First Irish golden eagle chick in a century


In this video, two golden eagles hatch a chick and hunt down prey.

From the BBC:

Irish eagle chick is first in century

A wild golden eagle has been hatched in Ireland for the first time in nearly a century.

Two chicks were hatched in a remote area of the Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal but one of the young birds died after five days.

There will be a further nervous wait to see if the remaining chick can continue to grow and fledge in late July.

Golden eagles last bred in Glenveagh back in 1910.

The bird had become extinct in Ireland but was reintroduced at Glenveagh six years ago in an effort to reintroduce the bird to Ireland.

The new chick is now just five weeks old.

Project manager for the Golden Eagle Trust Lorcan O’Toole said he was delighted at the news.

See also here.

And here.

Another golden eagle video: here.

FEARS are mounting that golden eagles could become extinct in Ireland for the second time in a century after the latest poisoning of one of the birds of prey: here.

Golden eagle killed in Scotland: here. Wildlife crime in Scotland: here.

US Hunting Company charged with a range of wildlife crimes, see here.

Red kite shot in Ireland: here.

White-tailed eagles in Killarney: here.

Golden eagles have been filmed hunting and attempting to kill reindeer calves: here.

Boa constrictors hatched in the Netherlands


This is a video of a boa constrictor, eight months old.

From NOS TV in the Netherlands:

At a children’s farm in Drachten nine boa constrictors have been born. The farm workers did not know that one of their snakes was pregnant. The nine reptiles may grow up to three or four meter long. They will be sold in a few months’ time.

Here is a video of a young boa constrictor in a nature reserve in Mexico.

A new dwarf boa (Serpentes, Booidea, `Tropidophiidae‘) from the Early Oligocene of Belgium: a case of the isolation of Western European snake faunas: here.

Watch rare bat colony on the Internet


This is a video of Geoffroy’s bats flying near another colony, in the Netherlands, near Maria Hoop.

From Belgian VRT TV:

The bats in the attic of Postel abbey [in Antwerp province] will soon be filmed with an infra red camera.

It will be the first time that such an observation wil be tried in our country.

In Postel there is a colony of Geoffroy’s bats, a threatened species.

Video of bats of Lacock Abbey, Britain: here.

UK bat conservation: here.

Bat and bird navigation: here.

WWF at Second Life


This video is called WWF – for a living planet.

From WWF:

Gland, Switzerland – Ever dreamt of building a new life on a deserted island? Then pack your virtual toolkit and head for Conservation Island, a place where an orang-utan will “sell” you ice-cream and a panda will be your friend.

Set up by WWF in the virtual world Second Life, the island is the latest initiative in the global conservation organization’s campaign to get people to live in harmony with nature.

“WWF set up the island as a way to help people learn about conservation issues and the need to live sustainably,” said David Cole, Online Outreach Manager at WWF International. “We want to be able to show people that WWF has solutions to the real environmental issues affecting their ‘first life’. …

• Screen grabs to illustrate this story have been posted here.
User name; intranet@wwfint.org, password dropbox.

• If you already have Second Life installed on your computer, you can access Conservation Island via here

US Army suicides highest since 1991: report


This video from the USA is called Why Are Record Numbers of US Soldiers Committing Suicide?

From Associated Press:

US Army suicides highest since 1991: report

Thursday Aug 16 12:18 AEST

The number of US Army soldiers who suicided last year was the highest since 1991.

More than one-fourth did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled release, found there were 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest since the 102 suicides in 1991.

The suicide rate for the army has fluctuated, from last year’s high of 17.3 per 100,000 to a low of 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001.

Last year, “Iraq was the most common deployment location for both (suicides) and attempts,” the report said.

The 99 suicides included 28 soldiers deployed to the two wars and 71 who were not. About twice as many women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide as did women not sent to war, the report said.

The previous high suicide figures year, 1991 was, of course, the year of the Gulf war.

The previous low figure year, 2001, was the year before the Afghan war started … well, most of it was.

See also here.

And here.