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New Zealand’s Minister of Conservation Shares Surprising Good News

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When the Minister of Conservation speaks, we listen:


Forest mast significantly boosts breeding of rare kākāriki/parakeet

New Zealand’s rarest mainland forest bird, the kākāriki karaka/orange-fronted parakeet, is having its best breeding season in decades due to a beech seed bonanza, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage said in Christchurch today.

Date:  17 July 2019 Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation

“It is great news that this year there are more than three times the number of nests compared to previous years,” she said.

“This year’s epic breeding provides a much-needed boost to the kākāriki karaka population.

We came to this news through the story below by National Public Radio (USA):

Rare New Zealand Parakeet Population Doubles After ‘Epic’ Breeding Season

orange-fronted-parakeet-chick-with-transmitter-doc-c9811c0f185647851facaa77fc88d87cd8614f8f-s1200-c85.jpg The small bird was believed to have gone extinct but after a bumper crop of beech seeds this year, conservationists estimate the orange-fronted parakeet population has likely doubled.
Department of Conservation


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Bougie nights…er, afternoon

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

The first styling of a potential bonsai is, to me, one of the most exciting times in a tree’s life. The future is still foggy, but the path has been chosen. Let’s wax philosophic as we chop up this poor bougainvillea. The tree came from the Central Florida Bonsai Club’s raffle table at the last Holiday Party. I think it was donated by one of my favorite people, Cosette.

Let me tell you a story:

I’m sure you are all aware of the Great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, but his skill and fame as an artist has made history remember him by just his first name.

He is considered to be the penultimate “Renaissance Man”, meaning he could do everything; draw, paint, compose poetry. He was an architect as well, with his work on St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic Church…

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