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Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Posted Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The joy of mutualism is in forever finding new connections although in this case, we should have listened to the seers at least as long ago as 1653. Many crows and their relatives hoard food n activity known as scatter-hoarding. Even the giant of the family, the raven, has been recorded as encouraging the limited tree growth in isolated patches of almost-Arctic Shetland. No wonder the Norse regarded the species as among the gods.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Posted Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whatever you think of deadbeat species or lost causes, the kakapo certainly isn’t one of them. This year may see an upturn in their fortunes finally after years of dedicated effort on New Zealand’s islands in the cold, unfruitful and uninspiring situations we have placed this bird in.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Rare cats can be counted

Rare cats can be counted

Posted Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:41:08 GMT by Dave Armstrong

If a beast can barely be found, is it extinct, rare or just shy!. This is increasingly a great challenge for biologists who have to conserve habitat, yet somehow discover what lives in it. The niches available in any given environment offer surprising opportunities on occasions, but there is an even larger problem of rapidly decreasing (other) species, and fragmentation of habitat.

Rare cats can be counted

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Posted Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats, dogs, tigers and sharks, turtles, butterflies and beetles: take your pick. The danger is in every species we know becoming more and more uncommon. Habitat loss varies from wetland draining, damming and forest clearance to marine pollution, ice loss and mountain tourism. The IUCN at least keep us up-to-date on many animals and plants. Beware- you could be losing one of your local favourite species, and you never knew!

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Having a whale of a time

Having a whale of a time

Posted Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:41:33 GMT by Paul Robinson

Science has followed many large mammals recently, in efforts to conserve and understand their habitats and their lives. Now, new modes of migration in humpbacks open up a can of krill for yet more investigations.

Having a whale of a time

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Posted Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:39:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great research requires a similar amount of attention, as we concentrate on climate change and global warming. One of our most significant assets is the Amazonian forests that absorb more of our carbon dioxide than any other sink. Here is a possible link to the answers we need to preserve this vitally-important function and our own world as we know it.

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

While plastic and chemicals destroys turtles at sea, the nesting sites are receiving much more care now to ensure the rarest species can still slowly reproduce. There are officially none more cared-for than Jumby Bay on an island off Antigua. The private island situation helps, but any extra aid has to count with all critically endangered species that we so often have to save from extinction.

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The need to get pure bred animals back into the wild as well as create a genetic diversity from all available stock is emphasised in this exercise. Swedish crocs are being sent to their Cuban origins to help increase both survival and genetic stock.

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:36:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How to prevent the tragic loss of life among Australia’s native fauna? The process of rapid extinctions over the past few centuries show little sign of declining without powerful efforts from the population, government and action groups. Leadbetter’s possum sets the target for preserving the habitat for a very rare, almost invisible animal, terribly threatened but worth conserving as an example for many others.

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Where in the world can we discover new primates? The answer is only in tropical rainforests, but they will certainly be endangered species, like several of the titis and many, many others. We only have one solution to this tragic loss of life, species, habitat and ecosystems. Stop cutting down the last remnants of these once-great forests. It doesn’t even make commercial sense, as this business is never going to be sustainable. Greed is the motive and its result has always been the same.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Where have all the forests gone?

Where have all the forests gone?

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More on the pack of lies that emerge on logging worldwide. Maybe this time, the destruction can be slowed down to a stop, after these revelations on satellite-tracking the real damage to our forests.

Where have all the forests gone?

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So does Vietnam rehabilitate its wildlife in reserves, or just sneak back and eat them later? It is a question that every international worker has to ask themselves in every corrupt regime, for every single expensive effort to improve lives and wildlife. It is our joint responsibility to improve the environment, but our partners must be suspect in many cases.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

The survival of wild species in South America is critical to any world effort at conservation, while the sad state of many zoo animals and others there caused legislation to be introduced in 2012. Here we have a chance to help a magnificent effort to save both wild and other animals, foully-abused , but now only in the past, we hope.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Posted Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

And why can baby elephants be taken across the world to China when almost every other species in danger is protected by international laws? Some anomalies still exist in conservation, perhaps explainable by the human rights issues that remain in more countries than we care to count.

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Posted Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:20:35 GMT by JW Dowey

The hopes for Kathmandu must be high in Asia, and elsewhere. Can the overwhelming demand in China for illegal, unhealthy and morbid bits of animals be slowed down? Money certainly has not brought pleasure to China in the case of these people. The poachers too must be punished and faced with ultimate force if they are not to make these iconic species extinct. Nepal can produce this effect, so perhaps military efficiency is the answer to the violence and money of the traffickers.

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:02:45 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How often do we discover a new species, only to lose it? Many of the genus of these animals have already disappeared, as the dreaded fungal infections continue to decimate our amphibian around the world. Maybe the conditions of its natural habitat will enable this beautiful new species to survive. We can but hope!

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

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Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates matter, and this is why!

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Tigers on a forest corridor

Posted Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:24:04 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Extant or Extinct

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:28:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Trading the whale-hunt to save the whale - A whale quota system?

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:27:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The magnificent meanderings of Lightning McQueen

Posted Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:05:58 GMT by Martin Leggett

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:00 GMT by JW Dowey

New measures to tackle the deaths of birds of prey in Scotland

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:15:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Virunga National Park safe - for now

Posted Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier