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  • Career counselling: Pick a path

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    Neil Savage
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Career counselling: Pick a path Nature 517, 7536 (2015). doi:10.1038/nj7536-645a Author: Neil Savage Where to go to get advice on finding a job.
  • Not your average technician

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    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Research relies on unsung heroes working behind the scenes — and some of them have rather unusual jobs.Nature 517 542 doi: 10.1038/517542a
  • From Military Operation to Tourist Attraction: The History of the Penguin Post Office

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    Brian Santalone
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Bransfield House, the building that houses Port Lockroy’s post office and museum. (Photo Credit: Peter Gale)   Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Pensinsula is home to 3,000 gentoo penguins and a major tourist attraction affectionately known as the “Penguin Post Office“. However, it wasn’t always this way. The port has at various times been a center for whaling, a military base and a scientific research facility. Click on the yellow nodes of the timeline below to find out more about Port Lockroy’s colorful past.     01.01.1873 1873: Discovery…
  • Smothered oceans: Extreme oxygen loss in oceans accompanied past global climate change

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    From the subarctic Pacific to the Chilean margins, extreme oxygen loss is stretching from the upper ocean to about 3,000 meters deep. In some oceanic regions, such loss occurred within 100 years or less, according to a new study.
  • Government report reveals nearly 1,000 tons of lead dust dumped on population every year from airplanes

    NaturalNews.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Leaded gasoline is a thing of the past for automobiles. But a recent government report explains that leaded "avgas," as it is called for aircraft, is still being used to the tune of about 225 million gallons annually by piston-engine aircraft, which release nearly 1...
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  • Career counselling: Pick a path

    Neil Savage
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Career counselling: Pick a path Nature 517, 7536 (2015). doi:10.1038/nj7536-645a Author: Neil Savage Where to go to get advice on finding a job.
  • Climate science: Big swings in weather to come

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Climate science: Big swings in weather to come Nature 517, 7536 (2015). doi:10.1038/517530e Weather extremes could become more common as the climate warms this century, because extreme cooling events in the Pacific Ocean are predicted to occur more often.La Niña events occur when the equatorial Pacific cools, causing droughts and floods worldwide. Wenju Cai of the Commonwealth
  • Technical support

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Technical support Nature 517, 7536 (2015). doi:10.1038/517528a Technicians are often under appreciated, but without them there could be no research.
  • Evolution: How yeast go multicellular

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Evolution: How yeast go multicellular Nature 517, 7536 (2015). doi:10.1038/517531d A genetic mutation in single-celled yeast turns it into a multicellular organism — hinting at how multicellularity might have evolved.William Ratcliff at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his co-workers studied a strain of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in which the
  • Gather data to reveal true extent of doping in sport

    Roger Pielke Jr
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Gather data to reveal true extent of doping in sport Nature 517, 7536 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/517529a Author: Roger Pielke Jr Drug cheats will not be tackled properly until anti-doping agencies do more to assess the scale of the problem scientifically, says Roger Pielke Jr.
 
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  • From Military Operation to Tourist Attraction: The History of the Penguin Post Office

    Brian Santalone
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Bransfield House, the building that houses Port Lockroy’s post office and museum. (Photo Credit: Peter Gale)   Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Pensinsula is home to 3,000 gentoo penguins and a major tourist attraction affectionately known as the “Penguin Post Office“. However, it wasn’t always this way. The port has at various times been a center for whaling, a military base and a scientific research facility. Click on the yellow nodes of the timeline below to find out more about Port Lockroy’s colorful past.     01.01.1873 1873: Discovery…
  • Punk Rock Penguin Chicks Fend Off Skua

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The skua is a large seagull-like bird that preys on penguin chicks. But the tables are turned when the babies are nearly full-grown and sporting feather mohawks. The post Punk Rock Penguin Chicks Fend Off Skua appeared first on Nature.
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    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Antarctica’s most popular tourist destination is a unique British post office located in the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula at Port Lockroy, about 700 miles south of Argentina and Chile. Enthusiastic cruise ship passengers from around the world come ashore throughout the Antarctic summer to see the colony of 3,000 gentoo penguins that takes up residence each year alongside Port Lockroy’s other summer inhabitants – the post office staff. Penguin Post Office follows the daily lives of the gentoos as they find their mates, build their nests and raise their young. Also featured are…
  • Saving Otter 501 in Pictures

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Swipe left or right to view gallery Full Screen Otter 501 being being carefully groomed Otter 501 being being carefully groomed as part of her 8 month long journey to being re-released back into the wild. Photo credit: ©Sea Studios FoundationOtter 501 being bottle fedOtter 501 being bottle fed a special "otter milk" formula at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo credit: ©Sea Studios FoundationA stranded southern sea otter pupA stranded southern sea otter pup is being assesed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Karl Mayer. This pup was brought in for further assesment and possible rehabilitation and…
  • Full Episode

    admin
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    France is known for its delicious food and wines, great art and architecture and celebrated culture of all kinds. But there’s another side to this popular destination that is not as visible, its wild side. Deep in the French countryside, it is possible for the adventurous to spot brown bears, wild boar, griffon vultures or wolves. The post Full Episode appeared first on Nature.
 
