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  • People power

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    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.
  • Ebola drug saves infected monkeys

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    Erika Check Hayden
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ZMapp is the first treatment to completely protect animals after they show symptoms of disease.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15793
  • Featured Creature: Leaf-Tailed Gecko

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    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

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    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…
  • Marine protected areas inadequate for protecting fish and ocean ecology, study finds

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    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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  • 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). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/512352a 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

    olsone
    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

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

    olsone
    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

    olsone
    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

    olsone
    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

    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…
  • Caribbean Reef Squid

    bluewaterkim
    6 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    http://www.bluewaterventures.org 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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  • 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.
  • Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Researchers have created a ‘large-scale zoning plan’ that aims to limit the environmental costs of road expansion while maximizing its benefits for human development.
  • Endangered Siamese Crocodiles Released in Wild

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Biologists have just released 17 juvenile critically endangered Siamese crocodiles into a protected wetland in Lao PDR. The one-to-two-year-old crocodiles, which range between 50-100 cm (20-39 inches) in length, were raised in facilities to protect the endangered reptiles and their habitat.
  • More wolf spiders feasting on American toads due to invasive grass, study shows

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    An invasive grass species frequently found in forests has created a thriving habitat for wolf spiders, who then feed on American toads, a new study has found. Japanese stiltgrass, which was accidentally introduced to the US in the early 1900s, is one of the most pervasive invasive species. Typically found along roads and in forests, it has been found to impact native plant species, invertebrate populations and soil nutrients.
  • NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on national issue of derelict fishing traps

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in US waters. A new NOAA report is the first of its kind to examine the derelict fish trap problem, nationally, and recommends actions to better manage and prevent it.
 
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    NaturalNews.com

  • Newest study reinforces the prostate-cancer fighting abilities of a tomato-rich diet

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) While it's important to eat a range of fruits and vegetables to help maintain overall health, a recent study has found that tomato consumption is particularly ideal for men wishing to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.(1)The study, led by researchers at the University...
  • Antibiotic use in infants could cause obesity, study shows

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) As if there aren't enough issues with antibiotics, medical researchers have found more. Both an epidemiological and an in vivo (animal) study have determined a plausible connection between antibiotic use for infants and toddlers and child obesity from metabolic syndrome...
  • Dr. Andrew Wakefield speaks out about CDC scientist's admission of vaccine research fraud - video

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) A stunning new interview with Dr. Andrew Wakefield conducted by Gary Franchi of the Next News Network has just been posted. This interview is the first video interview with Dr. Wakefield following the admission of scientific fraud by a top CDC scientist named Dr. William...
  • Truth about CDC vaccine fraud revealed by Jon Rappoport in new video interview

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) We've just posted a Health Ranger Report interview with investigative journalist Jon Rappoport, one of the last remaining honest investigative journalists in America.The full interview is available on YouTube. The interview was recorded right before Dr. Thompson...
  • 5 ways to save water in a drought-stricken world

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Water is the essence of life. Humans are bound to this universal mandate as is any other form of life, but how we differ is our ability to control consumption and preserve what is perhaps the most precious gift that the universe has given us.If consumption continues...
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    Lifescapes

  • 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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    NextNature.net - Nature changes along with us

  • 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

    NextNature.net
    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.  
  • Invisible Girlfriend

    Rolf Coppens
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Invisible Girlfriend gives you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship, even if you’re not. Via invisiblegirlfriend.com
  • Wearable Technologies for Dummies

    Van Mensvoort
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Wearable technologies – any technology worn close to or on the body – currently exist in two spaces: as conceptual pieces by artists and designers, and as engineering-driven wearable products that are taken to market. Researcher Danielle Wilde explains how the future for wearable technologies lies in creating products with expressive aesthetic qualities. Via SBS World News and The Conversation
  • Help us get to SXSW festival

    Rolf Coppens
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    We are planning a Next Nature workshop at SXSW festival and need your help! Go to our proposal and vote to get us on the program. We know you won’t let us down!
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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

  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2014?

