All posts in "Animals"

#33 Birders bring the twittering world to my computer

By Cathryn Wellner / May 23, 2011

This morning one of my Twitter pals, @guurrbi, sent a link to photos he had just uploaded on Facebook. The link is public. You don’t have to be registered on Facebook to enjoy these birds from Cooktown, Queensland, Australia. That’s where Nugal-warra Elder, Wilfred (Willie) Gordon and Judy Bennett run Guurrbi Tours. I’m fascinated by […]


#29 Song of the marsh

By Cathryn Wellner / May 21, 2011

The marsh falls quiet in winter, except for the occasional quack or honk of an over-wintering mallard or Canada goose. I enjoy the hush, but as soon as February appears on the calendar, I tune my ears to the music of the red-winged blackbird. They return around the end of the first week of February […]


#25 People care about animals in trouble

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2011

David Hancock (Hancock Wildlife Foundation) dubbed the eaglet Donald because his bullying tactics reminded him of another Donald. School children nicknamed the gutsy little guy Flyer. By any name, the eaglet was in trouble when he got his foot caught in a fishing net. Anyone watching the popular web cam could see the baby bird […]


#21 From egg to flight, a robin’s life

By Cathryn Wellner / May 19, 2011

Videographer Fred Margulies makes it look easy in this beautiful homage to new life. But anyone who’s ever made a video knows how much thought, time, and skill goes into editing four weeks of filming into a film that’s 3:33 minutes long. So Margulies’ “Robins: 4 Eggs, 4 Weeks” makes me hopeful for two reasons. […]


#13 The promise of goslings

By Cathryn Wellner / May 16, 2011

There comes a time every year when the Canada geese that over-winter here in Kelowna settle onto nests and re-start the annual cycle that underlies survival of their species. We humans make it as difficult as possible. In the nesting areas nearby, that means hiring someone to shoot off cannons. Between scaring the geese off […]


#11 The turtles are back

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2011

Every fall the two turtles disappear into the mud of the Rotary Marsh. Every spring we wonder if they will emerge or succumb to cold, predators or whatever else threatens small turtles. They emerged again this spring, and this time there are three turtles. Junior is actually about half grown. Where did he hide from […]


#2 Gentle response to predator problems

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2011

When my ex and I had a small ranch in Cariboo (rural heart of British Columbia), we also had a major predator problem. We moved from Vancouver Island with a menagerie that included a full-meal deal for prey animals. For their dining pleasure we offered ducks, geese, chickens, lambs, and piglets. They responded with gusto. […]


#1 Anne the elephant finds refuge

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2011

It was a video that finally freed Annie. Watching a young circus employee beat and jab a 59-year-old elephant roused public anger. Thousands of people, from around the world, signed petitions protesting the cruelty. So the last circus elephant in Britain has moved to a wildlife park. For fifty years she was forced to do […]

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