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  • Salamanders - The Incredible Ally | Salamanders Help To Fight Against Global Warming

    Friendly Eco Might
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    In our fight against global warming, we've an incredible ally. Who? The little salamanders that ramble the forests of most of the world! In North-America, they're truly the foremost galore vertebrate, and that they eat lots of insects. This can be useful because this prevents these insects from intake the maximum amount of the leaf litter on the forest floor. If this leaf litter is left alone long enough, a part of it'll be converted into humus (click here to know how to prepare compost at home), a method that sequesters carbon within the soil. Because salamanders eat numerous insects, they…
  • Thank you for sharing

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    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Thank you for sharing Nature 520, 7549 (2015). doi:10.1038/520585a Initiatives to make genetic and medical data publicly available could improve diagnostics — but they lose value if they do not share with other projects.
  • Fjords soak up a surprising amount of carbon

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    Boer Deng
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Inlets at high latitudes store carbon faster than do other marine ecosystems.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17464
  • Family Photos

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    Eric R. Olson
    4 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Swipe left or right to view gallery Full Screen Portrait of young nubian ibex (Capra nubiana).© Vadim Petrakov/ ShutterstockBengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) with cubs in water. Ranthambore National Park, India.© Andy Rouse/naturepl.comToque macaque family group (Macaca sinica). © Chris Taylor/naturepl.comBornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus ) mother and baby. © Inaki Relanzon/naturepl.comYoung black bear cub (Ursus americanus) climbing mature fir tree.© George Sanker/naturepl.comAfrican elephant (Loxodonta africana ) baby playing with its mother.© Denis-Huot/naturepl.com Young toque…
  • Dietary supplements are good for coral health, study shows

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    4 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Most people know the health benefits of taking daily supplements, but what about endangered corals? A new study has found that the critically endangered Staghorn coral may benefit from supplemental nutrition to mitigate the adverse impacts of global climate change.
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  • Thank you for sharing

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Thank you for sharing Nature 520, 7549 (2015). doi:10.1038/520585a Initiatives to make genetic and medical data publicly available could improve diagnostics — but they lose value if they do not share with other projects.
  • A hard sell

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A hard sell Nature 520, 7549 (2015). doi:10.1038/520585b Scientists must stand up for marine parks if the value of the seas is to be recognized globally.
  • More on unicorns

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    More on unicorns Nature 520, 7549 (2015). doi:10.1038/520586a A newly discovered tiny dinosaur sported an intriguing structural accessory.
  • China’s scientific progress hinges on access to data

    Zheng Wan
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China’s scientific progress hinges on access to data Nature 520, 7549 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/520587a Author: Zheng Wan It is getting harder for scientists in China to obtain the high-quality public data that they need for important research studies, says Zheng Wan.
  • Biomechanics: How grebes walk on water

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Biomechanics: How grebes walk on water Nature 520, 7549 (2015). doi:10.1038/520588a The heaviest animals known to run on water pull off the feat by using quick strides and large feet that slap the surface.Western and Clark's grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and Aechmophorus clarkii; pictured) run as far as 20 metres on water and
 
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  • Family Photos

    Eric R. Olson
    4 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Swipe left or right to view gallery Full Screen Portrait of young nubian ibex (Capra nubiana).© Vadim Petrakov/ ShutterstockBengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) with cubs in water. Ranthambore National Park, India.© Andy Rouse/naturepl.comToque macaque family group (Macaca sinica). © Chris Taylor/naturepl.comBornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus ) mother and baby. © Inaki Relanzon/naturepl.comYoung black bear cub (Ursus americanus) climbing mature fir tree.© George Sanker/naturepl.comAfrican elephant (Loxodonta africana ) baby playing with its mother.© Denis-Huot/naturepl.com Young toque…
  • Desert Ibex Scales Impossibly Steep Cliff

    Eric R. Olson
    1 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) is a desert-dwelling goat that gives birth to young atop tall windswept mesas. The mesa’s steep cliff faces offer protection from predators. When the offspring are a few days old they must scale these cliff faces to reach food in the valleys below. The post Desert Ibex Scales Impossibly Steep Cliff appeared first on Nature.
  • About

    Eric R. Olson
    1 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home. The post About…
  • Full Episode

    Eric R. Olson
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Representing the meticulous and ambitious work of an all-Chinese film company led by award-winning filmmaker, Xi Zhinong, this spectacular film is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, different and gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to…
  • Mischievous Monkeys Make Trouble

    Eric R. Olson
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Two black snub-nosed monkey brothers play and wrestle among the tree tops, annoying the rest of the troop who are trying to rest. One of the brothers was abandoned by his mother; the other is treated like a prince. The post Mischievous Monkeys Make Trouble appeared first on Nature.
 
