Posts filed under ‘Animals (Other Than Us)’

Ants Working in Harmony

Impressive:

August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

Find the Donkey in This Photo

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.

Tweet of the Day 8-26-14

(Via.)

August 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM Leave a comment

Swiss Villagers Reject New Hydro Plant to Protect Nesting Birds

My kind of town:

Bearded vulture  Richard Bartz via Wikipedia

Bearded Vulture (Image Richard Bartz via Wikipedia)

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.

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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.

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August 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM Leave a comment

Millie Brings in the Groceries

Watch as Millie the dog proudly helps bring in the groceries.  I swear, she’s smiling:

August 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM Leave a comment

Mother Octopus Sits on Her Eggs for 4 -1/2 Years

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.

Octopus brooding via mbari on youtube

(Image via MBARI on YouTube)

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.

 

 

 

July 31, 2014 at 9:42 AM Leave a comment

A Little Bit of Good News About Wolves

Wolf via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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“…[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.

July 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM Leave a comment

Huge Swarm of Mayflies Shows Up On Weather Radar

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.

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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.

Mayflies via BusinessInsider.com

(Image via BusinessInsider.com)

To read more and to watch the GIF, go here.

July 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM Leave a comment

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