Beaver builds lodge in Dutch Friesland

This video is about a beaver building a lodge in Dutch Friesland on 7 November 2015. That is unique for that province.

Harrie Bosma made this camera trap video.

British Daily Mail compares Muslim refugees to rats, like nazis did with Jews

This video says about itself:

14 January 2014

This is a clip from The Eternal Jew which was released in 1941 by the Nazi government of Germany. All German citizens were required to watch this film which was an apology by Nazis served up to the German people to excuse/make acceptable the wanton murder of over 6 million Jews (about 90% of the total Jewish population of Western Europe.) The voice in the background is the original narrator. …

Thus, the Jews were vilified in so many ways by the Nazis [to make] the people of Western Europe … object [less] to the Holocaust. Clearly, this is a very simplistic analysis of the Holocaust, but it is real. Think about how the white Christians of the American south believed in slavery, Jim Crow, and the idea that black people were inferior in almost every way to white people. You might want to find and watch some of the news footage of Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.

In this clip from this nazi anti-Semitic propaganda film, at 3:30 the nazi comparison of Jews to rats starts.

Unfortunately, similar vile hate propaganda still exists today.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

MP calls for Mail apology over refugee rats cartoon

Friday 20th November 2015

LABOUR’S Richard Burgon called on the Daily Mail to apologise yesterday for publishing a cartoon likening Muslim immigrants to rats.

In a letter to editor Paul Dacre, the shadow Treasury minister said the cartoon fuelled Islamophobia at a time when British Muslims “feel under particular threat of demonisation” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

In addition to a public apology, he called on Mr Dacre to make a “substantial” donation to anti-Islamophobia or anti-racism charity and reassess policy.

He added: “More widely, myself and hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of others would respectfully ask that the Daily Mail considers its general approach to the portrayal of immigrants and ethnic minorities and considers the consequences for our society of its portrayal.

“It is my belief that, all too often, the Daily Mail lets down its readers and the general public.”

Good beaver news from Dutch Flevoland

This is a beaver video from Poland.

In 2000, there were 7 beaver lodges in Flevoland province in the Netherlands, where 9 beavers were counted.

In this year, 2015, there were 59 inhabited lodges and 94 beavers; according to Dutch daily Metro today.

Beavers in Dutch nature reserve, video

This 2014 video was recorded in Kempen-Broek nature reserve in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

It shows a beaver family and their dam.

Largest rats ever discovered in East Timor

Jaw bone of giant rat species discovered on East Timor, being compared with the same bone of a modern rat. (Photo : Stuart Hay, ANU)

From Science World Report:

Giant Rat Fossils Discovered, Largest To Have Existed

Rosanna Singh

Nov 06, 2015 01:23 PM EST

Archaeologists have discovered fossil remains of the world’s largest rat species in East Timor. The seven giant rat fossils were ten times the size of modern rats, according to the team of researchers from the Australian National University (ANU).

“They are what you would call mega-fauna. The biggest one is about five kilos, the size of a small dog,” said Dr Julien Louys, lead author of the study, in a news release. “Just to put that in perspective, a large modern rat would be about half a kilo.”

The researchers claimed that this species is considered to be the largest known rats to have ever lived. The researchers’ main objective in the study was to figure out what caused the rat species’ extinction. The study is a part of the Sunda to Sahul project, which is examining the earliest human movement through Southeast Asia.

ANU researchers found that the earliest evidence of humans in East Timor dates back to 46,000 years ago, leading them to believe that humans from that period lived with the rats.

“We know they’re eating the giant rats because we have found bones with cut and burn marks. The funny thing is that they are co-existing up until about a thousand years ago,” said Louys. “The reason we think they became extinct is because that was when metal tools started to be introduced in Timor, people could start to clear forests at a much larger scale.”

The researchers are hoping that they can find out when humans started inhibiting islands of Southeast Asia and how their activities impacted the ecosystem. The researchers believe that this information in turn can be used to create conservation practices.

“We’re trying to find the earliest human records as well as what was there before humans arrived,” said Louys. “Once we know what was there before humans got there, we see what type of impact they had.”

The findings of this study will be presented at the Meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Texas.

Texel island’s barn owls, what do they eat?

This video from England is called Barn Owls Hunting.

This month, there was research at Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands about pellets of local barn owls.

In 2013 and 2014, owls of De Grie had eaten, according to the pellets: 63 greater white-toothed shrews, three field voles, five root voles, one bank vole, one wood mouse and last but not least one water shrew. Water shrews used to be the only shrew species on Texel (the only Dutch Wadden Sea island where this species lives), but are unfortunately getting rarer now.

There was also research about owls nesting near the Mokweg. The results there were: 176 greater white-toothed shrews, 61 root voles, 3 wood mice, 10 field voles, 1 brown rat and 2 water shrews.

From the USA: Though widespread, the striped owl is not well understood but it is a distinctive and beautiful owl. As more studies focus on this bird, additional details about its behavior and needs can be discovered, mysteries resolved and steps taken to ensure it is always abundant for birders to see: here.

Owls are beautiful and mysterious raptors that are favorites for birders and non-birders alike. Unfortunately, they also face many threats and almost one-quarter of the world’s owl species are considered officially endangered, threatened or vulnerable to severe population declines. On the plus side, there are many easy things birders can do to help owls and encourage their conservation: here.

Owls are amazing but often misunderstood birds, and there are many irrational superstitions about them. Learning these legends and myths can help birders better understand owls and appreciate their diversity and impact on society: here.

Harvest mice climbing, video

This video is about harvest mice climbing in a reedbed in the Netherlands.

Jeroen van Erp made this video.