New post A Race for Vietnam’s Wildlife: the 2014 Song Hong Hal f Marathon

November 20, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests that if you are in Vietnam and feeling fit you could run for their (wild) lives!

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A Race for Vietnam’s Wildlife: the 2014 Song Hong Half Marathon

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2014 Song Hong Half Marathon – A Race for Vietnam’s Wildlife

Song Hong Half Marathon, Race For Wildlife front runners in 2013

Front runners in the 2013 Song Hong Half Marathon, Race For Wildlife

On December 7th 2014, runners from Vietnam and a number of other countries around the world will join together in Hanoi and “race for Vietnam’s wildlife” in the 2014 Song Hong Half Marathon. (ENV Press release November 18, 2014)

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Song Hong Half Marathon, Race For Wildlife Decemebr 7th 2014

The annual marathon is expected to attract hundreds of runners of all levels and abilities with proceeds generated from the race going to support Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), a local organization and leader in efforts to combat the illegal hunting and trade of wildlife in Vietnam.
“This year will not just be about participants having fun and running the 21km, 10km or 5km race,” says Pablo Garcia, Event manager of the 2014 Song Hong Half Marathon. “The 2014 marathon will also contribute to the important cause of protecting wildlife by helping to raise awareness about the threats to Vietnam’s wildlife and encouraging the public not to consume foods or medicines made from wildlife.”

The exciting street running event will take place amongst the safe and tranquil streets of the Ciputra estate and the picturesque shores of West Lake in Hanoi, early in the morning on Sunday 7th December. As in previous years, there are several different distances for runners to choose from, and a kids’ fun run will also be included. Last year’s event attracted a fantastic 357 entries across all categories, and this year both the Red River Runners and ENV hope for even more participants, particularly amongst Hanoi residents.

The goal this year is to increase the number of runners to more than 500 and raise more than 5,000 USD to help protect Vietnam’s Wildlife. ENV will co-host the marathon to help promote the race amongst the Vietnamese and international communities in Hanoi, and will also provide volunteers the day of the marathon to help guide the runners around the course. Vietnam is home to many endangered species which are under serious threat as a result of the illegal wildlife trade.

Funds raised by the race will go to support ENV’s essential work in three key areas: reducing demand for wildlife products through innovative public events and media campaigns; engaging the public in reporting wildlife crime and strengthening law enforcement efforts; and advocating improvements in law and policy aimed at strengthening legal protection for wildlife.

If you wish to participate in the 2014 Song Hong half marathon or any of the other distance races, please register online at https://redriverrunners.dagoba.co/pages/register-for-hong-song-2014-2.

Important race information is updated at http://redriverrunners.com/song-hong-race/.

More details about The Race for Vietnam’s Wildlife 2014 can be found at http://redriverrunners.com https://www.facebook.com/redriverrunners.hanoi
The Song Hong Half Marathon gratefully acknowledges Ciputra Hanoi, the Elite Fitness Center, Super Sports, CBRE, UNIS, OHL, Vietnam Mountain Marathon, Salomon, Click Space, DK Engineering, the Family Medical Practice Hospital, Rent a Bike and Viet Climb as sponsors for the event, as well as the Word magazine for assistance in publicizing and promoting the event.
For further information, please contact: Ms. Van Anh Nguyen Communication Manager Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) Address: Block 17T5, Room 1701, Hoang Dao Thuy str., Hanoi Tel: 04 6281 5424 Mobile: 0905 836 386 Email: vananhnguyen.env
About Song Hong Half Marathon and the Red River Runners
The Song Hong Half Marathon is a non-profit event organized by the Hanoi Red River Runners, a volunteer-led running club. The Red River Runners meet every Saturday Afternoon to run through the fields and suburbs skirting the Red River in Hanoi and every Wednesday Night for Speed Training in the West Lake, and on occasion also host time trial events.
About Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV)
Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) was established in 2000 as Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of nature and protection of the environment. ENV’s focus on reducing consumer demand for wildlife through awareness raising activities, along with active support for law enforcement through crime reduction campaigns and operation of a free Wildlife Crime Hotline through which the public can report crimes, has already made great strides forward in the battle to protect wildlife.

Find more at ENV’s:

website- http://www.envietnam.org
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/EducationforNatureVietnam

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Sydney World Parks Congress: A small world – my wife with Namibian colleagues from her previous stamping grounds.

