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These parasitic birds act just like human criminals – Science Magazine

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An aspiring criminal sneaks past a family home, formulating her plan to break in during the dim hours before dawn. But this isn’t a typical criminal, nor a typical crime. For one, she’s a bird. And instead of stealing valuables, she’ll be leaving something precious behind. A new study lays out just how two devious cowbird species plan and execute the perfect crime, and sometimes even return to the scene…

‘Klingon Newt’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Snake: New Species Found in Asia – Live Science

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A newt that resembles a Klingon from “Star Trek” and a snake with iridescent rainbow scales that calls to mind David Bowie’s colorful extraterrestrial alter ego Ziggy Stardust are two of 163 new species recently discovered in Southeast Asia. Amphibians, reptiles, plants and mammals that were previously unknown to science were found during expeditions to some of the most remote areas in the Greater Mekong — a…

See the New Species Discovered in This Ecologically Threatened Part of the World – TIME

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Researchers discovered 163 new species Researchers confirmed the discovery of 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund. Among the new species were a rainbow-headed snake, a three-centimeter long frog and a newt covered in red and black markings, evoking Star Trek‘s Klingons, the report said. Scientists also discovered a rare banana species from Thailand. The Greater Mekong, which spans Southeast…

Treasure Trove of Newly Discovered Species Includes a Newt That Looks Like a Klingon – Gizmodo

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Introducing the Phuket horned tree agamid, a lowland dwelling lizard native to Phuket Island and the Phuket mountain range in Southwest Thailand. This medium-sized lizard is distinct from its mainland relatives based on unique coloration, and the placement and size of its many threatening-looking horns. (Image: Montri Sumontha) Biologists working in the Greater Mekong area have identified a staggering 163 new species, including a horned lizard, a rainbow-headed snake dubbed…

Haleakalā National Park: 10 tips for your visit – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 of 8 2 of 8 3 of 8 4 of 8 5 of 8 6 of 8 7 of 8 8 of 8 Last SlideNext Slide Driving to the summit of Haleakalā can take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours, depending upon which part of the island you’re leaving from. The entrance station to the park is…

Nature On a Plate In Narisawa, Tokyo – Forbes

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

When I asked the chef at the famous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant that is located in the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo where I always stay when in in Tokyo, to suggest where else I should dine (as I have dined with him numerous times over the past year), he said immediately that I should visit Narisawa.  As he is obviously knowledgeable, I thought that the next time someone asked where…

Welcome to nature.com – Nature.com

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

illustration by jvg Gabriela Gonzalez: Gravity spy | Demis Hassabis: Mind crafter | Terry Hughes: Reef sentinel | Guus Velders: Cooling agent | Celina M. Turchi: Zika detective | Alexandra Elbakyan: Paper pirate | John Zhang: Fertility rebel | Kevin Esvelt: CRISPR cautionary | Guillem Anglada-Escudé: Planet hunter | Elena Long: Diversity trailblazer | Ones to watch GABRIELA GONZALEZ: Gravity spy A physicist helped to catch the first direct signs…

The Earth Is Warming Faster Than Species Can Migrate – CleanTechnica

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Climate Change Published on December 19th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor 0 December 19th, 2016 by Guest Contributor  Originally published on Nexus Media. By Marlene Cimons Visitors to the Santa Catalina Mountains just outside Tucson, Arizona will encounter a very disturbing sight: patches of dead alligator junipers scattered across hillsides at the…

More than 150 new species found in Greater Mekong region – Deutsche Welle

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) published a report detailing 163 new species discovered last year in the ecologically diverse tract of Southeast Asia known as the Greater Mekong region. “The Greater Mekong region keeps reminding us that there are many incredible, unexplored areas, leading to new discoveries happening every year, and it is crucial that we protect them before they are lost,” said Jimmy Borah of WWF’s Greater Mekong team. The…

Nature On a Plate at Narisawa, Tokyo – Forbes

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

When I asked the chef at the famous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant that is located in the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo where I always stay when in in Tokyo, to suggest where else I should dine (as I have dined with him numerous times over the past year), he said immediately that I should visit Narisawa.  As he is obviously knowledgeable, I thought that the next time someone asked where…

