Posts filed under ‘Animals (Other Than Us)’
Here’s my Tweet of the Day. Look at that teeny tiny donkey under that pile of grass. I hope he got a good dinner tonight.
My kind of town:
Villagers reject hydro plant to protect vultures
With the backing of municipal officials, electricity producer Repower wanted to build the plant in La Punt Chamues-ch.
However in a vote on Monday night, citizens voted 74 to 64 against the project, the SDA news agency reported on Tuesday.
The hydro plant was earmarked for the Val Chamura, a small valley connecting with the Engadine.
But it turns out the location is home to a pair of bearded vultures, who count among the most prolific breeders of their species in the Alps.
Environmentalists argued that the plant would have threatened the birds’ habitat, as well as the natural environment and countryside of the valley.
Watch as Millie the dog proudly helps bring in the groceries. I swear, she’s smiling:
You’ve got to watch this video posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday. It shows their visits to a mother octopus brooding a pile of eggs for 4 – 1/2 years. Yes, you read that right. Four and one half years!
Here’s a screenshot.
Again, go here. For some reason I suddenly can’t paste YouTube URLs into my posts and thus show the video itself on my site.
Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (“IDFG”) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.
In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.
A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in February announced plans to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork section of the wilderness over a period of several years in an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters.
God bless the groups who are fighting this proposed massacre:
Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity—in the lawsuit challenging the wolf-killing program.
“…[I]n an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters?” What a horrendous reason to slaughter 60 wolves. We humans are awful stewards of the land.
This is amazing:
Weather radar out of La Crosse, Wisconsin, July 20, 2014:
Once a year, the bugs emerge — millions of them. Every summer, they swarm en masse around the banks of the Mississippi River. It’s mating season for mayflies.
There are so many of them, in fact, that they can show up on weather radar.
Though they live underwater for a few years, depending on the species, they only last a week or so after leaving the water — just enough time to breed.