Beautiful Kingfisher

Nancy, you’ve put up a challenge I can’t resist today: “Birds.” Since you’ve posted a hummingbird shot, I won’t. Instead, I’ll share a photo of a belted kingfisher that I took several years ago. On my way back from watching some fishing birds, egrets and herons, I happened to look up. There at the end […]

via A Photo a Week: Birds…belted kingfisher — This, that and the other thing

Fences built across Europe to stop refugees are threatening the continent’s wildlife

In 1989, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the removal of border fences along the edges of the former Soviet Union wasn’t only the first step in today’s borderless Europe where citizens are able to travel more freely. It also created the backbone of the so-called European Green Belt: a movement for environmental protection…

via The fences built across Europe to stop refugees are threatening the continent’s wildlife — Quartz

So why do male seahorses get pregnant?

With their distinctive snouts and vertical posture, seahorses are some of the most unique creatures in the ocean. And with new genetic research, scientists are getting important insight into what made them that way. In a new report published in Nature, researchers have pinpointed a gene activated in one of seahorses’ most intriguing adaptations: the…

via Scientists just made an important discovery about why male seahorses get pregnant — Quartz

Satellite imagery of the Arctic reveals bleak outlook for polar bears

Polar bears have long been the poster animals for climate protection. But this week, scientists who have been studying data from NASA and other satellite operators on changing environments had more bad news for the Arctic bears, and for reindeer, mountain lions, and other creatures suffering the effects of drought and warming seas. Detailed satellite…

via The latest satellite imagery of the Arctic bodes very poorly for polar bears — Quartz

Help the Hedgehogs! — rambling ratz

Eight year old Daisy designed these fabulous posters to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehogs. It is very heartening to see young people caring about the future of our native wildlife. Daisy is a great hedgehog advocate, she has even appeared on the BBC’s “Newsround”. Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in the UK and […]

via Help the Hedgehogs! — rambling ratz

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