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November 25, 2014

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8:59 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Mainers only edition
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought you would all probably be longing for a DBQ. So here are two birds found by Mainers in October: Bird A: Bird B: Neither of them are turkeys, by way of a hint.
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7:34 PM | The Climate Denial Industry
RT @StephenLeahy: ‘Merchants of doubt’ movie to ‘expose slick US climate denial industry’ http://t.co/5gGjBvbruf @Guardian #climate— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 25, 2014 "...in June 2001 Bush and the Republican party were 100% committed to curbing carbon emissions causing global warming. "Six months later everything changed. The film shows Republican party leader John Boehner calling the idea of global warming “laughable”..."
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7:10 PM | "Cognitively Flexible" Tool Use
Birds learn to use tools to get at the tasty shell meat of invasive snails. http://t.co/dyHXSgtMwo pic.twitter.com/SvHSbXmrf1— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) November 25, 2014 Great antshrikes use stone anvils to break open the shells of land snails. Its a rather recent thing.
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6:52 PM | 2014 Turtles: Partners in Rescue
We are in the midst of an unprecedented sea turtle stranding season right now. We've treated more than 400 turtles so far this year, that's double previous records. A green sea turtle during its intake exam at the Aquarium's Animal Care Facility But we couldn't help so many turtles without a strong network of support. First, our partners at Mass. Audubon at Wellfleet Bay organize volunteers
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3:20 PM | O Canada!!
China & USA join to curb global warming, while Canada pushes for pipelines. "Over the last few years Canada has continued to distinguish itself by being one of the biggest obstacles to any kind of meaningful global deal on carbon reduction." - Sarah Bissonette, Parry Sound North Star
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2:11 PM | And I Think She Knows It
Becky, The Poet @NCZoo RT @beckymacbrown: I like the ocelot an awful lot! #ocelot #nczoo @ North Carolina Zoo http://t.co/p17lT6HJh2— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 25, 2014

November 24, 2014

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9:32 PM | Young, Zoo, Polar Bear Teachers
'...it's not about teaching facts as much as it is about inspiring people to care and make good choices in their lives."
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9:00 PM | Who Doesn't Like Cats?
Or this?? Crazy sick fools, that is who #mammalwatching pic.twitter.com/wO2ogpEDS0— Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) November 24, 2014
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6:55 PM | Q: What is "Wild Welfare"?
A1: A 501c3 "organization in and around the Raleigh, North Carolina area dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife" formed in 1991. A2: An organization recently founded and chaired by North Carolina Zoo Director David M. Jones which "improves the welfare of captive wild animals around the world." Ooops!
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4:41 PM | Drawing a Crowd
#Anana draws a crowd now @NCZoo. pic.twitter.com/BKwh16UxdN— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 24, 2014 Found NC Zoo polar bear Anana in the old exhibit when i arrived this late a.m. She moved through the open door to the new exhibit's Ice Cave. Saw her from the Ice Cave and then from the other new Rocky Coast vantage points as she explored her new digs and drew crowds on a late November Monday morning here.
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1:49 AM | Q: Which NC Zoo Gorilla Is a.k.a. "Salad Shooter"?
Clue: she's a messy eater. Answer at link.

November 23, 2014

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9:50 PM | Polar Bear Dreamland at NC Zoo
Went deep into my russlings archives to find the earliest reference I could find to the very-recently opened expansion of the polar bear exhibit here. By mid-2008 the funding was already committed by State and NC Zoo Society. "The new "Rocky Coast" exhibit will provide needed space and holding facilities for a larger, breeding group of polar bears at the Zoo."
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6:57 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 17 Weeks
My little baby is almost a grown up cat these days, everyone who sees her comments on how big she’s getting, which is very gratifying considering how skinny malinky she was for so long. It has been a crazily busy … Continue reading →
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4:07 PM | Low Polar Bear Cub Survival
Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bear Population Declined in the 2000s http://t.co/6Rg1pUV0rh pic.twitter.com/WiOCOgUQDl— USGS Wildlife Health (@USGSWILDLIFE) November 20, 2014 “Of the 80 cubs observed in Alaska from 2004 to 2007, only 2 are known to have survived,” "The polar bear was listed as globally threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2008 due to concerns about the effects of sea ice loss on their populations." In response to a 2009 call from NC Zoo Director David […]
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3:39 PM | Zoo Not Sure
How does LA #Zoo allow an endangered bighorn sheep to escape? Unfortunately the animal was hit by a car, died http://t.co/hpPqbhOh5V #sheep— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) November 23, 2014 "We looked at the habitat, and we're not sure how it got out," [Zoo spokeswoman] said. Desert bighorn sheep are endangered.

