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Climate change could force the displacement of nearly 3,000 species of animals in the coming years if Earth keeps warming and sea levels keep rising, according to research from the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy. Scientists who worked on the research created a moving map of the forced migrations that could happen in the future.

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Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and care for their young.

Found in every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the species and find out why humpbacks seem to be the most acrobatic of all whales, how they produce their haunting songs, and what drives these intelligent, 55-foot-long, 50-ton animals to migrate up to 10,000 miles round trip every year.

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World's largest reindeer herd plummets
The size of the world's largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists warn.

The world’s largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists have warned.

They say that the animals, which live in the Taimyr Peninsula in the northernmost tip of Russia, are being affected by rising temperatures and human activity.

This is causing the animals to change their annual migration patterns.

The research has been presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

“There is a substantial decline - and we are also seeing this with other wild reindeer declining rapidly in other parts of the world,” said Andrey Petrov, who runs the Arctic Centre at the University of Northern Iowa, US.

The Taimyr herd is one of the most monitored groups of reindeer in the world. The animals have been tracked for nearly 50 years by aerial surveys and more recently by satellite imagery.

The population reached a peak of one million in 2000, but this latest research suggests that there are now only 600,000 reindeer.

“Climate change is at least one of the variables,” explained Prof Petrov.

“We know in the last two decades that we have had an increase in temperatures of about 1.5C overall. And that definitely impacts migration patterns.”

Industrial development is increasing in the region, which is also changing the animals’ distribution.

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pages 307 328 334 - once you realize that ducks are living creatures it becomes much more difficult to consider them as interchangeable cogs within the economic system. Ducks have hopes, dreams and an inbuilt desire to fly south for the winter and north again when it’s time to breed.

Streifengans ~ Bar-headed Goose ~ Anser indicus

You might feel tempted to laugh with (or rather about, because hey, he/she’s got feathers on his/her tongue) this bird but noooooo, don’t do this. 

Bar-headed geese are exceptional and highly adaptable birds and one of the few bird species who are able to migrate over the Himalyas. They have to fly at altitudes of 20,000 to 30,000 feet (6,000 to 9,000 m) to cross the highest mountains on Earth ~ and they do this in one ultra-high non-stop flight.   

Bavaria, Germany (probably a couple of escapees)

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stiles would be a corsac fox

  • sometimes goes after prey larger than they are
  • one of their natural predators is wolves
  • unlike other foxes they form packs
  • follow other animals when they migrate so the snow is compressed and easier to travel
  • usually take over the burrows of other animals for shelter..sneaky motherfuckers
  • slow runners and easily caught by dogs
  • big eyes and generally always looks surprised or incredibly sarcastic

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Sibling-Verse: Omega's love gathering items that have strong scents in order to put into their nest. However, their older siblings are not pleased. The older siblings will get locks put on their doors in order to prevent their blankets and stuffed animals from migrating to their youngest siblings room. Whenever their youngest siblings become upset or feels lonely, they give let them take a single item from their room. The youngest sibling will have sleepovers in their nest with their siblings.

I love you. I love this. I can just imagine the Omega having a long day from school and them coming home all frowny faced. Their older sibling is like “???” them the younger omega sibling is just like “had a bad day, gonna go to my room” then they kinda slump up the stairs into their room. older sibling is just like “!!!</3!!!!!!!!” so they go grab their stuff that they know their sibling always eyes when they are looking for new stuffs for their nest, then they go curl up with their youngest sibling and stay there until they feel better. <333333

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#350Species: Autumn in the Sagebrush Ecosystem

Like Greater sage-grouse, more than 350 species depend on the sagebrush ecosystem for their survival. People are one of them. We will be sharing an ongoing series that highlights the #350species, such as the many animals, plants, and insects that live on the range, that weaves our human stories and sense of place into this complex landscape.

Autumn in the sagebrush ecosystem is a time of transition for the millions of animals and birds migrating through and preparing for winter. Once spanning almost 300 million acres of North America (an area larger than Texas and California combined), habitat fragmentation, development, agricultural conversion, tree encroachment, invasive species like cheatgrass and resulting wildfires have caused the sagebrush ecosystem to shrink to approximately half its original size. As this crucial habitat shrinks and fragments, it becomes increasingly difficult for Greater sage-grouse and other sagebrush-dependent species to travel and survive on the range.

Greater sage-grouse, 350+ other species, and millions of people depend on the iconic sagebrush ecosystem for their survival. The BLM manages about 67 million acres of the remaining Greater sage-grouse habitat. These public lands connect to private, state, and federal lands across the range. Conserving such a large ecosystem and key species like the Greater sage-grouse truly requires an all hands, all lands approach. With this in mind, the BLM and partners are working together and with the Greater sage-grouse plans on efforts that sustain the sagebrush landscape and the many species who call it home. #350species

Story by Nancy Patterson, BLM Rocky Mountain Region

Common Crane ~ Kranich ~ Grus grus

Migration has started! These guys were flying over the house in an almost V-shaped line when they decided to form a bird cloud and circle like vultures for a few minutes, calling all the time ~ right above my head, hair standing on end, goosebumps all over ~ just to form an almost V-shape again and to float away quickly in North-Eastern direction. It is very early for returning to the breeding grounds, so excellent weather conditions with no surprises for you, Crane folks! 

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