A screech owl sits on the hand of an owl handler at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: Kevin Ferris By Jim Merritt Special to Newsday January 16, 2018 9:22 AM Quogue Wildlife Refuge is spotlighting a species of wildlife that’s rarely seen — but sometimes heard — on suburban Long Island. At the /Live Owls! presentation, three owls from the refuge’s wildlife complex will be blinking, craning their necks and maybe even hooting for the crowd. “Our program is to help inform the public about our native species of owls on Long Island, about their habitats, their diet, where you can find them, as well as ways people can potentially help” the birds survive in their natural habitats, says refuge environmental educator and artist Tony Valderrama. Many suburban yards harbor an owl, Valderrama says. “If there’s a tree with a cavity in the backyard,” that could play home to an eastern screech owl. Not to worry, he adds … [Read more...] about See live owls at Quogue refuge
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WATSON, Minn. — Amy Rager knows some of the best spots in Minnesota. She’ll even share global positioning system coordinates or lead a hike, if that’s what it takes to introduce someone to the state’s natural wonders. As director of the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program since its 2005 inception, Rager has had a hand in equipping thousands of volunteers to introduce others to the natural world. Among volunteers’ more unusual projects: Exploring herpetology (study of amphibians), mapping railroad lines, and providing an interpretive trail through a tamarack swamp. The University of Minnesota Extension-run program promotes understanding and stewardship of the natural environment through a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to service and conservation education. Volunteers logged more than 478,000 hours from 2005 through 2016. In 2016 alone, 730 volunteers logged 82,775 hours. The nerd herd, Rager’s two daughters affectionately call them. The … [Read more...] about Immersed in Minnesota’s prairie life, naturalist program leader has much to share
Beer biosphere? Air tests positive for booze at frat party BALTIMORE — There was so much drinking at a frat party in Maryland that police say even the air tested positive for alcohol. Montgomery County Police wrote in charging documents that an officer who tested the air in the Bethesda home with a breathalyzer got a reading of .01. Because of that, officers had to test dozens of mostly underage partygoers outside.The Nov. 14 party was first reported by WJLA-TV.Police were called to the house for reports of a loud party.Police say six men who lived at the house, all 20, were each charged with more than 100 counts of providing alcohol to minors.Court documents show residents said most of the partygoers were students at American University in Washington. Navy rediscovers captured flags hidden for nearly 100 years ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The curator of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum wasn't exactly sure what would be found: records indicated five display boxes long used to exhibit … [Read more...] about Today’s quirky news: Beer biosphere? Air tests positive for booze at frat party
Updated January 6, 2018 2:18 PM Newsday readers share photos of their insanely cute pets. (Captions are submitted by readers who share their photos.) Pawsitivy chilly ? Brody loves the snow! My son Steve back from skiing, chillin with Rocky in the den of our home. Enjoying my snow day Puller loving the snow and cold. Peconic 1/5 our Adopted yorkshire terrier, "Ashley" (13 years old), trying to stay warm in West Islip during the polar vortexl Bear dog runs with Isabelle during the snowpocalypse, 1/4/18 in Rockville Centre, NY. In Smithtown, Bailey the bernard and Winston the newfoundland playing in the snow! Ashley Bear after getting her hair done. Pictured here at our home in West Islip. She is an adopted yorkie, 13 years old. Toby, a 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, enjoys the wind in his face during todays blizzard. Maybel, our Jack Russell Terrier, blends right in and absolutely loves the snow! Enjoying the fire on a cold frigid day This is Bella Devine … [Read more...] about Need a pick-me-up? Check out these pet photos!
Updated December 28, 2017 2:09 PM Newsday readers share photos of their insanely cute pets. (Captions are submitted by readers who share their photos.) Pearl the Pitbull puppy having a holly jolly Christmas! Red is waiting patiently for Santa with his mother Nika and his father Storm. Geno our 3 year old yorkie mix wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and looking forward to the Mets 2018 season. All dressed up in his top hat and "tails," ready to usher in a beautiful new year, certain to be filled with treats and love! Happy "Newdle" Year - with love from Noodle the Schnoodle. Cookie is ready for Christmas and Santa Paws! Magic is all ready for Christmas taking photos at Avalon Park after the first snowfall. Luke wishing everyone-Merry Christmas! Therapy Dogs of Long Island's Barbie, Ken and Pumpkin posing for their Christmas Card Photo. Photo by Terry Gallogly, Smithtown Santa paws is coming to town Franky & Yogi waiting for Dad to come home. Capodoste … [Read more...] about Need a pick-me-up? Check out these pet photos!
