Archive for March 2009

RFI Amsterdam, Praque and Singapore

March 16, 2009

Hi. I am acting as a standby carer for my elderly parents on an Amsterdam to Budapest Rhine/Danube river cruise. I have a couple of spare days (and nights) in each of Amsterdam, Prague and Singapore. Can anyone point me in the direction of the less commonly seen mammls in those areas. I have seen the more common larger species in Europe but am keen to catch up on shrews, bats, rodents or small carnivores. Can you reccommend spots or guides. Timing is – Amsterdam in late April, and Prague and Singapore in late May. Singapore (SE Asia) is a clean slate so any mammals there would be great. We are Australian, hence the Singapore stop-over. Thanks in anticipation. Cheers Malcolm Turner

Baja RFI

March 15, 2009

Coke Smith is off to Baja next week.  He’s mainly whale watching but I said I would post an RFI to see if anyone knows much about terrestrial mammal watching around there?

 

Jon

New Handbook of the Mammals of the World – 8 Volume Series

March 15, 2009

On 1 April the first volume of a new 8 volume set of a Handbook of the Mammals of the World is released.  The first volume covers the carnivores -with the remaining volumes coming annually.  It looks like it should be excellent.  It isn’t cheap but the best price I have seen is at NHBS.Co.UK where the first volume can be pre-ordered, discounted from 135 to 105 British pounds if you order before end March.  If you find it cheaper then let me know.

 

Jon

Washington State Trip Report

March 11, 2009

I had a couple of days mammaling around the Olympic Peninsula a week or so ago. A short trip report is here mammalwatching.com/Nearctic/nearctusawashington.html

Not so many mammals at this time of year but I did get to see a Mountain Beaver

 

Jon

Critically Endangered Cheetahs In Algeria Snapped With Camera Trap

March 3, 2009

Critically Endangered Cheetahs In Algeria Snapped With Camera Trap (February 27, 2009) — A survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. Overall, the survey identified four different Saharan cheetahs — a subspecies of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) — using spot patterns unique to each individual. … > full story