Image Description: A Burrowing Owl near Las Vegas, Nevada. Burrowing Owls prefer dry and level habitats like deserts or grasslands, where they prey on small animals. They grow about 10 inches tall and are considered “unthreatened”.
Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Image description: On November 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will destroy some six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties.
The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to send a clear message that the United States will not tolerate ivory trafficking and the toll it is taking on elephant populations, particularly in Africa. Destroying the ivory tells criminals who engage in poaching and trafficking that the United States will take all available measures to disrupt and prosecute those who prey on and profit from the deaths of these magnificent animals.
Learn more about the ivory crush.
Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie Region.
Image description: A howler monkey baby, pictured here at two weeks old, clings tightly to its mother. When full grown, the baby should be able to make vocalizations audible three miles away.
Photo by the National Zoo.
From Smithsonian Magazine:
Macro Photos of Bees’ Heads
From the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab’s Flickr page come these amazing photos of bees’ heads. Photographed by Sam Droege, these photos offer a glimpse into the micro world of bees that most never see.
Ed note: This new sperm bank for honey bees could help fight colony collapse disorder.