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  • A patent problem

    Nature - Issue - science feeds
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A patent problem Nature 521, 7552 (2015). doi:10.1038/521259b Making lawsuits more risky for patent trolls is just one way to stop abuse of the system.
  • Ebola teaches tough lessons about rapid research

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    Erika Check Hayden
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Public-health officials make plans for how to speed up responses to tropical-disease outbreaks.Nature 521 405 doi: 10.1038/521405a
  • The Sagebrush Sea: Food Web

    21 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    The “Sagebrush Sea” is one of the most extensive ecosystems in the American West. Sagebrush dominates the landscape but a complex web of flora and fauna make the ‘sea’ their home. Follow the colored lines below to see how food energy makes its way from simple plants at the bottom of the web to large predators near the top. Top Predators / Secondary and Tertiary Consumers American Badger Taxidea taxus The American badger is a member of the Mustelidae, a diverse family of carnivorous mammals that also includes the weasel, otter, ferret, and wolverine. It digs underground burrows with…
  • Changes in forest structure affect bees, other pollinators

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    26 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study.
  • Disillusioned doctor speaks out about for-profit healthcare system that 'bordered on criminal'
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A disillusioned British physician has launched a scathing attack on the country's healthcare system, calling it "criminal" and "venal" and claiming that doctors who treat patients privately resemble the "greedy preying on the needy."Dr. John Dean, a cardiac specialist...
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  • A patent problem

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A patent problem Nature 521, 7552 (2015). doi:10.1038/521259b Making lawsuits more risky for patent trolls is just one way to stop abuse of the system.
  • Bees

    Michelle Grayson
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Bees Nature. doi:10.1038/521S47a Author: Michelle Grayson
  • Cancer: Organoids mimic tumours

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Cancer: Organoids mimic tumours Nature 521, 7552 (2015). doi:10.1038/521262e Human cancer tissue that is grown into 'organoids' in the laboratory could be used to test drug responses and to personalize therapy.Organoids are 3D cultures of cancerous cells that better represent the composition of a tumour in the body than cancer-cell lines, according to
  • Palaeontology: Gut microbes give good fossils

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Palaeontology: Gut microbes give good fossils Nature 521, 7552 (2015). doi:10.1038/521263d Gut microbes are the main driver of tissue decay when animals die, and were probably important for preserving soft-tissue anatomy in fossil animals.Philip Donoghue at the University of Bristol, UK, and his colleagues studied the brine shrimp (Artemia salina; pictured left)
  • No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics

    Mauno Vihinen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics Nature 521, 7552 (2015). Author: Mauno Vihinen Precision medicine cannot advance without full disclosure of how commercial genome sequencing and interpretation software works, says Mauno Vihinen.
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  • The Sagebrush Sea: Food Web

    21 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    The “Sagebrush Sea” is one of the most extensive ecosystems in the American West. Sagebrush dominates the landscape but a complex web of flora and fauna make the ‘sea’ their home. Follow the colored lines below to see how food energy makes its way from simple plants at the bottom of the web to large predators near the top. Top Predators / Secondary and Tertiary Consumers American Badger Taxidea taxus The American badger is a member of the Mustelidae, a diverse family of carnivorous mammals that also includes the weasel, otter, ferret, and wolverine. It digs underground burrows with…
  • Full Episode

    Eric R. Olson
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America, exasperating thousands of westward-bound travelers as an endless place through which they had to pass to reach their destinations. Yet it’s far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. The post Full Episode appeared first on Nature.
  • Livestock Fences Create Problems for Pronghorn

    Eric R. Olson
    20 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The pronghorn is the fastest land animal in North America and evolved to run on the open range. However, an increasingly fragmented environment, criss-crossed by livestock fences, is creating problems for the fleet-footed creature. The post Livestock Fences Create Problems for Pronghorn appeared first on Nature.
  • Behind the Scenes: Waking Up with the Greater Sage-Grouse

