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  • A ripe time for gaining ground

    Nature - Issue - science feeds
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A ripe time for gaining ground Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514403a After three years of heated debate, the advocates and critics of gain-of-function research must work to agree on how best to regulate the work.
  • Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

    NatureNews - Most recent articles - science feeds
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The week in science: Snail discovery revives publishing spat; proposed nuclear-waste site passes key US safety evaluation; and biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie cools on US$54-billion takeover deal.Nature 514 408 doi: 10.1038/514408a
  • A Sloth Named Velcro: About

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    (View full post to see video) In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. New studies are showing that they’re not so sloth-like after all, that they have…
  • As permafrost soils thaw soil microbes amplify global climate change

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Scientists have discovered how an invisible menagerie of microbes in permafrost soils acts as global drivers of Earth processes such as climate via gas exchange between soils and the atmosphere. These findings will help climate modelers more accurately predict Earth's future climate.
  • Inventor of internet warns of corporate-government takeover and the suppression of free speech
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Do governments and corporations threaten the freedom and independence of the Internet? Yes, according to the man who developed it more than two decades ago (spoiler alert: No, it wasn't former Vice President Al Gore).In London at an event called "We Want Web," British...
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    Nature - Issue - science feeds

  • A ripe time for gaining ground

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A ripe time for gaining ground Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514403a After three years of heated debate, the advocates and critics of gain-of-function research must work to agree on how best to regulate the work.
  • The ice bucket

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The ice bucket Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514403b Social-media fun for medical research bypasses animal sensitivities.
  • Toxic influence

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Toxic influence Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514404a Europe must act to stop livestock drugs from wiping out its vulture populations.
  • Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies

    Tim Birkhead
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies Nature 514, 7523 (2014). Author: Tim Birkhead The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.
  • Solar physics: Solar atmosphere is a hotbed of activity

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Solar physics: Solar atmosphere is a hotbed of activity Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514406a Explosions of plasma in the Sun's atmosphere can reach temperatures of nearly 100,000 °C, much hotter than scientists had expected.The finding is one of several about the region between the solar surface and the uppermost edge of the Sun's atmosphere, or corona, revealed by
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  • Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The week in science: Snail discovery revives publishing spat; proposed nuclear-waste site passes key US safety evaluation; and biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie cools on US$54-billion takeover deal.Nature 514 408 doi: 10.1038/514408a
  • US suspends risky disease research

    Sara Reardon
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.Nature 514 411 doi: 10.1038/514411a
  • Heavy comet traffic around young star

    Elizabeth Gibney
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Environment of β Pictoris echoes Solar System’s turbulent early years.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16201
  • Oldest-known human genome sequenced

    Ewen Callaway
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.Nature 514 413 doi: 10.1038/514413a
  • The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

    Ewen Callaway
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis , a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story.Nature 514 422 doi: 10.1038/514422a
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  • A Sloth Named Velcro: About

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    (View full post to see video) In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. New studies are showing that they’re not so sloth-like after all, that they have…
  • Animal Misfits: Animal Misfit Yearbook Photos

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever felt awkward? Like you just didn’t fit in with the group? You’re not alone. There are certain species of animals that seem like oddballs compared to the rest of the family. For example, the giant panda is the only bear that subsists solely on plants. The stalk-eyed fly has eyes spaced impossibly far apart. Many lizards eat ants, but the minute leaf chameleon isn’t much bigger than one. In the images below, we reimagine these unlikely creatures as students in a school of “normal” animals. In reality, these animal oddballs are exquisitely adapted to…
  • Animal Misfits: Full Episode

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    (View full post to see video) Life on earth is incredibly diverse, but it’s not always what you might expect. Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits. These odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures at first glance seem-ill equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they still manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. Animal Misfits reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted…
  • Did You Watch “Animal Misfits”? Tell Us What You Think!

