Friday, November 09, 2018

Loose Feathers #671

Red-necked Phalarope / USFWS Photo
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Friday, November 02, 2018

Loose Feathers #670

Bald Eagle / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Loose Feathers #669

White-throated Sparrow eating Poison Ivy berries / my photo
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Loose Feathers #668

Savannah Sparrow / my photo
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  • Here is a short review of how we know that humans are the main cause of climate change.
  • The destruction from Hurricane Michael shows how unprepared the US is for what climate change will bring.
  • Vandalism, off-road vehicle use, and other types of damage have increased since the Trump administration cut pieces out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 
  • Ryan Zinke has been the subject of 18 ethical investigations by the Interior Department's Inspector General, who was replaced this week.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Loose Feathers #667

Mariana Crow / Photo by Henry Fandel
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Friday, October 05, 2018

Loose Feathers #666

American Coot / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Loose Feathers #665

White-breasted Nuthatch / Photo by Bill Thompson/USFWS
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Loose Feathers #664

Iiwi / Photo by Dan Clark/USFWS
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Loose Feathers #663

Black Tern / Photo by Ken Sturm/USFWS
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  • Tidal wetlands are threatened by sea level rise, so management will be needed to allow them to migrate to higher elevations, especially in populated areas.
  • Several years ago North Carolina banned state agencies from using climate science in disaster and development planning for coastal areas. 
  • Political appointees in the Interior Department have similarly blocked the department's agencies (like the National Park Service) from mentioning climate change in their long-term planning documents.
  • Many hog farms and coal ash dumps lie in the path of Hurricane Florence and have potential to add environmental disasters to the natural disaster of the hurricane.
  • Cape Town narrowly avoided running out of water, but the efforts to do so revealed societal fissures. The water crisis gave a hint of what politics will be like in the next few decades.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Loose Feathers #662

Red Knot / Photo by Gregory Breese/USFWS
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