Arctic Foxes 'Grow' Their Own Gardens
The little carnivores' colorful dens provide veritable oases in the tundra, a new study says.

The underground homes, often a century old, are topped with gardens exploding with lush dune grass, diamondleaf willows, and yellow wildflowers—a flash of color in an otherwise gray landscape. 

“They’re bright green and everything around them is just brown,” says Brian Person, a wildlife biologist for the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska. “It pops”…

Canada: No more Trophy Hunts for Polar Bears

Canada is the only nation in the world that allows Polar Bear hunting by non-natives and non-citizens.

Of the estimated 20,000-22,000 Polar Bears worldwide, 60% of them live in Canada.

Polar Bears are currently at a threatened status, with worldwide treaties in place for their protection. Even so, Canada still allows trophy hunters to pay for the opportunity to kill a Polar Bear.

Selling hunting licenses to trophy hunters creates a bloody business where hunters sell tours to Canada for the sole purpose of killing a Polar Bear. With a price tag of $49,950 US, one hunting lodge claims to have a “virtual 100% success rate” at killing a polar bear and you can have as many observers as you would like for an additional $9,950 each.

The sickening treatment of these majestic animals must stop.

Please join me in petitioning the Canadian Government in pohibiting non-native hunts of Polar Bears!

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Russian Miner Ivan Kislov Photographs Arctic Foxes During His Break

Russian photographer Ivan Kislov spends his lunch break capturing the beauty and adorableness of Arctic foxes.  A mining engineer who works in a remote north-eastern Chukotka region in the Arctic Circle, where the temperature is unbelievably harsh, Koslov manages to obtain the silent and playful beauty of his favorite subject, the fox. He effortlessly manages to depict the foxes in playful, tender and pensive portraits, which are surpisingly present.

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Reindeer are the only mammals whose eyes are known to change colour, going from gold in the summer, when the sun is a constant presence in the arctic, to a less reflective blue in the dark winter months.

In dark conditions, muscles in your irises contract to dilate your pupils and allow more light into your eyes. When it’s bright again, the irises widen and the pupils shrink; the same thing happens in reindeer, but the arctic winter forces their pupils to dilate for months at a time.

This constant effort to stay dilated ends up blocking the small vessels that drain fluid out of the eyes; causing pressure to build up. Consequently, this compresses the collagen fibres that make up the tapetum, a mirrored layer that sits behind the retina, and cause the eye to reflect blue wavelengths of light instead of yellow.


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