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CLIMATE ADAPTATION

I want to punch climate change in the face. A blog about the interactions between the built environment, people, and nature.


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montereybayaquarium:

Happy Easter! Hope you are having this much fun. Watch as our otters go crazy for clam-covered ice eggs.

They went all out to make those ice eggs!

dendroica:

Lady the osprey lays 69th egg at Perthshire reserve

A veteran breeding osprey has laid her 69th egg at a Perthshire nature reserve. Lady the osprey returned to Loch of the Lowes for the 24th consecutive year, having reared 50 chicks there in the past. And staff at the centre confirmed that she laid her first egg of the season early on Sunday morning.

The 29-year-old female is thought to be the oldest breeding raptor in the world. An update on the centre’s osprey blog welcomed the “wonderful news” of the latest egg. It read: “At around 00:30 our nightwatch staff noticed classic egg-laying behaviour, and at 00:47 the female stood up to reveal her new egg.

“It is just as well the birds have built such a deep, snug cup in the centre of the nest as it was so windy last night, the whole nest was rocking.

“The staff and volunteers here are over the moon, and we are so relieved that our beloved female is still breeding at her advanced age.”

(via BBC News)

Early springs surprise many species

Spring has arrived earlier throughout the world (with the exception of North America).

Spring is arriving earlier – maybe not this year for North America, but the trend is clear. This is not welcome news for Arctic creatures or the roe deer of France. And it could be awkward for flower festival organizers as well.

transportationnation:

How Christmas Island protects red crabs during their annual migration: overpasses, underpasses, and a lot of people raking them off the roads.

Not clever infrastructure that deals with a nuisance, it’s a community support system for unique natural resource. This is how towns and national governments can work together to live with nature.

Penguins tripping.

Idaho Lawmakers Pass Bill to Kill 500 Hundred Wolves

The Idaho Legislature today passed House Bill 470, a bill to create a new lethal “Wolf Depredation Control Board” to administer a fund for widespread killing of wolves in the state. The bill, expected to be signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, sets aside $400,000 in state funds to kill roughly 500 wolves, leaving just 150 in the entire state.

The new board will consist of members appointed and overseen by Otter, who said in 2007 that he wanted to be the first to kill an Idaho wolf after federal protections were taken away. The board will be made up of representatives of the agricultural, livestock and hunting communities. The bill does not require any members of the board to represent the wolf conservation community.

Via

Reminder that it was the Obama administration that lifted federal protections of wolves, giving management powers to certain states. Conservation is the American way, not state mandated hunting.

rhamphotheca:

Endangered Tortoises Are Being Defaced on Purpose… to Protect Them

by Sabrina Elfarra

Some of the rarest tortoises in the world are a hot commodity on the black market for their unique golden shells which can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

In an effort to obstruct poachers, conservationists have made the bold move to carve into the shells of the tortoises, protecting the animals by making their domes less attractive.  The branded shells also make it easier for authorities to trace them if they are stolen.

“Endangered tortoises and turtles are facing a real threat, and we’re hoping that this will be an effective tool to keep them safe,” Eric Goode, the founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy told ABC News today.

Years of hunting have caused near extinction for many tortoise species, so sanctuaries and zoos are using identification marks, including laser inscribing, tattoos and engraving to hinder poachers and discourage collectors from paying a great deal of money for the animals.

Since the conservancy began putting the branded tortoises back into the wild in 2011, the shells have not come up in the black market, which officials believe is a good sign.

The Turtle Conservancy’s Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, Calif., has been working with ploughshare tortoises among others which originate from Madagascar. Their goal is to engrave the shells of both the ploughshares in captivity as well as those living in the wild…

(read more: ABCNews)

photos by The Turtle Conservancy

Big problem with Iditarod: Plenty of mushers, sleds, but no snow
Study: Eastern chickadee populations moving fast in response to global warming

I like the idea that climate change will create new species through hybrids.

Penguins chase a butterfly.

Baby elephant learns to use its trunk to drink water.

usagov:

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Love polar bears? You’re not alone!

Today’s throwback pic was taken back in 2009 by one of our employees involved with our polar bear program.

The primary objective of this program is to ensure that polar bear populations in Alaska remain a healthy, functioning component of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas ecosystems.

Get details about our program here … and find more polar bear images here.

Photo: One of our biologists works with a tranquilized bear on the ice, 2009. (Karyn Rhode/USFWS)

California drought threatens coho salmon with extinction

Excellent reporting from SFGate