    Eric R. Olson
    20 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Go on location with cinematographer and producer Eric Liner as he films the greater sage-grouse for NATURE “The Sagebrush Sea”. The post Behind the Scenes: Waking Up with the Greater Sage-Grouse appeared first on Nature.
  • Behind the Scenes: Filming the Ferruginous Hawk

    Eric R. Olson
    20 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Cinematographer Gerrit Vyn talks about the challenges of filming the ferruginous hawk for NATURE “The Sagebrush Sea”. The post Behind the Scenes: Filming the Ferruginous Hawk appeared first on Nature.
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  • Changes in forest structure affect bees, other pollinators

    26 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study.
  • Starved for fire, Wisconsin's pine barrens disappear

    26 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.
  • Potential of seagrass to combating climate change

    26 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Seagrass ecosystems could play a key role in combating climate change, researchers have discovered. The marine flowering plant also helps sustain abundant sea life and protects shorelines around the world from coastal erosion. Yet with seagrass habitats suffering rapid global decline and despite the plant's huge potential; there are currently no functioning seagrass restoration or conservation projects. Due to their shallow coastal habitat the aquatic plant is particularly prone to human disturbance - globally 24 per cent of seagrass species are now classified as threatened or near…
  • Biodiversity: New protected areas need to be more than 'paper parks,' experts urge

    26 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020. Researchers stress the importance of international collaborations in the protected area expansion process.
  • Location matters in the lowland Amazon

    25 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region's topography.
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  • Drought-breaker!

    Susan Albert
    25 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    At last, after nearly five years of drought, there's been enough rain to refill our 17-acre lake and recharge the...
  • In bloom this week: Coreopsis

    Susan Albert
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Plains coreopsis--a beautiful flower, especially when they fill the whole meadow with their sunny yellow blossoms. But Coreopsis tinctoria (as...
  • In bloom this week: Spirea

    Susan Albert
    16 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    The spirea is blooming, mounds of white blossoms spilling over the creek bank beside the footbridge. I love this plant...
  • Feeding a Family in the 1950s

    Susan Albert
    11 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    My brother and I are collaborating on a memoir about growing up in the 1950s. I've posted a chapter about...
  • In bloom this week: Zephirine Drouhin

    Susan Albert
    3 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    The Zepherine Drouhin rose has survived our four-plus years' drought and is outdoing itself this spring. This antique climber has...
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    Coyote Crossing

  • Grassroots by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    19 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    I have made my share of mistakes in this life, errors manifold and sundry, and lately I think the worst one has been to expect unhappiness and strategize accordingly. I have assumed disappointment and planned only to maximize the value I could extract from it. Steadfastness and loyalty are fine traits, but too often I have used them to prolong situations that I should instead have ended. Lean into your work, force that plow past stone and stump, and for all your diligence? At the end of the season you have still rended the breast of the earth. It is harder to heal that soil than it is to…
  • Voice recognition by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    15 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    I just got my first new phone in five years. It’s the bottom of the line for iPhones; it only has barely enough storage to be a phone as opposed to a fancy microcomputer. Despite that bargain-basement status, despite the fact that I’ve had to delete apps like my bird field guide and the one that alerted me when scientists discovered a new planet outside the solar system, this new phone does have some features that my old phone lacked. Chief among those features is voice recognition. I’ve written thousands of blog posts in my life, but I’ve never dictated one. Until…
  • Social media isn’t by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    13 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Image by mkhmarketing Somewhere between the time I hit publish on the first post on this blog and today, my writing changed. Back then in 2003 I mainly wrote for the benefit of a couple dozen readers, some of them friends I had known for some time. Those readers I hadn’t met in “real life” were few, and thoughtful, and generally writing on their own lightly trafficked blogs, and some of us became friends as well. This blog, called Creek Running North back in those days for the watercourse nearest the house I lived in then, was started as a refuge. I was editing…
  • The Swainson’s thrush by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    4 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    “Swainson’s thrush” by Matt Reinbold You style yourself a jaded sort, your world-view walled up tight. You see your world: a simple place all cast in black and white. You think that way? Your weltanschaung is but a house of cards, for just one song of Swainson’s thrush will blast it all to shards. The Swainson’s thrush: a fearsome beast six inches beak to tail no human thought so leaden-bound its song cannot derail. You’ll know it by its size and shape (the birders call it “jizz”) and by its doubt-dispatching song that says “life, simply,…
  • The Vortex by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    We will rebuild.   At just after 3:30 pm this afternoon my yard was hit by either a very large dust devil or a very small tornado. It lifted this heavy, glass and metal table and flipped it: when I drank my coffee out there this morning it was on the other side of the chairs. My smoker landed two lots down. The wind knocked over two cinderblocks.  Given that this happened on the anniversary weekend of my beginning to live alone, I choose to interpret it as a good omen, Coyote-style. 
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  • Analogue vs Digital: Handwriting
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Will handwriting soon be history? Or will we always prefer a handwritten love letter from our beloved? About 6000 years ago humans started writing and its effects have been enormous. It alters the brain, allows us to transfer information (in large numbers), and has a huge social, cultural, psychological and political impact. Today, writing words by hand is just wwway toooo ssslow for our times, and our minds. Keyboarding has taken over. A shame? Turn your personal handwriting into a font! And never forget: handwriting is a technology as well. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
  • Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

