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A Race To Save A Continent – May 9, 2013

A British couple is running the length of South America for its wilderness and wildlife

On the opening day of London’s 2012 Summer Olympics, Brits David and Katharine Lowrie, both in their 30s, kicked off their own race in Patagonia. The challenge? To run the length of South America unsupported, some 5000 miles south to north, in a year. That is the equivalent of running over 200 marathons in 12 months. No one has ever traversed the continent like this. But the Lowries’ main goal was to raise funds and environmental awareness for South America’s wilds – rain forests, high plains, and jungles that they would pass through en route. They began in a Tierra Del Fuego snow storm, survived anti-British… more

by: Patrick Holian

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Rewilding Efforts Step Up in Scotland – December 11, 2012

Beavers and white-tailed eagles are back. Now the country is considering reintroducing other species like lynx, moose, and bear

Simon Jones walks along a densely wooded trail in the Knapdale Forest of Argyll in Scotland and points out a few large beaver dams along the banks of Loch Coille Bharr. Beavers were hunted to extinction for their fur and musk in Great Britain 400 years ago, so it is quite surprising to see the dams.  But Jones, a project director who works for the conservation group, Scottish Wildlife Trust, expected this kind of result when three beaver families were released here in 2009 (Details about further releases and beaver status here).

beaver dam Photos by Patrick HolianA beaver dam in Knapdale Forest,… more

by: Patrick Holian

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