“Over the past year one of the most important populations* of Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves (Canis lupus ligoni) has plummeted from 221 to as low as 60, according to data released last week.” Read the entire article: Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago Wolves
art ecology science & animals
RAREST FISH IN THE WORLD ONLY IN DEATH VALLEY
The majority of their range is in this photograph. “Since researchers started monitoring them in the early 1970s, sending scuba divers down into the 129-metre-deep cavern to manually count each individual, the population has decreased from 200 to just 68 to 35 fish in 2013.” Read the Scientific American Article.
WHY DID THE SALAMANDER CROSS THE ROAD?
—”The City of Kitchener has closed part of Stauffer Drive so that a colony of salamanders can cross safely from one side of the street to the other.” read article: here short video of them: here
NEW BABY ON GALAPAGOS
—”The exciting find of ten baby tortoises was the direct result of a rat eradication campaign completed two years ago on Pinzón, when helicopters criss-crossed the island dropping rat bait, which was non-toxic to the native flora and fauna.” Read article: Baby Tortoise
EUROPE’S RAREST BIRD
— “”To the memory of the slender-billed curlew,” says Dr Janos Botond Kiss, raising a beaker of ruby-tinted plum brandy, pressed from the fruits of his garden. Kiss is legendary in Romanian conservation, a man who knows the Danube delta as well as anyone alive, and he is drinking a farewell to another legend – one of the rarest birds in the world.” Read article Slender-billed curlew, for wikipedia article on slender-billed curlew click on the picture.
RARE UK BIRDS ‘VANISH’
—”Sky’s signal stopped suddenly on 10 September and Hope’s signal died three days later. Searches of the area have failed to find any trace of them.The tracking devices are designed to operate for at least three years. The scientists say it’s “improbable” that this is due to technical failure. The more likely cause is that the birds were killed by other animal predators, or humans.” read article: Threatened birds of prey ‘vanish’
EATING ENDANGERED SPECIES?
– “Native birds like the weka are in decline due to predation in the wild. Beattie is vocal about the fact that endangered native birds need to be farmed for consumption to help sustain the animal’s populations.” read article: Eating Endangered Species Might Be the Best Way to Save Them
GROWING THREAT TO AMERICAN BIRDS
—””Right now, about a third of all bird species in the US are in decline,” says Steve Holmer of the American Bird Conservancy, one of the 23 organisations that contributed to the State of the Birds report, the most comprehensive review of bird trends and data ever undertaken in the US.” read article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29116412
— “one reason we’re able to change their status is that the risk has been reduced because their numbers are more spread out,” said billy brooks, the fish and wildlife biologist in charge of the wood stork recovery program. “they have improved their productivity by expanding their breeding range.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-wood-stork-taken-off-endangered-list/
FORMER SPECIAL OPERATIONS SNIPER NOW PROTECTING ENDANGERED RHINOS
“The greatest threat to Africa wildlife I believe is human encroachment into wilderness areas. The United Nations Population Division projects Africa’s number of human inhabitants will double to 2 billion by 2040. I have little confidence that we can mobilise the hearts and minds of a continent, with a common mindset of immediacy, that the long-term preservation of wildlife, is more beneficial than food on the table tonight. Couple this with a common lack of sufficient political will to save wildlife and we have a recipe for extreme challenge. This problem is not isolated to Africa though, which I think we all understand.”…
HUMPBACKS OFF OF CANADA’S LIST
“…it comes only months ahead of a final decision on the widely despised Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline — an $8-billion proposal that has already faced a lawsuit alleging possible oil spills and tanker accidents would endanger threatened species.” https://news.vice.com/articles/why-canada-shouldnt-have-taken-humpback-whales-off-the-endangered-species-list?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news