This week in birds - #520

A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment

Birds come and go through my yard throughout the year but the Northern Mockingbird we always have with us.

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The big environmental news on this continent this week has been Hurricane Ian which continues to wreak havoc as it passes up the eastern coast.

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Meanwhile, next door in New Mexico a huge wildfire has been raging causing many problems for residents, one of which is a severe shortage of drinking water.

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In California, one of the efforts involved in trying to prevent or control wildfires has been to remove drying and dying plants from the landscape.

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This may only be tangentially related to environmental news but is a very important story: In Zimbabwe more than 700 children have died of measles, a disease easily prevented by immunization. Why didn't their parents have them immunized? Because of the influence of an evangelical church that preaches against vaccinations.

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Urban "heat islands" put city residents at risk of injury to their health from the heat. 

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Human activities have imperiled waterways and the species that make their homes in and around them.

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The American Bird Conservancy's Bird of the Week is this little beauty, the Blue-headed Vireo

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Here's a story with a photo album of animals that have been added to the National Zoo in Washington since March 2020.

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The Department of Agriculture is encouraging climate-smart farming techniques and practices. They have $20 billion earmarked for the effort.

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And many gardeners across the country, like this couple in Los Angeles, are embracing the idea of drought-friendly gardens.

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The State of the World's Birds report warns that fully half of the world's avian species are in decline.

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Here are some incredible pictures from an animal sanctuary in Bolivia.

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In efforts to reach an agreement on a global plastics pollution treaty, the U.S. is reaching out to other countries in hopes of creating a coalition to drive negotiations. 

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And then there is noise pollution which is particularly deadly in the world's oceans.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to address the disproportionate harm that climate change is doing in low-income areas and communities of people of color.

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Cephalopods are little known and understood by much of the public. One scientist is working to correct that.

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Rather than creating a manicured landscape around your house, how about creating a "wildscape" like this family in Connecticut?

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The sinking of a fishing boat off the shores of the state of Washington created potential dangers for the orcas that frequent those waters.

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Here are pictures from the bird paradise of Ghana.

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In Germany, this little wild boar piglet has been adopted by a herd of cows. Will he perhaps grow up to be bilingual?







Comments

  1. That article about drought-friendly gardens is so interesting and I actually LOVE how that garden looks! Thanks for always bringing interesting environmental and nature news to us, Dorothy :)

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  2. Thanks for the roundup, Dorothy, which I am just getting to. My daughter and son-in-law are visiting. We had a full day out yesterday and have another planned for today, so I'll keep my comment short this week. All the best - David.

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  3. I've been a champion of drought-tolerant gardens for decades. The plants here in my garden not only thrive in this climate but they also thrive from my benign neglect. I've never understood the people who moved here and then spent lots of money to turn their landscapes into clones of where they moved from. You don't live in Indiana anymore, buster, you're in the desert!

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    1. Exactly! And after all, there are many beautiful plants that are very happy in desert conditions.

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  4. I think the piglet must think she's a cow. LOL. And the Bolivian sanctuary photos are terrific!

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    1. I loved that picture of the cow and piglet. What an interesting interspecies adoption.

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