Thursday, April 22, 2021

WILDLIFE

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Memorial Day: Honoring The Animals Who Served

(MEMORIAL DAY) While many brave individuals have valiantly defended our country, countless animals have also served us in a variety of ways. Today, on Memorial Day, let's honor those who died in the line of duty as well as the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals. From the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program's use of dolphins and sea lions to carrier pigeons during World War II, take a look at these courageous creatures who have answered the call of duty. -- Global Animal

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day With These 7 Unique Travel Experiences

(ANIMAL TOURISM/WILDLIFE) Every year on May 23, World Turtle Day shines a light on the plight of sea turtles as they arrive to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. As more beachfront properties open around the world and nesting sea turtles are forced to share land with vacationing humans, a variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to protect turtles and their nesting grounds while helping guests participate in conservation efforts. Lights, urban development, and even hunting have a significant impact on the survival of nesting turtles, but luckily many resorts are learning to be good neighbors and are even improving the odds for these threatened species. This World Turtle Day, check out these seven unique travel experiences that go above and beyond to protect nesting and hatchling sea turtles. -- Global Animal

Bat Appreciation Day: Go Batty With These Fun Bat Facts!

(BATS/ANIMAL FACTS) Bats often get a pretty bad rap due to countless myths and common misconceptions, and it's actually helping drive the species to extinction. But in reality, these "scary creatures" have an extremely important role in our environment, managing insect populations and pollinating plants. Just like bees, bats pollinate many plants and facilitate seed dispersal. Bats also eat bugs, thus reducing the amount of pesticides used by farmers (which also means less pesticides polluting the environment). In fact, scientists estimate bats in the U.S. have saved us somewhere between $3.7 and 54 billion in pest control services every year. Read on to learn more about the reasons we have to thank and celebrate bats. -- Global Animal

Rare Photos: The Unicorn Of The Sea

(OCEANS/NARWHALS) Commonly referred to as "unicorns of the sea," narwhals are rare and elusive, coldwater porpoises.  Photojournalist Daniel Botelho spotted the unique animal on his North Pole expedition, and quickly started snapping away with his camera. "I always knew it would be very tough to get close to a narwhal whale,” he said. “It is notoriously hard to get close to one. But while all the staff could only stand a half-hour in the water, I took advantage of my cold resistance and stayed for three hours.” Read on to learn more about these majestic animals and take a look at the incredible photos. — Global Animal
Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees--sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea--are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

Springtime Means Amazing Butterflies! (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/BUTTERFLIES) Springtime is here, and along with the beautiful weather it brings...butterflies! Feast your eyes on this photo gallery of amazing winged beauties--from the most common to the rarest of butterfly species. These wonderful photos are sure to make you float like a butterfly, or at least stop and smell the roses! — Global Animal
The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal
Squirrel Appreciate Day is a time to be thankful for all types of squirrels. (WILDLIFE)

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

(SQUIRRELS/WILDLIFE) January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day and a good time to celebrate our furry friends. The holiday was founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina. Celebrated in mid-winter when food sources are scarce, you can show your appreciation by giving your local squirrel buddies some treats of nuts, seeds, or fruit. We have compiled a list of fun facts to honor the squirrel on his special day! -- Global Animal

Save The Eagles Day: Best Places To See The World’s Most Iconic Birds

(BIRDS/SPECIES CONSERVATION) Observed every year on January 10th, today is National Save The Eagles Day. The national 'holiday' serves to promote efforts to save America’s national symbol, the bald eagle. Fortunately, these conservation efforts have proven effective as the bald eagle was officially removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007. But did you know there are upwards of 70 different species of eagles worldwide? Several of them remain critically endangered, threatened by poaching, pesticides, and other factors. Read on to learn more about the world's eagles and where you can see them in the wild. -- Global Animal

Find The Odd Animal Out: Which Of These Is Not Like The Other?

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS/WILDLIFE) Sometimes we just want to blend in, even if we don't completely belong. Can you figure out which of these animals is not like the others? — Global Animal

18 Quotes To Celebrate National Bird Day

(BIRDS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Did you know today, January 5 is National Bird Day? Though mostly celebrated in the U.S., the special occasion--founded in 1894--attracts bird lovers from all over the world. While an estimated 10,000 bird species--both pets and wild birds--are currently at risk of extinction, the 'holiday' intends to advance bird conservation and emphasize critical issues surrounding the protection and survival of bird species. You can celebrate National Bird Day just by bird-watching outside in your backyard, observing online wildcams in the comfort of your own home, or simply by checking out these quotes below. -- Global Animal

Birdsongs Cure Winter Blues

(BIRDS/SKIES) December 21 is Winter Solstice—the darkest and shortest day of the year. But instead of getting bummed out, listen to some birdsongs instead! – Global Animal

10 Reasons To Gobble For Turkeys

(THANKSGIVING/ANIMAL FACTS) Thanksgiving is finally here, and people around the country are stuffing their bellies with turkey. These birds certainly get the short end of the stick on this national holiday, but they actually aren't the dumb birds people believe them to be. For instance, did you know turkeys flirt in order to gain the attention of the opposite sex? And they are sensitive birds who, like us, have mood swings. Continue reading for more turkey traits and learn how they communicate, or talk turkey, and many other reasons to give these birds a break this Thanksgiving Day. — Global Animal

Humpback Whale Gives Thanks To Divers

(OCEANS/WHALE RESCUE) PACIFIC OCEAN — When a humpback whale became entangled in hundreds of yards of nets and fishing line, she was lucky to be spotted by a caring fisherman. Rescuers arrived and spent hours cutting her free. Read below to see how the whale thanked each diver individually! And from all of us here at Global Animal, we hope you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who help you get untangled from anything that binds you. And may you always know the joy of receiving and giving love to animals around the globe. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! — Global Animal

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