    Alessia Andreotti
    25 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Bioprinting is already used in experimental medical applications, but it could probably also be employed in the meat-industry. Cultivator, by German Interaction Design Students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, is a speculative design project on how this technology could find its way into the kitchen of the future. Tacking into account the possible development of meat-consumption, they imagined a product that could fit into the small middle-class kitchen. The prototype of Cultivator therefore is equipped with a solar-panel that is combined with the user-interface to be self-sufficient and…
  • Analogue vs Digital: Skeuomorphism
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Floppy disks have not gone extinct yet. You might not realize, but you are clicking on them every day. These skeuomorphs are everywhere. Skeuomorphs are derivatives that retain the ornamental design cues from structures that were once a necessary part in the original. Although we don’t use them anymore to save our files in an analog way, the floppy disk has passed the test of time as the icon for saving files. It’s designed looking backwards. And there are a many other examples like this one. What do you think, is it time for an icon that suits our time? From the Analogue vs Digital…
  • Teppanyaki from the In Vitro Aquarium
    23 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello Vegetarian friends! These synthetic organisms from our In Vitro Aquarium are a hybrid between plants and animals: no central nervous system, hence no pain. Would you eat them? Chose your menu at!
  • Analogue vs Digital: Messenger Service
    23 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    During WWI and WWII carrier pigeons were used to deliver messages. Short messages were sent over to the battlefield. Today, social media like micro blogging tool Twitter, are used to send short messages around the world. Some even argue that these tools played a huge role in the Arab Spring in 2012. Social media empowered the mass by providing them with a tool to spread their voices. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
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    Birding Dude

  • Cleanup in Forest Park Queens NY

    1 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    When you see these folks at the Waterhole in Forest Park, Queens New York, you might want to say, "Thank You!" Heck, you might even want to consider giving up your prime viewing spot as a way to thank them for the work they did in cleaning and clearing up a path around the waterhole. These volunteers took the time out from their busy schedules to participate in a cleanup that was long overdue. In no order, the volunteers were John Anderson, John Heidecker, Eric Miller, Joe Smulkstis, Gail Benson, Thomas Burke, Jeffery Paris, Steve Walter, Frank Donovan, Daniel Melore, Robert Veltri,…
  • White-throated Sparrow - a Photo Study

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Migration is "slowly" picking up and while I, like many other birders are eager to see the return of those spring migrants. I have not forgotten those wintering birds and have been spending some time enjoying the ones in my backyard as they will soon be moving on. One such bird is the White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis). This is a bird that beeds from Yukon and the Northwest Territories south to northeastern Minnesota and Pennsylvania, east to New England and Newfoundland. Nests, can be found in brushy or semi-open mixed woods.  Its wintering range includes much of the eastern…
  • Banded Piping Plover At Tiana Beach Long Island

