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08/08/2011 Climate Change: from talk to action

The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition (SCCS), within which RSPB Scotland is a key player, is the largest and most powerful civil society coalition in Scotland. The coalition is composed with different civil society groups which work together under a common goal: to stop climate chaos. They call on civil society groups in other countries to work together to create momentum for urgent action on climate change, and have produced a short film about the role of SCCS in influencing the Scottish Climate Change Act.

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Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Cats and Vacation: Board Them or Leave Them Home?

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

Cats and Vacation

Vacations always present cat owners with this dilemma. Do you put the cat in the cattery or do you leave it at home with someone coming in to feed, water and check? It's a tough call and you may spend chunks of your vacation worrying about the decision you've made.

A rule of thumb is that cats become strongly attached to place – hence those stories of cats traveling long distances to go to a former home after their owners move. For this reason, leaving your cat at home can be the most stress-free solution.

The down side of this option is that, contrary to the myths about cats being independent, they do become very attached to people. Cats that aren't happy at home may go next door or migrate to somewhere that they can get the attention they want. You could get home to find your cat has moved out!

For your peace of mind, a good cattery will ensure that your cat is where he/she should be when you get back. Your beloved pet is guaranteed to get daily feeding and watering and there's no chance of it wandering away, trying to get home or getting run over.

Most cats hate travel and may seem distressed at being caged. In reality they will settle and simply snooze the time away till you return. If they look miserable, it's often you projecting your own guilt at abandoning them in a strange place.

Take toys, blankets and things that smell of home to help them relax. There'll be new smells and activities at the cat kennel to keep them interested in life, even if they'd rather be curled up on your bed. If you have more than one cat, they can be kept together, where they'll at least have each other for familiar company.

If you decide to leave your cat at home, you will have to take into account the possibility that they may get lonely and wander. One solution is to keep them locked in, with a litter box, with someone coming in daily to feed them. While this can work, it's not ideal for more than a few days. A live-in cat-sitter who will play with them and be there for more than a few minutes a day may be the best. Top tip – get references if you don't know them already.

Never, ever go away simply leaving supplies of water and food without someone to check on your cat. The water could be tipped over. There could be other problems or accidents. Cats need supervision!

For reliable care, a cat kennel is the answer. If you can set up that level of supervision at home, go for that option. If not, leave it to the experts.

News from the nest: Birds Australia's EagleCAM 2011

News from the nest

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News from the nest

Birds Australia's EagleCAM 2011


Tuesday 9 August


EagleCAM 2011

Welcome to the first edition of Birds Australia's News from the nest: EagleCAM 2011.

EagleCAM is a live 24-hour remote video feed brought to you from the Birds Australia Discovery Centre in Sydney. It provides scientists, researchers and bird lovers with unique insight into the habits of a pair of nesting White-bellied Sea-Eagles

Part of our wider education and outreach program, EagleCAM allows us to observe the sea-eagles at a safe distance and to gain invaluable knowledge about their behaviour. This information can then be used to make better decisions about issues such as habitat management and food sources.


The nest is a success!

Right now the sea-eagles are sitting on two eggs, and are taking turns to closely guard the nest through rain, wind, hail and shine. The eggs, which were laid in early July, are due to hatch in mid August. And that’s when the real fun begins!

Activity around the nest will increase dramatically as the parent birds relay between the nest and the Parramatta River bringing back a constant supply of food to the squawking nestlings. After that, you’ll be able to watch as the eaglets begin the exciting process of learning to fly.


Keep the camera rolling

It takes time and a lot of nurturing to successfully raise a brood. EagleCAM is no different! Dedicated volunteers Geoff, Jon and Judy, have been the drivers behind the project. They provide constant support and technical know-how (including at night!) in the face of some severe technical limitations to bring you this live footage.

To overcome these technical difficulties and keep the video rolling seamlessly, we need to replace the cable that feeds the Discovery Centre. Our goal is to raise $30,000 for the Discovery Centre EagleCAM by the time the chicks fledge in late October. The funds will enable us to upgrade the cable and to bring you a new improved version of EagleCAM in 2012 so that we can all continue to keep tabs on the life and times of our resident sea-eagles.

Witness the magic of nature in real time through EagleCAM!

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NJ Bird Photos: Birds of New Jersey

NJ Bird Photos: Birds of New Jersey

Black Crowned Night Heron

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 03:40 AM PDT

Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron