September 30, 2008
Racoons invad New York City
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I guess it's easier and tastier to grab garbage from the humans across the street, than it is to hunt in the park. Most people seem to like the racoons, sized more like small dogs!
September 27, 2008
Horsies on Cape Cod!
Well this is what my Hubbie wrote to me today.
"The Budweiser Clydesdales will be on display around the Cape this week.
The horses, Budweiser mascots for decades, will be at the K-Mart Plaza on Route 132 in Hyannis tomorrow, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
On Thursday, they'll also have showings at Cotuit Liquors from 2-3 p.m., at Blanchard's Liquors in Hyannis from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and at Luke's Super Liquors in West Yarmouth from 5-6 p.m. And on Friday, they'll show at 28 Club in Dennisport from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at The Woodshed in Brewster from 5-6 p.m., and at the Lost Dog Pub in East Dennis from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
They'll be in Chatham's Main Street Parade Saturday."
So if you are on Cape, don't miss them!
September 23, 2008
New Santuary in Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — The world's busiest airport has taken time to transform a dried lake bed into a serene 56.5-acre sanctuary nestled 15 miles south of the bustle.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport quietly opened the Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary park this month in Fayette County with the help of the Southern Conservation Trust.
"The idea of man creating wetlands is a very new and modern idea," said Kathryn Masters, the airport's lead engineer on the $5 million restoration project. "It is going to be fun to watch it grow over the next 20 years."
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September 22, 2008
China tries to restore panda program
CHENGDU, CHINA — Months after an earthquake devastated south-central China, scientists are struggling to restore the world's premier research program on the giant panda and assess the disaster's impact on pandas in the wild.
Nearly 70,000 people died in the earthquake that struck Sichuan province in May. The quake also disrupted research and breeding programs for the critically endangered panda and affected more than 80 percent of its wild habitat.
Months later, information is only beginning to filter in from field stations about the impact on hundreds of pandas living in the most heavily damaged areas.
"The situation for wild giant pandas was delicate even before the earthquake, so it's possible that the damage could threaten their long-term survival,"
Fewer than 1,600 wild pandas are thought to remain in remote sections of China.
September 19, 2008
Blue whales spotted off the Kerry coast-Ireland
Blue whales, the planet’s largest living animals, have been spotted off the west coast of Ireland in what experts say is the first validated sighting on record.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) confirmed today that one of its members had photographed the whales off the Kerry coast while on board a fishing vessel on Monday.
sightings of the creature are extremely rare as their numbers remain low as a result of decades of over-exploitation by commercial whale fisheries.
“So hopefully this sighting will herald the beginning of a new era, in which blue whales will continue to recover and begin to visit our inshore waters, in the same way as their smaller cousins, the fin and humpback whales,” the IWDG said.
September 12, 2008
The Harvest Moon
This weekend's full Moon has a special name--the Harvest Moon. It's the full Moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox. In years past, farmers depended on the light of the Harvest Moon to gather ripening crops late into the night. Post-Edison, we appreciate it mainly for its beauty. Be alert in the nights ahead for Harvest Moon halos, coronas and 'dogs. Visit http://spaceweather.com for example and more information.
September 09, 2008
Horse ready for adoption
A horse who had recently given birth and was found nearly starved to death in a corral has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.
She was at death's door,” Carlson said in an interview. “All she needed was food and water. That's what makes this so egregious.”
She had no water and the hay in the corral was out of reach. Her foal, which appeared to have been dead for some time, was found nearby.
For anyone interested in buying her, sealed bids are now being taken, at www.sddac.com. Bids will be opened Sept. 18.
September 08, 2008
Japanese Whale Day (was Sept 3rd mark your calendar)
Every year, up to 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales are brutally slaughtered by Japanese fishermen. The dolphins are driven ashore and hacked to death in a horrific spectacle that is now hidden from public gaze.
Of the 20,000 animals killed each year, around 17,000 of these are from a single species - the Dall's porpoise, a small black and white whale that loves to bow-ride, making it a favourite of whale-watchers, but an easy target for the whalers.
Since commercial whaling was banned by international agreement in 1986, around 360,000 Dall's porpoises have been killed, that's a porpoise speared every 20 minutes of every day for the past twenty -two years, driving the Dalls porpoise population to extinction.
The meat from these unfortunate animals is often highly polluted with toxic contaminants such as mercury and PCBs, posing a serious health risk both to the animals themselves and the people that eat them.
Now. the Japanese Government is so desperate to expand the shrinking market for whale products in Japan that dolphin meat is now regularly included in school lunches.
Campaign Whale will be joining a global day of protest outside Japanese embassies around the world to peacefully protest against the relentless slaughter of dolphins and porpoises in Japanese waters.
You may read more articles here at Campain Whale
September 05, 2008
Bird Duets Are "Aggressive Audio Warfare" NAT_GO
The intertwining songs of tropical wrens are their weapons of choice in turf wars, says a new study that could also shed light on other duetting species. The duets may also help the birds locate one another in dense foliage.
Mennill and his team recorded the duets of tropical rufous-and-white wrens in the forests of Santa Rosa National Park in northwestern Costa Rica.
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September 04, 2008
Credit crisis forces pet owners to give up birds
Hundreds of pet owners are being forced to give up their birds because they can no longer afford to keep them.
About 800 unwaned parrots, budgies, cockatiels and macaws have been handed into the National Parrot Sanctuary since January.
Earlier this week, 1.6 million Britons admitted they have had to put down at least one pet dog or cat in the past five years as the bills have risen dramatically.
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September 03, 2008
Thieves kidnap pet store's beloved parrot celebrity.
Max the parrot had known no other home. The 28-year-old blue-and-gold macaw grew up in The Pet Village, a pet store in Duncanville, Texas, a city just outside of Dallas. Here he was hand-raised by Stephanie Roberts, co-owner of the store, and even the veterinarian came to the store to do Max's regular check-ups and nail trimmings.
But while the parrot's bird cage remains in the store, Max the blue-and-gold macaw is gone.
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Roberts said "I check it first thing in the morning when I wake up, then throughout the day, right until I go to bed," Roberts said. "We are waiting for Max to come home."