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  • Brazil warming to ‘green’ policies

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    Jeff Tollefson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Brazil warming to ‘green’ policies Nature 513, 7519 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513467a Author: Jeff Tollefson Activist Marina Silva is gaining ground in presidential polls.
  • Water politics must adapt to a warming world

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    Moshe Alamaro
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As rainfall patterns shift, technological and legislative changes are needed to address water shortages, says Moshe Alamaro.Nature 514 7 doi: 10.1038/514007a
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Episode 1 | The Journey

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    olsone
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    (View full post to see video) For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before. Episode 1 – The Journey Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds.
  • 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…
  • Preference for built-up habitats could explain rapid spread of tree bumblebee in UK

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    26 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Tree bumblebee populations could be spreading because the bees readily live alongside humans in towns and villages. This sets the species apart from other common British bumblebees -- which could explain how tree bumblebees have managed to colonize much of the UK while many other bumblebee species have been declining.
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  • Brazil warming to ‘green’ policies

    Jeff Tollefson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Brazil warming to ‘green’ policies Nature 513, 7519 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513467a Author: Jeff Tollefson Activist Marina Silva is gaining ground in presidential polls.
  • Staff support

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Staff support Nature 513, 7519 (2014). doi:10.1038/513459b German research organizations need to help their workers to defend animal research.
  • Genomics: Mutation has big disease effect

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Genomics: Mutation has big disease effect Nature 513, 7519 (2014). doi:10.1038/513463c A genetic mutation is associated with a change in a person's risk of heart disease from high to low — one of the first rare gene variants found, by sequencing large numbers of people, that has a sizable impact on disease risk.Nicole Soranzo of
  • Special interest

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Special interest Nature 513, 7519 (2014). doi:10.1038/513460a As the Scottish referendum showed, scientists’ views can influence political debate.
  • Quantum optics: Photons made to dance together

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Quantum optics: Photons made to dance together Nature 513, 7519 (2014). doi:10.1038/513463a Physicists have made two beams of light interact at the level of individual photons.Getting photons to interact is important for all-optical computation and for producing new quantum states of light. Kristin Beck at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and her colleagues crossed
 
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  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Episode 1 | The Journey

    olsone
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    (View full post to see video) For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before. Episode 1 – The Journey Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds.
  • 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…
 
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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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  • Preference for built-up habitats could explain rapid spread of tree bumblebee in UK

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Tree bumblebee populations could be spreading because the bees readily live alongside humans in towns and villages. This sets the species apart from other common British bumblebees -- which could explain how tree bumblebees have managed to colonize much of the UK while many other bumblebee species have been declining.
  • Young sea stars suffer more from ocean acidification than adults

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Young sea stars from the Baltic Sea suffer more from the effects of ocean acidification than adults. In a laboratory experiment, scientists showed that younger animals already eat less and grow more slowly at only slightly elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.
  • If trees could talk: Forest research network reveals global change effects

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Permafrost thaw drives forest loss in Canada, while drought has killed trees in Panama, southern India and Borneo. In the U.S., in Virginia, over-abundant deer eat trees before they reach maturity, while nitrogen pollution has changed soil chemistry in Canada and Panama. More than 100 collaborators have now published a major overview of what 59 forests in 24 countries teach us about forest responses to global change.
  • How plankton gets jet lagged: Hormone that govern sleep and jet lag in humans also drives mass migration of plankton

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    A hormone that governs sleep and jet lag in humans may also drive the mass migration of plankton in the ocean, scientists have found. The molecule in question, melatonin, is essential to maintain our daily rhythm, and scientists have now discovered that it governs the nightly migration of a plankton species from the surface to deeper waters. The findings indicate that melatonin’s role in controlling daily rhythms probably evolved early in the history of animals, and hold hints to how our sleep patterns may have evolved.
  • Sand dunes reveal biodiversity secrets in Australia

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Ancient, acidic and nutrient-depleted dunes in Western Australia are not an obvious place to answer a question that has vexed tropical biologists for decades. But the Jurien Bay dunes proved to be the perfect site to unravel why plant diversity varies from place to place. Scientists show that environmental filtering -- but not a host of other theories -- determines local plant diversity in one of Earth's biodiversity hotspots.
 
