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  • Keep asking the question

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    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Keep asking the question Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516287a Scientists must push to preserve a small part of a large US survey that provides essential information on the ever-changing scientific workforce.
  • Japanese scientist resigns as 'STAP' stem-cell method fails

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    Alison Abbott
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Haruko Obokata caused a sensation earlier this year with papers, now discredited, that claimed a simple method for creating stem cells.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16631
  • Female Badger Looks for Love

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    16 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s a special day for a female European badger living in the Vosges mountains on the border of Germany and France. She’s looking for a home in which to rear her pups–and a mate to father them. The post Female Badger Looks for Love appeared first on Nature.
  • Kayaking with Humpback Whales: Monterey Bay

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    bluewaterkim
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org. Thanksgiving Paddle I am thankful for the amazing gifts of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Humpback whales are still around as well as all the other wonders of the bay. Yesterday, we saw a young male elephant seal “bottling”, a resting position at the surface (not pictured). At first glance from a distance the pointy proboscis had the appearance of a dorsal fin and not that of a cetacean. As we approached, we could then hear the “dorsal fin” breathing and realized it was a pinniped. Elephant Seal sightings from our kayaks are…
  • Lengguru 2014 scientific expedition returns

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    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Having left on 17th October to produce a biodiversity inventory of the Lengguru karsts in West Papua, the scientists are back after more than a month of exploration both on land and at sea. Lengguru 2014, the largest scientific expedition ever undertaken in Indonesia, enabled the study of several original karst environments and the collection of hundreds of animal and plant species, testifying to a clear indication of the area’s rich biodiversity.
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  • Keep asking the question

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Keep asking the question Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516287a Scientists must push to preserve a small part of a large US survey that provides essential information on the ever-changing scientific workforce.
  • Spin cycle

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Spin cycle Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516287b Pressures in all stages of the news-making process can lead to hype in science reporting.
  • Honest brokers

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Honest brokers Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516288a Climate negotiations in Lima stumbled on transparency, but there is time to adjust.
  • Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy

    Guillaume Chapron
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516289a Author: Guillaume Chapron The misuse of wolf research by Swedish politicians should be a warning to all biodiversity scientists, says Guillaume Chapron.
  • Animal behaviour: Fish adopt chemical camouflage

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Animal behaviour: Fish adopt chemical camouflage Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516290a A coral-reef fish can match its scent to the odour of the surrounding reef, masking itself from predators.Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris; pictured) live around reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans and feed on particular species of coral. A team led by
 
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  • Female Badger Looks for Love

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    16 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s a special day for a female European badger living in the Vosges mountains on the border of Germany and France. She’s looking for a home in which to rear her pups–and a mate to father them. The post Female Badger Looks for Love appeared first on Nature.
  • About

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    16 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    When organizing a classic trip to France, most itineraries highlight the nation’s renowned 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. These are among the creatures getting the chance and space to regain their old hunting grounds in France’s many mountains, valleys and forests. Wild France features striking photography and locations all…
  • Interview with Bloody Suckers producer Marc Ferns

    Eric R. Olson
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Mark Ferns, the producer and presenter of NATURE’s BLOODY SUCKERS, believes in first-hand experience. While making the film, he decided the best way to inform and entertain viewers was to become a victim of bloodsuckers himself. “I wanted the best footage possible of these animals feeding,” he says. “And the best way I could think of getting it was to use myself as a subject.” So Ferns allowed himself to be bitten, and his blood lapped, by everything from the large chipo bug to the vampire bat. He recently shared some thoughts on his “draining”…
  • The Killer Whale’s Killer Weapon — Its Brain

    Eric R. Olson
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Contrary to the friendly depictions offered up by ocean theme parks, the killer whale (also known as the orca or blackfish), is the most devastating predator to roam the open oceans. It can weigh up to 11 tons, hit top speeds of 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour and sports a mouth full of three-inch long interlocking teeth. In addition to these more obvious physical adaptations, the orca’s big brain–the second largest among ocean mammals–endows it with an intelligence unparalleled in an animal of its size. To get a rough measure of animal smarts, scientists look at something…
  • Full Episode

