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  • People power

    Nature - Issue - science feeds
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    People power Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/512347b Climate models must consider how humans are responding to a warming world.
  • US agency updates rules on sharing genomic data

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    Richard Van Noorden
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Changes clarify procedures for telling participants in NIH-funded studies how their data might be used.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15800
  • Featured Creature: Leaf-Tailed Gecko

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    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…
  • Common Murres and Humpback Whales of Monterey Bay: A Kayak Adventure

    [BWV] Blue Water News
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am 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…
  • Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study.
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  • People power

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    People power Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/512347b Climate models must consider how humans are responding to a warming world.
  • Bold moves

    Peter Fiske
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bold moves Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/nj7515-457a Author: Peter Fiske People seeking non-academic jobs may need to try something unexpected to be noticed, says Peter Fiske.
  • Virology: Polio killed the vaccinated

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Virology: Polio killed the vaccinated Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/512351c The poliovirus strain that caused an outbreak in the Republic of the Congo in 2010 is able to resist the immune responses generated by a commonly used vaccine. The finding could explain why the outbreak, which killed nearly half of the 445 people infected, was
  • Marine ecology: Sick reefs repel young coral

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Marine ecology: Sick reefs repel young coral Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/512350a Coral larvae actively avoid the smell of degraded marine ecosystems — potentially impeding efforts to rebuild damaged reefs.Mark Hay at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his team studied coral reefs near Fiji (pictured). They focused on the behaviour of coral larvae
  • Seven days: 22–28 August 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seven days: 22–28 August 2014 Nature 512, 7515 (2014). The week in science: Botched launch for Europe’s GPS satellites; Iran’s science minister dismissed; and marmosets judged best model for MERS virus.
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  • Featured Creature: Leaf-Tailed Gecko

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    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

    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…
  • Featured Creature: Kakapo

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The kakapo The kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) is a large flightless parrot native to New Zealand. It adapted to life on the ground because New Zealand has few natural terrestrial predators. They are accomplished climbers, using their wings for balance, and their beak and strong claws to pull and grip their way up and down trees. Perhaps due to their slow metabolism, kakapos are long-lived compared to other birds. A large number of birds are over 30 years old and the oldest is thought to be over 100! Because they live so long, they go through adolescent period of at least several years before…
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: About

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    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. (View full post to see video) Episode 1 – The Journey Premieres Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8/7c. Check your local listings. Emperor…
  • Featured Creature: Aye-Aye

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Aye-Aye The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is the largest nocturnal primate. It is native to the island of Madagascar and known for its weird morphological features. The aye-aye’s home range Appearing to be half bat, half monkey, and with the continuously growing incisors of a rodent, these are some of the most unusual creatures on earth. Each hand has one long finger used to dig deep into trees and find insects and grubs that no other predator can reach. They also feed on fruits, nuts, nectar, seeds, and fungi. Historical illustration Aye-ayes are the only primates thought…
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  • Common Murres and Humpback Whales of Monterey Bay: A Kayak Adventure

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am 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

    2 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am 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

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am 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

    1 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am 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…
  • Caribbean Reef Squid

    6 May 2014 | 7:21 am Each year during our Caribbean programs in Belize and the British Virgin Islands,  our group is invariably drawn to the Caribbean Reef Squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea. Even seasoned snorkelers become overwhelmed by the explosion of colorful activity found on a coral reef. Suspended in blue water, an erie feeling that something is watching you creeps into your consciousness. A quick glance around reveals a squadron of reef squid. Swim away and they follow. Move towards them and they quickly change color, a deep red if near the reef or pale if over sand, masters…
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    Nature News -- ScienceDaily

  • Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study.
  • New biodiversity metric defined by researchers

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers developed a new biodiversity metric called 'phylogeographic endemism.'
  • Hydrogen powers important nitrogen-transforming bacteria

