June 30, 2008
What will these NY'ers think of next?
Have you ever taken your cat for a walk? Put a lead on him and off you go? Here is a fun story of just that.
Radar walks well most of the time, and practically at heel, though on an off day he may tug or squirm. “He’s not welcome in the dog pen,” Mr. Hassinger said, “and he’s been kicked out of two bars in L.A. and one in New York.”
read full story and slide show of pictures here.
June 27, 2008
Jet, the Faun
Early in the morning on Sunday, May 4, my husband was on his way to work when he came back and woke me up. Cradled in his arms was a newborn fawn! Its mother had been hit by a car, and Mike had found this little guy in the ditch on the side of he road, still covered in the uterine fluids.
As it was obviously an orphan and too young to take care of itself, Mike gathered it up and brought it home. It was either that or leave it to die. My husband just couldn't do it... so he was a wee bit late to work...
When the fawn came home, it was too weak to raise its little head. It just lay curled in a blanket - a nest to keep it warm.
Please read the rest of the story, see ALL the pictures and watch the Movies!
June 26, 2008
Japan threatens to resume commercial whaling
Japan has threatened to resume commercial whaling after a suspension of more than 20 years, in a gesture of defiance towards conservationists and antiwhaling governments.
The threat came with a demand for progress at the International Whaling Commission talks in Chile this week. The unexpectedly blunt ultimatum follows a winter whaling season of high maritime drama and bitter diplomatic rows.
In light of Japan’s threat, some fear that the commission may be in danger of total collapse unless it can rebuild its function as a constructive forum for debate on the whaling issue.
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June 24, 2008
Clyde dolphin 'unlikely to live'
Video of Dolphin swimming up the river, and full story here.
Patrick Pollock, a fellow in equine surgery at Glasgow University, made the assessment after inspecting the Risso's dolphin from a fire brigade dinghy.
He said the mammal was "emaciated" and had a "nasty laceration" to its head.
The 10ft-long creature first appeared on Sunday and has been swimming further inland. So far, all attempts to usher it back out to sea have failed.
June 23, 2008
Birds on a wire
THEY'RE one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions and this year they are being watched closer than ever.
The Phillip Island Nature Park is using satellite tracking devices to monitor its penguin colony as two major infrastructure projects impinge on the birds' territory.
The dredging of Port Phillip Bay has been conducted in one of the penguins' feeding areas, while the full effects of the proposed desalination plant near Wonthaggi, closer to their island home, are unclear.
This week, seven birds have had the satellite devices — which look like small black bugs — attached to their backs with waterproof tape.
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June 21, 2008
Pet chain sued for "parrot fever" death
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The son, daughter and mother of a man who allegedly contracted "parrot fever" from a cockatiel purchased at PetSmart are suing the national pet chain in a wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday in Nueces County state court.
Amanda de la Garza also contracted "parrot fever" or psittacosis, a bacterial infection transmitted by many species of birds, her attorney Ron Franklin said.
June 20, 2008
Grey Bird *Called Home*
Clay, an African Grey parrot, spent two nights stranded in the forest this weekend after flying away from her owner, Roseburg’s Carrie Boothe, during a camping trip Saturday. The 12-year-old bird, the smaller type of Grey known as a Timneh, helped keep Boothe apprised of her location by mimicking a cell phone ring.
June 19, 2008
Send a Virtual Whale to Japan...
Our protest pod of over 25,000 origami whales is heading to Japan with a message for Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, asking him to end the government’s support for the whaling industry.
Help us triple that figure by the time the International Whaling Commission meets in Chile towards the end of June.
Send your whale on its way here: http://www.send-a-whale.com
June 17, 2008
Cool Cat. Keeping your Cat comfy all Summer.
When the thermometer shoots ever skyward during the summer months, your fur-covered feline may be at risk for the same kind of health problems that plague overly hot humans: heart difficulties, heat stroke, breathing issues and more.
“Cats are like people,” says Humane Society spokesperson Nancy Peterson. “They can become dehydrated and suffer organ failure and die if they get too hot.” Because summer temperatures in general appear to be on the rise, likely due to global warming, it helps to be aware of the dangers heat poses for your cat and ready to enact measures necessary for keeping your cat cool.
