the endangered list

The bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list.

 Please:

  • Go plant an organic flower native to wherever you are
  • Leave your “weeds” alone they probably aren’t hurting anything
  • Stop using/buying Roundup and all other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides. 
  • If you have a bee problem (which almost never happens) call a local beekeeper! They will remove them safely free of charge
  • Bumblebees usually nest underground and just wanna be left alone! They won’t hurt you. To prevent destroying their habit during hibernation, avoid mowing yards until April or May. If you do mow, raise the blades to the highest setting

Please save my fat clumsy fuzzy friends I love them and they’re very good pollinators.

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Black-footed cats, Yuna and Sawyer, may resemble your average house cat, but they’re pawsitively unique. As the smallest African species, black-footed cats are naturally rare and considered Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park can get a glimpse of this secretive pair in Nairobi Village next to the fennec fox.

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Australian Night Parrot

The night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) is a small parrot endemic to the continent of Australia. It is well known as being one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no known sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed in July 2013. Another live individual was photographed in March 2017.

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Why Should I Care For the Oceans?

We’ve all heard it:

“Why does it matter if we overfish tuna? It tastes so good!”

“If the oceans dried up tomorrow, why would I care? I live 500miles away from any body of water!”

The thing is, without the oceans, we would all be dead. Our planet would probably look like Mars. There would be no freshwater, no food for us to eat, no suitable climate for us to survive.

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Whether you live by the coast, or only see the ocean once a year on holiday, the ocean has an impact on your life. Every breath you take, every food or drinks you have… is thanks to our oceans. Every single individual and living being on this planet is deeply connected, and extremely dependent upon our seas.

The oceans regulates climate, weather, and temperature. They act as carbon dioxide ‘sinks’ from the atmosphere. They hold 97% of the Earth’s water. They govern our Earth’s chemistry; all the microbes and microscopic organisms at the very bottom of the food chain support our own existence. The oceans are also crucial for our economies, health and security.

(Photo credit: Brian Skerry)

The past generations have been raised with the idea that the ocean is huge (and it is) and resilient, and that we could basically take from or put into the oceans as much as we wanted. Now, we found out that we cant go on this way. This mentality is part of our problem and it needs to change.

While we have made tremendous discoveries about the oceans over the last few decades, we have also caused more destruction to the sea than ever before. Many fisheries stocks are overfished, catastrophic fishing techniques are destroying the habitats and depleting populations, many marine species are on the verge of extinction, coral reefs are dying, pollution run-offs from agricultural farms are creating dead-zones where nothing can grow or live, millions of gallons of oil have devastated the Gulf of Mexico, bigger and faster container ships create noise pollution for marine mammals and endangers them…The list goes on, and on. We have had so much impact that we have actually changed the pH of the oceans! 

Pretty overwhelming, uh? 

So yes, you should care, because if the oceans crash, we as a species are crashing with them. The entire planet Earth will be gone. And if that’s not enough of a wake-up call for you, I don’t know what else could be!

While all the current marine conservation issues appear huge and insurmountable, there is still hope. Each individual can make a difference now. YOU can make better choices about which fish to consume (or not at all!) and ask about the way they were caught or raised, YOU can encourage sustainable fishing practices, YOU can decide not to use fertilizer or pesticides in your backyard, YOU can bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store and stop using plastics, YOU can stop using products with microbeads, YOU can participate in beach clean-ups, YOU can start your own research and discover even more awesome things about the oceans… YOU can spread the word to your skeptic friends! Have people follow in your footsteps; inspire your friends and family. Be the change :) !

(Photo source: Flickr)

“If you want to have an impact on history and help secure a better future for all that you care about, be alive now” - Sylvia Earle

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Dhole

The dhole (Cuon alpinus) is a canid native to Asia. Other English names for the species include Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red wolf (not to be confused with Canis rufus), red dog, and mountain wolf. During the Pleistocene, the dhole ranged throughout Asia, Europe and North America, but became restricted to its historical range 12,000–18,000 years ago.

