Category Archives: Wildlife

Wolves Change Yellowstone’s River’s Course ~ Remarkable Video

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The following excerpts are from ‘How Exactly Wolves Change the Course of Rivers’ by Ray Molina of yourdailymedia.com Mar. 1, 2014

I know you’re thinking that this can’t be possible – just read on!
Just this week ViralNova posted this topic so I thought I’d republish it for those who missed it on Mar. 4, 2014.  The video is really a must see.

…Trophic cascade is when the behavior of top predators have a trickling down effect on their environment. Let’s call these predators the “one percent.”
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The one percent may be vicious killing machines who think only of themselves, but even bad intentions could have good outcomes. We are finding out that their murderous ways can be useful in controlling the over population of herbivores that are eating more than their fair share, which leaves little for a multitude of other animals lower on the food chain.
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Eventually there will be plenty of wolves, perhaps even too many, and at some point we may need to protect the rest of the food chain from these top predators.
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But like most things, if not everything, there’s a time and a place.
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I do wonder about whether or not the Ecosystems would have just found a new way to balance themselves out over time. Who knows how long that might have taken though, or maybe it’s currently happening in ways we cannot yet witness.
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The main culprit of our Eco failures is you and me through our destruction of habitats through land-developing and hunting and pollution. We really blew it, and now we’re trying to cut our losses by celebrating animals that repair our mistakes.

In the video below, Author/Activist George Monbiot describes to an audience at TED the effects of Wolves that were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the mid 90’s.
He describes how the wolves, in a relatively short period of time, have transformed the landscape and allowed more varieties of life to flourish. And wolves did it in ways we never expected.
It’s a humbling reminder of just how connected life on this planet really is.

The original TED talk by George Monbiot, gives numerous examples of how “rewilding” our ecosystem can give us back the earth our predecessors had the privilege of experiencing.

NOTE: There are “elk” pictured in this video when the narrator is referring to “deer.” This is because the narrator is British and the British word for “elk” is “red deer” or “deer” for short. The scientific report this is based on refers to elk so we wanted to be accurate with the truth of the story.

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Narration from TED: “For more wonder, rewild the world” by George Monbiot. Watch the full talk, here: http://bit.ly/N3m62h

Article link – http://www.yourdailymedia.com/post/how-exactly-do-wolves-change-rivers

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World Elephant Day ~ Awesome videos and photos!!!

Baby Elephant Chasing Birds is Only Video You Need on World Elephant Day by Helaina HovitzAugust 12, 2015, as posted to http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ 

In honor of World Elephant Day, we are trumpeting the best videos on the web showing these adorable babies using their trunks to play.

No matter how many you watch, nothing beats this video (above) of a baby elephant discovering baby birds for the first time.

If you want more—and how could you not—check out these other elephant babies at play:

Baby Elephant Swirls a Ribbon Just Like a Child

At the Elephant Nature Park juveniles regularly engage in cute behavior. Watch Faa Mai enjoying her playtime with a steaming ribbon.

After Years Apart, Watch This Mother Elephant Reunite With Her Baby

Baby MeBai was only three years old when taken from her mother, Mae Yui, and forced to give rides to tourists in Thailand. Too young and small for the job, the young animal steadily lost weight until she could no longer carry passengers. Elephant Nature Park stepped in, rescuing MeBai with their “Pamper a Pachyderm” program. The reunion with its mother was a lovefest of touching and cuddling.  (READ More here)

Baby Elephant Throws a Tantrum

This Little Elephant Loves Cuddling with Humans, Particularly Arthur

World Elephant Day, by Alan Taylor as posted to http://www.theatlantic.com/

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website.

Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.” On this World Elephant Day, I present a collection of images of these amazing animals. 

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDI think that the following photo collection is  amazing, comprehensive, and ‘tug at your heart’ and worthy of awards galore!!!  I’ve only included a few of his remarkable photos today.

