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Sea Lion Die-Offs Continue

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 2 Replies

FEATURE-California sea lion crisis lingers; falling births reportedOnly 2,000 dead and dying pups and juveniles beached since January, not because California sea lions…Continue

Tags: Climate Change, California Sea Lion die-off

Has Coral Mass Extinction Begun?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 10. 1 Reply

Dr John "Charlie" Vernon, "Godfather of Coral", warns that we may be seeing coral extinction now. The Great Barrier Reef is in critical danger. An unprecedented global coral bleach is underway. Coral suffers from from hot water, acid, and more…Continue

Tags: possible coral extinction, global coral bleaching

Wolves Improve Rivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 9. 0 Replies

When 14 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, they changed the birds, bears, rabbits, beavers and even the rivers.Through trophic cascade, the entire ecosystem of the park improved.Continue

Tags: Yellowstone National Park, wolves, trophic cascade, reintroduced predators

Bee Demise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 11. 11 Replies

If you like to eat, the plummeting bee population matters.Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they've been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year,...... in the last few years scientists have…Continue

Tags: climate change, bees

Shellfish already dissolving in CA tidepools

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18. 0 Replies

As climate change acidifies the Pacific, nighttime respiration in tide pools has already made their pH begin dissolving shells."This work highlights that even in today's temperate coastal oceans, calcifying species, such as mussels and coralline…Continue

Tags: dissolving shells, tide pools, Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Feb 6. 1 Reply

Your tax dollars will pay to slaughter up to 900 bison from Yellowstone.…Continue

Tags: wildlife slaughter

Half of Mozambique's Elephants Killed in Last Five Years

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 15, 2015. 6 Replies

The Wildlife Conservation Society has reported that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed by poachers for their ivory in the last five years. Per the article: Poachers have killed nearly half of Mozambique’s elephants for their…Continue

Tags: Poaching, Animals, Wildlife, Elephants, Jubinsky

Giraffes aren't mute, they hum

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 18, 2015. 0 Replies

Giraffes spend their evenings humming to each otherAll of my life I'd been told that giraffes were mute. Hah!Angela Stöger…Continue

Tags: humming, vocalization, communication, giraffe

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Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 10:32pm

Thanks for the cool picture!

Love it!

Foot pigmentation

The brightness of male foot colour is dependent on access to food.[3] The male's foot colouration is extremely sensitive, with changes perceivable by female birds within a 48 hour period. As the Blue-footed Booby is a monogamous species with biparental care,[3] the female is able to make day-by-day alterations to her investment in the pairing, dependent on male quality, which makes male foot colour a secondary sexual characteristic. During egg laying, the female is able to alter her reproductive investment through changing egg size, dependent on the perceived quality of her male partner.

As well as short-term variation, the strength of male foot colour has been shown to decrease in the long term as senescence proceeds, probably to the effects of oxidative damage.[4]

 

 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-footed_Booby

Comment by sk8eycat on July 30, 2012 at 9:52pm

I wish I knew where that hotel IS! Wonder if the seal gets room service.

Annnnnd nnnnnowwww:

"Take your effing tract, fold it till it's all corners, and SHOVE IT!"

I still wonder how that foot color evolved....

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 5:28pm

I read the story about the sea lion - that was great!

It would be so cool to see that at that hotel.

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 5:26pm

Hey sk8eycat!

Thanks for the photo and the link to the story!

Really appreciate it!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 30, 2012 at 4:24pm

I don't know exactly where this story originated, but I love it...especially the photo:

 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=360083870731744&set=a.131730643567069.27443.130415010365299&type=1&ref=nf
Comment by Steph S. on July 23, 2012 at 10:45pm
Tony thanks for posting the wonderful elephant picture! I love it!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 23, 2012 at 10:31pm

Just had to share this.

Comment by Steph S. on July 23, 2012 at 4:56pm

Awesome sk8eycat!

I have a birds group too!

So many groups -- so little time!

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/birding-birders-and-all-things-birds

Comment by sk8eycat on July 23, 2012 at 4:54pm

Felaine is rereading one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Darkover" novels. I seem to do this almost every year when the weather gets hot...the stories can sometimes be depressing, but in July and August I like reading about a planet where "summer" is the season when it "only" snows at night.

Wildlife: Rabbithorns (antlered rabbits), and "Banshee Birds" (impossibly large flightless, sightless predatory birds. Sort of like Rick Warren.)

Comment by Steph S. on July 23, 2012 at 4:46pm

sk8eycat welcome to the group!

So glad you could join us!

 

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