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - What do a horticulturalist, a retiree and two people in the biotech industry have in common?They are among dozens of birders flocking to southern Delaware to catch a glimpse of snowy owls.“It doesn’t happen all the time, and it’s very exciting because it’s almost something exotic coming down to Delaware,” said Matt Del Pizzo, president of the Delaware Audubon Society.It’s not just the snowy owls that are prompting bird-lovers to drive hours to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.Another northern species, the short-eared owl, has been showing up in force this year. Birders are almost guaranteed a glimpse of these agile hunters along Fowler Beach Road near Milford.“Short-eared owls are putting on quite a show,” said expert birder Jim White. White said the owls, which usually hunt as it begins to get dark, are starting to fly around 3:30 p.m., giving birders and photographers better light to see them in flight.White, … [Read more...] about Birders having a hoot spotting owls in southern Delaware
BIRCHWOOD - Larry Damman gave a sharp lift of his ice fishing rod and, after several seconds of to and fro, hoisted a 15-inch brook trout into the wintry Washburn County air.The handsome fish, its flanks speckled with blue, red and yellow, flopped on a bed of fresh snow.One moment the remote pond was covered in quiet and white. The next it was alive with a writhing, colorful gift from beneath the crystal cover. RELATED: Project SNOWstorm aims to track snowy owls in Wisconsin this winter "Not a bad start," Damman, 63, said as he dropped his jig back down the hole. Together with five other anglers, Damman and I last week hiked back to fish ice-covered ponds in the Washburn County Forest.Our group included Damman, Bruce Moss of Spooner, Craig Roberts of Spooner, Bill Smith of Shell Lake, Joe Weiss of Spooner, Dave Zeug of Shell Lake and me.I took a minute to admire the brookie, the biggest I'd seen in Wisconsin this year, and to consider how it got here.And not the … [Read more...] about Smith: Trout ponds of Washburn County offer solitude and splendor
The first stretch of a $2 billion, 28-mile tunnel being bored through the rock underneath the streets of Indianapolis will soon be filled with millions of gallons of sewage.The thought of what is essentially a massive underground urban toilet might generate more than a few "ewws" and turned up, or plugged, noses.But for Mike Miller, this 11-mile stretch of the DigIndy project — arguably the most significant environmental project ever undertaken in Indianapolis — is a thing of beauty."It's very surgical," said the project engineer with Citizens Energy Group. "The science behind it and what it will do for Indianapolis is really exciting."On Dec. 29, the first 11 miles of the 18-foot wide and 250-foot deep tunnel will come online. What that means is that the next time after the new year that the city sees rain, much of the sewage and storm water that normally overflowed into the White River and other city waterways will instead dump into the … [Read more...] about How Meridian Street closures and construction could clean up the White River
Within just decades, according to one U.N. official, all the world's top soil could be gone.And with it, farming.Soil degradation has become a serious problem over the years, and farmers along with experts in agriculture and conservation have taken notice."As we embark on a path to feed more and more people in a future 10 to 20 to 30 years from now, anything we can do to improve productivity and meet that growth is not only valuable, it's a necessity," said Brent Bible, who runs Stillwater Farms in Stockwell with partner Brandon Mosley."We all have to have food and have to eat," he said. "That's why people should care and should be concerned."The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is concerned, which is why it announced Thursday a multimillion-dollar project to better study and develop tools to improve soil health. Along with many donors, the Foundation will give $20 million to three partners — the Soil Health Institute, Soil Health Partnership and The Nature … [Read more...] about This $20 million project is important — unless you don’t care about eating
The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, where I grew up, is a water-recycling facility disguised as an ecological habitat.It is a diverse biome where water meets land. The city treats wastewater and funnels it into the preserve’s ponds, where it slowly filters back into the aquifer.Almost 300 species of birds, cottontail rabbits, snakes, red-eared slider turtles, and butterflies also live in the 110-acre park, as well as around its ponds and adjoining lake of reclaimed-water. AZ I SEE IT: 7 areas can make Gilbert a tourist hot spotThe regional library, where I first discovered Harry Potter and David Sedaris at age 11, overlooks the park’s urban fishing lake. Cormorants, great blue herons and egrets feed in the shallow ponds and reeds. It is the wild in the middle of suburbia. It is endearingly messy, and also breathtaking.But I was not taken with the preserve when I was kid. My family hiked it on a sunny winter day in 1999. I trudged behind everyone, … [Read more...] about Learning to find and love the wild places in Gilbert