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agirlcalledfrost  asked:

OH OH OH PLEASE TELL US A BOARDING SCHOOL STORY PRETTY PLEASE

so my school had this thing called “senior skip day,” except that senior skip day didn’t exist and every year the administration sent out emails in the spring that were like DON’T FUCKIN SKIP CLASS OR YOU WILL RECEIVE RESTRICTION (restriction was like, my boarding school’s equivalent of detention where instead of staying after school you had to go to bed early and help stuff envelopes advertising the summer program until your hands were BLOODIED AND CRIPPLED BY CARPAL TUNNEL) and every year the seniors were like YOLO THEY CAN’T PUNISH ALL OF US!!!!!

  • spoiler alert: yes they can? THEY ALWAYS CAN.
  • 200 years of american high school and teenagers still think that there is a cap limit on kids in detention and that you can leave after 15 minutes if the teacher doesn’t show up.

anyway, my senior year, we all got together and nattered at each other until some brave soldier (i feel like it was my friend paula but WHO KNOWS) was like “OK SENIOR SKIP DAY IS THIS THURSDAY!!!! NOBODY GO TO CLASS OR UR A SCAB.”

  • she didn’t say scab because she’s not from the 1920s and we aren’t newsies, though this story would be way more interesting if we were
  • what she said was “YOLO THEY CAN’T PUNISH ALL OF US!!!!!”
  • except not yolo because it was 2009 and drake hadn’t been invented yet except as a dear sweet boy in a wheelchair.

we also used this email system to communicate with one another that has very deeply informed the way i understand email and which probably makes it very frustrating to be my friend and receive emails that have subject lines like “URGENT” and then just 42 links to the same florida georgia line youtube video.

  • I’M NOT ASHAMED, but in that way where like i kind of AM ashamed so i’m really aggressively NOT ashamed? 

so the day of reckoning rolls around and my alarm goes off at 8 (class started at 8:05 but i liked to PLAY WITH FIRE when it came to being late; my mom actually asked the school to stop emailing her when i was a sophomore because i was late so often that their rote “Mrs. Ofgeography we are emailing you to say—” was CLOGGING UP HER INBOX and she was like “i GET IT MY CHILD IS THE MOST BORING MISCREANT OF ALL TIME.”) and i looked at my roommate elle and she looked at me and went, “you going?”

“hell no,” i said. “YOLO. they can’t punish all of us.”

elle, who was far prettier and far cooler than i was with the notable exception of her obsession with tswift’s “love story” and her tendency to look at the endangered species list and cry sometimes during study hall, quickly bizounced across the street to this shopping center thing where all the cool kids smoked in secret where huge trucks dropped off clothes for the Dress Barn. i think there were also tennis courts nearby. more importantly there was this chinese food delivery place and a lil restaurant that made HELLA BAGELS.

  • WHAT KIND OF BAGELS?
  • FUCKIN
  • HELLA.

off goes elle! meanwhile i’m like, “yessssss i’m gonna use senior skip day to watch 14 hours of tv shows and eat frozen peanut butter bars that i stole from the dining hall! I’M GONNA LIVE LIKE I’M 23 ALONE IN CHICAGO ON A WEEKEND WHEN MY ONLY PLAN IS TAKEOUT AND CUDDLING WITH THE FAUX-SNOW-LEOPARD BLANKET I WILL ONE DAY SURELY OWN.” 

of course, during this time the administration was continuing to send out emails that reminded us with increasing urgency that senior skip day was NOT A THING and that we were ALL GETTING RESTRICTION if we didn’t get our STUPID ASSES TO CLASS, GODDAMNIT, WE ARE NOT RUNNING A CIRCUS HERE. 

but i was like! yolo, motherfuckers!!! i already got into college, YOU CAN’T TOUCH ME.

at some point during the day elle and our friend ginna came back to the room with takeout from the chinese delivery place and we sat on our floor eating it and probably watching veronica mars or looking at the endangered species list and crying.

all of a sudden, elle said, “guys shut up, guys shut up, GUYS SHUT UP,” and ginna and i were like, “WHAT we have a LOT to SAY about FRIED FUCKING DUMPLINGS, ELLE,“ and elle said, "did you hear that?”

“hear what?”

that!”

‘that’ was the sound of one of our dorm moms, mrs. f, knocking on doors and saying things like, “IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BUTTS TO CLASS IN 5 MINUTES YOU’RE ON CATEGORY 4 RESTRICTION FOREVER.” elle quickly scampered up our raised beds to hide in the corner, where a tiny human like elle could actually hide from view; i leapt immediately into what we called a closet but was basically a cubby with a flap that was DEFINITELY not meant for a 5'8” individual with knobby as hell knees.

our door, which was never locked because we both hated the effort of typing in the lock code, opened. mrs. f said, “mollyhall?”

i held my breath. 

