article thumbnail

From Russia With Birds: The World’s Biggest Owl, “Zombie” Pigeons

10,000 Birds

Today’s post includes two such stories, brought all the way to you from Russia. In the hardcore “news” department, scientists from the United States and Russia have managed a successful study of the foraging and nesting habits of Blakiston’s Fish Owl , the largest owl on the planet and one of the rarest.

Russia 194
article thumbnail

Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

Critter News

But I'm not exactly sure why RUSSIA would ban them. Apparently, some claim about 90 percent of Canadian sales are to Russia. Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. Russia has been the biggest market for the Canadian seal fur industry. Great news!

Russia 100
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

article thumbnail

Birding Russia on the Fly

10,000 Birds

Petersburg, Russia. Trips Europe Russia' Between finishing one graduate program and beginning another, he embarked on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Of course, birding was on the itinerary! First was an awesome stay in Iceland. Here’s his second stop: Our second destination after Iceland was St. We took the 5-hour night flight to St.

Russia 150
article thumbnail

Customs Officials Meet to Discuss China/Russia Smuggling

Critter News

From TRAFFIC, Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife trafficking tigers china russia.

Russia 100
article thumbnail

Blakiston’s Fish Owl on Hokkaido

10,000 Birds

When Jonathan Slaght did his research on Blakiston’s Fish Owl in Russia’s Far East – which he describes in his excellent book “Owls of the Eastern Ice” – he had to cope not only with extreme cold but also with rather bad music: “Katkov filled our commutes with loud music.

Fish 205
article thumbnail

A Fierce Cartoon Bird: Steller’s Sea Eagle on Hokkaido

10,000 Birds

Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709 – 1746) was a German-born naturalist, though it seems he spent most of his (shortish) adult life in Russia, participating in the exploration of the North Pacific region. The species is listed as Vulnerable – the estimated number of individuals is 4600-5100 (HBW), of which about 2000 winter on Hokkaido.

Eagles 130
article thumbnail

Are Kittiwakes Catholic?

10,000 Birds

According to eBird, “it breeds on rocky cliffs on islands in the Bering Sea, from Alaska to Russia; winters on open ocean”. In contrast, eBird notes that the Black-legged Kittiwake “breeds at high latitudes across the Northern Hemisphere, primarily in large colonies on cliffs and other structures overhanging water”.

Breeding 220