Eagle-eyed teams tally birds for annual 1-day Audubon count – SFGate – SFGate

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Caption Close John Harris and his small team were about to take a break from the annual Audubon Society bird count Sunday when he spotted one bird diving toward another. “Whoa, what’s going on here?” Harris said as he pulled out his birder binoculars. Another group member speculated it might be a type of Accipiter, but that’s when Harris really became excited. “No, wait a minute. It’s a peregrine,” he…

Scientists discover 163 new species in Greater Mekong region in South-East Asia – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

A rainbow-headed snake and a dragon-like lizard are among 163 new species that scientists recently discovered in the Greater Mekong region, conservation group WWF said on Monday, adding rapid development in the area, from dams to mines, was threatening wildlife survival. The discoveries, published in a report on Monday, include a gecko in Laos with pale blue skin and a rare banana species discovered in northern Thailand that is critically…

Eagle-eyed teams tally birds for annual 1-day Audubon count – SFGate

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Caption Close John Harris and his small team were about to take a break from the annual Audubon Society bird count Sunday when he spotted one bird diving toward another. “Whoa, what’s going on here?” Harris said as he pulled out his birder binoculars. Another group member speculated it might be a type of Accipiter, but that’s when Harris really became excited. “No, wait a minute. It’s a peregrine,” he…

Fire in Ky. horse barn kills dozens of animals – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Debris lies on the ground after a fire at the Mercury Equine Center in Lexington, Ky. on Dec. 18, 2016. Center owner Eric Reed said dozens of horses were inside the barn and several were saved before the building started to collapse.(Photo: Fernando Alfonso III, Lexington Herald-Leader, via AP) An early-morning barn fire at an equine training center in Lexington, Ky., killed dozens of horses, most of them yearlings, police…

Six New Species Discovered Near Thermal Vents on Ocean Floor – Motherboard

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

In 2011, a team of marine ecologists led by Jon Copley sent a remotely operated submarine nearly two miles underwater to observe a field of hydrothermal vents in the southwest Indian Ocean. Copley and his team collected 21 animal specimens from the vents using the underwater vehicle and after years of taxonomical research were able to determine that six of these species had not yet been formally described. As detailed…

D.C. national park uses deer management program to feed the homeless – TheBlaze.com

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., isn’t the only national park to conduct a deer management program in an attempt to maintain the vegetation of their urban park. But it may be the only park in the nation to provide the haul to area homeless shelters to help feed the indigent. According to Rock Creek Park Public Affairs Specialist Emily Linroth, the deer management program at Rock Creek Park has…

China finds new love for wildlife films – BBC News

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

British-Chinese cameraman Jacky Poon is among very few professionals documenting endangered animals hidden deep in China’s mountains and valleys. Many Chinese people were only introduced to wildlife films this year after the first nature blockbuster, Born in China, made an impressive debut in cinemas and a wildlife documentary called the Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La won an Emmy nomination. We hear from Jacky about what it is like to be part…

PICTURES: Local cheerleaders help animals for the holidays – fox8.com

Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Photo Gallery View Gallery (4 images) PARMA, Ohio — Among a few of the community projects the Our Lady of Angels CYO cheerleaders take part in, the cheerleaders took up a collection within their school all week for the Parma Animal Shelter. Saturday, they had a community drop off at the school for the West Park neighborhood, where everyone had the opportunity to help the animals for Christmas. They were…

Researchers Discover Six New Marine Animal Species In Indian Ocean Floor – Tech Times

Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Six new species of marine animals have been discovered on the sea floor of Indian Ocean, living close to a bunch of hot springs. In a robot led survey, scientists from the Southampton University, Natural History Museum in London and University of Newcastle explored hydrothermal vents in the seabed. Their expedition in November 2011 yielded valuable data and led to the discovery of new organisms living on the ocean floor….

Japan culling 210000 birds amid spreading avian flu – Phys.Org

Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.