As promised, how is the phenology looking against a backdrop of a very wet but reasonably mild Winter. One notable thing for me were the number of Thunder days, four in total, all of which occurred...
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On March 28, 2014 Save the Blood Dolphins and dolphin advocates from all over the world, including Ric O'Barry star of "The Cove" and Director of the Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project, are planning a huge demonstration at The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) headquarters in Switzerland. The demonstrators are demanding WAZA end their silence and cut ties with the cruel dolphin drive fisheries in Taiji, Japan, and the captive industry that cannot sustain itself without the infusion of wild dolphins: "The number of dolphins bred in captivity does not replace the number that die. They suffer from high mortality rates, low breeding success and often endure physical and psychological disorders. Cetacea are frequently captured from the wild and sold into captivity."(source)
Carnivore management is not just a numbers game, Virginia Tech wildlife scientists assert in response to an article in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Science that urged 'minimum population densities be maintained for persistence of large carnivores, biodiversity, and ecosystem structure.'
Habitat loss and illegal trade are two major threats faced by wildlife, experts said during the celebration of the United Nation's first-ever World Wildlife Day. These twin threats often work together and each has the ability to threaten the well-being of humans as well as wildlife.
Native milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are essential for monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars and support a diversity of pollinators with their abundant nectar. You can include milkweeds in gardens, landscaping, wildlife habitat restoration projects, and native revegetation efforts as part of Project Milkweed. To help you find sources of milkweed seed, we have created a comprehensive directory of milkweed seed vendors across the country. Please use the drop-down menus below to search for seed sources by species and/or state. Below the search function, you can read more about finding and selecting the milkweed seed that is right for your area.