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    19 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A shift of power is taking place at the top of the world. The Arctic is undergoing a dramatic change, and with this change one iconic Arctic hunter may soon have to give way to another as solid ice turns to open sea. The polar bear, once king of the North, needs ice to stalk its prey. Killer whales, or orca, on the other hand, are unable to hunt in an ocean locked in ice. As the ice increasingly disappears, the tables have turned. Polar bears are struggling to survive while the now open ocean provides bountiful new hunting grounds for the whales. The post Full Episode appeared first on…
 
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  • Kayaking with Humpback Whales: Monterey Bay

    bluewaterkim
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org. Thanksgiving Paddle I am thankful for the amazing gifts of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Humpback whales are still around as well as all the other wonders of the bay. Yesterday, we saw a young male elephant seal “bottling”, a resting position at the surface (not pictured). At first glance from a distance the pointy proboscis had the appearance of a dorsal fin and not that of a cetacean. As we approached, we could then hear the “dorsal fin” breathing and realized it was a pinniped. Elephant Seal sightings from our kayaks are…
  • White Pelicans of Elkhorn Slough

    bluewaterkim
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org. Flocks of White Pelicans stole the show today on our Kirby to the Coast kayaking exploration of Elkhorn Slough. Conditions were ideal as an ebb tide carried us effortlessly to the coast winding through an intricate maze of tidal creeks. Unlike the Western Brown Pelicans which are plunge divers, White Pelicans feed by scooping fish with their bIlls.   They are known to work cooperatively together herding fish using their large bodies to form a net. Concentrating the fish within a “net of birds”, they then take turns scooping up a meal. With a…
  • Kayaking with Sea Otters Elkhorn Slough

    bluewaterkim
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
      http://www.bluewaterventures.org. Strange Otter Behavior Over the last 20 years of kayaking in Elkhorn Slough, I’ve witnessed an amazing array of species and behaviors. The theme of our tours could be “weird otter behaviors”. They are a constant source of entertainment and intrigue. On Saturday, I observed a female sea otter holding a young harbor seal on her chest. Apparently, she had been “holding” or “holding captive” this young seal for several days. Perhaps this female lost her otter pup and she chose to adopt another pup, just happened to…
  • Feeding Frenzy Monterey Bay: Anchovies to Whales

    bluewaterkim
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Once again, “pinheads” what the local fisherman call immature anchovies, have moved close into the Bay attracting an array of predators from brown pelicans to humpback whales.   We thought that perhaps the whales were on their way to the coast of Mainland Mexico where they will give birth and care for their calves before making the journey back to our coast to feed. With these tasty anchovies still around, so are the whales. Enjoy the frenzy while it lasts! http://www.bluewaterventures.org.
  • Sex, Lives and Sea Hares

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    3 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org.
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  • Lengguru 2014 scientific expedition returns

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Having left on 17th October to produce a biodiversity inventory of the Lengguru karsts in West Papua, the scientists are back after more than a month of exploration both on land and at sea. Lengguru 2014, the largest scientific expedition ever undertaken in Indonesia, enabled the study of several original karst environments and the collection of hundreds of animal and plant species, testifying to a clear indication of the area’s rich biodiversity.
  • Europe shows that humans and large predators can share the same landscape

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to a new article. It is an excellent example that humans and carnivores can share the same landscape, say researchers.
  • New challenges for ocean acidification research

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    To continue its striking development, ocean acidification research needs to bridge between its diverging branches towards an integrated assessment. Experts reflect on the lessons learned from ocean acidification research and highlight future challenges.
  • A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow. Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a detailed and complete picture of the evolution of human color vision.
  • Study on world's biggest animal finds more than one population in the southeastern Pacific

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Scientists are examining molecular clues to answer a big question: how many types of blue whales exist in the waters of the southeastern Pacific?
 
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    Lifescapes

  • Winter in the Texas Hill Country

    Susan Albert
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    We're settling in for winter here in the Texas Hill Country. Our four girls (two Red Stars, two Buff Orpingtons)...
  • The Pink Suit: The Elegant Practice of Fashionable Hoodwinking

    Susan Albert
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    This is my latest book review, of a novel I enjoyed and will remember for a very long time. A...
  • A WILDER ROSE Goes Audio!

