Animals around the globe
You can participate in one of the largest citizen science projects, taking place around the world this weekend.
The 20th-annual Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled for Feb. 17th through the 20th. All you have to do is count the birds you see, anywhere in the world, for 15 minutes. Submit your checklist to birdcount.org. Your data will help biologists monitor the changes that have been occurring since 1998, the year the experiment began. [Bird Studies Canada]
More than two hundred beached whales rescue themselves in New Zealand.
More than 650 pilot whales have been beached near Golden Bay for the past several days. Despite the efforts of volunteer rescuers, 350 of those whales ended up dying. When volunteers left for the night on Saturday, they expected to come back to a couple hundred dead whale carcasses the next morning, but they had successfully floated themselves out to sea in the night and apparently survived. Pilot whales are not an endangered species, but we know very little about their habits and behaviors in New Zealand. [Reuters]