For more than a century, ever since humans introduced them to the Galapagos, rats have ruled Pinzón Island. Just one year ago, 180 million rats lived on this island, hardly seven square miles of land. And because the rats were so hungry for turtle eggs and turtle hatchlings, for years the native giant tortoises — a subspecies called Chelonoidis nigra duncanensis — had to breed in captivity and were considered extinct in the wild.
But now, John R. Platt reports at Scientific American, 118 juvenile tortoises have been let free on the island. And they may just survive — because the rats are gone.
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The link below is to an article that reports on the ‘solar tent,’ a tent that charges your gadgets while out camping.
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The link below is to an article that reports on the planned release of captive-bred Regent Honeyeaters to boost wild population.
The link below is to an excellent article (with photos) on the wild white horses of Camargue, France.
Bushwalkers/hikers/trekkers (call it what you will) know that the right boot for an individual walker is absolutely essential out in the wild (or as we might call it Australia, out in the bush or out in the sticks). Many a bushwalk has been ruined or seriously curtailed by having the wrong boot. For me, when I’m doing some serious walking and covering large swathes of territory, blisters become a major problem.
The link below is to an article that provides some tips on what to look for when buying a bushwalking boot.