scully-dana: Okay, so while you’re being amenable.

Posted by jbc on December 17th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

scully-dana:

Okay, so while you’re being amenable.

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Photo

Posted by jbc on December 17th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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mostlythemarsh:Blow Wind Blow

Posted by jbc on December 17th, 2017 at 8:00 am

mostlythemarsh:

Blow Wind Blow

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mostlythemarsh:Outskirts

Posted by jbc on December 16th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

mostlythemarsh:

Outskirts

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marveladdicts:Guardians of the Galaxy/ Guardians of the Galaxy…

Posted by jbc on December 16th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

marveladdicts:

Guardians of the Galaxy/ Guardians of the Galaxy vol2/ Avengers Infinity War

Looking at these I feel like the metal box into which I have been strapped is about to drop while 20 people next to me scream.

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dendroica:Green-winged Teal at Allaire State Park (by me)

Posted by jbc on December 16th, 2017 at 8:05 am

dendroica:

Green-winged Teal at Allaire State Park (by me)

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dandydoodle:some more Watership Down cause I’m weak

Posted by jbc on December 15th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

dandydoodle:

some more Watership Down cause I’m weak

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worldmotheringair:Thanksgiving Walk: James River

Posted by jbc on December 15th, 2017 at 1:10 pm

worldmotheringair:

Thanksgiving Walk: James River

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motivationsforlife: Maldivian waves by Ahmeen Fahmy 

Posted by jbc on December 15th, 2017 at 8:00 am

motivationsforlife:

Maldivian waves by Ahmeen Fahmy 

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the-stars-never-beam: “A wise man once said, “Every new…

Posted by jbc on December 14th, 2017 at 10:25 pm

the-stars-never-beam:

“A wise man once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Not sure what’s ending, aside from my drink, but it sure seems like something’s about to begin.”


Ford Phillips – The Case of the Gilded Lily

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eileenlii:An icon.

Posted by jbc on December 14th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

eileenlii:

An icon.

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hartgracesarah: forgotten-peggy: The Case of the Gilded…

Posted by jbc on December 14th, 2017 at 4:10 pm

hartgracesarah:

forgotten-peggy:

The Case of the Gilded Lily

Sarah Grace Hart as Wilhelmina Vanderjetski

YAY!

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3littleshits:When you know you’re fabulous af

Posted by jbc on December 14th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

3littleshits:

When you know you’re fabulous af

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mydododied: Green tunnel

Posted by jbc on December 14th, 2017 at 8:00 am

mydododied:

Green tunnel

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definitelydope:ICELAND – Colors Of Winter, Jan Erik Waider

Posted by jbc on December 13th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

definitelydope:

ICELAND – Colors Of Winter, Jan Erik Waider

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photosofsouthwestmt: Ruffled A young American kestrel that I…

Posted by jbc on December 13th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

photosofsouthwestmt:

Ruffled

A young American kestrel that I was able to get my last
visit to the Selway Meadows Cow Camp this fall.

Nikon D7100, Manual Mode, Tamron 150-600mm VC, F/6.3, ISO-200,
ET 1/250, Focal Length 600mm, Handheld Vibration Control on

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ponderation:Calm by Niilo Isotalo

Posted by jbc on December 13th, 2017 at 8:01 am

ponderation:

Calm by Niilo Isotalo

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Sigh

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

Sigh

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‘I‘iwi Receives Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 8:41 pm

usfwspacific:

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Photo Credit: Dan Clark/USFWS

Once one of the most common forest birds in the Hawaiian Islands, the ‘i‘iwi, also known as the scarlet honeycreeper, will now be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

In the past, ‘i‘iwi could be found from the coastal lowlands where they foraged for food to the high mountain forests where they nested. Today, ninety percent of the ‘i‘iwi population is confined to a narrow band of forest on East Maui and the windward slopes of the island of Hawaii, between 4,265 and 6,234 feet (1,300 and 1,900 meters) in elevation. The birds are virtually gone from the islands of Lanai, Oahu, Molokai and west Maui, while the population on Kauai is in steep decline.

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(This map shows approximate ranges and should not be used for planning purposes.)

“In recent years, the ‘i‘iwi population has been in sharp decline, due to threats from habitat loss, invasive species and avian diseases, particularly avian malaria,” said Mary Abrams, project leader for the Service’s Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office. “These threats have affected all forest birds, not just the ‘i‘iwi. Conservation that benefits the ‘i‘iwi will undoubtedly benefit other Hawaiian forest birds.”

Avian malaria, carried by invasive mosquitos, is the primary driver in the decline in of the ‘i‘iwi population, and has already caused the decimation of dozens of other Hawaiian forest birds. The disease kills approximately ninety-five percent of infected ‘i‘iwi. Mosquitos, which are not native to the Hawaiian Islands, breed and thrive at lower and warmer elevations where they infect birds like the ‘i’iwi with avian malaria and pox.

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“‘I‘iwi have virtually disappeared from any habitat where mosquitoes are found,” said Abrams. “This has caused their range to shrink dramatically – they are almost entirely limited to higher elevation ‘ōhi‘a forests for their habitat, dietary, and nesting needs.

Higher and cooler elevation ‘ōhi‘a forests, where mosquitoes do not thrive, remain the only habitat for the ‘i‘iwi, but even those areas are under threat. As temperatures rise, mosquitoes, and the avian diseases they carry, are able to survive at higher elevations and spread upwards into the mountains, further constricting the ‘i‘iwi’s range.

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‘I’iwi in ohia lehua. Photo Credit: Raymond Lara/USFWS

‘I‘iwi are dependent for their survival on forests of native ‘ōhi‘a. On the island of Hawaii, home to 90 percent of the remaining ‘i‘iwi population, those ‘ōhi‘a forests have been under attack from rapid ‘ōhi‘a death, an invasive tree pathogen.

“Working with the state, our conservation partners and the public will be crucial as we work to recover the ‘i‘iwi, said Abrams. “The Service is committed to building on our record of collaborative conservation to protect Hawaii’s native species.”

The Service’s final listing rule will be published in the Federal Register on Sept 20, 2017, and will become effective on October 20, 2017. Next steps include development of a recovery plan, which will be bolstered by input from other federal and state agencies, other conservation partners and the public.

<<This article has been edited to correct the date on which the rule will become effective, which was incorrectly stated as September 20th.>>>

More information about the final listing.  

More photos of the ‘i’iwi. 

Official News Release

Read more stories about issues facing forest birds.

Hawaii’s Magnificent Forest Bir
ʻŌhiʻa lehua: The Foundation of Hawaii’s Forest Ecosystem
Mysterious Disease Threatens Critical Hawaiian Forests
What’s Killing Hawaii’s Forest Birds 

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Thank god.

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Thank god.

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