Dead rabbits found at Iowa wind farm likely used to lure and kill eagles

November 2, 2017 by  
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In a story that may have come  two days late , a local landowner-farmer in Delaware County, Iowa was shocked to discover over a dozen deceased rabbits, each with their necks broken, scattered beneath wind turbines on their land. The land is leased by RPM Access, a company that owns several wind farms throughout the state. “I don’t understand who would do something like this? I really don’t,” said Linda Slobodnik, an environmental consultant for RPM Access, according to KWWL News . Slobodnik, who has stated that this act of violence is the most disturbing incident she has seen in her 10 years in the wind industry, believes the rabbits were used to lure in eagles or other birds to the turbines, likely to kill them as well. Why would someone seek to lure and kill eagles, using dead rabbits as bait? “There are a lot of anti-wind people. At this time, we are looking at new places for projects, and I am thinking that possibly someone would like us to not build another wind farm in the area,” said Slobodnik. “I think there is a lot of people who will speak against the wind turbines. I think a lot of what they do is out of ignorance,” said RPM Access Project Manager, Kevin Lehs, according to KWWL News . Despite some local resistance, Iowa has made enormous progress towards a clean energy economy, primarily through wind power , which provided more than 36 percent of all electricity used in 2016. As it stands, Iowa is the most wind-powered state in the United States . Related: The world’s first floating wind farm just switched online Although the dead rabbits were deliberately placed, it is true that wind turbines can kill local wildlife. It is estimated that 300,000 birds are killed by wind turbines each year. That may sound like a lot, but it’s important to see these numbers in context. Wind power kills 1/15th the number of birds that fossil-fuel generated power does each year. Glass buildings in cities are also frequent bird killers. And, of course, outdoor and feral cats kill hundreds of millions of birds annually. Via Elektrek and KWWL News Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

October 19, 2017 by  
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Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford just discovered hundreds of mysterious structures near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using Google Earth , Kennedy found approximately 400 stone walls that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East , they have been dubbed “gates” The mysterious gates are located in the western Harrat Khaybar region of the country. According to the Bedouin, a nomadic group of Arab people, they were the “Works of the Old Men.” While there are similarities between the newly-discovered gates and others in the country, there are notable differences, as well. For instance, the gates Kennedy discovered are larger (the longest measures more than half a kilometer, the shortest is just 13 meters) and the space between them varies. Some are “almost touching” while others are “miles apart,” reports The Independent . Kennedy told Newsweek , “It is impossible at the moment to date these gates except relatively. I have argued in the article that they are the earliest of the so-called ‘Works of the Old Men’, the stone-built structures found widely in Arabia from northern Syria to Yemen , but especially common in the lava fields.” The “Old Men” are also credited with building “kites” – stone structures archaeologists say were used to catch migratory birds . They are found on top of the gates in other areas of the Middle East, signifying possible relationship. Said the Professor of archaeology, “The works known as Kites, which are certainly animal traps, may be as old as 9,000 years before present in some cases and there is one example of a kite overlying a gate. So Gates may be up to or more than 9,000 years old, which takes one back to the Neolithic .” Related: Large organic farm in Saudi Arabia switches to solar-powered irrigation Because the gates are situated on ancient lava domes (the volcanoes remain inactive), some of the structures bear traces of lava. This could prove a sufficient method to date the mysterious phenomenon. Kennedy’s findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy . Via The Independent Images via Wiley/Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy/Douglas Kennedy , Google Earth

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Praying mantises hunt down and eat small birds, including hummingbirds