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  • Dietary supplements are good for coral health, study shows

    4 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Most people know the health benefits of taking daily supplements, but what about endangered corals? A new study has found that the critically endangered Staghorn coral may benefit from supplemental nutrition to mitigate the adverse impacts of global climate change.
  • New climate projections paint bleak future for tropical coral reefs

    4 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks, reports a team of researchers.
  • Ocean currents disturb methane-eating bacteria

    4 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Bacteria that feed on methane can control its concentration once it is released from the ocean floor. This can potentially stop the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. But ocean currents can easily disturb dinner, according to a new study.
  • Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an 'empty landscape'

    1 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The decline of the world's large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an 'empty landscape' in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Many populations of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, deserts and forests.
  • Species' evolutionary choice: Disperse or adapt?

    1 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Dispersal and adaptation are two evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, adapt to the conditions of a particular place. New research models the interplay between these two strategies and shows how even minor changes in an environment can create feedback and trigger dramatic shifts in evolutionary strategy.
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  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are invading swimmers off the British coast

    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) There are more than six million instances per year of people being exposed to antibiotic-resistant E. coli while swimming or engaging in other water-based recreation off the British coast, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical...
  • Epidemic of indoor eyesight damage caused by children not spending time outdoors

    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) It looks like mom was right - again.A growing body of evidence is suggesting that the hours spent glued to the television as well as electronic devices is ruining the vision of children and teenagers. Genetics, a factor previously thought to be the main reason for...
  • US internet censorship mirrors China's

    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Of the world's great powers, China, is perhaps the most restrictive when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. That said, it should come as little surprise, then, that the Communist Party leadership of China works overtime to monitor, control and censor what...
  • Red Bull addict cures her addiction with the power of hypnosis

    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A British woman who was so addicted to Red Bull that doctors warned her she could have seizures and die if she quit cold turkey was able to quit her habit with just a single session of hypnotherapy, she said.By the time she decided to quit, 31-year-old Sarah Weatherhill...
  • Drug-resistant intestinal superbug imported to America from other countries

    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A new drug-resistant "superbug" is circulating the country, and health officials say it was brought in from overseas. The Associated Press says Shigella has already triggered more than 200 illnesses since last May, and experts worry that the bacteria might be here to...
 
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  • 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...
  • Milkweed and Monarchs

    Susan Albert
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    I love this tidy little plant, blooming now across our meadows--and so do the Monarch larvae that feed on it...
  • In bloom this week: Pink evening primrose

    Susan Albert
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    The pretty pink bloom cascading down our creek bank is evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), an all-around edible plant. I've read...
  • Two Bittersweets

    Susan Albert
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Yes, it's true. There are two bittersweets, like a pair of twins, one "evil," one "good." One is native, and...
  • Native Herbs: Henbit

    Susan Albert
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is flourishing this spring--if I allowed it, this little eager beaver would monopolize my veggie garden beds....
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    Coyote Crossing