  • i should add here that i seemed to be operating on like a scooby-doo level of logic where basically i thought that she was somehow NOT ALLOWED to investigate?
  • like, if she can’t see me, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that she could prove i’m in here, right?
  • she’ll just poke her head in and be like oH GOSH NO KIDS HERE and leave!!

you can see the flaw in my logic.

mrs. f sighed. “mollyhall, i know you’re in here, i literally heard your voice ten seconds ago.”

  • there’s no WAY she guesses i’m in the closet!!!

“mollyhall, i know you’re in the closet.”

  • NO YOU DON’T
  • I AM SCHRÖDINGER’S SENIOR

“mollyhall—”

there was a creak. mrs. f stopped. it wasn’t actually a “creak,” so much as this like, prolonged groan? like it’s the sound an elephant would make if it sat on a really large accordion.

i poked my head out of the closet. mrs. f looked at me. elle sat up.

i said, “where’s ginna?”

  • YOU KNOW WHERE GINNA WAS.

“um,” said elle, “she’s in the—”

  • GINNA NO

ginna yes.

i really wish i could describe the sound the ceiling made when it collapsed. it sounded a lot like the way losing your breath feels. i sort of remember ginna falling in like, really slow motion, like i could see the expression on her face. i didn’t really think about how i would describe this in words. ginna’s face said:

  • oh no.
  • what have i done?
  • this was a mistake. 
  • i regret a series of decisions that i have made.
  • is there a way out of this?
  • are those oreos under mollyhall’s pillow?
  • why are there oreos under mollyhall’s pillow?
  • mollyhall, you HAVE a food cupboard, what good is a food cupboard if you don’t—
  • oh, crap.

she belly flopped onto the floor. i mean, the girl bounced. and then she just laid there. mrs. f looked at her. elle looked at her. i looked at her, still mostly in the closet. we were all going to get category 4 restriction forever.

ginna said, “hi, mrs. f. i feel like i should explain.”

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HenryCavill Finally made it out for my first real run on my Road To Recovery! Its going to be a test to train for the Durrell Challenge that’s for sure but it is totally worth it. What Durrell does for assisting animals on the endangered species list is incredible and if all I have to do is put myself through some discomfort to help them….then bring it on! How about you?  #RoadToRecovery #DurrellChallenge

Country Names in Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)

All translations found in “The New English-Gaelic Dictionary” by Derick S. Thomson. Let me know if you have any translations to add! 

  • Africa : Afraga
  • America : Ameireagaidh
  • Asia : An Aisia
  • Australia : Astràilia
  • Austria : An Ostair
  • Belgium : A’Bheilg 
  • Britain : Breatainn 
  • Canada : Canada
  • Chile : An t-Sile 
  • China : Sìna 
  • Cornwall : A’Chòrn 
  • Denmark : An Danmhairg 
  • Egypt : An Eiphit 
  • England : Sasainn
  • Ethiopia : An Aetiòp
  • Europe : An Roinn Eòrpa
  • Finland : Suòmi
  • France : An Fhraing
  • Germany : A’Ghearmailt
  • Greece : A’Ghrèig
  • Greenland : A’Ghraonlainn
  • Hungary : An Ungair
  • Iceland : Innis Tile
  • India : Na h-Innseachan
  • Indonesia : An Ind-Innse 
  • Iran : An Iarain 
  • Iraq : An Iarac 
  • Ireland : Eirinn
  • Isle of Mann : Eilean Mhanainn
  • Israel : Iosrael
  • Italy : An Eadailt
  • Jamaica : Siameuca 
  • Japan : An t-Seapan
  • Jordan : Iòrdan 
  • Kenya : A’Cheinia 
  • Korea : Korea
  • Latvia : An Laitbhe
  • Libya : Libia 
  • Luxembourg : Lucsamburg
  • the Netherlands : An Isealtìr
  • Norway : Lochlann 
  • Pakistan : Pacastan 
  • Palestine : Paileastain 
  • Poland : A’Phòlainn
  • Portugal : A’Phortagail
  • Romania : Romàinia
  • Russia : Ruisia
  • Scotland : Alba 
  • Spain : An Spàinn
  • Sweden : An t-Suain
  • Switzerland : An Eilbheis
  • the United Nations : Na Dùthchannan Aonaichte
  • United States : na Stàitean Aonaichte 
  • Wales : A’Chuimrigh
Herbal cigarette recipes

