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  • Snowy owl captured in flight over Montreal roads by traffic camera

    01/08/2016 2:01:12 AM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 08, 2016 | staff reporter
    Watch out, wildlife photographers ~ a road traffic camera in Canada might be giving you a run for your money. The CCTV camera captured a snowy owl in flight, looking stunning against a white winter background above a Montreal freeway.
  • Dive-bombing owl attacks return to Oregon city

    12/27/2015 12:18:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 24, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    SALEM, Ore.,- The famous jogger-attacking owl of Salem, Ore., appears to have returned to the town -- or at least inspired a new flock of imitators. The Oregon Water Resources Department said two workers were attacked in separate incidents in different Salem locations Tuesday, the first leaving marks on the man's head and the second knocking a hat off a worker's head. Officials said neither man was seriously injured. The first worker to be attacked, Dwight French, described his injuries as similar to those from "a really violent haircut." "It's the right time of year for the barred owls to...
  • Owl flies into Covington police car, causes crash

    12/25/2015 3:02:19 PM PST · by BBell · 34 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune
    An owl flew into a Covington police officer's cruiser early Thursday (Dec. 24), pecking and scratching the officer and leading him to drive into a ditch, Chief Tim Lentz said. Officer Lance Benjamin received only minor scratches from the odd Christmas Eve encounter and was able to finish his shift. Lentz said he thought someone was playing a joke on him when he received a 1:45 a.m. text message that Benjamin had been in an accident involving a nocturnal bird of prey. "Surely nothing as outrageous as an owl flying into a police car could happen. I imagined the next...
  • Video captures owl trying to snatch fisherman's bait

    10/03/2015 3:16:56 AM PDT · by eastforker · 15 replies
    click2houston ^ | 10/01/2015 | NBC News Affiliate
    Garry Olson Jr., the man who recorded the video was fishing at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas early Saturday morning when the owl swooped down and snatched his lure out of the water, which then caught on to its talon causing it to fall into the water.
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Teotihuacan Lineage at Tikal Studied

    04/06/2010 5:05:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 238+ views
    Art Daily ^ | Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | unattributed
    Iconographic studies of Teotihuacan murals confirm the extension of the lineage of a ruler of the ancient city of Tikal, Guatemala, already revealed by epigraphists of the Maya area. The aforementioned investigation sums up to interpretations of Stele 31 of Tikal that relate to the dynastic line of Atlatl-Cauac ("Dart-thrower Owl"), possible ruler of Teotihuacan between 374 and 439 AD, and whose son, Yax Nuun Ayiin I, was seignior of Tikal. The emblem of this lineage would be represented by the image of a bird with a shield, observed in Teotihuacan murals, declared Dr. Raul Garcia Chavez, researcher at the...
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • Feds to Protect “Endangered” Mouse ( and kill NM, AZ & CO farmers/ranchers/oil/gas )

    06/27/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 25, 2013
    American taxpayers will be tremendously relieved to know that the U.S. government is hard at work trying to get official endangered status for ... the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the feds want to designate it a critical habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law signed by President Richard Nixon to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The federal government’s list of more than 1,300 threatened or endangered species ... The Service is proposing to designate around 14,561 acres of critical habitat along streams...
  • “Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.

    03/23/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | March 22, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agency’s proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate. ... some Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with Jewell’s responses to written and oral questions about her past association with the National Park Association’s lawsuits against the government and future plans to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) threatened to put a hold on Jewell’s nomination before it goes to a floor vote unless the agency commits...
  • Owl struck by SUV on Florida's Turnpike hides in grill for 150 miles

    02/14/2013 5:56:01 AM PST · by BerryDingle · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 13, 2013 | LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
    Whenever birds fly in front of moving vehicles, usually the bird is the one that loses. But a great horned owl can teach other birds a thing about surviving those situations. Sonji Coney-Williams was driving Feb. 7 on Florida's Turnpike through Yeehaw Junction when she saw something fly in front of her SUV and heard a smack, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She continued driving for 150 miles to Plantation, not thinking about the incident, until the next day when someone told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of the sport utility vehicle....
  • Owl freed from inside SUV

    02/13/2013 4:58:46 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    7 News (WSVN-TV) ^ | 02/09/2013 | n/a
    An owl has been freed after it was found trapped behind the grille of a sport utility vehicle. When Sonji Coney Williams looked into the grille of her SUV, she noticed huge yellow eyes staring back at her. "I was about to faint," said Williams. She found an owl stuck inside. On Thursday, she was heading south on the Florida Turnpike. "I was driving about 60 miles per hour, and he never moved, and so I said, 'Oh, my God, I hit a bird,' and I felt so bad, but it was very dark," she said.... ...It was not until...
  • Nation’s taxpayers still paying for owl flap, 22 years later

    01/09/2013 2:42:53 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota
    Human Events ^ | 1/9/2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Christopher Weaver was one of thousands of prisoners released from Oregon jails last year until his “get-out-of-jail-free” card quickly turned into a round-trip ticket and he was arrested a few hours later for robbing a bank. Local officials blamed the purge of 5,500 jailbirds including Weaver on dwindling federal funds marked for prison operations, but that revenue source was intended to be only a temporary economic fix. Those funds backfilled local tax revenue losses following the Oregon timber industry’s sharp decline in production after the 1990 spotted owl controversy. “The release of these inmates from the Lane County Jail is...
  • BLM hosts interactive social and economic public workshops for sage-grouse planning effort

    06/14/2012 4:26:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    fox reno ^ | June 14, 2012
    RENO -- As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding interactive social and economic public workshops. ... Interested partners will be guided on how to contribute social and economic information in the development of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to amend Land Use Plans throughout the Greater Sage-grouse’s range in Nevada and Northeast California. They will also provide an opportunity for individuals to provide information regarding the use of public lands resources, how public lands influence their quality of life and how the BLM and U.S....
  • TheDC Morning: Occupy DC brings social justice through knocking down old ladies -

    1.) Occupy DC brings social justice through knocking down old ladies — On Friday night, a howling mob of Occupy DC geniuses stormed the Washington Convention Center, blocked traffic, hurt some elderly people, and kept parents with small children and a woman in a wheelchair from leaving. All because there was somebody inside they didn’t like. So where were the cops? TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “Americans For Prosperity staffers told The Daily Caller that Washington, D.C. 911 operators hung up on them four times when they asked for extra police to help them deal with the Occupy DC protesters who...
  • Look Who's Singing Along In Karaoke Of Revolution

    11/07/2011 5:30:31 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/6/11 | Mark Steyn
    Way back in 1968, after the riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Mayor Daley declared his forces were there to "preserve disorder." I believe that was one of Hizzoner's famous malapropisms. Forty-three years later Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, and the Oakland City Council have made "preserving disorder" the official municipal policy. Last Wednesday, the "Occupy Oakland" occupiers rampaged through the city, shutting down the nation's fifth-busiest port, forcing stores to close, terrorizing those residents foolish enough to commit the reactionary crime of "shopping," destroying ATMs, spraying the Christ the Light Cathedral with the insightful observation "F**k", etc. And...
  • A Jew, an Arab and an Owl Walk Into a Barn

    08/24/2011 12:43:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/23/11 | Zafrir Rinat
    A popular superstition holding that owls are bad luck caused Arab farmers to refuse for quite some time to put up nesting boxes for the birds, even though they are widely used by Jewish farmers as a form of biological pest control. But this attitude has begun to change of late, thanks to the efforts of an ornithologist from the Lower Galilee village of Iksal. Samah Darawshe, of the Israel Ornithology Center, has managed to persuade Arab farmers in the Lower Galilee to put up dozens of nesting boxes over the last year, and dozens more are slated to go...
  • Owl leaves imprint on Kendal woman's window (wow, very cool)

    07/15/2011 5:05:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 67 replies
    A woman returned to her Cumbrian home to find a near perfect imprint of an owl on her window. The bird had apparently crashed into the window of Sally Arnold's Kendal home, leaving the bizarre image - complete with eyes, beak and feathers. Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird's "powder down" - a substance protecting growing feathers. Mrs Arnold said she could find no sign of the owl, so assumed it had flown off without serious injury. She said: "Our first concern was for the welfare of what we suspected was an owl and we opened up...
  • Colombian soccer mascot owl dies after player kicks it off field

    03/01/2011 8:48:42 PM PST · by Immerito · 24 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | March 1, 2011 | Unknown
    A Colombian soccer team's mascot owl died after being kicked by a rival player, Radio Santa Fe reported Tuesday. The bird landed on the field with an apparent broken wing during Sunday's game between Barranquilla's Atletico Junior and Deportivo Pereira. The visitors' Panamanian striker Luis Moreno kicked the owl off the field, provoking a furious reaction from the Baranquilla crowd, who considered the bird to be a good luck charm. Moreno had to be protected by police when walking off the field. He is facing a possible one to three months in jail and a maximum fine of 50,000 pesos...
  • Killing Owls to Save Owls. Why can’t liberals accept Darwinian competition among owl breeds?

