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  • Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence

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    G. Hallinan
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/nature14619 Authors: G. Hallinan, S. P. Littlefair, G. Cotter, S. Bourke, L. K. Harding, J. S. Pineda, R. P. Butler, A. Golden, G. Basri, J. G. Doyle, M. M. Kao, S. V. Berdyugina, A. Kuznetsov, M. P. Rupen & A. Antonova Aurorae are detected from all the magnetized planets in our Solar System, including Earth. They are powered by magnetospheric current systems that lead to the precipitation of energetic electrons into the high-latitude regions of the upper…
  • The week in science: Nature's news quiz

    NatureNews - Most recent articles - science feeds
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Have you been paying attention to the science news?Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18112
  • Scientists warn an entire eco-system is under threat from climate change

    Nature News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Birds, bugs and blanket bogs -- scientists warn an entire eco-system is under threat from climate change.
  • North Carolina pushing bill to eliminate free speech, prohibit sharing of nutritional information for sick children
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) The same folks in North Carolina that tried to sue blogger Steve Cooksey simply for sharing information online about how to treat diabetes naturally are now going after all speech related to health and nutrition.The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (NCBDN...
  • Button Bushes, Barred Rocks, & Books

    Susan Albert
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    The button bushes (Cephalanthus occidentalis) that grow along our little creek are in full bloom just now, their round, highly...
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    Nature - Issue - science feeds

  • Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence

    G. Hallinan
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/nature14619 Authors: G. Hallinan, S. P. Littlefair, G. Cotter, S. Bourke, L. K. Harding, J. S. Pineda, R. P. Butler, A. Golden, G. Basri, J. G. Doyle, M. M. Kao, S. V. Berdyugina, A. Kuznetsov, M. P. Rupen & A. Antonova Aurorae are detected from all the magnetized planets in our Solar System, including Earth. They are powered by magnetospheric current systems that lead to the precipitation of energetic electrons into the high-latitude regions of the upper…
  • Secret service

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Secret service Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/523501b Government labs should be subject to the same transparent oversight as academic facilities.
  • Realistic risks

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Realistic risks Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/523502a The communication of risk in disease outbreaks is too often neglected; that must change.
  • Stem cells: Stomach tissue made in a dish

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Stem cells: Stomach tissue made in a dish Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/523504c Mouse embryonic stem cells can develop into 3D 'mini stomachs' in the lab.Researchers have previously used stem cells to make parts of the stomach, but not the whole organ. Taka-aki Noguchi, Akira Kurisaki at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and their team made
  • Astronomy: Telescope spies early galaxy's birth

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Astronomy: Telescope spies early galaxy's birth Nature 523, 7562 (2015). doi:10.1038/523505a Astronomers have spotted the glow from one of the most distant galaxies ever seen in the early Universe.Roberto Maiolino at the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues used the high-resolution Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile to observe three faint galaxies
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  • Button Bushes, Barred Rocks, & Books

    Susan Albert
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    The button bushes (Cephalanthus occidentalis) that grow along our little creek are in full bloom just now, their round, highly...
  • Writing Spider at Work

    Susan Albert
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Every year, here at Meadow Knoll, just outside the kitchen door, a writing spider (a golden silk orb spider) sets...
  • Let there be . . . squash!

    Susan Albert
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    The pumpkins and summer squash are blooming in the garden, and the squash bees (Peponapis sp.) are hard at work....
  • In Bloom This Week: Chaste Tree

    Susan Albert
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    I miss the lilacs I grew up with in Illinois--miss their distinctive fragrance and their lovely purple flowers. Our climate...
  • Finding Home: The Compass Plant

    Susan Albert
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    June brings the compass plant (Silphium lacinatum) into our mix of Hill Country wildflowers. The plant that returns every year...
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  • Manta Ray Floating City

    Alessia Andreotti
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    French visionary architect Jacques Rougerie planned a utopian floating city shaped like a manta ray. This place has been conceived as a university city – 900 meters long and 500 meters wide – to host 7.000 international researchers, professors and students for extended stays. Inside there would be classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, living quarters and dedicated areas for leisure and sports. Designed to be completely sustainable and autonomous, the manta ray city would run on renewable marine energy and produce zero waste. Its inner lagoon would welcome vessels conducting…
  • Marketing the Oceans

