Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Barefoot Professor says goodbye

Our very own Barefoot Professor, Re-Marcable Marc Weiner, has decided the time has come to say goodbye to his many fans at WildEarth. After seven-and-a-half years he will be hanging up his hat.

This is truly the end of an era as Marc has been with us from almost the beginning. From his first WildEarth drive back in December of 2008, through the WildEarth Safari days and the Thornybush safaris, and, most recently, for the #safariLIVE series.

It's been a true pleasure having Marc around throughout these years. There are so many fond memories, and he has taught us all so much. The depth of his knowledge of in particular the smaller, often ignored, parts of nature is truly incredible. And his spiritual connection with elephants is also something we'll never forget. But, most of all, it's his love for the bush and his passion for being out there and sharing it with so many across the globe that stands out and what makes so many love him.

It will thus be a sad day for many when Marc finishes his last drive next week (Monday's Sunset drive), but we all do wish him the very best on whichever path his trusty Landy will take him.

Marc, we are a truly grateful for all you've given to us and our viewers, your fans, over the years. 

Hamba kahle, dear friend!

Photo courtesy of Marc Weiner, first video courtesy of DaisysPlace2

Friday, 22 May 2015

#EagleWATCH Update

The eaglets are growing fast and doing well at the nest sites. There have been some losses, with eggs failing and an unfortunate incident of an eaglet falling from the Two Harbors nest. This is sad news for parents Justice, the male (#K-81) and Liberty, the female (#K-82).

The White Rock nest's two eaglets are doing well, and are fed regularly. They have lost all the white, downy feathers they hatched with. Dubbed Kilo and Lima, they have already had some excitement in their short lives, with intruders being chased off by Mom and Dad.

The nest at Humboldt Bay has two eaglets, E1 and E2. Their mother is very attentive, staying with them while their father flies out for food. Known as Mr and Mrs, they are very hands-on parents.

Mr and Mrs Honeycomb at the Harrison Mills nest have their two eaglets well in hand. Driver (hatched April 29) and Putter (hatched May 3), have some growing to do, with Putter being much smaller than the older sibling.

The lone Delta 3 eaglet, called Uno, is doing well. Ma and Pa keep them well fed and protected. After the only other egg failed to hatch, the eaglet received all the attention and it shows. The eaglet seems healthy and has grown quite large.

The eaglet in the West End nest is also healthy and growing well. Parents #K-91 (mom) and #K-01 (dad) also known as Thunder and Superman respectively, are often out hunting and the little one, called Lunar, can be seen sleeping alone in the nest.

We should be able to see the fledging process begin for the earliest hatches in the next 4 to 6 weeks. Join the conversation by tweeting your thoughts using the hashtag #EagleWATCH. This really is an exciting time for the bald eagles of our cams.

Monday, 18 May 2015

#FalconWATCH Update

The Peregrine falcons are doing well with their new chicks. The Great Spirit Bluff nest is hopping with four little balls of fluffy feathers, chirping for attention from parents Michelle and Travis. After hatching on the 7th and 8th of May, their chicks are being well fed and tended to.

The nest at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning is home to Dorothy and E2 and thus far only one of their eggs has hatched. Another egg cracked and Dorothy removed the half-formed chick from the nest. The remaining 2 eggs are likely to deteriorate and be removed from the nest in coming days.

Given Dorothy's advanced age of 16 years, chances are this is her last clutch of eggs and her last chick. What she has accomplished is nothing short of amazing, having fledged 42 healthy falcons. This little one, who hatched on Mother's Day will be her 43rd and closely watched by viewers of the cam. Be sure to join the conversation with the hashtag #FalconWATCH and share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

#FalconWATCH Begins

The Peregrine falcons of the Cathedral Falcons and Great Spirit Bluff nest cams, both have eggs and hatches are imminent!

The pair at Great Spirit Bluff have a clutch of 4 eggs, one noticeably paler in colour than the rest, and the female falcon, Michelle is currently at the nest. The Cathedral Falcons pair, Dorothy and E2 are prolific parents, with Dorothy having fledged 22 chicks in 7 years with her first mate Erie, and 19 chicks with E2 since 2008. They too have 4 eggs in their nest this breeding season.

Be sure to follow what these raptors get up to as they prepare to welcome their newborns, by watching the cams via, and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FalconWATCH.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Red Wolf Mom Welcomes 7 Pups

Exciting times ahead at the Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester County, New York. On May 2, red wolf F1563, also known as Salty, gave birth to a litter of 7 pups. The 6 males and 1 female have been examined, are healthy and being looked after in the den by mom.

This critcally endangered species, of which there are only a few hundred left in the wild, are very vulnerable at birth, so mom will keep their 1 year old siblings and dad at bay. They are set to open their eyes within the next 10 to 14 days.

Dad, red wolf M1803 and mom welcomed their 3 older pups on May 8, 2014, and are proving to the very valuable to the recovery of the at-risk red wolf population.

You can learn more about red wolves and the extensive work the Wolf Conservation Center does on their website, on Facebook and Twitter and view the wolves via the WildEarth streaming cams.