Animals
One cute thing: orphaned bears released into the wild

One cute thing: orphaned bears released into the wild

To get your weekend started on a cute and fuzzy note, watch this video of two rehabilitated orphaned bears being released back into the wild as part of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Orphan Bear Rescue Center located in Bubonitsy, Russia. Watch as the two bears, Vesnushka (which means “freckles” in Russian) and Elka […]

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LA’s mountain lions need our help, there’s no time to waste!

LA’s mountain lions need our help, there’s no time to waste!

While Los Angeles is known for its celebrities and massive freeways it’s also home to an abundance of wildlife–with one of the more well-known animal stars being the mountain lions that call the Santa Monica Mountains home. Sadly, these big cats are facing extinction and their numbers continue to dwindle as a result of traffic […]

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Sage Grouse Habitat To Be Opened For Drilling

Sage Grouse Habitat To Be Opened For Drilling

Late last week, the Trump Administration announced its decision to open up for oil and gas drilling nine millions of acres of critical habitat for the Sage Grouse, a bird whose endangered status hinged on whether the habitat would be saved. 

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One Cool Thing: Move over Hot Duck, There’s a New Heron in Town

One Cool Thing: Move over Hot Duck, There’s a New Heron in Town

Remember the enigmatic and striking Mandarin duck (aka the Hot Duck) that appeared (and then disappeared and then reappeared) in Central Park last year? Well, now it seems that it may have some competition: an electric Great Blue Heron that’s been living in the park for a while but keeping a low profile. David Barrett, […]

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Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales around the globe face numerous threats as has become apparent in recent weeks.  Just this past weekend a young Cuvier’s beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood washed up on the shore in Mabini, Philippines and eventually died.  When the government performed a necropsy yesterday, it found a gruesome sight — 88 pounds of plastic in the whale’s stomach. 

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One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

Swarms of orange and black painted lady butterflies have been mesmerizing Southern Californians as close to a billion of them have been making their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. While this has happened before this is the largest such migration since 2005. As the New York Times explained,  “substantial rainfall in the deserts […]

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