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria can use hydrogen as an alternative source of energy, an international team of researchers has found. The oxidation of hydrogen with oxygen enables their growth independent of nitrite and a lifestyle outside the nitrogen cycle.
  • Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, which can grow so big it can be seen from space, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), researchers have discovered. Until now, many marine microbes with cells that have a nucleus -- eukaryotes -- were thought to depend on other organisms to produce thiamine. If this were the case, B1 would be a major factor in controlling the growth of algae such as E. huxleyi.
  • Marine protected areas inadequate for protecting fish and ocean ecology, study finds

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions.
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  • Pope Francis lists 10 ways to lead a happier life

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) While being interviewed by primarily Catholic Argentina's Viva weekly magazine, Pope Francis listed 10 ways to lead a happier life. Prior to being selected as the Catholic pope in 2013, Pope Francis was going by his birth name, Jorge Maria Bergoglio, while he was a cardinal...
  • Study shows shocking rates of undiagnosed malnutrition in older adults

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A new study investigating seniors' ER visits and corresponding nutrition levels reveals that physician care in the US is out of touch with reality, that there are gaping holes in the nutritional quality of the American food supply and that modern day health insurance...
  • Author of 'The GMO Deception' explains the dangers behind genetically modified foods

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Sheldon Krimsky is no stranger to the evolution of genetic testing and manipulation. In fact, he's authored and co-authored dozens of books on a range of topics including industrial genetics, hormone mimickers, corrupt biomedical research and why the public needs a ...
  • California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers...
  • Three foods that can treat kidney disease and boost renal function

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Every year, more than 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with kidney disease, a serious, life-threatening condition in which the kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood. (1) The National Kidney Foundation estimates that one in three...
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  • 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...
  • This week in the garden: Okra

    Susan Albert
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    The star of the garden this week is the okra, a hot-weather plant. And yes, the photo above is an...
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    Coyote Crossing

  • 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…
  • A Sonnet For Dawkins by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Eve? Thou art more churlish and intemperate. Fine words don’t camouflage a nasty peeve, and someone here is past their sell-by date. Sometime puffed-up a head too far refined, and charm supplanted by a deathly prim; and civil words that cloak a heart unkind by chance (and nature’s winnowing) too dimmed. So thou, eternal bummer, can go fade just like the reverence you think we ow’st; as those you would have led now throw you shade for every portion of manure you throwest so long as lungs can breathe, or eyes can see, and you…
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    Arizona Writer

  • I'm back! Come say hi and tell me what you're up to.

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    So things are getting ramped up again here at Arizona Writer and the Hosey-Wilson household, and we've got so many cool things to share -- trips and opportunities around Arizona and in the worlds of science and nature; photos, musings and more from our adventures; connections with the amazing people we've met lately; amazing projects I've tackled recently and--of course--my opinions, without which I know you've all been suffering greatly.Seriously, we're super busy, but it's because we get to do awesome stuff, and I want to get back to sharing it here as well as in all my various online…
  • Best of 2013: Favorite spots, favorite critters and my favorite kid

    31 Dec 2013 | 4:02 pm
    2013 was a weird and busy year, and though I spent as much of it as possible at my favorite nature spots, life conspired to keep me from going out as often--or sharing as many photos--as I would like. Still, no matter what life throws at me and my family, being out in nature is our medicine. And sharing it with you all has made me more awesome friends than I deserve. I love it.One of those excellent people, the inimitable Alex Wild, issued his annual call for the best science and nature photos of 2013. I'm coming in a little late, as is my wont, and these are just the best of the ones I've…
  • Random thoughts on responsibility, running, and family on a late-night errand

    20 Aug 2013 | 12:28 pm
    Even after a decade of parenthood, sometimes it's easy to forget that you are a parent. Not to forget about your kid, or your spouse -- just that you are a parent. Sometimes you even think it's kind of nice.Maybe you'll be driving at night, probably on some last-minute errand because you and your spouse still suck at remembering to pick things up until the last minute, and now you have to run to the store across town at 10:30 at night, only you don't mind because you really just wanted an excuse to drive anyway; to get out on a long desert road and just drive, alone. And for a while, the…
  • Father's Day

