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A humanmade forest

In this image from the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s EO-1 satellite, you see the communities of Thetford and Brandon in England. Surrounding those cities is Thetford forest, the largest lowland pine forest in England. The forest is surrounded by farmland but has become a haven for a variety of life, including rabbits, deer, and a variety of rare birds.

The existence of this forest is something of a story as well. 100 years ago there was no forest here.

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The greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu)

 is a species of even-toed ungulate in the family Tragulidae. It is found in Sumatra, Borneo and smaller Malaysian and Indonesian islands, and in southern Myanmar, southern Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. It was thought to be regionally extinct in Singapore until it was rediscovered on an offshore island in 2008. Reports of its occurrence elsewhere are probably incorrect. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. WIKIPEDIA

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ABC BIRD OF THE WEEK:

Ornate Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus)

POPULATION: > 50,000 individuals
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Humid lowland and foothill forest of Central and South America

The Ornate Hawk-Eagle is aptly named, with piercing golden eyes and striking black, white, and chestnut plumage. This extraordinary raptor also has a crest of long black feathers, which the bird may keep flattened or held erect when excited.

The birds are often seen soaring high above the rainforest canopy on broad, short wings while giving their repeated piping calls.

The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation, particularly in the Amazon basin, where it is projected to lose up to 40 percent of its habitat…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)