    Adriene Lilly
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Eco-friendly fashion is in vogue, evidenced by terms like “recycled-material” and “sustainable manufacturing” battered around as selling points for everything from sheets to shoes. So, despite how easy it is to hide the source of a material, when designers venture into this brand of lifestyle-fashion the incentive it to reveal, not mask, a product’s recycled roots. Take the new Adidas concept shoe, crafted with recycled materials gathered from the oceans. The sneakers were created by British designer Alexander Taylor and displayed at Parley for the Oceans, a UN sponsored…
  • Analogue vs Digital: Add to Shopping Cart
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We don’t have to leave our homes to do groceries, buy new clothes, furniture, or anything. We can buy everything online! A couple of clicks, and then we wait for the postman to deliver our purchase. Soon this process of online shopping will become even more digital since drones are working hard to take over postmen. From our Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
  • Seeing the Sun Through Data

    Adriene Lilly
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Between its 149 million km distance from earth and its extreme brightness, the sun has never been easy to observe. Ever since we started looking into the sky we’ve needed special lenses, photographs, telescopes and sunglasses to get the slightest glance at it. Today however, with more advanced imaging technology and orbiting telescopes, we’re getting a better look. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum has taken this observation to the next level with a giant public display of images and data that show the sun in hyper-real detail. This solar simulacrum exceeds…
  • Hacking And Controlling Cars Remotely

    Robin Bergman
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Two American hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, during the last two years have been working on hacking cars to takeover full control of vehicles. At the beginning of the project in 2013, their hacks had limitations: they had to sit in the back of the car with their laptops hooked up with wires to the cars central nervous system. Today the two hackers have gone wireless, operating over the internet. This was possible because car manufactures are implementing smart inter-connective technologies and integrating WiFi hot spots into their products. The only thing a hacker needs to know…
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    Birding Dude

  • 2015 Shorebird Season in Jeopardy at Jamaica Bay?

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Not so fast! If I were the type to throw in the towel, I would have thrown my hands in the air and walked away after taking an East Pond water level read out on June 12th. On that day, I could see the water level dropping as evidenced by the old water mark on the Phragmites but something seemed amiss. Not again was the first thought I had!Every summer, shorebirders in the NY area especially from the 5 boroughs and Long Island, look forward to the annual pilgrimage to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens. With the West Pond pretty much out of commission, due to Hurricane Sandy, the East Pond…
  • Shorebirds Are The Shiznit!

    10 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Don't you agree?  Many birders go wild over wood warblers during migration and I see loads of posts about radar this or radar that and folks are usually chomping at the bit for that first wave of warblers to hit our soil. Me, I am from the Bobby Kurtz school of Calidridmanics, the ones who perk up at the mere mention of the word, "shorebirds." I just can't wait for shorebird season to get under way, in fact when the season winds down in NY, I begin the countdown to the next season. If I ever leave New York to live elsewhere, it will have to be a place where I could at least get in some…
  • Piping Plover banded in the Bahamas

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    I added to my collection of banded Piping Plovers on June 27th when I observed and photographed a banded PIPL with two chicks at West Meadow Beach on Long Island, NY. I sexed this bird as a male; it had a pink flag on the right leg with a metal band on the left leg. The color scheme, which I think is a new combination, was of a PIPL banded in the Bahamas and I have already submitted the find to the banding report site to obtain the history for this bird.  This was not my first Bahamas Banded Piping Plover, I have documented a few in Queens and on Long Island. However, this one was…
  • Spoon-billed Sandpiper Survey China Spring 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    The plane landed and I was in Shanghai, getting my passport stamped and getting a smile from the Chinese Customs officer who appreciated or was perhaps amused at my use of Mandarin. I was back in China for another round of Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) surveys courtesy of RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).Local Shell Fisher with his tools. Those baskets with shells are sometimes carried for miles.Amid the back drop of whirring blades from the massive turbines that stretch for miles along the yellow sea in China, a whir of activity takes place on the…
  • Skua Fest in NY Waters...