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  • Smothered oceans: Extreme oxygen loss in oceans accompanied past global climate change

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    From the subarctic Pacific to the Chilean margins, extreme oxygen loss is stretching from the upper ocean to about 3,000 meters deep. In some oceanic regions, such loss occurred within 100 years or less, according to a new study.
  • Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    The complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans is a little more clear, thanks to new research. “We developed a model concept that allows us to link the probability of worm species occurring in wildlife and occurring in rats, and linked them to the probability of this occurring in a certain geographical area,” he says the lead author says.
  • Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    A new study of marine organisms that make up the 'biofouling community' -- tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships' hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world -- shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification. Authors examine how these communities may respond to future change.
  • Research projects contribute to shaping EU regulation to control invasive species

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    A new regulation governing the control of invasive alien species became effective in all EU states on 1 January 2015. The European Union hopes that it will actively combat one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and thus the functioning of ecosystems. The new regulation has far-reaching implications for authorities as well as for trade in animals and plants.
  • Dog disease in lions spread by multiple species

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Canine distemper, a viral disease that's been infecting the famed lions of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, appears to be spread by multiple animal species, according to a study published by a transcontinental team of scientists.
 
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  • My Yellow Warbler review

    mon@rch
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    I have been banding birds for 18 years and I would like to start a series on my recapture birds that I have encountered during my banding carrier. The first bird that I would like to share is the Yellow Warbler. The birds that I band are located in Cattaraugus County, NY with most of the individuals caught in the Allegany State Park area. I have recorded 160 different Yellow Warblers with an additional 2 foreign recaptures. Both foreign recaptures originated at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage and was recaptured about a mile away during the Great Outdoors day event. The first was recaptured 5…
  • The “Warbler Guide” [App Review]

    mon@rch
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I have been giving the opportunity to review the “Warbler Guide” App that is available with my iPhone/iPad. The Warbler Guide “book” that this app follows is not something you would carry with you on every birding adventure. However the two together complement each other really well. The book gives you more of a text book description of each species; the app appears to be a more field identification guide. My favorite feature of the App is that it’s always accessible when needed and then look up the other info in the book later when you get home. Like many other bird Apps, the…
  • Merry Christmas 2014

    mon@rch
    25 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Happy Holidays everyone. Filed under: iPhone
  • A Few More Birds from Dunkirk Harbor

    patacoate
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    White-winged Scoter By: Pat Coate The pictures in this post were taken at Dunkirk Harbor this past winter. In our area, the white-winged scoter winters on Lakes Ontario and Erie. It is becoming a bit more common due to the invasion of the zebra mussels, as mussels (and clams) seem to be one of its favorite foods. Iceland Gull, first winter Another winter visitor. Iceland Gull with Ring-billed Gull (right) and Herring Gull, winter adult (left) This photo provides a nice size comparison of the Iceland Gull to the more common ring-billed and herring gulls. Per the field guides, the herring is…
  • Dunkirk Harbor

    patacoate
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Gulls By: Pat Coate During our unusually harsh winter in Western New York open water for ducks and gulls was hard to come by. Dunkirk Harbor on Lake Erie usually has a good bit of open water due to warm water discharge from the nearby power plant. But with the prolonged cold spell even the harbor had very limited open water this year, making competition for food fierce. Assorted Ducks Dead Greater Scaup Due to limited food sources, a large number of ducks were not able to survive the winter. Numerous birders reported emaciated, weakened ducks along roadways and near frozen water sources; and…
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  • 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…
  • Found while reading the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Siting renewable energy only on private land would not provide balance or flexibility in siting renewable energy development because there is limited private land throughout the DRECP Planning Area and the private land does not always correlate with areas with the highest energy resource values. In some instances, development on private land would not align with existing transmission corridors. Meeting statewide and federal renewable energy goals within the DRECP planning area boundary exclusively on private lands would result in substantial conflicts with current and proposed land…
  • What she asked; what I did not say by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    thin dark hand on mine nails tracing tendons she looked up. “Why do you like me?” my heart a well, dark bottom unseen. sounds of tossed pebbles fade long before they might surface. now a swift red-tail hawk stripes the bottomless blue sky. her eyes scan each rock shining brilliant dark brown. I would stand with her I would stand with her I would stand with her and fill this void with stones.
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  • Drinking Water From the Air

