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Saturday, July 8th, 2017
4:01 pm - The Amarican Goldfinch


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Friday, November 11th, 2016
2:52 pm - angry green colored anaconda protecting its eggs OMG


Angry green colored anaconda protecting its eggs OMG

OMG video of amazingly big angry anaconda which is Green in color is not happy with humans while it is protecting the eggs. Anacondas are usually 9 ft long and can be dangerous to deal with. Kudos to this guy who is risking his life and showing us what is it like to work with such a gorgeous creature.

video credit : zupercam

link : http://zupercam.com/video.php?id=991734951&article=green-angry-anaconda-protecting-its-eggs-omg

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Friday, October 9th, 2009
2:16 pm - Gold Mirror Goldfinches ~ Autumn at my garden :-)


My twitters http://twitter.com/simbirds

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
6:28 am - Questions I can't answer myself

I've been watching the serie of Crime Scene Wild, and the Big Cats episode yesterday made me confused. As much as I want to go something to help saving the animals, reality struck and I don't know what to think anymore.
There're questions that I can't answer by myself. I've asked a few friends of mine, and they can't help me either, so I wonder if anyone can help. Just reading is good enough, I just want to know what others think about the subject.

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Monday, July 20th, 2009
3:13 pm - Wolf-proof Fencing for Genesis Wildlife at Beech Mountain

Jessicaelaine, please pull if this isn't allowed :-)

My daughter sent out an e-mail to her friends and fellow athletes in fastpitch- I told her I'd post this to LJ. It concerns the wildlife sanctuary here on Beech Mountain, which has a new home at Eagle's Nest, and two wolves donated to them by Animal Control. They need to raise money for wolf-proof fencing of a quarter acre habitat. It will cost them roughly $7000. So, if you have a dollar, or even two...

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
4:13 pm - Google Ocean

The latest version of Google Earth, 5.0, includes "Google Ocean," which allows you to explore the ocean floor around the world, up to and including the Mariana Trench.

There's plenty of info on oceanic biology for those interested, but for a geology buff like myself it has a beautiful rendering of the ocean floor too.

[Google Ocean info page]

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
9:36 am - recent spamming

Hi All-

I received a few messages that there was a spammer in the community but I can't find the posts now. Has it been taken care of? I apologize for not being able to respond sooner; I don't have internet access at home and it's monitored at work.

Speaking of work, saw a long-tailed weasel run across a pathway on Sunday :)

current mood: confused

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Monday, March 16th, 2009
4:22 pm - Anyone know what kind of bird this is??

I just found this little guy on our patio. Not sure if he is in shock or dying of illness/poisoning. He can only keep one eye open. I have no idea what species he is, but I would guess he's some kind of sparrow or finch. I am currently trying to stabilize him (wrapped in towel, carrier cage over heating pad) before I try to transport him to a vet.

I share my home with parrots and rehabed wild birds...

UPDATE: Bird survived and was returned to the wild. Thanks to all who helped!

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
9:47 pm - A Whale of a Fact

Sperm whales were the most sought-after catches by whaling ships because over a third of their volume is oil. A sperm whale's nose alone carries 150 gallons of it. Their oil was used to lubricate delicate machinery and for whalers it was literally worth its weight in gold.

Source: "Secrets of the Deep" on the Science Channel

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm - *snerk*

I'm strongly for ecology conservation. I'm a Sierra Club member among other things. So don't take this the wrong way:

Lately I've been seeing a lot of celebrities asking me to help save the polar bears. They tell me that the ice is melting which is taking away their habitat and their hunting grounds.

That's when it occurred to me... these are the same celebrities that used to ask me to help save baby seals...

Which makes me wonder... do these celebrities realize what polar bears eat?

...I'm just sayin'. :)

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Monday, November 10th, 2008
9:24 am - So many hunters out there

I am always amazed by the number of men in pickup trucks who are wearing orange jackets at this time of year.

There are so many pickup trucks parked at closed gates in these vast forests.

