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  • A fine kettle of fish!

    Ohio Birds and Biodiversity
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Little Darby Creek, in southwestern Franklin County, Ohio. The Little Darby, and its sibling stream the Big Darby, are among the most aquatically diverse streams in the Midwest. The riffle pictured above is especially noteworthy, particularly for its diversity of small colorful fish known as darters.I was in the stream last Sunday morning, with some of the best aquatic ecologists around.John Tetzloff (L) and Mac Albin work a seine in the creek's swift waters, while Anthony Sasson inspects a captured fish in the holding tank.John is the longtime president of the Darby Creek Association, and a…
  • SIS contributes to raising awareness of sustainable development

    CBD News Headlines
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The State Information Service (SIS) participated in the 3rd International Conference of Natural Resources in Nile Basin countries, which was held on Monday 14/4/2014 at the headquarters of the Institute of African Research and Studies at Cairo University.
  • Zoe Jewell and Sky Alibhai of WildTrack Profiled in Duke Environment Magazine

    The Pimm Group
    pgadmin
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
  • Climate change solution? UN touts ambitious (but cheap) investment in renewable energy

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    Jeremy Hance
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly cheap, according to the third and final report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report recommends a rapid and aggressive switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables.
  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014, 3.00pm @ CR1: The giant jellyfish (Nemopilema nomurai) blooms in the East Asian Marginal Seas

    The Biodiversity Crew @ NUS
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    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
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    Ohio Birds and Biodiversity

  • A fine kettle of fish!

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Little Darby Creek, in southwestern Franklin County, Ohio. The Little Darby, and its sibling stream the Big Darby, are among the most aquatically diverse streams in the Midwest. The riffle pictured above is especially noteworthy, particularly for its diversity of small colorful fish known as darters.I was in the stream last Sunday morning, with some of the best aquatic ecologists around.John Tetzloff (L) and Mac Albin work a seine in the creek's swift waters, while Anthony Sasson inspects a captured fish in the holding tank.John is the longtime president of the Darby Creek Association, and a…
  • Earth Day program!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The spectacular vista from Buzzard's Roost Rock in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, Adams County, Ohio.Next Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. This annual celebration to promote our environment and its protection began in 1970, and millions of people worldwide participate in various Mother Nature-friendly activities on this day. I was delighted to be asked to give a program for Columbus Audubon on Earth Day, and enthusiastically accepted. The program begins at 7 pm, and will take place at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center at 505 W. Whittier Street in Columbus. It's free, and all are…
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Golf courses are not normal hangouts for me, and they're seldom birding destinations. That wasn't the case yesterday. After a busy morning capturing and photographing fish with some ace ichthyologists in Little Darby Creek in central Ohio, I pointed the Volkswagen north. As in two hours north, all the way to Huron on the shores of Lake Erie.Last Thursday, April 10, Dan Gesualdo found a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Sawmill Creek Resort golf course, pictured above. The course's western boundary abuts Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, a birding hotspot that attracts many birders. Dan got…
  • Darters and avian rarities

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    I saw a lot of our great state of Ohio this weekend (as etched out by the red line). On Saturday, I visited one of my favorite places, the vast Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County. I was invited to participate in a field trip hosted by Josh Knights, director of The Nature Conservancy, and he, TNC'er Briana Walsh, and I led some Edge supporters through the wonders of Abner Hollow.An impossibly colored male Rainbow Darter stares slack-jawed at your narrator.This morning, I met three of the most knowledgeable aquatic ecologists you'll ever cross paths with at Little Darby Creek in…
  • Neotropic Cormorant: One to watch for

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Photo:Hans Hillewaert/Wiki CommonsThe Neotropic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasiliensis, is one to watch for in Ohio. I believe we could be considered well overdue for an appearance by this diminutive relative of the Double-crested Cormorant. New Jersey birders are relishing that state's first record as I write this, and with luck Ohio birders will soon confirm this species in our state.Neotropic Cormorants are very similar to the Double-crested Cormorant, and vagrants are likely to be fraternizing with that species. The first thing that will probably catch your eye is the size differential -…
 
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    CBD News Headlines

  • SIS contributes to raising awareness of sustainable development

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The State Information Service (SIS) participated in the 3rd International Conference of Natural Resources in Nile Basin countries, which was held on Monday 14/4/2014 at the headquarters of the Institute of African Research and Studies at Cairo University.
  • Five fears about GM corn

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?
  • Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon "Tsunami"

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.
  • UN: REDD+, green economy are inseparable; concerns for equity remain

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world is transitioning to a green economy, but the many synergies between greater sustainability and the forest-focused REDD+ mechanism are underutilized, according to a recent United Nations report.
  • French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    (Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment
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    The Pimm Group