Melbourne Zoo’s newest Asian elephant receives a nudge from her mother after going on display to the public for the first time on February 10, 2010.
A herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in the background, in Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya, on December 17, 2012.

Elephants spray villagers with water during the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, on April 10, 2015.

A five-month-old-orphaned elephant named Tembo plays with his keeper, Thomas Chalice, who has nurtured the elephant at Tony Fitzjohn’s Mkomazi rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi, Tanzania, on June 19, 2012.

An aerial picture taken on April 5, 2013, shows the main herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park, 800 kilometers east of N’Djamena in Chad. Ninety percent of the elephants of the park have been poached in the last decade.

A seven-and-a-half-month-old orphaned elephant calf named Moses cuddles with his adoptive “mother” and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, at sunrise at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi, on October 9, 2012. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

A three-day-old African elephant stands beside an older elephant at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany, on May 23, 2007.

Enjoy Allan’s full gallery at http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/08/world-elephant-day/401117/#

Noah’s Ark

 WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONThis is a re-post of one of our very popular blogs and I’m certain you’ll agree that Noah’s Ark deserves as much exposure as possible.  Enjoy the presentation and be sure to share with your family, friends, co-workers, etc.

NOAH3If we could all just get along like these three unusual friends: Leo the lion, Babloo the bear and Shere Khan the tiger, our world would be a much better place in which to live.

YouTube video, “Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center (Noahs-Ark.org / Locust Grove, GA)”, uploaded by 4444Jama on Dec 9, 2009 ~ Lions, Tiger, and Bear living together. Watch as 3 three play and give each other affection. Please visit their website and help them raise money for the other animals to eat. Any size gift would be appreciated and is tax deductible, visit http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html

The following Youtube video, “A lion, a tiger, and a black bear have been best friends ever” was published by abdullah’s videos.

~ Noah’s Ark of Locust Grove Georgia Promo ~

“Bringing children and animals together for the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope”

Noah’s Ark is a rehabilitation center for animals and a group home for children from birth to 18 years old. The non-profit facility is home to over 1,000 animals and is licensed by the State of Georgia to provide residential care for up to 24 children.

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WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONWithout a doubt you will all be as deeply touched as I was watching this incredible account of the caring dedication of the staff and volunteers as they provide sanctuary to hundreds of injured or abandoned animals, birds and reptiles, and of the unconditional love they give the children in their care as they nurture them through rehabilitation using their remarkable animal therapy  

To all our readers ~ I hope that you will make a donation to Noah’s Ark and help make all of Jama’s dreams become a reality by visiting http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html!

Here is a link to a series of videos uploaded by on Apr 17, 2009

Join Aurea McGarry as she travels through a wondrous place in Locust Grove, Georgia called
“Noah’s Ark Animal And Children Rehabilitation Center.”
Founder, Jama Hedgcoth, had a dream when she was four years old and never let go of it. A non-profit organization that has helped over three hundred abused and abandoned children and over 1000 animals find love and comfort during their darkest days. The only place where a lion, tiger and bear live together as family in the same den. Filmed on location, Aurea has the time of her life being kissed by a monkey named Clark Gable and a 1000 pound bear named Baloo. A show the entire family can enjoy together. Find out how you too can visit them and see first hand what the dream of one small child can do to help the lives of so many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxoFS_e9Yp8&feature=bf_prev&list=ULgLlFq1UyHOo

Read more at http://planetsave.com/2009/12/21/friendship-between-lion-tiger-and-bear-video/#pT4LoYCGAXsQcM9c.99

 

Nature Canada Photo Contest still open

There’s still time for all you amateur, professional or youth photographers to enter your favorite wildlife photo in Nature Canada’s 2015 photo contest.  The deadline is August 14th this year. The contest categories are: Canadian Landscape, People in Nature, Nature in Action, Fauna & Flora, Nature Nearby and Favorite Memory in Nature.

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Get your cameras ready… Nature Canada is happy to announce the launch of its 2015 Photo Contest!

