A 46,000 Year Old Bird That Was Just Found in Siberia

Earlier this year, a bird, suggested to be a Horned Lark, was discovered in Siberia. Not too interesting? What if we told you it was over 45,000 years old? It’s true! Continue reading to learn more about this fascinating and educational discovery that dates back to the ice age.

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Modern Day Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Siberian Lark is 46,000 Years Old

Local fossil ivory hunters found the frozen bird near the village of Belaya Gora in north-eastern Siberia. They later handed it over to a team of experts for testing and research. This team included Love Dalén and Nicolas Dussex from the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

The remains of the bird were astonishingly well-preserved, allowing scientists to study it in depth. According to a paper published in the journal Communications Biology, radiocarbon dating and genetic analysis confirmed that the fossilized bird was a Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) that lived around 46,000 years ago!

Today, there are two different species of Lark, one of which is native to northern parts of Russia, and the other found primarily in the Mongolian steppe. Both modern-day species are thought to be descendants of this ice age Horned Lark. In fact, Dalén stated, “This finding implies that the climatic changes that took place at the end of the last Ice Age led to formation of new subspecies.”

Dalén, Dussex, and the rest of the team at the Swedish Museum of Natural History look forward to the next phase of research, which is sequencing the bird’s entire genome; data that can help explain more about estimating the rate of evolutionary change in larks and other modern-day subspecies.

In reference to the various other ice age specimens found in the same area that they are studying, Dussex explains, “This in turn will open new opportunities to study the evolution of ice age fauna and understand their responses to climate change over the past 50 to 10 thousands of years ago.” Read the full article at CNN.com.

But Don’t Wait Until Birds Get This Old in Your House!

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How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Animal Repellent Spray

Wildlife is an important part of all surrounding Eco-systems. However, that does not mean we want them as guests. Whether inside or out, wild animals are highly destructive to a property. After putting in hours of hard work into our lawns, gardens, flowers beds, and landscaping, it can be incredibly discouraging to find it all destroyed by a hungry swarm of squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and other common types of local wildlife. Although you might want to get rid of nuisance animals, you certainly do not want to harm them in any way. Now that it’s time for spring, these threats are right around the corner.

Fortunately, you have several options for safe wildlife control!

If you are simply having a minor wildlife problem, you can take a “do-it-yourself” route by making your own chemical-free animal repellent. Not only are they non-toxic and non-lethal to wildlife and the surrounding environment, they are very inexpensive and easy to make! Continue below to learn how to make a simple and effective, non-toxic animal repellent.

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Making Homemade Animal Repellent

Wild animals like raccoons, opossum, skunks, squirrels, and chipmunks are very sensitive to intense smells and tastes. For this reason, you can use basic household spices, herbs, and essential oils to create a repellent that will keep them far away from your yard. Ingredients like cayenne pepper, menthol, peppermint, spearmint, chili pepper, black pepper, eucalyptus, and hot sauce, are effective at repelling all sorts of wild animals because they hate the tastes, smells, and how they react with their senses.

Simply mix them together with clean water inside of a clean plastic spray bottle, and you have your very own animal repellent!

How to Apply Your Repellent

Although the ingredients are safe and non-toxic, they can still cause extreme irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. For this reason, be sure to keep dogs and cats away from treated areas. The best way to use your repellent is to apply it around areas that have the most wildlife activity. If you notice raccoons are digging up grubs in your lawn, spray the homemade solution around the perimeter of the yard to create a generously-dressed border. Or, if you have skunks or chipmunks eating up your garden, spray the solution on your plants and around the perimeter of your garden beds to keep them away.

You Might Need Professional Help

The best course of action to take would be hiring a local and trusted wildlife removal and control company. Even if you do not require animal extraction, they can provide a wide range of professional services that can prevent nuisance wildlife from gaining access into your house, as well as, reduce the level of wildlife activity around your property.

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Call Modern Wildlife Control at 317-847-6409 for affordable wildlife abatement services in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. Our DNR licensed and insured wildlife rescue and removal professionals offer non-lethal wildlife control services in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. We work with all species of Indiana wildlife, but specialize in raccoons, bats, birds, and squirrels. We also offer cleanup services and restoration and repair for animal damages, and can even provide insurance claim work. Start with a free estimate or advice, today!

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