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  • New Season of NATURE: Sneak Preview

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    olsone
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    (View full post to see video) NATURE kicks off its 33rd season on October 15th, 2014 with Animal Misfits, a program about animals that are odd, bizarre and at first glance seem-ill equipped for survival. Other upcoming episodes include Big Thinkers of the Forest, A Sloth Named Velcro and The Animal Home Show. Catch a sneak peek of all four episodes in the video above. In the meantime, be sure to tune-in for the three-part series Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, a NATURE special presentation beginning on September 24th, 2014. The series documents the lifecycle of three penguins species; from the…
  • Lung cancer

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    Herb Brody
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lung cancer Nature. doi:10.1038/513S1a Author: Herb Brody
  • Cross-bred crops get fit faster

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    Natasha Gilbert
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.Nature 513 292 doi: 10.1038/513292a
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Baby Emperor Penguin Emerges from Shell [Video]

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    olsone
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    (View full post to see video) An emperor dad stands watch as a penguin hatchling pecks its way free. For the past two months, the father has done nothing but care for the egg,
  • Baby Humpback Whale Encounter: Tonga

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    bluewaterkim
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Encounter with a Baby Whale There are just a few places in the world where in water encounters with whales are permitted and regulated. In a nation where humpback whales were virtually decimated by a whaling industry just decades ago, their population is slowly recovering. Supporting a local economy through regulated whale swims is helping to preserve a fragile population of whales that spend ‘their winter” in the archipelago kingdom of Tonga. As with all of our encounters, this young and very playful whale initiated the contact with us. It happened repeatedly for well over an…
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  • Lung cancer

    Herb Brody
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lung cancer Nature. doi:10.1038/513S1a Author: Herb Brody
  • Orbital assembly

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Orbital assembly Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513144a The space launch of a 3D printer does not herald a brave new era — but it is a good start.
  • Epidemiology: The dominant malignancy

    Eric Bender
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Epidemiology: The dominant malignancy Nature. doi:10.1038/513S2a Author: Eric Bender Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality. In some countries, incidence rates are dropping but survival rates for those with the disease remain low. By Eric Bender.
  • Neuroscience: Music training aids speech processing

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Neuroscience: Music training aids speech processing Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147c The more music training children receive, the better their brains become at distinguishing between similar speech sounds.Nina Kraus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her colleagues studied children aged six to nine years from low-income neighbourhoods in Los Angeles, California, who took part
  • Animal behaviour: Videos teach tricks to wild monkeys

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Animal behaviour: Videos teach tricks to wild monkeys Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513146a Wild monkeys can learn new behaviours by watching instructional videos — a feat that had previously been accomplished only in the laboratory.Tina Gunhold at the University of Vienna and her collaborators recorded video of two captive marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) as they opened
 
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  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Baby Emperor Penguin Emerges from Shell [Video]

    olsone
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    (View full post to see video) An emperor dad stands watch as a penguin hatchling pecks its way free. For the past two months, the father has done nothing but care for the egg,
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Rockhopper Penguins Make Landfall [Video]

    olsone
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    (View full post to see video) Rockhopper penguins brave crashing waves to reach their breeding grounds in the Falkland Islands. They appear at the same time each year, traveling 650 kilometers (404 miles) from their fishing grounds off the coast Argentina.
  • New Season of NATURE: Sneak Preview

    olsone
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    (View full post to see video) NATURE kicks off its 33rd season on October 15th, 2014 with Animal Misfits, a program about animals that are odd, bizarre and at first glance seem-ill equipped for survival. Other upcoming episodes include Big Thinkers of the Forest, A Sloth Named Velcro and The Animal Home Show. Catch a sneak peek of all four episodes in the video above. In the meantime, be sure to tune-in for the three-part series Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, a NATURE special presentation beginning on September 24th, 2014. The series documents the lifecycle of three penguins species; from the…
  • Featured Creature: Leaf-Tailed Gecko

