Orphan baby otters found at last


This video is about otters in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Foresters of the Forestry Commission and Natuurmonumenten are relieved: two young otters have been found in Hasselt. The otter mother was killed two weeks ago on the N331 road between Hasselt and Zwartsluis.

The rangers knew the female otter had pups, because milk came from the nipples of the dead animal. They did everything to find the orphaned animals. …

The Forestry Commission says on its website that the pups are about three months old and still cannot survive independently. It is, therefore, considered to be special that they survived the past 10 days. The baby otters have been brought to a shelter in Ureterp, near Leeuwarden.

North American crayfish in Dutch Friesland


This is a video of a white river crayfish in an aquarium.

Dutch invertebrate biologists EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten & andere ongewervelden report:

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Two independent catches of white river crayfish in Friesland in a month suggest that a new exotic crayfish species is now established in the province. This is the second exotic crayfish species in Friesland since the establishment of the American eastern crayfish, spotted in 1989.

Exotic crayfish have been omnipresent in Dutch surface waters for decades. Six species have established themselves, in particular the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and northern crayfish (Orconectes virilis) regularly make the news because of their high densities and massive migration movements across the country. Of most species, the focus of distribution in the western Netherlands, where the number of people seems a good measure for the number of (illegal) releases. It was to be expected that in the northern provinces, sooner or later new crayfish species would come, but that the white river crayfish is the next newcomer is still unexpected.

Hungry hedgehog video


This is a video about a hedgehog, feeding on cat food on 7 October 2014 in Sint Annaparochie (Friesland province, the Netherlands).

Metsje de Jong made the video.

Hoverfly on flower, video


This is a video about a hoverfly on a flower.

Marjo Steffen made this video in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

Beaver back in Friesland after 350 years


This 31 August camera trap video, made by Harrie Bosma near Woudsend village in Friesland province in the Netherlands, shows that a beaver has started to build a dam there.

This is the first time for this species since about 350 years.

In 2008, beavers had been introduced to Groningen and Drenthe provinces, bordering on Friesland. But this is the first proof they have crossed the Friesland border.

Good Frisian short-eared owl news


This video is called An Introduction to the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus).

Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It was already known that this spring in some places in the Netherlands, short-eared owls had started to breed. It will surprise many people that in Friesland province there were dozens of couples. The counter now says more than 40 breeding pairs in continental Friesland, significantly more than were recorded all over the Netherlands in recent years. Including the Frisian islands, the provincial number will be about 50. Also elsewhere in the Netherlands, unexpectedly short-eared owls nested.

Five short-eared owl babies born


This video from Britain is called Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls.

Translated from Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation in the Netherlands:

Young short-eared owls born in Skrok

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:11

Unique: Five owlets were born from a nesting pair of short-eared owls in Skrok nature reserve. Unique to the Frisian area, 10km north of Sneek. It is certainly twenty years since breeding short-eared eared owls had been observed there for the last time.

Mowing postponed

Ranger Sander Veenstra: “Now that we know this, we will definitely not mow this plot in the coming weeks.” …

It’s a good short-eared owl year. This year there is a surplus of mice. And that is visible. In the nest of this couple there are mice which have not even been eaten. The parents have made a sort of a pantry. The owlets can use this as well in the coming months. In a few weeks’ time, they will fly off. A unique event for Skrok,” says ranger Sander Veenstra.