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March 27, 2014

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6:39 PM | State allowed logging on plateau above landslide
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide. . . . . . Garry Rogers:  Land-use management by government agencies responsible for … Continue reading →
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5:19 PM | Science: for the sheer fun of it: How nature is saved.
Richard Flavell promotes the view that observation-driven studies have a place in science. . . . . Garry Rogers:  Observation is the foundation of nature conservation.  Without it, science divorced from reality can progress even while species die. See on … Continue reading →
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4:52 PM | Photo of the Week – March 27, 2014
Prairies are underappreciated by much of the general public, even in states and provinces where prairies are (or were) the dominant landform.  They’re often seen as boring, drab, weedy, or otherwise uninteresting.  One of my goals in life is to … Continue reading →
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3:49 PM | Kala: the face of tigers in peril
In 1864, Walter Campbell was an officer in the British Army, stationed in India when he penned these words in his journal: "Never attack a tiger on foot—if you can help it. There are cases in which you must do so. Then face him like a Briton, and kill him if you can; for if you fail to kill him, he will certainly kill you." In a stroke of good fortune for the tiger, perceptions in India have changed drastically since Campbell's time. Tiger hunting is now banned and conservationists are […]
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2:00 PM | Invasive parakeets could force out native birds
With their cheery green feathers and red beaks, rose-ringed parakeets might seem like a welcome addition to cities. But this invasive species, which has infiltrated urban areas around the world, is keeping native birds away from their food. Researchers studied the effects of rose-ringed parakeets at 41 gardens in and around London. At each site,
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1:00 PM | BHL and EOL team up for NESCent Research Sprint
Research teams at the NESCent-EOL-BHL Research Sprint. Photograph by Cyndy Parr.In early February, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) hosted the EOL-BHL Research Sprint. NESCent, based in Durham, NC, is a non-profit science center supporting research in the evolutionary sciences. NESCent emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research, and so the idea behind the Sprint was to put together teams of programmers and life scientists to expose each other to questions and ways […]
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11:44 AM | Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape...
Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape around Coron airport
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11:40 AM | Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
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8:00 AM | Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan
Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan

March 26, 2014

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11:32 PM | The Dark Side of Environmental Art
Do doom-and-gloom pictures of environmental devastation and catastrophe make green converts?
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9:10 PM | Save Canary Islands
NO TO DEEPWATER DRILLING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS. SIGN @ WWW.SAVECANARIAS.ORG See on savecanarias.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
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3:48 PM | Idaho Poacher Convicted
A Washington County poaching spree during the fall of 2012 that left more than a dozen deer and three domestic cows dead has come to light, and the four defendants convicted of the poaching crimes must now pay more than … Continue reading →
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2:05 PM | Random Caterpillar Photo
For no particular reason, here is a picture of a caterpillar: I was looking through some old photos and stumbled upon this one.  I’d forgotten how much I liked it, and thought I’d share it with you. Among other things, I like the … Continue reading →
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1:08 PM | No, harassing a shark for fun is not ethically equivalent to scientific research that helps conserve a species
Last month, I wrote an article for Scientific American that I shouldn’t have had to write. In it, I argued that riding, poking, prodding or otherwise harassing a free-swimming large predatory animal for fun is a bad idea. I do mean “argued;” believe it or not, there are people who strongly disagree with me. In my […]
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12:00 PM | Move over, chickens! How can koalas more safely cross roads?
Most of us can’t live without roads. Until we humans evolve flight (or invent scalable rocket packs) we’re going to have to get used to moving around the world stuck to the ground, at least for traveling short distances, and we generally use roads to get us from point A to point B. But while
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6:48 AM | Hope for the diminishing Saskatchewan River Delta?
The first thing a visitor from southern Canada might notice about Cumberland House is the almost complete absence of commerce. There’s no Tim’s, no car dealership, no dentist’s office, no strip mal… See on ecobooks4kids.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:51 AM | Kenya Wildlife Service struggles to stop poaching
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s wildlife authority said Tuesday it needs help to curb the escalation of killings of the country’s endangered elephants and rhinos for ivory tusks and horns. Poachers h… See on savesclub.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:37 AM | A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights
Kathleen Stachowski    Other Nations Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down. ~Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nothing says ga… See on … Continue reading →
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4:18 AM | Giraffe-Killing Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes 4 Lions
The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated controversy by euthanizing a healthy giraffe last month to prevent inbreeding, has now euthanized four healthy lions. See on www.livescience.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:12 AM | Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 110 – Przewalski’s Horse
“A horse is a thing of such beauty. . .none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor” Xenophon By the early part of the twentieth century, huge numbers of Przewals… See on … Continue reading →
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1:06 AM | Urge Circus World to End Cruel Elephant Exhibits!
Earlier this year, Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin, confirmed that it intends to put on a cruel and antiquated elephant act during its 2014 season. Join PETA in urging the Circus World Museum Foundation’s board of directors to make the … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus...
biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus an illustration from Encyclopedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, illustrations are still being produced with monstrously incorrect proportions; and in fact, the general outline seems like it would be more appropriate for a Humpback Whale.

March 25, 2014

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9:52 PM | Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction?
George Monbiot: New research suggests that there was never a state of grace. We have always been the nemesis of the planet’s wildlife . . Garry Rogers:   I could find a solution to human limitations described here only by creating a fictional … Continue reading →
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9:46 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9751/
Since the start of the industrial revolution, mankind has been burning fossil fuel (coal, oil, etc.) and adding its carbon to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In 50 years or so this process, says Director Roger Revelle of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, may have a violent effect on the earth’s climate Dr. [more]
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7:43 PM | Europe approves vet drug that killed off almost all of Asia's vultures
When Europeans first arrived in North America, they exterminated three to five billion passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) in the short span of a century through a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. In 1914, the last living passenger pigeon perished at the Cincinnati Zoo. Despite the staggering scale of this extinction event, three species of vulture from Southeastern Asia retain the dubious distinction of having had the most rapid population crash of any avian fauna. They […]
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4:32 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9745/
via pewresearch.org
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4:07 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9742/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_AMEAnWyRk&w=560&h=315]
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3:19 PM | Recursive Fury Update
Brian Angliss has an excellent summary at Scholars and Rogues. [more]
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3:00 PM | Long lost mammal photographed on camera trap in Vietnam
In 1929, two sons of Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy Junior and Kermit) led an expedition that killed a barking deer, or muntjac, in present-day Laos, which has left scientists puzzled for over 80 years. At first scientists believed it to be a distinct species of muntjac and named it Roosevelt's muntjac (Muntiacus rooseveltorum), however that designation was soon cast into doubt with some scientists claiming it was a specimen of an already-known muntjac or a subspecies. The problem was compounded by […]
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2:27 PM | 10 Limitations on Progress in Ecology
Charley Krebs:  “Ecological science moves along slowly in its mission to understand how the Earth’s populations, communities, and ecosystems operate within the constraints of human impacts on the Bios…” . . Garry Rogers:  There are many additional reasons for ecology’s … Continue reading →
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