Delmarva squirrel needs land; flying squirrel needs pines;

Delmarva Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) / Special to News Journal/KEVIN FLEMING

Delmarva squirrel to get critical habitat?

The Center for Biological Diversity wants the Delmarva Fox Squirrel to get some critical habitat. The 20,000 to 40,000 remaining Delmarvas are bulky like a fox squirrel, but gray. They live only in a patchwork of habitat, 10% of their former range, in Prime Hook NWR, Nanticoke  Wildlife Area, the Maryland Eastern Shore (especially Blackwater NWR). Delaware Online

Flying squirrel disappearing from PA because pine forest are, too. — Penn State Live

NYC building allows pets–but only if they’re neutered

A bid to promote responsible pet ownership–and also cut down on intact dogs that are aggressive and mark their territory with pee. NYT

CO picks pretty tree-covered bridge for wildlife crossing near Vail on Route 70 to protect passing bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, elk, big-horn sheep and lynx.UPI

Balloon companies fight back against conservationists

Balloons get mistaken for jellyfish or other food by endangered sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. But let’s not let that get in the way of some fancy shiny balloons, says a new industry group, the Balloon Council, which is going to fight pesky regulations. — Post Courier

Wisconsin offers porcupine education

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center has been studying local porcupine for 15 years and will show you what they’ve learned about porcupine dens and seeing porcupines in the wild in a class Feb. 6. AnimalTourism

The kingfisher catching a fish Photo: Noel Marry/Solent News/Telegraph

Irish birder spends months setting up the perfect shot.

Noel Marry put a fish tank in a river and baited it with a minnow and a convenient perch. The kingfisher took the bait. Then Marry spent months gradually raising to the tank to get the incredible underwater shot.

Hawk in Congress

A Cooper’s Hawk flew around the Library of Congress (video) HuffPo

Zambia has largest and most spectacular bat roost

10-15 million fruit bats roost here and you can see them from a blind at their height. Telegraph

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