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  • Spring is just around the corner

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    28 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
  • When right beats might

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    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When right beats might Nature 518, 7540 (2015). doi:10.1038/518455a The final act in a long-running Italian saga should bring tighter controls on unproven stem-cell therapies, both at home and abroad.
  • Guts of giant virus imaged in 3D

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    Davide Castelvecchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Reconstruction of mimivirus innards brings X-ray laser images of live cells one step closer.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17011
  • Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink

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    2 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change, a new study suggests.
  • Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all

    NaturalNews.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Wishful thinking simply won't deter from the fact that the cancer industry is just that: an industry. Doctors, drug companies, hospitals and other key stakeholders profit heavily each time a cancer patient submits to the conventional treatment model, which typically...
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  • When right beats might

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When right beats might Nature 518, 7540 (2015). doi:10.1038/518455a The final act in a long-running Italian saga should bring tighter controls on unproven stem-cell therapies, both at home and abroad.
  • No strings

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    No strings Nature 518, 7540 (2015). doi:10.1038/518456a Details of a climate-change sceptic’s links to the energy industry make worrying reading.
  • A sore thing

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A sore thing Nature 518, 7540 (2015). doi:10.1038/518456b The use of technologies that objectively measure pain must be carefully monitored.
  • Focus on political Islamic groups to boost science

    Dyna Rochmyaningsih
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Focus on political Islamic groups to boost science Nature 518, 7540 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518457a Author: Dyna Rochmyaningsih For science to realize its potential in the Muslim world, attitudes need to change at a societal level, not just an individual one, says Dyna Rochmyaningsih.
  • Ecology: Competing bluebirds make tougher sons

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ecology: Competing bluebirds make tougher sons Nature 518, 7540 (2015). doi:10.1038/518458a Female western bluebirds that have to compete for nesting sites produce more early-hatching male chicks than do females with fewer competitors. The chicks are also likely to be more aggressive. This has long-term effects on the range and behaviour of subsequent generations.Renée Duckworth and
 
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  • Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change, a new study suggests.
  • Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. The findings suggest that while current climate conditions may be optimal for emperor penguins, conditions in the past were too extreme for large…
  • Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    The value of a modern logging technique has been revealed for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production. The most comprehensive study of Reduced-Impact Logging (RIL) to date has been completed, surveying wildlife communities over a five-year period before and after timber harvesting.
  • Strait of Georgia: Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    The number of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia is down by 50 per cent from the 1980s and researchers say the decline reflects changes in the availability of food.
  • Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.
 
 
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    Coyote Crossing

  • Desert words I want by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    This week The Guardian published perhaps the finest piece of writing I’ve ever seen in its pages, and it has gotten me thinking. The article, by British nature writer Robert Macfarlane, comes as a sort of prologue to his book Landmarks, due out next week. The book and the article in The Guardian discuss our increasing loss of a vocabulary befitting the landscapes in which we live. There’s a paragraph in Macfarlane’s Guardian piece that’s gotten a lot of attention, fittingly enough as it’s the springboard from which the rest of his essay sproings. That passage…
  • Ethical malfeasance and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Today’s the deadline for commenting on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Many of the people I know have been putting in long hours for the last several months pulling their comments together on the plan, which is gargantuan. The plan covers 22 million acres of the California desert, with a huge amount of land proposed as renewable energy Development Focus Areas (DFAs) and an even huger amount proposed for a modicum of protection, but what that protection actually entails is a matter of both vagueness and controversy. I suspect that most of the comments…
  • Heart by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    I have a new family member. Her name is Heart, named partly because of a black Valentine’s-heart-shaped patch on her left side, and partly because of who she is. When I first met her, in November, she couldn’t bring herself to make eye contact with me. A series of events I can only guess at had persuaded her that most people, men especially, could not be trusted. She came to live with me in December — a dogsitting-fostering arrangement, I insisted, not to be considered permanent — and it took her several days to stop flinching violently when I’d absently reach to stroke…
  • Decision by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I stood tonight at sundown at the south edge of the Mojave National Preserve after a day spent seeing one wonderful aspect of the Mojave after another and the thought came to me: “I live here.” It’s not the first time I’ve had the thought, but it struck me hard tonight. This late summer I made one of the hardest, most personably frightening decisions I’ve ever made. It felt correct at the time even when I feared its consequences most. Had that decision gone the other way, I realized, I would have had to amend my thought to “I could have lived here.”…
  • Last night’s dream, still not completely shaken by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    It was bad news from the oncologist. Multiple myeloma, the same as killed my grandfather when he was just two years older than I am now, and I walked the street in a daze at the prognosis. Four months tops, he’d said, and that was after I cajoled him for optimism, talked about outliers and long right-hand tails of bell curves and essays by Stephen J. Gould. Four months. February. She was waiting for me in the park, right where she’d said she’d be when we parted that morning. Behind her a brilliant blaze of California poppies in full orange bloom, a sky uninterrupted by…
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  • Tracks

