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News for Monday, April 7, 2014 - News update: 
VERY PROPHETIC WORDS from Carl Sagan…17 years ago.  upworthy    
If you like a good beer but don’t like odd things in it, you might want to see this…and avoid these.  banoosh.com  
Chilli’s is going to fund-raise for an anti-vaccination group.  huffingtonpost.  
More of what you NEED to know about the KOCH (pronounced “coke”) brothers, their financial empire and how to make a statement.  grist.org  
Climate change (increased CO2) grows less nutritious food.  thinkprogress  
13 ways to create a more humane backyard.  humansociety  
It’s official: the first refugees from climate change have evacuated their homes forever.  treehugger  
Reducing bird/plane strikes in Vancouver very cleverly! vancouversun.com  

News for Friday, April 4, 2014
One of the best ‘feel good’ stories you’ll see. There is pure joy at the outcome of this life-and-death event.  mostamazingplanet.com   Watch this one full-screen. 
Capturing a (tiny) asteroid. It might be easier than expected.  Space  
Want nature and outdoor things to do with your kids? A very good place to look is Nature Rocks.  
Here’s a really far out energy storage concept.  Scientific American    
We knew the Sahara was once and wet…there are river channels beneath the sand. But now a tusk has been found in the Arabian Desert.  ENN  
Here is an amazing vista of the night sky you will want to see.  MNN  
A host of bird cams for you to enjoy.  allaboutbirds.org       

News for Thursday, April 3, 2014 - News update: 
Some of what it takes to be a GREAT photographer…from one of National Geographic’s best. Wise words, indeed!  Nat’l Geo.    
A universal translator is closer than we think. We can decode some sounds of dolphins now…in real time.  popsci.com  
Reconstructing a dinosaur chase as it probably happened.  Sciencenews.  http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5?c=ufb2http://banoosh.com/blog/2014/04/03/8-beers-stop-drinking-immediately/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/06/chilis-vaccination_n_5101026.htmlhttp://grist.org/list/half-of-voters-have-no-idea-who-the-koch-brothers-are-so-heres-a-quick-and-dirty-primer/http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/07/3423845/co2-food-crops-nitrates-protein/http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/wild_neighbors/humane-backyard/13-ways-to-create-humane-backyard-wildlife-habitat.htmlhttp://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/first-official-climate-change-refugees-evacuate-their-island-homes-for-good.htmlhttp://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Bird+strikes+plummet+Vancouver+airport/9702302/story.htmlhttp://mostamazingplanet.com/finished-just-greatest-whale-rescue-ending-video-will-leave-speechless/http://www.space.com/25321-minimoons-asteroids-human-spaceflight.html?cmpid=557138http://www.naturerocks.org/activities/index.htmhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article/energy-storage-hits-the-rails-out-west/http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/47254http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/galaxies-light-up-the-night-sky-in-amazing-cosmic-vistahttp://cams.allaboutbirds.orghttp://player.d.nationalgeographic.com/players/proof/?guid=FC4FF714-DF83-5E42-845A-EE6C7C6F8029http://www.popsci.com/article/dolphin-squeak-english-translator-works-real-timeshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2shapeimage_4_link_3shapeimage_4_link_4shapeimage_4_link_5shapeimage_4_link_6shapeimage_4_link_7shapeimage_4_link_8shapeimage_4_link_9shapeimage_4_link_10shapeimage_4_link_11shapeimage_4_link_12shapeimage_4_link_13shapeimage_4_link_14shapeimage_4_link_15shapeimage_4_link_16

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  2. 1. Sierra Club Pressroom: In the News

  3. 2. National Audubon Society:

  4. 3. Birds & Science - Global Warming

  5. 4. ScienceNow - on Facebook. Impressive site.

  6. 5. Friends of the Earth: Main page: News

  7. 6. ScienceDaily: News All types of science

  8. 7. Yahoo! GREEN: Main Page

  9. 8. Science Friday:Science made easy

  10. 9. Science News Online: One of the best!