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Animal Misfits featured some truly strange animals; from the giant flightless parrot, the kakapo, to the long-fingered lemur, the aye-aye. Which creature was your favorite? Are there any that you’d never heard of before? Is there one you’d like to know more about? Let us know in the comments. Photo of purple frog ©Sandesh Kadur
  • Animal Misfits: Mudskippers Search for a Meal [Video]

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    (View full post to see video) Mudskippers, a type of fish that can breathe air, scour the beach on the coast of Japan looking for their next meal.
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  • Works In Progress

    Susan Albert
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    My current needlepoint work-in-progress: I'm starting on the borders now. I like it when I get to this stage, because...
  • A Wilder Rose Ebook

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

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

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

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

  • Found while reading the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Siting renewable energy only on private land would not provide balance or flexibility in siting renewable energy development because there is limited private land throughout the DRECP Planning Area and the private land does not always correlate with areas with the highest energy resource values. In some instances, development on private land would not align with existing transmission corridors. Meeting statewide and federal renewable energy goals within the DRECP planning area boundary exclusively on private lands would result in substantial conflicts with current and proposed land…
  • What she asked; what I did not say by Chris Clarke

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

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

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

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

    Van Mensvoort
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. If only next nature would be this perfectly harmonic. Peculiar video of the week.
  • Google Street View Camel

    Alessia Andreotti
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Usually the images for Google Street View are collected with a car, but for the first time, the task has been given to an animal: a camel. The Google Camel carries the camera on top of its hump to capture panoramic views through the desert around Liwa Oasis. The use of the animal was meant to avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment. Combining high-tech imagery equipment with an ancient mode of transport: sometimes modern technologies can revive ancient impulses. Source: Techcrunch
  • NANO Supermarket Best Product 2014
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    We have a winner! After three successful years touring the globe presenting speculative products to over 50.000 people, the NANO Supermarket has now entered its third edition. At the beginning of 2014 we called upon designers, technologists and artists to submit their nanotech products for the NANO Supermarket new line. On the 18th October a selection of these projects has been presented in the NANO Supermarket, where a jury of design and science experts awarded the best submission a € 2.500 prize. The experts based the final judgments on six parameters: originality, design quality, visual…
  • Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    And the winner of the Dutch Design Research Award is The In Vitro Meat Cookbook! The Dutch Design Award committee stressed the fact The In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a relevant discussion piece on the food industry, in which design acts as a catalyst for debate. In The In Vitro Meat Cookbook, the jury recognized a medium that brings major issues – such as sustainability, food shortage, animal suffering and culinary innovation - close to home. They valued the beautifully designed illustrations and the speculative research, that acquires extra significance through the contributions of…
  • NANO Supermarket TV Commercial 2014

    Van Mensvoort
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Sneak peek into your nano future with the brand new NANO Supermarket TV Commercial. Introducing the Healing Game, Coating Cola, Google Nose, and more. Tomorrow - Saturday 18th October at 16:00 - we will introduce some of the visionary new products in detail during the Dutch Design Week. The video was animated in flat-design by Arnoud van den Heuvel. People who like this might also like the NANO Supermarket commercial 2010. More info via NANO Supermarket website
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    Birding Dude

  • Worldless Wednesday

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Tags: Wordless Wednesday
  • Macro Monday

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Another Hover Fly species, Eristalis dimidiata a male, photographed at Idlewild Preserve Queens, NY on October 6, 2014.Tags: Macro Monday
  • The Big Sit Backyard Style

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Circumstances, forced me to stay local today but instead of bemoaning my misfortune at not being able to bird wherever I wanted to, I turned it into a "Big Sit" day, right in my backyard. It was perfect timing since this weekend was slotted for Big Sit events across the country. I had thought about doing one but it did not cross my mind to do it from my yard. As it happened, I quite enjoyed myself.Adult Bald Eagle is not your everyday backyard sight. How many other good birds do I miss?For those of you who are not familiar with the term "The Big Sit", it is an annual, international,…
  • A Cooperative Connecticut in Queens

