South wind and good visibility make the journey easier!

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South wind and good visibility make the journey easier!

The first storks have already been sighted and have occupied their nest. Cranes and the red kite are also returning to Germany unusually early from their winter quarters in Africa and southern Europe.

Are wolves really to be understood as enemies of man?

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Are wolves really to be understood as enemies of man?

As initially almost uninvolved, we have just recently had a heated discussion in a small discussion group about the sense or nonsense of reintroducing wolves into native German forests.

Squids - intelligent sea creatures or pure "food source"

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Squids - intelligent sea creatures or pure

Especially in recent times there have been more articles and reports in the media on the intelligence of squids, which biologically are considered a subgroup of the so-called cephalopods (Cephalopoda).

Animal Protection Association invites to bazaar

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The Animal Protection Association "Incekum ve Avsallar Hayvan Dostlari Dernegi" was founded in 2009 by German and Turkish citizens in Avsallar. The association wants to neutering the population of the streets to contain animals and thus secure their lives and survival. Emergencies are handled within the capacity of veterinary.

Bumblebees are the first heralds of spring when pollinating

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Bumblebees are the first heralds of spring when pollinating

Due to their size and their loud buzzing sound when flying, bumblebees are well-known representatives of insects, which today play an increasingly important role in human cultural history.

"Reading" toads in Marktbreit and Michelfeld

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On Thursday morning the time had come. We had arranged to meet the Przybylla couple on the country road between Marktbreit and Michelfeld for 8:00 a.m., right on the first section of the toad fence on the premises of the small animal breeding club.

Toad fences between Geiselwind and Aschbach

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Toad fences between Geiselwind and Aschbach

After an interesting meeting with a major tour operator in Geiselwind and a tour of a mobile home from a local manufacturer, we were on our way back to our office in Kitzingen when we saw a few meters of the low toad fence on Landstraße 2260 right next to the road.

The blacksmith from Antalya at work in Alanya

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The blacksmith from Antalya at work in Alanya

It's been forty years since we last saw a blacksmith at work. We can no longer say with certainty where exactly that took place in Germany.

Akbaş, Kars dog and Karabaş

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Akbaş, Kars dog and Karabaş

In our article on the Kangal, we already reported in detail about this large Turkish shepherd dog, which is enjoying increasing popularity. There are other types of shepherd dogs, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Kangal.

Kunga donkey hybrid already bred 4,500 years ago

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Kunga donkey hybrid already bred 4,500 years ago

Long before domesticated horses were introduced to Mesopotamia around 4,000 years ago, the people living there were breeding hoofed animals that they harnessed to war chariots and plows and used for diplomatic and ceremonial purposes: so-called kungas.

Winter time - The perfect bird dinner!

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Winter time - The perfect bird dinner!

When we looked out of the window of our apartment in Izmir this morning, I could hardly believe my eyes: everything was white and there was a heavy drift of snow.

Purple - the color of kings and rulers - even from Churches

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Purple - the color of kings and rulers - even from Churches

Color-conscious people can easily color or recolor their textiles in line with fashionable trends or personal taste. Today there are countless colors, mostly chemically produced, sometimes with more or less natural ingredients, which make life easier.

The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

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The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

Wonderful days with lots of sunshine once more lured us out into the forest, which must have felt a lizard in a similar way. The lizard needs solar energy to get its body temperature going, because like all reptiles they are cold-blooded.

Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

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Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

A Sunday hike along the Borbach near Witten had led us to the Hohenstein-Berger monument, where we took a short break with bread and tea that we had brought with us.

A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

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A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

For a long time now as much snow is quite rare nowadays, the thick layer of snow also messed up the lives of many animals, including "our" blackbird, which almost belongs to the farm, which now delights us again with a lot of singing, hardly that the snow was getting less.

Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

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Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

Gray sky with numerous showers, not exactly tempting weather for a walk through the forest. Alternatively, spending the afternoon before Christmas Eve in front of the TV wasn't really an alternative either.

Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

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Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

On the way for a walk along the Unstrut river from Roßleben to Memleben, we came across gnaw marks on the bank that only beavers can create - gnaw marks on the willows and alders and corresponding shaving-like wooden pieces on the bottom.

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