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    While doing my first Long Island shorebird survey of 2015, I found my 1st banded Piping Plover of 2015 on Dune Road--Tiana Beach, on Long Island. I sexed this bird as a female after watching it for a while and comparing the breast and forehead band against that of another Piping Plover, which I presumed was a male. The presumed male PIPL looked slightly larger and also had a bill that showed more and brighter orange at the base. Sexing Piping Plover in the field is not easy, but after carefully studying these two birds yesterday I was pretty comfortable that my banded bird was a female.The…
  • Yellow-throated Warbler at Valley Stream State Park

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Score one for Nassau County and for Valley Stream State Park as one of the sought after warbler of the migration season was found there. Photos of a Yellow-throated Warbler were apparently posted to Facebook on 3-30 and our very own Big Year Dude, Anthony Collerton, a keen birder with a good sense of responsibility, ensured that the wider audience heard of it by posting the sighting to the NY listserv. I will have more to say on this !@#$@#% FB phenomenon in another post.Today, Robert Proniewych (try pronouncing that) refound the bird and called me to put out a post. Alas, I shirked my…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Easy Orange Yogurt Cake and Growing Strawberries

    Farmgirl Susan
    26 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    A simple, classic orange cake that tastes great with strawberries (recipe here).One of the nice things about living in a very sparsely populated rural area is that when the first local strawberries of the season arrive at the only store in town, the owner is likely to personally call and give you a heads up because he remembers that you bought something like 20 quarts of strawberries last year and are a sucker for rarely available local fruit."One of the Amish down the road just brought in 40 quarts of strawberries that he picked this morning and needs to sell today because he can't…
  • Looking Back: A Tiny Tail for Mother's Day

    Farmgirl Susan
    10 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    Baby Cary in the greenhouse on May 19, 2006, age two weeks.Once upon a time I had a little lamb. Her name was Cary, and she followed me wherever I went.This is my twenty-first year living with sheep, and those few months back in the spring and summer of 2006 were definitely the sweetest and most special for me (and for the Nanny Bear).If you'd like to read (or reread) our story, written on Mother's Day a week after little Cary was born, you'll find A Tiny Tail here.Baby Cary and the Nanny Bear in the kitchen garden on May 27, 2006.A very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out…
  • Tuesday Dose of Cute: Marta Beast

    Farmgirl Susan
    5 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Living up to her name.It's hard to believe it's already been over six months since the last time we spent several hours shearing our beloved guard dog Marta—until you look at her. It's time to get some more doggy downers from the vet and do it again before she gets more matted and the job gets even more difficult.She actually wouldn't look too bad if she would just stay away from all those dirt pits, mud puddles, and manure piles she loves to roll around in, but where's the fun in thatWe used to haul her to the groomer 40 miles away (which was an adventure in itself) for…
  • Monday Dose of Cute: It's Monday?

    Farmgirl Susan
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Baaaaaaaaaa!Wishing you a calm and peaceful week.More sheep? Here and here.©, the really wooly (when is that sheep shearer going to call?) foodie farm blog where I'm pretty much the only one around here who actually knows what day of the week it is. Everybody else thinks it's always the same one: Treatday.
  • Friday Farm Photo: Have A Sweet Smelling Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Lilacs blooming in the kitchen garden.Any plans this weekend? Mine are simple: spend as much time near the lilacs as possible.Because of late spring frosts and early budding during winter heat waves, we don't often get many blooms on the lilac bushes down in our little valley. But this year the show is spectacular. It might just be the best one I've seen during my twenty-one Aprils in Missouri. Everybody's lilacs look fantastic.We had an unexpected hard freeze on Monday night, but most of the flowers on our bushes survived just fine. Even the scraggly old lilac that sits at the base of…
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    10,000 Birds

  • What is the State Bird of South Carolina?

