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  • Seven days: 18–24 July 2014

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    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seven days: 18–24 July 2014 Nature 511, 7510 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511388a The week in science: Spacecraft chases duck-shaped comet; Darwin’s library online; and a new journal for workplace fatigue.
  • Dinosaur-killing asteroid hit at just the wrong time

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    Alexandra Witze
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Animals might have survived if impact happened a few million years earlier or later.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15616
  • Featured Creature: Maned Wolf

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    olsone
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid species in South America. It lives in the grasslands and scrub forests of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. Thanks to its red coat and black feet, the maned wolf resembles a fox on stilts. However, it belongs to an entirely different branch of the canid family tree. Its closest relative is the stocky South American bush dog (Speothos venaticus), which looks like the offspring of a Dachsund and a small bear. The maned wolf is an omnivore, meaning that it eats both plants and animals. A large portion of its diet consists…
  • Kayaking with Humpback Whales Monterey Bay

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    bluewaterkim
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org Monterey Bay is making national if not international news once again. An array of wildlife from seabirds to humpback whales are feasting on anchovies which are densely packed into our near shore waters. Try a day trip out to Moss Landing State Beach and watch this incredible show from the jetties. Better yet, join Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watching based in Moss Landing where the “action” currently is. Its impossible to predict where an 80,000 pound marine mammal may choose to feed on a given day, but the crew aboard Sanctuary WILL find the whales.
  • Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

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    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. They found that in the few million years before a 10km-wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico, Earth was experiencing environmental upheaval. This included extensive volcanic activity, changing sea levels and varying temperatures. At this time, the dinosaurs' food chain was weakened by a lack of diversity among the large plant-eating dinosaurs on which others preyed.
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    Nature - Issue - nature.com science feeds

  • Seven days: 18–24 July 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seven days: 18–24 July 2014 Nature 511, 7510 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511388a The week in science: Spacecraft chases duck-shaped comet; Darwin’s library online; and a new journal for workplace fatigue.
  • Microbiology: Injuries invite ulcer microbe

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Microbiology: Injuries invite ulcer microbe Nature 511, 7510 (2014). doi:10.1038/511387b A microbe that can lead to the formation of stomach ulcers and cancer quickly finds its way to tiny injuries in the stomach lining and colonizes them, slowing healing.Marshall Montrose at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and his colleagues exposed mice with stomach
  • Fusion furore

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fusion furore Nature 511, 7510 (2014). doi:10.1038/511383b Soaring construction costs for ITER are jeopardizing alternative fusion projects.
  • Biotechnology: Gene edits boost wheat defences

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Biotechnology: Gene edits boost wheat defences Nature 511, 7510 (2014). doi:10.1038/511386e Researchers have used advanced gene-editing techniques to generate disease-resistant wheat.Genetically altering Triticum aestivum wheat is difficult to do, in part because the plant has six sets of chromosomes instead of the two sets found in humans. So Caixia Gao and Jin-Long Qiu of
  • A fate sealed

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A fate sealed Nature 511, 7510 (2014). doi:10.1038/511384a Exploring how species adapt to climate change requires long-term studies, not snapshots.
 
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  • Featured Creature: Maned Wolf

    olsone
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid species in South America. It lives in the grasslands and scrub forests of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. Thanks to its red coat and black feet, the maned wolf resembles a fox on stilts. However, it belongs to an entirely different branch of the canid family tree. Its closest relative is the stocky South American bush dog (Speothos venaticus), which looks like the offspring of a Dachsund and a small bear. The maned wolf is an omnivore, meaning that it eats both plants and animals. A large portion of its diet consists…
  • Guided Tour of Orangutan Basecamp with Chris Morgan

    olsone
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Nature host Chris Morgan gives us a tour of his campsite in the Gunung Leuser National Park on the island of Sumatra. Chris and the rest of the crew take refuge here while they prepare to hoist camera gear 50 meters into the air to film wild orangutans. The interactive map below shows other locations that Chris has visited. Where will he turn up next?
  • Tree Top Coffee Break with Chris Morgan

    olsone
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Nature host Chris Morgan joins wildlife cinematographer Joe Pontecorva for a coffee break high above the Sumatran jungle. They are on the look out for orangutans, the subjects of an upcoming Nature episode set to premiere in the spring of 2015. On the interactive map below you can see some of the other locations Chris has visited. Where will he pop up next? Stay tuned.
  • Full Episode