    Yunus Emre Duyar
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    The Warka Water tower, a project developed by Arturo Vittori and his team at Architecture and Vision, has the aim of contributing to solve the drinking water shortage in developing countries.The tower is a spiral construction of bamboo and polyester mesh, able to collect the water carried through air so that it can be used as potable water. The project is based on the simple fact that there is always water carried through the air. Standing as high as 22 meters, the tower harvests this potential potable water. The mesh of the tower captures fog moisture, while rain water is collected directly…
  • An Adblocker for Your Eyes

    Rolf Coppens
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Most VR concepts and products are coming from big tech companies. With their ad-driven business models they are likely to fill your Glass, Hololens or Oculus with ads at some point. What if these exact same tools are used to block ads? Build your own.
  • Drugs Testing with Artificial Organs

    Yunus Emre Duyar
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    Dr Mark Donowitz and his team at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences are working on artificial organs-on-chips that will be used for drug development. These organs-on-chips fit in the palm of your hand and look nothing like a real organ. Donowitz states that there are 800,000 children dying from diarrhea-related diseases. This is complicated by the lack of effective drugs against diarrheal diseases and drug development tests on mice are not as effective. This is why the team set out to design a gut-on-a-chip that will hopefully solve the problem encountered when…
  • A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

    Yunus Emre Duyar
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Thanks to French design firm NewWind, wind turbines of the future won’t be gigantic and ugly anymore. The company’s newly designed wind turbines, named Tree Vent, look like post-modern tree sculptures. A traditional wind turbine needs to be high enough to catch the strongest winds, this makes them too impractical and bulky for urban spaces. The new design developed by the team uses vertical, green coloured small wind turbines, positioned in a way that enables the machine to operate silently. These turbines are more sensitive compared to traditional wind turbines, they are able…
  • Changing your Mood on Demand with Brain-Altering Wearable Technology

    Alessia Andreotti
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thync, is a new brain-altering wearable technology that promises to “shift your state of mind and conquer life” by allowing its users to change their mood whenever they want. Using neurosignaling, it induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus. Thync’s technology involves calculated stimulation applied through electricity, via contact electrodes placed along the orbital ridge and the base of the neck, of cranial nerves. The idea of a tool able to keep us in a positive and confident state, free of all doubts and fears, is very appealing. But what would a word in which we all wear…
 
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  • 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…
  • Clay-colored Sparrow - what to look for

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    One of the toughest spizella identification challenge familiar to many NY birders, is with separating fall and winter Chipping from Clay-colored Sparrows. Sometimes, you might get lucky with that one bird that has all the field marks that stand out but more often you will be presented with views of a bird where it is tough to make the distinction and nail the ID.This one is for you to figure out.Here we have two spizella candidates. The one on the left is an obvious Chipping Sparrow. Right...or maybe not. What do you think? What about the bird on the right?  This is the dilemma many…
  • Backyard Bird # 120

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Dickcissel (center) with House Sparrows and a Red-winged Blackbird.Migration, whether spring or fall, provides a great opportunity to entice birds that you would not ordinarily have in your garden. It has certainly helped to bump the number of bird species observed in the backyard. I have been rather fortunate to record (all with photo documentation) a number of very good birds such as Eastern Meadowlark, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Hooded Warbler, White-winged Crossbill and Evening Grosbeak to name a few. On November 4th, I recorded number 120 for the list of birds seen…
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  • 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. 
  • Pic of the Week (December 19, 2014) NW803 TIPI WINTER SNOWFALL

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    "May you have warmth in your tipi, and peace in your heart." (inspired from a native blessing, unknown author)  Holiday Greetings!  ~MilliBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (December 19, 2014): NW803 TIPI WINTER SNOWFALLPic 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. 19…
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  • All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

    Larry
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Following my local list serve I was pleased to read that there were two Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator), one adult and one immature, hanging out at the Chico Oxidation Ponds, about an hour and a half from my house. This being a life bird for me I had no choice but to take the drive. Click on photos for full sized images. The Trumpeter Swan is the largest native North American waterfowl, being five feet long, with a wingspan of seven to eight feet and weighing in at twenty-three pounds, they are hard to miss. They are differentiated from their smaller cousin the Tundra Swan by their all…
  • Whooping Crane at Joe Overstreet Road

