Archive for February 2013

Amazing wildlife hotspot in Peru!

February 24, 2013

Check out this amazing set of videos. Short-eared dogs, giant amradillos, and many more! Gotta get there!

http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/amazon-explorer-films-shocking-wildlife-bonanza-in-threatened-forest/

Lowland Gorillas Protected in a Green Abyss

February 21, 2013

The locals said it could not be done. It was 1999, and the hardheaded ecologist J. Michael Fay was determined to tromp across 2,000 miles of the Congo Basin. In a northeastern patch, he ran into a swampy tangle so thick that he struggled to advance by a single mile in under 12 hours.

“He later said it was one of the most difficult things he had ever attempted in his life,” said Paul Telfer, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Congo program. When Dr. Fay, also a staff member at the conservation society, emerged from his journey 455 days later, he referred to that wild forested place as “the green abyss.”

Now the government of the Republic of Congo has declared the area a national park, ensuring that the green abyss remains just that. Gorillas, it turns out, do not mind the forests’ tangle.

See http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/lowland-gorillas-protected-in-a-green-abyss/

Jon

New Trip Report: Puerto Rico

February 21, 2013

I spent the weekend in Puerto Rico. I went for the beach but should have gone just for the bats, and came home with 6 great species including the brilliant Antillean Ghost-faced Bat. I’m going to Nicaragua this weekend to try to see the other – larger – Ghost-faced Bat.

http://mammalwatching.com/Neotropical/neotropicpuertorico.html

Jon

Long Beaked Echidna in Australia

February 21, 2013

Its fun to dream… but I think the chances that this is a mislabeled specimen from New Guinea are much more likely than the chances of Long Beaked Echidnas roaming NW Australia.

http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/scientists-bizarre-mammal-could-still-roam-australia/

Jon

New Trip Report: Latvia and Estonia

February 21, 2013

A new report from Frans De Schamphelaere and Jasmina Maleve, 1 week & 7 species including Raccoon Dogs, as well as a Wolf’s howls and a Lynx’s tracks
is here.

Jon

US proposes listing Wolverine as endangered

February 20, 2013

See

http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0205-hance-wolverine-esa.html

Though if only 250 – 300 survive in the lower 48 states as it is, then its hard to understand why it isn’t already on the list.

Jon

Stranding Dolphins

February 20, 2013

Some unusual film of a pod of Common Dolphins as they strand on a Brazilian beach

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21575-what-made-30-dolphins-come-ashore-in-brazil.html

Jon