    17 Jun 2013 | 1:51 am
    My husband. Our son's father. He doesn't always say the right thing. In celebratory fashion (I swear!), here are some actual quotes:"Haha; you look just like a shark! No, I mean your face looks like a shark's face, in profile ... why are you upset? You love sharks!" (To me, in what he claims was complimentary intent.)"You're definitely not my mom." (To me, in a come-hither voice, following a conversation listing various traits of family members, and thinking he was using a good line to come on to me.)"No more than usual." (After I asked if a skirt I was trying on made me look fat.)"Haha! Take…
  • Adventures in Butterfly Wonderland

    9 Jun 2013 | 6:23 pm
    Sometimes, in the course of exploring Arizona with my son, I set out to try something totally foreign -- something I’m not even sure we’ll enjoy.I'm sure you already know where this is going.This was not one of those trips.Kid + me + insects + cameras = heaven, pretty much.Anyone who knows our family knows that we -- and especially my son and I -- are huge nature nerds. The more informative, the more nature-friendly; the better. So the question on our trip to the grand opening of Butterfly Wonderland wasn't if we were going to enjoy it. It was how much.Taken by David. He's…
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  • The World As A Desktop
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Airline pilot working from home! Meme of the week.
  • The Ideal Phone Might Be The noPhone

    Rolf Coppens
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thin, lightweight, unlimited battery life. Revives your social and sex life. This might be your ideal phone! “A technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact. The noPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment.” The noPhone will be soon for sale at
  • Pyramid of Technology

    Van Mensvoort
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    How Technology Becomes Nature in Seven Steps By KOERT VAN MENSVOORT From stone-axes to mobile phones, throughout history people have given birth to a wide range of technologies that extend our given physical and mental capabilities. Today, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without technology. Every human being on the planet employs technology of some sort, and every human has to cope with technological change at various points during his or her lifetime. Yet, despite our deep-rooted relationship with technology, and the fact that we are wholly surrounded by it, most of us are still…
  • A Plan to Eliminate Predators

    Alessia Andreotti
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Should humans intervene and phase out Earth’s predator species? Some futurists think we should! British philosopher David Pearce, in particular, believes we have to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals. He wrote a Blueprint for a Cruelty-Free World to create a biosphere without suffering. How to achieve this goal? Re-engineering the ecosystem and reprogramming predators through genetically-driven behavioral modification. “Humans already massively “interfere” with Nature in countless ways ranging from uncontrolled habitat-destruction to captive breeding programs…
  • Future Lecture in Bangkok
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    Here is one for our Thai friends: If you happen to be in Bangkok this week, do consider attending the Creativities Unfold event, featuring visionary lectures from prominent ‘What if…” thinkers, including Daan Roosegaarde and our own Koert van Mensvoort. From 30-31 August in Bangkok Thailand.  
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    Birding Dude

  • 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),…
  • Answers to Shorebird Quiz #4

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here are the answers to last Friday's Shorebirding Quiz: Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper and Stilt Sandpiper. See if you could figure out which is which. In addition, to the one White-rumped Sandpiper that is circled, there are two additional birds.  Take a look and see if you could find them.  Here is a partial blown up image from the quiz that should help in identifying the shorebirds.Tags: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Shorebird QuizQueens, Shorebird, Jamaica Bay
  • Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I have spent the week scouting the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens NY in preparing for the annual Shorebird Festival. This event, now in its 9th year, features presentations by the event organizers, Kevin Karlson (co-author of the Shorebird Guide and renowned photographer), Lloyd Spitalnik (author and renowned photographer) and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society NE Chapter. Other guests speakers sometimes include representatives of NYCA (New York City Audubon) and NPS (National Park Service). It is often a fun packed day with walks led by many of the sharpest minds in…
  • August Shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mid August is here and on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens NY, shorebirds have been coming and going. This recent cold front, took more birds than it brought in and as a result, shorebirding will be tough going until the next wave of arrivals.Since the American Avocets, the East Pond have not seen anything rare show up AS YET. However, Western Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers and the uncommon Marbled Godwit and Long-billed Dowitchers have all put in appearances making for some good shorebirding but yet NOT quite outstanding. Am I…
  • Shorebird Quiz # 4

