Weasel saved from sewer, video


This video is about a weasel in Dokkum town in Friesland province in the Netherlands. A cat had driven it into a sewer.

Erik Joustra, maker of this 23 March 2016 video, saved the weasel.

Bird-friendly farmer wins bronze godwit award


Farmer Nijdam with his award

Translated from the Leeuwarder Courant daily in Friesland province in the Netherlands today:

Farmer Murk Nijdam from Wommels village won the bronze godwit award of BirdLife in the Netherlands. That was announced this Sunday morning in the Vroege Vogels radio show.

Nijdam surpasses all Dutch farmers with the highest density of grassland birds on his land.

Including 120 black-tailed godwit couples nesting on Nijdam’s land last year.

Therefore, BirdLife wanted to reward him.

The award consists of a bronze statuette and a check for 1,000 euros. That money Nijdam should spend at his discretion on meadow birds.

The farmer was surprised. “I love doing this and will continue for more years.”

Black-tailed godwit Amalia is back from Africa


This is a black-tailed godwit video from Azerbaijan; Ag-Gel National Park.

Translated from the King of the Meadows site in Friesland in the Netherlands today:

She is back!

Black-tailed godwit Amalia after months-long trek back in Friesland

Her journey from Africa to the Netherlands is over. Early this morning godwit Amalia was spotted in Britswert, Friesland. The last weeks of her journey have been followed with great interest. Yesterday she still appeared in France, and this morning it looked a bit like she was headed for Ireland. It appears that there was a minor glitch in the transmitter Amalia wears. In the last part of the route in reality she was already on her way to the Netherlands, she has flown 1,200 km in one go.

The return of Amalia will be celebrated on Monday March 14 in Britswert. It promises to be a great event with stories, odes, poetry, coffee and drinks. And a small ritual that has all it takes to become a new celebrate-spring tradition.

Black-tailed godwits in Friesland: here.

Otter and birds in Dutch Friesland, video


This February 2016 camera trap video from the Hooivaart canal in Friesland province in the Netherlands shows an otter, a carrion crow, a female northern lapwing and a gray lag goose.

Students save salamanders from death


This music video from the Netherlands is called Harry Sacksioni – De Paddentrek (Toad Migration).

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:

Behind VHL college in Leeuwarden [in Friesland province] is a small river, the Potmarge. In early spring small amphibians there in the morning and the evening cross in order to reproduce. There, they cross the bike path on which they are often crushed by cyclists and scooter riders. Alumni Carlijn Lanrijssens and her classmate Tariq Stark sometimes found thirty killed smooth newts on the bike path. “We thought that really can not go on next to a green college. Moreover, it is unique that there is such a large population of newts so close to downtown,” said Carlijn.

Tariq and Carlijn took the initiative to rescue the animals. With the help of the municipality of Leeuwarden, two 130-meter fences were placed along the Potmarge. On both sides of them thirty buckets were buried. A group of students now twice a day bends over the buckets to free the salamanders and to transfer them safely. Sometimes they also find unfortunate frogs and toads. In each bucket is a stick or a twig. “In that way, mice can climb out.” Students register numbers and sex of the salamanders, to understand the size of the population.

Across the country with the help of volunteers last year more than 270,000 amphibians were transferred.

Grey heron and otter video


This camera trap video shows a grey heron and an otter in Fochteloërveen nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Harrie Bosma made the video.

Otter and bittern, video


This is a January 2016 camera trap video, showing an otter and a bittern.

Harrie Bosma made this video near the Linde river in Friesland in the Netherlands.