Early Bird draw winner, a photo from Cyndy JohnsonLast year’s 75th Anniversary Photo Contest was a huge hit. We received over 3,000 entries and the top photos were featured in our 75th Anniversary Calendar as well as at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Starting May 19th and running until August 14th, we will be accepting photo entries which capture the beauty of Canadian nature all around us. Special prizes from our generous supporters are available for the winners who will be announced.

Our top prize, generously donated by Copper Cayuse Outfitters, is a trip for two on their Historic Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition. According to their website, you will get to ride on trails that were originally cut by the miners and have been pounded in by years of horses transporting the gold ore to the rail-head in the early 1900’s. You’ll spend three days and two nights in BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range, exploring  the beautiful mountain range between Birkenhead Lake and the Li-lik-hel mine. Recently, this expedition has been officially designated as a Canadian Signature Experience! Read about the experience here.

In case you were looking for inspiration, we’ve created a variety of categories into which you can submit your photo(s)!

  • Canadian Landscape
  • People in Nature
  • Nature in Action
  • Fauna & Flora
  • Nature Nearby
  • Favorite Memory in Nature

There will be Early Bird draws, so get your submissions in early! See our rules and regulations for more information. Congratulations to Cyndy Johnson, winner of the first Early Bird draw of the 2015 contest!

It is our hope that by spending time in nature you will experience and learn about the natural beauty our country has to offer. So get up, get outside, and enjoy the great outdoors!

How to Submit

Make sure to always include the category into which you would like to submit your photo! We would also love to hear the story behind the shot!

Make sure to always identify yourself as either an Amateur, Professional, or Youth photographer.

Link to website:

http://naturecanada.ca/2015-photo-contest/

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDWe wish you all good luck and look forward to viewing all the 2015 winning entries. 

NatureCanada Photo Contest 2015 ~ Enter Now

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O.K. Canada ~ It’s time once again to enjoy the great outdoors and start snapping your outstanding shots of Canadian nature with your favorite camera and enter this contest.  Make sure to check out the fabulous prizes!

Get your cameras ready… Nature Canada is happy to announce the
launch of its 2015 Photo Contest!

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Last year’s 75th Anniversary Photo Contest was a huge hit. We received over 3,000 entries and the top photos were featured in our 75th Anniversary Calendar as well as at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Starting May 19th and running until August 14th, we will be accepting photo entries which capture the beauty of Canadian nature all around us. Special prizes from our generous supporters are available for the winners who will be announced.

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In case you were looking for inspiration, we’ve created a variety of categories into which you can submit your photo(s)!

  • Canadian Landscape
  • People in Nature
  • Nature in Action
  • Fauna & Flora
  • Nature Nearby
  • Favorite Memory in Nature

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There will be Early Bird draws, so get your submissions in early! See our rules and regulations for more information.

It is our hope that by spending time in nature you will experience and learn about the natural beauty our country has to offer. So get up, get outside, and enjoy the great outdoors!

Contest link ~

http://naturecanada.ca/2015-photo-contest/

We wish you all the best of luck!

Wonderfully Weird Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

 The following article, “10 of the Weirdest looking animals you’ve never heard about!” was posted by Webmaster, Mar. 2, 2015 to http://www.yolodaily.com/

The Springhare
This little guy has stumped taxonomists everywhere. It’s been classified as a jumping rodent, squirrel and even porcupine before finally getting its own classification. They’re located primarily in Southwest Africa.