July 10, 2017 by  
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We know praying mantises are carnivorous – they’ve been documented consuming frogs, lizards, and snakes. But they also kill and consume small birds like hummingbirds , according to new research from zoologists in Switzerland and the United States. We expect birds to eat insects , not the other way around, so the reversal is startling – and humans may have had a role to play in the deaths of these hummingbirds. The zoologists gathered 147 cases of mantids capturing small birds. Praying mantises from 12 species and nine genera engaged in the behavior, which was found on every continent except Antarctica, in 13 countries. The insects weren’t too picky about the birds they ate either – 24 different species and 14 families of birds were among the prey. Related: 9 things you can do to help wild birds this summer But 70 percent of the cases in this research occurred in the United States. There, the insects have been employed as pest control – a practice which had unintended consequences. Several alien species of big praying mantises were released in North America decades ago for pest control, and now threaten small birds. They snare hummingbirds at hummingbird feeders, or in home gardens filled with plants the birds pollinate . These hummingbirds comprise the majority of the birds preyed upon by praying mantises. 78 percent of the birds captured were eaten, according to the researchers. 18 percent were liberated by humans. Only two percent escaped on their own. Scientist Martin Nyffeler of the University of Basel said in a statement, “Our study shows the threat mantises pose to some bird populations. Thus, great caution is advised when releasing mantises for pest control.” Nyffeler was the lead author on a paper recently published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology , joined by zoologists from National University and Louisiana State University . Via TreeHugger and the University of Basel Images via Zoran Ožetski on Unsplash and Beckie on Flickr

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90-million-year-old embryo from ‘exceedingly rare’ Gigantoraptor discovered

May 10, 2017 by  
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Twenty-five years ago, a mysterious egg was discovered. For a good portion of that time, the unknown specimen that failed to hatch has been studied by paleontologists of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Finally, the dinosaur embryo has been identified and given a scientific name, and researchers say the discovery is more profound than they once thought. The study, published on May 9 in the journal Nature Communications , was co-led by researcher Darla Zelenitsky, an assistant professor of paleontology. She told Live Science in an email, “This is the first embryo known for a giant oviraptorosaur, dinosaurs that are exceedingly rare.” Additionally, it is the second known giant oviraptorosaur (B. sinensis) on record. 15 inches in length (38 centimeters), the embryo would have developed into a gigantic bird-like dinosaur with a toothless beak and a crest on top of its head. Another name for the dinosaur is Gigantoraptor, as it was a beast that stood as tall as 16 ft (5 meters). Reportedly, the two-legged dinosaurs look like modern-day cassowaries – large, flightless birds that live in Australia. Researchers believe B. sinensis measured up to 26 feet long from its snout to the end of its tail and weighed up to 6,600 lbs (3,000 kg) by the age of 11. This means it would have been 9 lbs by the time it hatched. The fossilized embryo was discovered by a Chinese farmer in Henan Province in 1992. One year later, it was exported to the U.S. by The Stone Co., a Colorado firm that sells fossils and rocks. After word spread that the embryo had been discovered, National Geographic featured it on a magazine cover in 1996. Related: World’s largest dinosaur footprint found in Australia’s “Jurassic Park” Enthralled by the discovery, people began calling the dinosaur embryo “Baby Louie.” The embryo representing a new species was eventually repatriated to China (2013) and put on display at the Henan Geological Museum. There, researchers flocked to study the intriguing discovery. After years of speculation and research, the 90-million-year-old embryo has finally been identified. + Nature Communications Via Live Science

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Arckit building blocks let you design and build the city of your dreams

May 10, 2017 by  
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Move over LEGO , a new set of building blocks wants to unleash our inner urban planner. Arckit , the makers of award winning architectural building blocks, have scaled up to create a modeling kit for cities. The firm just launched its first ever Kickstarter campaign today to bring its new city building kits to life. Founded by architect Damien Murtagh, Arckit took the architecture world by storm with the debut of their architecture building kits in 2014 . The reusable building blocks share similarities to LEGO with their interchangeable components, however, are better tailored for constructing scale models. Arckit’s new city modeling kits replicate the flexibility of their predecessors and give anyone, enthusiasts and professional urban planners alike, the chance to rapidly experiment with simple and complex urban layouts in a virtually unlimited fashion. Arckit introduced twelve new modeling kits in their Kickstarter campaign in the categories of ArcKit Cityscape and Arckit Masterplan. The kits are developed for all ages, however, the Cityscape XL, Cityscape XXL, Masterplan, and Masterplan Pro are geared for professional-level models. Each kit includes unique components inspired by iconic world architecture and the components are available in white or color. Related: Arckit’s architectural building blocks make LEGOs look like child’s play “From developing suburban neighbourhoods to downtown skyscrapers , city parks to piazzas, now designers of all ages can experience what it’s like to be a real architect or city planner,” writes the firm. “Arckit allows you to create your very own miniature model worlds complete with subtle colours and graphics – then stand back to marvel at a true 3D perspective of your masterpiece.” The ArcKit Kickstarter campaign is targeting a €30,000 goal. + Arckit + Kickstarter campaign

