Below are photos from our visit today (Monday, 8/13/12) to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, because of the extreme heat Yosemite Falls was dry as a bone and Bridal Veil Falls was nearly so. The park was still impressive, as were the efforts to reduce traffic congestion. Even so, portions of the park must be near gridlock on weekends.
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Posted in Environment, fun, history, Land use, Nature, seasons, Travel, Wildlife, tagged California, environment, National Parks, nature, parks, tourism, travel, volcanoes on August 8, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Climate Change, Economics, Environment, health, history, humanity, Land use, Nature, pollution, Science, seasons, States, weather, Wildlife, tagged climate, disasters, news, weather on June 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Here is a fascinating map depicting those areas of the United States with the most and least billion dollar disasters since 1980. If you want to avoid destructive weather and climate related disasters, the south is not the place to be. On the other hand, Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Michigan, New England, and Puerto Rico appear to be the safest. Sadly, with the recent glut of monstrous wildfires, Colorado may no longer be among the safer places.
The following photograph was printed front and center on page three of the Lansing State Journal, yesterday (1/12/12) in full color. How repulsive! Why can’t some people be satisfied with taking photographs instead of rifle shots? And why should the newspaper glorify this action with such a prominent location?
The photograph above accompanied a story about how the hunter used his wily skills to shoot and kill this 40 pound plus bobcat. Personally, I found the whole story and photograph to be extremely repugnant. I also felt a deep sense of grief over the death of the bobcat – it did not need to, or deserve to die in such a cutthroat manner. This beautiful bobcat should have been allowed to live a full and productive life instead of it being cut short in an act of selfishness.
Why kill this magnificent and beautiful animal? What purpose does it serve other than to feed the hunter’s exaggerated greed and ego. I don’t have a problem with hunting for the purpose of providing food, but the idea of killing this bobcat (which are not vast in numbers anymore) as some sort of ego-boosting trophy is just despicable and makes me sick.
The January 2012 issue of Conde’ Nast Traveler includes a list of the twelve most tranquil (quiet) places on Earth. The list is based on the degree to which non-natural noises and sounds are absent allowing the visitor to experience nature in all its sonic beauty and tranquility. Here’s the list provided in the magazine (do not believe it is on their website yet). those shown in bold are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA
- Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
- Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
- Samboja Lestari, Borneo
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
- Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Muir Woods National Monument, California, USA
- Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA
- Pyrenees National Park, France
- Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
- Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA
- Marconi Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA
Source: Conde’ Nast Traveler, January 2012
Posted in Canada, civics, Climate Change, Diversity, Education, Environment, government, Nature, politics, pollution, Travel, Wildlife, tagged Beavers, Canada, climate change, environment, history, polar bears on November 1, 2011 | 2 Comments »
in downtown Lansing across the street from the capitol.
Found this on Tumblr. As an allergy sufferer, I can certainly relate to the joke, but would never want to see it actually happen.
Here’s the third installment of a series of “what ifs.” Previous versions posts have dealt with Jack Russell Terriers and cats. Enjoy!
- Everyone would be all a twitter all the time.
- Tweety bird would be world leader and Larry Bird the prime minister.
- The term “bird-brain” would be a compliment.
- Flipping someone the bird would replace thumbs up as a positive gesture.
- There would be no such thing as a “non-fly zone.”
- Turkey would be the site of the world capital.
- The statue with the most bird poops left on it would win holiday decorating contests.
- Roast kitty stuffed with bird seed would be served at Thanksgiving.
- The Cat in the Hat would be replaced by The Bird Dropped a Turd.
- Penguins, ostrich, and emu would be given free flying lessons.
- Frequent flyer programs would apply to migration too.
- Pillows or other products made from feathers or down would be prohibited.
- Snow birds would be required to prove their flight capability or change their nickname.
- Chickens would no longer have to cross the road for the sake of a dumb joke.
- All leftover funds for scientific research would be put into a worldwide program to determine which came first – the chicken or the egg.
- Just “winging-it” would be frowned upon.
- A cure for empty nest syndrome would be given high priority.
- Eagles, hawks, kingfishers, owls, cardinals, blue jays, and other birds displayed on coinage, stamps, team logos, and other items shall receive royalties.
- Meet the Fokker’s would have been called Meet the Flockers.
- There would be no pheasants kept under glass.
You heard it here first fellow swimming rodent fans — muskrats eat phragmites! Do not know what phragmites is. Below is a picture of a wetland overwhelmed by this plant species that is turning many wetlands into devastated monocultures.
“It has been stated or implied that Phragmites is little-used as food by native animals in North America (e.g., Marks et al. 1994). Rhizomes, culm bases, and young shoots of Phragmites are eaten by common muskrat and probably by American beaver. Phragmites marshes in the Hackensack Meadowlands often support substantial muskrat populations (Kiviat, pers. obs.). Young shoots are eaten by cottontail (Richard Casagrande, Yale University, pers. comm.).”
As the report notes, coming to the rescue are muskrats, as well as beavers and cottontail rabbits. Those lovable (to Eco-dude – me), furry, little marsh managers that pond owners often despise are a partial solution to a major environmental problem. Unfortunately, hunters like muskrats too, but maybe we need to rethink the hunting and varmint removal of muskrats considering the new benefits derived from them.
Here are more than 75 fun quips all of us have probably heard now and then. An animal is used to describe an action, location, status, or mood. If you think of others, please pass appropriate ones along. Please note some of the quips listed border on appropriateness – very objectionable ones are not included.
- The dog days of summer.
- Dog tired
- My dogs (feet) are tired.
- Dog gone it
- It’s raining cats and dogs.
- Dog and pony show.
- Cat got your tongue.
- She’s a cougar.
- Deer in the headlights.
- Loosey goosey
- Their goose is cooked.
- Duck and cover
- Just plain ducky.
- Such an ugly duckling.
- As the crow flies.
- Being a pig (or hog)
- Don’t have a cow!
- A horse of a different color.
- Pony up.
- Quit horsing around.
- One horse town.
- Those zebras never get a call right.
- Multiplying like rabbits.
- A snail’s pace
- Fishing for compliments.
- Like a fish out of water.
- Bass ackwards
- Whale of a story.
- Why so crabby?
- You’re so chicken.
- Running around like a chicken with its head cutoff.
- What a bird brain.
- Madder than a wet hen.
- Crowing like a rooster.
- Smart as an owl.
- Eyes like an eagle.
- What a turkey!
- Jerky turkey from Albuquerque.
- Hawking items and goods.
- A hot chick.
- Moves as graceful as a swan.
- There’s a mole in this organization.
- Quit crowing about it.
- Dressed up like a penguin.
- What a bird brain
- Early bird gets the worm.
- Don’t try to worm your way out of it.
- Eager beaver
- Busy beaver
- What a fox!
- Got your goat.
- Silent as a lamb.
- They are quite sheepish about it.
- Quit being such an ass!
- What a dumb ass.
- Stubborn as a mule.
- They’re such a tiger.
- Put a tiger in your tank.
- An elephant never forgets.
- Quiet as a mouse.
- They’re such a dinosaur.
- Smarter than the average bear.
- They’re so squirrely.
- They’re such a skunk.
- Such a weasel.
- Frog in your throat?
- They’re such a toad.
- They are such a snake.
- Quit bugging me.
- Busy as a bee.
- Acting like you have ants in your pants.
- That ain’t cricket.
- See you later, alligator.
- In a while crocodile.
- Lounge lizard
- They were buffaloed.
- Quit playing possum.
- Quit monkeying around.