    16 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Captain Mike and his 1st mate saying bye after we returned.When the Brooklyn VI pulled out of Sheepheads Bay in Brooklyn NY on  June 1st for the See Life Paulagics, overnight pelagic, almost everyone save for those crazy optimistic types were probably thinking about the weather.  It was almost 6:00 p.m. when I parked and headed towards the boat and the clouds were gathering. Rain was on its way and it was going to be a rough ride heading out to sea, especially for those who might be assigned to sleep on the top deck. One leader who was assigned the top deck "presumably" took one…
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Easy Blueberry Bonanza Bars with Streusel and Oats — Recipe and Rave Reviews

    Farmgirl Susan
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Celebrate a blueberry bonanza with this super popular triple layer, anytime sweet treat (recipe here).These scrumptious Blueberry Bonanza Breakfast Bars are my favorite way to celebrate blueberry season. They can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries, and they don't have to be eaten for breakfast. I originally wrote about them back in 2006, and they've been one of my most popular recipes ever since.Don't let the three separate layers scare you away; they come together quickly and you only need to dirty up two mixing bowls. They also freeze beautifully. With the oatmeal…
  • Recipe: Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust

    Farmgirl Susan
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Scared of pie dough? This easy biscuit crust is perfect for beginners (recipe here).It wouldn't be summer on the farm without a shout out for this longtime favorite recipe from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives. Enjoy! Are there ripe tomatoes in your neck of the woods yet? I was really behind with spring planting in the kitchen garden this year (no surprise there!) so it's still going to be a while before we're picking any tomatoes from our 23 plants, but that's okay. We had a whopping five inches of rain in three days last week (unheard of in July; the creek is even running…
  • Friday Farm Photo: Have a Colorful Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Any plans this weekend? I'm hoping to spend some time in the kitchen garden sowing a bed of Swiss chard and cucumber seeds (did I really order five different varieties this year?), finally getting the rest of my poor tomato and pepper seedlings in the ground (can you tell I'm a little behind?), pulling approximately 3,000 more weeds, and mulching everything I can with grass clippings—now that it's finally dry enough out there to cut the grass—and that wonderful, nutrient-rich manure/bedding hay from the sheep barn.I'll also be savoring the fact that our hayfield no longer looks like it…
  • Wordless Wednesday Dose of Cute: Wooly Blockade

    Farmgirl Susan
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:24 pm
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  • Friday Dose of Cute: Have a Well-Balanced Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Mr. Midnight hunting at the edge of the hayfield.Any plans this weekend? We have a heat wave coming, so I'm going to harvest the rest of the lettuce in the kitchen garden—which looked a whole lot better before being pelted by last week's hailstorm—before it bolts any more than it has, and then hopefully catch up with all my spring transplanting before it's actually summer. My stunted basil and pepper plants and overgrown heirloom tomato seedlings will be thrilled.A friend who came by the other day for a quick visit said he'd heard that a lot of people's tomato plants were rotting because…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2015?

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar saw summer the way many of us do, reflected in the wild world around him. Does Summer in the South, written in 1903, speak to you? The oriole sings in the greening grove As if he were half-way waiting, The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green, Timid, and hesitating. The rain comes down in a torrent sweep And the nights smell warm and pinety, The garden thrives, but the tender shoots Are yellow-green and tiny. Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill, Streams laugh that erst were quiet, The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue And…
  • What’s in a Name: MacGillivray’s Warbler

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The most recent addition to my life list is the Northwestern Crow, but its name is boring and it probably isn’t even a proper species anyway. The second-most-recent addition to my life list, however, is the MacGillivray’s Warbler, which is a bird named after a dead white guy, yes, but it also illustrates several interesting things about the rough-and-tumble process of ornithological nomenclature, to whit: 1. It’s all about who knows who…. and as the bard said, then over here you got favoritism. MacGillivray’s Warbler is named for William MacGillivray, a Scottish…
  • Spotlight: Lisa Beth Acton, Raising Ravens