    Erika Zambello
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    After spending the weekend along the South Carolina coast, I can say with confidence that I saw dozens and dozens of South Carolina’s state bird: both the original and the current version. Though South Carolina first chose the Northern Mockingbird as its state bird, in 1948 the general assembly changed its mind. It turns out that the women’s clubs had already chosen the wren, but the legislature disagreed. Less than ten years later the issue was taken up again, and this time the Carolina Wren given its rightful place as a state symbol. Do I think they made the right decision?
  • The Importance of Nurturing Young Birders

    a Guest
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker, passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years. His work is the foundation of the Macaulay Library video collection. Tim’s involvement with birds began very early and has led him to his passion for conservation through television. “No matter how many birds you see, unless your story is about how we are going to save habitat & birds, everything else is irrelevant. Reaching out to capture people’s attention to actually stop the destruction of our planet is our greatest challenge.” Do you remember…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2015)

    24 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Every May weekend means so much in the temperate climes. What makes this one so excellent is that the weekend technically hasn’t ended yet, at least in the U.S.! If you’re free of obligations today, make your Monday a fun day. I couldn’t explore nature as much as I’d have liked this weekend, but the Tree Swallows grooving to the great smells and sounds wafting from the Roc City Rib Fest were a treat to watch. Corey is still enjoying a long Memorial Day weekend with his family in Delaware but wanted to share that his Best Bird of the Weekend thus far was a…
  • Birding a bush track

    Clare M
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now we are back in Broome under blue skies it is really good to get out and about in the bush and see what has changed over the wet season. When we left to go to Melbourne it was the time of year that we get rain in Broome and much of the land becomes inaccessible by vehicle, but we have often wandered/waded into the bush in search of birds. Having returned from a wet and cold Melbourne where walks can be risky along the coast it is a joy to be in such warm weather under such blue skies! There is already a bit of haze about from bush fires, but generally it is all blue with low humidity and…
  • Pink-necked Green Pigeon

    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Singapore is sweltering its way through the monsoon. Heat and rain! Western Palearctic constitutions were not designed for these conditions, but here be Pink-necked Green Pigeons! The forest of theCentral Catchement Area is always a good place to find them, but they are common wherever there are fruiting trees. Now simply seeing green pigeons should be enough for anyone and if only the females show, then that is what you get, but the males include a pink neck and orange belly in their plumage to make a spectacle best observed at close quarters. Most sightings are from underneath as the birds…
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  • You’re Living With Your Best Teacher: Parenting with Presence

    14 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye There’s a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh about washing dishes that’s a bit long to quote here. Basically, he says that if you’re thinking about your tea while you’re washing dishes, we’re missing out on the miracle and the meditative act of dishwashing. We’re living in the…
  • Recycling Beauty Products in the Bathroom (Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

    1 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Do you have a recycling bin in your bathroom? Only 10% of Americans do, compared to a surprisingly respectable 45% who have one in their kitchen (honestly, I never would have guessed that high a number). Out of sight, out of mind: unsurprisingly, people are less likely to recycle bathroom items than they are kitchen items. According to new research commissioned by the Ad Council, 47% of those surveyed said they don’t think about recycling materials in the bathroom, and 52 percent admitted that they have a lack of knowledge around which items can be recycled. So we’ve come a long…
  • How Eco-Friendly is Your State? Here’s How They Rank

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Source: WalletHub   The Chinese expression for “crisis” consists of two characters side by side. The first is the symbol for “danger,” the second the symbol for “opportunity.” –Al Gore Ugh. I grew up in Delaware and now live just over the state line in Pennsylvania, and I’m a little surprised and disappointed with both right now. According to this comparison from WalletHub, Delaware comes in 41st for water quality and dead last for % of energy consumption from renewable resources. Delaware also limps in at 46th for number of green (LEED) buildings per capita.
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    Steve Creek Outdoors

  • Tiny Frog

    Steve Creek
    27 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    I have no idea how I even spotted this tiny frog hopping on the ground in my yard. It was lucky I didn’t step on it. Later in the day I saw a Five-lined Skink trying to catch this same frog or it could have been a different frog. I’m thinking this is a Spring Peeper but not sure. Spring Peepers have an X-shaped marking on their back and I don’t see one on this one. Tiny Frog – iPhone Spring Peeper Facts Spring peepers often call day and night as long as the temperature is above freezing, but they are mostly heard and usually not seen because they hide in dense plants.
  • Juvenile Five-lined Skink