November 18, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog forwards a few snaps from the ongoing World Parks Congress. All apparently is going well!

New post IUCN World Parks Congress: Panel Explores The Nat ure of Wildlife Crime – the extent and impacts of illegal trade

November 18, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog doesn’t wish to become a wildlife crime bore but it is a topic very much currently discussed. My esteemed wife is currently making presentations on the issue in Sydney. What is going on down under is briefly explained in the following Wild Open Eye Post.

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IUCN World Parks Congress: Panel Explores The Nature of Wildlife Crime – the extent and impacts of illegal trade

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Part of The Thin Green Line, Rangers patrolling the Irrawady Delta, Myanmar

Part of The Thin Green Line, Rangers patrolling the Irrawady Delta, Myanmar

Wildopeneye urges everyone interested in Wildlife Crime to watch the Google Video feed from IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia. The scale of the problem is immense. We’ve lost 50% of our species on the planet in the last 40 years according to WWF. This is what E.O.Wilson called The Sixth Great Extinction. Things have to change. The panel represents a wide range of experts from key organisations involved in combating wildlife crime.

http://worldparkscongress.org/programme/wld_the_nature_of_crime.html

Dugong and turtle poaching in Australia, South East Asian Rosewood and other timber, Gabon’s elephants, South Africa and Sumatra’s rhinos are just some of the important representative topics raised here by the panel members in World Leaders’ Dialogues for November 17th, and more effective response to these crimes across the whole supply chain is declared from working with the local communities in conservation, environmental education at the consumer end, to supporting the ‘Thin Green Line’ of rangers at the "pointy end of conservation", many in need of the most basic supplies and equipment to combat well-armed, organised criminal syndicates involved in illegal wildlife, human, drugs and arms trafficking.

An excellent outcome of this increased focus on Transnational Wildlife and Forest Crime is the whole-hearted participation of Police and Border Defence Agencies. Interpol’s adoption of a new Resolution on Wildlife Crime is very encouraging.

See http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Environmental-crime/Environmental-crime

It is apparent that Transnational Wildlife and Forest Crime is seen as having national and international security implications and the call for the World’s system of protected areas to be involved in new more effective partnerships with non-profit organisations and security agencies in strengthened efforts for conserving natural heritage is an important one.

We heard bad news from Gabon: 70% loss of forest elephants due to poaching in the past decade and good news from Nepal 0% poaching of tigers poached recently.

We heard the need for:

· Local community involvement. Indigenous rangers and empowered community custodians

· Demand and supply reduction. Different strategies to interrupt traditional and new use of wildlife and undermining wider social acceptability of illegal practices- replacement of wildlife products with other social status symbols

· Political support

· Combating corruption

· Better respect, and practical support for the Rangers in terms of training and equipment and proper support for widows and orphans. Celebration of Wildlife Heroes. Conservation champions supported with political will.

· Sharing of intelligence, intelligence-led enforcement

· Capacity building

· Cross-agency / Inter-agency support. Effective coordination.

· Improved legal livelihood options through devolution of management rightsand promotion of sustainable trade

· Different messaging methods to persuade the unconverted.

· Integrated, cross-ministry support, embedded training for Police and Customs officers.

· Harness the same crime-fighting technology in Wildlife Crime as is used against narcotics, gun and human trafficking and techniques such as ‘controlled delivery’.

· Prevention of ivory laundering from domestic markets. Regulated domestic trade has encouraged demand and led to EIA finding , that according to traders’ perceptions in China that up to 90% of ivory in the market place there is perceived as illegal.

Sean Willmore spoke passionately about the need for better Ranger support. Currently President of the International Ranger Federation, with 64 associations on six continents he founded its charity arm, The Thin Green Line Foundation, supporting rangers across the world in anti-poaching conservation work and the widows and orphans of rangers killed in their line of duty – over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the past decade.

As examples of the difficulties Rangers face around the World he reported Indian Rangers buried alive by illegal loggers and that in Congo 50 Rangers serving to protect Hippopotamus came up against an army of 500 poachers with AK 47s, employing horrific terror tactics, they demonstratively tortured a captive Ranger to death. After seeing their colleague buried and his wife and children evicted from their home and school, the others are expected to go out the next day and risk all they have and love!