    olsone
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) is a large tree-dwelling reptile found in Eastern Madagascar. It gets the name uroplatus – which means “flat tail” – from its broad leaf-shaped tail that can be snapped off and regrown if attacked by a predator. Walking through the forests of Madagascar fimbriatus may be difficult to spot. Not only can it change color to match its background, but it has flap of skin running the length of its body that helps breaks up its outline and prevents it from casting a shadow. Fimbriatus is one of 14 extant species of leaf-tailed…
  • NATURE Programs Selected as Film Festival Finalists

    olsone
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Saving Otter 501 is a “Broadcast TV Program” finalist in the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. The festival will be held from November 3rd to 9th in St. Petersburg, Florida, and honors the best in ocean filmmaking. The festival is part of a week-long conference that invites ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, entertainment executives and the general public to learn more about the issues facing the oceans and to collaborate on improving the oceans and humanity. In addition, Invasion of the Killer Whales is a finalist in the “Best Environmental & Conservation Sciences…
 
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    [BWV] Blue Water News

  • Baby Humpback Whale Encounter: Tonga

    bluewaterkim
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Encounter with a Baby Whale There are just a few places in the world where in water encounters with whales are permitted and regulated. In a nation where humpback whales were virtually decimated by a whaling industry just decades ago, their population is slowly recovering. Supporting a local economy through regulated whale swims is helping to preserve a fragile population of whales that spend ‘their winter” in the archipelago kingdom of Tonga. As with all of our encounters, this young and very playful whale initiated the contact with us. It happened repeatedly for well over an…
  • Common Murres and Humpback Whales of Monterey Bay: A Kayak Adventure

    bluewaterkim
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    www.bluewaterventures.org. While yesterday’s whale encounters were awesome, there’s so much more to the story right now as species are gorging on the abundant food in Monterey Bay National Marine Sancturay. The young Common Murre chick survived the great plunge perhaps from the cliffs of Devil’s Slide towering 1000 feet over the Pacific. As it glided down and “hit” the water, the father Murre waited patiently for the chick’s first encounter with a salty world. For the next several months, “Dad” and off spring will be an insperable pair as the…
  • Bioluminescence Night Kayaking: Elkhorn Slough

    bluewaterkim
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
        www.bluewaterventures.org. Bioluminescence Night Kayaking Last night we had an amazing light show during our first of several bioluminescence night paddles in Elkhorn Slough. Before the water began to sparkle with light producing dinoflagellates, sea otters and harbor seals popped up near by. Marine mammal interactions are quite different at night. Many species produced a “cold light”, a chemical reaction that emits sparks of light. Bioluminescence may serve as a warning, a lure, communication or mate selection. As our paddles glided through the water, light exploded…
  • Kayaking with Humpback Whales Monterey Bay

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

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Some 66 million years ago, a 10-km diameter chunk of rock hit the Yucatan peninsula with the force of 100 teratons of TNT. It left a crater more than 150 km across, and the resulting megatsunami, wildfires, global earthquakes and volcanism are widely accepted to have wiped out the dinosaurs and made way for the rise of the mammals. But what happened to the plants on which the dinosaurs fed?
  • Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The impact decimated slow-growing evergreens and made way for fast-growing, deciduous plants, according to a study applying biomechanical analyses to fossilized leaves. The study provides much-needed evidence for how the extinction event unfolded in the plant communities at the time.
  • Each tree species has unique bacterial identity, microbiome research shows

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Each tree species has its own bacterial identity. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied the genetic fingerprints of bacteria on 57 species of trees growing on a Panamanian island.
  • Tropical tree microbiome discovered in Panama

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Despite the fact that tropical forests are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems on the planet, more is known about belly-button bacteria than bacteria on trees in the tropics. Scientists working on Panama's Barro Colorado Island discovered that small leaf samples from a single tree were home to more than 400 different kinds of bacteria. The combined sample from 57 tree species contained more than 7,000 different kinds.
  • New producer of crucial vitamin B12 discovered

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    A single group of microorganisms may be responsible for much of the world's vitamin B12 production in the oceans, with implications for the global carbon cycle and climate change, researchers have discovered. Thaumarchaeota, they say, are likely dominant vitamin B12 producers.
 
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    Lifescapes

  • Rose Wilder Lane in Texas

    Susan Albert
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    In the autumn of 1940, Rose Wilder Lane and her young friends, Norma Lee Browning and Norma Lee’s husband, Russell...
  • A Wilder Rose Gets a Do-Over

    Susan Albert
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    As I reported last week, Lake Union Publishing will be bringing out my novel, A Wilder Rose, in February 2015....
  • A ReLaunch for A Wilder Rose

    Susan Albert
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Dear Readers and Friends, This is both an announcement and a thank-you letter. I'm delighted to announce that A Wilder...
  • Prairie Sumac: In Bloom This Week

    Susan Albert
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    If you live in a place long enough, you will see plants at their prettiest. This is one of the...
  • Sunflower: In Bloom This Week

    Susan Albert
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Our common sunflower is uncommonly beautiful this year. This native sunflower is Helianthus annuus--native, that is, to the Americas, although...
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    Coyote Crossing

  • 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,…
  • Poem with one vowel by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Edge effectsGlee! The deep freeze recedes.Even the bejeweled bees, ever kept penned,Greet the respected beekeeper.These stretched present vessels, these feeble knees, These leveled, dependent legs,End the secret sense the experts set,The present red-dressed regret.Yes, pen the letters. Send them west, Let sweet green verses rest well there. Let them needle-test the chest-nerves’ senses.
  • Chris reading in Joshua Tree: Save The Date by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    I’ll be reading some essays and some poetry on Saturday, September 20 at 6:00 at the Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Highway in Beautiful Downtown Joshua Tree. Admission is a few dollars tossed into the hat to keep Radio Free Joshua Tree and the Listening Lounge going, but no one will be turned away etc. etc.. More details are here. This is the first time I’ll have read in public in six years, which makes this event an important collectible. I’ll try to arrange to have some copies of the Zeke book for sale and signing as well. Hope to see you…
  • Bump me with your plastron, you sexy Threatened thing you. by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Making new desert tortoises in Joshua Tree. Post by Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Fencepost hawks by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Interstate 5 near Lost Hills. Photo by Annette Rojas I drove twelve hundred fifty miles this weekend, a quick trip to Oakland and then back again. Our anniversary. Six years. From 1990 through 1998 I lived with my ex-wife and Zeke in an apartment not far from downtown Oakland. It was the longest span of time I have ever spent with one address. Annette and I stayed a few blocks away this weekend. Awoken Saturday by the sound of distant trains, the smell of trees, I remembered oddly that I woke that way every single day for eight years. Wondered how I could ever have forgotten. Back then I…
 
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    NextNature.net - Nature changes along with us

  • A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

    Rolf Coppens
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time with your lover, friends, family or colleagues, any event on your screen seems to outrange the interaction you are physically part of. Being honest, does the screen really makes you happy, and does that tweet, like or Instagram truly enlight you? Research shows that people value off line interaction over online communication, which furthermore for a larger part contributes to people’s wellbeing and feelings of…
  • Next Nature iPad Appzine Now For Free

    NextNature.net
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. We asked our fans to send in testimonials on the Next Nature Appzine for iPad. Watch this short contribution from Green Man and download the Next Nature Appzine for free! Just what is the Next Nature Appzine? This iPad app presents a fascinating selection of material from our lustrous Next Nature book, wholly re-designed for the iPad and upgraded with interactive specials and audiovisual content. It’s nature, but not as you know it. Listen to Green Man and get our iPad Appzine here.
  • No Future for Traditional Meat

    NextNature.net
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    At Home in the Lab with Mark Post, Father of the In Vitro Hamburger From The In Vitro Meat Cookbook We’re standing with Professor Mark Post in front of the three biggest bioreactors in the Netherlands, the machines humming faintly and filled with millions of busily dividing cow cells. While the term ‘bioreactor’ might call to mind a gleaming, swimming pool sized tank, the reality is far more prosaic. You’d be forgiven if you thought they were refrigerators. Post, the man behind the world’s first lab-grown hamburger, aims for no less than a total transformation of the way we produce…
  • Breaking Down Plastics with Bacteria

