Beljarica Backwaters: Some good news announced (but not yet official)

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Also, it is a part of the international ecological corridor and the “Confluence of the Sava and the Danube Rivers” Important Bird Area (IBA), already proposed for a nature reserve by the Government’s Institute for the Protection of Nature of Serbia.

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Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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From that year onward my work became dedicated to the protection of the area, as well as promotion of local ecotourism possibilities. Also, there are more than 44 species of mammals: Otter , Wildcat , Grey Wolf , Beech Martens , Wild Boar , and Golden Jackal.

Birding Beljarica in August

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I started the campaign for the protection of Beljarica, raising public awareness and collecting more than 10,000 petition signatures, not only because of its Eurasian Otters , White-tailed Eagles , Black Storks , Icterine and Eastern Olivaceous Warblers , etc.,

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The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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In mid-December, I was birding along the Beljarica levee (Beh-LYAH-ritza), my local patch north of Belgrade, when something other than birds attracted my attention: three wild boars , appearing all black because they had just swam through the swamp to reach the bottom of the levee.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Gaur Morning

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A sounder of Indian Boars is watching us from the jungle. They belong to a long-maned subspecies Sus scrofa cristatus (like four-legged Greco/Roman crested helmets) and are my second race of boar seen in India, while I still remain the only Serbian birder who has never seen one closer to home! The tropical dry deciduous jungle, or “jungle”, however you see it, covers almost 90% of 600 km2 (230 mi2) of this protected area. February 2013.

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

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In mid-December, I was birding along the Beljarica levee (Beh-LYAH-ritza), my local patch north of Belgrade, when something other than birds attracted my attention: three Wild Boars. Even among the protected areas of Serbia, Djerdap National Park stands out as better preserved than most.

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The best-kept birding secrets of Belgrade

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In June 2021, the Mayor of Belgrade announced that Beljarica will finally become officially protected. Two Wild Boars crossed our path, returning from the arable field where they fed overnight, to the safety of Beljarica.

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The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

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Recently, 29 fish species of fish were recorded in this area, together with 8 amphibians, 9 reptiles and 62 species of mammals (including 20 species of bats), together with Wild Boar , Roe Deer , Wildcat , Golden Jackal , Eurasian Otter , European Pine and Beech Martens , Steppe Polecat , Stoat and the Least Weasel. Out of these 136 bird species, 108 are strictly protected and further 28 protected by Serbian legislation.

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Rarer than Tigers: the Indian Wild Dog

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In the morning, still sleepy, we enter the jungle, where a sounder of Indian Boars (a long-maned subspecies Sus scrofa cristatus ) is watching us, standing among the first trees, right next to the road. Even in protected areas of north-east India, prey densities are very low. Only in protected areas in southern and central India (e.g. India, February 2013. I am camping in the dry-deciduous jungle in eastern Maharashtra, near the geographic heart of India.

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The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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And destroying the largest portion of the Danube backwaters remaining around Belgrade, part of the international ecological corridor and the “Confluence of the Sava and the Danube Rivers” Important Bird Area (IBA) – already proposed for a nature reserve by the Government’s Institute for the Protection of Nature of Serbia, doesn’t fit under EU standards. Were the hydrologists of 1920s worried where the fish will spawn, Wild Boars fatten and eagles nest?

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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl–A Book Review

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It is also native to Japan, where it is protected and protectively studied to the point where Slaght had trouble getting any information.). Well, the snowmobile ride back to civilization at the end of phase one, zooming over slush as ice breaks behind them, is understandably exciting, as is the burning field outside their camp in the middle of the night, and the herd of stampeding boar that narrowly misses Slaght one evening.

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The Lion Forest of India

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This park protects the largest remaining tract of dry deciduous forest in the west of India, offering visitors 37 species of reptiles, 38 species of mammals and, not to be forgotten – almost 300 bird species. while herbivores are represented by Chital (above) and Sambar deer, Wild Boar, Nilgai antelope, etc. Wild Boar stands next to the road, watching us without nervousness or fear.

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Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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After obtaining the high quality topographic maps (scale 1:25,000) and a walking guide produced by the Society for the Protection of Prespa Lakes (highly recommendable and available at their HQ in the village of Laimos, during working hours; go left at the square with a small park, then right after the bridge), in the morning I headed for the causeway between the two lakes.

On Trial: Animal Torture Videos vs. Free Speech

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In 2004, Robert Stevens was convicted of violating this law and sentenced to 32 months in prison for selling videos featuring pit bulls chasing wild boars on organized hunts and depicting a pit bull attacking the lower jaw of a domestic farm pig, according to the Philadelphia-based appeals court. Similarly, child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment. I hope the Supreme Court will see clear to protect animals from such gratuitous harm and exploitation.