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    Lifescapes

  • A Wilder Rose Ebook

    Susan Albert
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    If you don't have your copy of the original ebook edition of A Wilder Rose yet, now's the time to...
  • "Light of My Life": ER to Hick

    Susan Albert
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    I was delighted last night to see that Ken Burns paid attention to Lorena Hickok in the fifth episode of...
  • 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...
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    Coyote Crossing

  • What she asked; what I did not say by Chris Clarke

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

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

  • Angry Birds in Real Life

    Van Mensvoort
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyday example on how the ‘virtual’ influences our perception of the ‘real’ world: every bird spotter that encounters the real Northern Cardinal bird nowadays, at least for one second will think: “Hey! Isn’t that the one from angry bird?”.
  • Technology Is Our Next Nature

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    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Next Nature has reached rural India! These beautiful Indian ladies sent us a video testimonial on the Next Nature Appzine. Dancing with their colorful saris they say out loud: “Technology is our Next Nature!”. Listen to them and download our iPad Appzine for free here.
  • The Anthropocene Explosion

    NextNature.net
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force. By ALLISON GUY and KOERT VAN MENSVOORT Biologically, there is nothing remarkable in the fact that humans are agents of ecological change and environmental upset. All species transform their surroundings. The dizzying complexity of landscapes on Earth is not just a happy accident of geology and climate, but the result of billions of years of organisms grazing, excavating, defecating, and decomposing. Nor is it unusual that certain lucky species are able to…
  • Nano Product: CloudCrayons

    NextNature.net
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    The CloudCrayon is a rocket, similar to fireworks, able to paint the sky above us. Combining cloud seeding techniques with nanotechnology, CloudCrayons can change the color of clouds. This product could be used for festivities, national anniversaries, advertising, or just to lighten up a gloomy weather. Let the imagination fly: green, blue, orange, pink, red, yellow clouds, the sky’s the limit! From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designers: Cas Ketel. Visit the NANO Supermarket and discover all the new products: from Saturday 18th October to Sunday 26th October in Eindhoven. Find…
  • Emoticons Among US

    Alessia Andreotti
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Emoticons are part of our digital daily life, but what if they burst into our physical environment? What if they were not just a replacement for the written word, but creatures looking for a place in society? These special characters seem to play such an important role in modern communication, we need them to convey the true meaning of our messages. This nature documentary parody, by Dissolve, examines the impact of this digital species. Collateral effects of today’s visual culture explained in a video that will make you smiley.
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    Birding Dude

  • Could the need to obtain a photo get in the way of Birding?

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Something happened the other day while birding that prompted me to reflect on how I was applying myself in the field. I was out and about in Queens NY, looking for land birds when I picked up an interesting chip note. It was warbler sounding, almost like a Mourning Warbler. I remained quiet for a few minutes and then heard the chip note of a Common Yellowthroat. Standing quite still, I waited patiently until the Common Yellowthroat came into view. Knowing that was not the bird I heard, I continued to try and peer through the Mugwort brush to see what could be moving around and then took a few…
  • 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
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • Pic of the Week: Sunlit Prairie Meadow - France

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    "The calming effect of nature is always the best antidote. Here are subtle variations on a theme of light, shifting and swaying with the grasses, beneath an ocean of sky."~ MilliRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (September 26, 2014): FR181 Sunlit Prairie Meadow - FrancePic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. Pic of the Week Special PricingPurchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during…
  • Pic of the Week (September 19, 2014): AK119 Young Fox Stare

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    I'm picking another close-up this week, Young Fox Stare. This little guy has the sweetest face, no wonder we anthropomorphize animals. ~ MarciaRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (September 19, 2014): AK119 Young Fox StarePic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. Pic of the Week Special PricingPurchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (Sep. 19 - Sep.
  • 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…
 
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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: Italian Countryside Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce and a Tomato Growing Report

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

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

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

  • Birds Are Migrating South. It Must Be Fall!

    Corey
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    I spent both mornings this weekend visiting local birding spots in Queens from the coast to the forested parks. I love birding in the fall because of the sheer number of birds that come through after breeding season and because with molting birds and juvenile birds things can sometimes get a bit challenging. And this weekend was a gorgeous weekend to be out looking for birds. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperatures were actually unseasonably warm. While I didn’t find anything rare I did see plenty of birds, including the Sharp-shinned Hawk up on top of this post.
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2014)

    Mike
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Now that autumn has fallen, my part of the world feels like summer. Hopefully, October offers more of the same! My best birds this weekend were American Goldfinches on purple coneflowers, which is where I like them best. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a surprise Marsh Wren which popped up out of the reeds while Corey was busy counting Chimney Swifts feeding low over Willow Lake in Queens on Saturday morning. It’s always nice to see a Marsh Wren and even nicer when it pauses in plain view for a moment to allow for a photograph! How about you? What was your best bird of the…
  • The Red-billed Leiothrix of Tuscany