A lot of Rangers lack simple, basic equipment they need to to their jobs, mosquito nets and waterproofs. Yet there is some good news, Sean cites a case in Kenya where Masai Community Rangers have guarded over a considerable increase in the local lion population from 6 to 120. Community engagement is crucial, they’ve implemented incentive programmes, Predator Compensation Fund, Scholarship programme and Masai Olympics. They also received basic equipment. With increased respect there was self policing which reduced corruption.

We heard that Paul Allen donated $8 million to conduct a census survey of African Elephants. An audience-member from Botswana said that an aerial survey had found no freshly poached carcasses in his country and he quoted a local saying "God will judge the poachers, it’s up to us to arrange the meeting." The panel agreed with a suggestion from the floor that a public shame list would be useful for wildlife criminals.

I think it was a very useful forum. Greg Hunt will be talking with the Chinese soon about the issue. Going forward there is likely to be a congress devoted to Wildlife and Forest Crime as one speaker from the floor, the Director of The Saudi Arabian Wildlife Authority suggested, it is time that World leaders put Wildlife issues at the top of their list. They meet for political summits (like the current G20 Summit in Australia), they should meet for Wildlife too. Good idea.

wildopeneye | 17/11/2014 at 10:48 pm | Tags: Irrawady Delta, IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia, Myanmar, Rangers, Sean Willmore, The Thin Green Line, transnational wildlife and forest crime, World Leaders’ Dialogues | Categories: Forest Conservation, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Protected Areas | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-pa

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INTERPOL seeks public assistance to locate environmental crime fugitives in global operation

November 18, 2014 by

Further to Hugh Paxton’s Blog’s previous post on wildlife crime – here are a few of the ugly mugs you should be keeping an eye open for. These are not pleasant or moral people and potentially dangerous. If you see them, know them, or know anything about their activities then pass the info on. If you are in a position of strength and decide to beat them to a bloody pulp and hurl what’s left into a pit toilet please record the hard evidence of mortality and pass it on. But INTERPOL is about the law and breaking the law is illegal! Enthusiasts are urged to exhibit restraint!

Eyes and ears ladies and gentlemen!

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Dear Colleagues,

Within the context of Operation INFRA-TERRA (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest), INTERPOL is calling on the assistance of the public to identify and locate nine wanted individuals who are the subjects of INTERPOL Red Notices. Operation INFRA-TERRA was launched on 6 October and focuses on 139 fugitives wanted by 36 member countries for crimes and violations against the environment, including illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, illegal trade and disposal of waste, illegal logging and trading in illicit ivory.

Please find attached our announcement. Profiles of the nine individuals can be found on the INFRA-TERRA webpage: http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Fugitive-investigations/Operation-Infra-Red/Wanted-persons-Infra-Terra-2014

Best regards,

Estimados Colegas,

Bajo el marco de la operación INFRA-TERRA (redadas contra prófugos a nivel internacional), INTERPOL solicita la ayuda de los miembros del público para identificar y localizar el paradero de nueve prófugos, los cuales son sujetos de notificaciones rojas emitidas por INTERPOL. Esta operación fue iniciada el día 6 de octubre y se centra en 139 prófugos buscados por 36 países miembros por la comisión de delitos como por ejemplo la pesca ilegal, el tráfico de especies de flora y fauna silvestres, el comercio y el desecho ilegal de substancias peligrosas o que dañan la capa de ozono, la tala ilegal y/o el comercio ilícito de marfil.

Vea adjunto el anuncio de la operación INFRA TERRA. Se pueden encontrar perfiles de los nueve individuos en la página web de INFRA-TERRA: http://www.interpol.int/es/Internet/Criminalidad/Investigaciones-sobre-prófugos/Operación-INFRA-RED/Wanted-persons-Infra-Terra-2014

Atentamente,

Chers collègues,

Dans le cadre de l’opération INFRA-TERRA, INTERPOL sollicite l’aide du public afin d’identifier et de localiser neufs personnes recherchées qui sont les sujets de notices rouges INTERPOL. L’organisation mondiale de police a lancé l’opération INFRA-TERRA le 6 octobre, ciblant 139 malfaiteurs en fuite recherchés par 36 pays membres pour des infractions comprenant, entre autres, la pêche illégale, le trafic d’espèces sauvages, le commerce et le déversement illégaux de déchets, l’exploitation illégale de bois et le commerce illégal d’ivoire.

