Archive for July 2013

Red wolves in Louisiana.

July 30, 2013
A video of two red wolves taken in Louisiana in 2009. The species is officially extinct everywhere in the South except North Carolina and one small offshore island in Florida.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWh1iAciHbA

The way they behave makes me think that a private reintroduction could have taken place.

Mink Sighting in California (maybe)

July 27, 2013

A birder I don’t know mentions in a chatty bird report that she had a mink in Lassen NP last week, seemingly at Manzanita Lake. (Site not clearly described.) How reliable this report is, I am not sure, but it could be the real thing.

Charles Hood

good site for bobcat

July 27, 2013

I found a good site for bobcats in northern Louisiana. It is called Black Bayou Lake NWR. A friend who works there says that the refuge employees see bobcats at least weekly without even looking, and that bobcats, not raccoons, are the main predators of turtle nests there. I spent one afternoon at the refuge and, indeed, saw a bobcat. The refuge is open from dusk till dawn. Try the road to the observation tower/photo blind, and particularly the road to “art project” near the entrance (you have to look down the road to see the sign). They also have some good golden mouse habitat, and a patch of prairie that looks good for harvest mice. The place is very close to the city of Monroe, so avoid weekends.
Vladimir Dinets

Yellowstone wildlife

July 26, 2013

Here’s my recent blog on wildlife watching in Yellowstone. Feel free to share your own favorite spots there as well:

http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/07/23/traveling-naturalist-5-top-spots-to-see-yellowstones-wildlife/

Thor’s hero shrew

July 25, 2013

Information on a wildly cool mammal from the Congo: Thor’s hero shrew

Please Move the Deer Crossings…

July 24, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI8UPHMzZm8

Perhaps if I put up some “Snow Leopard crossing signs”, around New York I won’t need to go to Ladakh?

Jon

Bat strafes Owl

July 24, 2013

Interesting footage from California. Has anyone heard of this behaviour before?

http://cameratrapcodger.blogspot.com/2013/07/bat-strafes-owl.html

Is it possible the owl’s feathers somehow absorbed the sonar, Stealth Bomber style?

Jon