British nightjar ringing


This video is about nightjars in Sweden.

From BTO Bird Ringing blog in Britain:

Last year UK ringers caught over 230 Nightjars to try and find out more about their fantastic migration and demography. This species is believed to winter in tropical and South Africa. So far we have received recoveries from various countries including The Netherlands, Spain, France, Morocco and Algeria but there is much more we don’t know yet.

Red-necked Nightjar sound-recorded in Belgium last summer: here. 1st for Belgium.

Bird ringing in Britain: here.

North American whip-poor-will: here. North American nightjar species: here.

June 2011. Capturing birds using mist nets to study behaviour, movement or the demographics of a species is one of the most common research techniques in ornithology, yet until now there have been no large scale studies into the risks mist nets pose to birds. Writing in the British Ecological Society’s Methods in Ecology and Evolution researchers from California used a dataset of over 345,000 records to evaluate the risks of mist netting: here.

Over 1,000 moth species in English treetops


This National Geographic video says about itself:

Bloodsucking moths have been found in Siberia—evidence of evolution at work, scientists say.

From Wildlife Extra:

Over 1,000 different moth species in UK treetops

Rare moths thriving in SSSI woodlands

October 2010: An extensive, two-year survey of moths in England’s protected woodlands has revealed the extraordinary range of threatened moth species living in our tree tops.

Painstaking identification of 22,500 separate records revealed that more than 1,000 different moth species – including nearly 100 of England’s rarest – were living in the canopies of woodland Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), including the common fanfoot, heart moth and light crimson underwing.

An incredible 348 moth species were found at Roudsea Wood & Mosses SSSI in Cumbria, while Langley Wood SSSI in Wiltshire – not previously known as an important site for moth habitat – supported no less than 15 of our most rare and threatened moth species. …

The results of the two year’s sampling are as follows:

* 180 sampling sessions took place at 45 SSSIs
* 22,557 records were collected of 1083 moth species
* 98 Red Data Book/Nationally Notable moth species were recorded: 16 Red Data Book, ten Nationally Notable A, 72 Nationally Notable B
* Ten UK BAP Priority species were recorded: Anania funebris, chalk carpet (two sites), drab looper, concolorous, heart moth, white-spotted pinion, light crimson underwing, dark crimson underwing, common fanfoot (five sites) and clay fanfoot (three sites)
* Three former UK BAP Priority (1999 to 2007) species were recorded: waved carpet, square-spotted clay (two sites) and white-lined snout (three sites) together with a new site for buttoned snout found while travelling between sites.
* Greatest diversity of moth species recorded: 348 at Roudsea Wood & Mosses SSSI
* Highest number Red Data Book/Notable moths recorded: 15 at Langley Wood SSSI

Also from England: October 2010: Ecologists from the Natural History Museum are taking a snapshot of wildlife and environment of the New Forest. Funded by public donations and supported by the New Forest National Park Authority the first team has already started collating the forest inventory which will make it possible to map changes over the next ten years. The project is focussing on some of the less glamorous ecological features – such as lichen and soils – and using them as indicators of the health of the area: here.

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This is a Dutch TV video about moths and light.

Largest national insect study reveals major changes to UK moths: here.

Regional differences in UK butterfly count: here.

Ecuadorean police coup fails


This video from 2008 shows an interview by Greg Palast with Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador.

From the BBC:

1 October 2010 Last updated at 07:34 GMT

Ecuador army frees President Correa from hospital siege

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has been rescued from a hospital in the capital, Quito, where he had been trapped for several hours in an uprising by disaffected police.

Widespread gunfire was heard as the army moved in to free the president, who was there for treatment after being attacked by police with tear gas.

Mr Correa went on to address supporters outside the presidential palace.

Two people died and dozens were injured in the unrest, officials said.

The president and his supporters said the police revolt over a new law cutting benefits for public servants amounted to an an attempted coup.

Mr Correa, a 47-year-old US-trained economist, took power in 2007 and was elected for a second term in 2009, despite a decision to default on $3.2bn of global bonds causing widespread fiscal problems for the government.

‘Kill the president’

Mr Correa had been holed up in the police hospital, where he was treated after being hit by tear gas in a confrontation.

Hundreds of police, angry over a law that would cut their benefits, appeared to have prevented him from leaving the clinic.

The sight of two key state institutions, the national police force and the military, exchanging gunfire will be one which worries many ordinary Ecuadoreans, and reminds them of the past.

Ecuador’s history is peppered with violent street uprisings which often ended with the removal of the head of state. In this instance, there was to be no such outcome, but it was a sign of how polarised life in Ecuador has become in recent years, with Mr Correa dividing opinion across the country.

The initial reason for the protests -austerity measures – was almost lost among the high drama of the presidential siege. But that, and other issues such as an impending decision on whether to dissolve parliament and call an early general election, are facing Mr Correa when he recovers from what was, without doubt, his toughest day since taking office.

Under cover of darkness Mr Correa was reportedly smuggled out of the hospital in a wheelchair as a gun battle between troops and police raged.

Speaking to his supporters outside the presidential palace, Mr Correa said he hoped the events of the day would serve “as an example to those who want to bring a change and stop the citizens’ revolution without going through the polls”.

“I give so much thanks to those heroes who accompanied me through this hard journey,” the Reuters news agency reported him saying.

“Despite the danger, being surrounded, ministers and politicians came, to die if necessary. With that bravery, with that loyalty, nothing can defeat us.”

The commander of Ecuador’s police force has resigned, a police spokesman said on Friday.

The drama began on Thursday morning when members of the armed forces and police angry at the austerity measures occupied several barracks and set up road blocks across the country.

TV stations showed images of police setting tyres on fire in the streets of Quito, Guayaquil and other cities. The National Assembly building was also occupied.

Police also took control of Quito’s international airport for several hours.

Looting was reported in the capital and Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. Banks were robbed and schools and businesses closed. …

Mr Correa has blamed the Patriotic Society Party (PSP), led by Lucio Gutierrez, for fomenting the unrest, and said “bad elements” in the police force would “be removed”.

ECUADORIAN COUP SUPPRESSED: DEMOCRACY SURVIVES: here.

Peter Kent, denounce the attempted coup makers in Ecuador! Here.

Police Mutiny Threatens Democracy: here.

Coup in Ecuador Thwarted by the People: here.

Ecuador attempted coup: president vows to punish rebels: here.

Ecuador’s Correa Haunted by Honduras: here.

Police reportedly talked of killing Ecuador president in last week’s protest: here.

An Ecuador court upheld the jailing of 12 police officers and a police colonel on Thursday, pending an investigation into last week’s police uprising that resulted in five deaths: here.

It is not difficult to see that the events in Ecuador on September 30 amounted to an attempted right-wing coup d’etat. But those few hours highlighted, again, the deep dangers facing those fighting for progressive change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Remarkably, the first task is to re-assert that it was a coup attempt. In the wake of its failure, many commentators tried to minimise what happened: here.