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    I have not done any all summer, but I would like to pick up from last year's shorebird quizzes. Take a look at the image below and identify the species. If you think there are more than one species in the flock, then try to name them.  Provide counts ONLY if you think there are more than one species. Good luck, the answer will be posted next Friday. Tags: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Shorebird Quiz 4Queens, Shorebird, Jamaica Bay
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • 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…
  • Pic of the Week: Wolf Pup on Log

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    "Can you even imagine coming upon this inquisitive pup, following his nose down this cedar log? Huge feet, new smells, a great, big, curious world."~ MarciaRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg Gallery Pic of the Week (August 8, 2014): BW141 Wolf Pup on LogPic 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…
  • 2015 Wolf Ridge Calendars

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The 2015 Wolf Ridge Calendars are now available at the Brandenburg Gallery! This beautiful 12 month calendar features classic Jim Brandenburg- stunning images for all seasons.  Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely (877) 493.8017 or purchase below! $18.95 (plus shipping/tax)
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    The Ohio Nature Blog

  • 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
  • Japanese Beetle - Popillia japonica

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    It seems they're having a banner year in our backyard.  Here they feast on the leaf of red raspberry.-Tom
  • Female Common Whitetail - Plathemis lydia

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Our yard isn't a mecca for dragonflies.  They seldom visit, but every once in a while, they do make an appearance.  This common whitetail was a surprise as it hovered in and out of the bottlebrush grass.  Since I had been photographing absolutely tiny insects, pointing the lens toward this dragon made me feel I was shooting a giant.-Tom
  • Red Aphids- Genus Uroleucon?

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This year, I haven't found any of the yellow colored, non-native Oleander aphids, but we do have a fairly nice colony of these red aphids.  Perhaps these belong to the genus Uroleucon?  It seems there isn't much information readily available about aphids. Perhaps aphids are the next big thing.  Do I see a aphidapalooza festival in the future? Probably not, but they are fascinating creatures, though. These individuals are feasting on my double flowered green-headed coneflower, Rudbeckia laciniata 'Hortensia'.  This Victorian era "heirloom perennial" has been passed…
  • Red Milkweed Beetle

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:03 pm
    This year we are hosting at least one Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, I believe).  Up close, they sort of look like some type of deranged teddy bear.  This individual has been feasting on swamp milkweed, seriously stunting the plant.-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

  • Another Great Shorebirding Day at Jamaica Bay

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saturday morning, 30 August 2014, was a perfect time for shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. The high tide was set for late morning so I could take my time getting out there, the sun was going to be out providing enough light for some good digiscoping, and we had a three-day weekend so I could spend more time than usual without really shorting my family. And, happily, the shorebirds even remembered to show up! From my initial entry onto the East Pond at the south end I was immersed in shorebirds. There was a small horde of peeps present, mostly the expected…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2014)

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Since we in the U.S. are enjoying a long weekend, you got extra time to establish a Best Bird of the Weekend. Did Monday morning birding make a difference? While I saw plenty of cool birds this weekend, including at least 10 Common Nighthawks, I was most engaged by a veritable swarm of Cedar Waxwings skimming along the surface of a pond for flies like swallows. Corey got into some great shorebirds and hungry muck at Jamaica Bay, where a group of Hudsonian Godwits proved well worth the cost of a boot full of mud. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments…
  • Europe’s Brown Warblers: a map through the maze

