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This 3 February 2018 video is about a female kestrel sunbathing and cleansing her feathers in the Alblasserwaard region in the Netherlands.

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Britain is called Grizzled Skipper. Pyrgus malvae (taras) Cornwall 2015.

Wild boar help birds like robins in winter. Now, it turns out they also help butterflies like grizzled skippers.

Translated from Nature Today in the Netherlands:

29 JANUARY 2018 – Wild boar do not have a good reputation everywhere. They can disturb much grassland. But that disturbance can also have its good sides. In De Hoge Veluwe National Park it has been found that the caterpillars of the endangered grizzled skipper butterfly can be found at sites where boar have been digging. So, these pigs are good for the grizzled skipper butterfly.

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The Treeographer

Olive trees have been a boon to civilization for millennia. The oil extracted from olives can be used for everything from fuel for lanterns to medicinal balms to an essential ingredient in foods. It’s easy to understand why the tree was incorporated into so many early religious practices, but near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a grove of olive trees in Gethsemane provides a direct link to ancient biblical stories.

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Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Marin County Passes Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling, Joining 25 Other California Communities

Trump Plan to Expand Offshore Leasing Meets Strong Resistance in California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.— The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution today opposing new drilling off the California coast and fracking in existing offshore oil and gas wells. The vote makes Marin County the 26th California jurisdiction to approve similar resolutions since April 2017, when President Trump announced plans to drastically expand offshore drilling.

The resolutions respond to the Trump administration’s proposal to open the Pacific Ocean to new oil leases for the first time in more than 30 years. The draft five-year offshore leasing plan released Jan. 4 would subject almost all federal waters to new offshore drilling, including the currently protected Arctic and Atlantic oceans and eastern Gulf of Mexico.

This week’s resolution was sponsored by Marin…

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Natural History Wanderings

NPR reports

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a surprise announcement Friday that it is putting on hold a plan to do away with Obama-era proposals to restrict mining at a southwest Alaska watershed. But the EPA also said it would continue to consider permit applications from those hoping to extract copper and other minerals from the proposed Pebble Mine.

The proposed Pebble Mine is located about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage and roughly 100 miles upstream from the Bristol Bay watershed, one of the world’s most important sockeye salmon fisheries.

Read Full Story In Reversal, EPA Leaves Restrictions In Place While It Considers Alaska Mine Permits : NPR

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Natural History Wanderings

Today I photographed in the  Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park in Berkeley. A few flowers besides the Manzanita are starting to bloom. It was a good day for photographing individual species of early season wildflowers. If you are looking for large numbers of flowers you will have to wait. You can see larger high quality photo at:

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Mining Awareness +

From the USGS:
Alaska Earthquake Rattles Florida’s Groundwater Plumbing
Release Date: JANUARY 24, 2018
At 12:32 am Alaska time on January 23, 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook Alaska residents out of their beds and set off fears of a tsunami all down the West Coast. Fortunately, the tsunami was only a few inches in height, but within an hour of the earthquake in Alaska, waves of a different sort were hitting far away in Florida. 

More than 3,500 miles from the Kodiak Earthquake’s epicenter, water levels at the USGS groundwater well near Madison, Florida, spiked by about two inches, while levels at the USGS groundwater well near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, dropped by an inch and a half. Both recovered to their previous levels within an hour.

Hydrographs from two USGS groundwater monitoring sites in Florida show effects on groundwater levels from the M7.9 earthquake near Kodiak, Alaska.

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 27 January 2018 video from Amsterdam, the Netherlands is about a demonstration afgainst the Turkish Erdogan regime’s invasion of northern Syria.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, January 29, 2018

GERMAN police broke up a tens of thousands-strong pro-Kurdish rally in Cologne yesterday after participants refused to take down flags and symbols of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Demonstrators came to the city from all over Germany to protest against Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

“The protest march has been stopped in order to remove all forbidden banners”, the North Rhine-Westphalia state police tweeted.

Despite repeated demands from police, many marchers continued waving flags bearing the image of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned in Turkey.

Two people who distributed flags were detained, according to the DPA news agency.

There were scuffles outside the city’s train station…

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