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post is from Lisa Beth Acton, a wildlife rehabilitator in Accord, NY. She has a captive-bred education bird named Xena, a Eurasian Eagle Owl. Lisa brings her to all kinds of gatherings to spread the word of wildlife (see Xena’s Facebook page). This summer Lisa raised three orphaned Common Ravens. In her words: You all know how it goes, the phone rings and the caller says I have these baby birds… But this one was a bit different. The caller had three baby ravens from a nest he was ordered to remove and destroy at work. He refused to harm them, so was left no choice but to…
  • The Popular Barn Swallow

    Alfredo Begazo
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is one of the most widespread and popular birds. Most everyone with an eye for the natural world can recognize them and has a name for it, often a name used only at the regional level. Many literary references are based on the Barn Swallow’s migration as a symbol of a change in seasons. They are easy to notice and seem rather consistent regarding the time or arrival at the many regions and countries they fly through. Growing up in South America, I distinctly recall the arrival of “the swallow with a deeply forked tail”. Their speedy, yet…
  • Mountain Bluebirds at Lassen Volcanic National Park

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’m writing this post for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if you check the wonderful photo galleries here at 10000 Birds, you will find some excellent shots of the female Mountain Bluebird that Corey took in New York, of all places! I figured that it is only fair and right to include the male Mountain Bluebird (Sialis currucoides) for comparison. Click on photos for full sized images. And secondly, I realized of all the posts I have written on birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park, I have never really given much detail on the park itself. Mount Lassen erupted and exploded in May of…
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  • Eastern Cougar: No Longer Endangered. That’s Not a Good Thing.

    Robin Strong Elton
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. E. O. Wilson When I was a kid, there was a riddle that went along these lines: A hunter is approached by a cougar, a mountain lion, and a puma. He has only one bullet left. What should he shoot first to ensure his safety? The answer then was that it didn’t matter; a cougar, mountain lion and puma are all the same animal (technically the puma is a subspecies of the…
  • Natural and Organic Skin Care: Baby Mantra

    Robin Strong Elton
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect— But tell me the truth. -Shel Silverstein When Jacob was a baby he was clever, cute, and perfect in every way like babies should be, but he had horrible eczema: you can see the patches on his cheeks in the photo above. They call eczema “the itch that rashes” and “asthma of the skin” and it’s heartbreaking to witness as a parent; he was clearly in distress all the time, scratching,…
  • I am losing precious days.

    Robin Strong Elton
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
      I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news. -John Muir   I’ve written before about nature prescriptions and the health benefits of getting outside in the sunshine, but not until recently have I felt like this was a pill I myself needed to swallow. I’m tired all the time, uninspired; my head feels fuzzy and clouded; I’m disconnected, dispassionate, wanting to write but not really and unable to find the words…
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    Steve Creek Outdoors

  • Spider On A Rock

    Steve Creek
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    Spiders seem to be more abundant this summer. You sure don’t want to be the first one on a hiking trail here in Arkansas if you are afraid of spiders. The spider webs in the early morning hours on the trails seem to be everywhere. I even had a spider to use me as an anchor point for its web while I was sitting on my deck. The below spider blends in well with the rock it is on. Spider – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/800 | f/6.3 | ISO 640 Spider Facts There is strong evidence that spiders’ coloration is camouflage that helps them to evade their major…
  • The Beneficial Hoverfly

    Steve Creek
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    I have lots of Hoverflies around my place which is a good thing. I have one Hoverfly that hangs around my deck and when I am out sitting it will hover in front of my face. They are loud when they hover and this will scare you if it gets close but don’t try to kill them because they are very important pollinators of flowering plants. They do seem to be larger here at my place in the Ouachita National Forest. Hoverfly – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/800 | f/8.0 | ISO 800 Hoverfly Facts Hoverflies are important pollinators of flowering plants in a variety…
  • A Faded Swallowtail