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Warbler that is and some cooperative bird it was giving all who were lucky to be there, unbelievable views. With a reputation as a skulker and a most sought after bird in our area it was quite the treat for a few of us with some people even claiming it as a life bird after 20 + years of birding.Nashville WarblerIt unfolded sometime mid morning on October 3rd. I was not in the field when I picked up a message from Danny Melore who could not contain his excitement in relaying that it was "birdy" at Strack Pond in Forest Park Queens, NY. I was intrigued because I had heard from Danny just a few…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Tags: Wordless Wednesday
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    Jim Brandenburg

  • Pic of the Week (October 17, 2014): NW685, Autumn Impressionism

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    "Impressionism is related to daydreaming, and even a camera with an eye lapsing to slur vision. Daydreamers see the world this way, restful somehow, while still taking in motion. This golden time of autumn, melancholy for the last color on its way, rustles the mind."~ MilliRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (October 17, 2014): NW685, Autumn ImpressionismPic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. Pic of the Week Special PricingPurchase…
  • Pic of the Week: AK140, Denali Broad Valley

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I had not really noticed this photograph until we were selecting some to be framed on canvas for display in the gallery. I randomly pulled this up and I thought "My heavens…why did I not see this before." It is in the gallery now, on canvas, and it is stunning. ~ MarciaRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (October 10, 2014): AK140, Denali Broad ValleyPic 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…
  • Pic of the Week (October 3, 2014): IM20 Sheep at Lake Ocheda

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    The LikenessWhen I came forth this morn I sawQuite twenty cloudlets in the air;And then I saw a flock of sheep,Which told me how these clouds came there.That flock of sheep, on that green grass,Well might it lie so still and proud!Its likeness had been drawn in heaven,On a blue sky, in silvery cloud.I gazed me up, I gazed me down,And swore, though good the likeness was,’Twas a long way from justice doneTo such white wool, such sparkling grass.W. H. Davies~ DianeRavenwood StudiosBrandenburg GalleryPic of the Week (October 3, 2014): IM20 Sheep at Lake OchedaPic of the Week features the images…
  • Pic of the Week: Sunlit Prairie Meadow - France

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

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

  • The Crooked River, Maine

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Not only does Otisfield Maine have Little Pond, which is the place where I spend most of my photographic time in Maine, but the Crooked River also traverses the town.  At just about a mile down the road, it's a fairly short trip from our typical base of operations there.  This past July, I spent my last few hours wading in the river, which eventually empties into Sebago Lake.  This river even supports a population of the landlocked salmon.After tromping around here for a few hours, including the undergrowth along the edges, I jumped in a car and headed to the airport.
  • Morning at Little Pond Comes Early

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

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

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

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last Sunday, I had a chance to return to Kenney Park along the Olentangy River where it runs through the Beechwold neighborhood of Columbus.  I spent much of my free time here many years ago. It was nice to visit again.-Tom
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    10,000 Birds

  • Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California Audubon Council meeting hosted by Plumas Audubon Society. Audubon chapter leaders meet once a year for these council meetings to share their ideas and successes with other chapters and discuss ways to improve members participation and enjoyment of birding and conservation activities. The last time I visited Portola was in the summer of 2011 when the Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) were nesting there. Click on photos for full sized images. This bird was perched along a country road…
  • Chasing cuckoos

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds here that are a) hard to find but b) can be found in many places. Most rare birds here are only found in specialised places, but you can always rely on our cuckoos to be potentially anywhere, even if your actual chances of seeing one are vanishingly small. It’s a foolish idea to go out and actually try and find them, better to just be ready to possibly see them at any time, while knowing you probably won’t. That said, it was just such a silly impulse that took me last…
  • How smart are parrots?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the dog, in Swahili. Nebo, sleeping at first on the cool concrete floor under the dining room table startled awake, ears scanning. Nebo was a large Doberman who had never learned that one-man one-dog thing. He was gentle. And listening…
  • I Want This Bird to be Something…