    gwendolen
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:36 pm
     
  • Fly-by

    gwendolen
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Just as I stepped outside, this Great egret flew over. I was just in time to snap a photo. There are dozens of them in the surrounding meadows in the region of Bellingwolde. I think they forage for mice there.
  • A Wildlife-Friendly Garden

    gwendolen
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    We love our wildlife-friendly garden and are planning a big pond to make it even more attractive to all sorts of animals and insects, like dragonflies, amphibians, birds and small mammals like hedgehogs, weasels and stoats. We didn’t actually have the neighbourhood deer on our minds, until we found their tracks and droppings in our garden. According to Wikipedia they feed on grass, leaves, berries, and young shoots. Not too alarming. Then I read the Dutch page. It lists most of my garden, including my veggie garden, my herbs, roses and tulips. Great. Well, seems we are on the right…
  • Spring is just around the corner

    gwendolen
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
  • Song thrush

    gwendolen
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    This Song thrush has been very shy. We didn’t get to see him (or her) much. However the snow has lead him to our birdfeeders. We call this feeder the ski jump.
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  • Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

    Louise Huyghebaert
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    3D printers can now make a contribution to ‘green’ technology with a tree, made of 3D printed leaves that contain solar cells. This solar tree, designed by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, could be the key to a new concept of renewable energy. Now, how does it work? The tree stores energy that the leaves harvest from the environment. They use solar energy and kinetic energy, from the wind, to produce usable electricity that is stored in a battery of the tree. This can power your mobile phone, but can also charge other household devices. The researchers used a wood-based…
  • Living Underground with Fake Sunlight

    Rolf Coppens
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    This Coelux skylight recreates natural sunlight using Nano Technology. It could turn your basement into a Mediterranean hideaway. Wired imagines skyscrapers underground, based on this technology. More on Coelux.com
  • Junk Food or Tobacco?

    Abby Qin
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco. Just as the world came together to regulate the risk of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diet must now be agreed. Here is an article from the opening address of the sixtieth session of The World Health Organization’s Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, about the future position of junk food. “Tobacco and junk food—here’s how they’re the same: We all know that both are bad. It’s a universally-accepted truth that tobacco and junk food are implicated among the leading causes of premature death and…
  • Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

    Louise Huyghebaert
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. In this video, designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how design could have impact on science and how synthetic biology inspires her for designing the cars of the future, made from biological materials. “It opens up a lot of questions if our fiction actually influences science. And if that is the case, what kind of fiction should we be designing? Can we actually challenge the things that science makes; help innovate in a different way?” Ginsberg asks. Some of the examples she provides show how releasing synthetic biologic things…
  • NANO Supermarket 100 m2 Pop-Up Store

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    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the truck to open a 100 m2 pop-up store in Stavanger, Norway. If you are nearby, come visit our glimmering new franchise until the 1st of March at Article Biennial in the Stavanger Artmuseum. Our shelves are stocked with nano products that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: lab-grown meat, an energy belt that converts excess belly fat into electricity, the Google Nose, medicinal softdrinks. COATING COLA: BLOCKS ALL FAT INTAKE FOR 24 HOUR GOOGLE NOSE: SNIFFER PUTS YOUR NOSE TO WORK IN THE DIGITAL DOMAIN…
 
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  • Banded Ring-billed Gulls B1XK and BMJM

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Last night, I reported two banded Ring-billed Gulls to the banding station in Quebec Canada where there is an ongoing research program on the ecology of Ring-billed Gulls. Both birds were documented on Sunday 2-15-15, while studying gulls in Brooklyn and Queens NY.  This morning, I received word from Professor Jean - Francois Giroux who sent me information about both birds, which were both banded in Quebec, Canada.Banded Ring-Billed Gull B1XK (B = Blue the band color)Banded Ring-Billed Gull BMJM (B = Blue the band color)This banding program, is a joint effort conducted by researchers…
  • Breakthrough In The Evolution Of Beaks In Darwin's Finches

