Human Impact on Conservation Efforts

Humans can have a detrimental effect on animal and plant populations through a variety of means. However, we also have the capacity to turn things around, and in some cases this has happened. The sea otter is one such example. Once hunted to near extinction for their fur – now thanks to successful conservation initiatives –…

Monarch Butterflies are Migrating Now!

This week the monarch butterflies of Canada and the United States began their stupendous annual migration south to Mexico – so keep your eyes open for these black and orange beauties flitting over your gardens. It’s an extraordinary spectacle. The arrival of the monarchs in Mexico in late October and early November coincides with that…

35,000 Walrus Forced to Beach Themselves

On September 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 35,000 walrus had beached themselves in Point Lay, Alaska the week prior, due to a lack of sea ice caused by climate change-exacerbated warming ocean temperatures. The beaching event was observed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff, who flew by Point Lay…

Follow the Sea Turtle Migration Race

I love this! The Tour de Turtles (TdT) is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Created by Sea Turtle Conservancy, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their…

10 Amazing Flightless Birds

I recently read a travel guide about New Zealand, and I was fascinated by the number of flightless birds around the world. It made me wonder why they have wings at all, if they never use them. So I studied some more, and I learned that all birds are descended from birds that once flew.…

EARTH, A New Wild

Did you catch the new series of EARTH, A New Wild? This 5 part inspiring documentary from our friends at Conservation International (CI) will show you that we need nature more than nature needs us. The series began on Wednesday evening (9/8pm) on PBS on February 4th. In case you missed any of the episodes,…

Future grey whale Arctic migrations at risk

A critical value of the Arctic is as the summer breeding ground for millions of migratory wildlife. Over 250 species of birds including geese, shorebirds, seabirds, and many others flock to the Arctic each spring to enjoy the rich breeding grounds and abundant nutrient supplies. Arctic waters also receive several species of marine mammal such as the humpback and grey whales…

Why wolves are important

I stumbled across this video, and it’s TRULY AMAZING! You will never think about wolves in the same way again. This says it all. EVERYONE needs to see this video.

New wildlife crossings in Alberta

Biologists have proposed – and built – several wildlife crossings in Alberta, Canada. Most of us know about the problems of habitat fragmentation and the fact that it causes alterations in the environment and speeds up the endangerment of species. Wildlife, however, tries to overcompensate fragmentation by putting themselves in harms way in order to…

Reptile Awareness Day

I absolutely adore reptiles, but sadly they are probably some of the least understood creatures in the animal kingdom. They are often maligned as cold-blooded killers in the media, but they’re just out earning a living like all other animals. They seem to have bad PR. But that’s not their only problem. Unless we change…

National Sea Otter Awareness Week

Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week! These are, in my opinion, the world’s most adorable mammal. And to celebrate, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite sea otter videos. These make me smile. Little boy and sea otter play chase at the zoo… In the wild, a mother otter takes her pup everywhere to protect and…

Amazing firefly time-lapse show

Commonly known as lightning bugs or fireflies, members of the Lampyridae family are medium-sized beetles that chemically produce a cold light from their abdomens. Observed after dusk, their light glows green, pale red, or yellow and has no infrared or ultraviolet light. If you’ve ever been outside right at dusk, then some of you have…

Legend of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

I was out camping with my daughter a few weekends ago, when I came across some woolly bear caterpillars. It’s about this time each year that I see them. This year, however, they were different. I remember just last October (the 14th, in fact) I wrote a post on another blog about the Legend of the Woolly Bear…

A Heartfelt Goose Story

Is there another sound in the natural world that so catches in the throat and heart as the call of the Canada Goose? Don’t feel the same way about geese? It’s silly to you? Allow me to share this story and see if you feel the same afterwards. However, if you have ever experienced a…

Wildlife Rescue: Could There Be an App for That?

Who would you call to get help for an injured deer? A sick sea lion? A bird with a broken wing? If all goes well, soon there will be an app for that. The director of the Moss Landing-based Wildlife Emergency Services is developing an application for smartphones to connect people who find orphaned, sick…

Endangered Mountain Vipers Born at St. Louis Zoo

The St Louis Zoo announced the birth of nine rare mountain vipers, native to Turkey, Thursday. These nine rare mountain vipers were born on August 16. St. Louis Zoo is a part of a cooperative breeding and conservation program for these extinct species. The zoo’s vipers were bred on the recommendation of the Association of…