  • Zoe Jewell and Sky Alibhai of WildTrack Profiled in Duke Environment Magazine

    pgadmin
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
  • VIDEO: Microsoft Research’s Lucas Joppa Discusses Computational Ecology and Conservation

    pgadmin
    29 Dec 2013 | 12:38 pm
    Lucas Joppa, Photo by Microsoft ResearchIn a revealing interview, linked at the bottom of this post, Lucas Joppa of Microsoft Research discusses how he came to unite his passion for conservation with the tools of computational ecology to help protect the world’s biodiversity. He also details how the models he helped developed have influenced conservation decision-making, including how remote sensing, spatial data, and modeling helped him and other scientists conclude that 67% of plant species live on just 17% of the earth’s land, a very important finding for conservation science.
  • Jenkins joins Brazil’s Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ)

    pgadmin
    29 Oct 2013 | 7:01 am
    Clinton JenkinsClinton Jenkins (2002) has joined the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ) (Institute for Ecological Research), a Brazilian-born NGO located in Nazaré Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil. Jenkins will continue his current research program, while focusing more on the Atlantic Coastal Forest biodiversity hotspot. A new line of research will be assessing how the land use around the Cantareira System of water reservoirs affects water quality. The Cantareira System is an interlinked series of water reservoirs that supply water to about 9 million people in São Paulo. A…
  • Video: Microsoft Research’s Lucas Joppa’s “A Prediction Engine for the Planet”

    pgadmin
    17 Oct 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Lucas Joppa (2009) presents a fascinating modeling and prediction program with important applications for science, conservation, and biodiversity. Developed as part of his work at Microsoft Research, Joppa’s Prediction Engine for the Planet serves “is a computational system capable of delivering predictions about key planetary parameters – from biodiversity to carbon, and from the climate to crop yields – in the browser and on the cloud.” You can learn more about Microsoft Research and Lucas’ work by clicking here.
  • Video: Stuart Pimm Interviewed on Wall Street Journal Live

    pgadmin
    10 Oct 2013 | 10:01 am
    The Wall Street Journal’s live webcast, WSJ Live interviewed Dr. Pimm about a new paper published in Nature on the effects of climate change in major cities around the world, and the rapidly approaching time lines for these effects. Click here for the Nature article.
 
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    featured news from mongabay.com

  • Climate change solution? UN touts ambitious (but cheap) investment in renewable energy

    Jeremy Hance
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly cheap, according to the third and final report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report recommends a rapid and aggressive switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables.
  • Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests

    Jeremy Hance
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades. Currently, he is the Global Director of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) Forests Program, whose projects include the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Alliance, and the Global Restoration Initiative. These programs work with governments, businesses, and civil society with the aim of sustaining forests for generations to come.
  • A new face for palm oil? How a small co-op is changing the industry in Honduras

    Morgan Erickson-Davis
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Expanding oil palm plantations are among the top reasons for deforestation globally, along with cattle ranching, timber, and soy. However, a small palm oil production outfit recently became the first cooperative in the world to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable growth of African palms, employing a number of innovations to ensure the prosperity of both forests and local communities.
  • Giant ibis, little dodo, and the kakapo: meet the 100 weirdest and most endangered birds

    Jeremy Hance
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies: human kind has wiped out nearly 200 species of birds in the last five hundred years. Now, if we don't act soon we'll add many new ones to the list: birds such as the giant ibis, the plains-wanderer, and the crow honeyeater. And these are just a few of the species that appear today on the long-awaited EDGE list.
  • Nearly 90 percent of logging in the DRC is illegal

    Jeremy Hance
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    The forestry sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is completely out of control, according to a new eye-opening report. Put together by the Chatham House, the report estimates that at least 87 percent of logging in the DRC was illegal in 2011, making the DRC possibly the most high-risk country in the world for purchasing legal wood products.
 
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    Biodiversity Heritage Library

  • PDF Generation restored...

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Dear BHL users:We are glad to inform you that our IT staff has solved the technical difficulties found with our PDF Generation process.  We have tested the service and it seems to be working well.We apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused you. Please let us know through our Feedback form if you find any issues with this or any other BHL functionality again.Regards,William UlateBHL Technical Director
  • BHL and EOL team up for NESCent Research Sprint

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Research teams at the NESCent-EOL-BHL Research Sprint. Photograph by Cyndy Parr.In early February, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) hosted the EOL-BHL Research Sprint. NESCent, based in Durham, NC, is a non-profit science center supporting research in the evolutionary sciences. NESCent emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research, and so the idea behind the Sprint was to put together teams of programmers and life scientists to expose each other to questions and ways of thinking that they might not necessarily consider in their normal work. Informaticians could…
  • First Meeting of the Mining Biodiversity project

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Meet our international partners to extract data from BHL Mining Biodiversity (MiBio project) is one of the projects that won during the third round of the transatlantic Digging Into Data Challenge, a competition aiming to promote the development of innovative computational techniques that can be applied to big data in the humanities and social sciences. The project is an international collaboration between the National Centre for Text Mining (UK), Missouri Botanical Garden (US) and Dalhousie University’s Big Data Analytics Institute (Canada)…
  • 2014 Annual BHL meeting held in New York City, March 10-11, 2014

    18 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    BHL member and affiliates met in New York City for the 2014 Annual Meeting (10-11 March 2014). The annual meeting is a chance for the leaders of BHL members and affiliates to learn what is happening around BHL and to give updates from their own institutions.This year, the meeting was held jointly by the New York Botanical Garden and the American Museum of Natural History. The first day of meetings was hosted by Susan Fraser, Director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden. The morning session of the meeting included the 2014 BHL Program Director's Report by Martin…
  • 5th Global BHL Meeting, Lorne, Australia

    6 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Representatives from BHL-Global nodes at the 5th Global BHL Meeting The 5th Global Biodiversity Heritage Library Meeting was held in Lorne, Australia, February 1-2, 2014.   Representatives from each of BHL’s global nodes, with the exception of BHL Egypt, convened to discuss the status of current goals, the formation of new goals, and to work together in forming the overall direction of BHL Global.  The meeting consisted of reports from the global nodes, the election of officers, and discussion of bylaws, technical issues and goals.The first day of the meeting consisted of…
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    Under The Banyan

  • After a baby and a book Under the Banyan is back

    mikeshanahan
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I’ve been away from this blog for nearly a year, but I have returned today to bring it back to life. It has been a busy time. My main reason for putting the blog on hold is pictured below, hiding … Continue reading →
  • Pastoralists in the Media: Three ‘E’s please

    mikeshanahan
    13 May 2013 | 2:15 am
    Once upon a time, not so long ago, we were all mobile. Movement was what enabled our ancestors to track resources that were here today, gone tomorrow. In parts of the world where water, pasture or good hunting are not … Continue reading →
  • Climate change: Teens teach where others don’t reach

    mikeshanahan
    29 Apr 2013 | 7:26 am
    A 13-year-old girl interviewed me last week about my job, through which I communicate with journalists around the world about climate change and other environmental issues. She is part of the generation that worries about such things, according to a … Continue reading →
  • A changing climate demands change in narratives

    mikeshanahan
    23 Apr 2013 | 7:27 am
    Last year I wrote — here and here — about my study of how media portrayals of pastoralists in China, India and Kenya can contribute to policy narratives that limit people’s resilience to climatic variability. IIED has now published my … Continue reading →
  • Unhappy endlings: What tales of the last days of extinct and dying species can bring to our own story

    mikeshanahan
    2 Apr 2013 | 1:37 am
    They are all now dead and can never be replaced but at least they got names. Martha, Benjamin and Incas… Booming Ben and Lonesome George. They were endlings, each one the last known member of its species. Their names remind … Continue reading →
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    Tales from Toriello

  • Update on vegetables and fruit

    Ian Hicken
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Anyone who grows their own produce will know that there is always something to be done if you are going to crop anything decent during the year. From sowing seeds, to digging over the soil, pruning, pricking out seedlings, weeding and watching for infections or infestations, it takes the full 12 months of the year to keep the garden productive.The pear trees are beginning to flower but the greengage is still struggling after all this time. The orange tree is beginning to get fruit of note and lots of it. The fruit bushes are doing reasonable well to say we re-planted the raspberries and…
  • The terrace is finished...well almost.

    Ian Hicken
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    One of the first tasks we undertook in the garden way back in 2007 was to mark out the main access into the garden and a large terrace where we could sit, with space for friends and dining out. We have made it, after all this time it is nearing completion. All we need now is to plant Esquisetum in what was to be a fire pit, and construct a couple of benches from beams we have for seating.The path leads from the top terrace through flower beds and rockery onto the large terrace. Punctuated with mosaic fish and water-lillies, that lead you to the small wildlife pond.We are already enjoying the…
  • Mosaics in and around our garden.

