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  • Big Bear’s bald eagle eggs aren’t likely to hatch, U.S. Forest Service says-LIVE STREAM

    02/25/2020 4:00:47 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/25/2020 | Colleen Shalby
    For nearly two months, a pair of bald eagles in the San Bernardino National Forest have watched vigilantly over two eggs laid in early January, but officials say it’s looking like the eggs aren’t likely to hatch. The chicks should have been born around Valentine’s Day, but on Feb. 21 — more than 40 days after the eggs were laid — the U.S. Forest Service delivered the disappointing news. “It’s hard to say this,” the officials wrote on Facebook in announcing that the odds were against the eggs hatching. The chances “are diminishing each day,” they wrote. “The window of...
  • 25 things New Jersey people freaking LOVE

    02/23/2020 6:49:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 49 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | 02.14.20 | Bobby Olivier
    It’s Valentine’s Day and that means love, right? Sappy greeting cards. Heart-shaped candy. Professions of undying romance blah, blah, blah.Let’s talk about something that actually matters today: New Jersey people and all the things we love, love, love no matter what day of the year it is. One of the many punchlines thrown our way is that we’re a joyless bunch who are quicker to hate something than to embrace it as our own. Not true! Well, not always true, anyway. Here are 25 items, behaviors and misfortunes of others we Garden Staters love above all else. Enjoy your price-gauged...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 22-29, 2020

    02/22/2020 8:47:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies
    February 22, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • VIDEO: Coyote leads police helicopter on 'chase'

    02/21/2020 10:07:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 20, 2020
    A unique "police chase" unfolded Thursday afternoon at the Sacramento Executive Airport. A coyote spotted on the airfield led a Sacramento police helicopter on a "chase." It appeared like the helicopter was trying to herd the coyote off the runways and back into the surrounding areas.
  • Democratic candidates engage in lengthy debate over climate change (only 10.93 years left)

    02/21/2020 2:27:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | 2/20/20 | Rebecca Beitsch
    Democratic presidential candidates discussed climate change at length on the debate stage Wednesday night, addressing energy sources ranging from natural gas to lithium batteries. White House hopefuls fielded questions on the topic for 15 minutes, dwarfing the amount of time devoted to environmental issues at earlier debates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slightly walked back from her pledge to stop mining and oil and gas drilling on public lands. "You got to have lithium, you got to have copper for renewable energy. How do you do that?" moderator Jon Ralston asked her, referring to minerals needed to make batteries. "If we...
  • A woman's Great Pyrenees helped track down a rare black coyote after they became backyard buds

    02/20/2020 2:53:58 PM PST · by beaversmom · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | February 20, 2020 | Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries, CNN
    Every day for a week, the strange, happy visitor would drop to play with her Great Pyrenees. She thought Ruth Bader, the dog, had made a new dog companion. Nope, it was a coyote. And the animal was on the lam. Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project told Vanessa Prior, Ruth Bader's human, that they had been trying to track down the rare, black coyote for over a month. It had been spotted around the Smyrna and Vinings, Georgia, areas playing with neighborhood dogs. "It was very friendly," co-founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project Christopher Mowry told CNN. "It was...
  • Beachfront Camping Coming to Fort Ord Dunes

    02/20/2020 11:09:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 19, 2020
    The Central Coast is getting a new beachfront campground. California State Parks has been trying to build campsites at Fort Ord Dunes State Park for more than a decade and the project is finally moving forward. Advertisement "This spring we are really excited to announce that we are going out to bid," said State Parks Monterey District Superintendent Brent Marshall. State Parks has received all of the necessary permits and Marshall said construction on the $25 million project could start as soon as this fall. The campground will be nestled between the dunes and out of the view of Highway...
  • Chinese National Missing for Five Days in Queensland Bush Used Milk Bottle to Survive