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Two weeks after finding a Say’s Phoebe at Edgemere Landfill in the company of my family I convinced them to return to Edgemere yesterday afternoon for another visit. Northwest winds had been blowing all day and the flight of both passerines and raptors had been impressive. We had a grand old time dodging grasshoppers, checking out the snails, and watching the hawks. But that northwest wind got kind of brutal after awhile so we decided to head off the top of the capped landfill and find a more sheltered area to enjoy the day. As I drove slowly down the gravel road a distant raptor…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2014)

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Halfway through the month, we in the temperate zones are clearly moving from one season to another. Here in New York, the warm portion of October may be naught but a memory. Wherever you are, get excited for whatever comes next, because it’s coming! In the absence of notable rarities this weekend, I took greatest pleasure in observing big Red-tailed Hawks, which are always awesome despite their ubiquity. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one that he unfortunately failed to photograph, a Dickcissel at Jacob Riis Park in Queens. Fortunately, he managed to snap a shot of a…
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    Steve Creek Outdoors

  • Listening To Katydids

    Steve Creek
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    As most of my followers know by now, I have a cabin near the Ouachita National Forest and I am spending all my time at this place. It will take me a long time to explore this area and it has been amazing so far. One of the first amazing things I have encountered is that all I hear are the sounds of wildlife like the Katydids. I will be a little slow at updating this blog and responding to emails for a little while longer. I have plans to get internet at my cabin but I can’t quit exploring long enough to get it setup. A Katydid The post Listening To Katydids appeared first on Steve Creek…
  • Lots Of Acorns And Persimmons

    Steve Creek
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    I am seeing lots of acorns and persimmons this year in Arkansas. I have an acorn tree in my yard that has produced acorns for the first time. As I hike through the forest, I am seeing acorns on the ground and I am hearing them falling. The persimmons seem to also be doing good. The wildlife should be enjoying this. A Few Acorns A couple of Persimmons Wildlife which eat acorns as an important part of their diets include birds, such as jays, pigeons, some ducks, and several species of woodpeckers. Small mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels and several other rodents. Large mammals…
  • Lots Of Walking Stick Insects

    Steve Creek
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    I have been seeing lots of Walking Sticks around my new place here in Arkansas and they are very large. I didn’t realize that they are considered injurious to forest and shade trees until I started researching them. The walking stick is a significant problem in parks and recreation sites where it consumes the foliage of oaks and other hardwoods. Severe outbreaks of the walkingstick, Diapheromera femorata, have occurred in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma. The insects eat the entire leaf blade. In the event of heavy outbreaks, entire stands of trees can be completely…
  • Arkansas Quartz Crystals

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

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

  • Aliens in the Med

    Conservation Jobs
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    The Mediterranean is a tourist hotspot, with millions of people visiting every year. It is also a hotspot for marine biodiversity and home to over 17,000 species – 20% of which occur nowhere else. But in recent years, aliens have invaded the Mediterranean, and are disrupting the ecosystem’s delicate balance. A multinational team researchers from […]
  • Corncrakes Rising

    Alex Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    One of Scotland’s most elusive and endangered breeding birds has had its best breeding season for at least 45 years. The corncrake winters in Africa but breeds in Scotland, hidden in tall vegetation where they can safely raise their chicks. They are so well hidden that a recent RSPB survey counted them not by sight, […]
  • World Wildlife Populations Fallen by Half

    Alex Taylor
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    A new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has produced results that it says are “not for the faint-hearted.” It revealed that wildlife species all around the world are continuing to decline rapidly. The Living Planet Report 2014 examined 10,000 different populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians […]
  • CIEEM Autumn Conference 2014 – Progress in Effective Habitat Restoration, Translocation and Creation

    Conservation Jobs
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    11th & 12th November 2014 at the University of Edinburgh Hear the latest research, methodologies and guidance for best practice in Effective Habitat Restoration, Translocation and Creation at CIEEM’s Autumn Conference, 11th & 12th November at the University of Edinburgh. Should I attend this event? The two day programme has plenty to offer at all […]
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    What Do Quality Parks Master Naturalists Do?

