migratori

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.

The University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ researcher Hannah Wauchope said that suitable breeding conditions for Arctic shorebirds could collapse by 2070.

“This means that countries throughout the world will have fewer migratory birds reaching their shores,” Ms Wauchope said.

Credit: Erik Thomsen

“SIAMO AL DISASTRO PERCHÉ CI SIAMO ILLUSI DI INTEGRARE L'ISLAM”

Il politologo Giovanni Sartori sul politicamente corretto: “La sinistra non ha il coraggio di affrontare il problema”. Giovanni Sartori, fiorentino, 91 anni (quasi 92), considerato fra i massimi esperti di scienza politica a livello internazionale, da anni è attento osservatore dei temi-chiave di oggi: immigrazione, Islam, Europa. Professore su queste parole si gioca il nostro futuro. «Su queste parole si dicono molte sciocchezze». Su queste parole, in Francia, intellettuali di sinistra ora cominciano a parlare come la destra. Dicono che il multiculturalismo è fallito, che i flussi migratori dai Paesi musulmani sono insostenibili, che l'Islam non può integrarsi con l'Europa democratica… «Sono cose che dico da decenni».

Anche lei parla come la destra? «Non mi importa nulla di destra e sinistra, a me importa il buonsenso. Io parlo per esperienza delle cose, perché studio questi argomenti da tanti anni, perché provo a capire i meccanismi politici, etici e economici che regolano i rapporti tra Islam e Europa, per proporre soluzioni al disastro in cui ci siamo cacciati».

Quale disastro? «Illudersi che si possa integrare pacificamente un'ampia comunità musulmana, fedele a un monoteismo teocratico che non accetta di distinguere il potere politico da quello religioso, con la società occidentale democratica. Su questo equivoco si è scatenata la guerra in cui siamo».

Perché? «Perché l'Islam che negli ultimi venti trent’anni si è risvegliato in forma acuta - infiammato, pronto a farsi esplodere e assistito da nuove tecnologie sempre più pericolose - è un Islam incapace di evolversi. È un monoteismo teocratico fermo al nostro Medioevo. Ed è un Islam incompatibile con il monoteismo occidentale. Per molto tempo, dalla battaglia di Vienna in poi, queste due realtà si sono ignorate. Ora si scontrano di nuovo».

Perché non possono convivere? «Perché le società libere, come l'Occidente, sono fondate sulla democrazia, cioè sulla sovranità popolare. L'Islam invece si fonda sulla sovranità di Allah. E se i musulmani pretendono di applicare tale principio nei Paesi occidentali il conflitto è inevitabile».

Sta dicendo che l'integrazione per l'islamico è impossibile? «Sto dicendo che dal 630 d.C. in avanti la Storia non ricorda casi in cui l'integrazione di islamici all'interno di società non-islamiche sia riuscita. Pensi all'India o all'Indonesia».

Quindi se nei loro Paesi i musulmani vivono sotto la sovranità di Allah va tutto bene, se invece…«…se invece l'immigrato arriva da noi e continua ad accettare tale principio e a rifiutare i nostri valori etico-politici significa che non potrà mai integrarsi. Infatti in Inghilterra e Francia ci ritroviamo una terza generazione di giovani islamici più fanatici e incattiviti che mai».

Ma il multiculturalismo… «Cos'è il multiculturalismo? Cosa significa? Il multiculturalismo non esiste. La sinistra che brandisce la parola multiculturalismo non sa cosa sia l'Islam, fa discorsi da ignoranti. Ci pensi. I cinesi continuano a essere cinesi anche dopo duemila anni, e convivono tranquillamente con le loro tradizioni e usanze nelle nostre città. Così gli ebrei. Ma i musulmani no. Nel privato possono e devono continuare a professare la propria religione, ma politicamente devono accettare la nostra regola della sovranità popolare, altrimenti devono andarsene».

Se la sente un benpensante di sinistra le dà dello xenofobo. «La sinistra è vergognosa. Non ha il coraggio di affrontare il problema. Ha perso la sua ideologia e per fare la sua bella figura progressista si aggrappa alla causa deleteria delle porte aperte a tutti. La solidarietà va bene. Ma non basta».

Cosa serve? «Regole. L'immigrazione verso l'Europa ha numeri insostenibili. Chi entra, chiunque sia, deve avere un visto, documenti regolari, un'identità certa. I clandestini, come persone che vivono in un Paese illegalmente, devono essere espulsi. E chi rimane non può avere diritto di voto, altrimenti i musulmani fondano un partito politico e con i loro tassi di natalità micidiali fra 30 anni hanno la maggioranza assoluta. E noi ci troviamo a vivere sotto la legge di Allah. Ho vissuto trent'anni negli Usa. Avevo tutti i diritti, non quello di voto. E stavo benissimo».