Mix (ground) evenly then add as much of the mix as you like to your cigarette/ pipe/ 1 bat hitter. You can add tobacco or cannabis to any of these mixes.
**tbsp=table spoon

* can be bad in high amounts / not for pregnant/ breastfeeding


-vision recipe
1 tbsp Golden seal
1 tbsp Passion flower
1 tbsp Dameana
1 tbsp scull cap
1 tbsp mugwort*


-meditation mix
1 tbsp mullen
1 tbsp mugwort
1 tbsp lavender
1 tbsp peppermint
1 tbsp lavender
1 tbsp mullien
1 tbsp osha root
1 tbsp damiana
2 tsp Devils Lettuce

-astral travel mix
1 tbsp coltsfoot
1 tbsp wild lettuce
1 tbsp mugwort*
1 tbsp damiana
1 tbsp Mullein

-stress reducer mix
1 tbsp Skullcap
1 tbsp Catnip
1 tbsp Chamomile
1 tbsp lavender

-Relieve cramps mix
1 tbsp Skullcap
1 tbsp Catnip
1 tbsp Chamomile
1 tbsp green tea

Visionary Herbs
There are many visionary herbs that are safe to smoke.
~Coltsfoot (medicine: cold & cough / magic: hedgecrossing & spirit-sight), 
~;Spearmint (medicine: stimulant / magic: healing & psychic powers),
~Skullcap: medicine; calming , antispasmodic , relieve cramps, muscle pain from stress, good for insomnia Magical: love, fidelity,peace, used in spells of relaxation)
~Wild Lettuce (medicine: sedative magic: hedgecrossing), and
~mugwort (medicine: euphoric & stimulant / magic: hedgecrossing & necromancy). 
~damiana(Medicine Influences: Aperient, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Aromatic, Bitter, Diuretic, Hormonal, Laxative, Nervine, Stimulant, Tonic. )(magical : burned to produce visions, promote psychic dreams). ·
~Catnip adds a relaxing note to the smoking mixture. It is gentle and can be effective to take the edge off .magic: divination & psychic powers ·
~Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) leaves are the classic herbal smoke. They quickly clear the bronchia, open the airways, and jump-start breathing during asthma attacks magic: hedgecrossing & necromancy), ·
~ Mints: (peppermint, spearmint, horehound, catnip, etc.): either use as tea or smoke for menthol flavor; expectorant properties; reduces stress; helps withdrawal ·
~ Licorice root: for flavor and expectorant properties; helps coughing. CAUTION: may increase blood pressure ·
~Oregon Grape Root. A liver stimulant
~Goldenseal may help your body ( on the endangered list) Salicylate herbs, like Willow and Oak, can help with headaches.
~Green Tea aids in alleviating depression to soothing aches and pains.
~Chamomile aids in the relief of stress, indigestion, headaches, anxiety, and depression * don’t use if your allergic to ragweed
~ Lavender relaxation, pain relief (especially for headaches and muscle aches), anxiety relief, and a general sense well being

Remember these are only herbal suggestions, NOT prescribed medicine, if you are already on medication, ask your doctor if it’s ok to use some of these herbs internally as some come can react with medication. Do not take too many sedative supplements at once & consult your doctor before internal use of any herbal supplements if you are pregnant. .

Elephant - Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan elephant is one of 3 recognised sub-species of Asian Elephant. Since 1986 the Sri Lankan elephant has been listed as endangered. During the 1990′s, many elephants were killed by landmines that were left during the countries armed conflict. Today, the main cause of the decline in elephant numbers is due to an increasing human population, and the resulting expansion of infrastructure into previously un-occupied land. While the ivory trade is not a large industry in Sri Lanka, some trade still occurs. 

Sri Lanka has set up safety zones for elephants, by creating protected areas for elephants to live, and working with local communities to learn to live alongside the elephants. 