  • Observations On Upland Plant Associations in the Pine Barrens of Long Island

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    I published this article in 1995, after being subjected to repeated bullying tactics. Looking back, I am now extremely appreciative of the person who allowed me to publish my observations. The Long Island Botanical Society was open, but the NY Heritage Program pigeonholed the location of my observations to be "roadside edge," of no value. But the controversy is still in play. Are we to be a part of, or apart from, Nature? In the quantum world, we can say - - we are both. In a sustainable word, we must be both.
  • The Tranquility of Water (Carmans River)

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Written by Pamela Wolf (Oct, 2013) as part of her training to become a Quality Parks Master Naturalist for Session III - Freshwater Wetlands & ConservationFor some reason I am always drawn to water.  All water is good, lakes and the ocean are calming; though I do admit a particular fondness for moving water, rivers, rapids, the shoreline. They all brighten my mood.  I spent a part of last weekend the headwaters of the Carman's River in Southaven Park on the water at the Wertheim Wildlife Refuge.  As much as I could comment on the invasive plant species, water striders,…
  • Fish-Shape Paumanok by Robert Cushman Murphy with forward by Steve Englebright - Back In Print

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Feb. 20, 2013 - According to Andrew walker, former Long Island Nature Conservancy Chapter Director, theFish-Shape Paumanok is "the Sand County Almanac of Long Island." For those who don't know anything about the Sand County Almanac, it was written by Aldo Leopold, the master naturalist of America's Land Ethic. And for those who are just beginning to delve into Long Island's natural areas, Robert Cushman Murphy is one of Long Island's master naturalists.It's a "celebration of the magnificent environment and history of Long Island," its back jacket states. Subtitled Nature and Man on Long…
  • Sea Turtle Cold Stun Presentation

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Written by Pamela Wolf  (2013 Graduate)On Thursday I attended a educational program put on at the Patchogue Medford Library by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.  The primary focus of the program was Cold Stunned Sea Turtles, but some information was provided about other sea life such as seals and dolphins.  The Riverhead Foundation is responsible for recovery & treatment of any of these animals that become stranded in New York Waters.  New York is located at a sort of crossroads, we are near the northern boundary of the sea turtles range,…
  • Tick Bite Prevention

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Pine Barrens would be paradise, if only there weren’t ticks. If you are alert, you can keep from coming in contact with poison ivy, but ticks are so small they can easily grab a ride with the means of conveyance never being the wiser. Some deer ticks and Lone Star ticks may carry diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis and Erlichiosis. You can greatly reduce the risk of contracting these diseases by preparing for your hike in advance. For years, I have spent more time in the woods, than out. I periodically test for Lyme Disease, and have never…
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  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

    Lauren Shaffer
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Lincoln’s sparrows are always a treat to see in fall migration in Pennsylvania.  Their finely streaked sides and breast, along with their buffy malar stripe and upper breast, an eye ring, and white throat and belly all combine to make for one handsome bird. s This fall I discovered some wonderful habitat for migrating sparrows and warblers.  At the bottom of a private lane of a neighbor, where field, prairie (shrubby grassland), and deep woods converge; dozens, if not hundreds of mostly sparrows are often found in the grasses, multiflora rose, and autumn olive. Towhees, Mockingbirds,…
  • Great Blue Heron Juvenile

    Lauren Shaffer
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    All About Birds states: Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind. Juvenile Great Blue Herons are medium-gray like the adult, but have two-toned bills and a streaked…
  • Great Egret, Bathing Beauty

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

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

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