    Alessia Andreotti
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Following in 16-year old Daniel Burd’s footsteps, who developed a microorganism that can rapidly biodegrade plastic, high schoolers Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao found a way to break down plastics using soil bacteria. In this TED Talk the two Vancouver students explain how, on just a whim, they came across bacteria in the Fraser River capable of destroying plastics. While it is exciting to have such young talents discovering plastic eating bacteria, should we fear the rising of a wild and unpredictable next nature? Via TED
  • Living in the Forest in the 21st Century

    Alessia Andreotti
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While most people spend their frenetic lives in civilized cities surrounded by other human beings, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko immortalizes those that choose to live a solitary existence in the wilderness. Despite the technological advances that we use every day to improve our social life, there are still some that - consciously or not - prefer to live as hermits in self-imposed exile, far away from any city or village. Tkachenko’s series, called Escape, portraits men that have rejected the modern lifestyle and made their homes in the Russian and Ukrainian forest. They live…
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    Birding Dude

  • Today's Photo - Juvenile Red Knot

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Today's photo, is of a juvenile Red Knot (calidris canutus), which can be aged by the neat upperparts and wing-coverts with pale fringes and dark submarginal lines. Note, that on young Red Knots, the breast and belly tend to be pale peach instead of the brick red color of a breeding adult. Tags: Red Knot, Queens, New York
  • Jamaica Bay Shorebirding Report Late August- Early September

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    As we near mid September, shorebirding on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, NY has peaked in terms of the diversity of shorebirds, but low numbers suggest we are getting to the point of where shorebird migration has begun to wind down. The cold fronts resulted in more birds departing than arriving. Nevertheless, the last week in August and first week in September, saw very good numbers of Western Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers and Hudsonian Godwits.Yes, plural on Godwit (s), is correct. The latter seen in numbers that have not been recorded in many years. To date, I…
  • Bird Quiz 1 Answers

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I deliberately omitted the location of the image used in Bird Quiz 1, which might have given away the answers. If you guessed Peregrine Falcon and Osprey, you would have gotten the question correctly. Taken on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay, this one was not that hard if you paid attention to the wing span, size and habitat. Sharpen those analytical skills as I drum up another one which will not be as easy.  Here is an image of the two birds just before they made the turn and presented the view that I used in the Quiz photo. I hope you enjoyed the challenge. Tags: Jamaica Bay Wildlife…
  • Bird Quiz

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Take a look at the image and see if you could figure what bird(s) are in the photo. The answer(s) will be posted next Wednesday. Good luck and keep an eye out for "Wordless Wednesday" they should be back soon.Tags: Quiz
  • Common Ringed Plover at Cupsogue LI New York

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    So where do I begin with this post. Let's see, I was running on a few hours of sleep between Friday and Saturday night due to the Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay and trying to get out early to Cupsogue Long Island.  When I arrived at Cupsogue around 7:30 a.m. yesterday, the tide was pretty high; nevertheless, I got my gear together and began birding. I started in the parking lot, checking the corner of the dump for sparrows and anything else, scanning the ocean and then checking the marsh for sparrows.  During that time, I counted at least 15 Saltmarsh Sparrows (9 juveniles),…
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • Pic of the Week (Sep. 14, 2014): DOS6 Sunlit birch grove

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    "I am particularly drawn to Jim's images that are lit with the mellow glow of sunlight. Sigurd Olson, in his book, Runes of the North, refers to this light as Ross Light. The nature artist Francis Lee Jaques used it brilliantly, as does Jim. The summer evening sun burnishing these birches invites me to linger a bit longer before night falls."~ DianeRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (September 14, 2014): DOS6 Sunlit birch grovePic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the…
  • Pic of the Week (Sep. 05, 2014): M613 Reindeer Moon + Jim's Extra Backstory