    Susan Albert
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The upcoming (March 17) Lake Union reprint edition of A Wilder Rose now has a beautiful new cover! I loved...
  • Time for Time Out

    Susan Albert
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    I'm taking a month's working vacation at Coyote Ridge, our log cabin in New Mexico, on the eastern slope of...
  • Works In Progress

    Susan Albert
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    My current needlepoint work-in-progress: I'm starting on the borders now. I like it when I get to this stage, because...
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    Coyote Crossing

  • 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.
  • Heartbreak and Ivanpah; Ivanpah and heartbreak by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Sometimes, reflected glory burns too bright. Sometimes, your feathery integument ignites, and all that’s left: the earth approaching stony swift. Decisions loom, and sad ones; stay the course you set despite the certainty of impact? Veer away from the bright light that’s tempted you this far? There’s no real hope of happy endings here. All that remains: the strain of scorched, dis-feathered wing against the unforgiving air, inevitable contact with the earth, gorge-rising fear, while those below you on the distant ground see nothing but a bright, leisurely arc and slow,…
 
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  • Rainbow Station

    Alessia Andreotti
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    You may know Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde from the Glow in the Dark Trees, the Intimacy Dress or the Smart Highways. Now, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Amsterdam Central Station and to commemorate the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, Studio Roosegaarde created a giant rainbow of light for the railway station’s east side. Connecting the historic site with today’s innovative technologies, the Rainbow Station has been developed in collaboration with astronomers of the University of Leiden, to realize a lens projector that unravels light efficiently into a spectrum of…
  • Human Workers Get Increasingly Obsolete

    Alessia Andreotti
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Robots are coming to replace humans at work. In a store, a shopping assistant robot helps to organize inventories. Cheap robotic farmers patiently seed, tend and harvest fields one plant at a time without the need for damaging pesticide. In Tokyo, elementary school students were delighted to find out their teacher had been substituted by a robot. “In a recent New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll of Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 who were not working, 37 percent of those who said they wanted a job said technology was a reason they did not have one.” Even if…
  • Ambulance Drone

    Alessia Andreotti
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed. It tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera…
  • Web Access Is A Basic Human Right

    Alessia Andreotti
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    “It’s time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right” its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said. “That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of web users regardless of where they live”. At the release of the 2014-15 Web Index — the world’s first measure of the Web’s contribution to social, economic and political progress — the father of the World Wide Web noted that in our increasingly unequal world, the web has the…
  • Save the Humans – Call for Quotes

    NextNature.net
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We call upon you, dear readers, to participate in a new publication from the Next Nature Network: SAVE THE HUMANS!. We are becoming increasingly intimate with the machines that constantly control and watch the way we live. How can the growing world population of more than 7 billion people create a humane life for everyone? Let’s find the errors and the holes in the technosphere that will give us space for free and creative thinking. Let’s use the brain pixels that are not taken yet. And Save the Humans! We invite you to make a contribution by submitting quotes that question the autonomy…
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    Birding Dude

  • 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…
  • A Tailless DICK in Queens NY

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    DICK, in the birdwatching world, is a four letter bird banders code for Dickcissel (Spiza americana). This is not a common bird for us in the NYC metro area and our best shot at finding one is often during the fall migration. It just so happened that I stumbled upon one at Big Egg Marsh in Queens NY on October 28th.This was an interesting looking Dickcissel made so by the fact that it was not well marked and tailless. In studying the plumage, this bird appeared to be a 1st winter Dickcissel. The braces on the back looked pale and the plumage included slight streaks on the chest heading…
  • A Larophile's Delight

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    For anyone who might not be aware who or what is a Larophile, it is one who arguably spends too much of his or her time sifting through flocks of gulls enjoying the challenge of identifying, aging and just studying them. In Queens NY, we have a dearth of locations for good gull congregation and often times I find myself further out east on Long Island in search of a good gathering to comb through.Recently, some sites on Long Island have given birders (those larophile types) a chance at observing the not so common Lesser Black-backed Gull (larus fuscus) in a variety of plumage. I first chanced…
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • 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…
  • Pic of the Week (December 12, 2014): Day 50 Nuthatch Tail

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    "In this photo I can feel all the differences in textures that make up this little guy, a favorite at my bird feeders." ~MarciaBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (December 12, 2014): Day 50 Nuthatch TailPic 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. 12 - Dec. 18)! Contact…
  • Pic of the Week (Dec. 5, 2014): M473 White Weasel

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    "Not only is this first color image of Jim's fun, to me it mirrors the playful and inquisitive nature of both teenagers." ~DianeBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (December 5, 2014): M473 White WeaselPic 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. 5 - Dec. 11)! Contact…
  • 2015 Jim Brandenburg Calendars! Limited Supply.