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    Apparently the genetic code behind the evolution of beaks in Darwin's Finches was found according to Journal Nature which published an article on February 11th. The article, referenced the research conducted by Leif Andersson from Uppsala University in Sweden and a team who sequenced the genome of 120 birds belonging to the 15 species of Darwin's finches. Tags: Darwin's Finches
  • Kings of New York

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    If you got to this page looking for "King of New York" featuring Christopher Walken, one of the coolest cats ever to grace Hollywood screens, then my apologies but don't leave so quickly. The Kings I am referring to are the winged celebrities that showed up in New York, in 2014. By winged, I mean birds - A Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) found on November 15th by Kai Sheffield and refound by Clemmens Glasser and a Couch's Kingbird that might have been around as long as the Cassin's Kingbird but only reported by Gabriel Willow on December 25th, after obtaining photos of the bird from…
  • Backyard Birding - A Hardy in January

    1 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    It was the last day of the year and I decided I would go out and pickup some bird food for my feeders as I was getting down to my last few bag of Sunflower seeds.As I stepped out to check on the feeders, I caught a flash of yellow/orange as a bird flew off the feeders heading towards a row of shrubs. Obviously my presence startled it. I did not have my bins but my initial impression was an Oriole. After fetching my bins, I searched and found the subject hiding in the Pines.It was a Baltimore Oriole, I aged it as a 1st fall male and after waiting patiently, I was able to see it well once it…
  • In search for Cackling Geese at Van Cortlandt Park Bronx, NY

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    After trying for and missing the Geese flock at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday November 29th, I returned on Sunday the 30th and was able to spend a few hours studying the some 1800 + Canada Geese on the Parade Grounds. I was pleased to find not just one Cackling Goose but several (totaling 6), after carefully eliminating those smaller Lesser Canada types from the flock. In my own empirical observations, I have learned that one of the fallacies of picking out a Cackling Goose from the flock of Canada Geese is relying alone on size, which results in many misidentifcations.It gets…
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • MPR Tom Weber interview with Jim Brandenburg aired today.

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Jim was on Minnesota Public Radio today with Tom Weber talking about his new project Nature365 and some thoughts about the wolf hunt.  We hope you'll tune in.  Hear the MPR archive.You can see the daily video at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jimbrandenburg. You can sign up for daily email reminder here.Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne & Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017www.jimbrandenburg.com
  • JE SUIS CHARLIE

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones of the shooting in Paris today. We have a colleague, Fabrice Nicolino that was shot and severely wounded in the incident. He is an environmental journalist and strong advocate of the wolf. He is a close friend with some members of our NATURE 365 team. He was an unfortunate victim of hate like the wolves he has tried so hard to protect. We wish him well in his recovery efforts. I'm sure his voice will soon ring again as loudly as the wolf howls that echo in the forests of the world.Jim Brandenburg
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Celebrationwww.nature365.tv  For many of us this is now a time of reflection. As I recount things that have touched my life this past year I am fairly startled, elated. Rarely have I seen such a dramatic swing of events that have caused such huge consequences on my immediate environment and myself. However there was one recent event that now stands out above the others. In later days I will share in this space other events and new exciting projects that I have been involved in this past year. This last day of the year finds me in Western France putting some final touches on a…
  • Pic of the Week (December 26, 2014): DOS 60 Dew Pearls.

    26 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    "Spider webs and pearls.......both simply elegant. ~DianneBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (December 26, 2014): DOS 60 Dew Pearls.Pic 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. Pic of the Week Special PricingPurchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (Dec. 26 - Jan. 01)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take…
  • 2015 Jim Brandenburg Calendars! NOW $10

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    NOW THESE ARE ALL $10MN Conservation Volunteer- MN Wild Orchids SOLD OUT! Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center $10Sigurd Olson's Listening Point $10You can also contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to purchase any of Jim's beautiful calendars before we run out. 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Birds In a Changing Climate: A Primer

    Felonious Jive
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    Climate Change.  The vast majority of you reading this accept it is happening, and for the time being it is caused by humans.  The few remaining climate scientists that deny this are one-by-one changing their minds or will eventually be exposed as complete frauds, due to who is funding their “research”.  People care about climate change because it threatens coastal areas, fisheries, and food and water supplies, which is why Secretary of State John Kerry stated (correctly, I think) it was a matter of national security.  So what does climate change mean for birds? Well…it…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2015)

