Archive for January 2011

Otters and Mammals from SE Asia – new report

January 29, 2011

Matt and Maureen Steer’s year long otter and other mammals global safari continues with a report from SE Asia where they got the otter trifector and saw some other nice stuff including a Pangolin!

Its here

Matt and Maureen Steer, 8 weeks & 31 species including Hairy-nosed Otters, Gaur and Pangolin (Thailand), Short-clawed Otters (Malaysia) and Smooth-coated Otters (Singapore).

Jon

New Trip Report – India

January 29, 2011

Coke Smith and his family spent 3 weeks in India over Christmas and pretty much cleaned up. A trip report is linked here http://www.mammalwatching.com/Oriental/orientindia.html. Highlights include Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Capped Langurs and Hoolock Gibbons. And fabulous photos as usual.

Jon

Southern Flying Squirrels in DC

January 29, 2011

I met up with John Fox last weekend and enjoyed meeting him and seeing a few flying squirrels around Arlington. Photos are here

http://www.mammalwatching.com/Nearctic/nearctusavirginia.html

I have no idea where I am going next 😦

Jon

Egyptian Golden Jackals are actually wolves

January 28, 2011

Interesting new study indicating that an unusual subspecies of Golden Jackal actually represents the earliest diverging lineage of holarctic wolf.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0016385

Study could use improvement (sample size and distribution of samples, etc)…presumably “true” Golden Jackals are sympatric with these African wolves, and it’s unclear to me the extent of the actual range of the latter.

Spotlights & Flight Regulations

January 27, 2011

I just received a question about taking spotlights on flights from fellow mammal watcher Greg Easton, and thought I might see what others’ experience has been. In August, when I was meeting Jon in Vegas for his Southwest mammal trip, I had my spotlight confiscated at the Boise airport. They pulled it from my checked bag and held it at check-in, but would not allow me to take it. (My wife drove out and picked it up for me).

 

Anyhow, they said the regulation is as such: If it is a high-powered spotlight and has a battery, the battery must be removed and in a separate bag. If the battery is removed, it’s ok to go. Has anyone else encountered this?  If not, you may want to consider removing the batteries on high-powered lights if you’re in the U.S.

Then again, they also confiscated my peanut butter on that same flight so maybe it was just not my lucky day.

Monk Seals and Humpback Dolphins threatened by fishing in Mauritania

January 26, 2011

Some research on two interesting species off of the Mauritanian coast.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121081049.htm

Polar Bear’s Epic 9 Day Swim

January 26, 2011

This is interesting

Polar bear’s feat of endurance could reveal the potential impacts of climate change.
http://blog.arkive.org/2011/01/polar-bear-nine-day-swim/