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avianrecon:

All birds look a little raggity when molting, but I think Screech Owls have the hardest molt of all. Hunter and Lucy both look pitiful this time of year - they’ve lost almost all their feather tufts. Thankfully, they’ll have all new feathers soon! #bird #owl #screechowl

avianrecon:

All birds look a little raggity when molting, but I think Screech Owls have the hardest molt of all. Hunter and Lucy both look pitiful this time of year - they’ve lost almost all their feather tufts. Thankfully, they’ll have all new feathers soon! #bird #owl #screechowl

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wildwesjames:

   So, here is a sketch for a new comic I want to make about a renegade naturalist turned feral poacher hunter. The idea would be about a biologist in the congo who after being the lone survivor of an attack by rebels is forced to hide in the jungle to survive where he slowly loses his mind. Upon meeting a group of poachers in the jungle who had just killed the last of a species that he had been studying as well as his colleagues he takes his revenge. Tarzan meets Batman is the tone of the story and I think it would be a good outlet for my rage against people who hurt the natural world as well as a PSA. I want to bring attention to the problems of structural racism and colonialism that force many of the indigenous people to kill their endangered animals. If this gets good feedback I’ll make a separate Tumblr for it as a web comic. Let me know what you guys think.
-Wes. 

Please tell me that the one thing thing he managed to salvage from his original campsite was a poster of Dian Fossey that he carries around in his pocket….
But in all seriousness, I would would LOVE to read this comic. I know you said you were interested in making this a webcomic, but I would gladly pay for a story like this.

wildwesjames:

   So, here is a sketch for a new comic I want to make about a renegade naturalist turned feral poacher hunter. The idea would be about a biologist in the congo who after being the lone survivor of an attack by rebels is forced to hide in the jungle to survive where he slowly loses his mind. Upon meeting a group of poachers in the jungle who had just killed the last of a species that he had been studying as well as his colleagues he takes his revenge. Tarzan meets Batman is the tone of the story and I think it would be a good outlet for my rage against people who hurt the natural world as well as a PSA. I want to bring attention to the problems of structural racism and colonialism that force many of the indigenous people to kill their endangered animals. If this gets good feedback I’ll make a separate Tumblr for it as a web comic. Let me know what you guys think.

-Wes. 

Please tell me that the one thing thing he managed to salvage from his original campsite was a poster of Dian Fossey that he carries around in his pocket….

But in all seriousness, I would would LOVE to read this comic. I know you said you were interested in making this a webcomic, but I would gladly pay for a story like this.

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piglii:

breakingnews:

Russian space agency regains control of satellite carrying geckos
NBC News: Russia’s space agency said it’s restored full contact with an orbiting satellite containing biological experiments after it stopped responding to commands several days ago.
Among the experiments includes one designed to see how geckos reproduce in zero gravity. In a statement, the agency said the geckos are OK.
Photo: The Foton-M4 satellite sent up five Mauritius ornate day geckos to see how they mated in zero gravity. (Oleg Voloshin / IBMP)

THE GECKOS HAVE BEEN S A V E D

piglii:

breakingnews:

Russian space agency regains control of satellite carrying geckos

NBC News: Russia’s space agency said it’s restored full contact with an orbiting satellite containing biological experiments after it stopped responding to commands several days ago.

Among the experiments includes one designed to see how geckos reproduce in zero gravity. In a statement, the agency said the geckos are OK.

Photo: The Foton-M4 satellite sent up five Mauritius ornate day geckos to see how they mated in zero gravity. (Oleg Voloshin / IBMP)

THE GECKOS HAVE BEEN S A V E D

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Filed under geckos space geckos Russian Federal Space Agency science biology geckos in space

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Major Migration

thejunglenook:

Q: Which animal has the longest migration route? 
Bonus question: Since the [above animal] travels so much, their year is rather unique. What two things does it get in a year, that the rest of us miss out on? 

A: The Artic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

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The Arctic Tern’s convoluted migration route lands them the title of Longest Migration in the animal kingdom! Recent studies have placed the average length around 70,900 km (44,300 miles) for birds nesting in Iceland and Greenland and approximately 90,000 km (55,900 miles) for those nesting in the Netherlands! (x, x)

Every year they travel from the Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic, and back again.This means that they get two summers a year! The Northern hemisphere summer is spent at the Arctic breeding grounds, and they winter during the Southern hemisphere summer at sea, just North of the Antarctic ice! 


Because they get two summers per year, Arctic Terns also receive more daylight than any other animal on Earth! 

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  • Breeding grounds (red) during the Northern Summer, wintering grounds (blue) in the Southern Summer, and migration routes (green). (Wiki Creative Commons)

If all that wasn’t impressive enough, just remember that Arctic Terns can live approximately 34 years. So if they average 70,900 km each year, that adds up to a whopping 2.4 million km in their lifetime. That’s equivalent to 60 trips around the world or 3 trips to the moon and back! (x)

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Filed under animal behavior ethology science tern artic tern migration biology and i thought my commute to high school had been bad....