Now streaming: An app guide to the unique wildlife in Hong Kong waterways
A newly-launched app will help nature-lovers identify dozens of species of wildlife in Hong Kong’s rivers and streams, including some unique to the city and some which are critically endangered .Developed by a group called Freshwater Collective, it will allow users to identify up to 138 species spread across six groups, including birds, fish, insects and reptiles.The founder of Freshwater Collective, Jeffery Chan, said he hoped the new app can help spark interest among the public in the rich freshwater wildlife unique to their city. About 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s land area is designated as c...
Hong Kong Free Press
Cher visits Pakistan to save the 'world's loneliest elephant'
She believes in life in the wild.Pop goddess Cher met with the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on Friday, to help save Kaavan — known as “the world’s loneliest elephant.”The legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress was celebrating the departure of Kaavan, who’ll soon leave a Pakistani zoo for an animal sanctuary in Cambodia.“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” the 74-year-old Grammy Award-winner tweeted. “Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29.”Four Paws International, an animal welfare orga...
New York Daily News
What Biden's agenda on the environment could mean for the Pacific Northwest
SEATTLE — From reintroduction of the grizzly bear to its wild North Cascades redoubt to attacking climate change, a wide range of environmental policies could see a new direction in the Pacific Northwest under a Biden administration.For starters, government and nonprofit policy leaders say they are looking forward to a return to science as a basis for environmental policymaking. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than on climate warming.Gov. Jay Inslee has championed Washington climate and energy policies sharply at odds with a president who dismissed the threats posed by greenhouse gas emissio...
The Seattle Times
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
In rare feat, teen expected to break birding record: 'Say a rare bird shows up. You have to drop everything and get in the car'
For some teens, getting a license means offering rides to friends, taking trips to the mall, freedom. For one Evanston, Illinois senior, it was mostly about the birds.Isoo O’Brien, 17, is expected to break the Cook County record for individual bird species spotted in a year, clocking 282 species by the end of October. With a little more than a month left before 2021, O’Brien is still working to check off a few final species in the hopes that his record holds for years to come. Topping the record was a big deal for O’Brien, and for other birders, who banded together to offer tips so O’Brien cou...
Commentary: Gray wolf population in peril unless Biden restores 'endangered species' protections
After decades of bitter legal feuds and culture war skirmishes over the fate of wild wolves in the United States, the Trump administration has tried to put a point at the end of the sentence. In stripping gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection across the country, the responsible federal agency went against both science and public opinion, and declared the species “biologically recovered.”But this delisting rule won’t stand up to scrutiny. More wolves will die as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service squares off, once again, in court against conservationists with strong arguments t...
How Animals Are Dying, Structures Decaying In Yankari
The Yankari Game Reserve was one of the best tourist destinations in Africa. It hosted varieties of wild animals in their natural habitat, different kinds of flora and fauna, as well as many natural warm water springs, which attracted researchers, artists, musicians, students, tourists and holidaymakers within Nigeria and from different countries around the world. Daily Trust on Sunday reports that this pride of the North is in a deplorable condition.It is located in the present day Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State and covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometers. It was initi...
Choked, strangled and drowned. How balloons and plastic bags are killing marine animals
In Florida, a critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was entangled in a plastic bag that had become filled with sand. The plastic bag had wrapped around the turtle’s neck, which likely led it to drown or suffocate.In another Florida case, a recently hatched sea turtle was found with two plastic balloons in its gastrointestinal tract, causing a blockage that potentially led to the animal’s death.Balloons, plastic bags, recreational fishing line and food wrappers are killing thousands of marine animals as they eat plastic items that later perforate internal organs, or become entangled an...
Major and Champ Biden are about to make the White House warm and furry again
Of the more than 500 million Americans who’ve ever lived, fewer than four dozen have ascended to the presidency.It’s hard to relate to a group that exclusive. But pets that dig up the Rose Garden, chew tassled loafers in the West Wing, and have accidents under the Resolute Desk are the great equalizer: There are more Americans who live with animal friends — around 66%, studies show — than those who don’t.“Pets humanize presidential figures who seem remote,” said Andrew Hager, historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, formerly in Williamsburg, Va., now awaiting a new home. “Seeing ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Minnesota deer opener was poor for harvest and CWD sampling
MINNEAPOLIS — Bagging a buck on the opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms deer season proved more difficult than usual in conditions that were windy and unseasonably warm, state officials said.The important two-day harvest plunged 21% in comparison to last year’s opener and ranks well below average. In addition, hunting license sales were flat and too few hunters complied with chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing.“We did not have a great opening weekend,” said Barbara Keller, big-game program leader for the Department of Natural Resources.Keller said hunters took 59,711 whitetails Saturda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)