Natural Wonder News Archive
Guy Ritchie wants to make his estate completely self-sufficient, but he has just run into a snag — his plan to erect 200 solar power panels has some environmentalists upset, despite their purpose.
The snag is that
Liam Hemsworth, Mileybird's manfriend, grew up in a 'real life Fern Gully.'
So Miley has dived into the support of a campaign to block a housing development which threatens a beautiful coastal area of Philip Island in Australia.
The developers want to build an estate on 23 acres of farmland in the township of Ventor.
Miley Cyrus tweets in disapproval of the plans:
Phillip Island is such a magical place, it would be a shame to see it change. Real life Fern Gully. www.facebook.com/Gpmob."
We hope they change their minds too, MC!
So, if you thought we were doing a pretty good job at discovering species, we hope your definition of "good job" doesn't rely on "speed or scope."
Why? Because we've only found 1.9 million species.
That sounds like a lot, right? Well, not really when a new study is out saying there are 8.8 million species on the planet.
"Of those species, 6.5 million would be on land and 2.2 million in the ocean, which is a priority for the scientists doing the work since they are part of the Census of Marine Life, an international group of scientists trying to record all the life in the ocean.
The research estimates that animals rule with 7.8 million species, followed by fungi with 611,000 and plants with just shy of 300,000 species."
Researchers should get on this, as it could take up to 500 years to complete the catalogue if those numbers are correct!
Check out the video above to hear all about it, and to see some of the newest species to be found!
If you live in the Southern California area and are into bird watching or just feel like trying it out for fun one day, here are 6 great spots to catch a glimpse of the best birds!
Observe endangered seabirds at the Guadalupe Dunes in Guadalupe, CA, where tiny western snowy plovers lay their delicate eggs undisturbed between the ocean and the sandy dunes.
Species of endangered birds make their home along the north side of Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, California near the Four Seasons Aviara Resort. An easy 2 mile hiking trail makes it easy to walk or jog through this beautiful coastal wetland to spot many endangered species living in the untouched nature.
A few miles south of San Diego on the westernmost edge of the US-Mexico border, Border Field State Park is home to hundreds of bird species. The nature preserve encompasses scorched frontier land, freshwater marshes, the Tijuana River Estuary, and a beach that is generally deserted aside from the occasional lone fisherman and watchful Border Patrol guards.
298 different species of birds can be sighted on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, which is one of San Diego County's largest coastal wetlands. Covering approximately a thousand acres of diverse habitat with over six miles of hiking trails makes this a perfect place to spot birds, amongst other animals living in the diverse ecological habitat.
The El Dorado Nature Center exists in Long Beach, CA where the only intrusion is the dull whoosh of nearby freeway traffic, which quickly is lost amidst the four miles of wooded trails laced with birds everywhere and a visitor center to explain it all.
Converted from a landfill to a beautiful 87-acre public garden in 1959, the South Coast Botanic Garden, in the rolling hills of Palos Verdes just south of Los Angeles, is home to 200 species of birds and 2,000 species of plants!
If you're ever bored on a sunny, warm weekend, forget the dull movie theatre and take in simple beauty of nature at any of these places. Enjoy!
Believe it or not, that's a real picture!
Is this the worlds ugliest or most fascinating looking cat?
The cat, named Ugly Bat Boy, belongs to veterinarian Dr. Stephen Bassett who was given the cat by a client.
The vet says Ugly, for short, is happy with the attention he attracts at his veterinarian hospital home in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Staff at the hospital say visitors of the animal practice are often scared or mesmerized by the curious cat.
Check out video of the Ugly Bat Boy in all of his glory as news camera's ask, "Is this the worlds ugliest cat?"
We think beauty is all in the eyes of the beholder.
An ancient 2.5 million year old dolphin fossil was found in 2008 by a fisherman in the North Sea and is now on display at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
A new study has named the new species of ancient balloon-headed dolphin Hoekman's blunt-snouted dolphin, after the fisherman who pulled up the fossil, Albert Hoekman.
The ancient dolphin measured up to 20 ft. long with a short, spoon shaped snout that supported a large, high protruding forehead.
The looks and size suggest it may be a very close relative, if not a direct descendant, of modern pilot whales.
Experts believe the creatures protruding forehead may have been used for echolocation, a biological form of sonar that allows dolphins and some whales to navigate in murky conditions.
What a cool discovery!
This kind of stuff always makes us wonder what other fantastic creatures are out there!
Hopefully a fisherman pulls up the Loch Ness Monster next!
This is so beautiful!
Millions of butterflies have made their way to Mexico's internationally renowned reserve during their migration to Mexico's forested mountains in Michoacan.
The butterflies came from Canada in order to be in a more temperate place to mate during the winter months.
300 trees in the reserve are covered from the bottom all the way to the top.
This must be such an amazing sight!!