    02/19/2020 10:35:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    7News ^ | Monday, 17 February 2020 | Michael Doyle
    A Chinese student who survived in flooded and dense Gold Coast bushland for five days used an empty milk bottle in a life-preserving bid to collect water. Yang Chen went missing on Wednesday last week while walking with a friend in the Tallebudgera Valley. A Chinese student who survived in flooded and dense Gold Coast bushland for five days used an empty milk bottle in a life-preserving bid to collect water. Despite losing her shoes and surviving in caves, Chen has no serious health concerns. Brailsford said Chen jokingly credited survival and adventure-style TV shows for helping her stay alive....
  • Could Snake Venom Cure Cancer? Colorado Scientists Say Research Suggests So

    02/19/2020 6:54:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | February 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm | By Dillon Thomas
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A team of scientists at the University of Northern Colorado believe venom from venomous snakes could carry the cure to cancer. Dr. Stephen Mackessy, professor at UNC’s School of Biology, says studies show venoms in different snakes can attack human cancer cells in unique ways. (credit: CBS) To conduct the study, Mackessy’s students are given access to hundreds of snakes from around the world, all of which are stored in a secured facility on the campus of UNC. From rattlesnakes to vipers, the students are able to extract venom from each snake to study the compounds...
  • The 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey

    02/18/2020 6:49:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 134 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | 02.15.20 | Peter Genovese
    There are about 9 million of us living here, and we all can’t be delusional. Apart from those who live here primarily because of job or family, most New Jerseyans live here because they like it here! New York City is a quick PATH or train ride away — why live there? The Shore, the Pine Barrens, beautiful countryside, diners, beaches, the nation’s most diverse city, small towns, great scenic highways — does any state pack as much variety into one compact package as New Jersey? Nope. Here are the 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey, from someone...
  • Orcas Spotted Early in Monterey Bay

    02/18/2020 3:35:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 17, 2020 | Caitlin Conrad
    Typically orcas don't show up in Monterey until April and May but this year something different is happening.Spectacular video from local outfitter Monterey Bay Whale Watch shows orca action in the Monterey Bay on Friday. The whale watching outfitter's owner and marine biologist Nancy Black said her crews came across two killer whale pods. Making for some happy tourists. Advertisement "Killer whales are the top everybody is hoping to see them," said Black. On Monday the orcas were nowhere to be seen. "One humpback whale and they said 11 gray whales," said whale watcher Michelle Chen about what she saw...
  • Colorado skier dies from asphyxiation by his coat on a chair lift

    02/18/2020 7:29:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | February 18, 2020 | Madeline Holcombe and Konstantin Toropin
    The 46-year-old man from New Jersey died in a "serious incident" on February 13, Vail Mountain said in the statement. It began when the man boarded the Skyline Express lift on chair 37 in the Blue Sky Basin, the statement said. He then fell through an opening in the seat and was caught with his coat wrapped around his head and neck, according to CNN affiliate KMGH. Reports indicate his chair was left in the upright position, which caused him to fall through when he sat, the station said. His death was caused by positional asphyxia and has been ruled...
  • Human compost funerals 'better for environment'

    02/17/2020 3:58:58 PM PST · by southern rock · 90 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 03/16/20 | Pallab Ghosh
    A US firm has given scientific details of its "human composting" process for environmentally friendly funerals. A pilot study on deceased volunteers showed that soft tissue broke down safely and completely within 30 days. The firm, Recompose, claims that its process saves more than a tonne of carbon, compared to cremation or traditional burial. It says that it will offer the world's first human composting service in Washington state from next February. Speaking exclusively to BBC News, Recompose's chief executive and founder, Katrina Spade, said that concerns about climate change had been a big factor in so many people expressing...
  • Climate change may eradicate 1/3 of animal and plant species in 50 years, study suggests (only 10.94 years left)

