It was only in 2006 that the presence of a rare lichen was first detected in Newfoundland and Labrador. Less than a decade later, biologists are trying to find a way to protect the small population that remains.
Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison so disease-free animals can be relocated to create new herds outside the park, Yellowstone officials said Wednesday.
During my undergrad degree at Deakin I was lucky enough to complete my Professional Practice placement in South Africa. We radio tracked Cheetahs, monitored southern Ground Hornbill nests, observed the feeding hierarchy of hyenas and the movements of elephants throughout the park. During our surveys we stumbled upon a fresh leopard kill wedged in a tree and there, just below it was this beautiful lady leopard attempting to keep a hyena away! Best. Day. Ever :)
Global Environmental Placement in South Africa
Imaginethepicturesquelandscapeoftheopengrasslandsof Africa,itslateevening andthetemperatureis pleasantly warmwithalightbreeze,thedrygrassisgoldenasthesunsetsoverthenearbymountainsandthecloudsare vibrantcoloursofyellow,red,orange,evenpurple…youwatchthemostspectacularsunsetyou’veeverseenwhile thelandscape isthriving withlife. Myname isMattandIwasabletoexperiencethisatPhindaGameReserveinSouthAfrica,thejewel inthecrownofAfrica’sreserves as my Global Environmental Placement in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology).
Here is mine, an Arctic Fox, in the tundra in Siberia. A long time ago and a long way away. Taken on 35mm slide, and scanned, this fox was caching goose eggs near where I lay. In winter the fur is all white, this animal is moulting and is half way between a winter and summer coat. I had to get pretty close to take this, but I reckon it was worth the wait.
The image has been used in magazines and in Lonely Planet books.
Here’s my contribution to the photo comp - the most impressive animal of all!!!
Cameras for conservation
Check this out (and thanks Dan for these images!) - a long lens, patience, and a metal banded bird gets snapped, with such high resolution and clarity that the number on the metal leg band is readable! We use metal leg bands on all birds we catch, but the coloured flags (with letters or numbers allowing individual identification) is only fitted when the bird is older - so when we see metal-only banded birds that means we have banded the bird as a chick.
Having read this band thanks to Dan’s image, we now know this was a bird which was a chick a few years ago, and we are now radio-tracking one of its chicks. Great to see different generation of lapwings.
Elk on a beach!
As a keen beachologist, I am always interested in what species use beaches. I would not have guessed Elk would use beaches, but they do, at least sometimes!
This morning I’ve been making a guide to the southern Grampians dung-beetles (as you do) for a student project for Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Science unit SLE226 (Environmental Team Based Research). It has meant looking a little closer at these functionally critical mini-beasts…and horny beasts they can be!
Here we have, from top to bottom:
1. the male of Onthophagus australisa common species in southeastern Australia. 2. A minor male of Onthophagus pronusa similarly widespread but less commonly encountered species, this time lacking horns on the head - but it has (not visible here) a long horn on the pronotum. 3. the male of Onthophagus taurus, an introduced species, and 4. the lovely neat little hornless head of Onthophagus posticus, a distinctive little stripey species from southern Victoria and neighbouring regions.
This recently settled crab, and a few others, found their kelp holdfast washed up on Mad River Beach after a storm in Humboldt County, California. We took some pictures and put the kelp back in the water. Probably slim odds, but a second chance seemed worth a try.
This great image was provided by M. Sid Kelly who is a salmon biologist in Humbolt County, California. You can follow him on Twitter @MSidKelly. Lots of great images from the California coast! -The Deakin Enviro Team
Hard to choose just one great wildlife photo, but for me it was difficult to go past this Peregrine falcon photo I took last year. I volunteered to help band chicks for two days, and while the chicks were being collected off the side of sheer cliffs, I stayed safe and was presented with great opportunities for in flight photos of the adults. In this particular photo, a female has finished one dive-bomb (onto the person collecting the chicks), and is banking to reposition herself for another dive! I love this photo as it shows how aerodynamic these birds are, and shows the intensity in her eyes of her commitment to protecting her chicks.
Nick Bradsworth - 2nd/3rd year Wildlife and Conservation Biology student.
The competition is hotting up!
This amazing image was provided by Stephen through Twitter. There is going to be a bit of hard work required to beat some of these photos. Keep them coming - The Deakin Enviro Team
Stephen Zozaya is an ecologist and photographer based in Townsville, Queensland. His obsession with wildlife—reptiles and amphibians in particular—takes him to a variety of stunning places, such as Iron Range National Park, where this green python (Morelia viridis) was photographed. This photo appears as the cover of the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Australian Geographic, and was highly commended for the Animal Portrait category of the 2013 ANZANG photography competition.
Another amazing image!!
My wildlife photo is this image of a beautiful Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) lovingly gazing down at it’s chick at Pope’s eye, Port Phillip bay. My most favourite animal, gannets rule both sky & water like no other. Being such a powerfully ferocious bird, it’s always so lovely to see the gentle interactions with it’s chick or partner which is why I love this image. Mel