  • 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. 
  • If a Puma Tries To Enter Your Home’s Crawl Space by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
      Offered as a public service. Actually, here’s what you really ought to do if you encounter a mountain lion. And if you were following the saga of puma P22 in a crawl space in Los Feliz and wondered what you could do to help pumas in Southern California, check out and support this freeway wildlife crossing project.
  • Five Year Plan by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Greens growing in my last garden, 10 years ago. I don’t even know who I am anymore. I’ve been thinking a lot about propagating plants. I miss it. I have spent so much of my time over the last 25 years collecting ideas into different shapes and then putting them out on the Idea Network, getting rapt over some ideas and getting angry over other ideas, and it is getting incredibly old. I spend time these days in the real world, the physical, manifest world. I walk the dog and I see the Pleuraphis rigida leafing out, knitting the desert together, and I think that no matter how…
  • Orthodoxy in the Climate Movement: Franzen and His Deniers by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Fair warning: tl;dr.   Novelist Jonathan Franzen walked up to a hornet’s nest and hit it with a baseball bat in his recent New Yorker essay “Carbon Capture,” which you should read. Go ahead. I’ll wait. It’s a longish piece, but that’s fine. I’ll go make a sandwich. Back? When I read it approximately fifteen minutes after it came online, but not before I had a dozen emails asking me if I’d read it, my reaction was a little nuanced. I wished he’d avoided the doom argument — not because he isn’t correct, but because people…
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  • Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

    NextNature.net
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature and fiction, such as echolocation, infrared sight or telepathy. The workshop will be held during the 5th edition of What Design Can Do, an international event about the impact of design. ‘Why are technologies often half-baked versions of the brilliant dreams we have? Isn’t our shiny mobile phone merely a watered-down materialization of the dream of telepathic communication? And why aren’t we able to smell in…
  • Analogue vs Digital: Simulated Farming

    NextNature.net
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Want to grow some vegetables but don’t want to get your hands dirty? There is an app for that! There are multiple farming simulation social network games that involve various aspects of farm management. From ploughing land, planting and growing, to harvesting your crops; you will be growing green fingers by playing this game! From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.
  • A Tiny Trackpad That Fits on Your Nail

    Yunus Emre Duyar
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that could easily fit on your finger nail. The prototype, named NailO, resembles sticker nail arts used as fashion accessory. The wireless tool allows the user to control any device by running their finger over the trackpad. NailO was created with the aim of using natural movements to control devices, so that it is easier for users to control their laptops, tablets or mobile phones while their hands are busy with something else. The gadget is fitted with a processor, a sensing chip, a Bluetooth…
  • You Only Live Online

    Hendrik-Jan Grievink
    3 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Seen on some dusty tablet without batteries. Peculiar slogan of the week.
  • Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

    Yunus Emre Duyar
    2 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells. The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades. Each of our cells…
 
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  • 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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  • 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.© FarmgirlFare.com, 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…
  • Friday Dose of Cute: Have a Fun Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Visiting young friends (and donkeys) enjoying treat time in Donkeyland. (Love longears? Lots more donkey pics here.)Any plans this weekend? We're staying around the farm as usual (by choice). Joe will be busy with lawn care and yet more vehicle maintenance (not by choice). Last week we had to sneak along the gravel back roads into town in our back up back up vehicle so we could go vote. Sometimes I wish the guys at the auto parts store didn't know us quite so well.On the other hand, lawn care means the grazing fields are also growing up, and that's just what we want this time of…
  • Monday Dose of Cute: Bear's Annual Tradition

    Farmgirl Susan
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    He tiptoes through the tulips. . . and then he pees on them.Wishing you an enjoyable week!Want to get to know Bear better? Look here and here and here.© FarmgirlFare.com, the real life foodie farm blog where we don't document everything that happens.
  • Recipe: Confetti Egg Salad with Salami, Olives, Scallions and Pimentos

    Farmgirl Susan
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Egg salad gets pepped up with black olives, pimentos, salami, scallions, and parsley. Colorful, fun, and it uses up a dozen hard boiled eggs! (recipe here)I've been making this protein-packed Confetti Egg Salad since 2007 and still love having a bowl of it in the fridge. It's a fun dish for a picnic or potluck, makes a quick and filling lunch, and is a great healthy snack. I've even eaten it for breakfast.The grated eggs give it a very nice, spread-like texture, and you can adjust the amount of mayonnaise to suit your taste. Put it on crackers, use it as a sandwich filling (perhaps on some…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Wood-Warbler Haiku 2

    Corey
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Buzzy Parula Flits from branch to branch, pauses. Bright green square on back.
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2015)

