Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

Kouprey: The Ultimate Mystery Mammal

Kouprey: The Ultimate Mystery Mammal

Ten years ago, while on a wildlife trip to India, our national park jeep came around a bend and came across a herd of gaur, wild oxen with large horns and striking colors that can weigh a ton.Consider this: The kouprey is a large wild animal with spectacular horns that can weigh 1,500 pounds.

How To See More Wildlife

How To See More Wildlife

More people are spending time in nature, and many would like to see cool wild animals.Learning the habitat needs of animals, at different times of year, is an essential but overlooked wildlife watching skill.

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Here I’ll take a look at ways animals enjoy pumpkins, from squirrels eating them to sand cats hiding in them, from your backyard to the zoo.Zoo Boise places dozens of pumpkins each year in animal exhibits, to provide a variety of forms of enrichment.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

“If you look at wildlife photography sites on social media, it’s a lot of professional-level activity,” Kampnich says.Pesaturo is author of the book Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife , an indispensable guide that includes tips for capturing images of 41 species.

Chipmunk Quest

Chipmunk Quest

Well, the best way to see those chipmunks is to visit the varied national parks of the western United States.As mentioned, visiting the great national parks of the western United States will give you opportunities to see most of the chipmunk species.

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory was keeping tabs on them, and was receiving reports of up to 60 spending the winter here each year.And there’s perhaps no better way to discover those birds than by keeping a yard list.

There’s a Koala in the Backyard

There’s a Koala in the Backyard

My backyard wildlife got a little more wild when I traded the city for the country and moved to a quiet town an hour north of Brisbane.For the little girl who idolized Steve Irwin , a koala was the peak of Australian backyard wildlife.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Before every scout camp, the older kids would serve up questionable nature facts meant to show their expertise and perhaps instill a bit of fear.I could only roll my eyes when, prepping for a group stay at a cabin, I heard stories regarding porcupines that visited outhouses at night.

The Crocodile Hunter Was My Childhood Hero

The Crocodile Hunter Was My Childhood Hero

And I had Steve Irwin, who loved wildlife with an unabashed enthusiasm that a paralytically self-conscious tween girl could never muster.Irwin taught millions of children like me that wildlife — even the ugly, slimy, and scaly — should be loved.

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Christie documents a startling array of issues associated with pets: free-roaming dogs and cats killing wildlife, the pet trade depleting wild bird and reptile populations, pet food depleting wild fisheries and increasing meat production and much more.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

In a National Geographic podcast, wildlife photographer Tom Peschak describes what he encountered on Marion Island, breeding habitat for 28 bird species including light-mantled, wandering, grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses:.

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Fortunately, wildlife biologist and science communicator David Steen has taken the most common snake myths, tall tales and snake safety rules and applied real science to them in his wildly entertaining Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond the Myths (Texas A&M University Press).A lot of our wildlife myths are about creatures that we believe we know.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Fish and wildlife recovery can be unpopular, especially when it inconveniences the public.Great white shark predation on seal off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge at the elbow of Cape Cod. Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Is the recolonization of gray seals helping with white shark recovery?

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Lozada, technology manager for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado , knows that many people that increasing drone use will only harass and terrify wild animals.Gustavo Lozada “Many people just want exciting video footage, and don’t think about how it may be affecting animals,” he says.

Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Today, there’s a new movement afoot known as natural landscaping: using native trees, shrubs, and low plants to add textural diversity to a yard while attracting and benefiting wildlife.

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Included in the family are such charismatic critters as badgers, otters, ferrets and martens.Marbled polecat © ZooFanatic/Flickr under a creative commons license This may be the most beautiful of the mustelids, with striking color and spotting patterns.

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Camera traps reveal mountain lions walking down popular trails and on the canyon rim.Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Bears are quite curious about camera traps, though, and can be very hard on them.

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

Photo © John Hall Seeing 1,838 species of mammals takes an incredible level of trip planning, dedication and willingness to suffer.While mammal watching may never rival birding as a wildlife pastime, it is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall.

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Caused by psittacine circovirus — also called beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) — this disease is most common in parrot and cockatoo species from both the Old World (Australia, Africa) but can affect parrots from the Americas.

Make A Home For Wildlife

Make A Home For Wildlife

Photo © Lauren Peeler Brice This book is focused on the eastern United States and has everything you need to understand different habitats, restoration, what to plant (and what not to plant), and how to attract specific types of wildlife.