Imagine three scientists slowly moving on the ground of a forest that existed long before man came along on the planet. Imagine the endeavour looking for new species of snakes, chameleons, frogs that no one has seen before, while opening a path between ferns and shrubs as tall as a man and a canopy that reaches 50 m high. Imagine the silence of dawn and waiting, the anxiety and the joy for a new discovery.
On our planet, there are still places where the unknown is real and tangible, where no one has gone before and species as yet unnamed roam. They are the montane rainforests of northern Mozambique, part of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot of Biodiversity, pristine and magnificent, that have endured for over 30 million years. It will be 6 weeks of fieldwork into the forest of Mabu, Namuli, Ribauè, Injese, Mecula, and other mountains yet yet to be fully explored.
Imagine a film crew going along, recording everything and working on making a documentary of this journey.
When we received a call that a wild bobcat was found tangled in a backyard fence, Big Cat Rescuers rushed to the property to help!
The bobcat, later named Fencer was sedated and transported to ACT (Animal Coalition of Tampa) to be examined. Amazingly Fencer had no major injuries, but he did have a broken toe which required 6 weeks of rest at Big Cat Rescue before we could release him back into the wild!
BIG CAT TV is a close look into our day-to-day operations, the conservation efforts we support, and the 100+ feline residents of “Big Cat Rescue” in Tampa, FL. USA. Big Cat Rescue is an educational non-breeding sanctuary and a registered non-profit 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible!
While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth’s surface, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us.
Lesson by Scott Gass, animation by Sandro Katamashvili.
Octopus Steals Diver’s Camera, Shoots Home Movie With It
from the cinematographer, New Zealand:
while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashed towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus…
6.8 Million Birds Die Because of Communication Towers in North America Each Year
by Michael Graham Richard
25X More Than the Number of Birds Killed by Exxon Valdez Spill
Every single year, the 84,000 communication towers spread around North-America kill an estimated 6.8 million birds. Some of these towers can be 2,000 feet high and surrounded by a large number of dangerous guy wires that help keep the towers upright. To put things in context, the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill killed about 250,000 birds, and the Empire State building is 1,250 feet high, so we truly are talking about very tall towers and a very large number of birds killed.
The taller the tower the greater the threat, the study found. The 1,000 or so towers above 900 feet accounted for only 1.6 percent of the total number of towers. Yet these skyscraper towers killed 70 percent of the birds, about 4.5 million a year, said lead author Travis Longcore, associate professor in the USC Spatial Sciences Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The author does a very good job explaining it, so please check out the video above.
These birds are worth saving just because of their intrinsic value, but on top of that they also provide many services to us, such as eating insects and keeping our forests healthy.
At StatedClearly.com we are creating 21 short animations which teach genetics and evolution to the greater public in simple friendly language. We have created 4 so far. The videos are on YouTube for everyone to watch and enjoy.
“Chasing bees: The search for the Western bumblebee”
The declining western bumble bee is one of the focal species of our Project Bumble Bee. Thanks to the Oregon Zoo Foundation’s Future for Wildlife program, Xerces conservation biologist Rich Hatfield was able to find it on Mt. Hood! His discovery was documented by an Oregon Zoo videographer.
Find out more about protecting declining Bumble Bees: