Friday, April 21, 2017

Loose Feathers #592

Rufous Hummingbird on its nest at Glacier NP / Photo by Jacob W. Frank/NPS
Birds and birding news
Science and nature blogging
Environment and biodiversity
  • The EPA may be more vulnerable to attack under Trump than previous Republican presidents because of right-wing control of the government and because the agency's successes have made environmental issues seem less pressing for the public.
  • Antarctica's remoteness gives it some protection from ecological degradation, but still faces threats from climate change, pollution, and overuse of natural resources. 
  • The laws governing water rights in many western states need updating to take account of current and future environmental needs.
  • Here is a gallery of insects carrying milkweed pollinia.
  • Biologists expect additional wolf packs to form in western and southern Oregon.