Read the rest of the story with a TON of info!
June 16, 2008
Theories and rumours abound as scientists ponder mystery of mass dolphin deaths
Follow up on Fridays Story.
Was it the odd Spring? There were no whales to scare them. Was it the change in wind direction? Were they chasing food to close to the shore? Or was it the Navy and their *exercises*?
Strandings of this size just don't happen in the UK.
Read the Guardians update and theories.
June 13, 2008
What we must learn, Dolphin disasters
Much of their behaviour remains a mystery and no one knows for sure why dolphins, such as those in Cornwall, apparently commit mass suicide. The theories are many. One is that ailing dolphins, which are air-breathing mammals, would rather beach themselves than drown - tragically, leading their fellows ashore in the process.
Another is that dolphins, like whales and porpoises, navigate using the Earth's electromagnetic fields but that anomalies in these can sometimes lead them perilously close to land.
Most disturbingly, we could be playing a central role in their demise. One theory regarding the Cornish dolphins is that Navy live fire exercises knocked them off course. I have never heard of this happening before, but the increasingly loud sonar used both by the world's navies, and by underwater oil prospecting, has long been thought to affect their ability to navigate.
Full Story, lots of pictures here
June 12, 2008
New African Grey Book and Puppet!
A talking bird with Whidbey roots is the star of a new book and the model for a new African Grey parrot puppet.
Pierre is an African Grey parrot who lives part of the year in Langley with his owner, psychologist Dr. Fran Smith, her husband Dr. Bob Smith and their poodle, Cosette. The bird charmed his way so far into his owner’s heart, she decided to write a book about him.
Smith has created a delightful and informative portrait of Pierre’s family life in her recently self-published children’s book, “Friendly Feathers: Life with Pierre, an African Grey parrot.” The book features vibrantly colored illustrations by local artist Deon Matzen.
June 10, 2008
Pandas Survive the Quake
June 09, 2008
PitBull, Cat & Chicks!
June 06, 2008
Endangered Calf Disentangled
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA) - An entangled humpback whale calf was freed from approximately 150 feet of rope on Sunday afternoon by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies' (PCCS) disentanglement team.
The team recovered the grapple with about 40 feet of the entangling rope attached. The team reset the grapple into one of the trailing lines and attached a buoy to the rope to add some resistance. The mother remained calm throughout the disentanglement effort, while the calf reacted by swift changes in direction and high speed swimming. The drag of the buoy and the movements of the calf allowed the remaining rope to untwist and the calf was freed. All rope was recovered and the calf was documented to be gear free. The humpback mother and calf pair was last seen swimming at high speeds to the south.
Rest of the story and visit the site!
June 05, 2008
New Beak for wounded Eagle
ST. MARIES, Idaho - More than three years after a poacher shot off her upper beak, a bald eagle named Beauty can finally live up to her name - with the help of volunteers.
A team attached an artificial beak to the 15-pound eagle in mid-May, improving her appearance and, more importantly, helping her grasp food.
"She's got a grill," joked Nate Calvin, the Boise engineer who spent 200 hours designing the complex beak.
Now Available: Alex Memorial Issue!
The Alex Memorial issue is now available! It is 40 pages, mostly on Alex and with articles written by those who worked with him, as well as those who really admired him. You can take a trial subscription to Nature’s Corner Magazine or you can purchase the Alex issue as a single copy at the links below:
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Here’s what people are saying about it:
It was hard to read without tears. Thank you Maggie for a fantastic issue!
OMG, I just this minute received mine and it is absolutely gorgeous. Our mailman always comes into our house and chats for a few minutes (his break time). When I got all excited about the magazine, he asked about Alex. Of course, I went on and on until his eyes glazed over. Just not a bird person.
I cried as I read, but not all sad tears, some were happy tears for all those who knew him and had the opportunity to work for him. I believe he has left their lives so much richer and fuller. Having said that I'm sure it doesn't make his loss any less devastating.
God Bless you all
I got your magazine yesterday and there isn't an article I want to skip over! It's awesome!!! I've read a couple articles already and flipped through the rest. I'm going to read it cover to cover.
What a beautiful keepsake for everybody.
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