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  • Sleep Soundly, America: 81-Year-Old Lady Jailed for Feeding Birds

    03/11/2014 4:08:33 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 105 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 03-08-2014 | Melissa Melton
    An elderly woman violated her probation by leaving bread crumbs out in her yard for crows and will remain behind bars. Eighty-one-year-old Mary Musselman was first arrested last month for feeding bears in her backyard. One of the bears was euthanized over it because the Fish and Wildlife Service said the bears might learn not to be afraid of people anymore and then get aggressive. The judge in the case warned Musselman not to feed any more wild animals of any kind: A judge gave her probation at the time, and made it clear: Do it again, and go to...
  • Red-throated Diver bird kills off second phase of wind farm

    03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2/19/14 | Pilita Clark
    The UK’s renewable energy plans have been set back after the companies building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds. **SNIP** Basking sharks and a rocky seabed helped kill off plans to build ScottishPower Renewables’ Argyll Array wind farm off the western coast of Scotland in December. That move came just weeks after RWE, a German power company, pulled the plug on its £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm after saying the cost of overcoming technical challenges were “prohibitive” in the current...
  • This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays

    02/13/2014 7:54:04 PM PST · by ckilmer · 80 replies
    theverge ^ | February 13, 2014 01:44 pm | Jacob Kastrenakes
    This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays By Jacob Kastrenakes on February 13, 2014 01:44 pm Email @jake_k 172Comments  59inShare     A massive solar plant in the Mojave Desert officially began operation today after years of construction, testing, and development. Co-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is said to be ready to generate nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy produced in the United States. The plant consists of three 459-foot tall towers each with tens of thousands of robotic, garage-door sized mirrors that...
  • A crow solves an eight-step puzzle

    This Is Really Amazing: Crow Solves An 8-Step Puzzle To Get Food!
  • Georgia island considers whether birds would be harmed if wind turbine is built

    02/02/2014 12:11:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Greenfield Reporter ^ | 2/01/14 | MARY LANDERS
    TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia — Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee's, where these small shorebirds are known to visit. First decimated by the use of their feathers in women's hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats to these birds.
  • A Possible First: Lawsuit Over Birds Stops Federal Wind Energy Project

    02/01/2014 4:10:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    KCET ^ | 1/29/14 | Chris Clarke
    This is well outside California, but it may well have ramifications in the Golden State: A lawsuit threatened by a pair of bird conservation groups has halted a wind power development the federal government had planned along the Lake Erie shore in Ohio. **SNIP** "We are absolutely elated that the Air National Guard has halted this project, at least temporarily and possibly for good," said BSBO Executive Director Kimberly Kaufman, adding that BSBO would continue to gather petition signatures despite the ANG's decision. "We want to document the full extent of the opposition to this -- and similar projects in...
  • Wind Turbine In Ohio Bird Zone Halted

    01/30/2014 2:47:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Earth Techling ^ | 1/30/14 | Pete Danko
    A U.S. military project to erect a 131-foot-tall wind turbine with rotor blades 135 feet in diameter in what a conservation group calls “one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere” has been abruptly halted. The decision to stop work on a 600-kilowatt turbine at Camp Perry along Lake Erie was revealed in a letter [PDF] from the National Guard Bureau (the entity that runs the National Guard) to the attorneys representing the American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory, who earlier this month had threatened a lawsuit if the project proceeded. **SNIP** “The victory sends...
  • Winter Bird Feeder Report from Valley Forge

    01/24/2014 1:20:45 PM PST · by Doc Savage · 55 replies
    January 24, 2014 | Doc Savage
    We have about a foot of snow on the ground here at Valley Forge. Birds have been very active at our feeder. We're using Cherry-Scented Dark Oil Sunflower Seeds - no squirrels!! This morning, about 6*F, we had lots of Cardinals plus the usual assortment of Juncos, Sparrows, Black-Capped Chickadees, Purple Finches, and Blue Jays. I did a double take this afternoon as I saw a Carolina Wren - the eyebrow and beak were unmistakeable - for the first time ever. We had a Northern Flicker a few weeks back but he hasn't returned. Just wondering what you've had at...
  • Bird Report in Your Area; Sightings, Activity & Survival during Polar Vortex [Vanity]

