American chipmunk’s corn cob food, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

29 September 2016

Chipmunk shucks an entire ear of dried corn in record time and stores it away for cold winter days. That is not an easy task when the corn cob is bigger than you are! Admirable little rodents with an impressive work ethic and survival skills.

Saving endangered Philippines oriole, other wildlife


Isabela oriole

From BirdLife:

Sanctuary declared for elusive oriole once believed extinct

By Alex Dale, 29 Sep 2016

With its yellow and olive-green plumage perfectly camouflaging it against the tree canopies, the Isabela Oriole Oriolus isabellae, a lowland forest specialist endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, doesn’t intend for itself to be seen by humans. And unfortunately, for many decades it wasn’t.

Due to the rapid and widespread deforestation which has plucked Luzon of much of its forest cover (down as much as 83% since the 1930s in some areas), numbers of this little-known species plummeted such that for a time until its rediscovery in December 1993, it was widely believed to have gone extinct.

Today we know there are still a few small populations clinging to survival, but the species is still at dire risk of extinction due to the ongoing loss and fragmentation of its forest habitat. In recent years Isabela Oriole has been recorded in only five scattered locations throughout the island, and with an estimated population of just 50-249 adults remaining, it richly deserves its current IUCN Red List rating of Critically Endangered.

Due to its scarcity, little is known about the Isabela Oriole’s feeding and nesting habits, and even its call was not officially recorded until 2003. However, the species finally received some much-needed visibility thanks to a project made possible through funding and support from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP).

Project ORIS (a contraction of the Isabela Oriole’s scientific name) sees a team of young conservationists partner with Isabela State University and the Mabuwaya Foundation to secure the species’ survival. The project’s objective is to survey all remaining areas of suitable habitat on Luzon, create a conservation strategy and launch an awareness-raising campaign for the elusive bird, including promoting it as a flagship species for the remaining forests that are essential to the long-term survival of both it and various other species that share its dwindling habitat.

The project was set in motion in 2012 when the team received a Future Conservationist Award from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), a grant that enables young conservationists to undertake projects across Africa, Asia & the Pacific, South America and Eurasia. The programme works to build the leadership capacity of young conservation professionals working on important habitats and species in places with limited capacity. A partnership between BirdLife International, Flora & Fauna International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the programme goes beyond grant giving because of its support and mentoring, alumni network and inclusion of valuable stakeholder and community interaction in all successful projects.

Several years of painstaking efforts from those involved with the ORIS Project paid off this August when local officials in Santa Margarita in the municipality of Baggao declared a 5,500-hectare tract of forest as a wildlife sanctuary. The declaration will protect habitat critical not only to the Isabela Oriole, but also to other threatened endemic species, including the spectacular Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi. This iconic bird of prey, one of the world’s largest raptors, has also benefited from CLP support in the past.

This showcases the real and long-term impact the CLP programme can have, not only in terms of conservation objectives, but also in the capacity building of young conservationists and organisations. The CLP offers grants and support to numerous projects every year, with 18 projects successfully applying for grants in the 2016 cycle, with target species ranging from dugongs in Mozambique to cloud forest frogs in Mexico.

Many BirdLife Partners have been able to carry out vital work thanks to grants from the CLP in recent years. The CLP’s focus is on building the conservation capacity of individuals from low-income, biodiversity-rich countries where the need and potential for impact is greatest, and 80% of eligible countries within the BirdLife partnership have previously received grants. Thanks to CLP’s input, great strides have been made in the conservation of Critically Endangered species such as the Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) in Brazil and Liben Lark (Heteromirafra archeri) in Ethiopia.

The programme is now accepting proposals for 2017. The project countries supported are currently: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam. The full team is not required to be from these countries – for the full list of eligibility criteria, visit the CLP grants page.

There are three levels of conservation team awards:

Future Conservationist Awards: Up to $12,500 per project.
Conservation Follow-Up Awards: Up to $20,000 per project and available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners.
Conservation Leadership Awards: Up to $40,000 per project and available only to previous CLP Follow-Up Award winners.

Award winners get additional support to implement their project with a two-weeks training. Each project sends a team member for this event and is thereafter expected to train their team on conservation leadership and management modules ranging from project planning to stakeholder behaviour change to mention a few.

The application deadline for ALL awards is the 28th November 2016.

Those applying for either a Conservation Follow-Up Award or Conservation Leadership Award must submit a Logical Framework and the Final Report of their previous CLP project by 17th October 2016. If the Logical Framework and Final Report are satisfactory, the team will be notified of this by 31st October 2016, and can afterwards submit by the 28th November 2016.

This video says about itself:

29 September 2016

Fresh out of Conservation Leadership & Management training, three young African conservationists tells us about their experiences and plans for their projects…

Lyndre Nel, 25, from Cape Town, South Africa
She is working with her team to protect the endangered flora of the Papenkuils Wetland, Western Cape, South Africa

Gelica Eugenio Inteca, 26, from Mozambique
Dugongs are on of the most difficult animals to observe in the wild. Gelica’s project aims to find them in Quirimbas National Park, and to work with fishermen to increase awareness and protection.

Ezequiel Fabiano, 36, from Angola
He is working with his team to conduct wildlife and threats inventories of the Luenge-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks, and improve their management.

All thanks to projects and training provided by the Conservation Leadership Programme, a joint initiative between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Butterflies, other wildlife, of Pitztal, Austria


This 2016 video is about butterflies, and other wildlife like birds and tadpoles, of the Pitztal valley in Austria.

American fish crows build decoy nest


This video from the USA says about itself:

28 September 2016

Fish Crows noisily go about the business of building a huge nest of twigs high in a long-leaf pine tree. They did such a good job of hiding this huge nest near the crown of the tree that I had to bushwhack my way back in the Jungle just to get an angled view of it. But the nest was never used and further research brings me to the conclusion that I was duped by a decoy nest! We all know crows are extremely intelligent – did you know they are known to build decoy nests and keep their real nest very private. That explains why they were so noisily and obviously building this one to attract attention to it while they quietly built another nest nearby.

I had plans to film the raising and fledging of their young, but they are too smart for that. If I’m watching them then they are watching me! I found this interesting quote by musician Tom Waits that relates to this event: “I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It’s just for you.”

So in a way I feel honored!

Young red-headed woodpecker visits owls’ nest in Georgia, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Stops in Savannah – Sept. 27, 2016

Notice the stocky medium-sized build and bold white patch on the secondary feathers that contrasts with the black of the wing and back? These identifiers provide a great chance to use size and shape along with color and pattern to identify this bird as a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker!

This young woodpecker came to the same owls’ nest where a wood stork visited as well.

Golden plovers in the evening light


This September 2016 video shows golden plovers in the evening light. These birds have migrated from the Arctic to Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Grey-headed bush shrike in South Africa


This video says about itself:

31 August 2016

Video, photos and audio of the Grey Headed Bush Shrike, Port Alfred, South Africa.