Saturday

Jan Spence opened her door to find a small owl sitting at her doorstep in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “It was amazing,” Spence told the New York Daily News.

“It wouldn’t move. It just sat there and looked at us. It was so cute and it was just a foot from the door.”

Imagine the surprise this woman must have felt as she opened up her front door and saw this! A beautiful owl sits on her porch, looking right into the camera.

We're not sure if he's looking through the glass, or looking at his reflection, but either way it's really rare to be so close to the majestic owl!

Just like the woman, in the video, I have never been this close to an owl before. It's really interesting to see how they interact up close and personal!


Animal control told Spence to leave the owl alone and it would leave. But, the next day, the bird was still walking around the neighborhood, so she took it to Bird Emergency Aid & Kare Sanctuary (BEAKS).

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Friday

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights. ~ Carole King

When it comes to wolves, it’s all about family.

Unbeknownst to Mexican wolf F1226 (aka Belle) and her three critically endangered kiddos, their family has been warming the hearts of a global audience via the Wolf Conservation Center's remote webcams. This beautiful family represents the Center's active participation in an effort to save a species on the brink of extinction.

The WCC is one of 54 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan - a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.


Background The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals - a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014.

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Alawa (the sleep howler) is a captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY.

 She is one of the four 'ambassador wolves' at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment.

The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes this mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States.

All wolves travel in packs. Mother and father wolves are referred to as alphas. The alphas hunt for food for their young. They also choose den sites and territory for the pack.


Wolves communicate with one another through howls and whistles. The theory that wolves howl at the full moon is based on the fact that wolves tend to howl more frequently when the dark nights are lighter due to extra moonlight.

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Inuit elders talk about changes that they are now seeing in their local environment

 While there are still populations in the continental United States who question whether or not climate change is happening, individuals living in climatically sensitive regions, such as in the Arctic, are already experiencing the impacts. For them, there is no question that climate is changing.

What are some changes seen in wildlife and ecosystems when sea ice melts at an unprecedented rate? As global warming increases and sea ice disappears what will happen to those species unable to adapt to the changing conditions? What are some ways in which temperature change might endanger these species?

What is the human impact in Arctic communities from melting sea ice? Listen to Inuit elders talk about changes that they are now seeing in their local environment by watching "Inuit Observations of Climate Change." How has daily life changed over one generation?


Finally watch the video "An Unpredictable Environment" and note how uncertainty in climate conditions has impacted this Arctic community. What are some of the logistical and safety issues and concerns associated with a subsistence way of life during periods of rapid climate change? How can uncertainty in climate potentially impact communities in lower latitudes?
 Source: NASA
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This is the heartwarming moment a huge great horned owl gave the man who saved its life a massive hug.

Doug Pojeky, president of Wild at Heart Rescue in Vancleave, Mississippi, had been away at a family event for a few days when he returned to see an owl named GiGi. The bird lifted her wings as he held her and laid her head on his shoulder.

Doug told TODAY: 'I've never quite had the feeling that I had when that owl just nuzzled her neck against mine. 'I've worked with a lot of birds of prey that come in, but the connection I have with them is nothing like this owl giving me a hug.'

He had helped to nurse the owl back to health alongside Missy Dubuisson - the founder and director of the rescue - when she was brought in in late May. She was found to have suffered head injuries - believed to be from a car crash - and a fungal infection in her lungs.

Photos capturing the moment have gone viral since the rescue posted them on their Facebook page, writing: 'Nothing these birds of prey do any more surprises me.

'I have learned to accept the fact that it's just going to happen, and to have the camera ready at all times~These moments must be captured and frozen in time.'


The post says that the winged animal 'threw both wings around him and gave him an owl hug' when he approached.

It adds that she was calmed by Doug's presence, eventually laying her head on his shoulders in a state of 'pure contentment'.
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