    01/07/2014 10:48:03 AM PST · by Obama_Is_A_Feminist · 63 replies
    Janurary 7, 2014 | OBAMA_IS_A_FEMINIST
    How are birds in your area dealing with the cold weather? Any sightings or interesting stories worth sharing here? There are reports of Arctic birds coming down into North America, including parts of the United States during this 'polar vortex'.. Any sightings? Some birds flee the cold areas for warmer climates, and some stay and endure it by hiding in sheltered areas such as hollow or thick trees in groups. If you have the means to set food out for birds, finding food is more of a problem for them during cold temperatures than enduring the temperature is.
  • Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife

    11/21/2013 8:55:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    KCET ^ | 11/20/13 | Chris Clarke
    California's newest wind turbines may be killing more than 100,000 birds a year, according to a peer-reviewed study to be published in December. Those mortalities seem to climb the taller wind turbines get. And California wind turbines kill more wildlife per megawatt than identical turbines in other parts of the country. ... The study, conducted by Scott R. Loss and Peter P. Marra from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Will, appears in the December 2013 issue of the journal Biological Conservation. The study was based on a survey of...
  • Solar Plants Are Burning Birds' Wings

    11/14/2013 10:35:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Vice.com ^ | 11/12/13 | Lex Berko
    Two months ago, 34 birds were found dead or injured on the site of the Ivanpah solar plant owned by BrightSource Energy in east San Bernardino County, California. Almost half suffered from singed feathers after running afoul of the plant’s reflected beams of sunlight, according to a report from The Desert Sun. This was not an isolated incident: another 19 were found dead at the 500-megawatt Desert Sunlight plant, which is also located in California. So what’s going on here? Why are birds dropping like their winged-brethren, flies, around these plants and what can we do? The Californian desert has...
  • Egyptian authorities detain suspected 'spy' bird

    08/31/2013 3:19:35 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    beaumontenterprise.com ^ | Updated 2:11 pm, Saturday, August 31, 2013 | TONY G. GABRIEL, Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) — In a case that ruffled feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy. A man in Egypt's Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, found the suspicious bird among four others near his home and brought them to a police station Friday, said Mohammed Kamal, the head of the security in the region. There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator. On Saturday, a veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was neither a...
  • Blurry vision alert! Video for animal (bird) and nature lovers.

    08/23/2013 11:56:06 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Liveleak ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Juggernaut
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  • (ITEOTWAWKI) ... Zombie Pigeons Invade Moscow

    08/20/2013 6:55:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2013 | James Marson
    Zombie Pigeons Invade Moscow MOSCOW–This summer, zombie birds have come to Russia’s capital. In what some might compare to a horror film–or even a sign of the apocalypse–the streets of Moscow have been littered with dead and sick pigeons in the past week. Videos posted on the Internet show pigeons twisting their necks, walking backward in circles or standing completely still with their heads on the ground. Muscovites are calling them “zombie pigeons.” Corpses of those that don’t survive have been spotted across the city. Russia’s chief sanitary official, Gennady Onishchenko, said Friday that veterinarians had concluded the pigeons were...
  • Birdwatchers Gather To See Rare Bird...Which Flies Into A [wind power] Turbine, Dies

    07/01/2013 2:34:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2013 | Jon David Kahn
    SCOTLAND -- 80 birdwatchers got together in Scotland to get a glimpse of a White-throated Needletail: a rare bird that has not been seen in the United Kingdom for 22 years. The birders were there to watch the world's fastest flying bird, instead they witnessed it fly directly into a wind turbine where it was killed instantly. According to Bird Guides' Josh Jones: "It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine."
  • Government Sex Education and More -- for the Birds [Snark intended]

    06/09/2013 10:47:26 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 9, 2013 | Dan Miller / Ima Librul
    More Federal studies and grants are needed and we can't wait. Editor's note: This is a guest post by the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He recently explained some of his difficulties in growing pineapples and focuses here on other major problems and opportunities facing modern American society. We are privileged to have a post of this caliber by a quintessential Librul such as the Senator. He is a charter member of President Obama’s Go For It Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also...
  • Obama administration allows wind farms to kill eagles, birds, despite federal laws

