My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

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Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us. What are your best wildlife moments? And what are your wildlife dreams? Trips Africa Europe India World Wildlife DayI remember, several times while motionlessly surveying birds, I found myself being investigated by Striped Field Mice , who would dare to come to sniff me.

Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund

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A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. I’m hoping this will give you an incentive to get out and experience a National Wildlife Refuge in your area during this fall migration.

Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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Both men lead trips for tour company Tropical Birding (Barnes is a founder), and they have also co-authored Wildlife of Madagascar (another WildGuide volume, 2016), Birding Ethiopia (with Christian Boix, 2010) and Wild Rwanda (with Christian Boix, 2015).

Is Your Landscaping Killing Wildlife?

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Snow on the Hoof: How Deer, Elk and Other Western Wildlife Cope in Harsh Winters. Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven. Other plants and shrubs can kill wildlife. Some landscaping plants spread beyond yards and choke out wildlife habitat.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15M to Protect Wildlife

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Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio gave out $15 million in grants this year to environmental organizations working Read More The post Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15M to Protect Wildlife appeared first on Ecorazzi. Not a bad chunk of change, and all for a good cause, too.

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Blue-winged Teal ( Anas discors ) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to discover several pair and a few non-paired individuals of the species at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on the day I had reserved photo blind #2.

The Gap Between Wildlife and the Animal Rights Movement

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What I don’t understand is why animal rights organizations almost completely ignore wildlife. Habitat destruction and degradation is far and away the number one reason why wildlife populations are extirpated or go extinct. If you, animal lover, have no interest in providing wildlife a healthy environment, then your efforts and passions are brought into question.

10 Overlooked Wildlife Experiences in Our National Parks

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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.

Video: Infrared Technology for Wildlife Conservation

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Infrared technology has many applications for wildlife research, including enabling biologists to more accurately count greater sage grouse in the rugged country of the arid West ( covered in Monday’s blog). Hummingbird as seen in infrared.

Get Thee To A Wildlife Rehabilitator

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If that’s not possible, she needs the knowledgeable care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabbers love the public. Why do wildlife rehabilitators not love the public? The state of Indiana has been soliciting comments for a bill which would make the above scenario legal for 90 days, creating an uproar among those who are licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Birds injured wildlife orphaned wildlife screech owl wildlife rehabilitator

Self Medication, Wildlife Style: How Birds and Other Creatures Use Medicinal Plants

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Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds NaturePop Weird Nature“Not all pharmacists are human.” So begins a 1993 review article on the use of medicinal plants by animals. Reading on, we learn that pharmacists can be chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, starlings and grackles.

10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

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A greater yellowlegs at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System is one of shining stars of United States conservation history, and the refuges in this system offer some world-class nature experiences. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge , Texas.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. National wildlife refuges provide premier outdoor recreational opportunities across the Nation. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas.

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Internet Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Linda runs a wildlife rehabilitation center in Austin County, Texas, and one night she wrote to our listserv that a woman had called her that afternoon and told her that Mockingbirds had gotten into her house, taken over her brain, and were telling her what to do. “I

Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You

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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. Even in developed areas, at dusk wildlife is on the move.

Snow Leopard hunt by Adam Riley (INDRI Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

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Seeing a wild Snow Leopard is every wildlife enthusiast’s dream, probably the ultimate and most elusive wildlife experience on the planet. This event was observed during a tour arranged and guided by INDRI – Ultimate Wildlife Tours www.indritours.com. They also arrange and guide other wildlife tours globally to the world’s last remaining wildernesses in search of iconic wildlife.

Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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It’s the perfect time of year for a wildlife road trip. Wildlife watchers are a friendly lot; ask folks where they’re having the best sightings. The National Wildlife Refuge system offers opportunities to view ducks and other wetland wildlife.

Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

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Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves. I was working at the Coastal Wildlife Rescue Center here in Alabama, and he had either been blown in during a storm or caught a ride on a ship. Birds wildlife rehabilitator injuries wildlife rehabilitatorsMost of them think we’re trying to eat them, not help them.

Red-necked Phalarope on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Late morning this past Thursday, 27 August, I was on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay. I was only there because I had worked an overnight and therefore had the day free from work and Desi was busy at a day camp.

Searching for Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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That place is the fabled home of shorebirds, both common and rare, the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. American Avocet on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. It being mid-August in New York City there is one place where I have to be as often as I can. This year, what with family plans and other commitments, I didn’t get out on the pond until later than usual but it was worth the wait.

Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven

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Turning your yard – or other small outdoor space – into a wildlife haven is easier than you think. Get started with Habitat Network , an online community of citizen scientists working together to build habitat to support wildlife. Get Started with a Wildlife-Friendly Space.

In Defense of Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Why do you wildlife rehabilitators waste your time saving a cardinal with a broken wing, when you could be giving your money to save habitat? Wildlife rehabilitators should not have to defend what they do. Birding bird rehabilitation buckshot rehab wildlife rehabilitators

Tornado Takes Toll on Wildlife

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Though we obviously recognize that extreme weather causes death and destruction to humans we shouldn’t overlook the damage that it can do to wildlife as well. Birdchick has the sad tale of the destruction of a Minneapolis heronry. Asides

10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

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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.

Dubai exposed as major wildlife trafficking hub [video]

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The United Nations now classifies the illegal trafficking of exotic wildlife as second only in scale to the illegal drug trade, with Dubai emerging as a major smuggling center for the world’s most rarefied creatures.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Chicago Wildlife Watch

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What is Chicago Wildlife Watch? When it comes to wildlife in the city, it turns out, we can throw out most everything we know about wildlife ecology. Why is Chicago Wildlife Watch Important? How do wildlife interactions change? Geese in Chicago.

Recovery: Saving Timber Rattlesnakes, Why Wildlife Recovery Isn’t a Popularity Contest

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But there’s progress in Massachusetts thanks to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, created in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. From the Field Wildlife Field Notes Herps Nature + People Restoration

How Will the Polar Vortex Affect Wildlife?

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Many wildlife species, like snowshoe hares, are well adapted to survive cold temperatures. Many wildlife species, of course, are well adapted to thrive in even the coldest of temperatures. Photo: Christopher Brown. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

Growing Up Osprey: Wildlife Reality TV Returns to Osprey Cam

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You can help keep osprey populations going strong by supporting the EPA, which continues to regulate pesticides and other synthetic chemicals that can pose a hazard to wildlife and people and by supporting regulations on discarded fishing gear (in which ospreys are sometimes entangled and killed).

Getting to Know Your National Wildlife Refuge: Comprehensive Conservation Plans

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Jason’s first contribution tackled the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System , his second took a deep look at how many birders there really are , and his third looked at the competing interests of sage-grouse and wind turbines. Jason A.

American Redstart Nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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I’ve lived in Queens for eight years now and have visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge over one hundred times while I’ve been here. female American Redstart working on her nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Fledgling Yellow Warblers at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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But after a long weekend in Niagara Falls and Toronto with my extended family, which featured virtually no birding, I was more than willing to get out at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday morning (the 4th of July) to see what was out and about.

Obama defends wildlife refuge from dirty oil drilling

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25 the Obama administration proposed new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which, if approved, would be a huge win. Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife," said Interior secretary Sally Jewell. Last week left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of environmentalists. On Jan.

Amazon Explorer Films Shocking Wildlife Bonanza in Threatened Forest. {Video} ~ Jeremy Hance

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From our friends at mongabay.com. Watching a new video by Amazon explorer, Paul Rosolie, one feels transported into a hidden world of stalking jaguars, heavyweight tapirs, and daylight-wandering giant armadillos. This is the Amazon as one imagines it as a child: still full of wild things.

Top 10 Night Safaris: When the (Wildlife) Freaks Come Out

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For hard-core wildlife enthusiasts, “night life” has a different meaning. Many wildlife reserves and guides now offer night safaris for those seeking quality views of nocturnal critters, particularly mammals. Please obey all local laws pertaining to spotting wildlife at night.

As Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Ends, Let’s Get Back To Work—Together

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As we mark the end of a six-week standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge, it’s important that we return our focus to finding collaborative ways to use and protect our country’s natural resources. Fish and Wildlife Service and academic researchers through the Malpai Borderlands Group.

Great Grassland Birds at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

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One of those spots, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County, was hosting a couple really cool birds for New York State so I was eagerly anticipating stopping in to see them. This past Saturday, 10 June, I had to be at a meeting near Newburgh at 11 AM.

Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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A few weeks ago I led a field trip to Butte Valley Wildlife Area. Like many “wildlife areas” it is open to waterfowl hunting during the season. The road into the wildlife area was a treasure trove of birds.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Fortunately for me, a kind birder pointed out a ruby-throat in the process of building a nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last week and the nest is relatively low and unobstructed. It is not every day that you get the chance to see a hummingbird’s nest.