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    "For the full Harvest Moon on September 8th, a Swedish bull reindeer in northern Sweden contemplates ..... or could it be a Finnish reindeer that crossed the border looking for a mate?"~ MilliRavenwood Studios, Brandenburg GalleryJim's Extra Backstory: "I’m pleased to see Milli had picked this image for the Pic of the Week. Last year I spent the summer in Scandinavia with some time in the mountains of Sweden. Reindeer (Renar in Swedish), similar to our North American caribou, have always fascinated me. Now I know why.One evening while hiking in the high forest I happened upon…
  • Pic of the Week (August 29, 2014): NW694 Loon Close-Up

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    "I have been intrigued by loons for many, many years. My license plate was even "Loon 1" for awhile! And I absolutely am entranced by this photo. I mean, look at the water droplets, the bubbles on his back, the feather detail and the muted colors are incredible. "~ MarciaRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg Gallery Pic of the Week (August 29, 2014): NW694 Loon Close-Up 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 Pricing Purchase this…
  • Pic of the Week: Hummingbird Dance

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    "How delicate, the world's tiniest bird that can flash its bright colors, as well as hide them if needed. The bright radiant color on humming birds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism. There it is, holding its body perfectly still while wings are beating 70–200 times per second. They are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards, hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside down. This lovely image is captured with a ghostly reflective background."~ MilliRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg Gallery Pic of the Week (August 22, 2014): NW815 Hummingbird DancePic…
  • Pic of the Week: Saturday Night in Ely

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    "Having grown up in Ely, I have fond memories of our theater. I love the angle of this shot, the lighting, and the beautiful irony."~ JayneRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg Gallery Pic of the Week (August 15, 2014): NW515 Saturday Night in ElyPic 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 Pricing Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (August 15-21)! Contact…
 
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    The Ohio Nature Blog

  • Morning at Little Pond Comes Early

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Let me stress that it's just not early, it's REALLY early.  Sunrise in June occurs as early as 4:58 a.m. To get up to capture the pre-sunrise light, I had to set an alarm for 4:30.  That's pretty darn early for a vacation, but I did wake one morning that early.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy, and the light was flat and gray.  After looking through all my photographs I have taken at Little Pond, I noticed a gaping hole- I had hardly any photos taken in the morning on the pond.  I remedied that with this photo, one of my favorites from this summer.
  • New Series- Summer at Little Pond

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    This summer, we had the opportunity to travel to Little Pond Maine, Megan's parents' home in the woods, twice.  The first trip happened in early June, in time to catch the pink lady slippers in full bloom.  We went back about five weeks later to celebrate Megan's birthday with her three brothers. We also had the opportunity to meet nephew and cousin Duncan for the first time, who traveled with his parents from Denver.I had plenty of time to explore the pond and the woods surrounding it.  Over the next two weeks or so I'll share some of my favorite images from this summer. One…
  • Brody and his Pumpkin

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    -Tom
  • On the Olentangy

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last Sunday, I had a chance to return to Kenney Park along the Olentangy River where it runs through the Beechwold neighborhood of Columbus.  I spent much of my free time here many years ago. It was nice to visit again.-Tom
  • Royal Tern, Litchfield Spit South Carolina

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    We enjoyed a wonderful trip to Litchfield by the Sea, South Carolina the week before last.  It's our one week the boys look forward to year round. It's really our last hurrah for the summer.  Preschool starts up next week for both boys, and so does Megan's semester.  It'll be fall before I know it!-Tom
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • 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…
  • Recipe: Make Ahead Antipasto Baguette Sandwiches

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

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

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    Heirloom lettuce direct seeded in the kitchen garden the first part of April. Want to grow your own gourmet lettuce from seed? In this popular post I show you that it's easier than you think!Do you have any plans this weekend? We usually hunker down at home for the holidays, though I do wish I'd thought to buy some potato chips the last time we were out.In between munching on homemade sourdough rye French bread (a new experiment—so good toasted and topped with melty cheese and freshly laid fried eggs) and as much of this gorgeous lettuce as possible (we're racing the heat clock…
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    10,000 Birds

  • How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

    Greg
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you. However, in this post, I’d like to lay out the basic numbers as we pretend to know them about overall bird mortality, human related causes of mortality, and somewhere in there I’ll note that the number of birds that are killed by windmills is so small that it says “zero” on my pie chart. Having said that, we expect wind mills to increase in number, and the specific birds that are killed by them may be a particularly sensitive group (i.e. eagles and vultures) so we need to pay attention. Having said that, I…
  • The long and winding road