    Mike
    3 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    I don’t know how the first weekend of May feels to those of you on the southern side of the equator, but round these parts, it felt like SPRING! Now all we need are a bevy of brightly colored songbirds… I made it up to the Braddock Bay hawkwatch platform at a time when the winds were not right for raptor migration. No worries though, since I spied a resident Northern Harrier working the reeds for prey. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a bright red male Summer Tanager, annual though far from guaranteed to be seen each spring in Queens. It was a wonderful highlight on a…
  • Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Announced

    Corey
    3 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    I’ve had a great time at Space Coast when I made the trip there three of the last four years and I am looking forward to the 19th Annual event, to be held 20-25 January, 2016. And now I’m looking forward to it even more with the keynote speakers who have been announced. Who wouldn’t want to hear Steve N. G. Howell, Greg Miller, Kevin Karlson, and Adam and Gina Kent? They are the cherry on top of the field trip, presentation, and great bird sundae. Will I see you in Titusville, Florida, in 2016? I hope so! Especially if we’re looking at a Roseate Spoonbill in flight…
  • Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens

    Clare M
    3 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you live in a city you need somewhere to escape to where you can find some variety from the birds that call the city home. Melbourne has an amazing asset right on its doorstep and I have spent a lot of time there. It is just a short walk over the River Yarra to the Royal Botanical Gardens and both tourists and locals alike can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In fact these gardens are so huge that many people would not expect to explore all of the area in one visit. It is also interesting to watch the changes in the bird-life as the weather changes and each day can offer different…
  • Wood-Warbler Haiku 1

    Corey
    2 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    “Zee Zee Zoo Zoo Zee,” Black-throated Green Warbler sings. “Zee Zee Zoo Zoo Zee!”
 
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  • Recycling Beauty Products in the Bathroom (Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

    Robin
    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

    Robin
    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.
  • The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: 76 eBooks and More for Under $30

    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Hey. Are the inmates running the asylum? I hear you. When you’re young, you think about what it’ll be like: getting married, becoming a mom, having your own home. You want to make a special place that’s a magical mash-up: a school, a playground, a refuge, a “fix it” station, a “you can do it” pep rally, and a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth. Guess what? It’s hard when reality breaks in. Real life includes… …laundry, diapers, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and stains that won’t come out…
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  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird At The Cabin

    Steve Creek
    4 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    It was great to see the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds back at my cabin in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. A male has been defending its territory so it has been crazy on my deck where I have the feeder. The male did pause long enough for me to make this photo: Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/2000 | f/6.3 | ISO 1000 Ruby-throated Hummingbird Facts Ruby-throated hummingbirds are solitary. Adults of this species are not social, other than during courtship (which lasts a few minutes); the female also cares for her offspring.
  • Female Northern Cardinal With Nesting Material

    Steve Creek
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    I spotted this female Northern Cardinal with nesting material yesterday at the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas. The male was nearby but I read that Males sometimes bring nest material to the female, who does most of the building. Female Northern Cardinal – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/1250 | f/6.3 | ISO 1250 Northern Cardinal Nest Facts Males sometimes bring nest material to the female, who does most of the building. She crushes twigs with her beak until they are pliable, then turns in the nest to bend the twigs around her body and push…
  • I’m Seeing Goslings Already

    Steve Creek
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    I saw this pair of Canada Geese with three Goslings on the Arkansas River near the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas yesterday. I saw another pair on the shore but they didn’t have young ones yet. Canada Geese – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @200mm | 1/1250 | f/6.3 | ISO 200 Canada Goose Facts As soon as the goslings hatch they are immediately capable of walking, swimming and finding their own food (a diet similar to the adult geese). Parents are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one adult at the front, and the other at the…
  • Rosie Awaiting My Return

    Steve Creek
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    My Yorkie, Rosie is not liking not going hiking or exploring with me down here in the Ouachita National Forest but it is just to dangerous for her. The Timber Rattlesnake I showed everyone yesterday reminds me that I am doing the right thing by leaving her at home. She sits at the window and watches for me to return. Rosie has hiked with me for 8 years now and she is not like most Yorkies you see. She loves to hike the trails just as much as I do. I still take her on hikes but in safer areas. Several people who have met Rosie have purchased a Yorkie of their own including some in my family.
  • My First Timber Rattlesnake