    Steve Creek
    24 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    This juvenile American Five-lined Skink was easy to spot with that bright blue tail. I spotted this one while sitting on my deck here in Arkansas. They also like the deer shed antlers I have around my place. I also believe this is the forth type of Lizard and Skink I have seen near my place in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. The Prairie Racerunner the Northern Green Anole and the Prairie Lizard were the other three. Juvenile Five-lined Skink – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @200mm | 1/640 | f/7.1 | ISO 800 Juvenile Five-lined Skink – Canon 7D2 | Canon…
  • A Prairie Lizard Near My Deck

    Steve Creek
    19 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    I have photographed the different Lizards and Skinks I have seen near my place in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. The Prairie Lizard makes the third different type I have seen. The Prairie Racerunner and the Northern Green Anole were the other two. I think I have one more to go and I am still trying to capture it with my camera. Prairie Lizard – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/640 | f/6.3 | ISO 800 Prairie Lizard – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/1000 | f/8.0 | ISO 400 Prairie Lizard Facts Males will develop bright…
  • A Young American Robin Eating An Earthworm

    Steve Creek
    18 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    It has rained so much here in Arkansas this month and I am ready for it to stop for a while. One good thing is that all this rain has brought the earthworms to the top of the ground for the birds. This young American Robin was having a time with this Earthworm. It was trying to tear it apart so that it could swallow it. American Robin – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/320 | f/5.6 | ISO 1600 American Robin – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/320 | f/5.6 | ISO 1600 American Robin Facts Robins forage primarily on the ground for…
  • A Prairie Racerunner Near My Cabin

    Steve Creek
    16 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    I have been amazed at the different Lizards and Skinks I have seen while sitting on my deck here at the cabin. I spotted this Prairie Racerunner moving through the leaves. This makes the third type that I have posted on my blog but I have seen two more different kinds but haven’t made good photos of them yet. Prairie Racerunner – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @255mm | 1/640 | f/8.0 | ISO 800 Prairie Racerunner – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @255mm | 1/1000 | f/6.3 | ISO 800 Prairie Racerunner Facts This is a species of drier, disturbed edge…
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    Conservation Jobs

  • Drilling the Arctic

    Alex Taylor
    26 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    The US government has made the disastrous decision to grant permission to Royal Dutch Shell to conduct exploratory drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea in America’s Arctic Ocean. This is despite the administration’s strong commitment to working towards mitigating climate change. The decision to approve the drilling permit was made even though the government […]
  • The Empty Landscape

    Alex Taylor
    18 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    Many large mammals once roamed the Earth – mastadons, mammoths, giant elk, sabre-tooth cats, dire wolves and American cheetahs to name just a few. They thrived, until modern humans spread through the world. Then they disappeared. The trend continues now, with large mammals continuing to decline and smaller species becoming endangered too. A new study […]
  • The Status of Marine Mammals

    Alex Taylor
    18 May 2015 | 2:06 am
    Rising temperatures and the loss of sea ice are harming already fragile Arctic ecosystems, and putting the future of marine mammals in the region at risk. A new multinational study, the first global review of Arctic marine mammals, has assessed the status of all circumpolar species and subpopulations, and highlights the precarious state these animals […]
  • Penguin Watch

    Alex Taylor
    18 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    After months spent at sea, Adelie penguins are now returning to Antarctica. To coincide with this, 25th April was World Penguin Day. The day aims to raise awareness for the importance of conserving penguins’ natural habitats. Penguins are found on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere, from Antarctica to the tropical Galapagos Islands. In the […]
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  • Breaking News

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  • 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

  • Warblers! Parade through the Puddles

    Lauren Shaffer
    16 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Early to mid-May is a warbler frenzy, both for the warblers migrating through the area and for the photographer who wants to catch these little jewels on camera. So what do you do when you are at Presque Isle for less than 24 hours, the light is horrible, the leaves are out, and it’s threatening to rain? The first day yielded few visible warblers, so I went to my secret spot which had a couple of inviting mud puddles, sat down at the edge of the trail at a respectful distance, and prepared for the show! Because of the distance and the poor light, you will have to enjoy the variety of…
  • Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey

