Friday, January 04, 2013

Loose Feathers #374

California Quail / Photo by Jeannie Stafford (USFWS)
Birds and birding
Science and nature blogging
Environment and biodiversity
  • Aside from a decline in underwater grasses, the Chesapeake Bay is improving in most measures of its ecological health, according to a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The bay's health is still pretty poor, though, ranking 32 on a scale of 1 to 100.
  • Just in time for New Year's, a Shell drilling rig that was being towed through the Gulf of Alaska broke free and ran aground near Kodiak Island. So far there are no reports of an associated oil spill, though the rig had oil on board.
  • Here is a comparison of the new biogeographic map with the one produced by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1876.
  • Shark fin traders in Hong Kong are now drying shark fins on rooftops because of complaints about doing it on city sidewalks. The photos from Agence France-Presse give an idea of the massive number of sharks killed for this purpose.