    Corey
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This year was my third year helping to lead trips at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Like my two previous visits I spent one day that I didn’t have to lead any field trips doing a run through central Florida looking for some of the specialty species of the region. The list includes Bachmann’s Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, and, oddly, Whooping Crane. On my previous trips I was successful on each and every species except for the crane. The Whooping Crane I hoped to see is one of the few remaining birds from the effort to introduce a…
  • Snow-fronted Geese

    Felonious Jive
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Recently I ditched the coast and headed into the bowels of the Central Valley, to meet up with an old friend…you may know him by the name “Falcated Duck“.  Falcated Duck eluded us at first, but eventually let us stare at him at will. But this post is not about Falcated Duck. We were at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, of course, which is not only home to Falcated Duck, but many other birds.  There are hordes of fowl here (fowl of the water) in winter, with geese having the most prominent presence. Snow, Ross’s, Greater White-fronted (all pictured above) and…
  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

    Corey
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. -Pete Dunne For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills. Ever since I saw my first spoonbill, a vagrant in New Jersey, I have been a bit obsessed with the big, pink, bizarrely-billed birds. Three years ago I shared a gallery of images of spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge but I think it is time for another. You can never get enough spoonbill! These photos were all taken during the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival at…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2015)

    Mike
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” Why he was so cynical about a meaningful exchange of beautiful moments and memories, I’ll never know. I dipped on the King Eider drake that had been holding court around Irondequoit Bay but did muster a couple of Common Goldeneyes. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was easy for him to pick despite the fact that he had over 100 species from which to choose. The Whooping Crane is a very special bird and seeing one for the first time is a…
 
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  • Don’t Kick Your Christmas Tree to the Curb! Repurpose or Recycle It.

    Robin
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. ―Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree The ball has dropped, it’s after New Year’s and time to undeck the halls and untrim the trees. Every year I see tons of trees sitting curbside waiting to be picked up with the trash and taken to the landfill; it makes me sad that they had purpose for such a short time. While I do think real trees are better than fake (especially if you buy one from a local, family owned business!) we can do better, people. Get more out of your Christmas tree:…
  • Light It Up.

    Robin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. ―Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky   So, I was having some issues behind the scenes here— basically, I was locked out of my blogs. I’d click the link to be sent a new password, but I’ve been blogging so long now that the password was going to a now-defunct email address. It was frustrating and sort of scary while also being sort of…
  • Love This: Lifefactory Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles

    Robin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that’s what I call high quality H2O! -Bobby Boucher, The Waterboy Note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through to Amazon I get a small % of any resulting sales. If you’d prefer not to use those links, you can check out the full Lifefactory line on their site. I work out 4-6 times a week. Maverick comes with me 3-4 of those times. Cassidy has soccer practice and games. We drink a LOT of water in this house: during workouts, and in between. At home, we use the CamelBak Relay Pitcher I was sent on behalf of the Fitness Magazine FitBlog event to filter…
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  • Lots Of Ducks At The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

    Steve Creek
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    The weather has been great the past two days here in Arkansas so I decided to spend some time at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Monday was kind of slow and I didn’t make many photos but yesterday I saw an amazing amount of ducks. The Bobcats and Coyotes were hanging around where they were. I saw a Bobcat sitting watching one of the large flocks of Ducks just before daylight. I waited to get enough light to photograph the Bobcat but it walked off a few minutes before I had enough light. The Coyote ran after seeing me but I was able to photograph one Monday that was…
  • Trout Fishing On The Little Missouri

    Steve Creek
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    This past weekend I did some exploring in the southern part of the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I drove to the Albert Pike Campground which is still closed after 20 people were killed during a flash flood 4 years ago. No one knows when or if this campground will ever be open again and that’s sad because it looks like it was an amazing place at one time. I did see lots of people trout fishing downstream of the campground. I didn’t know that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks Rainbows in the Albert Pike Campground area during the winter and spring. Someone…
  • Jelly Fungi

    Steve Creek
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    This orange Jelly Fungi really stands out in the woods this time of year. This one was about waist-high and I spotted it from a distance while hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I didn’t know that some of these are edible until I researched it. Orange Jelly Fungi On The Side Of A Tree. (iPhone) Jelly Fungus Facts These fungi are so named because their foliose, irregularly branched fruiting body is, or appears to be, the consistency of jelly. Actually, many are somewhat rubbery and gelatinous. When dried, jelly fungi become hard and shriveled; when exposed to water,…
  • Big Brown Bat In The Ouachita National Forest