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    MN Conservation Volunteer- MN Wild Orchids $18Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center $18.95Sigurd Olson's Listening Point $15Contact 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: Horse and Sleigh

    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    "Over the river and through the woods."~ MilliBrandenburg GalleryRavenwood StudiosPic of the Week (November 28, 2014): M573 Horse and SleighPic 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 (Nov. 28 - Dec. 4)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this…
 
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Quick and Easy (and Healthy!) Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan

    Farmgirl Susan
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Need a last-minute vegetable dish for your holiday table? These popular Quick & Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan are a scrumptious solution (recipe here).Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving? Joe's brother is arriving from out of town tonight in time for a dinner of freshly ground venison burgers on homemade Farmhouse White buns, and on Thursday we're all going to our friends' house down the road for a big feast, an all-day homemade candy buffet (peanut brittle! fudge! divinity!), lots of laughs, and possibly a team Scrabble tournament. Last year we got there…
  • Green Tomato Salsa Relish Recipe: No Sugar, Super Simple, Totally Delicious!

    Farmgirl Susan
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Wondering what to do with green tomatoes? Try my no sugar, super simple, salsa-like green tomato relish. No blanching, peeling, or canning (unless you want to) required.We've already had a couple of light frosts this year, but from the hot and humid weather we've been having lately you'd never guess it was the end of October in Missouri. By the end of the week they're saying it'll dip back down to 30 degrees F, though, and I think I'm ready to focus on the kale and other cool weather greens and finally call an end to tomato season in my kitchen garden.It's become…
  • Recipe: Italian Countryside Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce and a Tomato Growing Report

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This simple and flavorful fresh tomato pasta sauce with basil, capers, and olives lets you escape to the Italian countryside for an end of tomato season celebration (recipe here).Autumn already? Yes, please. The leaves have started to turn here in Missouri, and the oppressive heat and energy-sucking humidity of summer are history (I think). But just because we've already had a few nights down in the low 40s doesn't mean I'm giving up on the heirloom tomatoes and basil in my kitchen garden just yet.As usual, I was late getting most of my tomato plants into the ground this spring, although I…
  • Recipe: Easy Homemade Vegetable Tomato Juice (like V8 Juice, but better)

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Bye bye, V8 juice! This healthy, homemade V4 version will blow you away (recipe here).Wow, it's hot out there. Two weeks in the 90s, blazing sun, and not a drop of rain. I think today it's supposed to hit 99 degrees (Joe won't let me look at the forecast) and stay there into next week. Despite twice daily watering, pretty much everything in my kitchen garden is looking haggard and unhappy. I'm drenched in sweat, and the fields are crunchy and parched. How can it be so dry and humid at the same time?The sheep spend their days camped out in the shade, and the chickens are laying around…
  • Summer Recipe: Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust

    Farmgirl Susan
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Scared of pie dough? This easy biscuit crust is perfect for beginners (recipe here).It's become an annual tradition to give this longtime favorite recipe from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives a little summer shout out. My San Marzano tomatoes are finally starting to ripen and the basil plants are growing like mad; I can't wait to make one of these scrumptious pies. Enjoy!Do tomatoes and basil say summer to you? Do you love pesto and savory pies and melted mozzarella cheese? Then you'll want to celebrate the bounty of summer with this Savory Tomato and Basil Pesto Pie.This is one…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Here’s the new bird family tree. It’s amazing.

    David
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The magnificent history and diversity of birds on Earth came into sharper focus this month with the publication of 28 new scientific papers in Science and other journals. How birds came to be what they are today — all their dazzling triumphs over time, oblivion, and gravity — is a much more interesting story than most of us had imagined just 20 years ago. (American Flamingo photo by Dick Culbert) One of the central papers, Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds (Jarvis et al. 2014), presents an authoritative framework for our understanding…
  • Greenland’s Arctic Tern

    a Guest
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Greenland is the world’s biggest island taking up more than 2,000,000 km2 of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Greenland is a beautiful place with a rich flora and fauna, and the Greenlandic birdlife is especially fascinating. Thankfully, travel writer Mia Petersen has offered us the inside scoop on what makes birding Greenland special. There is a total of 235 different bird species in Greenland, most of them are migratory birds with approximately 60 species breeding within the land. Some of the most common breeding birds are White-tailed Eagles, Northern Fulmars, Black Guillemots, Common…
  • Otham: The new eBird hotspot!

