North American Badger: Taxidea taxus — nature has no boss

Out on a hike amongst the fully blooming rabbit and sage brush we noticed numerous holes along the trail. Were they Marmot or perhaps Badger. Finally near the end of the hike the question was answered when we spotted this Badger off in the distance. It was nice to see this Badger out foraging. Badgers […]

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Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide — News : NPR

Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.(Image credit: James Crall /Science)

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EU moves to protect large carnivores — BBC News – Science & Environment

Farmers will receive 100% compensation for any damages caused by bears, wolves and other wild carnivores.

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Photo Capture # 8 – Crested Duck — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Crested Duck © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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Photo Capture # 9 – Photo “Bomb” — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Photo “Bomb” – Two Peruvian Pelicans and a Royal Tern © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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Photo Captures # 7 – Amazilia Hummingbird — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Amazilia Hummingbird © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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An Oasis of Love for Burros, Donkeys, Mules and Horses — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Last Friday, while the BLM concluded their farce of an Advisory Board meeting in D.C. and their helicopter stampede contractors fired up to end the free lives wild horses and burros in Nevada, Terry and I spent the day surrounded by loving, rescued equines at the Todd Mission Ranch only 15 miles from our farm. Marjorie Farabee, ranch equine Manager and Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, had kindly asked us to stop by and check out the local four legged inhabitants, some 100+ which does not include the rescued dogs and cats. I must admit, it was a moving experience.

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Photo Captures # 5 – Limpkin — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Limpkin © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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Humanity has wiped out 60% of animals since 1970, major report finds — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]

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China Just Eased a Ban on Rhino and Tiger Parts. Here’s How Organized Crime Fuels Illegal Poaching — TIME

On Oct. 24 in a New York courtroom, two kingpins of Kenya’s illegal wildlife trade pleaded guilty to crimes that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha had been connected to seizures of over 30 metric tons of illegal ivory in Mombasa. Their trial marked the first time any African ivory…

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