Searching for Yellowstone cutthroat where not many have been seen in recent years due to the impacts of nonnative lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.

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Wildlife Thrive at Flooded ‘Arabian Canal’ in Dubai Desert

Green Prophet

Whether this aquifer can sustain a supply of water to the excavation indefinitely, or evaporation from the lake will eventually deplete the aquifer, I can also only guess. As typically happens in the desert around Dubai, when an area is fenced off and protected from ‘dune bashers’ the wildlife rapidly recovers, even without a limitless water supply as in this instance. You can see this lake on Google Earth at 24°50’33.92″N 55°10’24.25″E.

These Rivers, Mountains, and Lakes Are Getting Legal Rights: It’s About Time

Eco Chic

Not long after, 820 square miles of forests, lakes, and rivers—a former national park known as Te Urewera—also gained legal personhood based on this precedent. Then, astoundingly, earlier this year on March 4th 2019, voters in Toledo, Ohio passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights , granting the body of water the same rights as a U.S. Lake Erie bluffs, David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve, Erie County. In the case of Lake Erie, so far, the answer is no.

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Police Beat, Tie-Up, and Fire On Citizens Protesting Dying Ramsar Protected Lake in Iran

Green Prophet

Police violently repressed activists protesting the nearly irreversible damage done to the Middle East’s largest salt lake over the weekend. But none of these latter environmental events has garnered such an extreme response as the Lake Orumiyeh protests in Iran, where bloggers report that people are being arrested, beaten, and in some cases tied to trees for protesting the slow death of the world’s second largest salt lake.

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Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid: The Adirondacks’ Own Luxe Mountain Resort

Eco Chic

I was staying at the luxury resort Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid , and I had slept on the most comfortable bed I have ever rested upon. Lake Placid is a perfect escape from the city’s year-round madness, as its so vastly beautiful and ecologically rich season to season. It’s also home to some of the best hiking in the entire nation; Lake Placid park has the largest trail system in the United States.

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Sneci houseboat leaves no footprint while floating on Lake Tisza

AGreenLiving

Then again, a foundation isn’t needed for this floating escape located on Lake Tisza in Hungary. In order to match the houseboat with the area, Bene considered the massive, humanmade lake, which also acts as a nature reserve housing copious wildlife , including over 100 species of birds. Read the original here: Sneci houseboat leaves no footprint while floating on Lake Tisza. Sneci isn’t your typical summer home, considering it doesn’t even come with a foundation.

Recovery: Saving Lake Sturgeon, an Ancient Fish with a Bright Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

Lake sturgeon, our elders by some 150 million years, have a bright future — if Americans ignore voices of the past. In “The Song of Hiawatha” Longfellow celebrated the lake sturgeon, “king of fishes,” and the First Nations for whom it was sacred. By the lake he sat and pondered, By the still, transparent water; Saw the sturgeon, Nahma, leaping, Scattering drops like beads of wampum. Even as the poet penned this verse, North Americans were killing and trashing lake sturgeon.

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The Great Lakes: Another Invasive Species Causes Concern

Eco Friendly Daily

The Great Lakes has been threatened by invasive species for years, and recently an Asian carp was found six miles from Lake Michigan. It’s not surprising—Lake Erie has been wrought with non-native species including the zebra muscles, sea lamprey, round goby, Eurasian ruffe and at least 25 others since the 1800s. Therefore, the local plants and wildlife don’t know how to deal with this invasion.

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The Green Buzz: Friday, October 18

Cool Green Science

We’ve got the perfect way to start your Friday: browse the Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners! Meet the wildlife photographer of the year — elephant-lovers will enjoy his photo! See the first-ever footage of the aging pipeline beneath the Great Lakes. The legendary Himalayan yeti may be a sub-species of this animal. ( BBC ). Washington Post ). Kudos to Target for introducing a new sustainability standards for products. Environmental News Service ).

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Maltese Hunters Legally Massacre Egypt’s Protected Birds (Video)

Green Prophet

Although progress has been made in Hurghada, the scene of the country’s very first dolphin sanctuary, and Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) is taking to task restaurants that serve illegal sharks and other marine creatures, the lawlessness that has seeped into every aspect of Egyptian society has affected its wildlife as well. More Wildlife Stories That Will Make You Cringe: Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction.

Traveling Naturalist: Elephants, Kudus and More in Tarangire National Park

Nature Conservancy - Science

Visiting naturalists should add Tarangire National Park , certainly one of the world’s great wildlife reserves, to their list. The elephants are part of a long-term research effort by Charles Foley of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Of course, you don’t have to drive hours on bumpy roads to see awesome wildlife in Tarangire, especially the elephants. That’s why efforts to provide benefits from wildlife tourism to local people are so important.

