Wildlife Issues : A Web Resource List
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Wildlife Issues : A Web Resource List

 

Safe Passages, or How Did The Grizzly Bear Cross The Road?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/safe-passages-or-how-did-grizzly-bear_b_6787160.html

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Why wild animals need wildlife corridors

http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/blogs/why-wild-animals-need-wildlife-corridors

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280 acres bought for Highway 17 mountain lion tunnel

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/santa-cruz/280-acres-bought-for-highway-17-mountain-lion-tunnel/30379012

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Moose moms abandon research calves, threatening Minnesota study

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25908863/moose-moms-abandon-research-calves-threatening-minnesota-study?source=email

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The Ups and Downs of Wildlife

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/the-ups-and-downs-of-wildlife

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Puma isolation

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/science/a-threat-is-seen-in-pumas-isolation.html

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USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/governments-kill-of-4-million-animals-seen-as-anoverstep/2014/06/06/1de0c550-ecc4-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html

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Smarter than a first-grader? Crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723180824.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fplants_animals+%28Plants+%26+Animals+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

http://www.cracked.com/article_19042_6-terrifying-ways-crows-are-way-smarter-than-you-think.html

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Wild bison to be reintroduced to swathes of American West for first time since end of 19th century

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713149/Wild-bison-reintroduced-swathes-American-West-time-end-19th-century.html

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Frans Lanting’s short TED talk on giving voice to the animal kingdom

http://www.ted.com/talks/frans_lanting_photos_that_give_voice_to_the_animal_kingdom?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-10-31&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=top_right_button

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Another story about connections in Nature.. Where beaver lead, the moose will follow.
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Whale Song Patterns Explained. Humpbacks synchronize their music across oceans. A fascinating look at a famous pattern in Nature.
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Reversing the course on Beavers
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Monarchs & Milkweed – Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 24
Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.
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Obedient killer whales doing heroic leaps and splashing patrons with cold tank water are a cash cow for SeaWorld. The spectacle is such a crowd-pleaser that there seems little reason to imagine that these majestic mammals—who appear to bask in the glow of their own performance—are so distressed that they’d attack humans. All that changed in 2010, when a 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum dragged his trainer by her hair and drowned her in front of an Orlando audience. The 2013 documentary, “Blackfish”, makes the case that Tilikum attacked Brancheau because of mounting frustration induced by captivity. David Kirby, the author of “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity,” believes that “Blackfish’s” interpretation of Brancheau’s death is right on the mark. See http://james-mcwilliams.com/?p=4848
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No Crap: Missing Megapoop Starves Earth
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Migration Takes Guts. 
” …strong flight muscles and an innate knowledge of what route to take are crucial, but it also takes a digestive system that is highly flexible and adaptable to different conditions and activities.”
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Beaver dams control nitrogen flow in northeastern rivers
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Being Caribou. In this inspiring video, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd’s migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou’s survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear.
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A beautifully done eco-video by Kevin Railsback – The River 
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A New Way to Save the Bees: Have Them Deliver Natural Pesticides to Crops
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A video showing while whale poop is an important part of our ocean ecology. As this BBC notes: “We thought that they were our competitors because they consumed the same fish that we relied on. Now we know they are our allies by recycling nutrients, helping sustain our ocean’s precious plant life. “
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It appears that prey in the wild are not only affected by predators who eat them, but by the fear of being eaten. There is growing scientific insight that ecosystems are defined not only by predators eating prey, but by the behavior of the prey as they exhibit fear.
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An interesting story about the skin of Southern Right Whales being attacked by Sea Gulls.
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David Suzuki: How to Save the Monarch Butterfly
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Now That Yellowstone Killed Blaze Bear, What About Her Cubs?
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Do Killer Grizzlies Deserve Death?
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What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out. A great article by Doug Peacock.
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Some Good News: Canada’s Porcupine Caribou Herd Is Thriving:
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Sea Turtles

Home video from a November 2007 hatching near San Carlos, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexici

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAYnJdOVOTQ

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Video of PROFEPA (Mexican Federal Environmental Agency) releasing hatchings –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW5Pl6IeyJc

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Video of Olive Ridley hatching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGoayx3Hvo4

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Video – Tortugueros México – A great video of many Olive Ridley turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HStm4b1vMog

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Information from NOAA Fisheries on Olive Ridley turtles

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/oliveridley.html

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Here is a blog post that I wrote about ATV traffic on San Francisco beach  (San Carlos, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico) while Olive Ridley turtles are hatching. A group of volunteers have been active in trying to stop the ATVs.

http://www.freshvista.com/2013/patterns-in-nature-turtles-and-atvs/

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A video of a turtle being released from a long line trawler-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfVvptXaZpc

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A video of a huge number of turtles arriving and laying eggs on the beaches near Oaxaca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqU49eBZbS0

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Flying over thousands of turtles at the beaches of Oaxaca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY29SNy0Y9Y

 

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