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Installing a Barn Owl Nest Box

Installing a Barn Owl Nest Box

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Barn owls (Tyto alba) are found around the world, with the exception of regions that experience extreme hot and cold temperatures. Like most owls, barn owls are nocturnal and use their powerful wings to fly silently over open woodlands and grassy areas as they hunt for their favorite foods -- rodents and other small vertebrates. Putting up a barn owl box near your home lets you provide shelter for an owl family and offer your own family a real-life glimpse into wild bird life. But before you buy or build a backyard owl box, there are a few important factors to consider. Where to Install an Owl Box Above ground noise. The ideal location for an owl nesting box is in a tree about 15 feet above the ground and away from both human interaction and street noise. Out of direct sunl...
The Penguins of Antarctica

The Penguins of Antarctica

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The penguin is the most common species of bird found in the Antarctic. Although there are 17 species of penguin, only four actually breed on the continent of Antarctica. These are Adelie, Emperor, Chinstrap and Gentoo. Most of the others are found in sub Antarctic regions which includes many coastal islands and they can also be seen as far north as the Galapagos Islands. The Penguin Name There is no known origin of the word penguin although some believe it could have come from the welsh "pen gwyn" which means white head or the Latin "pinguis" which refers to the fat or blubber of a bird. The Penguin's Appearance All species of penguin have a stricking black and white coat. The distinguishing features and colours are on the head and neck. They vary greatly in size from the l...
Elephant Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka

Elephant Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka

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As of June 2008, over 60 orphaned elephants have been returned to the wild by the Elephant Transit Home which was opened in 1995 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Ongoing tracking of these animals has revealed that one of the elephants released in 1998 has given birth to a calf in the wild, the ultimate goal of endangered species rehabilitation. Threats to the Asian Elephant in Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan subspecies of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is faced with shrinking and degraded habitat. Irrigation programs for agriculture, which allow for human settlements in traditionally dry parts of the country, create problems for the Sri Lankan elephant population in several ways. The encroachment of humans into this elephant habitat has resulted in increased ...
Similarities, Differences between Alligators and Crocodiles

Similarities, Differences between Alligators and Crocodiles

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There are a few noticeable differences between alligators and crocodiles, even though their lifestyles are pretty much the same. Alligators and crocodiles, both commonly known as crocodilians, are some of the most powerful and intriguing creatures on the planet. Found in swampy, humid areas, Crocodilians are cold blooded animals that can only survive in warm weather, usually around eighty degrees. Differences Between Alligators and Crocodiles Though similar in appearance, alligators and crocodiles have very noticeable differences. An alligator's snout is shorter and wider than that of a crocodile. A crocodile's snout is longer and more narrow. Have you ever noticed their teeth? Well, if you've ever noticed some teeth on one of these creatures when their mouth was closed, you w...
Extreme Cold Snap Threatens Wild Birds

Extreme Cold Snap Threatens Wild Birds

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Nobody seems quite sure how severe the current cold snap is in the United Kingdom. One thing is certain. As temperatures in parts of the country plunge to a level close to those being recorded at the South Pole and with snow now lying in some areas for over three weeks, the disruption being experienced across the United Kingdom has wider implications than for trains, planes and automobiles. Wildlife – especially birdlife – is suffering too. What Happens to Birds in Winter? Despite the extreme temperatures currently being experienced, cold is not usually a problem for birds in the UK. They have several layers of feathers to provide them with insulation – hence the regular sight of birds sitting in trees with feathers fluffed out. Furthermore, many of the species seen in the garden
Wildlife Watching In Scotland

Wildlife Watching In Scotland

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It’s tempting for a visitor to think that they can just turn up in the wilderness on Scotland and see some of its iconic wildlife. Below are some tips before you plan for a trip: What makes Scotland a Special Place for Watching Wildlife? There’s no question that Scotland is a haven for wildlife. Its range of habitats together with the remoteness of large areas of the country has meant that many species have hung on here when they have become extinct elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Otters, golden eagles, wildcats, capercaillie and red kites are just some of the species which live here. There are four reasons Scotland is appealing for visitors keen to see some wildlife: - The scenery - Scotland’s forests, mountains and coast are not only spectacular but internationally known