Are Bird Feeders Healthy For Birds?

Diseases among bird populations are on the increase and, as a growing number of households take to feeding their garden birds, researchers have claimed that bird feeders are contributing to the spread of dangerous pathogens, viruses and bacteria in certain species. Scientists from both the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the British Trust for […]

via Researchers warn that bird feeders could aid the spread of disease — James Common

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Hippopotamus amphibius, another threatened species…

Photographer Tim Flach’s latest book Endangered, with text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie, offers a powerful visual record of threatened animals and ecosystems facing the harshest of challenges. by Katharina Kropshofer Common hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius. IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable. In 2003, surveys showed that the number of hippos had dropped by 95% during eight years […]

via The ‘disappearing’ Hippopotamus. — Old Guv Legends

The GALAPAGOS, fast losing its lustre!

A recent study coordinated by the East Anglia University concludes that the consequences of Global warming might take out of local existence up to 50% of the Galapagos unique and rare plant and animal species by the year 2100.

On top of that, Ecuadorans from the mainland regularly poach and steal tortoises, birds and other creatures essential to the uniqueness of the island. Feral dogs, wild goats and rats also take a serious toll.

Ecuador seems unable or unwilling to properly manage this unique world heritage site for the good. This seems not much different to conditions on the mainland part of their country. Canada has issued serious travel advisories against travel in 7-8 of the country’s provinces. Issues ranging from robbery, muggings, rape, land mines, crime cartel gangs, these head the list of concerns in those parts of the country.

Countries unable to manage their unique resources due to poor economies, corruption, ability or ineptitude should make way for others to manage these irreplaceable riches. Some things like the Galapagos should be considered OWNED BY THE WORLD!

The uniqueness of the Galapagos needs to be saved, at least as it is...Darwin would be shocked to see the islands as they are now!

E. Matthews

OLDEST BUTTERFLIES DISCOVERED…

This video from Chicago in the USA says about itself: Moths vs Butterflies 9 October 2013 Wherein we explore the order Lepidoptera! Huge thanks to Jim Boone, collection manager of insects for making this episode possible. You can learn more about The Field Museum’s historical butterfly collection from J. Boone: here. From Science Advances: A […]

via Oldest butterflies discovered, when there were dinosaurs, no flowers yet — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Earthquake Potency!

Nepal Earthquake [image credit: BBC] The research suggests that both magnitude and frequency of earthquakes are related to plate collision speed. Earthquakes that happen in densely populated mountainous regions, such as the Himalaya, spell bigger earthquakes because of a fast tectonic-plate collision, according to a new study reported at Phys.org. Researchers from Geophysical Fluid Dynamics […]

via Earthquakes in the Himalayas are bigger than in the Alps because tectonic plates collide faster — Iowa Climate Science Education

MASSIVE CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT!

NPR reports It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers. The climate report, obtained by NPR, notes that the past 115 years are “the warmest in the history of modern civilization.” The global average temperature has […]

via Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming & Humans Are The Cause : The Two-Way : NPR — Natural History Wanderings

Climate History…

‘Our results show medium confidence that summer mean temperatures and maximum temperatures in Central Europe in 1540 were warmer than the respective present-day mean summer temperatures.’ Abstract: There is strong evidence that the year 1540 was exceptionally dry and warm in Central Europe. Here we infer 1540 summer temperatures from the number of dry days (NDDs) […]

via In 1540, Europe Was Likely Warmer Than Today, Scientists Conclude — Iowa Climate Science Education