Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered

The ivory-billed woodpecker, once prized for its plumage and sought by American Indians as magical, was thought to be extinct for years. Now it's been sighted again and conservationists are exulting.

The striking bird, last seen in 1944, has been rediscovered in the Big Woods area of Arkansas, scientists and conservationists reported Thursday.

Fly here.

April 28, 2005 in animals, birds | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wild Dog Urine May Be Used as "Fences" in Africa

Hey, this really is a picture of a wild dog in Botswana, I'm just a crappy photographerThe African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), is in serious trouble, largely because its instinct to roam widely keeps bringing it into lethal contact with humans. Now researchers are hoping to keep the dog from wandering where they are not wanted by using wild dog urine samples. The urine scent marks would be used in the same way the dogs use urine to demarcate their territory.

Demarcate here.

And yes, that blur on the picture is a wild dog in Botswana, taken in 2001 on our "No Brains, No Money" Wild Dog Tour. What does wild dog urine have to do with anything? Beats me, I just think wild dogs are cool.

March 23, 2004 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bear Advocate an Enigma in Death

Come to Alaska, feed the bears.

Timothy Treadwell's death came just the way he had predicted. Treadwell and his girlfriend were mauled by a 1,000-pound grizzly bear last October in a remote section of Alaskan wilderness that Treadwell knew well after years of living among its bear population.

"He was a con artist, but boy, he pulled it off," Queeney said. "The man was truly a riddle wrapped in a sleeping bag. I don't know if any of us will ever know who he really was."

Eat this.

He was even a consultant on Disney's animated movie Brother Bear.

Bear researcher/preservationist/author Timothy Treadwell (Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska) also came to the Studio to offer his firsthand accounts and insights about these magnificent animals.

More here.

January 3, 2004 in alaska, animals, environment, people, the north, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Michael Muir

In 2001, Michael Muir made a horsedrawn journey across America, raising awareness about MS and inspiring others along the way. A new journey begins in October 2003 — The Thousand Mile Journey to the Gulf.

Lots more here.

Trot to Michael's website here.

December 16, 2003 in animals, people, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Elephant Population Increases

THE number of elephants in Botswana bulged in the last year by six percent an international environmental watchdog, IUCN said last night. According to the 2002 report, out of the 660 000 elephants recorded on the continent the majority of them were in the southern African region.

Read more here.

Elephants in Botswana

December 10, 2003 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Beluga whales are chock full of protein and vitamins

I know of one Yupik Eskimo with MS and she went through hell getting diagnosed 'cause "Eskimos don't get MS". I wonder, as traditional diets high in vitamin D are replaced by western diets if we will begin to see more MS among our Northern Native people.

"To me, it gets me more healthy," said Allen Atchak Sr., a whaling captain from Stebbins who feeds his family of seven children lots of beluga meat and muktuk. "I don't ever get sick. I don't ever get bad colds. I think it's medicine."

I've eaten whale and seal and it doesn't tast like chicken!
Taste it here.

November 24, 2003 in alaska, animals, people, we don't care how they do it outside! | Permalink | Comments (0)

Scientists Say Mouse Research Hampered

"Each year, millions of mice are genetically engineered to precisely mimic human cancers %u2014 a technology that could lead to the swift development of new and targeted treatments. But many researchers complain that progress is being slowed by commerce."

This article is about cancer, I'm not sure if the same issues apply to MS research.

Read it here.

November 4, 2003 in animals, research, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

More evil animals in the news

Alaska Approves Aerial Shooting of Wolves

"Alaska game officials on Tuesday approved the state's first program in more than 15 years to shoot wolves from aircraft, despite a campaign by opponents decrying the plan as inhumane."

Shoot it here.

November 4, 2003 in alaska, animals | Permalink | Comments (0)

Read the guidebook!

When Jane and I were preparing for our trip to Africa we got a chuckle out of a comment that you should never sleep with your head, hands or feet outside the tent, if you did, the guidebook said, the hyenas would get you. Apparently these guys didn't read the same guidebook.

October 29
"TWO tourists have been attacked by a hyena at the Sesriem camp near Sossusvlei in the Namib desert, bringing the number of attacks in the past month to four.
The most recent attacks took place early this week and during the night.
The tourists were bitten in the face while sleeping outside or in a tent."

Read it here.

October 31
"Speaking to The Namibian at Swakopmund, Du Plessis said: "I went to sleep around 23h45. It was about 45 minutes later when I woke up feeling someone had just hit me over the head. I sat up and felt blood all over my face".
He always sleeps outside."

Read it here.

and finally

Hyena
The four people who were attacked were all bitten in the face while sleeping at night.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Malan Lindeque, told The Namibian yesterday the hyena had been "destroyed".

Read it here.

Only in Africa can you have the job as Permanent Secretary. If only those guys had read our book the hyena would still be alive.

The picture of Jane and I in front of Dune 45 taken 45 miles from the site of these "attacks". We camped at the Sesriem camp, the most dangerous thing we saw there were tourists.

Go here to learn more about Hyenas.

November 3, 2003 in alaska, animals | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monkeys Help Show if Virus Causes MS

"In the infected marmosets, HHV6 infection appears to produce an inflammatory disorder in the central nervous system almost identical to MS in humans," Dr. Claude Genain of the University of California San Francisco, who led the study, said in a statement.

Read it here.

October 20, 2003 in animals, research | Permalink | Comments (0)