    Steve Creek
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    I was hiking up a mountain last week in the Ouachita National Forest behind my cabin. When I got near the top of the mountain I leaned against a large pine tree to rest and to take in the view. I kept hearing a hissing noise and couldn’t tell where it was coming from at first. I looked down at my feet to make sure I wasn’t standing on a snake. When I couldn’t find anything near my feet I leaned back against the pine tree and heard the hissing sound again. I moved a piece of bark that was about my head level and found this Big Brown Bat. (I hope I have the ID correct.) I…
  • American White Pelican With A Different Lens

    Steve Creek
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:51 am
    I have used the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II the past week with the Canon 500 f4 lens. I attached a EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS Lens to test with this camera while at Kerr Dam in Oklahoma. This lens is easier to handle while sitting in the rocks photographing the birds that are in flight. So far I am very happy with this camera. American White Pelican – 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 400, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS at 400mm American White Pelican – 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 400, Canon 7D2, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS at 400mm American White Pelican – 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 400, Canon 7D2,…
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    Conservation Jobs

  • Pet Trade Harming Lemur Conservation

    Alex Taylor
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Lemurs are the world’s most endangered primates, with 91% of species at risk of extinction on their native island home, Madagascar. Of 101 lemur species, 22 are classified as critically endangered, 48 are endangered and 20 are classified as vulnerable. The driving factors behind their decline include poaching for the bushmeat trade, a lack of […]
  • Large Carnivores in Europe

    Alex Taylor
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Large carnivore species in Europe only just made it through the 19th and 20th centuries. Often viewed by humans as a threat – to either their lives or their livelihoods – numbers had fallen as human populations had grown. They are now still absent from large parts of their former range. But large carnivores are […]
  • Reintroduction of the Clouded Leopard

    Alex Taylor
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    In 2013, the Formosan clouded leopard, a subspecies of the clouded leopard species and native to Taiwan, was declared extinct. Even though the last reliable evidence of the presence of the cat on the island was from a 1910 diary entry, biologists suspected that the notoriously elusive animal had avoided extinction for many years. This […]
  • Population Growth for the World’s Rarest Antelope

    Alex Taylor
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    The hirola antelope is the current holder of the title of world’s rarest antelope. It is the last living representative of a 3 million year old evolutionary lineage, but is critically endangered. Living along the Kenya-Somalia border, its population consists of herds totalling fewer than 240 individuals. Hirola antelopes must live in big groups in […]
 
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    Long Island Environmental News

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    19 Jan 2020 | 5:35 am
  • 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…
  • Spiritual Ecology at Chandler Preserve, Suffolk County Park (Jan 25 - 2 pm)

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Quality Parks President, Mindy Block, will begin a series of exploratory walks into Nature with a focus on spiritual ecology. Spiritual ecology is a combining of the inner sense of knowing to the five sense observational world. It is currently being explored by Yale University as a combined degree program (see second video below). For Registration and location - follow this link.Chandler PreserveThe secondary reason for this walk is for Quality Parks Master Naturalists and friends to reconnect and share what's going on with their lives. Families are welcome. We'll be encouraging…
  • Alert: Dead Fish Showing Up On Long Island Sound

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    We just spotted this article and have also been spotting dead fish over the few weeks or so in the Port Jefferson area. Has any of our QP Master Naturalists been noticing this on our coastal waters? Please post comments below.This is our recent photo:From Quality Parks - Incident Reporting SystemThis is the article and link to it:Assemblyman Kaminsky Calls On NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation To Test Island Park Waters For ToxinsIsland Park, NY - January 8, 2015 - Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky sent a letter this afternoon to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation…
  • Suffolk County OTB application for a 1000 slot machine - Video Lottery Terminal Casino in Medford

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    The Suffolk County OTB application for a 1000 slot machine- Video Lottery Terminal Casino in Medford will be before the Suffolk County Planning Commission on January 7th at 9:30 AM.... No surprise it will probably be automatically approved, so that the town Planning Board can also put its' rubber stamp on the plan as well...Sure looks like the town elected officials have done all they can to fast track this plan in record time, and without any direct accountability for having done so??Long Island DetailsABCO believes that siting casinos in Brookhaven is a mistake.  Our civics voted…
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    Birding Pictures

  • 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…
  • Forster’s Tern

    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…
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

    Lauren Shaffer
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Lincoln’s sparrows are always a treat to see in fall migration in Pennsylvania.  Their finely streaked sides and breast, along with their buffy malar stripe and upper breast, an eye ring, and white throat and belly all combine to make for one handsome bird. s This fall I discovered some wonderful habitat for migrating sparrows and warblers.  At the bottom of a private lane of a neighbor, where field, prairie (shrubby grassland), and deep woods converge; dozens, if not hundreds of mostly sparrows are often found in the grasses, multiflora rose, and autumn olive. Towhees, Mockingbirds,…
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