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Giraffes, new research

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/P_ckAbOr0r4 This video is called Giraffes 101 | National Geographic Wild. From the University of Bristol in England: Giraffes surprise biologists yet again May 18, 2018 New research from the University of Bristol has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behaviour and ecology. It is commonly accepted that group sizes of animals increase when there is a risk of predation, since larger group sizes reduce the risk of individuals being killed, and there are ‘many eyes’ to spot any potential predation risk. Now, in the first study of its kind, Bristol PhD student Zoe Muller from the School of Biological Sciences has found that this is not true for giraffes, and that the size of giraffe groups is not influenced by the presence of predators. Zoe Muller said: “This is surprising, and highlights how little we know about even the most basic aspects of giraffe behaviour.” This study investigates how the grouping behaviour of giraffes differed in response to numerous factors, such as predation risk, habitat type and the characteristics of individuals. Habitat type had some effect on group size, but the main effect on group size was in the behaviour of adult females, who were found to be in smaller groups when they had calves. This is contrary to another popular belief that female giraffes form large groups to communally care for their young — this study, published this week in…

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That NASA climate science program Trump axed? House lawmakers just moved to restore it

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:
The House appropriations panel that oversees NASA unanimously approved an amendment to a 2019 spending bill that orders the space agency to set aside $10 million within its earth science budget for a “climate monitoring system” that studies “biogeochemical processes to better understand the major factors driving short and long term climate change.” That sounds almost identical to the work that NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) was doing before the Trump administration targeted the program, which was getting about $10 million annually, for elimination this year. Critics of the move said it jeopardized numerous research projects and plans to verify the national emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate accords. […] The bill now goes to the full House, and ultimately will need to be reconciled with a parallel bill in the Senate. It will likely be several months before Congress completes action on the 2019 budget. Continue reading:  That NASA climate science program Trump axed? House lawmakers just moved to restore it

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The plight of wild horses, part two

   By Sharon St Joan   To read part one first, click here.   Are wild horses native?   While it is generally assumed that wild horses are descended from the horses that the Spanish conquistadors left behind in the Sixteenth Century, there is considerable evidence that the native wild horses of the west may never have died out at […]

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The plight of wild horses, part one

  By Sharon St Joan   Utah’s wild horses    The word “gather” sounds like such a gentle word, like gathering wildflowers on a spring day. But for wild horses, as in the “Muddy Creek Wild Horse Gather Plan EA,” it’s meaning is anything but gentle. It hides a brutal reality – being herded by helicopter, then being sent off […]

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Concrete Jungles, Habitat For Humanity, Parrots

Originally posted on La Paz Group:
https://youtu.be/KJ6aZUxLCiQ The state’s ecology is a kind of urban legend come true—the old alligator-flushed-down-the-toilet story, with a thousand species. Illustration by Charles Burns When I first read this article about the downstream problems of the pet trade, I was living in India and learning about efforts to reduce the poaching crisis of wild animals being…

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Urgent Action Required to Protect Wolves in the Great Lakes Region

Originally posted on Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films :
The Farm Bill (H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018), scheduled to be brought to the House floor next week that has amendments to delist wolves in the Great Lakes region. Amendment number 85: Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) submitted an amendment to remove ESA protections for gray wolves across…

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