    Clare K
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Birds fascinate us for many reasons. Flight, beauty, the glimpse into the world of dinosaurs,  to mention but a few of those reasons. The migration stories of many of those birds is another. Who doesn’t marvel at Arctic Terns flying from one polar region to another, twice, every single year. Or at stories of a bird like Red Knot B95, twenty-one years old and logging miles that could take it to the moon, and half way back. To my mind the single most compelling migration story has to be that of the bird with my favourite specific name (well now that Troglodytes troglodytes has been split…
  • The Parrots of Howard Beach

    Corey
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    North of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens is a middle class neighborhood, predominantly Italian-American, known as Howard Beach. Named for William J. Howard, a Brooklynite who owned a goat farm in the area in the 1890s, the neighborhood was essentially founded by Howard’s creation of the Howard Estates Development Company, which dredged and filled enough land on which to build a neighborhood. Perhaps most known throughout New York City for mafia ties and a couple of hate crimes against African-Americans, Howard Beach was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. But it wasn’t the…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2014)

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    September migration is a fine time to appreciate birds on the wing, so fine that many of you may have missed many of our Extinction Week posts. Fortunately, Monday morning is a fine time to catch up on what you missed over the weekend! My Best Bird of the Weekend was a turkey, actually several Wild Turkeys. While I see turkeys intermittently all year long, these birds really look best in autumn sunlight. Corey was in position to appreciate a kettle of migrating Broad-Winged Hawks over Lancaster, PA. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments section…
  • Black Bittern

    Clare M
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the few weeks we have been in Palmerston I have been enjoying some great birds and the cycling paths are particularly good and generally I can avoid cycling on the road. There is one very busy road to cross to get to Marlow Lagoon and at certain times of day it is near impossible and in those situations I generally avoid attempting it and cycle somewhere else. The lakes around the Golf Course are also great for birding and there is a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, so you don’t waste birding time waiting to cross a busy road with no traffic control. I have found the ideal…
 
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  • 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…
  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

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

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

    Steve Creek
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    This past week has been a wet one at my cabin in the woods. I received 3 1/2 inches of rain in just two days. The temperature has dropped down into the 50’s and 70’s which has made it great for hiking in the Ouachita National Forest that is in my back yard. On one of my hikes I discovered a Turtle in a hole. I could tell that it had been in this hole for a while because of the marks that it had left on the sides where it had tried to climb out. A Turtle In A Hole The Turtle After Being Rescued On the warmer days I have explored the National Forest roads on my scooter. If you have…
  • Bigfoot Crossing

    Steve Creek
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Looks like I need to add Bigfoot to my list of things I need to photograph here in Arkansas. The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is at the top of that list and now that I am hanging around a new area I need to keep an eye out for both. I have had a great week in the Ouachita National Forest and will post more about my adventures tomorrow. A Sign Not Far From My Cabin Bigfoot sightings still going strong: Arkansas prime location Swain is a member of the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the founder of the Arkansas Primates Evidence Society. He has “squatched” in several states,…
  • Arkansas Black Bear Near My Cabin

    Steve Creek
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    The previous owner of the property that I bought near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas had a small food plot that he made and it’s about 25 to 30 steps from the cabin. I decided to place a trail camera nearby to see what was in the area. The camera has captured several deer and raccoons. The most exciting animal in the area is this Black Bear. I have studied up on the Arkansas Black Bears because I don’t know a lot about them. This one seems to be young and looks very healthy. I am hoping that I can get a photo of it with my regular camera away from the baited area.
  • Green Heron Stretching Its Neck

    Steve Creek
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Most of the time you will see a Green Heron with its neck pulled tight against the body. This one was hunting in the water but I made a sudden movement and scared it into a tree. A Green Heron At The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Green Heron Facts The species is most conspicuous during dusk and dawn, and if anything these birds are nocturnal rather than diurnal, preferring to retreat to sheltered areas in daytime. They feed actively during the day, however, if hungry or provisioning young. Shore-living individuals adapt to the rhythm of the tides. They mainly eat small fish, frogs and…
  • Roosting Barred Owl