MENA Is Changing Drastically & NASA Has The Pictures To Prove It

Green Prophet

From urbanisation in Morocco to lake shrinkage in Iran, these shocking NASA photos prove how this region is in dramatic ecological flux. Lake shrinkage in Iran. Iran’s Lake Oroumeih (also spelled Urmia) is the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest saltwater lake on Earth. At the current rate, the lake will be completely dry by the end of 2013. Lake degradation in Tunisia. Ichkeul Lake, northern Tunisia.

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How Do We Love Our Public Lands & Scientists? Let Us Count the Ways

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish and Wildlife Service oversees habitat for wildlife and native plant conservation; and the Forest Service manages forests and grasslands for water and restoration. Conserving these lands along with the iconic wildlife, and historic and cultural artifacts they safeguard is not as easy as putting up a fence or a sign and leaving the land alone. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are working on public and private lands.

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Solutions for Stormwater in Seattle

Cool Green Science

This stormwater run-off causes flooding, harms wildlife, contaminates food sources and damages salmon runs, thus threatening the orcas who feed on them. This integrated and sustained approach to managing stormwater, bringing natural solutions to urban areas and restoring rivers, lakes and oceans to health can serve as a model for cities across the globe. I’m pleased to be sharing my byline today with Mike Stevens, who leads our Washington State Chapter.

A quiet cabin and outdoor adventures in Montana’s Seeley-Swan Valley

AGreenLiving

Rivers, lakes, ponds and bogs left by long-ago receding glaciers cover about 16% of the Swan Basin — compare that to only 1% wetland habitat for the rest of the state. This is the part of the state to visit if you want to get in the water or if you like scenic hikes with dazzling lake views. With average July and August highs in the mid-80s, the lakes and rivers get lots of summertime use. As we followed the Glacier Lake Trail, I took the information to heart.

Nearly 1/3 of freshwater fish face extinction

AGreenLiving

Related: Shark populations have decreased by 71% in the last 50 years “Nowhere is the world’s nature crisis more acute than in our rivers , lakes and wetlands, and the clearest indicator of the damage we are doing is the rapid decline in freshwater fish populations,” Stuart Orr, WWF global freshwater lead, said in a statement. Eco Green and-hydropower aquatic-version food freshwater-fish hydropower-dams lakes since-the-days wetlands

Recovery: Saving Loons from Lead Fishing Tackle

Nature Conservancy - Science

Restoring the Reef on Lake Michigan Benefits Native Fish. On the Great Lakes — especially Lake Erie where nesting has been eliminated — thousands of migrating loons die each year, victims of alien species unleashed by humans. During cooperative conservation efforts of the (photographic) authors and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, extra fish are stocked at Common Loon breeding lakes, to accommodate the loons and those fishing.

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Reflections in Oil

The Green Samaritan

Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe Reflections in Oil June 29, 2010 Returning from a really nice family visit to Florida, a few reflections to share… At a neighborhood lake in Orlando, my son Jack with Audubon bird directory in hand to id the local flock, saw a soda can floating in the lake.

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Finding a Home for Evicted Bats

Nature Conservancy - Science

It is pitch black and hardly any cars are out near the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve in Utah. Soon, complaints will yield to action, evicting these bats from their temporary home, and the Great Salt Lake will have a cloud of homeless bats looking for another suitable place to roost; perhaps in someone’s attic or perhaps in another local business — or, with any luck, next season they will find refuge in our experimental bat barn built just for them.

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Follow that Grizzly: Understanding Bear Movements in the Northwest

Nature Conservancy - Science

And in the trans-border region, where the potential for human-wildlife conflict is high and bear populations are in the double digits, the study provided much needed insight for conservation. Prior to the study, bear recovery plans had relied on what scientists call “professional judgment,” a mix of bear sightings and locations of road killed deer carcasses to identify where wildlife crossed highways in mountain valleys.

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The Latest Victim of Non-Native Cheatgrass: Golden Eagles

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s according to research conducted by HawkWatch International , as reported this week by Brett Prettyman in the Salt Lake Tribune. While I’m not sure it will be a viable strategy, I’d love to think that quaffing a craft beer might help our Western arid lands – and give golden eagles and other native wildlife a boost. Invasive cheatgrass is eliminating habitat for jackrabbits, and thus reducing numbers of golden eagles.