    olsone
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:22 pm
    (View full post to see video) Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the wide variety of frog anatomy, appearance and behavior.
  • Fabulous Frogs: Attenborough’s Family of Fabulous Frogs (Interactive)

    olsone
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
    Frogs come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, sizes and personalities. Famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough met a multitude of these webbed wonders while filming the Nature episode Fabulous Frogs. Click on the buttons below for interesting frog facts and be sure to tune in Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on PBS to see this family of amazing amphibians in action. Red-eyed Tree Frog Agalychnis callidryas The red-eyed tree frog has a third eye lid called the nictitating membrane that shields its eyes from danger while allowing it to see. Giant Monkey Frog Phyllomedusa bicolor…
 
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  • Kayaking with Humpback Whales Monterey Bay

    bluewaterkim
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org Monterey Bay is making national if not international news once again. An array of wildlife from seabirds to humpback whales are feasting on anchovies which are densely packed into our near shore waters. Try a day trip out to Moss Landing State Beach and watch this incredible show from the jetties. Better yet, join Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watching based in Moss Landing where the “action” currently is. Its impossible to predict where an 80,000 pound marine mammal may choose to feed on a given day, but the crew aboard Sanctuary WILL find the whales.
  • The Best of Baja

    bluewaterkim
    1 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org Every february Blue Water Ventures travels to the whale breeding lagoons of Baja and the Sea of Cortez teaming up with our incredible local outfitter, Mar Y Aventuras. For 10 action packed days, we snorkel with sea lions, observe reef fish, sea kayak, beachcomb and hope for a ‘friendly” encounter with the California gray whales of Magdalena Bay. Baja Highlights * Kayaking through mangroves and from our secluded base camp of Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez * Unforgettable Encounters with Cailfornia Gray Whales, Magdalena Bay on…
  • Caribbean Reef Squid

    bluewaterkim
    6 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org Each year during our Caribbean programs in Belize and the British Virgin Islands,  our group is invariably drawn to the Caribbean Reef Squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea. Even seasoned snorkelers become overwhelmed by the explosion of colorful activity found on a coral reef. Suspended in blue water, an erie feeling that something is watching you creeps into your consciousness. A quick glance around reveals a squadron of reef squid. Swim away and they follow. Move towards them and they quickly change color, a deep red if near the reef or pale if over sand, masters…
  • Kayaking In Elkhorn Slough: Harbor Seal Pupping Season

    bluewaterkim
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
            http://www.bluewaterventures.org Harbor Seal pupping season is in full swing at Elkhorn Slough and at other locations along the Central California Coast. When observing harbor seals, please keep your distance and use a telephoto lens. Make every effort to avoid separating moms from pups and never disturb a pup that is alone onshore. The mother harbor seal may be close by and will hopefully reunite with the pup once humans depart the area.   This young pup was actively making a distress cry to locate its mother sounding something like Maaaaaa. Vocalization and…
  • Tidepooling the California Coast: Sea Anemones

    bluewaterkim
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org Imagine a jellied filled sac, a simple life form that saw the Dinosaurs come and go, flourishing on earth for over 300 million years. You have no brain nor heart or even a proper anus. You have just consumed the soft juicy tissues of a California mussel, dislodged from the grasps of its stringy cementing agent by a powerful wave. The calcareous mussel shell pops out of your mouth that serves as both the beginning and end of your digestive tract. Sea anemones, though a mere bundle of jelly, are formidable predators. They are armored with 1000′s of…
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  • Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. They found that in the few million years before a 10km-wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico, Earth was experiencing environmental upheaval. This included extensive volcanic activity, changing sea levels and varying temperatures. At this time, the dinosaurs' food chain was weakened by a lack of diversity among the large plant-eating dinosaurs on which others preyed.
  • Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to new research. Such a slowdown would occur as global demand for crops rapidly increases.
  • 'Light pollution' may affect love lives of birds in the Viennese Forests

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Artificial light in cities exerts negative effects on humans, animals, and their environment. In an ongoing research project, behavioral biologists are investigating how blue tits in the Viennese Forests react to "light pollution." The study might help to understand effects of “light-at-night” on reproductive behavior of birds. In consequence, it could help developing concepts, minimizing negative effects on the lives of animals and the ecological system, by reducing light sources in specific regions.
  • Large raptors in Africa used for bushmeat, study indicates

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Bushmeat, the use of native animal species for food or commercial food sale, has been heavily documented to be a significant factor in the decline of many species of primates and other mammals. However, a new study indicates that more than half of the species being consumed are birds, particularly large birds like raptors and hornbills.
  • Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.
 