E gli sbarchi massicci di immigrati sulle nostre coste? «Ogni emergenza ha diversi stadi di crisi. Ora siamo all'ultimo, lo stadio della guerra - noi siamo gli aggrediti, sia chiaro - e in guerra ci si difende con tutte le armi a disposizione, dai droni ai siluramenti».

Cosa sta dicendo? «Sto dicendo che nello stadio di guerra non si rispettano le acque territoriali. Si mandano gli aerei verso le coste libiche e si affondano i barconi prima che partano. Ovviamente senza la gente sopra. È l'unico deterrente all'assalto all'Europa. Due-tre affondamenti e rinunceranno. Così se vogliono entrare in Europa saranno costretti a cercare altre vie ordinarie, più controllabili».

Se la sente uno di quegli intellettuali per i quali la colpa è sempre dell'Occidente… «Intellettuali stupidi e autolesionisti. Lo so anch'io che l'Inquisizione è stata un orrore. Ma quella fase di fanatismo l'Occidente l'ha superata da secoli. L'Islam no. L'Islam non ha capacità di evoluzione. È, e sarà sempre, ciò che era dieci secoli fa. È un mondo immobile, che non è mai entrato nella società industriale. Neppure i Paesi più ricchi, come l'Arabia Saudita. Hanno il petrolio e tantissimi soldi, ma non fabbricano nulla, acquistano da fuori qualsiasi prodotto finito. Il simbolo della loro civiltà, infatti, non è l'industria, ma il mercato, il suq».

Si dice che il contatto tra civiltà diverse sia un arricchimento per entrambe. «Se c'è rispetto reciproco e la volontà di convivere sì. Altrimenti non è un arricchimento, è una guerra. Guerra dove l'arma più potente è quella demografica, tutta a loro favore».

E l'Europa cosa fa? «L'Europa non esiste. Non si è mai visto un edificio politico più stupido di questa Europa. È un mostro. Non è neppure in grado di fermare l'immigrazione di persone che lavorano al 10 per cento del costo della manodopera europea, devastando l'economia continentale. Non è questa la mia Europa».

Qual è la sua Europa? «Un'Europa confederale, composta solo dai primi sei/sette stati membri, il cui presidente dev'essere anche capo della Banca europea così da avere sia il potere politico sia quello economico-finanziario, e una sola Suprema corte come negli Usa. L'Europa di Bruxelles con 28 Paesi e 28 lingue diverse è un'entità morta. Un'Europa che vuole estendersi fino all'Ucraina… Ridicolo. Non sa neanche difenderci dal fanatismo islamico». Come finirà con l'Islam? «Quando si arriva all'uomo-bomba, al martire per la fede che si fa esplodere in mezzo ai civili significa che lo scontro è arrivato all’entità massima.”

hellion-kat  asked:

Hey have you heard about how our government okayed the use of corexit (a toxic chemical) for oil spill clean ups? I wonder if they'll use it for the Saskatchewan oil spill 😤

Yikes. I hadn’t heard that.

Here’s an article from the National Geographic about it

Canada oks use of Corexit for oil spills—Despite What We’ve Learned in the Gulf

Excerpt:

So when Canada’s government approved the use of dispersants in its amended oil-spill response outline last month, environmental advocates were not happy.

“It is sham,” says John Davis, director of ocean-advocacy organization Clean Ocean Action Committee. “[Corexit] doesn’t do anything to clean up an oil spill. It allows the toxicity in the oil to become more biologically available. The last thing you want is for oil to accumulate in the gills of a lobster.”

Before the updated regulations passed, several federal environmental statutes prohibited the use of dispersants to clean up oil spills because of the harm they wreak on wildlife, including the Migratory Birds Convention Act, the Fisheries Act and the ocean disposal provisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Safety information on the use of Corexit advises the chemical be kept out of contact with eyes and skin, which it can severely damage. It can cause nausea and vomiting if ingested, as well as chemical pneumonia if it is inhaled into the lungs. Seeing that Corexit, like other oil dispersants, are sprayed, this is a real danger not only for animals but also for humans applying the chemical to the surface of an oil slick after a spill.

The laws regarding the ownership/sale of animal parts are often unclear and are, at best, extremely confusing. Unfortunately even well intentioned infractions can land you with HUGE fines and criminal charges!

These laws were created to ensure a sustainable industry and to protect the lives of animals so please give them the respect they deserve. This is a digital age and any wildlife crime you commit leaves a papertrail. #CollectResponsibly

The exact laws vary by nation/state/province, but for Canadian collectors here are a few handy pointers:

-IT IS A CRIME to buy and sell North American migratory and predatory birds! Even personal ownership of these parts requires permits (if they even allow that). There are several dealers, especially in Quebec, who ignore these rules. Both the buyer and seller can face criminal charges/fines! Don’t believe any lies told to make a quick buck - there is a continental treaty.

-IT IS A CRIME in Ontario to buy and sell parts of any game animal that exists in our province. It doesn’t matter if the deer taxidermy (or any other antler/animal part) was shot in Quebec, Nova Scotia, etc - if the species is found in Ontario it is illegal. Antique stores are often ignorant or turn a blind eye, but these laws have been proven to reduce the rates of poaching.

-IT IS A CRIME to export any British Columbia wildlife without a provincial export permit! These permits can easily take a month to secure and can cost over $50. If BC vendors are shipping you local animal parts and you don’t receive a copy of the permit, you have likely just received smuggled  (if not poached) goods. The penalties are severe. Demand an export permit!

-IT IS A CRIME to transport marine mammal parts between provinces without applying for a license. Even Inuit hunted items require specific documentation to be legally exported out of the north.

-IT CAN BE A CRIME to import or export animal parts across our national boundaries. All Canadian wildlife require permits and many of the world’s species fall under various restrictions/the CITES convention. Poaching is fueled primarily by buyers who turn a blind eye. Endangered/threatened species can die by your hands.

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Whon (Live 06-13-2009)

The garbage man is never going to come
The cans out at the curb will bloat and stink
The rock will work its way through cracks in the the foundation
The water will grow stagnant in the sink
And you, you will know
Where it is that memories go

The migratory birds will not come back
The charms that summer held will all turn sour
And from the treetops when the wind stops
Sweet blossoms will rain down and you will spin beneath the shower
And it will be so clear
You will never quite escape last year

The wind will blow or else it won’t
Sometimes you just move on and sometimes you just don’t
You think the matter through, you try hard not to think
The water all goes stagnant in the kitchen sink
And you will know, and I will too
What it was I might have left to you

Unreleased 

First day of wild bird camp

I have so much POWER! These children are hanging on my EVERY ANECDOTE AND USELESS BIRD FACT and they are actually INTERESTED! I told them about the gender role switchups of Phalaropes, the terrors of American Coot parentage, the monster schnoz of the Hairy Woodpecker, the range distinctions of chickadees, the history of the Migratory Birds Treaty Act, mobbing behavior… AND THEY WERE ENGAGED BY ALL OF IT!


However, it was 100 with a heat index of 105 today, so I write this to my wonderful followers after spending twenty minutes in a cold shower to wash away the filth.

Headcanon: Sunagakure - A Brief History

  Thanks to @sunagakurenosato for all our lovely headcanon discussions.

THE BEGINNING

  In the beginning there was no “Sunagakure”.

  Wind Country as shinobi know it today had once been composed of hundreds of small settlements, mostly nomads. These were merchants (dealing in textiles, religious objects, furs, dairy/meat, etc.) and shepherds (mainly camel and goats). These tribes were small enough to be run mainly by gerontocracies, meaning councils of elders, and were spaced out far enough that they remained largely uncontacted by outside lands.

GROWING UNREST

  As the generations passed and populations grew, however, tensions arose. There were enough people now to strain resources, and some groups had taken up agriculture and became stationary, disrupting migratory patterns. Minor differences in spiritual beliefs, dress, dialects, customs, and dietary habits became prominent. In such small communities where one’s very livelihood depends on the collective nature of society, any difference was perceived by opposing tribes as inherently inferior. And, as humans are apt to do, the desire to conquer flourished. Land of Wind was lawless and undefined. Tribes, still growing, with resources running thin, stole from and killed each other in the pursuit of prosperity.

  The same elderly folk who had once held the authority could not handle the growing political strife between groups, and as such, military leaders were born. Though practices varied between tribes, in general, the elders would appoint a leader to manage the inter-settlement relations (outlining trade procedures, territories, and laws, handling disputes between other leaders), while the elders continued their reign over the intra-settlement matters (the growing construction of permanent settlements, civil matters, the governing body for their specific settlement only). To put it simply, the military leaders were liaisons and diplomats; the elders protected their own community’s interests.

