A coalition of national environmental groups filed litigation on May 24, 2018 “National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the Southern District of New York” challenging the Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). [Read more…]
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Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day set aside for us to honor the soldiers who fought and died for us in American conflicts — conflicts fought, for the most part, in the name of freedom. And what is freedom? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “liberation from the power of another.” Hm-m-m. Liberation…? According to the Oxford Dictionaries, it is the “power or right to act, speak or think as one wants.” Seems to me that sounds an awful lot like equal rights — doesn’t it sound that way to you? [Read more…]
According to the USGS, wind turbines collisions kill between a quarter to a half million birds annually. Researchers from the College of William and Mary, however, have built a warning system they call the Acoustic Lighthouse. This invention emits a high-pitched sound which warns birds to look ahead and slow down or stop before they impact with the wind turbine. This device could be used on tall buildings and other towers like those used for storm warnings and cell phones.
I for one would be grateful to have these devices placed on the 86 wind turbines that stand just two miles from the 11,091 acres that make up Horicon Marsh here in Wisconsin.
See also Save the Eagles International
March 20th was the spring equinox. Are you seeing the signs of the spring equinox in nature? Besides experiencing more daylight, you should be seeing other signs of spring!
If you’re a sky watcher, you’re probably noticing the arc of the sun across the sky is shifting further toward the north each day. This increase in sunlight means birds, dragonflies and butterflies should be migrating north, following the sun. I’m already seeing returning bird species to our yard as well as waterfowl and cranes flying overhead.
As the days grow longer, they bring with them warmer weather. The trees and shrubs are beginning to bud, and plants are beginning to poke through the ground. Soon the spring ephemerals will begin to bloom, and hopefully all will be right with the world again. Considering the height of the water on my pool cover, I’d say we’ve had more than a foot less moisture this winter. I’m wishing for a wet spring to make up for it. Most of my prairie species are wet mesic, so a really dry winter, followed by a really dry summer will yield less vibrant plant species than we saw last year. I may have to treasure all the photos I took last year a little longer.