I am much more watchful for deer during the daytime now, as the dogs are flushing them out of the woods and they are more likely to be running across the roads.

I never see any big bucks crossing roads, though. They somehow avoid that.

I would like to go for a walk in the woods at this time of year, but it hasn't been safe for a month or more as there was duck hunting season, then bow hunting and now the regular kind of hunting.

I love seeing the deer standing or eating in fields. I hear from some people who are heading out hunging that they may just go and shoot with a camera this year. I guess part of the enjoyment hunters get is just to be in the forest with the animals.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008
11:02 am - Red Kite

Took this out my window this morning:

These birds were all but extinct here in the UK about twenty years ago, but thanks to a successful re-introduction problem, they're now legion. I live right near one of the original re-introduction sites, so I see them every day.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
8:41 pm - Ultimate Endurance Flight

In an avian flight of epic proportions, a female bar-tailed godwit alighted from her Alaskan breeding ground and flew south 11,680 kilometers, (7,258 miles) nonstop, until she reached her winter home in New Zealand. Called E7 by the scientists who monitored her, she flew more than eight days without food, water or rest, on the longest direct flight by a bird ever documented, researchers report online October 21 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


After telling my friend about this new fact/story, he responded: "...and to think we humans can't function for three days without electricity"

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Friday, October 10th, 2008
6:03 pm - Second Virgin Birth Scientifically Confirmed

Don't get excited, it's a shark [article]

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Friday, August 29th, 2008
7:24 pm - Just when I think it can't get any worse

To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.*

Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. As a Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund supporter, you are no doubt aware of Governor Palin’s dismal record, from her staunch support for special interests and Big Oil to her terrible assault on wolves and other wildlife.

As much of the nation wonders just who Sarah Palin is, I wanted to pass along my statement that I've just released.

“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”


*The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.

current mood: ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
11:15 am - Red Squirrel; Toronto, ON.


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Friday, July 11th, 2008
7:49 am - Cat Adopts Baby Red Panda

A Dutch tabby cat has adopted a red panda cub, which was abandoned by its mother at a zoo in the Netherlands.

[article] [video]

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
8:41 am - I need a deer proof fence

Monday, June 16, 2008
8:44 AM

I came in for the express purpose of recording that I’d gardened a bit and made my labyrinth. But now I’ve been inside for half an hour and am contentedly using up time on my laptop.

I should get back out there and nail one board on the outside of the fortress, just to get myself started with the deer proofing. I could take the chicken wire, which was supposed to be for the beavers, to the fortress, too.

What could it hurt. The long slab boards are over there. All I have to do is get dressed in my outside stuff again, go out there with hammer and nails and do it. Just one or two or three. They’re not heavy. Think of how happy I will be when I have done it! Sigh.

Think positive, Nancy. You can always come back in here and play online again when you’re done.

Okay. You’re right.

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Friday, June 13th, 2008
11:35 am - Watched turtles laying eggs

Friday, June 13, 2008
11:34 AM

I have been watching turtles make holes and lay eggs in them. I’ve also been making videos of them.

I went to the dump and walked in, since it is closed, and took the racks out of the old refrigerators in the recycle area.

I drove to get some large rocks, then put the rocks on the racks on the ‘nests’.

I got some good vids of them for my youtube site.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
11:58 pm - Catnip Whim

I was playing with my cat and got to wondering if catnip has the same effect on tigers and other large cats as it does on housecats. And I thought: "I imagine that might be a dangerous combination, if it does." So I looked it up:

[This article] says that it does. And it further explains why cats go nuts for it.

[This article] goes into much more depth, although it's written by a catnip supply company, so they might come from a certain perspective. Also it disagrees with the previous article on tigers, but says other big cats do love it.

[This article] includes a history of catnip, and says tigers are affected.

There seems to be a disagreement on tigers overall. I can't seem to find a site which says whether tigers become violent or aggressive on catnip though. I suppose it's possible that both of these things might be explained by the fact that it's possible no one has had the balls to walk up to a tiger with a handful of catnip. ;)

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