  11. 10. The Discovery Channel website

  12. 11. Environmental News Network ENN

  13. 12.CNN - Planet in Peril

  14. 13.NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

  15. 14.NATURE - Incl. full length programs & videos.

  16. 16.Nat’l Wildlife Fed.: Global Warming - Wildlife

  17. 17.Seabrooke Leckie’s wonderful nature blog.

  18. 18.eGFI-a rich site for STUDENTS & TEACHERS interested in environmental engineering.

  19. 19.eNature: Main page

  20. 20.Chasing Green-great ideas

  21. 21.The Planetary Blog-The Planetary Society

  1. 22.eBird News-Invaluable resource for birders (and the new New Jersey portal to eBird). 

  2. 23.National Resource Defense Council: News  - Nature’s Voice - Issues

  3. 24. National Geographic: News

  4. 25. CBS News: SciTech

  5. 26. CNN Solutions: Environmental ideas

  6. 27. The Science Channel website

  7. 28. Tonight’s Sky EarthSky.org great site!

  8. 29. National Geographic.com - Simply the best!

  9. 30. www.WildNewJersey.tv Excellent & diverse regional resource.

  10. 31. Environmental activist Ted Eubanks’ website 

  11. 32.Michele Byers “The State We’re In

  12. 33.NJ Outdoors blog from Bill Lynch

  13. 34.Cape May Bird Observatory blog

  14. 35.Kevin Bolton’s Jersey Digiscoping blog

  15. 36.Mother Nature Network 

  16. 37.GOOD Environment  and GRIST 

  17. 38.ARKive - Images of life on Earth. Wonderful!

  18. 39.Global Warming is Real (website) 

  19. 40.Krulwich Wonders (NPR blog)

Yellow-rumped Warbler near Miami on February 16th, 2014.

From our last trip to Savannah, flowers are already blooming there. Spring is coming here, too.

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Explore NJ’s incredibly beautiful natural places, and introduce children to them. The effect will last a lifetime.

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NJ Audubon’s cooperative effort with the American Bird Conservancy.


One Dovekie of a trio left on the surface.

20 miles off the NJ coast. 1/1/14

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What is significant about these moths? They were seen on 3/13/2014, in East Brunswick, NJ, while there was still snow on the ground!

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“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”                            Neil deGrasse Tyson
• “When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished,"
                                 - wrote Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Museum ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1899. 
• We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.                                 - David Brower
• "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.
 - Attributed as an ancient Native American proverb or as a Kenyan proverb.    
• “When observing nature, chance favors the prepared mind…”                                                    Louis Pasteur, 1854
• “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”                              - John Burroughshttp://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/on-exhibit/theodore-roosevelt-tour-of-the-museum-tr-and-endangered-specieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Browerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Pasteurhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burroughsshapeimage_16_link_0shapeimage_16_link_1shapeimage_16_link_2shapeimage_16_link_3

Great tit, Israel

Similar to our Chickadees.

American Tree Sparrow

Toms River, NJ, March, 2014.

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Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle

Near Toms River, NJ,


Wild Boars walking through the shallows at sunset in Israel.

(Unexpected find.)

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The beautiful Cape May Lighthouse framed by a nearby pine.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird taken from about 30 feet through a double-paned window.

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There were some beautiful flowers during our trip.

From the Sierra Club's "The Green Life"

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10 National Parks You've Never Heard Of 

Of the 401 parks managed by the National Park Service, there are definitely some fan favorites -- the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite. Each year nearly 275 million visitors flock overwhelmingly to the big names on the NPS list. But what about the rest of its many magnificent monuments and landmarks? 

We found the 10 least visited parks in the system -- presented here from least to most popular. If none of these places is close to home, venture out find an undiscovered park in your town.

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Red-winged Blackbird, Toms River, NJ, 3/22/14      

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