    Lauren Shaffer
    5 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Harlequin Ducks are a feast for the eyes with all those stripes, spots, and exotic coloring going on! If you really want to see them though, it may require a trip in winter  to Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey, and a treacherous walk along the giant rocks that make up the almost mile-long jetty. This year and last, however, the ducks were still hanging out there in late March and early April, so even though there was a blustery cold wind off the ocean, at least there was no ice to contend with on the rocks! The male Harlequins are slate-gray with stark white spots and bright rust on the top…
  • Baltimore Orioles come to oranges–sometimes!

    Lauren Shaffer
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    For years, I have attempted to attract Baltimore Orioles to oranges during migration. I would see them in the yard, but they turned up their noses, er, beaks, at the expensive gift that I put out for them. Finally, last year, not one, but several came to sample the small Clementines that I put out on the deck for them! I figured using Clementines would be a cheaper way to go, rather than using up an orange at a dollar a piece. I sliced off the very top of the fruit and pushed a toothpick through the base of the orange into a crack in the deck railing. Lo and behold, I got Baltimore Orioles!
  • Common Loon

    Lauren Shaffer
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    In their breeding plumage, Common loons are the elegant black and white tuxedo-clad birds of the northern lakes and the oceans. They sport a dagger-like bill and a red eye, white stripes on the neck and spots on the back, making for a handsome sight.  Their tremulo calls and yodels have been called “the laugh of the deeply insane,” as it is eerily unique and seldom forgotten. While watching this handsome loon at the lake at Montour Preserve, I witnessed an immature Bald Eagle harassing him, diving low over the bird as it rose up out of the water with bill up in the air in its…
  • Crazy Geese! The Sky is Falling!

    Lauren Shaffer
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    While watching Canada Geese come into a private pond, I couldn’t believe my eyes! They assumed all kinds of crazy positions, even upside down, and fell to the water helter-skelter. I’m not sure why the geese did this, but perhaps it’s a way to slow themselves down and put them over the water for a gentle landing. Anyway, it was great fun to watch! The post Crazy Geese! The Sky is Falling! appeared first on Birding Pictures.
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    Blooms Today

  • Designing the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

    Blooms Today
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ah, the wedding bouquet: the symbol of the bride’s good luck and the piece every lady longs to catch. In old England, the wedding bouquet would actually be carried by the bride as a decoy! After the ceremony, women would try to rip pieces from the bride’s dress to steal some of her good fortune, and she would toss the bouquet into the air as a distraction while she ran away. Nowadays, the throwing of the bouquet is a bit more lighthearted and fun. Whichever lucky single lady catches the bouquet will be the next to marry. If you’re planning your wedding, or are looking for some…
  • Incorporating Spring Colors into Your Bouquet

    Blooms Today
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Now that Spring is here, what better way to celebrate it than with a colorful bouquet of seasonal flowers as a center piece on your dining table? Treasure the warmth and season of new life and renewal with some popular spring flowers. Look to natural colors that emerge in early spring for inspiration, or incorporate new colors for spring 2015 for a trendy vibe.       Classic Spring Flowers Anemone – These flowers bloom in early spring and produce medium sized cup-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, white, purple, violet, or red. Their blossoms sit alone atop a long, thin…
  • Blooms Today to Support the St. Jude Open

    Blooms Today
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
        This Monday, Blooms Today will be among the sponsors visiting this year’s annual St. Jude Open. We will be on site supporting The St. Jude Children’s Hospital with prizes and special offers for those who make donations to St. Jude. The St. Jude Open at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA is one of several exclusive golf properties located in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami. Each year the Eric Trump Foundation holds golf tournaments at these locations to help raise money for the children of St. Jude. The Eric Trump Foundation is…
  • Blooms Today Achieves Teleflora President’s Club Status for 2015