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    NaturalNews.com

  • Man quits smoking by changing his computer password

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 16 million Americans suffer from a disease brought on by their cigarette-smoking habits. (1) Fortunately, the CDC also notes, "Overall smoking prevalence declined from 2005 (20.9%) to 2012 (18.1%...
  • Healthy vitamin D levels help relieve chronic pain

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Previous studies have proven that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream increases our emotional well-being, encourages longevity and offers relief to patients suffering from chronic pain.Researchers at the Mayo Clinic concluded that sufficient...
  • Computer models: Even a small nuclear war would cause global famine and wipe out billions of people

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) While millions of people around the world have an innate fear of nuclear weapons and think that every country that has them should dismantle them, many foreign policy experts who have adopted a "realist" worldview maintain that those mighty weapons of mass destruction...
  • How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) The basic human rights protections established by the Nuremberg Code, which was adopted immediately after the end of World War II, continue to serve as a global template for how human beings are to be treated by the scientific community. But the modern equivalent of...
  • The top 15 healing actions of herbs

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A great deal of pharmaceutical research has gone into analyzing the active ingredients in herbs to find out how and why they work. In some cases, the action is due to a specific chemical present in the herb or it may be due to a complex synergistic interaction among...
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    Lifescapes

  • Be grateful...

    Susan Albert
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's looking like a banner year where Bill's pecan trees are concerned. When we moved to Meadow Knoll in 1986,...
  • Tomatoes: In Praise of Porters

    Susan Albert
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This week, the tomatoes are the stars of the garden. There's a great crop of small Porter tomatoes and a...
  • Galley Drawing @Goodreads

    Susan Albert
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Goodreads friends, we're having a drawing this week, July 14-17, for three signed, personalized copies of the upcoming Darling Dahlias...
  • Green tomato pie

    Susan Albert
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of my mother's favorite Depression-era recipes was her green tomato pie. Back in Illinois, where I grew up, we...
  • Darling Dahlias Drawing

    Susan Albert
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    We're giving away three advance reading copies of the upcoming Darling Dahlias mystery this week. Go here for easy entry--but...
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    gwenz wildlife weblog

  • Urban wildflowers

    gwendolen
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    I think it must have been about 6 years ago, when a few Hollyhock seedlings suddenly popped up in our street. Since then they’ve been growing everywhere. We got three colours this year. It’s always a bit of a surprise what will show up. Pollen I love to hear the gentle buzzing of bumblebees and wasps that hang around the flowers.
  • Cap Sizun Bird Reserve

    gwendolen
    25 Aug 2013 | 1:24 am
    We visited the Cap Sizun Bird reserve hoping to see the Common Guillemot. We missed out on the Guillemot, but we did spot dozens of European Shags and other sea birds. The Northern Fulmar was a lifer for us. Hundreds of them were nesting on cliffs and making quite a racket, the cliffs echoing their calls. Cap Sizun Reserve is quite small, but it’s a beautiful walk on a sunny day.
  • Northern Fulmar

    gwendolen
    25 Aug 2013 | 12:57 am
    There was a breeding colony of Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis (thanks Dewald) at the Cap Sizun bird reserve. They made quite a noise Fluffy youngster in the background Northern Fulmar nest on the cliffs Closer up Egg
  • Rapeseed fields

    gwendolen
    25 May 2013 | 3:13 am
    The rapeseed fields of Groningen are blooming abundantly this year. Of course you do need a brilliant blue sky if you go out to take photos. I got lucky yesterday.
  • Greece in May

    gwendolen
    24 May 2013 | 2:41 am
    We just came back from a two week holiday in the Peloponnesos. Greece in May is so lovely. All the trees & flowers are in bloom.
 
