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I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

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Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature

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New species found in Australia

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Cockatoos can pick complicated locks!

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The intelligence of octopuses

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Darwin's Frogs Are in Steep Decline

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How Dogs Help Protect Threatened Species

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The AVM Video Thread

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8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

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Atlantic puffins in peril in US

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Plan lifts Lower 48 wolf protections

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Comment by Stephen on Monday

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things ...Joel Garlich-Miller / USFWS

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things ...Joel Garlich-Miller / USFWS

American Whalers Killed Way More Than Just Whales

Entries from old ship logs suggest that every 19th-century whaling expedition was an ecological rampage.

“The whale,” wrote Herman Melville in Moby-Dick, “would by all hands be considered a noble dish, were there not so much of him.” Nineteenth-century whalers, of course, weren’t put off by bulk—quite the opposite. On their long oceanic voyages, where fresh meat was scarce, their kills were also sources of much-needed food. And so, as Melville describes in Chapter 65 of his magnum opus, they would cook biscuits that had been soaked in whale oil, fry flour-coated sperm-whale brains, and guzzle down whale “fritters”— moldy scraps of fat that had gone brown and crisp after being left ashore for too long.

Humans had been catching and eating whales for millennia, but America came to to dominate the world of cetacean slaughter in the 19th century. With hundreds of powerful ships, gun-loaded harpoons, bountiful coasts, and a strong seafaring tradition, the Yankee whalers were incredibly successful. It is estimated that they harpooned over 100,000 sperm, right, bowhead, humpback, and pilot whales for their oil and whalebone, killing more of these animals than in the previous four centuries c....

But whales weren’t the only animals they killed.

The ships spent months or years at sea, returning to port only when their holds were heaving with whale remains. With little besides hard biscuits and preserved meats to eat, the crews leapt at any chance to get fresh meat. Whale meat, sure, but that became rarer over time as the whalers became victims of their own success. Fish, of course, but ships that ventured far north would encounter oceans that were covered in ice. So, they often sent away teams onto islands to plunder the local wildlife.

Read more= read:http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/the-collateral-d...

Comment by Stephen on September 6, 2016 at 4:15pm

100,000 signatures to ban driven grouse shooting

Support for a total ban on driven grouse shooting has rocketed with a key petition achieving the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a debate in Parliament.

As the grouse shooting season opens, support for the e-petition - set up by author and wildlife expert Dr Mark Avery and supported by Chris Packham and League Against Cruel Sports – has surged, with 20,000 thousand signatures added in just four days. The number of people signing for a driven grouse shooting ban dwarfs the 40,000 people that the shooting industry claims take part in the ‘sport’.

The groundswell against driven grouse-shooting comes amid reports of continued raptor persecution on shooting estates, and raised awareness of the environmental damage and negative wildlife conservation issues  linked to intensively managed grouse moorlands.

Claims by the shooting industry that the ‘management’ of grouse moors helps other bird species have also been questioned. (See the British Trust for Ornithology statement)

Mark McCormick, Head of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports said:  “The momentum against driven grouse shooting is unstoppable.  We are delighted that the petition has now reached the magic 100,000 signatures needed for a Parliamentary debate.

“The public recognises that the collateral damage from this minority ‘sport’ based on blasting live birds out of the sky is unacceptable. Raptors are being persecuted and Hen Harriers are facing extinction in England.  Intensive management of the grouse moors are implicated in environmental damage, devastating floods and wildlife obliteration.

“It’s high time a light was shone on the negative impacts of driven grouse shooting. We know that a Parliamentary debate isn’t guaranteed, but the amount of public concern, the number of experts speaking against grouse shooting and the growing evidence  of wildlife persecution surely means that a fair debate must be held as a matter of urgency.”

Mark Avery, conservation expert and e-petition sponsor said:  “I'm thrilled that people across the UK have responded to the call to get a debate in the Westminster parliament over the future of driven grouse shooting.

Comment by Chris on August 31, 2016 at 9:48pm

A county I lived in had a great program for sterilizing cats. The local community allowed tax dollars to sterilize ferril cats. They would trap cats, sterilize them, clip their ears and release them back to the point of pick up after they healed from the surgery.

There wasn't a program for that where I lived. There were many ferril cats. One had a couple litters. Me and my G/F kept trying to find the kitens homes. The ferril, who had a broken hip came up to us offering her last kitten. The others must have died of starvation and hypothermia. The temperature dropped to -20F. My G/F still has that cat. I trapped the ferril and took her to a Vet to have her sterilized (Fixed). After I brought her home to heal, where she hid for three, or four months before making friends with me. After that I wasn't able to put her out into the harsh conditions of the wild.

Her and I have been great friends for about Eight years now.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 31, 2016 at 4:03pm


Comment by Stephen on August 31, 2016 at 3:59pm

They don't mention all the feral cats that have gone back to the wild, or at least semi wild.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 31, 2016 at 3:52pm

Yes, & you really have to look at them.

Comment by Stephen on August 31, 2016 at 3:49pm

I new you would do well. Really hard though isn't it.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 31, 2016 at 3:47pm

9 out of the 16.

I went against my first instinct on one of them, but shouldn't have, so it should have been 10.

Comment by Stephen on August 31, 2016 at 9:13am

You'll like this one Mrs.B.

Can you tell a wild cat from a Pet Moggy

It is not going to be as easy as you think. Pit your wits against the ultimate cat trivia challenge

  • By Matt Walker

30 August 2016

Cats are cute. That may help explain why so many of us have cats as pets, and perhaps why cats appear to have taken over the internet.

But here at BBC Earth, we want to take you beyond the everyday, and show you the wonderful world as it really is.

There are actually around 37 species of wild cat living today.

Unlike the big cats many people recognise, such as lions and tigers, many wild cat species are small, rare and little-known.

But they are just as deserving of our adoration as the pets we keep at home, and far more endangered.

So to help raise their profile, we thought we would create our own cat challenge.

Can you spot which of the following are wild cat species, and which are breeds of everyday moggy?

The answers, and some tidbits about each tiddles, can be found after the photographs. No early peeking.

Wild or pet?

Read more to take part=http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160830-can-you-tell-a-wild-cat-fro...

Comment by Chris on August 30, 2016 at 10:49pm

Sorry, I meant he was a volunteer for a Ferret rescue group.


I've heard people say de-sented skunks make good pets. I was at a friends house and watched his cat play with a wild skunk.

The fox that gave birth under my deck in the back yard while I was sleeping on it was kind of neat - until it nipped my ear.


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