 “Mammals of the World: Springhare”

kiwiThe Kiwi
These are beautiful but strange animals. The kiwi is a flightless bird and its endemic to New Zealand. While these little guys are tiny and plump, they are actually extremely temperamental and violent, so admire from a distance!
“Kiwis: Saving The World’s Cutest Endangered Birds”

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The Solenodon
Solenodon actually means “slanted tooth.” These beautiful animals are certainly cute, but do not be fooled! They are capable of injecting lethal, rattlesnake-like poison through its teeth. It’s the only mammal with that ability.
“Mammals of the World: Cuban Solenodon”

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The Maned Wolf
These strange animals resemble a beautiful red fox, but in fact it’s in a completely different genus. The maned wolf can be found in South America and is known to be extremely shy! <a
“Feeding the Maned wolf – Nordens Ark”

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The Tapir
The tapir is listed as an endangered species and can weigh anywhere from 300-700 lbs. They have the unique ability to sink to the bottom of a river and search for vegetation.
“Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild 2011 – Tapir Conservation Segment”

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The Sea Robin
This bottom-feeding Scorpaeniform fish is colored beautifully and has unique fins that almost resemble wings! Fishermen lucky enough to have caught this fish describe a frog-like sound when they pull it up.
“Sea Robin Walking at Blue Heron Bridge”

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Kiwa Hirsuta (Yeti Crab)
This cute crustacean was just discovered in 2005 , in the South Pacific Ocean. It’s defined by its yellow or white furry arms.

New Species Discovered – The Yeti Crab

Colugo

Colugo
Located in Southeast Asia, these beautiful tree-gliding animals have flaps of skin between their limbs that allows them glide better than any other mammal!
I think this is the most fascinating video, “GIANT BAT MYSTERY SOLVED”


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The Fossa
Also endemic to Madagascar is the fossa, a beautiful carnivorous mammal akin to a cougar; however, its tail is about as long as its body. Despite its cat-like form, the fossa is actually more closely related to the mongoose.
“FOSSA – Amazing Predator”

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The Aye Aye
Only on the island of Madagascar will you find these cute little creatures. And believe it or not, these tiny, little mammals are related to the chimpanzee, apes and humans! They are known to spend their entire lives in the rainforest trees.
“World’s Creepiest Animal – The Aye Aye”

Animal Facts You Thought You Knew!

The “9 Animal “Facts” Everyone Gets Wrong’, by Radu Alexander is an IFLSCIENCE! post from August 19, 2014 .
The internet is a testament to how much we love animals. When people aren’t busy looking up cute cat videos, they are sharing random facts about their favorite animal. There is just one problem, though – a lot of these “facts” are plain wrong.

1. A Duck’s quack doesn’t echoDUCKS

Ok, so this one has been busted a million times already, but it is also one of the most common facts on the internet, so it is worth repeating. A duck’s quack does echo. It’s as simple as that. Just the notion that this particular sound — out of all the noises in the world — would not be capable of producing an echo under any circumstances is ludicrous. Moreover, a duck’s echo isn’t a universal thing. There are different species of ducks out there and they make different noises (and they all echo). The echo is a little faint and ducks usually hang around open spaces so their echo is not something you would typically hear in nature but, still, it’s just a sound like any other. There is nothing special about it. If you have access to a duck, feel free to test it out by yourself. Take the duck into a bathroom and get it quacking.

2. Bees die after they sting youBEE

Bees sting you once, wasps can sting you over and over again. That’s the rule right? Not really. There are around 20,000 species of bee in the world, and only honey bees sting once. This is because their stinger has barbs on it and it gets lodged in the target’s skin. When the bee flies away it leaves the stinger and venom sack behind, basically ripping itself apart and dying within minutes. However, any other species of bee or wasp that has a smooth stinger can sting you as many times as it wants. Even the honey bee doesn’t always die after a sting. If its target doesn’t have thick skin (typically another insect) it is generally strong enough to pull out its stinger and repeat the process. At the same time, certain species of wasps can die after stinging because they also have barbs on their stingers, albeit smaller.

3. Lemmings are suicidalLEMMING

We already talked about this one here so we won’t go into detail. Basically, the idea that lemmings commit suicide by hurling themselves off cliffs is false. This was first presented in a documentary by Disney and the filmmakers fabricated everything by getting a bunch of lemmings at the side of a cliff and then pushing them off.