    Mike
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Keep your eyes to the skies for chickadees and tits Ready to close the books on the summer of 2014, northerners? We in the United States like to usher out the season in style with a three-day weekend. While we used to honor the American Labor movement during this time, we’ve turned our collective focus from work to play and plenty of it. Hope you’re on board! I’ll be taking a break from my labors to explore remote parts of Pennsylvania for anything resembling a migratory bird. Corey will be rocking and rolling from Queens to the most desolate stretches of Long Island, where…
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator Slang

    Suzie
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Slang, code, and abbreviations: linguistic shorthand which can make speakers (and writers) incomprehensible to those outside their own group. To civilians who may have been puzzled by the wildlife crowd’s tossed-off references to peefas, modos or mice cubes, here is a beginner’s guide to Rehabberspeak. BIRD ID Just when wildlife rehabilitators have made it through the summer, dealt with fall migration, repaired whatever’s been broken during the chaos, and are just about to try to relax … noooooo. That’s when the state and feds demand that we fill out complicated forms detailing…
  • Some Ingenuity Can Go a Long Way

    Alfredo Begazo
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The use of tool by animals is surprisingly rare. Among birds the Egyptian Vulture uses rocks to crack Ostrich eggs, the New Caledonian Crow and Woodpecker Finch (one of several Darwin Finches of the Galapagos Islands), uses sticks to extract grubs from inside a branch. Perhaps even more interesting is how Green Herons and its relatives have learned to use bait to attract and capture fish. I find fascinating the fact that Egyptian Vultures, New Caledonian Crows and Woodpecker Finches learned to use a tool with tremendous success. As it turns out, this behavior appears to be inherent, meaning…
  • Mountain Chickadees at Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Larry
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mountain Chickadees (Poecile gambeli) are a conspicuous cavity nester and one of the 96 species of birds that nest in Lassen Volcanic National Park. They are mainly year-round residents of montane coniferous forests of western North America, primarily in areas dominated by pine, spruce-fir, and piñon-juniper. When visiting the park in the summer months they can usually be found nesting in a natural cavity in a tree stump or in a woodpecker hole. One year I found this nest in the ground, in a cut off tree stump within thirty feet of the parking lot at Summit Lake. Click on photos for full…
  • Armchair Splits in the Pacific

    Duncan
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Between my return from Borneo and my week-long (mostly flu-ed up) visit to Sydney in August, my life list on eBird had a total designed to drive those with OCD to distraction. After getting a Banded Woodpecker on my last full day my eBird life list was sitting pretty at 1500. Then I had to take out the Green Iora, which, on close examination of the photos, was only a Common Iora after all. This dropped the list down to 1499, where it has sat for most of the year, annoying the mild completist in me. Of course, I have seen many more birds than this, but between having terrible notes, really…
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    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…
  • Late Summer Baby Bluebirds Doing Great

    Steve Creek
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:11 am
    The Eastern Bluebirds in my bird house seem to be doing great. I counted 4 baby Bluebirds looking out into the world waiting to be fed. This has been a mild summer but today it is supposed to get 100 degrees. I checked on them late yesterday afternoon and the Mom Bluebird had her head sticking out of the bird house and she had her mouth open. It shouldn’t be much longer until the babies leave the nest. Fledglings leave the nest 15 to 20 days after hatching. A Baby Eastern Bluebird Looking Out Of My Bird House These Are Photos Of The Parents Third Eastern Bluebird Family This Year…
  • Anyone Know What This Is On This Mushroom?

    Steve Creek
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    My daughter and I were hiking in the Ouachita National Forest when we came across this mushroom near the trail. It looks like it is covered in a web like substance with what appears to be eggs on one end. This is the first time I have ever seen anything like this and I have no clue what it is. I’m not even sure how to even begin to research it. Looking At The Mushroom From The Top Looking At The Mushroom From The Side The post Anyone Know What This Is On This Mushroom? appeared first on Steve Creek Outdoors.
  • An American Robin Walking With A Worm

    Steve Creek
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    While I was photographing the Eastern Bluebirds bringing food to their young, a young American Robin walked by carrying a worm. I’m not sure why this Robin didn’t eat the worm as soon as it caught it like they normally do. I watched and photographed it for a while with the worm and I never did see it eat it before leaving my area. The worm looks like a Mealworm if you zoom into the photo. A Young American Robin With A Small Worm American Robin Facts Robins forage primarily on the ground for soft-bodied invertebrates, and find worms by sight, pouncing on them and then pulling them…
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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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