Ever watch a nature program and wonder how the filmmakers managed to capture those awesome and allegedly authentic scenes? This is going to come as an absolute shock, but a lot of them were...wait for it...staged!
From this story on NPR: Wildlife documentaries come with the promise that what you're seeing and hearing is genuine—but that's not always the case, according to a new book by a veteran environmental filmmaker. In Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, Chris Palmer exposes some of the dirty secrets behind nature documentaries, like manufactured sounds and staged animal fights. Palmer tells Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen that after 30 years in the business, he had become haunted by what he had seen and felt the need for transparency.
The pygmy rabbit does not warrant protection under the endangered species act, a federal agency said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service concluded that while there are pressures to the rabbit's habitat, it is not enough to threaten the survival of the species.
A massive research project in a prime Atlantic fishing ground has local anglers and commercial fishermen up in arms.
From this story in the Gloucester Times: The National Science Foundation intends to assemble an array of gliders and autonomous underwater vehicles in a block of water on the continental shelf that is heavily traveled and fished by boats from New England, New York, New Jersey and as far south as the Carolinas. The poorly publicized and poorly attended public hearing on what is known as the Pioneer Array element in the global scale project was held Sept. 8 in New Bedford.
A mule deer who was either [A] hungry and a poor planner; or [B] despondent and just wanted to end it all, recently jumped off a cliff and into Lake Powell. Maybe he was trying to prove Santa and his Reindeer Only policy wrong...
A hungry mule deer on the cliffs of Lake Powell took to the air, then jumped into the water Saturday, before being returned to solid ground by officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The four-by-four point buck was trapped in Moqui Canyon, about two or three miles north, or "up lake," of Bullfrog Marina, said Sean Spencer, a conservation officer who assisted in the rescue.
Gerber is releasing a new line of knives in 2011 dubbed simply the Survivor Series, representing a collaboration between the knife maker and survivalist/TV show host Bear Grylls, a first for the star of the Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild. These will also be the first pieces of survival gear bearing BG's name and stamp of approval since he parted ways with Bayleyknife's S4 series.
As a taste, the first entry in the series is currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com for $59.99, a reduced price that may go up when the knife is released on November 15.
More hunting restrictions may be needed if wildlife managers are to bring back declining populations of the northern bobwhite quail, a new University of Florida study shows. The population of the popular game bird, which gets its name from its distinctive call, has been declining in the southeastern U.S. since the 1980s largely because of habitat loss. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, in a paper published in the current issue of Wildlife Research, report that hunters play a role in reducing the numbers of quail including some that don’t get a chance to reproduce.
When Minnesota's waterfowl season opens Saturday, something will be missing: hunters. The number of duck hunters has declined by nearly 50 percent in the past 30 years, from an estimated 155,000 in 1979 to 78,000 last year. In only the past 10 years, the state has lost 44,000 duck hunters. This while the overall number of licensed hunters in the state has stayed fairly constant at around 560,000.
Are you bored with your space-age 325-feet-per-second bow? Do you no longer find the thrill in your minute-of-gnat's-ass big-game rifle? Are you looking for a challenge? A real challenge? A get-back-to-your-roots challenge? Well, here it is, at least if you live in Missouri.
One knee on the ground, Justin Garnett, 27, scraped an elderberry stem with a knife he made from volcanic glass. Within 30 minutes, he turned the stem into a weapon favored by Aztec war gods. The weapon is called atlatl, pronounced “AT’-lat-ul”. Its name originated from the Aztec language, meaning “water thrower” for hunting fish and mammoths. It wasn't until 2007 when the atlatl could be used in Missouri to hunt small game such as squirrels. In November, Missouri will become the second state in the U.S. where this weapon, which dates to at least 28,000 years ago, can be used to hunt deer. Alabama took the lead in 1996.
Has it actually come to this? Seriously? Warned to stay off our own public lands because they’ve been taken over by the drug cartels? It's apparently happening in Oregon.
From this story in theMail-Tribune: Deer hunters will be taking to the woods en masse next weekend during the middle of the marijuana harvest season, and police are warning hunters to steer clear of any suspected gardens for their own safety.