    05/16/2013 2:52:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Newser ^ | 5/14/13 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    Wind farms in this corner of Wyoming have killed more than four dozen golden eagles since 2009, one of the deadliest places in the country of its kind. But so far, the companies operating industrial-sized turbines here and elsewhere that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted - even though every death is a criminal violation. The Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits, and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines. But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that...
  • Israeli 'Birds' An Effective Tool in Convicting Terrorists

    05/16/2013 2:28:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/5/13
    Arab terrorists who in the past served terms in Israeli prisons warned prisoners currently being held for terrorism to watch out for a group of undercover informers seeking to trip them up, who are known as “birds.” The network apparently stretches far and wide, with these "birds" tasked with wheedling out confessions that lead to convictions through a mixture of charm, camaraderie and favors. The “birds” usually pose as terrorists themselves, the Arabs said, as reported by AFP. Ahmed Azzam, 30, says his first exposure to the "birds" was after several unsuccessful Israeli attempts at interrogating him. “When I was...
  • Vultures eat woman's body in 50 minutes after fall off cliff [protected species in France]

    05/09/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2013 | Enrique Calvo
    Major Didier Pericou told The Times of Europe, "When we first went out in the helicopter looking for the body, we saw numerous vultures without realizing what they were doing." Pericou added that the incident has reignited calls from local farmers to allow hunting of the birds. The Times reported that Pyrénéan farmers have been demanding the right to shoot the birds, known as Griffon Vultures, because they've been attacking sheep and cows. But the species is protected in France and has lost access to its normal diet of carcasses due to European health and safety regulations.
  • SPRING STILL COMING ON

    04/07/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies
    self | April 07, 2013 | swampsniper
    I got out with my son in law, got coffee and just rode around. Grandson is at National Guard annual training through this month so it's quiet around here. Even when he is asleep there is a subliminal rumble present LOL, and you miss it when he goes out the door.The ponds were all quiet today, nothing but sunning Red-eared Sliders, Trachemys s. elegant. Believe it or not these are the same turtles they used to sell in dime stores, with the little tank and a plastic palm tree. Last week they were just peeking out of the water, today...
  • John McCain Was Right... WHY Didn't We Listen to Him?

    03/14/2013 3:48:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    -and stop the wackobirds when we still had the chance! YouTube   Daily Caller
  • John Kerry jokes about killing George Bush [in case you missed it]

    02/25/2013 12:45:08 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 18 replies
    YouTube --> Hannity Colmes --> Bill Maher ^ | 2006 ?? | John Kerry on Bill Maher show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HoaC3iRx44 http://newsbusters.org/node/8175 Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone. Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.
  • Vultures Swarm N.C. Neighborhood

    02/16/2013 6:09:13 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 42 replies
    ABC News Blogs ^ | 02-16-2013 | By Alexis Shaw
    Thanks to a mild winter, swarms of turkey vultures have made themselves at home in Shelby, N.C., but town residents are wary of their neighbors. While the birds normally pass through the city while migrating south for the winter, the vultures have been sticking around this year, swarming lawns and making residents nervous. "We are just not getting cold enough to push them along," Kristen Duren, an intern with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the state agriculture service, told ABC's Charlotte, N.C. affiliate WSOC-TV. "What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds."
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • Report: Wind tax credits subsidize ‘killing of federally protected birds’

    10/05/2012 11:19:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    The government is effectively subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds, according to a report which highlights a wide range of subsidies given to the wind industry. “If Congress extends the PTC, federal taxpayers will, in effect, be subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds,” writes Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the report’s author. “Despite numerous violations, the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has unofficially exempted the wind industry from prosecution under the Eagle Protection and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts,” Bryce continues. “By exempting the wind industry from prosecution under the...
  • Warwick woman accused of training pet bird to swear at ex-husband's new girlfriend