    Mike
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Now that we’ve gotten February out of the way, the time has come to face facts: the next mass migration is not that far off. Is it too soon to start reviewing warbler songs? My best bird sighting this weekend was a Red-tailed Hawk, significant not just because these common raptors always command respect but because of what this particular bird had in its mouth: nesting material! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an out-of-place Common Merganser that looked very confused as to how it ended up in the only bit of open water by a fountain in a golf course pond in Corey’s…
  • Birding Port Melbourne Beach

    Clare M
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Well, another week has gone by here in Melbourne and I am managing to walk to a variety of locations from the city centre quite easily and the weather has been kind to us so far. The temperatures really vary day by day, but even more than that with this city’s reputation of “four seasons in one day”! I don’t let that slow me down, but set off for a day of walking prepared for any changes that may occur. I am afraid I can’t give you any tips on public transport from the city centre to Port Melbourne Beach, but it is readily available. I crossed the Yarra River in…
  • Cholla Birds

    Redgannet
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The internet appears to have nearly as many people getting caught up with Cholla Cacti as it has cute kittens doing funny stuff. It almost qualifies as a genre in itself. Now this is only a personal suspicion, but I reckon that the birds of the Sonoran Desert have set up candid cameras and are getting their Youtube footage by enticing birders close enough to the cholla bushes for the spiked fruit to make the leap onto their innocent carriers. It is possible that the birds feel so secure in the protection of the vicious, malicious plant that they can afford to reduce their flight distance and…
  • In Sunlight or in Shadow

    Carrie
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Those of you who go outside like actual birders and/or adults may not be aware of the latest craze to sweep the internet. No, not the llamas. Or the trailer for the new Frozen short. Or even the welcome news the Obama has vetoed the Keystone pipeline. No, it’s about a blue dress. Or a white dress. With decorations that are either gold or black. Now I’m going to be frank, when I first saw the dress I was pretty convinced that it was obviously white and gold and anyone who claimed otherwise was trolling me. But now I am assured otherwise. What does this have to do with birding,…
 
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    Steve Creek Outdoors

  • The Coyote Stare

    Steve Creek
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge uses chicken litter for fertilizer and when they bring it in by the truck load this time of year it draws the Coyotes. This one was hanging near a pile and didn’t seem to care that I was nearby. It did give me a stare. Coyote – Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens | @500mm | 1/1600 | f/5.6 | ISO 400 The post The Coyote Stare appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • Brave Fox Squirrel In A Soybean Field

    Steve Creek
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Birds of prey are everywhere this time of year at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and I couldn’t believe this Fox Squirrel was eating soybeans out in the open. Lots of Coyotes and Bobcats also. The nearest tree was about 40 to 50 steps away. I wished I would have made a wide photo of this squirrel to show the distance from cover. I waited around at a distance to see if it would be able to finish its meal without being eaten and it did. Fox Squirrel – 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 400, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens at 500mm The post Brave Fox Squirrel In A Soybean Field…
  • Great Blue Heron Eating A Shad

    Steve Creek
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    One of the great things about photographing wildlife this time of year at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is that it can be done from the warmth of your vehicle. In the winter time the shad group up into very dense schools , especially when it gets really cold. The Great Blue Heron will feed where they find the schools and most of the time they will not pay you any attention. The tour road at the refuge goes near the river and you can park and try to stay warm while watching the Herons catch the shad. Great Blue Heron – 1/1250, f/4.0, ISO 400, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens at…
  • A Few Birds At Bear Crystal Cabin

    Steve Creek
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    I have tried to get the birds to visit my bird feeder at the cabin since August but they just would not for some reason. As soon as an ice storm hit here in Arkansas they showed up and were ready for sunflowers. Song Sparrow – 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1000, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 at 400mm American Goldfinch – 1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 1000, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 at 400mm Dark-eyed Junco – 1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 1000, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 at 400mm Northern Cardinal – 1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 4000, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm…
  • An American Robin Foraging For Insects

    Steve Creek
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    Most of the time I see the American Robins eating berries this time of year here in Arkansas. This winter seemed mild and I am seeing lots of Robins getting worms and insects which is a good thing for these birds. I tried to get a photo of this American Robin eating insects but it was always to fast for me or it would turn its back to me. American Robin – 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 400, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 at 400mm The post An American Robin Foraging For Insects appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
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    Conservation Jobs