    Steve Creek
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    I almost missed seeing this Barred Owl while I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma but a few Crows were harassing it and it finally found this place to roost. A Barred Owl At The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Barred Owl Facts Breeding habitats are dense woods across Canada, the eastern United States, and south to Mexico; in recent years it has spread to the northwestern United States, having gradually spread farther south in the west. The species is particularly numerous in a variety of wooded habitats in the southeastern United States. Recent studies show suburban…
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  • Triple Threat to Seabirds

    Alex Taylor
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    The National Trust has conducted a study of seabirds along the 742 miles of coastline that it looks after in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It discovered that seabirds are at risk from the triple threat of extreme weather, predation and human disturbance. The most dominant threat was extreme weather. The study cites the example […]
  • Invasive Species Affect Animal Interactions

    Alex Taylor
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Japanese stiltgrass is one of the world’s most pervasive invasive species. Accidentally introduced to the USA in the early 1900s, it has now spread to more than a dozen states within the past 100 years, particularly in the southeast of the country. It can survive in widely diverse ecosystems and is typically found along roads […]
  • A Day for Hen Harriers

    Alex Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    The 10th of August was officially Hen Harrier Day. It was timed to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season on the 12th August – the ‘glorious 12th’ as it is known, or the ‘inglorious 12th’ as it has been dubbed by conservationists and anyone else who is against the shooting of grouse […]
  • All Ivory Markets Must Close

    Alex Taylor
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    A new study was published this month, with a very clear message. To save elephants from extinction, all ivory markets must close, and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed. The study was published in Conservation Biology by the US-based conservation organisation the Wildlife Conservation Society. It states that corruption, organised crime, and the lack of […]
 
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  • Olive-sided Flycatcher

    Lauren Shaffer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a very conspicuous bird when it makes its appearance during migration, choosing the top of a snag, or in this case, a telephone pole wire on which to perch.  It’s the largest flycatcher in our region, and is identified by its dark vest, white throat, large thick bill, and sometimes-visible white spots on either side of the rump. These white tufts stood out to me as I slowly drove down the road looking for warblers.  There is only one bird like that!  I quickly pulled over and watched it catch its breakfast for awhile. This bird gave me great looks and…
  • Great Egret

    Lauren Shaffer
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Great Egrets are huge, elegant birds that frequent wetlands and shores of the river and lakes in summer.  They are not often seen in our area of North Central PA, but one was visiting a friend’s wetlands and I was able to put in with the kayak and get close shots of this awesome bird!  Like other herons and egrets, they will watch for fish or frogs in the water and like lightning, spear them through or grab them with their dagger-like beak. This Great Egret may look silly way up high on top of the tree where he is perched, but actually, Great Egrets will nest as high as 100 feet up in…
  • The Garden Spider and the Monarch Butterfly

    Lauren Shaffer
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Garden Spiders are impressive with their large size, and bright markings.  They belong to the orb weaver family, and are known to build webs as wide as several feet, only to take them down and rebuild again the next day. They will spin a heavy zig-zag in the middle of the web.  For whatever reason this is done, it gives warning to any bird flying by to stay clear and prevents damage to the web. I remember as kids, going out to the field with our jars, to catch the huge yellow and black Garden Spiders we found in the weeds.  We would throw grasshoppers into their webs and watch them run up…
  • Great Horned Owl family

    Lauren Shaffer
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Great Horned Owls as neighbors While doing some incredible winter birding this past February in our nearby farmlands, our group of birding friends spotted a huge nest in a long row of trees surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields. The locals call these hedge rows, even though they are mature trees separating one farmer’s field from another.  With frequent checking, we soon saw a pair of Great Horned Owls at the site!  One was on the nest and the other nearby.  A Red-tailed Hawk was also nesting a few trees down in the same hedge row.  Snowy Owls, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged…
  • Seven Surprising Facts about Moths I Learned on my First Mothing Night

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