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  • Monarch Butterflies Could Be Near Extinction

    01/21/2021 12:15:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 20, 2021 | Joel Stauffer
    The Central Coast has seen a near 100% drop of the butterflies since the 1980s.
  • Elephant freed from fishing net in reservoir in India

    01/19/2021 6:31:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 19 | Ben Hooper
    Wildlife rescuers responded to a reservoir in India where an elephant became stranded in the water with its legs tangled in a fishing net. The Forest Department said rescue crews responded to the Nugu reservoir, near Bandipur, when an elephant was seen standing in place in the water for more than three hours, sparking suspicions that the animal's legs were tangled in an illegal fishing net. The crews confirmed the elephant was caught in a net, but they couldn't get close enough to help because the animal would splash at boats that approached. The elephant finally allowed the rescue boats...
  • Christ Below The Sea (short video)

    01/19/2021 11:42:04 AM PST · by OneVike · 11 replies
    The Reason For My Faith ^ | 1/18/20 | Chuck Ness
    The original clay model used as the mold for the famous, "Il Cristo degli Abissi" statue, can be seen at the Ravenna "National Museum of the Underwater Activities" in Italy. The original statue is in the Mediterranean sea off San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. The statue was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 meters depth, and stands 2.5 meters (8.5 feet) tall. Professor Guido Galletti cast the original from the inspiration of the first Italian to use SCUBA gear, swimmer/diver Duilo Merchant. Galletti wanted a symbol to inspire all who...
  • Animals Interrupting Wildlife Photographers

    01/19/2021 11:17:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Swiss Miss ^ | 1-18-21
    These photos of animals interrupting wildlife photographers made me smile. So stinking adorable.
  • Scientists Just Discovered 3 New Kinds of Carnivorous Sponge in The Deep Ocean

    01/18/2021 6:57:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | JACINTA BOWLER | 18 JANUARY 2021
    Lycopodina hystrix. (Ekins et al., Zootaxa, 2020) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though we know the deep sea is weird, 'carnivorous sea sponges' still sound like something from a sci-fi movie. And yet, researchers just announced the discovery of three new such species off the coast of Australia. Go a few hundred metres deep into the ocean, and it starts to look like you're in a whole new world: From a creature that looks like a sea star crossed with an octopus, to shark-devouring fish, to carnivorous sponges we've never seen before. "It just goes to show how much of our deep oceans...
  • Heat wave brings thousands to the Big Sur coastline

    01/17/2021 9:29:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 17, 2021 | Kyla Linville
    Clear skies and abnormally warm weather in January brought several people to the Big Sur coastlineClear skies and abnormally warm weather in January brought several people to the Big Sur coastline, but with so many people out and about the chance for social distancing starts to become difficult. Scenic lookouts like the one over at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park attract hundreds of tourists to witness Big Sur’s beautiful vistas. However, the path to get there is a tight squeeze. Although it makes some visitors slightly uncomfortable, like Los Angeles resident Max Taylor, he said it’s worth it for his...
  • Worried About Earth’s Future? Well, The Outlook Is Worse Than Even Scientists Can Grasp [for the record: see comment]

    01/16/2021 8:54:37 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | The Conversation
    ...just how bad is the situation? Our new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood.The research published today reviews more than 150 studies to produce a stark summary of the state of the natural world...Our paper was authored by 17 leading scientists... While the problems are too numerous to cover in full here, they include:a halving of vegetation biomass since the agricultural revolution around 11,000 years ago...about 1,300 documented species extinctions over the past 500 years, with many more unrecorded... Read more: What is a 'mass extinction' and are we in one...
  • Yellowstone Wolverine Captured on Trail Camera for First Time

    01/15/2021 9:34:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 01.14.21 | Keenan Crow
    An animal not often seen around Yellowstone National Park was captured on film in a trail cam video last month, officials say. Video of the Yellowstone wolverine is very exciting for park biologists, who say this is the first video footage of the species since remote cameras have been deployed in the park. In a Facebook post, Yellowstone park officials said one of the ecosystem’s most elusive mammals triggered a remote trail camera outside the Mammoth Hot Springs area last month – the Browning trail camera footage shows the video was recorded on December 4, 2020 at 7:41 A.M. Pretty...
  • Commentary: Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before (only 10.05 years left)

    01/15/2021 2:19:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Press Herald ^ | 1/15/21 | Bill Ritter Jr.
    Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before – by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way. The strategy is evident in the people Biden has chosen for his Cabinet and senior leadership roles: Most have track records for incorporating climate change concerns into a wide range of policies, and they have experience partnering across agencies and levels of government. Those skills are crucial, because slowing climate change will require a comprehensive and coordinated “all hands on deck” approach. **SNIP**...
  • London Bridge day: the story of Lake Havasu’s grandiose antique

    01/14/2021 3:46:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    St. George News ^ | January 10, 2021 | Reuben Wadsworth
    FEATURE — Anyone wanting a dose of authentic European architecture and ambiance does not have to hop on a plane and “cross the pond” but drive just over four hours south of St. George to what one writer called “The largest antique ever sold.” That large antique is the London Bridge, which is now located in Lake Havasu City in northwestern Arizona. It’s not the original London Bridge, nor is it one that inspired the nursery rhyme or song. Even so, it is an impressive sight in the United States. A series of bridges have spanned the River Thames in...
  • California deputy kills mountain lion that stalked family in broad daylight

    01/14/2021 12:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14 | Amy Graff
    A California sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a mountain lion Monday that was stalking a family of four on a bike trail in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Placerville, county officials said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said it responded late Monday afternoon to a 911 call from a couple with two small children in a stroller and two small dogs. The adult mountain lion followed the family for 10 minutes and continued to track them even when they yelled, according to reports. When a deputy arrived on the scene, he watched the lion pacing back and forth...
  • Can Ammunition "Go Bad"?