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    NextNature.net - Nature changes along with us

  • In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

    NextNature.net
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Save the date. On the 5th of August, exactly one year after the presentation of the World’s first lab grown hamburger, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook will be presented at Felix &Foam in Amsterdam. Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create. This book approaches lab-grown meat not just from a design and engineering perspective, but also from a societal and ethical one. This cookbook features dozens of recipes that are delicious, uncanny, funny and…
  • Digital Native

    NextNature.net
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recent researches say nearly one in 10 children gets the first mobile phone by the age of five. How was life before 24/7 online connectivity, they’ll never know!
  • Watch Your City at Night from Space

    Van Mensvoort
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming. The website Cities at Night collects images that astronauts have taken of Earth at night. It organizes them on a map, and draws them from a much larger resource: the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth,…
  • High Frequency Trading Visualized

    Van Mensvoort
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our peculiar image of the week is titled “High Frequency Captured on the Surface of Augmented Objects” by Ryota Matsumoto, Mixed Media 140718 110cmx85cm.
  • The Sound of Nature

    NextNature.net
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Birds chirping, tree leaves rustling, whispering wind; I love the sound of nature…MP3 compilation!
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    Birding Dude

  • Shorebirding Report From Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 7-24-2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It is past mid July and unfortunately it remains a struggle to get the water level on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, where it should be for this time of the year.  While the recent storms did not help the water level situation. If the pond was drained as it should, we would not be faced with the issue we have today.  Water level, still remains high on the north end and I keep checking it almost daily to ensue that the level, is dropping.  The pond needs to be drained down another 3 inches for sufficient shoreline to open up on the north end. On the positive side,…
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove Arrives in New York City

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    It was only a matter of time before one showed in one of the 5 Boroughs and so on June 22nd, when David Ringer reported that he had found an apparent Eurasian Collared-Dove at the northwest corner of Pier 63 in Chelsea Manhattan, I was interested.  I was on the flats at Cupsogue Long Island, when the report came in and when I looked at the photos on my phone, I was not entirely sure.  A few inquires confirmed that Mr. Ringer's report should be considered a serious one, so I waited until I got home and looked at the photos again.  It looked good.  But I procrastinated,…
  • Banded Red Knot A6T

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This banded Red Knot was observed and documented on 5-13-2014 at Pikes Beach Long Island NY. Subsequently, I reported the band code, "A6T" to the banding laboratory and after a few weeks, received the following information from Patricia Gonzalez who is the Global Flyway Network Coordinator based in Argentina. "This red knot was banded with the metal band 9822-04647 with orange flag A6T at Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 8 / Nov / 2007 under Fundación Inalafquen (Argentina), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) and Museo de la Ciudad (Rio Grande, Arg) banding expedition. After that it was…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Who is this that looks just like me?You've got style!Can you do this?
  • Jamaica Bay Shorebird Report 07-14-2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Short-billed Dowitchers on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay.With the pending rainy weather, I visited the East Pond to check on the water level and also to assess the shorebird turnover. The prediction of 2 inches of rain by the time the storm front moves through, is a bit worrisome, as the water level is expected to rise and that cannot be good for the smaller shorebirds. I will attempt to check the water level as soon as I could and report back on the shoreline.Stilt Sandpiper on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay.Today's Shorebird observations are as follows:  Short-billed Dowitcher1500 an…
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • Pic of the Week: Cape Buffalo and Glossy Starling

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
     "If this isn't life!"~ MilliBrandenburg GalleryNotes on Cape Buffalo and Glossy Starling from Jim Brandenburg:"I was on assignment in Kenya for National Geographic Magazine when I happened upon this scene. My story was Rhinos but this moment electrified me. I still remember the feeling, a rare moment in my photographic career, when many compelling elements converged. The delicate rain fell upon a colorful Glossy Starling as it sat nonchalantly in a thorn tree in the foreground of one of Africa's most dangerous animals. The Cape Buffalo kills more people each year than lions - no gentle…
  • Pic of the Week: Heron, Pine, Fog

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is so much to love about this image. The beautiful composition, the unexpectedness of the heron atop the spruce, the stately leaning white pine, the softening fog - simply elegant.~DianeBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosNotes on Heron, Pine, Fog from Jim Brandenburg:"Most people put their camera away in the fog or bad weather. I see it as an opportunity to create an emotional atmosphere. In this case, the fog brought a simplifying effect - acting like a seamless studio backdrop, allowing the subject to stand out from its surroundings.I was shooting the 90 days of summer (which became…
  • Pic of the Week: Catching Snails