 TERRITORY WARS

  They fought. With swords, with spears, with the unrefined jutsu should they possess it. With each battle, the victor would assimilate what was left of its opponent into its own tribe, outlawing the defeated party’s old customs in favor of their own. As the number of tribes dwindled, the increasing influxes of refugees into the largest growing faction created problems for their developing government. The elders, who already wrestled between incorporating or casting out the previous councils of the assimilated tribes, could not focus on both their own village’s problem and the actions of the military leader, who now had multiple other men and women organized beneath him to conquer the last remaining settlements.

  With their regression of power the military leader’s grew. The largest settlement became a village of former nomads ethnically homogeneous in many ways, but diverse in others. A common tongue formed from their varying but not alien dialects, entirely separate from the common tongue of nations to the east and north. They were forced into peace, partially under the threat of violence, partially because, with the entire village made up of conquered immigrants all serving the same leader, who, exactly, would they rebel against?

 SUNAGAKURE’S BIRTH

  Thus, Sunagakure – a conglomeration of the majority of conquered peoples once scattered across Wind Country - was born. The elders remained, still attempting, in some ways, to control the military leader, whose title had since been renamed Kazekage (influenced, of course, by the newly-founded Konoha). The Kazekage worked with the council to create infrastructure, to build hospitals and establish trading routes and, finally, to erect an official Academy for those gifted with shinobi abilities.

  Along with the growing society came its developing culture: A Suna dialect distinct from the common Fire tongue, a mixture of the colloquialisms and speech patterns of all their now-obsolete tribes. Shared customs –  food palettes, spiritual beliefs, poetry, song, and dance – flourished. Though Suna remained poor due to its small size, war-torn beginnings, and continued power struggle between the elder council and Kazekage, its foundation marked one of what would soon be a great village in a greater nation, and one that would eventually call itself one with the rest of the shinobi continent.

puppyresidue  asked:

Regarding that last post: feathers are actually illegal to possess for most species of bird due to the migratory bird treaty act, gulls included. I don't personally care if people possess these things or not, but trading or selling them can get the other party in some pretty big trouble so I just thought I'd say something so no one gets the conservation cops on their tail. A few folks have evidently taken to reporting people who are simply unaware

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Witheranyon Wyvern (Extinct)

A now extinct variety of Wyvern-type dragon, the Witheranyon Wyvern was found throughout Europe, with one of the most well-known specimens being that of the Wyvern of Wye, which was killed by Sir Cadogan, one of the few magical knights of Arthur’s round table. Witheranyon Wyverns were known to be very migratory, rarely settling down (the Wyvern of Wye being an exception, and its exceptional nature being the reason for the hunt declared against it), and would usually feed as they went, picking up sheep and cattle from herds and devouring them as they flew. 

Witheranyon’s came in two main colours - brown ones were elderly females, exceptionally vicious and highly protective of their nests, known to fight males who came anywhere near the area staked out as their nesting territory unless they brought food, while the males were smaller and green in colour. All sexes of the Witheranyon had great spikes on their wings, large horns and impressive claws, though they were generally bigger on the females, who would often be well fed by the male who sired her offspring in the hope of more of the hatchlings surviving and passing on his genes.

Sadly, Witheranyon’s migratory nature made it hard for them to run into each other reducing the number of offspring, and the devastation they could cause when settled (usually to nest and in the case of the Wyvern of Wye possibly laziness) led to many of them being slaughtered. Further, their ability to create flame was not quite the same as many other dragons, and left them prone to accidental explosion, such as the one triggered by Sir Cadogan when hunting the Wyvern of Wye.


(Image One, Image Two)

(Read about Wyvern of Wye from Canon Here. Read about Wyverns in myth Here. I hate that I have to include this but PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THE IMAGE SOURCE OR MY CAPTION.) 

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File under: Stranger than Fiction, well it doesn’t NOT work…

Barnacle geese are migratory birds that breed in the Arctic and spend the rest of their time in the British Isles. The concept of migration was impossible for Middle Age Europeans to grasp, so they came up with an explanation for where the barnacle geese came from: Barnacles. Because goose barnacles (above) sorta look like geese. Maybe. If you close your eyes.

The truth is so much weirder. The Arctic is full of Arctic foxes, which is troublesome for the parents of tasty, defenseless baby birds. So the barnacle goose nests on cliffs a hundred meters high, out of reach of predators. So far, so normal for birds. Except geese…Geese don’t bring their young food the way most birds do. The chicks have to forage for themselves straight from the egg. But they can’t fly yet. So how do they get down off the tall, craggy, razor-sharp cliffs?

They jump.

(Most of the babies DO make it, but this clip is a nail-biter to watch!) From an evolutionary point of view, chicks on the ground would get eaten, but chicks that take the plunge have a chance. So natural selection favors birds that are robust and, uh, bouncy. It doesn’t not work.