☀️Magical Smoking 🌙

The creation and use of herbal cigarettes in magic and the mundane. By. The Darkest of Lights ( Samantha Piña)

An introduction to the use of herbal cigarettes (HC) ; the HC are great for travail , you can smoke these when you wish to relax, before trance work, to create spiritual wards. These are safe to smoke ; caution they may cause you to have visions or feel light headed almost a heightened sense of magic. 


**pregnant women shouldn’t be smoking, and I would assume it’s common sense to not smoke around them as some of these herbs can be harmful to them.
- make sure any herb wont effect any medicines so ask your doctor if you are un sure.

Instruments needed -

- rolling machine 
- rolling papers
- paper rolling tips
- mortar / pestle
-you can use a pip / hookah/ or vaporizer
_you can even drink the mixtures in tea


~ Herbs suggested ~
. ~Coltsfoot (medicine: cold & cough / magic: hedgecrossing & spirit-sight),

~;Spearmint (medicine: stimulant / magic: healing & psychic powers), ~

Skullcap: medicine; calming , antispasmodic , relieve cramps, muscle pain from stress, good for insomnia Magical: love, fidelity,peace, used in spells of relaxation)

~Wild Lettuce (medicine: sedative magic: hedgecrossing), and ~Wormwood (medicine: euphoric & stimulant / magic: hedgecrossing & necromancy).

~mugwort : euphoric, stimulant , hedge crossing, divination

~damiana(Medicine Influences: Aperient, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Aromatic, Bitter, Diuretic, Hormonal, Laxative, Nervine, Stimulant, Tonic. )(magical : burned to produce visions, promote psychic dreams). ·

~Catnip adds a relaxing note to the smoking mixture. It is gentle and can be effective to take the edge off .magic: divination & psychic powers · ~

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) leaves are the classic herbal smoke. They quickly clear the bronchia, open the airways, and jump-start breathing during asthma attacks magic: hedgecrossing & necromancy), ·
~
Mints: (peppermint, spearmint, horehound, catnip, etc.): either use as tea or smoke for menthol flavor; expectorant properties; reduces stress; helps withdrawal

· ~ Licorice root: for flavor and expectorant properties; helps coughing. CAUTION: may increase blood pressure ·

~Oregon Grape Root. A liver stimulant 
~
Goldenseal may help your body ( on the endangered list) Salicylate herbs, like Willow and Oak, can help with headaches.

~Green Tea aids in alleviating depression to soothing aches and pains.

~Chamomile aids in the relief of stress, indigestion, headaches, anxiety, and depression * don’t use if your allergic to ragweed

~ Lavender relaxation, pain relief (especially for headaches and muscle aches), anxiety relief, and a general sense well being

~Steps ~
Step 1:
Choose your herb blend then grind the herbs together thoroughly mixing them together.
Step 2: 
Use the paper rolling tips that will serve as a filter and will help steady air flow and create a smooth burning cigarette.
Step 3:
Use the cigarette machine and firmly place the filter into one side of the machine then fill the extra space with your herbal mixture.
Step 4:
Close the now filled machine and roll it twice to pack in the herbal mix. Then introduce the rolling paper into the machine with the glue edge out. Then roll the machine towards yourself.
Step 5:
Once the paper is almost fully inside lick the glue edge then finish rolling the machine.
Step 6: 
Congratulations! You’ve made an herbal cigaret!

— suggestions —
You can draw sigils and spells on the rolling paper to add power, make cigarets with certain magical intentions.

~ 🍃🍂if there’s any further questions feel free to ask me.
Source: {Earl Mindells Herb Bible} , [cunninghams encyclopedia of Magical Herbs],( the rodale herb book) [ green Witchcraft by Ann moura]
For additional magic, you can wright sigils on the inside of the rolling papers to activate them. You can make a protection mix, a divination mix, and many more.