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Although Jim made this image years ago, it wasn't until recently that I discovered it. In terms of color and composition, it was unlike any of his other work. Travel through Jim's work is common- this is one of the first pieces that really transported me.~JayneBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosNotes on Catching Snails from Jim Brandenburg:"This image was shot on assignment for National Geographic during the Cold War era in the early 80's so it was rare for Americans to roam about, although I did have constant 'babysitters'. It was also at the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution after…
  • Pic of the Week: Dragonfly and Bluestem

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    These patriotic predators have finally returned to the northland- just in time for the 4th of July! They fly ahead of me as I walk down the trails, buzzing around, protecting me from the tormenting mosquitoes. I hope that your picnics, parades, and parties are attended by these beautiful creatures!"~MarciaBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (July 4, 2014): P639 Dragonfly and BluestemPic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. Purchase…
  • Pic of the Week: Moose in Blue Fog

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    "This is one of those scenes that I think almost every canoe-country visitor wishes to come upon: to paddle around a point on a cool morning and find a moose, standing in the shallows, shrouded in morning mist and glowing with the light of the sunrise."~AlexRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (June 27, 2014): NW588 Moose in Blue FogPic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit…
 
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    The Ohio Nature Blog

  • Japanese Beetle - Popillia japonica

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    It seems they're having a banner year in our backyard.  Here they feast on the leaf of red raspberry.-Tom
  • Female Common Whitetail - Plathemis lydia

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Our yard isn't a mecca for dragonflies.  They seldom visit, but every once in a while, they do make an appearance.  This common whitetail was a surprise as it hovered in and out of the bottlebrush grass.  Since I had been photographing absolutely tiny insects, pointing the lens toward this dragon made me feel I was shooting a giant.-Tom
  • Red Aphids- Genus Uroleucon?

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This year, I haven't found any of the yellow colored, non-native Oleander aphids, but we do have a fairly nice colony of these red aphids.  Perhaps these belong to the genus Uroleucon?  It seems there isn't much information readily available about aphids. Perhaps aphids are the next big thing.  Do I see a aphidapalooza festival in the future? Probably not, but they are fascinating creatures, though. These individuals are feasting on my double flowered green-headed coneflower, Rudbeckia laciniata 'Hortensia'.  This Victorian era "heirloom perennial" has been passed…
  • Red Milkweed Beetle

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:03 pm
    This year we are hosting at least one Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, I believe).  Up close, they sort of look like some type of deranged teddy bear.  This individual has been feasting on swamp milkweed, seriously stunting the plant.-Tom
  • Common Eastern Firefly - Photinus pyralis

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I suspect that the humidity was so high this evening, that this "lightning bug" had to prepare its wings for its nightly flight.  It took several warm up runs leading up to sunset.  Each time I thought it would take off, but no, it was just getting ready.Also- check the previous post, I've updated it with the help of www.bugguide.net-Tom
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Make Ahead Antipasto Baguette Sandwiches

    Farmgirl Susan
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    These scrumptious sandwiches, piled high with salami, mozzarella, marinated artichoke hearts, and an easy homemade green olivada, combine the flavors of an Italian antipasto platter in a handy, portable form (recipe here).As we head toward the 4th of July weekend, I thought I'd highlight a few favorites from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives that are perfect for summer picnics, parties, and backyard get togethers. Enjoy!The only thing better than a big homemade sandwich? One that actually improves in flavor if allowed to sit for a while. Convenient and better tasting? That's my kind of…
  • Recipe: Easy & Refreshing Confetti Crunch Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing

    Farmgirl Susan
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A healthy, crunchy slaw that's made with cabbage, scallions, carrots, and sweet peppers and tossed with a tangy lemon caper dressing (recipe here).As we head toward the 4th of July weekend, I thought I'd highlight a few favorites from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives that are perfect for summer picnics, parties, and backyard get togethers. Enjoy!We had out of town family visiting the farm last week, and this Confetti Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing was a big hit at the dinner table.If you love coleslaw but are tired of the same old mayo-heavy recipes, liven and lighten things up…
  • Recipe: Farmhouse White Bread for FarmVille 2