    Jochen
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    After my grim exposing you last month to Europe’s fifty shades of brown, I felt it incumbent upon me to right my wrong by introducing you to Europe’s most attractive bird, the Red-billed Leiothrix. Clearly, some scientists should never have been granted the privilege of assigning common names to bird species. You may gather from the bird’s name and the fact that its plumage is lacking any browns that the Red-billed Whatever is not really a European bird, “not really” in that its natural range is restricted to the Indian subcontinent and parts of China. However,…
  • Berry Springs Nature Reserve and Darwin River Dam

    Clare M
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Or I could rename this post…..CROCODILES and SNAKES! Last Saturday we were able to visit Berry Springs Nature Reserve late in the afternoon, which is located to the south of Darwin and alongside the Territory Wildlife Park.  The wildlife park is actually going to be 25 years old next month and will have free entry to celebrate. With limited time and preferring to bird alone in a natural environment we headed into the nature reserve and away from the springs. There are warnings about the possible presence of crocodiles and that all attempts are made to remove them and the pools were…
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2014?

    Mike
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Late September affords birders in the Northern Hemispheres some of our most glorious weekends. That plenty of birds are in the midst of migration certainly doesn’t hurt! I’m entertaining non-naturalists this weekend, so I’ll only be catching birds on the fly (see what I did there?) Corey always makes time to find nifty NYC birds, so look for him around town. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below. Whatever your plans this weekend, make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Also be sure to come back Monday to…
 
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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…
  • Love This: Lifefactory Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles

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

    Steve Creek
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    The area of the Ouachita National Forest that I have been exploring is known for having the best quality quartz in the world. These crystals of the Ouachita were believed to have sacred and spiritual significance. In 1967, the General Assembly adopted the quartz crystal as the Arkansas State Mineral. (Arkansas) The Ouachita National Forest is also open to miners who have permission from the Forest Service to mine commercially using hand tools, as well as “rockhounds” who pick up small amounts of quartz from the surface of the land for personal use. Approximately 5,000 people visit this…
  • One Eyed Green Heron Catching Fish

    Steve Creek
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    I was walking the shores of North Fork Lake in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas when I spotted this Green Heron catching fish. The Heron was so well hidden that I was close to it before I saw it. I was surprise that it allowed me to get that close until I noticed that it had a bad eye and couldn’t see me. It didn’t seem to be having any problems catching fish and it caught several while I photographed it. A Green Heron With Bad Eye A Green Heron With A Fish The post One Eyed Green Heron Catching Fish appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • Juvenile Eastern Fence Lizards

    Steve Creek
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    I have been seeing several juvenile Eastern Fence Lizards in the last couple of weeks. I read that these lizards mate in spring, and lay three to 16 eggs in late spring or early summer. The young hatch in summer and fall. This one has a red color because the soil here in my area of the Ouachita National Forest is red. A Juvenile Eastern Fence Lizard Letting Me Pick It Up A Juvenile Eastern Fence Lizard Climbing On My Hand The post Juvenile Eastern Fence Lizards appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • 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,…
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  • Green Drinks & Networking: Conservation & Animal Welfare

    Conservation Jobs
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Thursday 2 October (6-8.30pm), Westminster Hub, London Conservation Jobs users are entitled to a special ticket offer of two tickets for the price of one by applying the promotional code: CJ241. To find out more and book a ticket, click here. Chris Pitt, Campaign Manager, Care for the Wild International, will be the guest speaker […]
  • The Big Butterfly Count

    Alex Taylor
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Big Butterfly Count is the largest annual insect survey in the world. Nearly 45,000 people took part this year, during a three week period in July and August. Now, the results are in. In total, almost 560,000 butterflies were spotted by participants. There were big winners this year, with some species increasing their numbers […]
  • Sharks Need Healthy Coral Reefs

    Alex Taylor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Sharks living on coral reefs face threats from fishing, habitat degradation and climate change. No-fishing zones in the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, are helping sharks, but a new study has found that they also need healthy coral to survive. To examine distribution patterns and habitat associations of sharks, the scientists […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Great Egret, Bathing Beauty

    Lauren Shaffer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    All birds bathe in order to maintain their plumage, but when a Great Egret takes a bath, it makes a big splash!  While kayaking this week at Montour Preserve, I noticed a Great Egret at the far end of the lake.  Keeping the sun behind me, I paddled up to a respectable distance from the bird and let the boat slowly drift towards the shore.  He deftly plucked one small fish after another from the shallows, and after downing at least 8 fish, he began to bathe. Down went his head and up went the waves of water! Vigorously he submerged himself and raised his wings till the water rolled off his…
  • 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.  Except for the Great Crested Flycatcher 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…
  • 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…
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