    02/16/2020 4:15:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 77 replies
    CBS 'News' ^ | 2/15/20 | LI COHEN
    In 50 years, Billie Eilish will be turning 69 years old, technology will likely be unrecognizable, and the world may have lost 1/3 of all its plant and animal species. A new study has found that warming temperatures will likely cause hundreds of species to go extinct. Researchers at the University of Arizona analyzed 538 plant and animal species from around the world, 44% of which already faced local extinctions in at least one area in the world. What they discovered is that the areas that suffered from species extinctions had "larger and faster changes in hottest yearly temperatures than...
  • Tiny Dancer: Scientists spy on booty-shaking bees to help conservation

    02/15/2020 11:37:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | February 13, 2020 | Paul J. Richards
    We've long known honey bees shake their behinds to communicate the location of high-value flower patches to one another, a form of signaling that scientists refer to as "waggle dances." A group of US biologists have now decoded the meaning of over 1,500 of these jigs, providing conservation groups trying to boost the imperiled species' population with new insights into their dietary preferences. "The thing I think is the most interesting about bees is their communication," Morgan Carr-Markell, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota and the lead author of a new study published in the journal PLOS One,...
  • ‘Massive’ 20-foot-long great white shark off Florida coast leaves scuba divers in awe

    02/15/2020 7:35:17 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 27 replies
    Capr Cod Times ^ | Feb 14, 2020 | By Ed Killer / Treasure Coast
    Tuesday, during a trip on Walker’s Dive Charters out of Riviera Beach, Florida, a group of scuba divers encountered a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a great white shark. The encounter took place near a spot known as the Breakers Reef, a mile offshore of the Breakers Hotel on Palm Beach. During the dive, a great white shark about 20 feet long slowly drifted by near the bottom, enabling divers to get photos and brief video. On average, female great white sharks measure 15-16 feet in length, and males grow to 11-13 feet, according to the Smithsonian.snip A team from the Massachusetts...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 15-21, 2020

    02/15/2020 5:08:16 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 47 replies
    February 15, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Ohio Groom and Groomsmen Run Relay the Morning of His Wedding

    02/14/2020 4:20:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 12, 2020 | Gabrielle Hondorp
    In most cases, if someone is sprinting away on their wedding day, it’s not a great sign. But David Ryland wasn’t a runaway groom in the traditional sense; he was just getting in one last race before tying the knot. Last September, Ryland, 26, and a handful of his best friends ran the Akron Marathon as a relay just hours before his wedding ceremony began. The Brecksville, Ohio, native was no stranger to the Akron Marathon, which he has finished twice as an individual as well as twice as part of a relay. As a competitive runner since his preteen...
  • At 700 pounds, black bear killed in New Jersey sets world record, says national hunting group

    02/14/2020 2:20:08 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 57 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 02/24/2020 | Frank Kummer
    A 700-pound black bear killed by bow on private land in Morris County, N.J., has set a world record for North American black bear, besting the mark set in 1993, according to a national organization. The bear’s size didn’t surprise at least one hunting advocate who said the high weight is the result of state restrictions on hunting that allow bears to multiply and get dangerously big. ---SNIP--- Melillo told Pope & Young that he had read an article in Outdoor Life magazine stating that a world record black bear would likely come some day from New Jersey.
  • IRON DOG 2020 Snow Machine Race – Official Thread

    02/14/2020 9:52:29 AM PST · by Qiviut · 51 replies
    Iron Dog ^ | 2/14/20 | Qiviut
    The Iron Dog 2020 Race (Pro Class) begins Sunday, February 16th at 11:00 AM AK time. The Recreation Class started yesterday, Thursday the 13th, so they are already on the trail. The Iron Dog is the World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race and covers more than 2,400 miles as it traverses the Alaskan backcountry. NEW COURSE FOR 2020: Starting in Fairbanks, racers speed down the Yukon River and cut overland toward the Bering Sea coast, then make a roughly 375-mile loop through Kotzebue, before reaching the halfway point in Nome. Racers then turn their sleds south, where the route follows the...