Veuillez trouver ci-jointe l’annonce du lancement de l’opération. Les profiles des neufs individus sont disponibles sur la page web INFRA-TERRA : http://www.interpol.int/fr/Crime-areas/Fugitive-investigations/Operation-Infra-Red/Wanted-persons-Infra-Terra-2014

Cordialement,

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Latest from INTERPOL: A big step forward in the fight against wildlife crime

November 18, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is advised that this not an official document and for the use of media only. I’m the media. If you read this and pass it on you are the media ,too. And, as always when this blog forwards a message regarding wildlife crime from INTERPOL, I urge readers to report clear and coherently supported instances of crime to this Blog and these will be forwarded. Or you can go direct to them. Emphasis should be placed on crimes that span borders.

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PRESS RELEASE

A big step forward in the fight against wildlife crime

CITES supports INTERPOL Operation to locate known environmental criminals, including wanted wildlife crime kingpins

Geneva, 17 November 2014 – The first global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental crime, including wildlife crime, led by INTERPOL and supported by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), was announced today. The initial phase of INTERPOL’s Operation ‘INFRA-Terra’ (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest), is targeting nine fugitives wanted for environmental crime, in particular wildlife crime. This includes Feisal Mohamed Ali, alleged to be the ringleader of an ivory smuggling ring in Kenya.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) adds its voice to support its ICCWC partners in asking for the public’s assistance to provide information that could help track down the suspects whose cases were selected for this initial phase.

Commenting on the operation, the CITES Chief of Enforcement Support, Mr Ben Janse van Rensburg said, “This first operation represents a big step forward in the fight against wildlife criminal networks. Countries are increasingly treating wildlife crime as a serious offence, and we will leave no stone unturned to locate and arrest these criminals to ensure that they are brought to justice. The public can play a crucial role in this collective effort, they our eyes and ears on the ground. Their support can help ensure that the offenders face the full might of the law and are punished appropriately”.

‘Historically, countries have not drawn on these law enforcement tools to hunt down fugitives wanted for offences against our natural heritage. The CITES Secretariat applauds the governments that are making use of this mechanism and strongly support this initiative to combat wildlife crime and the kingpins behind it,’ he added.

Wildlife crime has become a serious threat to the security, political stability, economy, natural resources and cultural heritage of many countries. The extent of the response required to address this threat effectively is often beyond the sole remit of environmental or wildlife law enforcement agencies, or even of one country or region alone. This operation, targeting fugitives, will extend efforts beyond national borders and across range, transit and destination States in support of a collective global response to fight such crime.

Technical and financial support for the operation is offered by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) thanks to the generous contribution of the European Union.

Information on the possible location of the targets of Operation INFRA-Terra, or any internationally wanted persons, can be sent to INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit. Information can also be given anonymously to any national “Crime Stoppers” programme.

Note to Editors: For more information, contact Juan Carlos Vasquez at +4179-552 27 32 (mobile), or juan.vasquez

Read more.

Main page about the operation here:
http://www.interpol.int/en/Crime-areas/Fugitive-investigations/Operation-Infra-Red/Wanted-persons-Infra-Terra-2014

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit:
http://www.interpol.int/Forms/Wanted_persons

CITES welcomes new Secretary-General of INTERPOL and adoption of General Assembly resolution on Environmental Security:
http://cites.org/eng/new_interpol _sg_resolution

CITES Secretariat welcomes APEC Joint Ministerial Statement:
http://cites.org/eng/apec_ministerial_statement

Executive order – Combating Wildlife Trafficking:
http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/us_wildlife_eo.pdf

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sg/2012/20120525_SG_US-Senate_testimony.php

Secretary Clinton’s ‘Call for Action’ on illicit wildlife trade: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2012/20121111_wildlife_trafficking.php

Fact sheet: US efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking:
http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sundry/2013/whitehouse_factsheet.pdf

Rio+20 on CITES and wildlife crime: http://uncsd.iisd.org/guest-articles/cites-from-stockholm-in-%E2%80%9872-to-rio20-back-to-the-future/

CITES Conference of the Parties on wildlife crime: http://biodiversity-l.iisd.org/guest-articles/cites-cop16-bangkok-2013-a-%E2%80%98watershed-moment%E2%80%99-for-combating-wildlife-crime/

UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution on wildlife crime: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sundry/2013/20130502_ccpcj_resolution.php

UK Royal Family efforts to combat wildlife crime: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/20130521_royal_wildlife_trafficking.php

G8 Summit 2013 outcomes on wildlife crime: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sundry/2013/20130621_g8.php

UN Security Council and the LRA and illicit ivory trade: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/20130523_un_lra.php

The Fact Sheet also notes that the US will work with the International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). For more information on ICCWC see: http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php

ICCWC hosted the first meeting of regional wildlife enforcement networks at the CITES CoP: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/20130307_wen.php

ICCWC also hosted a Ministerial session on transboundary wildlife crime at the CITES CoP: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/pr/2013/20130305_ministerial.php with the report available here: http://www.cites.org/eng/cop/16/inf/E-CoP16i-54.pdf

About CITES

With 180 Member States, CITES remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora.

CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their parts and products, ensuring their survival in the wild, with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable.

CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day.

Learn more about CITES by visiting www.cites.org or connecting to:

www.facebook.com/CITES
www.twitter.com/citesconvention
www.youtube.com/citesvd
www.flickr.com/cites

About ICCWC

ICCWC is the collaborative effort of five intergovernmental organizations working to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the subregional and regional networks that, on a daily basis, act in defence of natural resources. The ICCWC partners are the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization.

The mission of ICCWC is to usher in a new era where perpetrators of serious wildlife and forest crime will face a formidable and coordinated response, rather than the present situation where the risk of detection and punishment is all too low.

In this context, ICCWC works for, and with, the wildlife law enforcement community, since it is frontline officers who eventually bring criminals engaged in wildlife crime to justice.

ICCWC seeks to support the development of law enforcement that builds on socially and environmentally sustainable natural resource policies, taking into consideration the need to provide livelihood support to poor and marginalized rural communities.

Learn more about ICCWC by visiting http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php

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New post Tales From The River Bank and Wild Open Eye. Do bears shit in the woods?

November 18, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has never had any issues with answering this question to my complete satisfaction. But if evidence is required to resolve the dispute read on! Quite a lot of other fine glimpses of the US deep south when it comes to things in an around woods. Shitting or otherwise. Shot by my esteemed brother, Charles and his beloved wife, Kimmie.

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Tales From The River Bank. Bears poop in the woods.

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Blaze of Autumn sunflowers on the lake at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Blaze of Autumn sunflowers on the lake at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5

Wildopeneye offers definitive proof that bears do indeed poop in the woods.

Wildopeneye offers definitive proof that bears do indeed poop in the woods. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5

"Do Bears Shit In The Woods?"

Wildopeneye is celebrating protected areas and would like to offer this photograph as evidence to answer that frequently asked question once and for all. Please forgive the thread of toilet humour here, but we are happy to say that bears do indeed continue to defecate in these parts. We submit this image from the Bottomland woods in Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in North eastern Louisiana as evidence. This deposit was made recently by a native Louisiana Black Bear (Ursus americanus), officially the State Mammal since 1992 when it received protection as a threatened species throughout its traditional range under the Endangered Species Act. See http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-black-bear-status-range for details and population map.

The Wood Duck Conservation Programme at Tensas NWR has protected nest boxes and a viewing pier amongst prime habitat.

The Wood Duck Conservation Programme at Tensas NWR has protected nest boxes and a viewing pier amongst prime habitat. Click the image to visit their webpage. Sigma DP2 Merrill +.6 saturation

Amongst the glorious wild fowl habitat the Tensas River NWR runs a Wood Duck Conservation Programme. The Park is on a major migration fly-way.

Amongst the glorious wild fowl habitat the Tensas River NWR runs a Wood Duck Conservation Programme. The Park is on a major migration fly-way. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5

Mixed flock of Vultures at Tensas NWR. The Black Vultures hunt by sight and the Turkey Vultures by scent. Together they make a formidable clean-up crew of large scavengers.

Mixed flock of Vultures at Tensas NWR. The Black Vultures hunt by sight and the Turkey Vultures by scent. Together they make a formidable clean-up crew of large scavengers.

We were thrilled to see this evidence of bears and to actually catch a glimpse of a bear, if not a picture, as it loped across the road during the safari drive. We also saw the lovely White-tailed Deer, a mixed flock of Black and Turkey vultures, also Wood Ducks, hawks, Woodpeckers and a surprising blaze of colour from Sun flowers around the lake.

