The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been selling wild horses to a dealer suspected of reselling them to slaughterhouses, according to a recent Propublica investigative report. It’s causing a stir among wild horse advocacy groups in the West.!--/end tags-->
Forget the changing leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. For bird enthusiasts, fall's big event is welcoming new birds as they pass through on migration. In North America, most bird species migrate to some extent, with more than 350 species traveling to the tropics each fall.!--/end tags-->
Caption: A sea scallop and a monkfish caught in the camera’s lens. (From HabCam Group, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
I spent this past holiday weekend scouring the bottom of the seafloor for signs of life. East of Nantucket, I spotted seven plump, orange scallops. Near the coast of Gloucester, two pale anemones had anchored themselves 261 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. I found an eel, a fish, a hermit crab, sand dollars, and snails. I did this all without leaving my apartment.!--/end tags-->
Image by Joshua Marowitz.
Joshua Marowitz hasn't slept in his own bed in two months. He's been on the road, cruising cross country on a jam-packed motorcycle, ending each day at a friend's or a stranger's house, or maybe a campsite. For more than 9,000 miles, he's been exposed to heat, rain, and monotony, but also extraordinary beauty—all because of plants.!--/end tags-->
Around the country, the birders and cat lovers frequently face off, engaging in small-scale skirmishes and lobbying for state legislation that regulates trap-neuter-release (TNR) in feral cat colonies. A new study in PLos ONE looks at why these two groups are so polarized and how they can work together to care for both birds and cats.!--/end tags-->
One of the many winged residents of the Center for Birds of Prey. Photo credit: Justine E. Hausheer
Here comes Trouble. He’s perched on Matt Smith’s arm, cocking his head left and right as the summer cicadas buzz high in the oaks. His eyes are a fierce yellow, the plumage on his head and tail is a vivid white, and the feathers on his back and wings are a deep, glossy brown. Suddenly he breaks into a round of flapping, losing some of his characteristic avian grace as he lurches between wingbeats. After a few seconds Trouble quiets down, cocks his head, and shoots an imperious glare in my direction.
Trouble the bald eagle is aptly named, for his school bus-yellow bill almost landed him in big, big trouble. The top and bottom curves of his bill cross abnormally, instead of fitting neatly together. He would have died without human help.
It’s official. We’re going to be seeing a lot more wildfires in the coming years, and they’re going to be a lot hotter. A study released last Wednesday concluded that the over-the-top fire season that we’ve seen this year may soon be the new normal.!--/end tags-->
Hope for Ash Trees? For the First Time, Scientists Successfully Use Wasps to Locate a New Infestation of Destructive Beetles
Photo: Michael Bohne US FS
Scientists employing a technique called biosurveillance, which uses one species to find another, recently discovered an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer in Connecticut, where it was previously undocumented. Although the discovery was unsurprising – there is a known infestation in neighboring New York State–it marks the first time that biosurveillance has detected the beetle in a new state.!--/end tags-->