This week in birds - #528
A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:
The United Nations projects that the world population of humans has now passed 8 billion, with much of the growth coming from the developing nations in Africa.
Humans love to give names to the various epochs of their history. Will future generations designate our time as the "Age of Extinction"?
Mauna Loa is blowing its top. The Hawaiian volcano has erupted for the first time in nearly forty years.
Could the mighty Mississippi River actually dry up? It is difficult - and scary - to imagine but long stretches of it have in fact run dry. And out West, the Colorado River faces a similar fate.
Bats, it seems, have quite an amazing vocal range.
There is a supervolcano at Yellowstone in northwestern Wyoming and it has a plentiful supply of magma stored beneath its surface.
Three Native tribes in the Northwest that are threatened by climate change will each be paid $25 million by the U.S. government to move to higher ground.
The removal of dams seems to be a growing movement in Europe as well as in this country.
Florida's manatees are dying at an alarming rate and that has prompted a call for their return to the endangered species list. They were redesignated as threatened rather than endangered in 2017.
Wild Turkeys are actually quite an amazing species. They are able to adapt to a variety of habitats, including suburban neighborhoods where they are not always welcomed by their human neighbors.
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Good morning, Dorothy: I am very happy to see the roundup back after a week's hiatus. Any longer than that we would have sent a posse to lasso you and chain you to the computer! The Florida Manatee has been in trouble for as long as I can remember yet every year it faces new threats, mostly anthropogenic. It is such a gentle creature too. Very sad. Enjoy your weekend - DavidReplyDelete
One does hope against all evidence that the manatee can be saved, but that might mean inconveniencing ourselves in some ways. Are we, as a species, unselfish enough to do that? The evidence suggests otherwise.Delete
Thank you, Dorothy, for keeping us informed. Blessings!ReplyDelete
We all must do what we can for the environment. This is just my little bit.Delete
That Island Marble butterfly is beautiful.ReplyDelete
We have not yet seen an American Goldfinch this year. I'm keeping a close eye out this weekend, so maybe I will see one or two.
So glad you are back at work this week with the roundup, Dorothy.
The goldfinches only made it here within the last few days so there are probably some around where you live by now.Delete
...the Island Marble butterfly and the Montezuma Quail are by far my favorites!!! Thanks.ReplyDelete
They are both wonderful species.Delete
Always enjoy your round-ups, Dorothy, but I have to admit that my favorite links this week were to the Mojave Desert birds and the Island Marble butterfly. I remember seeing that little beauty when I was at Lime Kiln Point on San Juan Island many years ago.ReplyDelete
I'm very envious of that sighting.Delete