Second sighting of Ehler’s Sandhopper-Warbler

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LATE-BREAKING ALERT !
Several days after our original publication on 1 April, 2018, we received notification of another sighting of Ehler’s Sandhopper-Warbler. This sighting was on 1 April, 2018, but several hundred miles farther north and quite likely was a different bird. Well-known international birder, Don Roberson, was out doing some morning birding at a local patch, – the Iris Canyon vicinity of the Monterey MPC campus in Monterey, CA, to be exact – when he spotted and photographed what he naturally assumed at the time to be a typical Yellow-rumped Warbler, well on its way into alternate (breeding) plumage. Alerted by our announcement of the presence of the Ehler’s Sandhopper-Warbler in Southern California, he reexamined his photograph, and discovered it to be the Ehler’s. This second sighting supports Dr. Ehler’s conjecture (see bottom of the original article) that the birds may have been wintering in North…

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What Is Evolution, Anyway? – 12 Days of Evolution #1 | PBS Science Video

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The title describes it.  We begin at the beginning, where all beginnings should begin.
The start of the PBS explanation of evolution in twelve short episodes, suitable for all.

This is an installment of the PBS – It’s OK to be Smart series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

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Natural Selection & Sexual Selection: An Illustrated Introduction | Cornell / National Geographic

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How does evolution happen? Through a gradual process called selection. Individuals that are better equipped to survive and reproduce pass those traits to their offspring. These “selected” changes accumulate over thousands of years. We tend to think of natural selection—”survival of the fittest”—but sexual selection works the same way and can be just as strong in shaping how species look and act. Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman and Ed Scholes.

There are currently seventy-two short films in the entire Birds-of-Paradise Project playlist, ranging from 26 seconds to 8:29. In the upcoming weeks, we will present some of our favorites.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||

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Is Evolution Random? – 12 Days of Evolution #2 | PBS Science Video

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The title describes it.  Moving on. A PBS explanation of evolution in twelve short episodes, suitable for all.

This is an installment of the PBS – It’s OK to be Smart series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

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Check out the new video page!!! Susquehanna Bonsai Club

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Hey all followers, viewers and members of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club blog. Check out the newly added video channel page on our website! Currently we have 4 video links posted for videos concerning the Susquehanna Bonsai Club. 

If you have an Youtube account and have posted videos concerning the Susquehanna Bonsai Club send me a message! I’ll review the video and if all checks out I’ll post a link to your video as well for all our viewers!

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Mauro Stemberger – Susquehanna Bonsai Club

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Sorry for the VERY LONG absence of updating this site. My time with 2 jobs, a family and everything else made time hard to come by. Going forward I promise to update this site regularly as I now have time to do so 🙂

Mauro Stemberger : Susquehanna Bonsai Club –  Club members bonsai critique -November 2017

Sheila opened the meeting with congratulations to Jim Kopenhaver who was elected president of SBC for next year. She welcomed Mauro Stemberger back to SBC and gave us an update on Mauro’s activities for the year. Mauro is now sporting a wedding ring and has essentially completed a bonsai book which will be available in the spring.

Mauro began his tree evaluation with his usual grace and visual acuity. The first tree presented was a Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis). Limber pines have short needles and bud back easily. Mauro is not a fan…

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Jennifer Price – Susquehanna Bonsai Club Demo

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Jennifer volunteers and takes classes at Hidden Garden Bonsai, Willowbrook, Illinois. In addition,she has been studying with Jim Doyle and Walter Pall for several years, visiting and working at both Nature’s Way and with Walter on his private collection in Germany.

An avid and brave student of bonsai, Jen also has been assisting both of her mentors at bonsai exhibition demonstrations. Jen said that she has a personal interest in advocating for more women in bonsai. She feels that all too often the “helpfulness” of male bonsai masters and enthusiasts — stepping in to wire, prune and even doing the heavy lifting impedes females’ learning. With that in mind, for her demonstration on an Engelmann spruce, Jen asked Jim Doyle to take the back seat as her assistant. 

Movement is important in the tree. With movement as a key, Jen selected the viewing side, keeping in mind that depth…

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