    02/22/2011 6:50:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    First they came for the loggers, destroying 30,000 jobs and countless lives. Now they’re coming for the Barred Owl. Anyone remember the Great Spotted Owl Controversy? Back in the late 80s and early 90s, it was the first major instance of the environmental movement (with the cooperation of Al Gore and the Clinton administration) using the Endangered Species Act to accomplish their stealth goal — in this case driving productive mankind out of millions of acres of federally owned old-growth forest. When a judge ruled that cutting down trees endangered the picky owl’s habitat and had to end, it sparked...
  • Winter jacket saves small dog from owl

    01/18/2011 3:29:23 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 84 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 18, 2011
    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill - An Illinois man credited his Chihuahua's winter jacket with saving the small canine from a great horned owl attack. George Kalomiris said he was walking the 4-pound dog, Chico, in the early hours Wednesday in Crystal Lake when the owl swooped out of the darkness and tried to grab the canine, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday. However, Kalomiris said the owl could not get a good grip on Chico because of the dog's puffy winter jacket. He said the dog suffered scratches to his head and a puncture wound, but quickly recovered from the injuries. Rebecca...
  • Video of Owl Named Kitty, Who Loves Human Attention

    11/21/2010 7:18:56 AM PST · by OneVike · 15 replies
    The owl in this video has a set of eyes that will melt your heart, as it acts like a cat or dog when you scratch behind their ears. The type of owl is called a "Forest Eagle" owl, while the scientific name is "Bubo Nipalensis". The owner named the owl Kitty, and just like a cat, it really enjoys getting scratched on the back of the neck. Follow this link to see, The Owl That Likes Human Attention
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • Giant owl escapes in England

    03/12/2010 8:15:10 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 63 replies · 1,969+ views
    upi ^ | March. 12, 2010
    LOWER STRATTON, England, - Authorities in southwest England are warning residents to be on the lookout for a giant owl that may be hungry enough to make a meal of their pet cat or dog. The European eagle owl escaped Sunday from its enclosure in the back garden of a home in Lower Stratton, near Swindon, The Times of London Online reports. "The owner went into the enclosure and the owl flew at him," says a spokeswoman for Wiltshire police. The spokeswoman said the owl, which has a six-foot wingspan, is unlikely to attack humans because it was bred in...
  • Rock Hill walking trail closed after owl attacks

    09/27/2009 2:12:34 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 918+ views
    ROCK HILL Part of the walking trail at Rock Hill's Cherry Park was closed Friday after an owl attacked two people in the park earlier this week, according to city officials. "There is an owl and it has been acting aggressively," said John Taylor, a supervisor with the city's Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. Earl White, 71, said he was attacked Tuesday morning on his daily walk about 6:45 a.m. "I saw something flying opposite me, and then I was attacked," White said. "It got me by the head." White reported the attack to park officials. "It scared the daylights...
  • Obama won't defend Bush's spotted owl cuts

    04/02/2009 7:54:10 AM PDT · by meandog · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 04/01/2009 11:11:35 AM PDT | By JEFF BARNARD AP Environmental Writer
    GRANTS PASS, Ore.—The Obama administration has notified a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut protections for the northern spotted owl, a threatened bird whose need for old growth forests has been at the center of long-standing battles over logging in the Northwest. In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., lawyers for the Department of Interior said they based the decision on an inspector general's report finding potential political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald. The motion is the latest in a...
  • Just The Twoo Of Us: Meet Orbit The Orphaned Owl And His Toy Companion