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If, by a chain of peculiar events or by purposeful decision, you find yourself somewhere in central Europe, you sooner or later will not be able to avoid seeing a little bird, usually the size of a House Sparrow or smaller, with a slender bill, a rather vertical posture, which will be hopping through some dense vegetation, and which you will have to accept as being a WARBLER. There’s no way around it as the various species are reasonably common, and you will surely want to identify them. But boy, do Euro warblers  have a bad reputition for being notoriously difficult to identify.
  • Palmerston birding

    Clare M
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Following on from our long drive from Broome to Kununurra, where we visited the Poo Ponds before catching up on sleep, we headed on north. We were soon over the border and we left Western Australia to enter the Northern Territory. We didn’t have time to stop and visit the Keep River National Park this year, because we had to get ourselves as far as Palmerston before sunset and we had just lost 1 1/2 hours as we crossed the border. There were some brief stops at the river at Timber Creek and at Victoria River Crossing and also at Katherine, but there was a lot of country to cover to get…
  • “Winged Warnings” Sounds the Avian Alarm

    Meredith Mann
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    When birds go from Least Concern to Near-Threatened to Vulnerable to Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature scale of species viability, people often race to raise awareness and save the at-risk species. Which is good, and necessary. But this hyperfocus can also mean seeing the proverbial trees while myopically not noticing the forest. The “canary in a coalmine” metaphor has widespread implications: birds that aren’t doing so well can mean other things in nature, like ecosystems and climate and us, aren’t doing well, either. That’s the message of “Winged…
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    Steve Creek Outdoors

  • 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…
  • Northern Mockingbird Watching A Flying Insect

    Steve Creek
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    The Northern Mockingbird is another regular visitor to my yard. I have a pair that raise a family every year but they build the nest in a bush that is thick and I am not able to photograph the young. While I was photographing the Eastern Bluebirds in my yard this Northern Mockingbird landed in a small tree nearby and I got a quick photo. I didn’t see the insect flying by until I reviewed the photograph on my computer. A Northern Mockingbird Watching A Flying Insect The post Northern Mockingbird Watching A Flying Insect appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • American Robin Working A Gopher Mound

    Steve Creek
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    A few weeks ago I was photographing the Eastern Bluebirds bringing food to the baby Bluebirds and during this time I was watching a young American Robin. This Robin spent a long time poking around this Gopher mound. I never did see it find anything but it wasn’t from not being thorough. A Young American Robin Poking Around In A Gopher Mound A Young American Robin Standing On A Gopher Mound In My Yard I’m not sure if this is the same Robin I photographed walking with a worm since I had several in my yard that morning: An American Robin Walking With A Worm The post American Robin…
  • Exploring The Ouachita National Forest

    Steve Creek
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    I have been away for the past week because I purchased some property that butts up to the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I don’t have cell or internet service at this place so I’m not posting as often on this blog. I have explored several miles of the National Forest and the Ouachita River the past few days. I don’t know this area at all so I am having to learn it which is exciting. I borrowed a game camera to see what visits my place while I am asleep and I had a Black Bear show up and mess with the camera. A Swamp Rabbit shows up every morning while I have my…
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    Conservation Jobs UK

  • 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 […]
  • Fur Seal Misfortune

    Alex Taylor
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    By Anna Taylor BSc Conservation Biology, Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology, and freelance journalist. @AT_Freelance, Anna’s website The British Antarctic Survey’s Long Term Monitoring and Survey Programme has yielded some unique insights into the life histories of Antarctic Fur Seals. Decades of in depth monitoring, alongside genetic analysis, has revealed that climate […]
  • All The Small Things

    Alex Taylor
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Much has been written about the decline of large, charismatic predators and the effect their loss has on ecosystems. However, a new study decided instead to examine the impact of humans on significantly smaller but no less important species - invertebrates (animals without a backbone).
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    Birding Pictures

  • 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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