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JFK Airport is opening a $65 million pet terminal

February 20, 2017 by  
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Traveling with pets just got a little bit easier for anyone passing through New York’s John F. Kennedy airport . The airport just gave us a first look at The ARK – a $65-million terminal for animals complete with a “Pet Oasis.” The facility will educate pet owners on any flight requirements before takeoff, provide food and water for flights, receive incoming pets and help board others on their outgoing flights, and even microchip animals who need it. Soon, the ARK plans to provide even more services. Phase 2, to be launched sometime in Q2 2017, will see the opening of the ARK Import-Export Center, with facilities for horses and an aviary. By summer, the terminal should be fully operational with a pet boarding facility, a grooming service, a veterinary clinic and a blood laboratory all open for business. Related: Man Tries to Smuggle Turtle Disguised as Hamburger Through Airport Security The ARK will be open 24-hours a day, and it will serve as a central resource for all airlines making stops at JFK. John J. Cuticelli, the CEO of ARK Development, said in a press release , “Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and arduous process for owners and animals alike. Our goal is to create a more efficient and safe process by reducing the need for additional travel and offering trained animal care staff immediately pre- and post-flight. The ARK provides a healthy and comfortable environment, and sets new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services.” + The ARK at JFK

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6 ways to give back this Thanksgiving and beyond

November 24, 2016 by  
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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It’s a holiday in which we’ll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend time with people we love. Those of us whose celebrations will consist of ample food and a warm place in which to eat it are among the very privileged; there are millions who won’t be so fortunate, unless we reach out and offer a helping hand. This year, please consider helping  others in need via one of the methods mentioned below. Organize a Food Drive Put the call out to friends, family, and neighbors that you’re collecting non-perishable goods for a local food bank, and ask a couple of them to help you deliver the bounty to a nearby drop-off point. Many fire stations, libraries, and other community hubs have collection bins around this time of year, but a quick Google search or scan through the Feeding America website should provide you with several different options. Remember that the food being donated will be eaten by those in need, ranging from small children to the elderly, and everyone in between. Although donating the items you like the least (i.e. the canned goods at the back of your cupboard that you only turn to when all else is gone) might be tempting, it’s important to think about what you would wish to eat if you were hungry during the holidays. Canned protein (beans, tuna), jars of peanut butter, powdered milk, and soup/stew are always in demand, but holiday-related items such as cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix, and cans of pudding will also be appreciated beyond measure. Related: Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California Invite a Neighbor to Dinner There aren’t too many people who are very close friends with their neighbors, these days. There was once a time when people knew everyone on their street, but in this era of smartphones, internet access, Netflix, and insular lifestyles, the closest we might get to interacting with those who live around us might be a friendly wave while walking down the street, or a quick chat while taking out the garbage. Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to get to know those around us, and to extend a friendly hand to a neighbor who might be lonely during the holidays. Elderly neighbors, single parents, college students far from home, and newcomers to the country are just a few examples of the folks who might really appreciate the invitation to dinner. They’ll undoubtedly have great stories to tell (and recipes to share), and you might end up with an incredible new friend. Choose a Charity to Donate To This could be a solitary choice, or one that’s decided upon by you and your partner. It could even be a group decision with the entire family, or the herd of friends you’ll be celebrating with this year. From farm sanctuaries to human rights organizations, there are literally thousands of charities that could benefit from your support, and even a small amount can make a difference. If you don’t already have an organization in mind that you’d like to donate to you can visit Just Give to choose a charity that’s best for you. Collect Warm Clothes from Dinner Guests It’s likely that all of us have some warm clothes that we don’t wear very often, but might be put to very good use by others in need. If you’re getting together with a group of people this Thanksgiving, consider asking each one to bring along a gently used item of warm clothing to donate to a local charity. Sweaters , hats, scarves, and mittens are all appreciated by those who might not be able to afford their own, and can make a world of difference in another person’s world. Keep in mind that it’s not just homeless adults that benefit from donations of warm clothing: it’s estimated that there are over 1.6 million homeless children in America today, and an even larger number have parents on a fixed income, and might not have warm clothes that fit. Many women’s shelters also house small children and babies, so if your own kids have outgrown their flannel PJs, coats, etc., there are certainly many children who’d appreciate receiving them. You can drop off your donations at many different collection points around the country , as well as local shelters and churches. Share Your Bounty with Animal Friends Lunch and dinner parties inevitably end up with leftovers and kitchen scraps, many of which would be really appreciated by animal friends. Call up local animal shelters and sanctuaries to find out what kind of donations they’d accept: many are very grateful to receive items such as carrot tops, lettuces and other fresh greens, as well as fruits and vegetables so they can share them with the many animals they care for. Sharing your scraps and leftovers can help local animal buddies too!  Leftover bread, buns, and apple cores will be seriously appreciated by hungry squirrels and birds at parks nearby, and you can use hollowed-out citrus rinds or squash halves as bird feeders : just pack them with nut butter, seeds, and crumbs, and hang them in trees for the locals to enjoy. Related: Yoda the Piglet Escapes Slaughterhouse, Finds Love and Safety Help Out at a Food Bank or Soup Kitchen If you’d rather be out and about and actively helpful this Thanksgiving, there are hundreds of food banks and community kitchens that could use an extra hand to help the hungry . More people use these food resources over the autumn and winter months than at any other time of year, and a nourishing, hot meal can make a huge difference in a person’s day, especially if it’s served with a sincere smile. A lot of people are surprised to discover that so many different people need to visit food banks and charitable kitchens on occasion; it’s not just the homeless folks you’d normally see panhandling on the street. Students, young families, pensioners, struggling single parents, and under-employed people who might be unable to make ends meet between paychecks need a bit of extra help now and then, and many feel very embarrassed and low when they find themselves at a soup kitchen  so they can eat something that day. If you can be there for them, with warmth, reassurance, empathy, and a kind word, you will make a difference in their world. That’s a promise. These are just a few ways that you can reach out and help others this season. There are countless opportunities for volunteering, donating, and sharing, in ways that appeal to a broad range of people. If you have a favorite way to give forward to your own community, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below. All images via Shutterstock