  • The Urban Taste for Bushmeat

    Alex Taylor
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    There were no laws in place regarding bushmeat until the late 1990s, but even now they are rarely enforced.
  • Shrinking Range of the Pika

    Alex Taylor
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Pikas are disappearing from low elevation sites in the mountains.
  • Beavers in Otter

    Alex Taylor
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    We are delighted by Natural England’s decision to grant us a licence to give these beavers a long term future on the River Otter.
  • Bleak Future for Rare Chimps

    Alex Taylor
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Chimpanzees are under threat from many human activities. They face habitat loss due to industrialised agriculture and logging, illegal hunting and wildlife trafficking. Yet few studies have examined the impact of climate change on chimpanzee populations. One that has done so has revealed that habitat loss caused by increasing global temperatures threatens the most endangered […]
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    Long Island Environmental News

  • Breaking News

    19 Feb 2030 | 5:35 am
  • Fire Island's New Inlet Comes of Age

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    November 15, 2014Smith Point BeachSunny and coldWe took a loop around Fire Island led by Eric Powers, starting at Smith Point Beach County Park and walking through Fire Island National Seashore to the breach called “New Inlet” created by Superstorm Sandy into Bellport Bay, almost directly across from the mouth of Carmans River.  Along the way, we covered whales (we even got to see some humpback whales off the shore!); different sea creatures, their shells, and behavior; and the structure and wildlife of the island that constitutes the main defense against hurricanes and other violent…
  • Hither Hills Hike – Abundant Sumac and an Icy Wetland Oasis

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    Contributed by David Kennedy as a Quality Parks Master Naturalist StudentAmong the many plants that we observed during our February 7, 2015 hike in Hither Hills State Park, the most interesting and beautiful from my perspective was smooth sumac (Rhus glabra). We encountered this species sporadically but in ever increasing numbers as we hiked westward from the overlook area, culminating in large, nearly mono-specific stand of smooth sumac located to either side of the trail, in the area just east of the LIRR tracks. The hundreds of deep crimson-to-scarlet red, oblong fruit clusters of the…
  • Peconic Estuary Program Grant Recipients To Improve Long Island Water Quality

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    The Peconic Estuary Program works together with the community to achieve its goals for protecting and restoring the Long Island Peconic Estuary ecosystem. This recent press release announced that the following awardees will receive $5,000 to fund their projects and further the goals of the Peconic Estuary Program's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, linking restoration projects with public participation.The first grant, entitled, "Sustainable Aquaculture: A New Maritime History," was awarded to the The Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery.  The Hatchery…
  • New Mountain Bicycling Trail Experience at Edgewood Preserve, Began in Fall 2014

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    Thank You Denis Byrne for sharing this story by Chris Malanga. A new nonexclusive, mountain bicycling trail is being worked on by many  CLIMB volunteers. Began last fall, at the Edgewood Preserve, according to Chris Malanga and Denis Byrne, this trails is also great for running too. Most of the trail is relatively easy, except for sections 6 and 8 which are considered "black diamonds" and require some bike handling skills. Deer Park is mostly flat so they used leftover ditches and other drainage infrastructure to make it a workout too. Edgewood Preserve - From Section 6 to Section 7…
 
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    Birding Pictures

  • Winter Birding

    Lauren Shaffer
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The sun finally came out this morning in rural Central Pa, so I braved the crazy 4 degrees with ear muffs, hand warmers, gloves, heavy coat and boots, and went birding! For four hours!! With the bright snow and the intense sunlight, I was less than happy with the umpteen pictures I took, but it was still fun. I put the seat warmer on, put the window down so I could hear the Horned Larks flying over the fields, and drove the back roads. This is winter road birding at its finest. When there’s something good, the blinkers go on, and the car is parked as far off the road as possible. We…
  • Northern Harrier–The Gray Ghost

    Lauren Shaffer
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Gray Ghost, male Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk; all names of this unique hawk which hunts low over open ground or marsh. Long and slender, with wings often held in a dihedral or V-shape, its flat head makes it look something like an owl when it flies. Another owl-like feature is a facial disk which aids the hawk in hearing rodents below in the grasses. This is seen more easily in the female whose plumage is very different from the male, with its dark brown back and heavily streaked under-wings. Both share the white rump patch, however. Photo of the female is below, where you can just make out…
  • Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