    Steve Creek
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    I have this one Swallowtail Butterfly that hangs around my yard. I have been passing on photographing it because of the wings being so faded looking. I have been seeing others but they have torn wings and look ragged. The faded one allowed me to get close and was on a good perch so I decide to go ahead and make a photo of it. Swallowtail Butterfly – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/640 | f/6.3 | ISO 640 Swallowtail Butterfly Facts Some species of swallowtails are mimics of others that have toxic compounds in their bodies. As swallowtail butterflies are large,…
  • A Bullfrog Sitting And Waiting

    Steve Creek
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    I was in a good spot to watch this American Bullfrog while it was waiting for some type of prey to come by. It would have been great to photograph it with its tongue out grabbing something and bringing it back into its mouth. I waited for a long time until the light got bad and I had to give up. This frog never moved. American Bullfrog – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/800 | f/8.0 | ISO 400 American Bullfrog Facts Bullfrogs are active both during the day and at night; they are most active when the weather is moist and warm. Bullfrogs are predators. They usually…
  • Male And Female Widow Skimmer

    Steve Creek
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    I have seen lots of different Dragonflies this summer here in the Ouachita National Forest. I spotted this male and female Widow Skimmer while walking a road near my cabin. They are large and slow so they are easy to photograph. I’m not good at identifying the different Dragonflies that I see but I think I have these correct but if I don’t please let me know. Male Widow Skimmer – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/800 | f/7.1 | ISO 800 Female Widow Skimmer – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 | @400mm | 1/2000 | f/6.3 | ISO 640 Widow…
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    Conservation Jobs

  • Polli:Nation

    Guest Bloggers
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced support for the UK-wide biodiversity project – Polli:Nation, a programme which supports schools in helping to protect the future of our seriously dwindling bee population. The Polli:Nation project, developed by the school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes, will receive the initial support of £26,000 to develop this £1.3m project. ‘Free’ pollination by bees and other insects is worth over £400m** to UK agriculture each year but their numbers are in severe decline. This innovative project will engage 260 schools to…
  • W is for Wart-Biter

    Chris Foster
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Insects get a raw deal out of modern culture.  Even in the age of ‘the new nature writing’, with nature books riding high in the bestseller charts, insects don’t often capture the public imagination. For example, at the time of writing just six of the Amazon bestsellers categorized under ‘nature’ were specifically insect books. Of these two are about butterflies – which don’t really count, as everybody loves butterflies! – leaving only bumblebee guru Dave Goulson’s hugely successful pair of nature memoirs, the best available field guide to moths, and a general insect field…
  • Conservation Volunteering – Nicholas Gibson Looks Back on his Journey

    Guest Bloggers
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    By Nicholas Dean Gibson (Wildlife enthusiast and volunteer) The UK is a prolific haven for wildlife, supported by a variety of amazingly beautiful geological features and habitats, making a career in conservation an exciting prospect for many. I am one of one of them. Looking back, the meandering trek was not a simple one. Was it enriching and exciting? Without a doubt. Here is my story… It began with… Applying for volunteering jobs Stepping into the realm of conservation and wildlife, intending to partake in any volunteering opportunities I could manage was a life changing &…
  • The Sixth Mass Extinction is Underway

    Alex Taylor
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    There is general agreement among scientists that species extinctions have reached levels unparalleled since the dinosaurs died out. Nevertheless, many believed that previous estimates relied on assumptions that overestimated the crisis. However, an historic study has shown that, even with highly conservative estimates, there is now no doubt. The sixth mass extinction is underway. The study, published in Science Advances, proves that species are disappearing at a rate of 114 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions. This is known as the background rate, which is roughly 2…
  • The Eastern Cougar Extinction

    Alex Taylor
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    The eastern cougar once roamed the United States, from Maine, south to Georgia, west to Missouri and as far north as Canada. Sadly now, without a sighting for over 60 years, wildlife officials believe it to be extinct. Widespread persecution by European settlers led to the downfall of this subspecies. The big cats were killed to protect the settlers and their livestock through hunting, trapping, poisoning and bounty programmes. Combined with deforestation and over-hunting of white-tailed deer, their main prey, eastern cougars were virtually wiped out by 1900. The last confirmed sighting was…
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    Birding Pictures

