New TV docuseries shows how peregrine falcons hunt at night in Chicago: 'A real rarity'
A new Apple TV Plus docuseries gives a rare, up-close-and-personal look at how peregrine falcons hunt at night in downtown Chicago. Producers say they have captured “never before seen, never before filmed” behavior of a once-endangered species that has thrived in Illinois in recent years.“There were two types of animals we wanted to focus on in the series. One was really big, box office, exciting animals that people love — things like lions, jaguars, bears. And I would (classify) peregrine falcons as one of those really A-list animals. They’re the fastest animals on Earth, the fastest predator...
DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes
For years, low-flying pilots in stripped-down airplanes built up one of the strongest trout fisheries in the country by dumping hundreds of thousands of fish into Minnesota lakes at about 100 mph.Remarkably, when dropped from 100 feet in the air — high enough to keep the fish from skipping across the water — about 80% of the brookies, rainbows and brown trout prized by anglers would survive the fall, swimming away to repopulate dozens of Minnesota’s coldest, deepest and most remote lakes.This fall, for the first time, nearly 100% of the trout stocked from the air survived.That’s because Brad M...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Alligators can regrow their tails, study finds
Alligators can regrow their tails, according to a new study.Researchers have discovered that the reptiles, which date back to dinosaur days and can grow 14 feet long or more, can regenerate themselves — not unlike geckos, or the tuatara of New Zealand.The team from Arizona State University and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries discovered that young alligators have the ability to regrow their tails up to three-quarters of a foot, or 18% of their total body length, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.The interdisciplinary team used advanced imaging tec...
New York Daily News
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...