These are a few ways you can use herbal cigarettes in witchcraft. :)🔮

- you can draw sigils onto the paper to release your intent/ activate the sigil.
- you can combine the magical properties of the safe to smoke herbs together and make the cigarette an instant spell, that will activate when you smoke it.
- you can use color magic by choosing a certain colored paper when rolling your cigarettes
- you can use them as smoke offerings to the gods
- you can make mixes for warding away spirits

🌞Herbal cigarette recipes🌙
Mix (ground) evenly then add as much of the mix as you like to your cigarette/ pipe/ 1 bat hitter. You can add tobacco or cannabis to any of these mixes. 
**tbsp=table spoon
* can be bad in high amounts / not for pregnant/ breastfeeding
-vision recipe
1 tbsp Golden seal 
1 tbsp Passion flower
1 tbsp Dameana
1 tbsp scull cap 
1 tbsp mugwort*
-meditation mix
1 tbsp mullen
1 tbsp mugwort
1 tbsp lavender
1 tbsp peppermint
1 tbsp lavender
1 tbsp mullien
1 tbsp osha root
1 tbsp damiana
2 tsp Devils Lettuce
-astral travel mix
1 tbsp coltsfoot 
1 tbsp wild lettuce 
1 tbsp mugwort* 
1 tbsp damiana
1 tbsp Mullein
-stress reducer mix
1 tbsp Skullcap
1 tbsp Catnip
1 tbsp Chamomile
1 tbsp lavender
-Relieve cramps mix
1 tbsp Skullcap
1 tbsp Catnip
1 tbsp Chamomile
1 tbsp green tea
Visionary Herbs
There are many visionary herbs that are safe to smoke.

For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear’s population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal’s status to the state level.

The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published “in coming days” and “will take effect 30 days after publication.”

“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

Since those federal protections were instituted in 1975, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population has climbed from 136 to roughly 700, according to the National Park Service. The NPS says the bears — which generally roam in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho — “have gradually expanded their occupied habitat by more than 50%.”

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Spring Vocab in Scottish Gaelic

Spring is here, and with it a new Gàidhlig vocabulary list! Please let me know if you see any problems with the translations below. 

  • spring : Earrach (m)
  • March : am Mart (m)
  • April : an Ghiblinn (m)
  • May : an Ceitean (m)
  • Easter : Càisg (f)
  • rain : uisge (m)
  • rainy : frasach
  • cloud : neul (m)
  • cloudy : neulach
  • fog : ceò (m)
  • rainbow : bogha-frois (m)
  • wind : gaoth (f)
  • sun : grian (f)
  • sunshine : deàrrsadh (m)
  • sunrise : èirigh (f)
  • warm : blàth 
  • cool : fionnar
  • green : uaine
  • plant : luibh (m)
  • flower : flùr (f)
  • pollen : poilean 
  • grass : feur
  • tree : craobh (f)
  • leaf : duilleag (f)
  • blossom : blàth (m) Eeek! Look at the word for “warm”!
  • garden : gàrradh (m)
  • gardening : gàirnealaireachd (f)
  • gardener : gàirnelair (m)
  • worm : cnumh (f)
  • bird : eun (m)
  • bee : seillean (m)
  • insect : meanbh-fhriìde (f)
  • butterfly : seillean-dè (m)
  • picnic : picnic (m)
  • raincoat : còta-frois (m)
  • rainboots : bòtann (m)
  • umbrella : sgàilean (m)
  • to melt : leagh
  • to rain : fras
  • to plant : cuir 
  • to grow : fàs
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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremitus) von Daniel Bauer
Über Flickr:
The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremitus) is a very rare bird species with only a few small colonies in Syria and southern Morocco (Aves: Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae). IUCN Red List: critically endangered Heidelberg Zoological Garden

Zoos Prevent Extinction

(And do other good work.)

This is an excerpt from an email from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association to its members. The AZA isn’t the only zoo accrediting body in North America, but it is the largest and arguably the most rigorous, requiring its members to participate in research, conservation, education, and sustainability efforts. Here’s a list of some of the 2016 accomplishments of the members:


Field Conservation:·         

AZA-accredited and certified related facilities spent approximately $216 million dollars last year on field conservation projects, breaking the $200 million dollar mark for the first time (217 facilities reporting).·         

Projects benefitted species in more than 127 countries, and projects most frequently occurred in the United States, Kenya, Indonesia, China, and Canada.·         

823 species and subspecies benefitted from conservation action, including 231 species listed as endangered or threated under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  

Education Programming:·        

 AZA-accredited facilities engaged in more than 90 million audience-driven education opportunities, including visitor-initiated interactions like nature play spaces, interpreters at exhibits, discovery carts, and more (146 facilities reported). ·         

Over 21,500 education volunteers contributed 2 million hours of service at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.  