    Lauren Shaffer
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
      Photographing eagles at Conowingo Dam along the Susquehanna River in Maryland, has to be one of the most thrilling experiences of a photographer’s life. At least it is, if the eagles are there! There are no guarantees that they will show up in big numbers, or that they will be active for more than a few minutes every hour or two, but when conditions are right, the sound of thousands of camera shutters going off continuously can really raise one’s adrenaline! From early November to the end of December is the best time to go. When power is needed, the hydroelectric plant…
  • Eurasian Wigeons and American Wigeons: Contentious Cousins

    Lauren Shaffer
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The Eurasian Wigeon which breeds in Iceland, Europe, and Asia, is a common visitor to America, and is a handsome bird with its rufous head and pinkish breast.  It shares some characteristics with its American cousin, the “Baldpate,” such as the cream-colored crown, white shoulder patch, and black at the back end. As stated in Audubon birds, The Eurasian Wigeon is usually found associating with flocks of its American counterpart. Like the American Wigeon, this species is unorthodox in its feeding habits: It spends much of its time grazing on land like a goose and also loiters…
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    Lauren Shaffer
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Forster’s Tern is a beauty, unique among the terns in winter with its black eye patch rather than a cap or crown. It’s also the only tern which lives almost entirely in North America. On a recent visit to Cape May, NJ, we came upon these beautiful birds vying for a spot on the railing of a dock. Forester’s Terns feed on fish, small crustaceans, frogs, and mollusks. They often hover before plunge-diving into the water after prey. In the East they prefer salt water marshes, and in the West they inhabit mainly fresh water marshes. Winter is spent along the coast south of…
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  • Salamanders - The Incredible Ally | Salamanders Help To Fight Against Global Warming

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    In our fight against global warming, we've an incredible ally. Who? The little salamanders that ramble the forests of most of the world! In North-America, they're truly the foremost galore vertebrate, and that they eat lots of insects. This can be useful because this prevents these insects from intake the maximum amount of the leaf litter on the forest floor. If this leaf litter is left alone long enough, a part of it'll be converted into humus (click here to know how to prepare compost at home), a method that sequesters carbon within the soil. Because salamanders eat numerous insects, they…
  • Dogs Make It Special For You | Dogs Know Whether You Are Happy or Upset

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    Do you have a pet dog in your home? If yes, you are lucky to have a cheerful companion. Nevertheless, it is so wistful to hear that, on an average, dogs live for 15-25 years. Dogs do have feelings. It hurts his heart when you are away for a long time. Slowly he becomes a member of your family. You don't wig out when he jumps on you or lick your face. At times, he makes you feel elated when you are disturbed and you talk to him even though you are certain that he doesn't understand the language. He also protects you when you are in danger. No matter how busy you are, you still spend a bit of…
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    23 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Apple cider vinegar is an impressively versatile ingredient. It seems there are only few household problems that the apple cider vinegar can't solve. It has countless uses beyond the occasional salad dressing. Try the following list and even you'll find yourself getting incorporated with apple cider vinegar! 1. Apple cider vinegar is a natural and cheap toner for your skin, as it neutralizes the pH and makes your skin smooth and soft. If the smell is very strong, then mix with water in the ratio 1:1 and wipe over your face. 2. Use of Apple Cider Vinegar to condition your hair is really…
  • Anti-theft Technology Inspired by Bombardier Beetle | Bombardier Beetle Defense Mechanism in Anti-theft Technology

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    It is awesome to hear that the insects have got self defense mechanism. There may be many insects with that feature. But the bombardier beetle has a very advanced defense mechanism. It is an ordinary beetle that exists in all continents except the Antarctica. The bombardier beetle liberates a chemical spray that makes predators run away when it is provoked.How does the Bombardier Beetle do that? This 1 centimeter long bombardier beetle stores hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone in two separate compartments of its abdomen. These two chemicals are released in a reaction chamber and mix with…
  • 4 Million People Per Year Die from Indoor Cooking Smoke | Cooking Smoke Causes Air Pollution

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    Air pollution is an alarmingly increasing global issue since many years. Starting from the choking chimneys and grey-brown skies of cities like Beijing and Delhi to the phthalates from carpets and furniture in our homes, everything results to pollution. But according to World Health Organization (WHO), there is another kind of air pollution, caused by cooking indoors over open fires, that kills about 4 million people a year. The WHO roughly calculated that about seven million people die due to inhaling unhealthy smoke particles. The biggest culprit for these deaths is the indoor cooking…
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