Heteromyid Grand Slam, Southern California, September 2014.

Posted April 16, 2014 by vdinets
Categories: Uncategorized

Dear All,

In September 2014, Fiona Reid and I will guide a mammal-watching tour to Southern California. We’ll try to see most of local 21(!) species of Heteromyids (kangaroo-rats and pocket mice), and look for other endemics, as well as near- and non-endemics. We expect to get a substantial portion of the region’s 170+ mammal species. The trip has flexible ending date (you can choose to do 1 or 2 whalewatching trips). The whalewatching trips will be with Monterey Bay Whalewatch, the company that has the highest number of regularly recorded species among the world’s whalewatching operators. We’ll also have a chance to see many interesting birds (including a few Californian endemics and near-endemics, plus condors and lots of cool seabirds), reptiles, rare conifers, other cool flora and fauna, and great scenery. The description of the trip is at Fiona’s website: http://www.fionareid.ca/files/tours/california-heteromyid

The tour is limited to 6 participants (excluding Fiona and me).

Vladimir Dinets

New Trip Reports: Kenya & Morocco

Posted April 12, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Europe and the Palearctic

Two new reports from Dominique Brugiere are up on mammalwatching.com

Kenya, 2013: Dominque Brugiere, 10 days with species including Hirola, Desert Warthog,Tana River Mangabey, Black-fronted Duiker and Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew.

Morocco, 2013: Dominique Brugiere, notes from two trips (10 days & 3 weeks), with species including semi-wild Monk Seal (in Mauritania), Striped Polecat, Barbary Ground Squirrel and Fennec Fox.

I’m heading to Europe for 10 days from tomorrow and will hopefully get a chance to look around Croatia for a mammal or two



Danish Wolves and Liberian Chimps

Posted April 11, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Europe and the Palearctic

April 2014: It is suspected by a group of wolf enthusiasts in Denmark that the country probably has its first resident wolf family for over 200 years, reports Rewilding Europe.

April 2014: An international research team has been conducting a census of chimpanzees and other large mammals living in Liberia, West Africa. This has revealed that the country is home to 7000 chimpanzees and, therefore, has the second largest known population of the western subspecies of chimpanzees.

I wonder if they found any Pygmy Hippos?


Tibet Trip September with Dominique Brugiere – space available

Posted April 11, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Europe and the Palearctic, Oriental

Dominique Brugiere, who travels as much as Obama and sees way more mammals, is planning a trip to Tibet in September and is interested in having other people come along. I am tempted to go myself in fact.

If you are interested in travelling with him write to him at dominique brugiere


Good news for Greater Bamboo Lemurs

Posted April 11, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa

One of the world’s biggest populations of greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) – sometimes known as the panda lemur – has doubled in just three years, giving conservationists new hope that the species can be kept from extinction. See here http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/panda-lemur-making-a-comeback/


Northern Ghost Bat – Diclidurus albus

Posted April 9, 2014 by SLahaye
Categories: Central and South America

I don’t know if they are regularly reported, but we surely didn’t get to see any while we were in Costa Rica!





2 night Pelagic Trip, 140 miles off of Long Island – April 25 – 27

Posted April 8, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: North American

This trip at the end of this month looks great, with chances for all manner of interesting sea monsters including Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Beaked Whales (I think) and White-sided Dolphins. Please come – we need more people!


For the first time in 12 years CRESLI and the Viking Fleet are offering a sperm whale and deep ocean pelagic bird observation trip to the edge of the continental shelf. This trip will target the sperm whale population at Hydrographer Canyon, approximately 140 nautical miles SSE of Montauk Point.

We will be sailing on the 110’ Viking Star and will depart on Friday April 25 at 5pm, and return on Sunday April 27 at 10am. The cost of this trip will be $375 per person. The space is limited to 25 passengers. Excellent food will be available at reasonable prices. Passengers may bring their own food as well. The trips will be led by a seasoned marine mammal biologist and professor. Volunteers from CRESLI will assist in photo-identification spotting and data collection.

· Cetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; Sei, and Pilot whales; Common, Bottlenose, Atlantic White Sided and Risso’s Dolphins; Leatherback, Green and Loggerhead Turtles; Basking, Great White, and Blue Sharks; and other marine life.
· Birds: Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s Shearwaters; Wilson’s, Leach’s and White-faced Storm-Petrels; Northern Fulmar; Northern Gannet; Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers; South Polar Skua; Dovekies, and other Alcids.

Please go to http://cresli.org/cresli/2014-Hydros.html for information and links to reservation and payment options.


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