American pine martens, new research


This 2015 video from the USA is called The Ever-Adorable Pine Marten.

From The University of Montana in the USA:

Previously unknown pine marten diversity discovered

June 22, 2017

The elusive American pine marten, a little-studied member of the weasel family, might be more diverse than originally thought, according to new research published by a University of Montana professor.

A study by Natalie Dawson, research professor in UM’s Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences and director of UM’s Wilderness Institute, suggests that the forests of northwest North America may harbor not one, but two distinct species of the mammal. The research, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Mammology</em>, also points to the presence of hybrid marten populations in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, where the two species converge.

Dawson, whose work builds on previous research conducted in the 1950s by late UM Professor Philip Wright, examined hundreds of DNA samples to differentiate between the separate populations. She said her findings are exciting because hybridization in different species of mammals is still relatively new, especially in natural ecosystems.

“This is one of the few cases where there has been long-term hybridization between species that still maintain their distinctiveness in their respective localities,” she said. “This research also illustrates the importance of historical climate change as a driver for biological diversity in the mountains and landscapes of Montana, as well as throughout the rest of North America.”

Currently, Dawson is furthering her research by examining historical pine marten skulls housed in UM’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum in hopes of understanding the morphological, or physical, characteristic differences between the two species.

Osprey parental feeding of chicks, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

All Three Osprey Chicks Perk Up For Monday Morning Fish – June 12, 2017

Watch live with updates, tweets, and highlights at http://AllAboutBirds.org/ospreys

Watch the cam and learn about the Montana Osprey Project at http://hs.umt.edu/osprey/

This Osprey nest is at the mouth of the spectacular Hellgate Canyon at the edge of Missoula, Montana. It’s in a very busy location, right outside the Riverside Health Care Center and next to busy parking lots, a construction site, a busy highway, and a railroad. However, it’s also an ideal location in many ways, since these Ospreys have riverfront property only about 50 feet from the Clark Fork River. Being so close to people does not bother them, and hundreds of people enjoy watching them every day.

The female Osprey at this nest is called Iris because she has very distinctive spots on her iris, especially in her left eye.

Osprey couple tend to baby, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Iris and Louis Tend to First Hatchling of 2017 in Hellgate – June 3, 2017

Take a peek at Hellgate‘s first Osprey chick of 2017. Here, the chick is tended to by Louis and Iris after hatching on day 38 of incubation.

Watch live with updates, tweets, and highlights here.

Watch the cam and learn about the Montana Osprey Project here.

This Osprey nest is at the mouth of the spectacular Hellgate Canyon at the edge of Missoula, Montana. It’s in a very busy location, right outside the Riverside Health Care Center and next to busy parking lots, a construction site, a busy highway, and a railroad. However, it’s also an ideal location in many ways, since these Ospreys have riverfront property only about 50 feet from the Clark Fork River. Being so close to people does not bother them, and hundreds of people enjoy watching them every day.

The female Osprey at this nest is called Iris because she has very distinctive spots on her iris, especially in her left eye. These iris patterns serve as individual barcodes and allow us to identify her.

Osprey couple on nest, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

20 April 2017

Get an up close look at a fish exchange between the Hellgate Ospreys before Iris, the female, departs from the nest to eat on a power pole.

Watch live with updates, tweets, and highlights at http://AllAboutBirds.org/ospreys.

Watch the cam and learn about the Montana Osprey Project at http://hs.umt.edu/osprey/.

This Osprey nest is at the mouth of the spectacular Hellgate Canyon at the edge of Missoula, Montana. It’s in a very busy location, right outside the Riverside Health Care Center and next to busy parking lots, a construction site, a busy highway, and a railroad. However, it’s also an ideal location in many ways, since these Ospreys have riverfront property only about 50 feet from the Clark Fork River. Being so close to people does not bother them, and hundreds of people enjoy watching them every day.

The female Osprey at this nest is called Iris because she has very distinctive spots on her iris, especially in her left eye. These iris patterns serve as individual barcodes and allow us to identify her. She has nested at this site for many years.

Osprey brings food to his mate, video


This video from Hell Creek in Montana in the USA says about itself:

Male Osprey Delivers Half Eaten Fish To Female – Sept. 7, 2016

This clip shows the male Osprey (Louis) delivering a half eaten fish to the female (Iris). The Ospreys should be migrating south at any moment!

Tyrannosaurus rex discoverers interviewed


This 24 August 2016 video from Montana in the USA shows an interview with [Dutch born amateur paleontologist] Michele and Blaine Lunstad and ‘Dino Cowboy’ Clayton Phipps; about their discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ‘Trix‘ in May 2013. Recently, Trix arrived in Naturalis museum in Leiden in the Netherlands.

Osprey nest in Montana, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hellgate 26 05 2016

With thanks to Riverside Health Care Center, Univ of MontanaBiological Sciences & Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the cam feed.