Archive for March 2008

Polar Bear and Husky Encounter

March 31, 2008

Some extraordinary pictures of an alledgedly wild Polar Bear meeting and befriending some huskies in Churchill.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=550612&in_page_id=1811

Namibia Trip Report

March 29, 2008

Trevor Hardaker has just put up a trip report for 2 weeks in Namibia over Christmas. Some great pictures and some interesting smaller mammals as well as the usual suspects.http://mammalwatching.com/Afrotropical/afrotropnamibia.html Jon 

Colombia RFI

March 29, 2008

I will be in Colombia in 2 weeks and want to spend the week at Parcque Tayrona, near Santa Marta.  Has anyone been there?  Would be grateful for advice…

 Jon

Computers Show How Bats Classify Plants According To Their Echoes

March 25, 2008

Computers Show How Bats Classify Plants According To Their Echoes (March 24, 2008) — Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that can imitate the bat’s ability to classify plants using echolocation. The study represents a collaboration between machine learning scientists and biologists studying bat orientation. … > full story

 I hadn’t realised that Fruit bats echo-locate….

Saiga Antelopes Face Migration Crisis

March 20, 2008

Asia’s Odd-ball Antelope Faces Migration Crisis

ScienceDaily (Mar. 19, 2008) — Take a deer’s body, attach a camel’s head and add a Jimmy Durante nose, and you have a saiga — the odd-ball antelope with the enormous schnoz that lives on the isolated steppes of Central Asia. Unfortunately, they are as endangered as they are strange-looking due to over-hunting. Now, according to a recent Wildlife Conservation Society study, their migration routes are in jeopardy as well.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080317123240.htm

Dolphin Helps Stranded Whales

March 13, 2008

A playful New Zealand dolphin used to swimming round humans has amazed conservation workers by guiding two distressed whales back to sea away from likely death on a beach. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=174041 

Wolverine photographed in California

March 10, 2008

This is exciting, particular for anyone who thinks – like me – that the Wolverine is one of the world’s greatest mammals.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080306144240.htm