Wildlife near Fukushima: thriving but radioactive

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Wild boars are thriving near Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, but test with really high levels of radiation. What will happen to the birds and fish that migrate through?

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East Village hawk Dominatrix favors fancy NYU building over Tompkins Square

The East Village hawk known as The Dominatrix isn’t building a nest in Tompkins Square Park after all, but she may be the one now showing off her egg-sitting abilities to the world via a New York Times web cam.

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Dennis Edge, wildlife photographer, shows Tompkins Sq’s 88 bird species

How many bird species have you seen in New York City? Dennis Edge, an East Village photographer, has scored an amazing 88 species in and around Tompkins Square Park.

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East Village hawk Dominatrix tries to build home in Tompkins Square Park

The big and bold red-tailed hawk that has owns the Tompkins Square Park territory is building a nest on the center lawn. Or at least she’s trying to. Brave squirrels come and harass her constantly, even pulling out the twigs she brings in.

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Scotland takes wildlife crime seriously, maps raptor poisoning

Highlanders are the worst birds of prey poachers in Scotland, according to a new map and report. They even poisoned a rare sea eagle.

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Homosassa Wildlife Park: Manatees in rehab and wild in the river

Crystal River Manatee

Probably the easiest and most reliable way to see manatees on the Nature Coast in northeast Florida is at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, right off the main drag, route 19. You can see female manatees that can’t leave and young manatees that will be released someday getting fed at the Manatee Care Center. Plus, it’s one of the very few places in the area you might get to see wild manatees from the shore (easier on you and the manatees)–provided you show up in January or early February.

Like pretty much all the Homosassa manatee attractions, it’s hard to get your head around where the logistics. The wildlife park used to be a private zoo in Florida’s roadside zoo attraction heyday; the lone hold-over is the hippo, Lu, now 51. Otherwise, it now only takes native wildlife that can’t live in the wild because they were injured, sick or raised in captivity.

The park has a big parking lot and outpost on route 19 but the real action is closer to the shore. You either take a pontoon boat (they leave about every 15 minutes) or you walk. Or, you can just drive there. The park really begins deep in the pretty, winding Spanish moss covered roads of old Homosassa.

Captive manatees getting fed at Homosassa Wildlife Park

Some people will tell you the park only has captive manatees. Not true. Wild manatees visit the area. I heard varying accounts of

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Galapagos to drop rat poison; New Yorkers have tradition of fighting rats and dogs

Galapagos to drop rat poison; New Yorkers have tradition of fighting rats and dogs

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Tompkins Square hawk eats squirrel

Hawk enjoys squirrel for Sunday brunch in Tompkins Square Park

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Delmarva squirrel needs land; flying squirrel needs pines;

Delmarva squirrels need land; PA squirrels need pine and a tour of other animal news

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Mexican ranch welcomes jaguars and animal tourists

Rancho El Aribabi, a conservation ranch about 30 miles into Mexico, is working with Sky Alliance to save local wildlife. They’ve caught pictures of rare and elusive jaguars. You can support them with a visit. Coatis possible.

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