Tar Pits Ecosystems with Emily Lindsey | Natural History Museum’s Curiosity Show


Visit the La Brea Tar Pits, our favorite bilingual redundancy, both inside and out. 50,000 years of local prehistory can’t be wrong.

This comes from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. 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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The wind in the willow…leaf ficus

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

I have two ficus trees for you to ponder today.

This sweet sumo:

….and this one that’s in serious training. Let’s look at it first. My daughter removed most of the wire on it already for me…..….but she left me the bigger wire. I should probably have had her do it about a month ago…..

…..the wire is cutting in…just a little……

…..OK, a lot. Don’t worry, it’s a ficus.

I got the tree as stock material from Dragon Tree Bonsai down in Palm City, FL. An amazing place where old time Florida bonsai attitudes still prevail.

I picked out like 5-6 for development and resale. I only have this and another one left.

As is the case, though, I usually fall in love with the trees I work on the most. So it may not be for sale soon.

Just some clean up and elimination of superfluous branches.

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greebybeeby on Instagram: “Speaking of miracles, do you remember the #99percentcrabapplecutting from a while ago? Another case of simply shoving a cutting into some…”

The power of our shorebird community

World Shorebirds Day

The Hooded Plover is in danger an this photo tells the whole story. Photo courtesy of BirdLife Australia

In the last few years shorebird-loving community has grown to promising levels and many of the thousands are actively participating in conservation efforts, scientific or citizen science projects. This is a great potential for developing an even larger network involving a lot of young birdwatchers and conservationists.

World Shorebirds Day is focusing on these directions and pledging new and young members with the help of experienced conservationists. Undoubtedly shorebirds need help and maintaining their habitats requires an ever more intensive field work, launching new stewardship programs, with the involvement of young birders, and research projects but getting the adequate funding for all these activities requires support from this growing community.

Fundraising is a sensitive and very tiring part of all conservation activities but it cannot be avoided. Most of us think that…

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The 2018 World Shorebirds Day campaign opens

World Shorebirds Day


It’s been a while since we last communicated but now it’s time again to warm up for World Shorebirds Day and to show our appreciation for shorebird research and the tremendous conservation efforts.

To make this kick off short, we opened registration for our popular project, the Global Shorebird Counting and now you can add your registered site(s) to the project map. The counts will be carried out between 5–11 September 2018.

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This year we make a challenge for ourselves by trying to encourage every participant to invite at least one new shorebird counter from a new counting location. It is not impossible and requires just a little more communication with your friends, bird clubs, conservation or research group. Thousands of birdwatchers are going out birdwatching anyway during the Global Shorebird Counting week, so participation won’t be an additional effort. So be up to this challenge and help to…

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Global Shorebird Counting coverage by countries

World Shorebirds Day

Since we launched the Global Shorebird Counting Program we aimed to reach and involve as many birdwatchers from different countries as possible in accordance with our mission. Without a doubt, Global Shorebird Counting progressed well over the years and by now it became a very popular program especially in counties where contribution to eBird is strong anyway. Language issues might play important role in not being able to reach birders in certain countries such as Russia, Poland, Turkey but we could list other countries like Germany, Austria and many Asian countries with surprisingly low participation.

Let’s have a deeper look at the maps on our eBird account.

All time records show a great contribution rate from most of the Americas with only a few countries is missing from the completion. States of the USA are well covered and only in a few states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota and West Virginia)…

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Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise: A Full Spectrum | Cornell / National Geographic


The male Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise sports more colors than any other bird in the family. Each splash of color has a story. Yellows and reds are paintlike pigments. Blues and greens are created by the interaction of light and the microscopic structure of feathers and skin. By whatever mechanism they are produced, the combined result is one of the most colorful animals on the planet. 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…

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