    09/07/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | September 7, 2012 | Mike McKinney
    WARWICK, R.I. -- A year-long dispute has landed two neighbors in court. At issue: Willy's the cockatoo's salty language. In court documents, Kathleen Melker of 55 Harris Ave. asserts she was within earshot of Willy, her neighbor's pet, when he repeatedly called her "whore." The incident, she says, punctuated an acrimonious relationship with Lynne Taylor of 51 Harris Ave. that she says included Taylor pelting rocks over the fence and threats to capture Melker's cat and "drown it in the Bay." No charges have been filed.
  • Argentines Plan to Shoot Gulls to Save the Whales

    08/29/2012 4:27:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    NY Times | AP ^ | 8/28/12
    <p>BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What began as bizarre bird behavior has turned into something out of a horror film for threatened whales in Argentina, where seagulls have learned that pecking at the whales' backs can get them a regular seafood dinner.</p>
  • Study: Kitties kill 500 million birds, should be regulated

    08/06/2012 2:16:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 136 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 8/6/12 | Paul Bedard
    Pet kitties and their wild feral relatives kill a shocking 500 million birds and over 3 billion other animals according to new studies, prompting a leading Washington-based bird protection group to demand that local governments order their dog catchers to snag cats too. One disturbing new study is based on evidence from "KittyCams" strapped on to 60 outdoor pet cats in Athens, Ga. The results: They each averaged 2.1 "kills" a week. Just 13 percent were birds, the rest voles, lizards, chipmunks, frogs and small snakes. Based on the joint University of Georgia-National Geographic study of pet cats and another...
  • Bird group sues Obama administration over wind power

    06/27/2012 9:55:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    human events ^ | 6/27/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    A lack of transparency by top Obama administration officials has prompted an environmental group to sue the Interior Department to determine whether wind power projects are killing large numbers of bats and birds. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accusing the government of intentionally withholding the information and refusing to comply with requests for certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “It’s ridiculous that Americans have to sue in order to find out what their government is saying to wind companies about our wildlife,” ......
  • San Francisco to study birds to keep America's Cup afloat

    06/19/2012 4:51:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2012 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Matier
    To keep the big America's Cup contest afloat, San Francisco has agreed to spend $150,000 to study whether the racing boats - and their towering sails - will scare birds on the bay. The study, which will be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, is part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by a group that included former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin. "It's not that we're trying to head-shrink the birds," said Mike Lynes of the Golden Gate Audubon Society. "But when they take off because they are frightened, they expend energy, and that can affect their...
  • Birds hit vice president's plane while landing

    04/20/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/20/12 | AP
    Officials say birds struck Vice President Joe Biden's plane as it was landing Thursday night at Santa Barbara Airport in California. Nobody was injured. Maj. Michelle Lai of the U.S. Air Force 89th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office says two to three birds hit the right side of Air Force Two.
  • Shooter mistakes woman's mohawk for fowl, runs afoul of the law

    03/30/2012 9:42:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 32 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 3/23/12 | Paul Shockley
    Derrill Rockwell told police he grabbed his rifle, the .22-caliber he kept handy to kill rodents around the house, about 5 a.m. Oct. 5 and walked outside to confront it. The bird. Possibly, he told police, the same fowl he suspected of harassing his cats recently around his home near Orchard Mesa Cemetery. It was red, sitting at the top of a hill about 90 feet away from Rockwell. “His intent was to spook it away,” Deputy District Attorney Jason Conley told District Judge Richard Gurley on Friday. Rockwell shot once but said he didn’t see the bird fly away....
  • Crab amputates its own claw after battle with angry birds (so it can grow BACK!)