Green Practices:·         

52 facilities generated renewable energy on-site or purchased it for their business operations (128 facilities reported).   ·         

Twenty facilities reported having certified wildlife habitat on-site, 16 facilities reported buildings that are LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and 10 were certified as “Dine Green” through the Green Restaurant Association.   

Research:·         

Approximately $26.8 million was spent on 1,249 research projects conducted in 55 countries around the world (180 facilities reporting). ·         

AZA members published 237 peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, book chapters, or graduate thesis.·         

Research most often focused on animal care, health, and welfare; and species and habitat conservation. (122 facilities reporting) With each year, more information is collected that demonstrates how the AZA community of accredited zoos and aquariums and certified related facilities provide unique venues for informal learning, set examples in sustainable business practices, make important contributions to science, and work toward securing the future for wildlife. 

pandasubaru  asked:

AU Ideas: 4 (with Artist Steve?? that'd be amazing) or 13 or 15

  • 15: My friend made me a grindr/tinder profile without me knowing and you liked my profile and then sent me a message which just said ‘Bees?’ and I’m a little confused but intrigued.

— —

Steve’s phone buzzes.

“If this is another Grindr notification, I swear to God—“ Steve starts.

“That you’ll answer it and go get laid?” Sam says. Natasha snickers.

“That I’ll kick your ass,” Steve says.

Sam raises an eyebrow. “Will you?” he asks.

“Yes, I will!” Steve says.

“He’s very scrappy,” Natasha says. “He once managed to scratch me.”

“Check your messages,” Sam says.

Steve sighs, rolls his eyes, and pulls out his phone. He reads the notification from wintersoldat3255. It says, Bees? and nothing else.

He holds the phone up to Sam. “See?” he says. “See the weirdos who message me because you made this profile?”

Sam takes the phone from Steve, reads the message, and snorts. “Okay, well, maybe they’re not all winners. Let’s see what he…” he trails off, eyes going wide. “Shit, those are some pectorals.”

“Oh, pass it here,” Natasha says, taking the phone. Even Natasha — who is rarely impressed — raises her eyebrows. “Maybe you should see what this guy has to say,” she says, passing the phone back to Steve after a long moment.

“I’ve seen what he has to say, and what he has to say is ‘bees’, apparently.”

“It was a question,” Sam says. “You should change your intonation.”

Steve exhales. “Bees?” he asks, exaggerating the raised end of the question. “That better?”

“Very,” Sam says. “Now let’s look at your other prospects.”

Steve gets up to get another round of drinks.

— —

He doesn’t know why he goes back to Grindr that night, after he’s back home and has had a few drinks. It’s not that he wants to get laid — honestly, he doesn’t want to get out of bed — but he’s sort of curious about who saw his photos and thought ‘yeah, I’d hit that’.

He scrolls through a few generic messages, then sees the one from wintersoldat3255.

Bees?

What the fuck.

So he types out, what the fuck? and sends it back to the guy.

He doesn’t expect an answer — the guy messaged him hours ago — but it only takes a minute or so before he gets a response:

You say save the bees in your profile, which is noble and everything, but I know for a FACT that you’re allergic to bees.

First of all, Steve is a little heartened knowing that Sam knows him well enough to include the fact that the bees need to be put on the endangered species list and should be protected on his dating profile. But then he realizes that this guy… somehow knows that Steve is allergic to bees, which is creepy as hell.

No I’m not, Steve lies, calling the guy’s bluff.

No, you are. I’m the one who shoved an Epipen in your thigh after you got stung during Gilmore Hodge’s birthday party and his mom was too freaked out to do anything about it.

Steve stares at the message, then shakes his head. It can’t be right! The person who stuck the Epipen in his thigh during Gilmore Hodge’s birthday party was Bucky Barnes, and this guy can’t be Bucky Barnes.

Can he?

Steve quickly clicks over to his profile. He scrolls through the pictures, but there aren’t any of his face, just abs and pecs, which makes Steve roll his eyes a little. When he goes back to his messages he has another from wintersoldat3255:

Yeah Steve, it’s me.

Steve’s eyes go wide.

Bucky? he asks.

Long time no see.

Can’t actually see your face, so I don’t really know it’s you.

A photo appears. It’s of Bucky Barnes, mugging for the camera with a toothy grin.

You wanna catch up? Bucky writes.

Sure. Where are you? Steve asks, heart beating fast.