4. We swallow X number of spiders in our sleep every yearSPIDER

I use X because, although the “fact” crops up everywhere and everyone knows it, it’s always a different number – which usually suggest that it’s complete nonsense. Arachnophobes everywhere can sleep easy. We’re not saying that it is completely impossible for someone to swallow a spider while they sleep, it is definitely not a common occurrence that happens multiple times each year. Besides the fact that there is no study or scientific research to support such a claim, it is likely that this “fact” was created in the early days of the World Wide Web specifically to show how gullible people are and that they will believe anything they read on the internet. If you are not convinced, try to look at it from the spider’s perspective. We are not food. We are a giant predator who can kill it instantly. Why would it go in our mouths? Would you go poking around inside the mouth of a great white shark? Unless you have a tasty fly buzzing around in there, your mouth has nothing to offer to a spider.

5. Ostriches stick their heads in the sandOSTRICHE

Just because you saw it in cartoons does not make it true. Again, try to look at this from the bird’s perspective. Let’s say you are an ostrich. You are the biggest bird in the world. You can weigh up to 320 lb (145 kg) but you can still run at 40 mph (70 km/h). You can grow to be over 9 ft (3 m) tall and have sharp claws at the end of your feet. You are basically the descendent of the raptor and you can’t find any better way to defend yourself other than sticking your head in the sand and hoping that the problem goes away? Sorry, that doesn’t happen. When in danger, ostriches will either run away or fight. Both are perfectly viable options for the bird. If it does fight, don’t expect a pushover. Ostriches have been known to take down lions with a well-placed kick.

6. Turtle Vs. TortoiseTURTLE

Ok, technically, this isn’t an incorrect animal fact, but people get them mixed up all the time so this seems like the perfect opportunity to make a few clarifications. The basic idea is that tortoises are land animals while turtles are water animals that only return to land to lay eggs. You can typically tell the difference between them by looking at their feet: tortoises have round, stumpy feet with claws in order to walk around while turtles have webbed feet in order to swim better. However, it should also be mentioned that this differentiation is not universal. Some parts of the world (including North America) simply use the word turtle to refer to all species. If you really want to be a smartass, you can call them chelonians since that is the term that correctly refers to all species of turtles and tortoises.

7. Koalas are bearsKOALA

While we are talking about incorrectly named animals, these tiny adorable marsupials from Australia are simply called koalas, not koala bears. They might look like a teddy bear, but they are not related. Koalas are marsupials, and are only distantly related to bears – we’re more closely related to bears than they are!

8. Don’t touch a baby bird because its mother will abandon itBIRD

If you ever found a tiny baby bird that has fallen out of its nest, don’t let this “fact” confuse you whether you should help or not. Birds don’t use scent to recognize their young and, even if they did, they don’t find humans so repulsive that the mere idea that you touched its young would cause it to completely abandon it. If you come across a young bird that needs help, it’s advised that you locate the nest and put it back as fast as possible. However, it is important to be able to tell if the bird actually needs help in the first place. Young birds are typically categorized in two: nestlings and fledglings. Nestlings are really small, weak, barely covered in feathers and are not strong enough to fly or to grip stuff. They are vulnerable and need your help if they have fallen out of their nest. A fledgling, on the other hand, is basically a teenager. It has grown to the point where it is starting to explore the outside world on its own so chances are that it left the nest by choice and it doesn’t need your help.

9. Red makes bulls attackBULL

Ok, this was an idea long before the internet came along and people started passing along random facts. In fact, even in bull fighting they use red colored flag to make the bull angry and to get it to charge. However, bulls don’t attack the color red. They attack. Period. You could show them pink, green, blue or yellow with magenta polka dots and they would still charge because they are reacting to movement and noise, not to color. When a bull is placed inside an arena it finds itself in a hostile environment full of screaming people so of course it’s going to attack.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/10-animal-facts-we-still-get-wrong

Why not try to get out this weekend to observe and enjoy the wildlife in your area. 

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHave a great weekend everyone.