    Blooms Today
    13 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Blooms Today has achieved Teleflora President’s Club status for 2015! This elite program was created to observe and reward Teleflora’s premier customers, the best in the floral industry. Each year, those who achieve this status are recognized for their success and loyalty to Teleflora. Members of the Teleflora President’s Club must meet a goal that propels them into the top 1% of all floral partners of Teleflora. Blooms Today has sent a combination of outgoing florist-to-florist and eFlorist orders totaling well over the required 5,000 orders during the calendar year of…
  • A Brief History of the Flower Girl

    Blooms Today
    13 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    The flower girl is an important part of the wedding ceremony. Guests always look forward to seeing her and the ring bearer walk down the aisle, almost as much as they do the bride and groom. Usually, the flower girl is a member of the bride or groom’s family, and she can be between the ages of 3-10 years old. But there is more significance behind the tradition of the flower girl than just sprinkling flowers down the aisle. The tradition of a flower girl has a long standing history, which has evolved over time since the tradition was first created.   The Origins During the Roman…
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    Friendly Eco Might

  • Panasonic Econavi Products Are The Best Eco-Friendly Products | Panasonic Econavi Cares For The Nature

    26 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Panasonic Chronicles Panasonic is not a new brand! Nevertheless, its vision and thoughts are certainly new, whereas other brands are striving hard to sell their products as much as possible. Panasonic comes with Eco-friendly products. It is one of the famous brands with nearly 25 products across 10 countries. What makes Panasonic unique?  Panasonic brand is proving itself! Right from a product's manufacturing till its packaging (even 93.2% of thermocol and plastics which are used are recycled) Panasonic ensures optimum efficiency and produces minimum carbon footprint. Whereas other…
  • Heat Wave In India Claims Lives Of People | Heat Wave Takes Over 600 People In India

    26 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    More than 600 individuals have lost their lives in the previous week in a supported and serious heat wave in India. The most exceedingly terrible off zones are the southeastern conditions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in southern India, where state authorities say about 400 individuals have died in the previous couple of days. There are extra reports of almost 200 individuals biting the dust in the state of Delhi, at the north. Temperatures have been recorded as high as 48°C, or 118°F. Tom Sater, CNN meteorologist said that,"Temperatures have been at a managed high in the course of recent…
  • An Enzyme That Changes Blood Type | Scientists Find An Enzyme That Can Change Blood Type

    25 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Now everyone can turn into a 'universal' blood donor. Scientists have found that a specific kind of enzyme that can remove antigens in blood types A and B, to make them more like Type O - considered the 'universal' blood type, on the grounds that it's the main sort that can be given to anybody without the danger of inciting an existence debilitating immune response. The group, from the University of British Columbia of Canada, experimented with a family of enzymes called 98 glycoside hydrolase, removed from a strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Over numerous eras, they found themselves able…
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Kills Dolphins | Dolphins Killed In Gulf Of Mexico

    25 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    Creatures experienced adrenal and lung issues that are predictable with exposure to petroleum. More than 1,300 bottlenose dolphins have stranded themselves in the northern Gulf of Mexico since mid 2010. Research now interfaces this unordinary mortality occasion to the enormous Deepwater Horizon oil slick. What Caused Dolphins' Death? The spike in dolphin deaths started before the spill in April 2010, and researchers have attempted to comprehend whether the two occasions are connected. A study reported on 20 May in PLoS ONE finds that a large number of the dead creatures had lung and…
  • 5 Easy Ways To Straighten Hair Naturally | Best Way To Straighten Hair Naturally At Home

    24 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Heat and chemical straighteners can spoil your hair over time. Preferably, you can try other healthier methods to persuade your hair to the style you wish. It is stylish, pleasing and comfortable to have straight hair, especially during winter. The hitch is that many gadgets, like chemical and heat straighteners, are ruinous to your hair. They split the ends, dry your hair, and straighten your hair that is not quite attractive as it once was. Providentially, there are easy ways for spurring curly hair to straighten naturally, without the aid of heat or chemicals. You cannot get pin-straight…
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