The white, Harry Potter owls are having a boom year, sighted in Boston, Chicago, Philly, Denver and Long Island. Look on eBird to see where.
Keep reading How to find the snowy owl near you
Squirrel runs onto baseball diamond during playoffs in St. Louis for the second time this week. I think he’s an adolescent male–typically obnoxious in any species–drawn in by peanuts.
Longview, WA, is getting a second bridge at their First Annual Squirrel Festival August 6, when they’ll off a design contest to put up more squirrel bridges.
Keep reading One bridge not enough for squirrels of Longview, WA
The FWS refuses endangered species status for the Utah Prairie Dog, the smallest and rarest of 5 whistle pig species. Ranchers can still kill 6,000 a year
Keep reading Rarest US prairie dog doesn’t get endangered status
Hunters kill 4th endangered Whooping Crane in 2 months. This bird, #412, learned to migrate by following an ultralight aircraft from Necedah, WI to Cherokee County, AL. Last year his chick disappeared. Hunters killed three whoopers in GA this winter. Less than 600 survive. The bird was discovered Jan. 28–two days before the end of waterfowl hunting season. The main hunting area in Cherokee is the Little River National Preserve, which got national parks funding and designation in 1992, but with the special exception that hunting be allowed there. Great idea. Chattanooga Times Free Press
Rare and freaky blanket octopus spotted octopus off Florida. It’s red, huge and has cape-like arms. People rarely see these regular residents, which live far off shore when the Gulf Stream isn’t acting funny. JustNews.com via Scienceblogs
Michigan wants to ban wildlife rehabiliators from helping sick or injured mute swan. They want to restore the native trumpeter swan, instead. MLive
Israel tests bomb-sniffing mice for airline passengers. Om Dagens Nyheter
Leaked report shows Tanzania’s road through the Serengeti would carry a million cars a day. The road would cut off the migration of elephant, zebra and wildebeest, the country’s main economic engine. Chicago Tribune
Obama administration says, sure, walruses deserve endangered species protection, but they won’t get it. LATimes
Galapagos to drop rat poison; New Yorkers have tradition of fighting rats and dogs
50 Mexican wolves survive in NM and AZ, up from 42 last year, despite an effort by ranchers to sue and shoot them off public lands.
A new alarming study says people can catch 100 diseases (like plague and meningitis) from dogs and cats–but doesn’t offer much evidence they actually do.
Hunters shot and killed a 28-year old mare on MD’s Assateague National Sea Shore. 1080 poison was what killed a Yellowstone wolf that wandered to CO.