    Farmgirl Susan
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Call for Entries: Your recipe could be featured in the FarmVille-To-Table Digital Cookbook!This classic, homestyle bread is a staple in my farmhouse kitchen.Have you ever played FarmVille? Apparently I'm one of the few people who hasn't. Tens of millions of people play FarmVille every month, and over 400 million (!) people have played a FarmVille game. I have a feeling that if I didn't have an actual farm of my own, I'd probably be hooked.The world of FarmVille is all about creating fresh, country recipes, and it's time to bring the virtual kitchens of FarmVille to life.
  • Friday Farm Photo: Have a Freshly Picked Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    Heirloom lettuce direct seeded in the kitchen garden the first part of April. Want to grow your own gourmet lettuce from seed? In this popular post I show you that it's easier than you think!Do you have any plans this weekend? We usually hunker down at home for the holidays, though I do wish I'd thought to buy some potato chips the last time we were out.In between munching on homemade sourdough rye French bread (a new experiment—so good toasted and topped with melty cheese and freshly laid fried eggs) and as much of this gorgeous lettuce as possible (we're racing the heat clock…
  • Sunday Dose of Cute: Happy Mother's Day

    Farmgirl Susan
    11 May 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Lokey and her 11 baby chicks, April 2012More chick pics? Here.More chickens? Here.Other Mother's Days:A Tiny Tail for Mother's Day: The Story of Baby Cary The Tail of Two Mothers: A Mother's Day Story from the Farm5/14/06: Happy Mother's Day5/12/07: Just in Time for Mother's Day. . .5/11/08: Mother To Be5/11/08: Newborn Bliss5/9/10: Love, Love, Love5/9/10: All You Can Eat Mother's Day Buffet5/8/12: Green Grass, Hungry Twins5/13/12: Chomp, Chomp5/12/13: Happy Mothers, Lots of Lambs© FarmgirlFare.com, the currently peepless foodie farm blog where Lokey, our top hatching hen (a friend once said…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2014)

    Corey
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The end of July is when shorebird migration truly picks up, at least in eastern North America. It is also when a huge number of people are hitting the beach, which often serves as habitat for those migrating shorebirds. If we could only find good ways to get beach-goers interested in birds instead of irritated by them. Ideas anyone? While others were enjoying the beach this weekend I was enjoying the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where I reacquainted myself with the mud and the shorebirds. Of those shorebirds my Best Bird of the Weekend was a hulking Long-billed Dowitcher that…
  • On the Edge.

    Clare K
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Floe Edge is a magical place. In simplest terms it is where the landfast ice meets the open ocean, and it is a magnet for wildlife, especially in the 24 hour light of the Arctic spring. I don’t get there every year, but I managed to spend one day there again this year. A scant 24 hours to take it in. This June my brother-in-law and I took off to Kangiq (Cape Crauford), the western edge of of the mouth of Admiralty Inlet to Lancaster Sound. The famed NorthWest Passage, where explorers such as Franklin tried to find a passage that Inuit first traveled some 5000 years before. Traveling…
  • Lake Illawarra-New South Wales

    Clare M
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As you can see from the above photo there was a day that we needed to get out of the Southern Highlands in New South Wales on our recent holiday and head for the coast. We had a really good day on the coast visiting Bass Point Reserve and we then dropped by Lake Illawarra on our way back to the Southern Highlands. Depending on which direction you looked the weather did not appear so bad! Lake Illawarra is located in between the Pacific Ocean and the escarpment and it is approximately 9.5 kilometres (5.9 miles)  long and 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) wide. The maximum depth is 3.7 metres and…
  • Invasive Species Week Wrap-Up

    Mike
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Invasive is such an ugly word, isn’t it? An invader, after all, is nothing if not unwelcome. Even the word “invade” describes intrusions described colorfully as forceful, hostile, destructive, and even injurious. Interestingly, the birding lexicon uses other terms to describe unanticipated arrivals in more positive terms. For example, to irrupt, at least as far as animals are concerned, is simply to enter a region suddenly and in very large numbers. In the same vein, to expand means to increase in extent and scope or to spread out. Sounds so innocent, doesn’t it? One…
  • Alien species – Rose-ringed Parakeet.