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Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

Recovery: Saving the Lake Erie Watersnake, A Lesson in Outreach. 10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore. The Endangered Species Act had its genesis in the early 1900s, when visionary conservationists like George Bird Grinnell, Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt began calling for a change in wildlife management and habitat protection. “To Fish and Wildlife Service. Columbian White-tailed Deer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

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Recovery: Saving the “Rat” That Isn’t

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish and Wildlife Service, this subspecies of Florida woodrat is making a dramatic comeback. In 2004 Ralph asked Steve Klett, then manager of the island’s Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge , if he could go see one. Courtesy of Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Some of these can be transmitted to…native wildlife, domestic animals and humans.”. Wildlife Camera Traps Endangered Species Invasive Species Mammals Restoration

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Recovery: Humpback Chubs, New Values and New Hope for Endangered Native Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

One of the project’s alleged benefits was a nonnative fishery for rainbow, brown and lake trout and kokanee salmon. One is an extended drought that has lowered Lake Powell so that discharge from the dam is nearer the surface and therefore warmer. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 of 4 Walleye (ca. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 of 4 Young-of-year smallmouth bass attempting to consume a young-of-year flannelmouth sucker, Green River near Split Mountain, UT, 2012 or 2013.

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The Cutest US Mammal You’ve Probably Never Seen

Nature Conservancy - Science

As Rosemary Stussy, a retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist once put it , “on a scale of one to 10, their cuteness factor is a 15.”. Arizona has many birding lodges that put up an array of feeders, and these can attract other wildlife including ringtails. They were either down in a hole under a log or between boulders below the high-water mark of a lake – they would use the den in the summer when the water was low.”.

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Experts warn against panic-buying chicks

AGreenLiving

Related: Discarded face masks now threatening wildlife habitats For many consumers now, the thought of a fresh egg supply — without perilous grocery store trips fraught with worries of coronavirus transmission — is alluring. Green danish design electric-motors lakes-or-large marisa-erasmus pollution restrict-flocks the-sustainable wellness-needs- workIn these toilet paper-hoarding times, people are doubting supply chains and worrying about food security.

“Spy” Stork Arrested Then Released and Eaten in Egypt

Green Prophet

Hopefully they can cross safely to Lake Nasser.” Travel nature conservation egypt (NCE) wildlife conservation wildlife tracking A White Stork was arrested in Egypt recently after a fisherman in Qena captured it – believing it to be a spy – and marched it down to local police. Equipped with tracking technology , the bird was released, but didn’t live much longer.

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Mule Deer Capture: Radio Tracking Provides Critical Conservation Data

Nature Conservancy - Science

The event was to assist wildlife biologists from the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming to capture and take vital stats on deer with GPS collars for a study in the Wyoming Range. This incredible team from New Zealand (though now based in Salt Lake), flies all over the West working on biological studies, such as this one, capturing animals. A captured mule deer will provide important conservation information in Wyoming.

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At What Cost? Legislators come up with solutions to Harmful Algal Blooms. Environmental Economists come up with cheaper solutions.

Environmental Economics

The Legislature of the State of Ohio is currently considering legislation to reduce Phosphorous loadings into Lake Erie by 40%.    This is a good thing, as reducing Phosphorous going into Lake Erie will reduce the incidence and impact of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin.   Some measures that have been tried in the state have had little impact on reducing the phosphorus load into Lake Erie, Sohngen said.

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When Tourism and Nature Collide- Protected Land Under Threat in Egypt

Green Prophet

An Egyptian real estate developer is planning to build on 650 acres of protected land near Lake Qarun. One example of this disregard for nature is the recent revelation that an Egyptian real estate developer , the Amer Group, has been granted permission to build on the northern part of Lake Qarun. Lake Qarun, which is one and half hours drive from Cairo, is one of Egypt’s richest natural landmarks with historical importance.

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The Green Buzz: Tuesday, June 4

Cool Green Science

Lake Michigan’s invasive lamprey larvae are being poisoned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. ( Fish and Wildlife Service Dogs saving penguins and rock stars saving badgers. Today was a good day. Found out why the Navy is trying to crack the secrets of the cicada song. Live Science ). WATCH: Two rock hall of famers and a nature film legend have a new song about badgers. Guardian ).

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Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You. You can also advocate for the protection of the ponds, lakes, and streams that these turtles call home year round. Wildlife Adaptation Herps NaturePopWhere are the turtles and tortoises in cold months? As ectotherms (or cold-blooded animals), turtles’ body temperature and metabolism are determined by external heat sources. When it’s cold outside, their metabolism slows down, so they aren’t active enough to forage.

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What Does the Fox Need?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife through a Creative Commons license. Nature Conservancy Scientist and urban wildlife specialist John S. Coyote colonization of northern Virginia and admixture with Great Lakes wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(6):1204-1217. Behavioural responses of wildlife to urban environments. Wildlife Research 33:175-180. A red fox prowls the urban greenbelt in Boise, Idaho. Photo: Phares Book.

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