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Re: Defending Wildlife
« Reply #120 on: June 02, 2021, 02:53:35 pm »

Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

MEMORABLE MOMENTS Fox kits on a log in Menasha, Wisconsin. © Christopher Appleby /TNC Photo Contest 2019

As excitement builds for this year’s Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, Photo Editor Alex Snyder reflects on a memorable moment from 2019: “The body language between the two is what really makes this frame. The use of a shallow depth of field helps separate the kits from the busy background of branches and leaves and lets us focus in on this interaction.”

Be the first to know when this year's Photo Contest opens, what the prizes are and more.

Agelbert NOTE: Scroll down to the plethora of fantastic photos at the Contest Web Page!

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Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World
« Reply #121 on: June 09, 2021, 04:34:34 pm »
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Elf Owl (micrathene whitneyi)
Though small, an Elf Owl has no problem taking on a scorpion when it's dinner time. Photo: Bettina Arrigoni/Flickr CC (BY 2.0)

Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World
Native to the American Southwest, Elf Owls are slightly larger than a soda can, but that doesn't stop them from being determined predators. Flying out from its tree cavity at dusk, the Elf Owl hunts beetles, crickets, and spiders, plus the odd lizard or mouse. Larger prey such as scorpions — with the stingers carefully removed — may end up cached in the nest for later dining.


Standing less than six inches tall, feathered in gray with big yellow eyes, the Elf Owl weighs less than an ounce and a half — a bit less than a golf ball.


This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.

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Written by Bob Sundstrom

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Sallie Bodie

Narrator: Michael Stein

Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 105533 recorded by Geoffrey A. Keller, 188270 recorded by Bob McGuire.

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

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By Olivia Rosane Jun. 11, 2021
A gray wolf. John & Karen Hollingsworth / USFWS

First Wolf Litter Born in Colorado After 80 Years

The state of Colorado just welcomed its first wolf pups in the first 80 years.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced earlier this week that it had spotted at least three gray wolf pups in the wild. They were spotted by a CPW biologist and a CPW district wildlife manager alongside parents M2101, or "John," and F1084 , or "Jane." It's possible there could be more pups in the area. Wildlife officials are excited at the sight of the pups but are keeping their distance to protect the young wolves.

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https://www.ecowatch.com/wolf-litter-born-colorado-2653329162.html
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Greater Yellowlegs. Photo: Melissa James/Audubon Photography Awards

By Jessica Grannis
Interim Vice President, Coastal Conservation, National Audubon Society

A Decisive Victory for the Most Important Coastal Law You’ve Never Heard of

Audubon won a lawsuit to prevent sand mining on protected beaches and plans to expand this powerful policy.

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or decades, the CBRA also prevented removal or mining of sand from areas protected by the law to nourish beaches outside of the CBRA System. The drafters of the law recognized that beach nourishment—replacing sand on a beach after it has washed away—would be an expensive and never-ending undertaking in these highly dynamic, storm-prone areas of our coast. And for decades, Republican and Democratic administrations alike enforced these restrictions.

But in 2019, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt broke the law when he abruptly reversed this long-standing policy. Just six days after he received a letter from three Members of Congress asking him to “correct” the law, he illegally authorized sand to be taken from CBRA-protected areas, allowing the destabilization and erosion of America’s important barrier islands. ...  ...

Last month, we received some exciting news for birds and communities on our coasts. One year since Audubon filed suit against the Trump Administration’s illegal rule to allow sand mining on beaches protected by the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, the Biden Administration reversed this rule.

This is a crucial victory to keep our pristine, undeveloped beaches intact, where they provide a home for coastal birds and a buffer for nearby communities from storm surges and rising seas. But if you’ve never heard of the decades-old Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) or why it’s so important, you’re not alone.

The CBRA is a little-known, bipartisan law, signed by President Reagan in 1982, and upheld by every presidential administration since then. It protects one of our nation’s most unique and important resources—the long, continuous chain of barrier islands and the associated beaches and wetlands that line the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBRA System includes national treasures like Assateague Island and Cape Hatteras, known for their huge, sprawling sand dunes and unique wildlife.

Full article:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-decisive-victory-most-important-coastal-law-youve-never-heard
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Sep 4, 2021

🐆 Ganesh & 🐅 Vithal's Heartwarming Bond

Wildlife SOS 51.9K subscribers

Rescued leopards Vithal (R) and Ganesh (L) are a rare example of a deep bond between two adult males.

Ganesh suffered a major eye injury when he was trapped in a conflict situation and has cataract on the left eye. On the other hand, Vithal had lost his right hind paw to a deadly snare trap.

As life in the wild was not feasible for either of them, Ganesh and Vithal were given a permanent home at the #ManikdohLeopardRescueCentre in Junnar, Maharashtra.

Today, they perform an important role as conservation ambassadors to sensitize people about the threats that leopards face in India.
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