I’m visiting my in-laws in Slavutych, Ukraine (it’s the town built to resettle Chernobyl Power Plant workers after the accident). The first time I visited in 2011, I noticed that greater noctule was exceptionally common there. This year it’s again the most common bat in the outlying parts of the town. You can see up to six at a time flying around, they show up just before dark and you can actually observe them scoop up small birds if there are any still flying around.
The place is 3 hours by car from Kiev. There are northern white-breasted hedgehogs running around even in the central part of the town, and a few km away is Dnepr floodplain, great for birding.
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Phil Telfer, Paul Carter and I are heading to Mongolia at the start of September for a couple of weeks. A last minute cancellation means we have one space available. Desperately short notice I know but if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the world’s last wild Camels, some of the crazy looking Long-eared Jerboas and maybe a Gobi Bear or a Snow Leopard then now is your chance. We leave Ulaan Bator on Saturday 3 September for 2 weeks.
Richard Webb’s report from 2015 gives you an idea of how great a destination Mongolia is.
Interstate 5 is the usual north / south connector from San Francisco to L.A.
About an hour and a half N of L.A. (45 minutes from Bakersfield), the Lebec Rest Area on the east (northbound) side has had Botta’s Pocket Gophers three out of three stops this summer. I would assume Fort Tejon State Park (3 miles away) would be good too, but at the rest area they’re mildly habituated to foot traffic.
Other than that, nothing else is there (other than American Crows, Brewer’s Blackbirds, and English Sparrows).
I cannot guarantee they’ll be there when you want to visit (!), but I know I have had them there at least one previous summer.
Charles Hood, Palmdale, CA
Three subspecies of Channel Islands fox were delisted last week. It is the fastest mammal recovery in U.S. conservation history. Conservation writer Ted Williams has an in-depth story on what it took to achieve this success.
Part 2 of my Youtube collection about Australian mammals! Includes footage of Leadbeater’s Possum, Broad-footed Feathertail Glider, Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Western Pygmy Possum, Rock Ringtail Possum, Green Ringtail Possum, Herbert River Ringtail Possum, Lemuroid Ringtail Possum, Striped Possum and Yellow-bellied Glider!
For more info, look at my report here:
Pieter de Groot Boersma
Yesterday I saw about a half of the wild population of a mammal that I now consider the most beautiful animal of Europe. It is also one of the largest and most dangerous, but I am sure most of my friends here (and most professional zoologists in general) have never heard of it. I am also sure nobody here will guess it correctly 😉 I’ll provide the answer and some photos when I get back to the States next week.