Archive for July 2011

New Ader’s Duiker population discovered in Kenya

July 30, 2011

See here for more details http://blog.arkive.org/2011/07/rare-forest-antelope-captured-on-camera/

Jon

New Spain Trip Report – Wolves and Lynxes

July 23, 2011

I’ve added a new trip report

Lynxes and Wolves, 2011: Jan Kelchtermans/Europe’s Big 5 tours , 1 weeks and lots of mammals including Lynxes and Wolves.

Its linked at the bottom of http://www.mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctspain.html

Jan’s site for his new tour company http://www.europesbig5.com/ focussing on Europe’s rarest and most impressive mammals is also worth a look.

Jon

Micronesia RFI

July 18, 2011

I will be heading to Micronesia in a few weeks for work. I’ve read David Bishop’s excellent report on this site but would appreciate any specific spots to check for endemic fruit bats and marine mammals.

I’ll be on the islands of Yap and Pohnpei in Micronesia. I am there for work but should have time to look around. I’m also open to any natural history or cultural recommendations.

I also have layovers at Honolulu and Guam, and should have a bit of time to do very quick trips from those places, so any advice appreciated.–Matt

Whale trapped in a fishing net

July 18, 2011

This is a touching 8 minutes of film

http://www.koreus.com/video/sauvetage-baleine-filet.html

Jon

Snow Leopards in Afghanistan

July 17, 2011

Snow Leopard Population Discovered in Afghanistan
ScienceDaily (July 13, 2011) — The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the mountainous reaches of northeastern Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, according to a new study.

Jon

New Trip Reports – Finland and Costa Rica

July 9, 2011

I’ve been sent two new reports

Mark Hows in Finland with an impressive 26 mammals in 2 weeks including lots of rodents http://www.hows.org.uk/inter/birds/2011trip/finland/finland.htm

and Alan Dahl’s trip to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica .., he saw lots and took some stunning photos http://focusedonnature.blogspot.com/2011/05/costa-rica-day-1-and-2.html

Jon

Fisher Decline in Northern California

July 6, 2011

The Hoopa Valley Tribe, in cooperation with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Massachusetts, reported a 73-percent decline in the density of fishers — a house-cat sized member of the weasel family and candidate for endangered species listing on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in northwestern California between 1998 and 2005.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110705132851.htm
Jon