Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (May 17th, 2013)

This article could use a little more reflection about working alongside potentially dangerous animals and a little less sensationalism. But, it's still an incredible story: I was swallowed by a hippo.

Who knew? Snakes like hot springs too.

The Roundup from a couple weeks ago featured amazing pictures of a pod of Orcas attacking a group of Sperm Whales. This week's unlucky victim is a dolphin.

Anglers take note: climate change is projected to drastically reduce the amount of trout habitat (see citation below).

An interesting summary about how much of what you think you know about wolves is based on early and outdated research and incorrect inferences by the researchers.

Restoring wetlands: a few days ago I wrote about an unusual wetland in Alabama that harbors rare reptiles. When a similar wetland in Mississippi was restored to its former glory, endangered amphibians (Gopher Frogs) took note and moved in.

An article about the work The Orianne Society is doing to conserve the Midget-faded Rattlesnake in Colorado (paywall).

Sea turtle nesting season has started in Georgia.

The largest crocodile in captivity recently died. Here's why. On that note, Frank Indiviglio remembers meeting Gomek, the 17-foot crocodile that lived at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. When I visited St. Augustine, Gomek had just died and there was just a big empty tank where he once reigned.

Eat (more) bugs.

Otters are making a comeback on the California coast. No, not Sea Otters, River Otters.

Attention fish hobbyists: do you have a female cichlid? Female desperately needed to pair with the last three males of this species.

A Bald Eagle battle goes awry.

Wenger SJ, Isaak DJ, Luce CH, Neville HM, Fausch KD, Dunham JB, Dauwalter DC, Young MK, Elsner MM, Rieman BE, Hamlet AF, & Williams JE (2011). Flow regime, temperature, and biotic interactions drive differential declines of trout species under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (34), 14175-80 PMID: 21844354

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