To See Where We’re Headed, Find the Panda. courtesy of chinadiscovery.com
We will be returning to China beginning April 12th. Although this trip will not be nearly as long as our previous visits, we hope to accomplish much. We regret not being able to devote more time to our travels, but 2014 seems to be the year to wrap up all of our projects- Mate Choice, Mercury, Publications, & Organizing Future Studies. The main item on our agenda while in Ya’an is to send off our collection of Panda feces for hormone analysis… Stinky, yet important. Additionally, we need to maintain our relationship with the CCRCGP in order to establish future projects, which means that we will once again be offering internships- Slated to begin late this year or early 2015.
This is a call to action for all Portlanders! Go download our restaurant recruitment cards and start leaving them at all your favorite seafood restaurants. Our goal is to get 10 new restaurants on board by the end of May!!
Grace left Bi Feng Xia right before Thanksgiving here in the states. Her departure marked the official end of data collection on our panda project. There’s a little bit of sadness in seeing this project wrap up as I’ve had so much fun with it! (I promise to post all my funny pictures in a series coming up next year). Here’s Grace’s last words on her internship! Enjoy! – Meg
“My time at Bi Feng Xia is coming to an end. I cannot believe that three months has passed so quickly. I’m definitely going to miss this place!
In the last few weeks here I’ve been able to tick off every study on my list. Continue reading →
5. Pandas’ can produce 48-62 pounds of waste each day
That’s 21-28kg for the people back in my homeland. I bet I could name one of my best friends who could possibly give pandas a run for their money. Never the less this is a mighty feat for any animal that’s not an elephant, which can produce anywhere up to 300 pounds of waste in one day.
Most of what is consumed by the panda comes straight back out the other end. Their digestive system is short, just like you would expect to find in a carnivore. This makes it extremely difficult for the giant panda to digest and up take the nutrients of bamboo. Continue reading →
Staff scientist Diana with some of her friends in the town of Salvacion, in the rural Philippine municipality of Busuanga
We wanted to take a break from the wildlife today to remember that there is no conservation without a community of support. If you’ve been following us here at PDXWildlife for long, you’ll know that previously our staff scientists have done work in the Philippines, in an area that was hard-hit by last week’s typhoon. Working with Community Centred Conservation (C3), a non-profit based in the UK, I had the chance to promote conservation through research and community education in the town of Salvacion, in the province of Busuanga (check out this typhoon map, and look for ‘Coron’). Now C3 staff, who are also still living on the typhoon-ravaged island, are trying to do what they can to help the community in the coming weeks. Continue reading →
Fact #4: Black and white…not exactly the most camouflaged, or is it?
A question that is yet to be answered; why is the panda black and white? What advantage does this bring to them? If they have evolved other vital adaptations for survival why is their fur still an unmistakable pattern? Continue reading →
To continue on with our Fun Facts about Giant Pandas Series let’s move to #3 . . .
Fun Fact #3: “Researches have counted 11 different panda calls”
While observing the pandas I hear their different vocalizations all the time and I wondered how many do they actually have and what do they use them for. Other animals use them to warn conspecifics and other species, some are used to mark territory, and some are to find a mate, basically a vital communication tool in the animal kingdom. So I did some research and I came across this interesting “fact” from a random website. Not the most credible source in the world so I decided to look further. Continue reading →