    01/14/2021 11:49:50 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 58 replies
    NRA Family ^ | Monday, October 28, 2019 | Jeff Johnston
    We know you love to stash ammo, because no gun owner wants to be without a few rounds when they need it most. But does it have a shelf-life? When does it go bad, if ever? In this article we’ll examine what causes ammo to peter-out, and what you can do to prolong its life. I remember the day I asked my father if we could shoot “the old .303.” To my delight, he said yes. (I guess he’d had a good day at work, because I’d been asking him for years!) He’d bought the Lee Enfield WWI-era bolt-action...
  • These are our favorite Bay Area hikes you should try in 2021

    01/13/2021 12:23:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 5, 2021 | Alex Shultz
    Montara Mountain Trail Location: San Pedro Valley County Park, near Pacifica "One of the best returns on uphill-hiking investment in the Bay Area has to be the Montara Mountain Trail," says SFGATE homepage editor Greg Keraghosian. "The reward for completing this 6.7-mile loop is a stunning panoramic view that includes Montara State Beach to the west, the Golden Gate Bridge to the north and the Port of Oakland to the east. There’s an odd bonus at the peak should you wander off the fire trail: abandoned, rusted cars that seem to have been enjoying their ocean views for decades." Resolution...
  • Communicating in an Insurrection: Amateur Radio and You – A GUEST POST BY Nathan Brindle, KC9YTJ

    01/13/2021 10:38:42 AM PST · by tbw2 · 43 replies
    According to Hoyt ^ | January 13, 2021 | Nathan Brindle, KC9YTJ
    What’s the point of bothering, and spending all that money, if everything goes to hell in a handbasket? Well, for one thing, we’re not in the handbasket yet. And becoming a part of the local amateur community is a good thing – you’ll create friendships and alliances, learn more about the hobby from those who have been there and done that, and even be able to assist your community if the shit really hits the fan in a non-political sense.
  • Ammo Production

    01/13/2021 7:07:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    Academy Sports | 13 January 2021 | Self
    So I had an understanding that the local Academy Sports received its trucks on Mondays and Wednesdays so I headed over there this morning to stand in line to purchase some ammo. The manager of the store came out and told us that the truck is due in tomorrow (Thursday) and that he has no ammo today. THEN, he said that tomorrow's truck will be the last ammo resupply for him for several weeks. He said that ammo production has been halted as of last Friday (January 8th) due to two reasons : a couple of sources stopped due to...
  • Watch This Backyard Squirrel Get a Little Tipsy on Fermented Pears

    01/12/2021 4:54:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A Minnesota resident captured a video of the bushy-tailed rodent’s drunken smorgasbord A close-up photo of a squirrel sitting on a wooden rail while holding a nut to its mouth. The squirrel has speckled gray and brown fur, and its mouth is open as it goes in for a bite. The background is green and black. It may seem a little absurd, but wildlife getting drunk off of fermenting fruits isn't a rare occurrence. Bats, moose and birds are known to consume copious amounts of fermented fruits. (likeaduck via Flickr under CC BY 2.0) Last week, a wide-eyed, tipsy squirrel...
  • Bald Eagle Lays Second Egg After Losing First To Ravens Near Big Bear Lake

    01/12/2021 10:28:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/23
    A bald eagle that lost her first egg to ravens last week is now keeping vigil over her new egg, which she laid Saturday. The eagle, named Jackie, laid the egg at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Friends of Big Bear. The group has a webcam watching over Jackie and her nest, near Big Bear Lake. On Sunday, more than 1,800 people peeked in on Jackie tending the egg. Jackie had laid her first egg last week, but it was lost to raven just five days ago. This new egg is expected to be a Valentine’s Day hatchling.
  • Manatee found with ‘TRUMP’ scrawled on its back in Florida

    01/11/2021 4:46:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 11, 2021 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    A manatee was found with the word “TRUMP” scrawled on its back in a Florida swimming hole, prompting an investigation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, reports said Monday. The defenseless animal was spotted with the political inscription over the weekend in the Blue Hole headwaters of the Homosassa River in Citrus County — about 80 miles northwest of Orlando, the Citrus County Chronicle reported. SNIP “It’s been my experience that this is very out of character for this community,” Craig Cavanna, a senior federal wildlife officer in charge of the investigation, told the outlet.
  • Birds Have a Mysterious 'Quantum Sense'. For The First Time, Scientists Saw It in Action

    01/11/2021 11:56:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | MIKE MCRAE | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Seeing our world through the eyes of a migratory bird would be a rather spooky experience. Something about their visual system allows them to 'see' our planet's magnetic field, a clever trick of quantum physics, and biochemistry that helps them navigate vast distances. Now, for the first time ever, scientists from the University of Tokyo have directly observed a key reaction hypothesised to be behind birds', and many other creatures', talents for sensing the direction of the planet's poles. Importantly, this is evidence of quantum physics directly affecting a biochemical reaction in a cell – something we've long hypothesised but...
  • Let not your heart's be troubled....

    01/10/2021 7:00:23 AM PST · by Mrs. Warrior · 16 replies
    As Follower's of the Christ, we are citizens of heaven, sojourning in the tempest and terrain of an earthly kingdom that is troubled and tainted by sin, we look ahead to the coming Day of the Lord. In the meantime, while here we go about the business of living and loving each other, family and people we interact with. We have been building an addition to our home, a south facing sun room with lots of windows and glass doors. The sounds of my husband's nail gun nearly shook the screws of my sanity loose! The noise has quieted, the...