    Redgannet
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of you will not have heard of Otham. Neither had I until I bought a tree there. Mature living trees are not usually sold in The UK and I knew that there would be some resistance from Mrs Gannet, but I overcame her doubts by pointing out that it came with a house. As far as she, Her Majesty’s Land Registry and the mortgage company are concerned, we have bought a house in the pretty village of Otham, Kent, but let there be no mistaking my motivation, the beautiful English Oak in the front garden was my raison d’acheter. Carrie recently noted that no-one had ever submitted an…
  • First Noel

    Carrie
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    An itinerant lifestyle, while wonderful in some regards, does not lend itself to forming certain connections. While I enjoy birding with others, I’ve never really been part of the warp and weft of a birding community. In particular, since I generally travel in late December, I had never participated in a Christmas Bird Count until Corey kindly invited me to take part this year. The Queens bird count seemed like a good place to get my feet wet. No one was shocked that I don’t have a car, and I was placed with an experienced Queens stalwart, the illustrious Donna Schulman, who had…
  • The Warbler Guide App: A Review by an App-loving Birder

    Donna
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the beginning, birding apps were all about sound—bird songs, bird calls. And it was good and convenient, especially during spring migration. The text on birding apps was pretty much like reading a field guide. In many cases it duplicated a print field guide, which was fine, because a field guide on your phone was still a lot lighter and more convenient than a book in your pocket. Then came the realization that apps could present information in ways not remotely possible for the artifact known as the book. And we had links and filters and quizzes, and it was good and convenient and fun…
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    Conservation Jobs

  • 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 […]
  • Silent Extinction

    Alex Taylor
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    The giraffe is one of Africa’s iconic animals but is quickly disappearing, without many people taking notice. Fifteen years ago they numbered approximately 140,000 individuals, but today their numbers have plummeted by 40% according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Habitat fragmentation and loss have played their part, but the main threat the giraffes currently face […]
  • Wanted – Dead or Alive

    Alex Taylor
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    An investigation by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has discovered that thousands of endangered species worth millions of pounds are bought and sold on the internet. The six-week investigation took place between 10th March and 18th April this year, and found a total of 33,006 endangered wildlife species, parts and products for sale. […]
  • The Highland Tiger

    Alex Taylor
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    The Scottish wildcat is one of Britain’s most endangered animals. Once found across the UK, wildcats are now confined to north of the Central Belt in Scotland. They are so rare and elusive that population estimates have been as low as 35, making them 70 times rarer than the giant panda. Originally their numbers decreased […]
 
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    Long Island Environmental News

  • Breaking News

    20 Dec 2020 | 6:46 am
  • A Sweet Deal - Quality Parks Partners with Equal Exchange and Chocolate Lovers

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Healthy farms and communities depend on a healthy environment. That's why Equal Exchange and Quality Parks are partnering with this fundraiser; we're both committed to protecting, preserving and improving our planet and its resources wherever we can.From Quality Parks Master NaturalistsTo The Tropics          The Fundraiser offering you an opportunity to support two worthy causes.
  • Sweeney Calls For Increased Enforcement Against Illegal Dumping

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    New York State Assemblyman Sweeney is calling for increased enforcement to deter illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is a threat to human and environmental health. How can we, as citizens, help?Quality Parks Master Naturalists Cleanup The Pine BarrensQuality Parks - Incident Reporting SystemQuality Parks has organized a high tech way to help deter illegal violations. Modeled after Ray Corwin's Incident Reporting system for the Long Island Pine Barrens, the Quality Parks - Incident Reporting System applies GIS technology on the Internet with smart phone features. If you are interested…
  • To Yusuf Burgess: Connections Run Deeper When We Look Inward

