Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

Wild Horse Rescue: Equine Outreach


We’ve written several times about saving wild horses from federal government efforts to round them up and auction the animals – often times to meat buyers or rodeo stock contractors. Here in Central Oregon, you can spot herds of the animals on or near the vast expanses of range land throughout the region.  The beautiful [...]

Saving the Pygmy Rabbit


Last month, the Federal Government made a pretty big decision that impacts a pretty small creature.  Unfortunately, the Pygmy Rabbit, which measures less than 12 inches long and can fit in a pair of human hands, was denied protection under the Endangered Species Act. The tiny mammal weighs less than 1 pound, and has suffered [...]

Iberian Lynx: the Next Wild Cat Extinction?


The Iberian Lynx is the world’s most endangered feline – much more so than even the severely endangered tigers.  Only about 150-225 of the animals are left in the wild.  Scientists and other experts believe the species could be the next wild cat extinction. In fact, SOS Lynx, a conservation group, predicts that the Iberian [...]

Gray Wolves to be Removed from Northern Rockies and Great Lakes


Could it be true?  Just two decades after the gray wolf battled back from near extinction in the U.S., government officials have announced plans to remove gray wolves from the Norther Rockies and Great Lakes regions. The procedures used would include gassing pups in their dens, opening hunting season on packs, surgically sterilizing adult wolves, [...]

Saving Sea Otters

Sea Otter

Its time to prepare for Sea Otter Awareness Week!  This year, from September 26-October 2, 2010, Defenders of Wildlife is organizing its annal event to help raise awareness about the endangered sea otters and their importance in marine ecosystems. Although Sea Otters are the largest member of the weasel family, they are the second smallest [...]

Out-Foxing the Trampoline?


We just love this video of a couple of playful foxes jumping on a trampoline in an England backyard.  They look like they’re having so much fun, its impossible to watch without smiling: Credit goes to the owner of the trampoline, Samron, for the video. Credit also goes to the pair of wild foxes for [...]

Become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator


Do you love animals?  Want to work out in the field in native wildlife habitat? Instead of becoming a veterinarian or wildlife biologist, you could make a difference with wildlife rehabilitation training.  Talk about the ultimate green job!  If you want to make a direct difference in conserving and protecting wildlife species, this could be [...]

Wild-Caught or Farmed Salmon?


A friend of mine cynically noted many years ago that salmon is the only endangered species you can buy at the store in a can.  While that may be half-true (depending on the species, etc.), there are definitely environmental considerations to be made when it comes to choosing wild-caught or farmed salmon. Yes, you can [...]

Saving Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico


As we reach the 3-month mark since the BP oil spill began gushing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, fears continue to mount as to whether an effective fix will occur anytime soon.  Hundreds of species of wildlife and eco-systems have already been affected, including sea turtles that reside in the [...]

Elk Species Rebounds from Near-Extinction


Recently, we’ve learned of some wildlife news that’s just Peachy!  An elk species that was down to only two animals just about 100 years ago, has rebounded from near-extinction. The Tule Elk, a subspecies of elk, lives only in California.  In the late 1800s, the impact of the Gold Rush brought these animals to the [...]

Baby Animals: Cuteness is a Click Away on Animal Planet


One of my favorite sites is Animal Planet.  Not only do I love the photographs, but there is consistently useful information about endangered animals and interesting television programs on its Discovery channel (as an aside, I am totally enthralled with Whale Wars, but we’ll save that for a future post).  You can also learn about [...]

Bye Bye Bees, Hello Famine


BP is dominating the environmental disaster news these days, but oil spills are not the only game in town when it comes to irreversible environmental problems. A recent survey done by the Apiary Inspectors of America shows that for the fourth year in a row, America’s honeybee population declined dramatically over the winter. Since half  [...]

Three Tiger Cubs Born in Panna Tiger Reserve


Reports concerning the plight of endangered tigers is often anything but encouraging.  The combined impact of poachers and shrinking habitat have caused numbers of some subspecies to drop at a precipitous rate. Yet, news of three tiger cubs born this spring in the Panna Tiger Reserve in India is cause for great celebration.  Just several [...]

Animal Photos Picture Love and Tenderness

Animal Photos Picture Love and Tenderness

In celebration of Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, we’ve found a collection of animal photographs that picture love and tenderness.  How better to show that we are all together on this precious blue marble?  Enjoy… We cannot help but to have our heartstrings tugged when we see images of baby animals.  [...]

The BP Oil Spill: How You Can Help

The BP Oil Spill: How You Can Help

There’s no question about it.  We don’t even have to tell you that the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad.  Just how bad it is, remains to be seen.  Execs are not giving us any information as to how much oil is down there with the potential to impact the waters, [...]