From October, 2014

PLOVER CELEBRATION

— “several factors likely contributed to a record setting season for oregon’s snowy plover in 2014, including; 1) habitat management, 2) predator management, and 3) minimization of disturbance from beach visitors” read article: little plover making big comeback

PRE-EMPTIVE ACTIONS

— “shoot, shovel and shut up, lest your land could be regulated by the federal government” read article: when the endangered species act threatens wildlife

WHITE RHINO BREEDING MALE DIES

— “rhino horn sold on the streets of major asian cities was last year more valuable than gold or platinum” read article:  death of rare rhino takes species to the brink more: only six northern white rhinos left in the world after death at wildlife sanctuary

EUROPE’S RAREST BIRD

— “”To the memory of the slender-billed curlew,” says Dr Janos Botond Kiss, raising a beaker of ruby-tinted plum brandy, pressed from the fruits of his garden. Kiss is legendary in Romanian conservation, a man who knows the Danube delta as well as anyone alive, and he is drinking a farewell to another legend – one of the rarest birds in the world.” Read article Slender-billed curlew, for wikipedia article on slender-billed curlew click on the picture.

IVORY BURNING

— “at that rate, depending on the temperature and duration of the fire, and the size of the ivory pieces, it could take months to burn one ton of ivory.” read article: destroying elephant ivory stockpiles  more: state mulls burning ivory at its disposal

HUNTERS SAVE CONDORS

—”half of all condor deaths in the wild are tied to lead poisoning because, as a scavenger species, they consume fragments of lead bullets in gut piles left by hunters.” read article: how hunters are saving endangered condors

WILDLIFE POPULATION DECLINE

— “the global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the londonzoological society (ZSL) says in its new living planet Index.” read report: World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report more: Living Planet Report 2014