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    We first learned of Yusuf Burgess's passing from Aaron Mair via Mindy's close friend Eileen Burns. Aaron Mair is also active in the Sierra Club and Mindy has partnered up with the Long Island Sierra Club to train more master naturalists.Yusuf Burgess of Ed-Venture and Nature Network, center, is seen helping to plant forsythia in a new schoolyard garden on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Arbor Hill Elementary in Albany, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Unio archive)According to the article Yusuf  "hid his love of nature as a child because it would have likely been deemed 'unmanly."  …
  • Package Deal Offered For Quality Parks Master Naturalist East End / Peconic Estuary Hub

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    To be certified as a Quality Parks Master Naturalist you complete: 45 hours of training, meaningful homework and twenty hours of relevant service. CLICK FOR RESERVATIONS or www.qualityparks.orgFEB 7 - SESSION I: LONG ISLAND EXPLORER - This will be an overview of Long Island’s natural areas and their natural history. From learning how to identify common plants to understanding park management from federal to local levels, you will begin to piece together a broad regional view. We will apply nature journal writing as an art of self expression and as a means to record your study of…
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    Birding Pictures

  • 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,…
  • Great Blue Heron Juvenile

    Lauren Shaffer
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    All About Birds states: Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind. Juvenile Great Blue Herons are medium-gray like the adult, but have two-toned bills and a streaked…
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    BIOZOOM

  • FROG-RABBIT-EXCRETORY SYSTEM-COMPARISION

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
      DIFFARENCES BETWEEN EXCRETORY SYSTEM OF RABBIT AND FROG RABBIT FROG     1.   The kidneys in rabbit are metanephric 1. The kidneys in frog are mesone-phric. 2.   The kidneys are dark red, bean shaped situated in the middle of the abdominal cavity. 2. Kidneys are flat, dark red structures present towards the posterior end of the body cavity. 3.   The right kidney is slightly more anteriorly placed than the left. 3. The right and left kidneys are more or less at the same level.! 4.   The inner margin of each kidney consists of a notch…
  • EXCRETION PROCESS

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
      The nitrogenous waste product in rabbit excretory system namely, urea is synthesized in the liver. The urea is then carried to the kidneys through blood for its elimination as urine. According to cushny (1917) the mechanism of urine formation occurs in three stages namely. i. Ultrafiltration ii. Selective reabsorption iii. Tubular secretion   Ultrafiltration The glomerular capillaries are highly permeable and are also provided with small perforations of about 0.1 n in diameter. However, substances having high molecular weight between 67,000 and above can not pass through them.
  • RABBIT-EXCRETORY SYSTEM-ORGANS

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    EXCRETION-BASICS The amino acids which are transported to different tissues along with other food stuffs are involved in synthesis of essential proteins and some others for producing energy. The excess amino acids can not be stored in the animal. They undergo sequential degradation and are converted into Ammonia. Ammonia is the most toxic nitrogenous waste and causes harmful effects if accumulated in the body. Hence Ammonia has to be sent outside immediately from the body. Ammonia is easily soluble in water and sent out side by utilizing some amount of water available in the body. The aquatic…
  • BLOOD CLOTTING PROCESS

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    COAGULATION OF BLOOD MECHANISM The blood remains in fluid state as long as it is inside the blood vessels. But when it comes in contact with external atmospheric conditions, it changes into a jelly like mass. The blood is then said to be clotted or coagulated. When a blood clot is observed under microscope, it consists of a network like structure in which the blood cells are entangled. A light Yellow fluid comes out from the clot and is called serum. Different theories were put forward to explain the mechanism of blood coagulation. They are I. BEST AND TAYLOR'S THEORY II. HOWELL'S THEORY III.
  • BLOOD-PLASMA,ERYTHROCYTES,LEUCOCYTES ,PLATELETS, STRUCTURE FUNCTIONS

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    The blood is red in color and circulates in the body like a river. The blood consists of a homogenous fluid called plasma constituting 55% and the remaining 45% by three types of blood corpuscles. PLASMA The plasma of the blood consists of 90% of water and remaining 10% is constituted by organic and inorganic substances. The organic substances are plasma proteins, glucose, urea, creatinine, aminoacids, lipids, antibodies, vitamins, enzymes, Antitoxins, chlolestrol etc. The plasma proteins are fibrinogen, albumins and globulins. The inorganic substances constitute Na, K, Mg,CI~ HPO"4, HC03…
 
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