    Redgannet
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) have become the scourge of the householder in the Home Counties of the UK. Their raucous screeching kick-starts more mornings than alarm clocks and early flights from Heathrow Airport combined. There are many suggestions about their introduction into the UK. Theories range from the dull account of an escape from a Staines petshop to the more romantic notion that they starred alongside Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn when they filmed “African Queen” here at Isleworth Studios. If you like coincidences, Hepburn’s character in the film was…
 
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  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

    Robin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. ― Philip Pullman   Let’s get those disclosures out of the way: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. This is a sponsored post. I didn’t take this photo of Benedict. This guy did and I’m using under the permissions of Creative Commons. If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you know I spend a lot of time at CrossFit Riverfront. You know I work a lot and seem to have more tech issues than the average bear. You see me with the kids— going…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Mama Robins are Tough

    Robin
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper   Less than a month passed, from discovery of the robin’s eggs to keeping the dogs inside while the fledglings learned to fly. Mama Robins have it tough, man. I know I wasn’t ready to see them fly the nest yet. They get so big so fast….      ** all photos taken by Jeff and texted to me to make me smile. I think. **  
  • When I Was Your Age, We Had 8 Channels: Boob Tube Nostalgia and a Netflix Giveaway

    Robin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    how sad and bad and mad it was but then, how it was sweet ―Robert Browning   My nine-year-old is hooked on Gilligan’s Island. I thought it was funny when I was a kid, I guess. I certainly watched a lot of it, on summer days and when I was home sick from school. You didn’t have a lot of choice, back then; I had channels 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 23, 29 and 57. That was it. During the day at least half of those were judge shows, talk shows or soap operas. We all watched the same sitcoms; we all share that cultural heritage. Back to Gilligan: the episodes drive me nuts now. I…
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  • Otters Doing Good At The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

    Steve Creek
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    The North American River Otters at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge I photographed back in May (Otter Mom With Pups) seem to be doing great. I sat and watched the pups sliding into the water chasing and playing with each other. I was watching them from a distance and was not able to make any photos of the pups playing mainly because of the poor light. The Mom did swim to where I was to check me out but she didn’t seem to mind as long as I stayed where I was. A North American River Otter Checking Me Out North American River Otter Facts River otters are renowned for their sense of…
  • Whitetail Spike Buck In Velvet

    Steve Creek
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    This young spike buck came up close to my vehicle while I was parked at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It seems like I have seen more bucks this summer at this refuge. I think this maybe because the Bucks were not hunted last year and only the Does were or that’s what I heard. This young buck seems healthy and it looks like it was trying to grow another point on that one side. Whitetail Spike Buck In Summer Velvet Whitetail Antler Facts Antlers start as living tissue. They are soft, consisting of veins and arteries that carry blood to fuel growth. The tissue is very…
  • A Lucky Leopard Frog

    Steve Creek
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I was mowing my yard when I spotted this Coastal Plains Leopard Frog in front of the lawnmower. Lucky for this frog I am always watching out for wildlife while I am mowing. I have saved several different types of wildlife over the years. I hope I got the ID of this frog correct and if I didn’t please let me know. (Herps Of Arkansas) A Coastal Plains Leopard Frog I Found While Mowing The post A Lucky Leopard Frog appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • A Fledgling Mourning Dove Watching Me

    Steve Creek
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    I was filling my bird feeder when I spotted this fledgling Mourning Dove in a tree above me. Most of the time I see them on the ground instead of in a tree. I have several Mourning Doves that are always waiting for me to fill the bird feeder so I guess they have taught this one well. I never did see the fledgling fly to the ground and I didn’t see it being fed by an adult. A Fledgling Mourning Dove Sitting And Watching Me Fledgling Mourning Dove Facts The hatched young, called squabs, are strongly altricial, being helpless at hatching and covered with down. Both parents feed the squabs…
  • Great Egret With Fish

    Steve Creek
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    I like going to James W. Trimble Lock And Dam 13 near Barling, Arkansas this time of year to watch the Great Egrets catching fish. One of the interesting things is that some of the birds will get right up against the Dam wall and use it to help them to catch fish. They also don’t care that people are fishing nearby. The Egrets don’t pay much attention to people fishing but if you show up with a camera instead of fishing equipment they will pay attention. You will also get some attention from the people fishing because they become curious why you have a camera. I have figured out…
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  • Save A-level Environmental Studies