    Steve Creek
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    I was told that the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas had lots of Timber Rattlesnakes. I was talking to my brother about not seeing one yet and later that evening I came across this one. I was excited because this was my first time to be able to capture one with my camera. It kept its rattlers hidden and never did rattle when I got close with my camera. I was hoping to get a photo with the rattles and head showing but I think because it is still cool here in my area it just wanted to remain quite. Timber Rattlesnake – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @135mm | 1/400…
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  • And Then There Were Five

    Alex Taylor
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    A recently deceased female Irrawaddy river dolphin was found on Cheutal Touch Island in Cambodia earlier this month. The island is very close with the border of Laos, and the death now leaves just five Irrawaddy river dolphins in the country. The deceased individual was one of six dolphins that remain in a 6km2 trans-boundary […]
  • Deepwater Horizon: Five Years On

    Alex Taylor
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people were killed, and the resulting oil spill was the worst in US history. By the time the well was capped, after 87 days, an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil had leaked into the Gulf. The oil […]
  • Deadly Fungus Spreads

    Alex Taylor
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Although habitat loss is still the largest threat to amphibians worldwide, habitat protection is now no guarantee of survival, because the spread of a deadly fungus is reaching even the most secluded habitats.
  • UK’s First Refuge for Hedgehogs

    Alex Taylor
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Just six decades ago, hedgehogs numbered around 36 million. There are now less than one million. In an attempt to reverse this decline, the first large-scale hedgehog conservation area in the UK opened last week. The 90-hectare (220-acre) refuge was created by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in Solihull in the West Midlands, and is funded […]
 
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  • Fire In The Pine Barrens

    4 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    2015May, 2015from Mindy Block ....I believe I can call myself an expert on protecting life, property and the environment for the...Posted by Quality Parks on Saturday, May 2, 2015Today's Fire Conditions April, 2015QUESTIONS: Where are the fire roads? Does the PBC commission need to review and vote for approval? NOT all of the Flanders Fire District is on Suffolk County Parklands. Some is on NYSDEC lands, others are privately held. During an emergency situation the fire district is in charge, but not during nonemergency situations. Schneiderman to seek county approval to…
  • 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…
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  • 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.
  • A Dog and his Deer: Best Buds

    Lauren Shaffer
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We’ve all seen commercials and videos recently of interesting animal buddies, but today was the first time I witnessed a doggie/deer combo myself. Although I frequent this back road often, looking for birds, I’ve never seen a dog running around loose. And this one was accompanied by a young deer. They sauntered down the middle of the road, checking out a mailbox, the dog sniffing the post and the deer licking the rusty latch. Next they stop for a little affection, sniffing and giving little animal kisses. Awww!! After sealing their friendship with a kiss, they turn and continue…
  • Pine Siskins

    Lauren Shaffer
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Siskins are Sassy! Their needle-sharp beaks and quick movements are good for two things: for eating you out of house and home, and for fighting off each other and their rivals at the thistle feeder. Not seen every year, these finches have an irruption year when food is scarce in the north where they usually winter. When they do show up, they come in big numbers and can easily go through 25-pound bags of “black gold” or thistle seed, although they will eat sunflower seeds also. Besides their high-pitched twittering, Pine Siskins also make a rising SZZzzrreee! sound. Pine Siskins…
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  • Make Mom a Star this Mother’s Day

    Blooms Today
    4 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you have a special mom in your life, tell the world! A great way to make a special mom feel exceptional is by giving her some time in the spotlight. You have the power to make her quite popular during this time of year. Here are some great tips on how to really show Mom she’s the star.         Send Her A Gift She Can Show Off Having your mom publicly recognized for being the amazing woman she is can create an unforgettable Mother’s Day experience. Send her fresh flowers and let everyone in her office know how special she…
  • What Do You Give a Gardener for Mother’s Day?

