Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch 26–28 January 2019

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Free Flowing New Year!

We fish you a Happy New Year!

Dams disrupt river ecosystems.

“Migratory fishes are fishes that swim either short or long distances daily, annually or longer, as a way to complete their life cycle, feed and/or make love! Some migratory fishes migrate up and down rivers, others between rivers and oceans, and others across entire oceans. Some migratory fish species you may know? Salmon migrate up rivers as adults to spawn in the same river they were born. On the flipside, freshwater eels are born in the ocean but migrate epic distances to carry out their lives in rivers. Bullsharks migrate up rivers and back through the oceans to breed and feed! And there are many more examples of migratory fishes!”

Read more from Fish Migration website.

International Rivers: Environmental Impacts of Dams


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Finland clear-cuts forests at accelerating rate

Recreational Forest Clearcut and Willow Tit

Forestry in Finland has been so intensive and harsh, that even formerly common forest species, like Willow Tit, are in trouble. In 2015 it was classified as vulnerable on the Red List because of population declines.

Finnish government wants to increase wood harvests by nearly 25 %. This will further reduce forest biodiversity and carbon sink will shrink.

What Finland doesn’t want you to know about its forests – article by Satu Hassi Feb 2, 2017


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The Lesser White-Fronted Geese Wedding

A new publication of the Lesser White-fronted Goose Life project is online.

Includes also a cartoon: The Lesser White-Fronted Greece Wedding

The Lesser White-Fronted Greece Wedding


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Fishy Cartoons Exhibition

Wels catfish and funny relatives

Cartoons by Seppo Leinonen in the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki until 15th October 2017 – Now provided with English translations!

Are you familiar with ruff, bullhead and ninespine stickleback? There are lots of funny fishes in Finland, which many of us have never seen. The exhibition by cartoonist Seppo Leinonen in the café of the Natural History Museum presents different fish species and introduces you to the joys and griefs of fishing and fishery policies.

Fish themselves are fabulous and an important food source, but the vast number of world´s fish stocks is overfished. Nor is it easy for fishes in Finland. The wild brown trout is endangered, most of the rivers are dammed and the fish ladders are lacking. Poorly regulated gillnet fishing threatens wild fish stocks.

Nonetheless Leinonen is hopeful: “The fish stocks can recover, if they are given the chance: useless dams are torn down, fish ladders are constructed and breeding areas are restored. There are good examples from abroad.”

In the exhibition there are also cartoons of climate change. “Climate change is a huge issue, which needs to be solved fast by reducing energy use and shifting to clean, renewable energy sources”, Leinonen says.

Seppo Leinonen is known both in Finland and abroad as a cartoonist specialized in nature and environment. He draws humorous and critical cartoons of serious issues like biodiversity, climate change and environmental problems. A lifelong nature interest and tedious background studies are demonstrated in his cartoons, which contain, in addition to amusement, also information of nature and natural sciences.

The Finnish Museum of Natural History

Cartoon exhibition by Seppo Leinonen int The café of the Natural History Museum

Setting up the Fishy Exhibition at the Café of the Natural History Museum.


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