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New hybrid hammock tent lets you float between the trees

November 24, 2016 by  
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The Snow Peak Sky Nest Tent has a footprint of approximately four feet by seven feet, which is roughly the same as the average two-person camping tent designed to be pitched on the ground. The Sky Nest is outfitted with an inner liner to protect against condensation, and its rooftop is made largely from mesh which offers both ventilation and a dazzling view of the tree canopy above. The floating tent is able to hold its shape, complete with a relatively level lounging/sleeping surface, thanks to a built-in frame around the perimeter of the tent’s footprint. Related: Kengo Kuma’s ultra-minimalist trailer is the perfect shell for your nomadic adventures In addition to its smart design, the Sky Nest Tent also includes clever features to make life outdoors a little easier. A hidden shoe pocket in the floor offers a place to stash your footwear where they can stay dry. The tent also includes mounting gear, including padded sheets to protect tree bark and rope guylines that lash to the ground to stabilize the whole darn thing during windy weather. The tent comes equipped with UV protection that has become ubiquitous in the outdoor gear industry and, like most Snow Peak equipment, is made from high-quality technical materials. The Sky Nest Tent is currently on sale for $1,300 USD. + Snow Peak Sky Nest Tent Via Uncrate Images via Snow Peak

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Audubon’s upward digital journey: CEO David Yarnold

July 1, 2016 by  
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It’s a story of skyward growth and “superhighways in the sky.” What lessons can your business learn from the voices for the birds?

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Gardening Tips: How To Get Kids Actively Involved

March 29, 2016 by  
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Spring is already pushing its way out whether you are ready for it or not! I am definitely ready to welcome the birds, the buds and the scent of freshly turned earth back again. I’ve been reading lots of gardening tips for getting kids involved in…

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