    Guest Bloggers
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Jane Morris – Environmental studies lecturer Environmental issues are already very pressing, overfishing, food security, flooding, temporary water shortages, sustainable agriculture which is not dependent on oil, reform of GM crop decisions in UK, energy consumption, population resource balance – these issues will increase in urgency and importance in the future. I do not […]
  • Underestimating Our Ocean Giants

    Anna Taylor
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Anna Taylor BSc Conservation Biology, Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology, and freelance journalist. @AT_Freelance, Anna’s website Commercial whaling decimated whale populations until the 1970s, when the global ban came into force. By then, an estimated 66-90% of whales had been killed. It is likely that their absence altered the structure and […]
  • Rapid Evolution of Frog Defences

    Anna Taylor
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    By Anna Taylor BSc Conservation Biology, Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology, and freelance journalist. @AT_Freelance, Anna’s website The Red Swamp Crayfish is native to north Mexico and southern USA, where it is a feature of many menus. It’s also a popular export among aquaculturists, but thanks to deliberate introductions in many parts […]
  • Endangered Emperors

    Anna Taylor
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Anna Taylor BSc Conservation Biology, Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology, and freelance journalist. @AT_Freelance, Anna’s website The penguin stars of the films Happy Feat and March of the Penguins are in serious danger of extinction, scientists have warned recently in a study published in Nature Climate Change. Once again, it is […]
 
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  • Seven Surprising Facts about Moths I Learned on my First Mothing Night

    Lauren Shaffer
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Luna Moth What’s a Mothing Night? Something I had always wanted to try, but never did, was to set up a bright light at night in order to attract moths.  When I heard of other birding friends who did this regularly, I invited them to my house in the woods of Central PA to see what they could attract.  Paul Dennehy, a 9th grade science teacher who has been mothing for a score of years, brought his equipment and set it up in the yard before it got dark. I learned some surprising facts about moths that night! Fact #1 The names are in Latin!  When Peterson’s Field Guide to Moths was…
  • Damselfly party!

    Lauren Shaffer
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    After the storm yesterday, I noticed a few hazy patches of vegetation in the water, maybe 25 feet out from shore.  A photograph with a long lens showed what was making the hazy movements.  There were hundreds of damselflies, most in tandem, busily laying their eggs in the vegetation!  These are mostly Powdered Dancers, with a few Bluits joining the massive egg-laying party.  Wikipedia gives an interesting explanation for the Latin name of Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta): The common name refers directly to the male’s pruinosity, appearing to be covered with a powdery blue or grayish…
  • Ruddy Duck

    Lauren Shaffer
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Ruddy Ducks are one of our smallest ducks, at 15 inches. They are all head, beak, and stiff tail, with a short body in between. They often swim with their tails upraised, and unlike other ducks they are able to slowly sink below the surface of the water.  According to allaboutbirds.org, Ruddy Ducks can be very aggressive during breeding season and will even attack rabbits along the shore!  Males perform unusual courtship displays in which they stick their tails straight up while striking their bills against their inflated necks, creating bubbles in the water as air is forced from their…
  • Doves and Pigeons of Southeast Arizona

    Lauren Shaffer
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
      Inca Dove Inca Doves, Common Ground-Doves, Banded Pigeons, White-winged Doves, and Mourning Doves were fairly common on our birding trip to Southeast Arizona. With Mourning Dove being the only common Dove in our part of the Eastern US, it was fascinating to see doves of all sizes, shapes, and behaviors in Arizona. Inca Dove Inca Dove, the size of a large sparrow, has dark-gray tipped feathers, making them appear scaly. These doves have a square-tipped tail and rufous under the wings, readily seen when flying.  They were often observed by our group feeding on corn at feeding stations.
  • Elegant Trogons

    Lauren Shaffer
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Elegant Trogon Elegant Trogons are supposed to be the highlight of any birding trip to southeast Arizona; that is, if you are lucky enough to see one!  They seemed to be late arriving at Cave Creek Canyon near our group’s home base of Portal, AZ. Only one pair had been seen in various places the week we were there;  sometimes at a sycamore tree in a dry creek bed near a trail crossing, and a couple of times flying through the campground.  My friend and I were with a Road Scholar birding group, and we had just 5 days to find our prize Elegant Trogons along with more than 100 other…
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