    Blooms Today
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day can seem daunting. Luckily, if the mom in your life is a gardener there is a bounty of great gifts at your fingertips that she is guaranteed to love. Check out this list of mom-approved gifts for your favorite gardener!           Bee House: Help mom keep her garden a-buzz with a nicely designed bee house. They come in all sizes, shapes, and styles so you’re sure to find something that will match her personality. Not only that, the bees will keep her garden pollinated and give her some fresh, local honey to enjoy all year.
  • The Best Plants to Sow in Early Spring

    Blooms Today
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Early spring is a great time to get a head start on sowing your garden for the upcoming growing season. Whether you’re planting a garden of vegetables or a flower garden, there are several species that can, and should, be planted now for optimal growing conditions. Some plants thrive in the cooler temperatures of early spring, while others require more time to grow. Pick a few and get started this weekend to keep your garden blooming all season long!   Flowers A lingering chill in the air doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t plant flowers yet. Some hardy species actually…
  • Blooms Today is a Proud Sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    Blooms Today
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    As a sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Blooms Today is proud to support this year’s annual St. Jude Open at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA. This facility 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 partner and supporter of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, having pledged nearly $28 million in St. Jude donations. This year, the Eric…
  • Flower and Garden Activities for Kids

    Blooms Today
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    The garden can be a great place to get your kids outdoors and help them learn about plants and how to work with their hands. One of the most fun features of a garden for kids is the flowering plants. These pretty spectacles offer a wide variety of gardening and crafting options so your kids can happily turn off the TV and get their hands a little flowery.       Gardening When many think of gardening, their minds generally gravitate toward adults with their pruners and gardening pants but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many kid-friendly tasks to perform in the…
 
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    Friendly Eco Might

  • Antarctica Getting Hotter Every Week | Antarctica Never Been So Hot

    1 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    If you had to set high temperature records, then Antarctica would certainly not come to your mind. The poles of our planet Earth are getting warm faster than the rest. NASA explains that the energy in the atmosphere is carried to the poles by large weather systems. Obviously, records tend to fall quickly. Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground states that,"The warmest temperature ever noted by Argentina's Esperanza Base in Antarctica occurred on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 when the mercury went up to 17.5°C."When was the previous record in Antarctica?Well, it was the day before, the previous…
  • Teen Powers Your Gadgets From A Hot Coffee Mug | Makosinski's E-Drink To Power Your Gadgets

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    We learn many things from teens who are already transforming the world and giving us sententious aspiration for the future. They are inventing ways to recycle plastic without water, charge your electronic gadgets using the SunJack Solar Charger and increase the fertility of soil by vermicompost.One of the best known teens of clean technology inventors is Ann Makosinski, aged 17 years. At the age of 15, she had won the blue ribbon in the Google Science Fair, for developing a flashlight which was powered by the heat produced by hand. The Peltier tiles, which cover the flashlight, are…
  • The Contemporary Recycling Technology Of Plastic Works Without Water | Plastic Recycling Technology

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    We all are familiar about the three R's and they occur in the order: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There is a purpose for this order. To surely reduce the environmental impact, recycling will be the last stuff after the other two options are exhausted. Recycling is absolutely fascinating. It grants materials of used objects to turn something new and saves resources over new materials. Nevertheless, the regrettable part of recycling is the intense use of water and energy. Usually, plastic is washed with detergents and it is then ground into beads. These beads are dried by exposing them to 180 degree…
  • Vegan Diet Helps Reduce Heart Disease Risk In Children | Vegan Diet The Best For Children

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    A contemporary study examines the results of a vegan diet and the American Heart Association diet on rotund children with immense cholesterol. The plant-based and low-fat wins the day. Obesity levels are terribly high among American youth. Since thirty years, the pace of obesity has increased by two times in kids between 6-11 years old and increased by three times in those between 12-19 years old. With it comes health issues and bigger risk of heart stroke, cardiovascular disease, and type two diabetes.Michael Macklin, a pediatrician, conducted a 4 week study to match the results of the…
  • Salamanders - The Incredible Ally | Salamanders Help To Fight Against Global Warming

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    In our fight against global warming, we've an incredible ally. Who? The little salamanders that ramble the forests of most of the world! In North-America, they're truly the foremost galore vertebrate, and that they eat lots of insects. This can be useful because this prevents these insects from intake the maximum amount of the leaf litter on the forest floor. If this leaf litter is left alone long enough, a part of it'll be converted into humus (click here to know how to prepare compost at home), a method that sequesters carbon within the soil. Because salamanders eat numerous insects, they…
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