IberiaNature - A guide to Spain: environment, geography, nature, landscape, climate, culture, history, rural tourism and travel Clearing the way for Europe's wildlife 1. October 2010 EuroNatur: Fragmentation of landscapes? New studies demonstrate alternatives Press Release from October 1, 2010 Radolfzell. In view of the rapid expansion of road and transport networks, especially in Central and Southeast Europe, the subject of landscape fragmentation is ever more urgent. "The best would be to already plan roads and railway lines in such a way that they give wildlife corridors a wide berth", demands EuroNatur director Gabriel Schwaderer. This manual is no kind of an inflated theoretical essay; instead, it helps finding, implementing and controlling the effectiveness of measures against the fragmentation of landscapes.Actual case studies from Croatia, Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria provide a realistic support and genuine action plans. The printed manual: „Trans-European Wildlife Networks Project – TEWN. Please address orders to:EuroNaturKonstanzer Str. 22 78315 Radolfzell GermanyPhone +49 (0) 7732-9272-0Fax +49 (0) 7732-927222E-Mail: email@example.com
ECNC Home - Expertise centre for biodiversity and sustainable development SEDAC - Last of the Wild: Home Introduction Human influence is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, on par with climatic trends, geological forces, and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University have joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the Earth’s land surface today. The Last of The Wild, Version Two depicts human influence on terrestrial ecosystems using data sets compiled on or around 2000. Spatial Resolution and File Format Global Data: Available in geographic coordinate system at 30 arc-second grid cell size, and Interrupted Goode Homolosine Projection (IGHP) at 1km grid cell size Continental-Level Data: Subsets of the global data, available only in geographic coordinate system Format: Grid data available in ArcInfo grids and .BIL files; vector data available in shapefiles
The camera trap revolution: how a simple device is shaping research and conservation worldwide This article is available for a limited time on mongabay.com. It has also been published in a book by mongabay journalist, Jeremy Hance: Life is Good: Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction. The book is also available in Europe. This is an expanded version of an article that ran on Yale e360 on December 5th, 2011: Camera Traps Emerge as Key Tool in Wildlife Research. A camera trap sits precariously between two forest elephants. Photo courtesy of Laila Bahaa-el-din/Panthera. I must confess to a recent addiction: camera trap photos. Although the majority of camera trap photos are bleary, fuzzy or simply show parts of an animal rather than the whole, some camera trap photos are on a par with the best in wildlife photography, capturing one thing that is truly difficult for photographers: a palpable sense of intimacy. But as mesmerizing as camera photos are, they serve a purpose beyond the aesthetic. It must be noted that camera trapping is not new. What’s out there? The cryptic species
Council of Europe Nature Ecological Networks and Emerald Network The pace of biodiversity decline is quickening worldwide. Habitat break-up, pollution, over-use of natural areas and the creation of artificial landscapes increase the rate of erosion, while reducing species' opportunity for migration, dispersion and exchange. How and by what means can this situation be put right? In 1995, the European Ministers of the Environment meeting in Sofia, launched the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS), so as to strengthen environment and biodiversity conservation policies. The setting up of a Pan-European Ecological Network covering Eurasia was one of the key steps taken under the Strategy. Ecological networks can positively influence the conditions for the survival of species populations in the fragmented natural areas and human dominated landscapes in Europe. Emerald Network The Emerald Network is an ecological network made up of Areas of Special Conservation Interest.
European Environment Agency The Vincent Wildlife Trust The Dragonfly Woman Happy new year everyone! This year New Year’s Day also happens to be Science Sunday, so I’m going to start 2012 off with a science filled post. Woo, science! :) Every now and then, I’ll get an e mail from someone during the dragonfly swarming season telling me a story of how the writer walked outside and had a dozen or so dragonflies follow him/her closely as he/she walked. For those if you who have followed my Dragonfly Swarm Project, you know that dragonflies often swarm because there are a lot of small prey insects in the area that attract them, forming a sort of all-you-can-eat buffet for lots of hungry dragonflies. A similar behavior called accompanying has been documented by a few odonate researchers. One species of dragonfly, Brachythemis leucosticta, has been well documented performing this accompanying behavior, following large mammals within its African range. The authors made a few conclusions. Literature Cited: O. Like this post? Like this: Like Loading...