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eregyrn-falls replied to your post: “eregyrn-falls replied to your post:eregyrn-falls replied to…Okay, I…”

No, it’s an owl-banding project every fall: Project Owlnet. Saw-whets are migratory (nest in the boreal forest up in Canada; majority of them fly south, as far as Alabama, to winter over), but in a pretty desultory way. So you can play an audio lure and get them to come into mist-nets. Band ‘em, take measurements, and let them go.

We do it every night in Oct and most of Nov. In a boom year and on a good night, we can get between 20-30 owls. (Biggest night I attended was 53!) And a good season is around 300 owls, for us. (There tends to be a boom/bust cycle, possibly linked to prey populations affecting breeding.) Getting to handle so many owls is awesome. :) Because they are THE CUTEST.

(You might check to see if there are any banding stations local to you. There are a few hundred across the U.S. and Canada. Many will do programs open to the public. I started by going to an open house at Mass Audubon, then started volunteering and worked my way up to being a bander.)

(I also do volunteer work with wildlife care, and we have some barred owls and screeches and a great horned, and a barn; as well as other raptors and mammals. But that’s not so much handling, and much more “cleaning up poop and leftover mouse entrails”. Still fun, though.)

!!! i have a friend who’s studying to be an ornithologist and has suggested checking out some bird-banding projects before, this is probably worth looking into. on first glance it seems like there’s a station not too far from where i’ll be headed for school in the fall, it might be reasonable?

and yes, most “actually working with animals” is significantly less glamorous than it first sounds like – the only mass wildlife project i’ve participated in thus far was a major spider survey, and it involved a lot more crouching in the grass for an extended period of time and picking up rocks in an effort to scoop the little guys up than anything exciting-sounding

anonymous asked:

Hi Shady! I found a small fully intact bird that my brother's cat killed and left alone. Any advice on how best I could retrieve its skull? It still has all its feathers and everything, and I've never dealt with anything like this before.

Hi Anon!

First thing’s first, if you are in the US then be aware that pretty much all native species of birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which makes it illegal to possess any part of them, be it bone, shed feather, eggshell, or nest. Non-native species like European Starlings, European House Sparrows, pigeons and a few species of game birds are okay to possess though.

But if you aren’t in the US or if you are and it is a species that is okay to possess then I’d either macerate or nature cleaning it. You can skin it out of you want. Skinning and defleshing does cut down on decomp time a bit but it’s not necessary and can be skipped if you don’t want to do it. 

For macerating you just put the carcass in a bucket of warm water (around 85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal), cover it, and wait for the carcass to rot down to bones. If it stays warm enough and you’ve got a good bacteria colony going this can take as little as week but it can take longer.

For nature cleaning you have a few different options. You can make a tiny cage out of fine wire mesh (fine enough that no tiny bones will fall out of the wire), put the carcass in that, and then bury the whole thing in a flower pot. Or put it under an upside down flower pot. Just make sure to cover the pot with a large rock or use something else to weigh it down to prevent any curious passing scavengers from stealing your specimen.You can also put the carcass in a plastic bag with a few tiny holes poked in it and put that under the flower pot/bucket instead. I like using plastic because it helps hold in humidity and humidity + heat make ideal conditions for the bacteria responsible for decomp. Again, if conditions are right, this can take as little as a week to rot the carcass down to bones. Sometimes it’ll take a little longer though.

Or if you know of any active ant colonies in your area you can put the carcass in that mesh cage, secure it next to the colony so no scavengers will drag it away, and let the ants clean it for you.

Hope that helps! Good luck and happy cleaning!

Saw your birb post.

A lot of birds will be stunned after hitting a window (I know I was stunned when I walked into a glass door after my mom cleaned it lol.) Here’s an excerpt from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “If you find a bird dazed from a window hit, place it in a dark container with a lid such as a shoebox, and leave it somewhere warm and quiet, out of reach of pets and other predators. If the weather is extremely cold, you may need to take it inside. Do not try to give it food and water, and resist handling it as much as possible. The darkness will calm the bird while it revives, which should occur within a few minutes, unless it is seriously injured. Release it outside as soon as it appears awake and alert. If the bird doesn’t recover in a couple of hours, you should take it to a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. Remember that, technically, it is illegal to handle a migratory bird without a permit.” Most birds just need a few minutes to realize they are still alive and can fly away.

Thanks a bunch @reioka!!! Thankfully we didn’t have to go that far and he just flew away before we had to intervene, but we were a little worried for a bit. This is good knowledge to have in the future. :)))