    03/21/2012 6:40:27 PM PDT · by rawhide · 16 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3-21-12 | Ted Thornhill
    When it comes to fearless battlefield feats – there can be few to match that of the crab that amputated its own claw. Filmed on the remote Pacific island of Clipperton, the crustacean is initially part of a raiding party on the nest of a group of Boobie birds. However, he gets separated from his comrades and comes under a vicious attack. The angry birds relentlessly peck him and in the end badly injure one of his claws. But this is no defeat for the crab. Instead of feeling sorry for himself he courageously cuts off the limp limb and...
  • Poisonous Aalgae Has Been Blamed for Making Birds Attack People

    12/31/2011 6:52:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Times (Australia) ^ | January 01, 2012 | John Harlow
    THE mass attack by seabirds on a coastal town that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The Birds may finally have been explained. Biologists have blamed toxic algae eaten by the birds for damaging their brains and making them so aggressive that they dived at people, buildings and moving cars in Capitola, California, in 1961. Hitchcock's film, released two years later, was inspired partly by the event and partly by a short story by Daphne du Maurier about an unexplained avian attack on a Cornish farm worker and his family. In the Californian incident, hundreds of normally unaggressive sooty shearwater gulls suddenly,...
  • Are birds getting bigger because of global climate change?

    11/08/2011 7:48:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Nov.7, 2011
    Birds in central California are significantly larger than they were 25 to 40 years ago, and researchers believe it may be because they are bulking up in body weight to ride out severe storms related to global climate change. Over the last 25 years, a robin, for example, has increased about an eighth of an inch in wing length and about 0.2 ounces in mass, according to a paper published online in Global Change Biology. The findings fly in the face of assumptions based on an ecological benchmark known as Bergmann’s rule: Birds and mammals tend to be larger at...
  • Oil company agrees to plead guilty in deaths of 12 birds in North Dakota waste ponds, pay $12,000

    10/25/2011 5:08:33 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 21 replies · 1+ views
    washpost ^ | 10/24/11
    One of seven oil companies charged with killing migratory birds during drilling operations in North Dakota has agreed to plead guilty and pay $12,000. Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., of Wichita, Kan., was charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with for killing 12 birds that died after allegedly landing in oil waste pits in western North Dakota from May 6 through June 20. Under a plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Slawson will pay $12,000 — or $1,000 per bird — to the nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The maximum penalty for each misdemeanor charge under the Migratory...
  • Oil Companies Prosecuted for 28 Dead Waterfowl While Wind Companies kill 400,000+ Every Year

    10/23/2011 10:37:01 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 30, 2011 | Dave Urbanski
    You may have gotten wind of the seven North Dakota oil companies recently charged in federal court with the deaths of 28 migratory birds. The birds allegedly landed in oil waste pits in western North Dakota last spring; the maximum penalty for each charge under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine, the AP said. But did you know that wind-power companies are responsible for more than 400,000 bird deaths annually, and not one has faced a single charge? The Wall Street Journal knows it, opining yesterday that the prosecutions are “bird-brained,” especially...
  • Robots of a feather.

    10/08/2011 9:09:59 AM PDT · by ken21 · 11 replies
    wsj ^ | 100811 | christopher shea
    Robots of a Feather... LIS/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology A rendering of flying robots in Switzerland; connecting lines indicate Wi-Fi links. Relying on algorithms created to render flocks of birds in computer graphics, engineers have created flying robots that travel in swarms.
  • San Francisco Supes Take Unnecessary Flier on Bird Safety

    10/04/2011 5:50:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    Does San Francisco have a serious problem with birds flying into tall buildings? Was there a good reason the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a "bird-safe" building ordinance last month? I asked Supervisors David Chiu and John Avalos on Saturday why they supported the measure, at a mayoral candidates debate hosted by the West of Twin Peaks Central Council. Their answers were instructive. Chiu seemed put out that he had been asked such a trivial question. The board has spent about "40 seconds" on the measure, he assured me, less time than during Saturday's debate. Avalos answered that he knows...
  • A Tale of Two Cockies

    08/23/2011 8:25:04 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 7 replies
    juliusbergh.com ^ | 2006 | Julius Bergh & Col Stringer
    A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the Vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her - for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit - and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild Cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors.
  • LATEST FROM THE THRIFT SHOP

    08/14/2011 10:59:56 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 39 replies
    self | August 15, 2011 | swampsniper
    On my last trip to the thrift shop there was a mysterious Nauguhyde bag in the show case. Y'all know me, LOL, I just had to look!The Pentax ME Super was made around 1980, it's a compact by SLR standards but built like a brick. This is the SE version, top ot the crop.I got a 50mm f2 Pentax lens and an 80-200 f4,5, all in mint condition, a 2X TC and a bunch of filters, plus a really nice bag.These are with the 80-200 f4.5.I had the film run at Walgreens and scanned the negatives on my Epson 3590.
  • Giant fossil shows huge birds lived among dinosaurs

