- Talking Points
- Poaching, etc
- Bears and Wolves
- Urban Rewilding
In the UK more beavers were reintroduced to Devon while a bearded vulture was spotted nearby. A dalmatian pelican was also spotted in Cornwall for the first time in hundreds of years. Lampreys are returning to British rivers.
This month also saw the third and final reintroduction of western quolls to the Flinders Ranges, and there is more Australian rewilding on the horizon.
In the United States the first wolverine to be seen in North Dakota in 150 years was shot immediately by a rancher, while in Montana a 50,000 acre cattle ranch has started its transition to a prairie nature reserve.
David Attenborouggh unveiled London’s newest nature reserve Woodberry Wetlands, a rewilded reservoir.
22 million of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in the Grand Canyon.
A golf course employee explained – “he doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him, he’s like a mascot for the course.”
Norway has committed to zero deforestation.
India plans to spend $6.2 billion creating new forests.
WCS scientists explained how elephant poaching damages rainforests.
More than twenty African nations attended the Great Green Wall conference in Sengal.
Environmentalists protesting the logging of Białowieża Forest received death threats and were accused of organising an “environmental coup”. Despite calls to establish the primeval forest as a national park, the government has pushed ahead with logging.
Environmental journalist George Monbiot summarised this as appeasing a corrupt logging industry by sacrificing its greatest natural treasure.
Invasive trash-eating jackals save Europe €2 million a year
Prince William insists on trophy hunting rhinos to save them from poaching, despite mounting evidence that shooting wildlife does not protect them from being shot. The latest scientific analysis demonstrates how even just culling large carnivores increases poaching.
The white-tailed eagle has recovered from near-extinction, and now preys on other at-risk birds.
Plans to airlift 80 South African rhinos to Australia to keep them safe.
Abandoned research chimpanzees (how not to rewild)
Great ape trafficking – an extractive industry?
Is Unesco corrupt?
Edible “plastic” to protect marine wildlife.
20% of all plants face extinction.
How safe does protected status keep the world’s national parks?
What British farmers think of rewilding.
Agriculturalist Ben Eagle’s running commentary on rewilding events.
Should children eat tadpoles?
Wildlife shows have become like museums.
Can hungry goats restore urban forests?
The Australian government recently ensured that their devastating environmental record towards the Great Barrier Reef was scrubbed from Unesco’s world heritage site report.
They also quietly added 49 species to threatened and endangered lists.
On the plus side police have dropped charges against Green politician Bob Brown after they arrested him for protesting against logging.
A coalition of organisations have joined forces to rewild the Australian outback – see more at FAUNA Research Alliance.
The vaquita porpoise is nearing extinction, with approximately 60 remaining. Mexican authorities are being called to immediately and indefinitely close all fisheries within their habitat.
Greenpeace revealed that a prominent overfishing sceptic – Dr Ray Hilborn – received at least $3.5 million from fishing industry groups.
New research confirms that biodiversity helps reef fish deal with climate change.
Seafood suppliers agreed not to expand further into the Arctic.
South Africa will allow domestic trade of rhino horns again, lifting ban.
The boom in US bobcat trapping has spurred a lawsuit.
Three men were charged after drunkenly breaking into a nature reserve and killing an endangered pupfish.
Nine critically endangered vultures were poisoned in Cape Town.
In the UK raptors continue to be shot unlawfully and persecuted with propane gas guns, while other wildlife like mountain hares are slaughtered. Water birds shot at a village pond in Hampshire have sparked similar outrage.
Bears and Wolves
The proposal to delist America’s grizzly bears has received thousands of public comments.
There will apparently be “limits” placed on Alaska’s black bear hunt.
David Hetherington gave a short history of Scotland’s bears.
Disruptive light systems are becoming a popular method of deterring lions from cattle.
There was also a scientific paper published on snow leopards in an increasingly human landscape.
The National Farmers Union warned that reintroduced lynx would put hikers at risk of attack – the Lynx Trust pointed out that these wild animals have never once attacked a human in all recorded history.
Four of the Iberian lynx introduced very recently to Southern Europe have been killed on the road.
Bucharest now has the biggest urban protected area in Europe – Vacaresti Nature Park.
The Rainforest Alliance and others have underlined the economic importance of city trees.