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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WIRED gives DIY wildlife camera instructions

Tired of those store-bought wildlife cameras and their fancy $70-$350 pricetags? WIRED’s current “How to Make Stuff” DIY issue features a motion sensor wildlife camera that you–or someone more skilled than you–can make with about $20 to $30 worth of electronics, including the motion sensor from an air freshener.

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New Yorkers: Do you want to take in baby squirrels and birds?

About 50 New Yorkers turned out last night to check out whether they really might want to take in orphaned baby squirrels or injured pigeons. If only 10 got their licenses, it could potentially double the number of people New Yorkers can call when they find an injured animal.

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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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Hunter shoots Assateague wild horse; Yellowstone wolf poisoned by banned compound

Wild Horse Grazing

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.

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Wildlife taser; DC keeps adorable pandas & a tour of other animal news

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AZ company invents high-tech taser for attacking grizzlies; shoots 35 feet. TN and AL get new crayfish species.

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Hunters shoot 3 more whooping cranes; picture Palin targeting animal research lab workers

Whooping Crane Hunts

Add three more dead bodies to hunters’ have a long history of shooting endangered whooping cranes. Imagine if Palin had posted a map with cross-hairs on animal research labs. And a tour of other animal news.

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Chemists working on not killing other wildlife with rat poison

Ferringous Hawk

So far there aren’t any good alternatives, but scientists have shown anticoagulants go farther than feared in birds of prey.

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