  • Bird of the Day: Green Heron

    Lauren Shaffer
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    After getting so many interesting and beautiful photos, that I can’t seem to keep up with my blog, I’ve decided to do some of my posts as “Bird of the Day” with very little commentary. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and hopefully more frequent posts! These photos of the Green Heron were from the kayak at Rose Valley Lake in PA this morning. Getting hungry! Oh, there’s a little fishy! Darn!! Missed again! That makes me SO MAD!! Come on, shake it off!! You can do this! OK, let’s try this again! I know it’s not good to be anthropomorphic, meaning to…
  • Razorbills and Common Murres: Birding Machias Seal Island

    Lauren Shaffer
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Razorbills and Common Murres were among the penguin-like birds that were observed on our trip to Machias Seal Island, along with the Atlantic Puffin. All of these species are Alcids. Razorbills and Murres look very similar with their black and white coloring, but the Razorbills have a very thick, blunt bill with a white line going back towards the front of the eye. They spend their lives at sea, coming to rocky coasts and cliffs only to nest. They are great divers, able to dive up to 120 meters, dining on krill and fish, and are often seen in large rafts close to shore. The middle bird below…
  • Atlantic Puffins on Machias Seal Island

    Lauren Shaffer
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Seeing Atlantic Puffins was the principle reason for wanting to go birding in Maine this Spring. Getting there by boat can be iffy, depending on the fog and the wind. When the seas are too rough to land on Machias Seal Island, one of three islands where Puffins nest, they can at least be observed from a rocking boat. My friends and I were on a Road Scholar trip called “Chickadees, Grouse, Puffins and More: A Birder’s Dream in Down East Maine.” Of course we hoped for getting our bins on Spruce Grouse (didn’t happen) and Boreal Chickadee (barely happened), but the…
  • Warblers! Parade through the Puddles

    Lauren Shaffer
    16 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Early to mid-May is a warbler frenzy, both for the warblers migrating through the area and for the photographer who wants to catch these little jewels on camera. So what do you do when you are at Presque Isle for less than 24 hours, the light is horrible, the leaves are out, and it’s threatening to rain? The first day yielded few visible warblers, so I went to my secret spot which had a couple of inviting mud puddles, sat down at the edge of the trail at a respectful distance, and prepared for the show! Because of the distance and the poor light, you will have to enjoy the variety of…
  • Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey

    Lauren Shaffer
    5 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Harlequin Ducks are a feast for the eyes with all those stripes, spots, and exotic coloring going on! If you really want to see them though, it may require a trip in winter  to Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey, and a treacherous walk along the giant rocks that make up the almost mile-long jetty. This year and last, however, the ducks were still hanging out there in late March and early April, so even though there was a blustery cold wind off the ocean, at least there was no ice to contend with on the rocks! The male Harlequins are slate-gray with stark white spots and bright rust on the top…
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    Blooms Today

  • Tips for Taking Care of Peonies

    Blooms Today
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Every yard looks great with a few peonies. These soft, billowing perennial blooms come to life in spring and early summer, with their pink, white, and yellow blooms standing out atop green undergrowth. There are roughly 30 different species of peonies that grow to be more impressive year after year. Peonies do well with both full and partial sun exposure in US zones 3-8. Some may even outlive the person who planted them, reaching a lifespan of 100 years or more. Very easy to care for, these plants are perfect flowering additions to any hedgerow, flower bed, or yard. Types of Peonies There…
  • Caring for Your Hydrangea

    Blooms Today
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Hydrangeas are beautiful flowering shrubs that can grow well in many different environments. The popular clustered flowers are commonly associated with an older time and a southern charm. They bloom in the summer and fall in brilliant colors, including pink, blue, purple, and white. Commonly used in wedding flower arrangements and summer wreaths, these popular shrubs are delightful in virtually any yard or garden. Maybe you’ve inherited a hydrangea or moved to a home with a shrub already in place. However you came across this jewel of a plant, there are some caring tips that can help you…
  • Working With Silk Flowers

