Fun Fact Friday: To Migrate or To Staycation? Sagebrush is a Great Home for These Birds

By Nancy Patterson, Public Affairs Specialist, Greater Sage-Grouse Rocky Mountain Region

Brrr! It’s getting cold out in northern sagebrush country! With snow beginning to fall, animals are on the move. Like Greater sage-grouse, more than 350 species call this place home, but some only spend part of the year here and others stay year-round.

Many birds head south. Sage thrashers and Brewer’s sparrows fly to the warmer southern United States and Mexico. Swainson’s Hawks left months ago, gathered into kettles of tens of thousands of birds to travel all the way to Argentina for the winter months. Imagine doing a round-trip trek of more than 12,000 miles from South America to northern North America each year like these world travelers do!

For some, the sagebrush landscape is their favorite winter resting spot. All summer Rough-legged hawks spent in the Arctic tundra. Their journey south brings some of them to the western sagebrush landscape. You might see them perched on utility poles, transmission lines, fence posts, and other high ground throughout the winter months.

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These People Are in Need of Help

I’m just saying that I haven’t seen one post on this matter. There’s a refugee crisis going on right now in Europe, about 350.000 people (refugees) from Syria, Afghanistan, etc have come to Europe through rubber boats (which aren’t safe at all) because there is war going on in their countries. About two thousand people have already died at sea. The governments all over Europe don’t know what to do and are basically fighting about who gets more refugees and who doesn’t. These people, they need help. They are camping at the borders (Calais - between France and the UK and Greece p.ex.) and they need help - clothes, food, everything that’s useful they need it, and most importantly, they need a new home.

Here are some websites to raise donations:

Donate to help the children of Syria - Unicef 

Aylan Kurdi

Child Refugee Crisis 

If You Want to Volunteer to Help 

Refugee Council 

Donate to Save the Children 

Médecins Sans Frontieres


Behind them lay the makeshift campgrounds where they had spent months living rough, waiting for the right moment to climb the six-metre, razorwire fence lying between them and their dream of making it to Europe. In front of them lay an immaculately groomed golf course complete with white-clad golfers teeing off.

The two radically different realities, just metres apart, was what greeted a dozen or so migrants caught on the triple fence that marks the border between Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla and Morocco on Wednesday. After 200 had tried to scale the fence, Spain’s interior ministry said 20 people had made it to the enclave and another 70 remained perched on top of the fence for several hours.



Refugees at Keleti Station and in the border camps here in Hungary CANNOT BE PROCESSED or helped with VITAL DOCUMENTATION and medical and family needs without interpretors. Hungary is not cosmopolitan like London, Bradford, Sheffield etc - I think we can count on one hand the number of people here who speak ARABIC, URDU, PASHTO or also GREEK, FRENCH, ALBANIAN and TURKISH to help refugees with documents they may have been able to pick up en route.

Migration Aid Hungary does not need people to be physically here to help - just available on skype, telephone, email. You can contact them here:

In order to facilitate the processing of any offers of translation support to Migration Aid, a university in Budapest has set up a database that you can access via this link.

The situation is urgent and pressing for a host of reasons: the appalling conditions people are being held in, their despair and frustration at not being able to communicate, because there are many sick travellers, and most specifically because an already brutal Hungarian government passed new legislation on midnight Tuesday allowing for the arrest of “illegal” refugees.

However you do it, we massively need you to communicate this to the relevant language communities.

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New sticker that will probably be made available either for free or on donation sometime in February. 2016, you came delivering agonizing blows to un pueblo that’s been holding out for so long for a sign of relief y alguna esperanza- puros chantajes, politicos de mierda playing with our lives. Ya basta. Tired of patrolling my anger- que se pudra la migra. In solidarity with all the folks and fams feeling the fear, anger, frustration, sadness and violence that comes with being targets of la migra and the bigger systems at play. Resisting, surviving and healing in any and all the ways we know how- for ourselves, our parents, our children, our partners, our fams, our communities. Nunca nos rendiremos. Somos seres divinos and you will feel our wrath #FuckLaMigra @culturestrike #art4 #art4change #artivism #artivist #activist #politicalart #humanrights #socialjustice #immigration #migration #migrantpower #pinchefrontera #borderlands #Not1More #undocumented #unaccompaniedminors #undocuqueer #woc

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Climate change could force the displacement of nearly 3,000 species of animals in the coming years if Earth keeps warming and sea levels keep rising, according to research from the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy. Scientists who worked on the research created a moving map of the forced migrations that could happen in the future.

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Red Beach - The March of the Red Crabs

What you see in the five first photos are baby Christmas Island Red Crabs, Gecarcoidea natalis (Decapoda - Gecarcinidae), emerging from the ocean, and making their way to the forest, as seen in January of this 2014.

These crabs are endemic to the Christmas Island. For most of the year the red crabs are found within forest, but each year these crabs must migrate to the coast to breed (last photo). The estimated population of adult red crabs on Christmas Island was 43.7 million in 2001, so the migration is really impressive.

The arrival of the monsoonal rains allows increased activity of red crabs and stimulates the annual migration. During this breeding migration red crabs, like other terrestrial gecarcinids, must abandon their home ranges and travel down to the coast to mate and spawn. The downward migration normally requires at least a week, and the crabs migrate mainly during the first few hours of the morning and in the late afternoon.

The males excavate burrows, which they must defend from other males, on the lowest shore terraces; mating occurs in or near the burrows. Soon after mating the males start the journey back inland to the forest, while the females lay their eggs and remain in the burrows for 2 weeks. At the end of the incubation period the females vacate their burrows and make their way to the coastal cliffs, which almost completely surround the island, to cast their eggs into the ocean. The females usually release their eggs into the sea toward dawn, around the turn of the high tide, and then they return to the forest.

Eggs hatch immediately in the sea and the larvae (now called megalope) live in the sea for about a month before returning to land as juvenile crabs. These juvenile crabs start a first migration to the forest as seen in the first photos.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Kirsty Faulkner | Locality: Christmas Island (2014)

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