Cats and birds are natural enemies, but these two birdbrained magpies don’t seem to have understood that they are meant to be the prey, not the predators! Nearly 500 million birds are killed each year by cats, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Yet this poor cat is just sitting on the fence post minding her own business (or perhaps thinking of lunch!) and has no idea what is about to hit her.
Reader Danielle wrote to us to tell this isn’t necessarily a fail. The ad says “listen to your nose” in German, and those ads were made to be scented so dogs (notice they are at dog height) would go up to them and smell them.
The eastern cougar has just been declared extinct. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has recommended that it be taken off the endangered list as no extinct species should appear on it. This beautiful, tawny colored cat is also known as a catamount, puma or mountain lion. Last seen in 1930, all other sightings have turned out to be South American cats released by people after being bought as pets. The eastern cougar had a range of 21 states, none of which it exists in now. In the 1700s and 1800s it was hunted, with bounties put on its head.
There is a little bit of hope, an asterisk if you might, after the news of the cougar’s extinction. Scientists did a genetic study and believe that it is possible that it was wrongly classified as a subspecies of the western cougar. If that is the case, they could perhaps be reintroduced. But as it stands now, driven to extinction by hunting throughout its vast range, there is no longer an eastern cougar in the 21 eastern states.
“It’s extinct,” said Mark McCollough, a wildlife biologist with the FWS’s offices in Maine, referring to the official determination by his agency. “But it’s not?” he was asked. “But it’s not,” he confirmed. “It may well return to part of its range.”
Most of the animals scientists want to learn about in the wild aren’t going to come when called or stand still. So, researchers rely on camera traps, cameras with motion sensors that take the picture as the animal passes by. It is quite literally candid camera for wildlife. The Smithsonian has put together a magnificent project for the public, placing more than 202,000 photos online for people to go through and see exactly what the animals look like as they activate the camera. Not only that; the Smithsonian have provided links so that readers can learn about the different animals, many of which you will never have heard of – like the tayra, a mammal from Peru. We are going to look at some of the animals here; follow the links to explore the rest!
The snow leopard is one of the most beautiful endangered cats. The one pity about this image is that you can’t see the snow leopard’s eye color, which unusually for big cats will often be gray or green. Snow leopards also can’t roar – missing some essential parts of the larynx – and so hiss and mew instead. Wikipedia has a few stunning pictures of them if you are interested in seeing more.The Asian black bear is also called the moon bear, and we are lucky to see these alive in the forest. So many of them are kept captive and in effect tortured for their body parts, specifically for bile. They are kept in terrible conditions inside crates with a metal shunt inserted into their gall bladder. You can see an image of one of these bears here. They are also killed for their paws.
This very shy deer gets its name from the sound it makes when alarmed. It is the oldest deer species, and fossils have been found from the Miocene era. It is also very ununsual in that it has tushes or mini tusks with its long canines. When males fight, they use the tushes more than their small antlers.
The Smithsonian has put together an exciting and really valuable research tool for everyone – from students and scientists to people just interested in wildlife and what they do when out in the wild. The place to explore all the 202,000 images is siwild.si.edu
You mayhap stormed to discover what the big top three fastest creatures in nature is. Weird nature is less earthly than you call back. Check into this video and assure the three most immobile weird nature animals is.
The video below proves once and for all that humans really are the fastest mammals on Earth. Don’t believe me?
It’s a question every New Yorker wonders: how much are my neighbors paying for their apartments? Post-it Notes for Neighbors is an interactive installation that helps demystify the topic by inviting people to anonymously share information about their living situation. Inspired by Illegal Art’s To Do, I covered a Brooklyn storefront window with Post-it notes stamped with specific fill-in-the-blank forms. Local residents and other passers-by could fill in a note with their own apartment information and marvel at the high and low numbers paid by others. By the end of the week, the window was transformed into a useful collection of housing information created by and relevant to the community. It also reflected the changing real estate values of the area. This project was part of the 2008 public art exhibit Windows Brooklyn and displayed on vintage furniture shop Yesterday’s News at 428 Court Street in Carroll Gardens (around the corner from where I used to live). Scroll down to view charts of the results! This project was later exhibited at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2009.
Amphibians are the beautiful residents of Mother Nature’s wildlife garden. They have adapted to living both in the water and on land. A great supporter of environmental health, amphibians play the roles of both predator and the prey. These friendly creatures are the earliest known tetrapods. Let us meet some of these amazing amphibians.
The fire salamander is the best known salamander species in Europe and comes in a striking color combination of black and yellow with various stripes and dots. Native to damp and cool woods, these secretive creatures are nocturnal and spend most of their daytime hidden.
There have been more than 550 known species of newts and salamanders discovered so far. Amphibians play a very important role in maintaining environmental health as biological pest controllers. They also have a significant role in the food chain. In recent years, there has been a decline in their population, and more than 100 species have become extinct since 1980. Also, habitat destruction, global warming and pollution are key factors that are making them vulnerable and endangered. We must not overlook their conservation status and work towards saving their natural habitat.
Morning … All the inhabitants of the forest are slowly after a night’s sleep and slowly moving into a new day … Let’s look at these beautiful insects, broadcast magical dew … very relaxing photo …