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  • An enormous timber deal has been signed in Canada, protecting or conserving about 72 million hectares of land.
  • You can’t say it enough: communicating conservation research and management is critical to successful projects.
  • Some cool new iPhone apps, one for bird watchers and one for gorillas. The BirdsEye app is especially cool, with up-to-date information on other sightings in your area. I believe the goal is to update sightings from the app, providing an enormous amount of data for ecologists. This article says that in the past 8 years, eBird has gone from a few thousand sightings reported every month to more than 1.5 million.
  • Invasive species news: some invasives, not always bad; although when they look like “sea snot,” that’s probably a bad thing. Oh and “don’t sleep with the windows open” kudzu increases air pollution.
Posted by Tim on May 19th, 2010 • • Comments Off
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  • The return of wolves is not just a problem in the U.S. Grey wolves in Eastern Germany are increasing their population size and expanding their range.
  • Katherine Belov and colleagues at the University of Sydney appear to have found a population of Tasmanian Devils that are immune to devil facial tumor disease, a transmissible cancer that’s decimated (literally) the species.
  • Dave Melhman (TNC) has done a fantastic job blogging the State of the Birds 2010 report.
  • The IUCN on restoring bison in North America.
  • It’s March Madness, time, and the NCAA seems to have a lot of endangered species in its bracket. Those not yet extirpated from the tournament: Baylor bears, Kentucky and Kansas St Wildcats and Northern Iowa Panthers. Lobos, terrapins, grizzlies, owls, bears, and spiders all apparently not covered under the Endangered Species Act. Obama should send out an executive order.
Posted by Tim on March 22nd, 2010 • • Comments Off
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  • Today marks the release of the first “U.S. State of the Birds” report. A lot of agencies and NGOs involved in putting it together — check out the website, or the full report (PDF… wait, I can’t find the PDF. Little help, please?). Also, full articles from the Washington Post, AP, and NY Times. Wetland birds are doing well. Hawaiian birds, notsomuch.
  • What happens to zoos when their budgets are cut? GORILLAS ARE NOT GETTING THEIR BLUEBERRIES. As John Calvelli points out, they’re “living museums,” so it’s much harder (if not pointless) to cut admission times. The Bronx Zoo is usually open like 364 days of the year (when it’s snowing being the best time to go). Some zoos, on the other hand,  just disappear altogether.
  • May I present the new tiniest frog.
  • Did cockroaches survive the nuclear disaster? Not really.
  • American carnivores may have evolved to avoid each other, in time if not in space.
  • A friend recently alerted me to the fact that it is illegal in Colorado to trap rainwater, because that water has other legal destinations. It’s true.
Posted by Tim on March 19th, 2009 • • Comments Off
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  • Mark Tercek, new TNC CEO (and former Goldman Sachs investment banker), interviewed at Mongabay.
  • The title of the article is “When science hijacks conservation funding.” When NSF starts giving grants for direction conservation actions, it will make a lot more sense.
  • A totally engaging review of the U. of Oregon’s Public Interest Environmental Law Clinic. (Bare-breasted women attacking Julia Butterfly and climate change conspiracy theories).
  • The Bay Area is the second “birdiest” city in the country (after Dauphin Island, Alabama, that renowned urban center).
  • Don’t worry about climate change — species can adapt.
Posted by Tim on March 6th, 2009 • • Comments Off
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