    08/10/2011 5:21:06 PM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8-10-2011
    An enormous jawbone found in Kazakhstan is further evidence that giant birds roamed - or flew above - the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs. Writing in Biology Letters, researchers say the new species, Samrukia nessovi, had a skull some 30cm long. If flightless, the bird would have been 2-3m tall; if it flew, it may have had a wingspan of 4m. The find is only the second bird of such a size in the Cretaceous geologic period, and the first in Asia. The only other evidence of a bird of such a size during the period was...
  • Woodpecker-Saving Daughter Costs Mom $500, Possible Jail Time (year in jail)

    08/02/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    WUSA TV | August 2, 2011 | Kristin Fisher
    Title and link only -- Gannett stationhttp://wusa9.com/news/article/161065/158/Woodpecker-Saving-Daughter-Costs-Mom-500
  • Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says (Archaeopteryx)

    07/27/2011 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | By MALCOLM RITTER
    One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all. Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after...
  • Are cats bad for the environment?

    07/13/2011 9:08:14 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 57 replies · 1+ views
    http://blogs.courant.com/susan_campbell ^ | 11 July 2011 | Susan Campbell
    According to this Mother Jones article, cats kill birds -- many of which are vital to the ecosystem -- at an alarming rate. Wind tunnels have nothing on Kitty. Also, feral cats are disease-toting menaces -- and their population has tripled over the last four decades. Efforts to staunch the numbers with trap-neuter-return aren't enough. (They do not, however, suck the breath out of new babies. At least give them that.) Seems harsh, yes? I am not a cat lover. In fact, I'm a card-carrying not-cat lover, though I've owned cats -- if you can actually own a cat. I...
  • Bald eagles attack post office at Alaska port

    06/15/2011 10:03:55 AM PDT · by STE=Q · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 15, 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    A pair of bald eagles nesting near the U.S. Post Office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, has taken to dive-bombing customers, in one case drawing blood, authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Sighted and Recorded

    04/29/2011 12:40:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 04-29-2011 | Naval Research Laboratory
    Dr. Michael Collins, Naval Research Laboratory scientist and bird watcher, has published an article titled "Putative audio recordings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)" which appears in the March issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The audio recordings were captured in two videos of birds with characteristics consistent with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. This footage was obtained near the Pearl River in Louisiana, where there is a history of unconfirmed reports of this species. During five years of fieldwork, Collins had ten sightings and also heard the characteristic "kent" calls of this species on two occasions. Scientists...
  • 50 birds fall dead into Kansas yard

    04/08/2011 7:52:25 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 4-8-11 | AP
    A central Kansas family hopes to learn what caused the deaths of dozens of birds that fell from trees outside their house. Elizabeth Stange says it started with one or two birds tumbling to the ground Thursday afternoon, followed by dozens more. The Sterling woman told KWCH-TV that the birds all died within minutes of each other. By evening, Stange says, she and her family collected about 50 birds from their driveway and yard. Stange says a local veterinarian told her the birds probably ate something poisonous. But a few were sent to Kansas State University for a closer look....
  • Is there a better caption for this photo?

    03/02/2011 8:46:26 PM PST · by Freeper Fanatic · 24 replies
    Unknown ^ | 03/02/82011 | Freeper Fanatic
    This captioned photo was too good not to share. Anybody want to try for a better caption?
  • Rescued dove from cat. Now what?!

    01/26/2011 10:33:13 AM PST · by Excellence · 105 replies
    self | January 26, 2011 | self
    I tied two bells to one of our cats to keep her from going after cats, but she still got one this morning. I rescued the bird, but now he can't really fly. He let me pick him up and put him in, ironically, a cat carrier. So I'm looking for advice. He's resting comfortably now. How soon should I try to feed him? What about water, small cup or big bowl? He's mostly white, with a little bit of grey.