    Ian Hicken
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Those of you who follow our blog will know by now that I am passionate about all things mosaic related. My mosaic journey really started when following a holiday in the Greek island of Rhodes where we visited numerous sites with beautiful mosaics Ian got me a book on pebble mosaics written by the British based artist Maggy Howarth.During our time at La Pasera, I have had an opportunity to explore the technical and aesthetic aspects of mosaic art both relating to pebble and roman style mosaics. My abilities as a mosaicist continue to evolve with each individual piece I design and make.In my…
  • How we grow onions

    Ian Hicken
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Onions are a vegetable we simply adore and with the exception of last year when due to adverse weather conditions we lost the entire crop, we tend to be self sufficient throughout the year. We use lots of onions in salads, cooking and in the home-made pickles and chutneys we enjoy and share with friends and family. Growing onions is relatively easy as they are a fairly trouble free vegetable provided that you use a rotation system so that you avoid growing them in the same spot for at least 3 years. The rotation system we follow at La Pasera means that it is on the fifth year that we…
  • Blue tits nesting in the garden

    Ian Hicken
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:11 am
    We wrote some time ago about making new nesting boxes for the garden. Last year great tits nested as they have done for the past 5 years in the existing box but the two new ones were inspected, but not used. This year however, we have blue tits.Two new nest boxes sited in 2013One of the boxes is sited on a very old and leaning cherry tree that we can see out of the lounge window. The other morning whilst cleaning out the stove, I looked up and spotted a pair of beautiful blue tits flitting from branch to branch and eventually one of them, landing on the box and entering with nesting…
 
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    ConservationBytes.com

  • South Australia’s tattered environmental remains

    Corey Bradshaw
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    South Australia State budget percentage expenditures for health, education and environment Yesterday I gave the second keynote address at the South Australia Natural Resource Management (NRM) Science Conference at the University of Adelaide (see also a brief synopsis of Day 1 here). Unfortunately, I’m missing today’s talks because of an acute case of man cold, but at least I can stay at home and work while sipping cups of hot tea. Many people came up afterwards and congratulated me for “being brave enough to tell the truth”, which both encouraged and distressed me…
  • The environmental Abbott-oir

    Corey Bradshaw
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “What?”, my wife exclaimed, “Is this guy Satan1 himself?”. Within 6 months in office, the Abbott-oir has: attempted to remote World Heritage protection for a large expanse of Tasmanian forest; vowed to reinstate logging in Tasmania on a large scale; broken promise to fund Sumatran rhino recovery; decided to dump 3 million tonnes of dredging spoil on the Great Barrier Reef; scrapped management plans for most of the nation’s representative system of marine protected areas; rollbacked protection in national parks, including allowing logging, grazing, fishing and…
  • The lengths Abbott will go to destroy environmentalism

    Corey Bradshaw
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Over at ALERT (Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers), Bill Laurance has highlighted yet another major blow to environmentalism in Australia: the Coalition’s latest push is to ban consumer boycotts of environmentally damaging corporations. The following press release went out this morning. You can also find more details on the Abbott proposal here and here. – An international scientific group has decried an Australian government proposal to ban consumer boycotts of corporations that damage the environment. “It’s clearly a bad idea,” said William…
  • Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXIII

    Corey Bradshaw
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Here are another 6 biodiversity cartoons for your conservation pleasure/pain (see full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here). – Filed under: biodiversity, cartoon, climate change, conservation Tagged: Anthropocene, biodiversity, carbon, carbon footprint, cartoon, cartoons, climate change, fencing, national parks, threatened species, water
  • Eye on the taiga

    Corey Bradshaw
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Dun! Dun, dun, dun! Dun, dun, dun! Dun, dun, daaaaah! I’ve waited nearly two years to do that, with possibly our best title yet for a peer-reviewed paper: Eye on the taiga: removing global policy impediments to safeguard the boreal forest (recently published online in Conservation Letters). Of course, the paper has nothing to do with cheesy Eighties music, underdog boxers or even tigers, but it does highlight an important oversight in world carbon politics. The boreal forest (also known as taiga from the Russian) spans much of the land mass of the Northern Hemisphere and represents…
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    Conservation

  • Could golf courses actually boost conservation?

    Jason G. Goldman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many think that golf courses negatively impact local ecology. New research casts doubt on that assumption and argues that sometimes they might even help.
  • Could vacant lots double as green infrastructure projects?

    Dave Levitan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Subtle changes to how vacant lots are managed could be a big benefit for cities dealing with storm water runoff problems.
  • Black sea bass survive release better than we thought

    Jason G. Goldman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Common wisdom held that bottom-dwelling fish can't survive the trauma of being brought to the surface. New research shows they're tougher than we thought.
  • Coffee farms could benefit birds while lowering pests

    Janet Fang
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Adding trees to coffee plantations could attract birds, and the pest control benefits they provide offset the production losses.
  • Should we close the high seas to fishing?

    Jason G. Goldman
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The ocean is a big place, but not all seas are created equal. While 58% of the seas are classified as “high seas,” and open to access from all nations, there are over 150 exclusive economic zones (EEZs), which are the sole domain of the countries that operate them. EEZs comprise the remaining 42% of
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