Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear

Interesting post by The Jaguar.

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Out of the Darkness by Valerie. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A landmark study has just been released by scientists from the big cat conservation group Panthera. It describes repeat observations of relatively peaceful, social interactions between a supposedly solitary carnivore: the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, Florida panther, Puma concolor).

The study, led by Dr. Mark Elbroch, took place in northwestern Wyoming. Elbroch and his colleagues put GPS collars on 16 pumas, which allowed them to track the cats’ movements. When the data from a puma’s collar indicated a cluster of points in one area, the scientists visited the location to see if the cat had made a kill. When it had, they placed motion-activated video cameras at the site (Elbroch, Levy, Lubell, Quigley, & Caragiuol, 2017).

Elbroch et al. (2017) were able to record remarkable interactions between pumas. They found that unrelated cats…

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Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard

Important information about the clouded leopard!

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Nice Portrait of a Male Clouded Leopard by Emmanuel Keller (Tambako the Jaguar). CC BY-ND 2.0

Clouded leopards are some of the most elusive and understudied cats on the planet. They comprise two species: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) and the Indochinese clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). The latter felid (cat) inhabits portions of mainland Southeast Asia, China, and the Himalayan foothills – whereas the former is restricted to parts of Borneo and Sumatra. Both species are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and both are threatened by palm oil.

An article recently published by Mongabay explores this problematic relationship. The Sunda and Indochinese clouded leopards both need dense forests to survive. These cats are highly arboreal, and have even been recorded hunting monkeys in trees (Hunter, 2015). As palm oil production expands in clouded leopards’ range, more forested land is…

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World Leaders to Discuss the Fate of Snow Leopards on August 24


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Snow Leopard by Skeeze. Public Domain CC0 1.0

A critical meeting is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Delegates and heads of state from all twelve snow leopard (Panthera uncia) range countries are coming together for the Global Snow Leopard Summit, where they will be discussing the fate of this mythic cat.

These world leaders will be meeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and they will be joined by experts from various fields. Their goal is to assess the state of snow leopard conservation, update a key document called the Bishkek Declaration, and strategize for the future. They will discuss ongoing threats to snow leopards, ways to bolster funding for the cats’ conservation, and how to sustainably increase rural peoples’ livelihoods.

This last element is key, because many human communities within the snow leopard’s range are extremely poor. They are also heavily reliant on livestock. So when…

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The Snow Leopard: Ghost Cat of the Mountains

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Snow Leopard by Steffiheufelder. CC0 1.0 Public Domain.

This is an important time for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). In August, representatives from all 12 snow leopard range countries will be meeting in Kyrgyzstan for the Global Snow Leopard Summit. The Snow Leopard Trust has started a petition to urge the leaders at this meeting to strengthen their commitments to save snow leopards, which you can view here. Therefore, this seems like the perfect time to release a quick-facts guide to this most enchanting of cats.

Population Status

No one knows for sure how many snow leopards remain in the wild, but the total is thought to be between 4,500 – 10,000 (Panthera, 2016b). That number is falling, and snow leopards are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The wild snow leopard population has likely fallen by at least 20% in the…

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Bluebird on Nest Pastel Sketch

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Bluebird On A Nest pastel sketch.  It was painted at a time of extreme anxiety.  Old demons mixed with the new.

The blue hue in the middle ground of this painting catches your eye and draws it in to the bird’s eye.  The eyes of an animal are what attract you first.  The foreground is the nest itself, the brown hues contrasting with the blue.  The background is the wall and not well developed so as to keep the eye centered on the bird.  I love the blue of the bluebird.  Blue is a peaceful color and my favorite.  There is a bluebird on a nest on my deck!

Old demons haunted me but it’s the new demons that are the more scary today and I fear.  My painting calmed me and helped me forget for the moment.  I’ll have to write more and meditate more.  Meditation has helped but it is slowly bringing back bad memories.

This painting is done on Canson 98 lb paper and I don’t like the grooves in the paper.  I know that pastel is supposed to be done on the sides with the more prominent groove but I don’t like it!  It is an 8×10″ sketch and available framed.  Please see the Buy Now! button.

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Two new books by Wayne Dyer

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Miriam is pleased to tell you about two new books that she is reading.  They were recommended by her counselor.

One is Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne W. Dyer.  Wayne Dyer has a doctorate in counseling psychology and has written twenty books.  This book is a step by step book about stopping to listen to negative self talk and taking over our own lives.  If you are plagued by worry and you fall into the same old patterns of self destructive thought then you have erroneous zones.

The other is Pulling Your Own Strings.  It talks about techniques for dealing with other people and living your life as you choose.  This book talks about how we can stop being a victim and take over our own lives.

I would recommend that you buy them but I haven’t read them yet.  I will post a book review later.

Where Do We Go From Here?

I hope they keep posting about their canoe trips

All of Algonquin

I had the pleasure of presenting at the Kitchener Waterloo Canoe Symposium this past weekend. It was a great event and a good opportunity to meet some of the people I’ve only known through Instagram, Twitter or blog posts to this point. It also gave me a chance to meet Sean and Derek, the hosts of Paddling Adventures Radio. This was a particular bonus as I’d just found their podcast a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying catching up on their back catalog. There aren’t many shows out there that cover paddling to the extent that those guys do, and by there aren’t many I mean I don’t think there are any others.

KW Symposium

One thing that came out of our conversation was their mentioning that they had discussed my 100 Lakes goal on their show last summer. Because I’m a shameless narcissist, I found the episode and listened to…

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