Long-eared owls threatened in North America

This video from Cornwall is called Long Eared Owl at Screech Owl Sanctuary.

This blog post is a guest blog post by Cassie Mayer from North America. She has a really interesting blog, called kindness over cruelty. Her blog is about subjects like veganism and advocacy for animals.

Thank you for this fine guest blog post, Cassie!

In the past century we have managed to drive the Long Eared Owl to near extinction. Many years ago this beautiful animal could be seen in Southern Canada, New England, and even in California and Texas.

Long Eared Owls require vast, dense forests for camouflage, protection from the elements, and sufficient room for hunting. However, their numbers have dwindled lower and lower due to deforestation and development. Since Long Eared Owls do not make their own nests but rather use old nests from Crows, Hawks, and other large birds, it is especially hard for them to find places to live when forests are constantly being ripped apart by greedy people. Some truly disgusting people even hunt Long Eared Owls for simple fun.

While many studies and counts of the owls have been conducted, their numbers have only continued to shrink. If we don’t act soon, it is clear that this fascinating animal will be a thing of the past. For more information on how you can help endangered animals like the Long Eared Owl, please click this link: endangered.org

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Good Dutch beaver news

This 2011 video says about itself:

The European beaver (Castor fiber) was hunted almost to extinction, both for fur and for castoreum, a secretion of its scent gland believed to have medicinal properties. However, the beaver is now being re-introduced throughout Europe. Several thousand live on the Elbe, the Rhône and in parts of Scandinavia. In northeast Poland there is a thriving community of Castor fiber. They have been reintroduced in Bavaria and The Netherlands and are tending to spread to new locations.

Translated from the Dutch ARK Natuurontwikkeling conservationists, 7 February 2016:

After more than two hundred years of absence about twenty years ago beavers emerged spontaneously in Limburg province. These were some individuals from Germany. Their number was too small, and mutual distance too large to form a viable population within the foreseeable future. Therefore thirty beavers were freed in the region between 2002 and 2004. There was enough habitat by river restoration and nature reserve management in the Meuse Valley. Meanwhile beavers live, with numbers estimated at five hundred animals, in nearly the whole of Limburg. In wet, wooded nature beavers play a key role.

New Fukushima disaster discovery

This video from Canada says about itself:

Fukushima Fallout: Cesium-137 in Fish

13 October 2015

Based on research by Alex Roslin that was published in the Georgia Straight, Dr. Edwards describes the measured levels of cesium-137 in fish from the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown.

From SimplyInfo:

New Meltdown Byproduct Found Far From Fukushima Daiichi

February 4th, 2016

Another type of material has been found by researchers that is tied to the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. We have reported extensively over the years on the finding of “black stuff” around mainland Japan. This is a highly radioactive black sand like material that had gathered in gutters and roads as far away as Tokyo. Analysis of materials of that type has linked them to the meltdowns inside the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. This new finding is also linked directly to the reactor meltdowns.

From Nature.com about this:

Internal structure of cesium-bearing radioactive microparticles released from Fukushima nuclear power plant

3 February 2016


Microparticles containing substantial amounts of radiocesium collected from the ground in Fukushima were investigated mainly by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray microanalysis with scanning TEM (STEM). Particles of around 2 μm in diameter are basically silicate glass containing Fe and Zn as transition metals, Cs, Rb and K as alkali ions, and Sn as substantial elements. These elements are homogeneously distributed in the glass except Cs which has a concentration gradient, increasing from center to surface.

Nano-sized crystallites such as copper- zinc- and molybdenum sulfide, and silver telluride were found inside the microparticles, which probably resulted from the segregation of the silicate and sulfide (telluride) during molten-stage. An alkali-depleted layer of ca. 0.2 μm thick exists at the outer side of the particle collected from cedar leaves 8 months after the nuclear accident, suggesting gradual leaching of radiocesium from the microparticles in the natural environment.

Bullfinch, male and female, video

This video from Britain says about itself:

Bullfinch – Birds On and Off The Branch

Filmed in January 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

The video, made on a rainy day, shows both male and female bullfinches.

Northern pike, underwater video

This video shows a northern pike.

Diver Harry Brummelhuis made it in a lake in Almelo in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Red-crested pochard video

This video shows a male red-crested pochard.

Michael de Vries made this video in Ede, Gelderland province, the Netherlands.

Scarce large blue butterflies have Dutch carnival float

Blues in the marshes

In carnival in the Netherlands this year, there is not only participation by Syrian refugees.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

Feb 4, 2016 – This weekend the time has come: carnival. Many people look forward to it, others can not wait until it’s over. This year it is a very special carnival because the scarce large blue butterflies join! To make the nature restoration project ‘Blues in the Marshes’ known to people there will be in the big parade in Den Bosch on Monday, February 8th a real scarce large blue butterfly float.

In 2018 there will be after completion of the LIFE + project ‘Blues in the Marshes’ in Den Bosch around 170 hectares of new nature. In the Vlijmens Ven and the Honderdmorgen there are created on an area as large as 340 football grounds humid arid grasslands, including Cirsio dissecti-Molinietum grasslands. One of the target species is the extremely rare scarce large blue butterfly, but all of nature will benefit strongly and the scenery is becoming more beautiful and more enjoyable.

However, today, 8 February 2016, is a stormy weather day. Because of that, many carnival parades in the Netherlands, and in Germany, have been canceled. Including the one in Den Bosch. The Den Bosch carnival association says they now want to have the parade on 6 March, Laetare Sunday. Until then, the scarce large butterfly float and the other floats will have to wait.

Woman dressed like scarce large blue butterfly

On 6 March, the weather may be better for human carnival parade participants dressed up like scarce large blue butterflies …

The scarce large blue butterfly float is also inspired by painter Jeroen (Hieronymus) Bosch.

This Dutch November 2015 video is from the film ‘Holland – natuur in de delta’. It was recorded near Den Bosch.

It says about itself:

How to film Maculinea teleius, Scarce Large Blue?