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    15 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Silk flowers are a lovely way to create a permanent piece of floral art for dresses, hair, and other arrangements meant to last longer than their fresh counterparts. High quality artificial flowers are much more than the mass-produced flowers that you see in a craft store. These hand-made flowers are hand dyed and formed into individual flower petals. The practice of creating handmade flowers is an art form. A well-made artificial flower is nearly indiscernible from real flowers unless you touch them.   Interestingly, silk flowers are rarely made from silk anymore. Instead, they are…
  • Designing the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

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    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ah, the wedding bouquet: the symbol of the bride’s good luck and the piece every lady longs to catch. In old England, the wedding bouquet would actually be carried by the bride as a decoy! After the ceremony, women would try to rip pieces from the bride’s dress to steal some of her good fortune, and she would toss the bouquet into the air as a distraction while she ran away. Nowadays, the throwing of the bouquet is a bit more lighthearted and fun. Whichever lucky single lady catches the bouquet will be the next to marry. If you’re planning your wedding, or are looking for some…
  • Incorporating Spring Colors into Your Bouquet

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    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Now that Spring is here, what better way to celebrate it than with a colorful bouquet of seasonal flowers as a center piece on your dining table? Treasure the warmth and season of new life and renewal with some popular spring flowers. Look to natural colors that emerge in early spring for inspiration, or incorporate new colors for spring 2015 for a trendy vibe.       Classic Spring Flowers Anemone – These flowers bloom in early spring and produce medium sized cup-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, white, purple, violet, or red. Their blossoms sit alone atop a long, thin…
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  • Rise In Sea Level Threatens Endangered Turtles

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    Many analysts found what higher tides mean for green sea turtles at their nesting sites. Because of climate change, the world's sea levels are rising and we're just starting to comprehend the diverse effects those progressions will have. Notwithstanding for species that live a large portion of their lives at sea, the rising tides could be an issue. Researchers at Raine Island, an Australian island that is a piece of the Great Barrier Reef, found that ocean level changes are awful for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). Raine Island is a nesting ground for the endangered turtles, almost…
  • Sleep Plays A Vital Role In Memory

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    Sleeping has a vital part in enduring memories, however contention stays about whether the mind serves to make these by erasing superfluous connections or by fortifying important ones. Presently the most recent research proposes that both procedures happen during sleep. A study in the journal PLOS Computational Biology recommends that sleeping triggers the neurotransmitters in our brain to both strengthen and debilitate which prompts the forgetting or modification of our memories in a procedure called as long term potentiation (LTP). Scientists drove by Sidarta Ribeiro at the Brain Institute…
  • Owl Wings Inspire To Design Silent Wind Turbines

    12 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    The most normally heard complaint about wind turbines is that they are noisy. Wind farms are normally set up far from communities that the noise is insignificant, however another biomimetic innovation enlivened by the stealthy flight of owls could prompt wind turbines, planes and PC fans that are for all virtually quiet. Why Do We Need Silent Wind Turbines? This would not just calm the turbines and make groups more open to having them close-by, but since wind turbines are intensely braked so as to keep noise to a small extent, having an approach to make them work discreetly could imply that…
  • Why You Should Drink Warm Water With Lemon And Honey

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    While we are preparing our most loved beverages, like tea or coffee, we add honey, lemon or some ingredients which sweeten or enhance the taste. However, in the event that you consider it, those ingredients are very healthy naturally. We know that, keeping ourselves hydrated amid the day is truly important for our body. Nevertheless, a solution of water and honey is an effective mixture that will do miracles for you and your health. Honey is one of the healthiest and most used foods since ages. The advantages from eating honey are numerous and are amazing. We have brought you some of…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Sleep Early Tonight

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:59 pm
    A good and consistent sleep is very much important for mental and physical health. Here's the reason you ought to quit making excuses and go to bed! 1. You require that sleepWe don't sufficiently sleep as a culture, and working for long hours and becoming strong all the time is synonymous with achievement, and the innovation of electricity (currently the Internet) give us motivations to stay up long after it is dark outside. The hard truth, in any case, is that most grown-ups need no less than seven to eight hours of sleep for every 24-hour. When we get not as much as that, sleep specialist…
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