Mixed vulture roost at Tensas River NWR

Mixed vulture roost at Tensas River NWR

32X Telephoto view of the same roost reveals a few Turkey Vultures cohabiting with the Black Vultures. I'd read of their association but this was the first time we'd seen it. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 set + 2 1/3 stops and enhanced with Topaz Adjust 5

32X Telephoto view of the same roost reveals a few Turkey Vultures cohabiting with the Black Vultures. I’d read of their association but this was the first time we’d seen it. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 set + 2 1/3 stops and enhanced with Topaz Adjust 5

Turkey Tail fungus at Tensas NWR

Turkey Tail fungus at Tensas NWR taken on Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced with Topaz Adjust 5

American Safari Experience

Tensas NWR offers a great Safari drive. They have adopted a brilliant system with local farmers that sets aside crops for wildlife benefit. We saw deer feeding down one of the ‘rides’ that allow long distance viewing otherwise difficult in the tall standing Milo crop, excellent forage, and in the ripened brown of Autumn we were reminded of African safari drive experiences.

White-tailed Deer Fawn raising its tail in characteristic 'salute' as it prepares to run.

White-tailed Deer Fawn raising its tail in characteristic ‘salute’ as it prepares to run. K. Paxton photo and copyright. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5

The Autumnal phase of the Bald Cypress coupled with yellows and browns in the deciduous leaves are very beautiful and there were no mosquitoes on this occasion, making for lovely walking conditions.

Unless otherwise stated all images and copyright C.Paxton 2014

wildopeneye | 17/11/2014 at 4:26 pm | Tags: Bear poop, Do Bears Shit In The Woods?, frequently asked question, Louisiana, Tensas River | Categories: Conservation, Protected Areas, Tales From The Riverbank | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-oQ

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Tales From The River Bank. Bears poop in the woods.

November 18, 2014 by

charlespaxton:

New from Wildopeneye

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Blaze of Autumn sunflowers on the lake at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Blaze of Autumn sunflowers on the lake at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5 

Wildopeneye offers definitive proof that bears do indeed poop in the woods.

Wildopeneye offers definitive proof that bears do indeed poop in the woods. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 enhanced in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Adjust 5 

“Do Bears Shit In The Woods?”

Wildopeneye is celebrating protected areas and would like to offer this photograph as evidence to answer that frequently asked question once and for all. Please forgive the thread of toilet humour here, but we are happy to say that bears do indeed continue to defecate in these parts. We submit this image from the Bottomland woods in Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in North eastern Louisiana as evidence. This deposit was made recently by a native Louisiana Black Bear (Ursus americanus), officially the State Mammal since 1992 when it received protection as a threatened species throughout its traditional…

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Brigitte’s Pick: Cell C. South African style protest.

November 17, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for this bit of in your face civic activism legally upheld in South Africa. The bill board is allowed to stay. This must be driving Cell C berserk. And delighting anybody who has used their indifferent, arrogant and customer unfriendly services.

Just a hunch – but I suspect the judge may have enjoyed Cell C’s facilities and that might have had a bearing on the verdict.

I’m not sure whether this approach would work in the US – too many lawyers, perhaps.

I reckon Australians and Canadians might lap it up.

One thing’s for sure, putting up your billboard (particularly outside a large retail outlet) is more eye-catching than writing a letter to the local newspaper or, even less effectively, a letter of complaint to the company concerned.

Cheers!

Hugh

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Brigitte’s Pick: It is an amazing world!

November 17, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks contributor, Brigitte, for this lot! Some are indeed amazing!

Subject: FW: It is an amazing world!

A music school in China.

Adidas Shop Amsterdam:

Bali, Indonesia swim resort.

A bridge made entirely of trampolines.

At the University of Munich in Germany, this 4 story slide can take students from any floor down to ground level.

This Village in Giethoorn, Netherlands has no roads and you take a boat to go to different places!

Water slide at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

River in Japan filled with cherry blossom petals.

A fisherman in New Zealand discovered a translucent sea creature off Northland’s Karikari Peninsula.

This pig took a risk and escaped from a truck all for the sake of its freedom.

A wild long-tailed macaque monkey adopted an abandoned kitten at Ubud’s Monkey Forest in Bali.

Grüner See in Styria, Austria, is a dry park in the winter, and a 12m deep lake in the summer.

In China teachers allow children to sleep in class for 20 minutes to learn better

Frozen wave in Antarctica.

In the gulf of Alaska, two oceans combine but do not mix.

MindBlowing . . .

Lenticular clouds over Mount Fuji, Japan

Police dogs final test: self control


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