Climbing perch, a walking fish video


Practical Fishkeeping says about this video:

This week’s video shows Climbing perches travelling across land under the cover of darkness to find a new pool, after the one in which they were living started to dry up. These fish use spikes on their gill covers to lever themselves across the mud – amazing!

This video says about itself:

Climbing perch (Anabas testudineus)

* Family: Anabantidae,

* Phylum: Chordata,

* Class: Actinopterygii,

* Order: Perciformes,

* Suborder: Anabantoidei,

* Type: Fish,

* Diet: Omnivore,

* Size: no data,

* Weight: 100-400g,

* Avarage lifespan in the wild: 1-8 years,

** Climbing Gouramis are so named due to their ability to “climb”. Anabantidae are a family of perciform fish commonly called the climbing gouramies or climbing perches.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climbing_gourami

Griffon vulture baby hatching webcam


This video is about griffon vultures in France.

Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands reports that they expect a griffon vulture baby to hatch from its egg, about 25 March.

A webcam showing the vulture parents at the nest, and, hopefully, the baby after about 25 March, is here.

The Amersfoort zoo vultures are injured birds which would not be able to survive in the wild.

June 2012. In the face of what has become a precipitous slide toward extinction across the Asian continent, the vultures of Cambodia have persisted, giving conservationists hope that these important scavengers can come back from the brink, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Royal Government of Cambodia, and other groups in a new study: here.

Birds’ spring migration in North America


About this video, from The Cornell Blog of Ornithology in the USA:

Nominate a species for March Migration Madness!

We’re almost ready to start our second season of March Migration Madness—but we need your help to pick the last four competitors.

We’re holding a tournament on our Facebook page, in which 16 of North America’s favorite birds take turns going head to head, throughout March. You can vote for your favorite, and the bird with the most Likes will go on to the next round of the tournament. Last year, the beloved Black-capped Chickadee took top honors, besting an all-star set of opponents on the way: American Robin, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, and Cedar Waxwing all fell before the chickadee’s appeal.

This year’s tournament starts with last year’s top 8 finishers and adds four new wild cards: Bald Eagle, Yellow Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, and Snowy Owl. But that leaves four slots, and we want you to help us fill them.

Visit us on Facebook and nominate your favorite species with a post, a photo, a video, or anything else you can think of. In just one day, we’ve already had 24 species nominated—so you’re going to have to be persuasive. (You can also second someone else’s nomination by Liking their post.) Send us your nominations by March 11!

You can also sign up to receive a printable bracket that you can hang on your wall and follow the progress of the tournament. More details are in this video.

North American 2012 bird count results: here.