November 22, 2014

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6:05 PM | Testing behavioral assessment
My Bark article, Testing the Tests, is now available on the web for free. I did a lot of background reading for this story and I learned a lot of interesting stuff about shelter behavioral assessments: how they're designed, how to evaluate whether they work, and new work that's going into improving them. Check it out!
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2:58 PM | Finger-Pointing at SF Zoo?
...in death of young gorilla? [Kabibe at happier time.]
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2:32 PM | Eco-Friendliness
Help WWF while purchasing eco-friendlier disposable diapers. [Hat tip: Courtney Singleton] But DO remember that polar bears and penguins can not hold hands or piggy-back-ride together, since polar bears live in the Arctic and penguins in the southern hemisphere! - Stickler

November 21, 2014

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9:33 PM | "The Early Chimp Gets the Figs"
Researchers "found that the chimps leave their nests earlier (often in the dark, when leopards are more likely to attack) to get these fruits before others..." hat tip: Hackey Pitts
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9:02 PM | Maybe It's Time for a Trip to the Zoo?
@kmwatne12: let's go to the @mnzoo Me: but the house is covered with snow @kmwatne12: but they have penguins Me: see photo above pic.twitter.com/Eplnu2sEW0— Justin Lavey (@JustinLavey) November 21, 2014 That's "Me:" above.
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4:19 PM | Visitors Face Challenges at NC Zoo
That seems the opinion of Zoo staff and Zoo Council, as the Council's Wednesday meeting was reported by the Courier-Tribune. Council were shown "pictures of crowded areas of the zoo and presented the challenges which zoo visitors and employees now face in regard to the current state road system, parking, admission entry, transportation, plaza services and safety and security issues on the busiest attendance days." "“You’re woefully inadequate right this minute,” zoo council […]
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1:44 PM | Especially the Spitting
Farewell, #dinos ! We will miss all of the roaring, calling, and spitting. #dinosaurs pic.twitter.com/ptvvG6GXgV— NC Aquarium at PKS (@NCAquariumatPKS) November 19, 2014
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9:52 AM | Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper
Originally posted on Scholarly Open Access:One of many low-quality open-access journals. The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted for publication a manuscript that was first written in 2005 to protest spam conference invitations. The paper contains the…
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3:35 AM | Epic Photo Portrait!
If you haven't heard, there's a new standout in the Sun Bear Forest. Can you name the species? pic.twitter.com/7SAdTkDy9m— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) November 21, 2014
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3:15 AM | "NC Zoo Loses Another Polar Bear"
By Martha Quillan for the News & Observer. "Patches, one of two polar bears at the N.C. Zoo, has died less than a month after the zoo opened a new polar bear exhibit." "The zoo completed $8.5 million in renovations to its polar bear exhibit last month. It has...an ice cave and a den where a mother could give birth and raise cubs." "When work began on the expanded exhibit..., the zoo had two polar bears and hoped to get as many as six. One of the bears, Aquila, died in September 2013 with […]
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1:38 AM | May Patches' Spirit Swim
It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Patches. We were blessed to know her beauty. May her bear spirit swim free pic.twitter.com/JpSVpjDA4p— NC Zoo Society (@NCZooSociety) November 18, 2014 [Knew of our loss several days ago, prior to going to NYC (and away from my "Blogger:Dashboard"), but an "embargo" was put on getting the word out before the NC Zoo media release was sent.]

November 20, 2014

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5:39 PM | 2014 Turtles: In the trenches
It's looking to be another busy sea turtle season. We'll be posting updates and snapshots of the action here on this blog. This post is an overview of what happens during these early days of a very busy time for us. After a busy weekend of sea turtle strandings, the number of sea turtles arriving for care is not letting up. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep on Wednesday. That's
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5:38 PM | News flash: citizen scientists are trainable
Not to be smug about it, but SEANET has been doing citizen science since before citizen science was cool. Or at least, since before it was widely accepted as a viable and valid method of collecting large scale data sets. For a long time, the critique from the science establishment was that lay people without […]
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