It’s Grindr. The whole point is that you can see.

Steve rolls his eyes, they make plans to meet-up at a local 24-hour diner in a half hour, and Steve saves the photo that Bucky sent him, just in case.

— —

Bucky is already sitting in a booth when Steve walks in. He perks up, grins, and waves. “Steve!” he calls.

Steve straightens up a little, takes a breath. He shouldn’t be so nervous; it’s not like there’s anything riding on this. He’s just seeing his childhood best friend for the first time in over ten years. No big deal.

Doesn’t help that Bucky was Steve’s first crush, but no big deal, either.

He walks over, and Bucky’s just grinning at him, like he’s the best thing he’s seen in years. “Hey Buck,” Steve says.

“Steve,” Bucky says, kind of breathy. “Wow, you look fantastic.”

Steve shrugs. “I look like me,” he says. “Don’t have abs like you do, apparently.”

Bucky laughs, ducks his head. “I’ll be honest — my friends made that profile for me. I thought Peter was taking pictures for his art class of me at the gym.”

“Why didn’t he include his face?” Steve asks. “It’s not like your face is a bad one.”

Bucky laughs. “Thanks for that, I think.” He pauses, starts playing with the edge of the plastic menu on the table in front of him. “And it’s because I’m out but I’m not out out.”

“Okay?” Steve says, a little confused.

“Anyhow, what have you been up to? How’s life? Do you still like pancakes? Because this place has the best pancakes.”

— —

It’s weird how easy it is, reconnecting with Bucky. Steve never spent much effort trying to find him after they lost touch. He just assumed that Bucky thought he was too cool for him when they got to high school, and it was almost a relief when he moved away during the summer before their junior year, just so Steve wouldn’t have to be reminded of the best friend he lost.

He wants to ask Bucky about it, but he doesn’t have to. Bucky just opens up during their second round of milkshakes.

“I’m sorry,” he says.

“For what?” Steve asks.

“For when I stopped talking to you during high school. I know that it must’ve made you feel like shit.”

Steve fidgets. He doesn’t want to answer that.

“You know my parents were in a bad place.”

“They got divorced, right?” he asks.

Bucky nods. “But the last two years were… really bad.” He pauses, clears his throat. “I wasn’t hanging out with a great crowd. And I think I justified not talking to you because I didn’t want you to get involved with that crowd. But I more just think that I didn’t want you talking me out of the bad shit I was doing.”

Steve remembers the way that Bucky walked down the halls with his friends, rolling his eyes at Steve when he tried to talk to him. Of course, Steve tried to talk to him, tried having a showdown of some kind, but Bucky would just… walk away. He never bothered listening.

It hurt.

“And then my parents got divorced and my mom and I moved in with my Uncle Pierce, and…” He trails off.

“That’s the uncle who I met that one time, right? Who said I should be sent to a pray away the gay camp?”

“We had no money,” Bucky says.

“How was it?”

“I joined the Army as soon as I could,” Bucky says with a weak smile.

“Shit,” Steve says.

He shrugs. “I’m out now, and I’m doing pretty well for myself. Got my issues, but everyone else does.” Steve nods. “And besides, I’m free to do whatever I want now, so.”

“So you’re spending your time on Grindr?” Steve asks.

“You are, too!” Bucky says.

“My friends made me a profile!”

“No, Steve, you can’t take that excuse. I already used it.” He’s laughing, and Steve kicks him underneath the table.

“It’s true!”

“Yeah, yeah, Steve Rogers.” He stops laughing, just smiles. “Steve Rogers,” he repeats, quieter.

“That’s my name,” he says. The ‘don’t wear it out’ is implied.

He glances down at his shake, and stirs it with his straw. “I wanted to find you again for a while,” he admits, still looking down. “I debated about sending you a message for about an hour before I did.”

“I’m glad you did,” Steve says. “I’ve wondered a lot about what happened to you.”

“Do you think…” Bucky starts, looking up. He clears his throat. “Do you think that we could meet again sometime? I just… I feel like this is a second chance, and I don’t wanna mess it up.”

“I’d like to see you again,” Steve says, stomach tingling, and not from the milkshake.

“Cool,” Bucky says, and Steve feels his foot shift against his. He doesn’t move it away.

Steve doesn’t mind, just presses his own foot closer to Bucky’s, and looks forward to their future together.