    02/25/2009 10:57:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 2,170+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | February 25, 2009
    Just the twoo of us: Meet Orbit the orphaned owl and his toy companion CLAIRE ELLICOTT 25th February 2009. In his five short weeks of life, Orbit hasn't met many other owls. So he isn't at all worried that his new best friend doesn't hoot back. The orphaned chick is perfectly content in the company of the stuffed bird perched next to him and is never far from his side. Enlarge Orphaned chick Orbit and his toy playmate Orbit, a common barn owl, was given the toy by Lyndsey Wood, his carer at Folly Farm, near Narberth in West Wales....
  • Wedding wings of love for couple

    11/30/2008 8:31:08 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 755+ views
    bbc ^ | 30 November 2008
    A couple in Greater Manchester had a wedding with a difference when the rings were flown in by a special guest. Fudge the barn owl flew onto the arm of groom Craig Wilson as he and Sian Davies made their vows at The White Hart in Lydgate near Oldham.
  • Birders wonder if they contributed to owl's death

    10/31/2008 4:39:35 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies · 617+ views
    CLTV Chicago ^ | October 30, 2008 | William Mullen
    <p>When Chicago birders flocked to Montrose Beach this week for a glimpse of two strange birds not often seen in these parts, they got something far more: a bloody death scene and a queasy feeling they might be partly to blame.</p>
  • A Reason to Always Do Your FOD Check

    05/12/2008 8:56:59 PM PDT · by brityank · 46 replies · 103+ views
    DefenseTech org ^ | 12 May, 2008
    A Reason to Always Do Your FOD Check From the US Navy aboard the USS Harry S Truman: When the words foreign object debris (FOD) come to mind the last thing someone thinks about is an owl. On the morning of March 17 on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), an owl is exactly what was found. What might have been a mishap, ended on a happier note thanks to a few Sailors' attention to detail. "I was the safety behind the 300 jet. That's why I probably ended up there first," said Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd class...
  • Plan to Help Rare Owl by Killing Others

    04/27/2007 6:20:37 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies · 661+ views ^ | 4/27/2007 | TIM FOUGHT
    PORTLAND, Ore. - A few hundred aggressive cousins of the threatened northern spotted owl may be killed by government agents with shotguns under a proposed federal plan. The spotted owl was listed as threatened 17 years ago, and its numbers continue to dwindle through much of its range in the Pacific Northwest, federal officials said Thursday in proposing the plan to prevent the species from dying out. The barred owls have crowded their cousins, the spotted owls, out of prime habitat, sometimes even attacking them. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that thinning the number of barred owls will...
  • Electrocuted owl cuts power to 23,000

    02/06/2007 8:20:23 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 361+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Tue Feb 6, 4:59 PM ET
    Electrocuted owl cuts power to 23,000 Tue Feb 6, 4:59 PM ET CASPER, Wyo. - An owl electrocuted itself in an electrical substation, briefly knocking out power to almost 23,000 customers in south Casper. Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the bird tripped the high-voltage line at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, shutting down that and three other substations. She called it the largest outage she's seen in 25 years. "Our equipment operated exactly as it should have and did not allow the damage to go further," Oler said. It took about an hour to restore power.
  • A mutant tree all aglow

    12/10/2006 11:52:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 709+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    A mutant tree all aglow BY DAVE BARRY This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Dec. 14, 1997. Tis that special time of year, The Holiday Retail Purchasing Season, a time when we traditionally print heartwarming human-interest stories designed to make you feel better about running up a level of debt normally associated with Mexico. I have such a heartwarming story, which was published by The London Times and sent in by alert reader John Nicholls. The story, which I am not making up, concerns a man named Neil from Devon, England, who discovered an owl nesting in his...
  • No spot for this owl: U.S. Fish and Wildlife finds bird undeserving of endangered status

    05/27/2006 10:23:21 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 11 replies · 346+ views ^ | May 24, 2006 | Dylan Darling
    The federal government again has decided not to protect the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. After almost a year of study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied a petition by environmental groups to list the owl, saying population numbers don't warrant such a shield. It was the second time in three years the wildlife service has said Endangered Species Act protection is unnecessary. "The current population of the spotted owl is stable or increasing" in the state, said Steve Thompson, manager of the wildlife service's California and Nevada Operations office. Cousins of the California spotted owl...
  • Ted Kennedy to quit sexist club after being outed by conservatives. HA!

    01/17/2006 9:06:07 AM PST · by Arcy · 61 replies · 2,433+ views ^ | January 17, 2006 | Jules Crittenden
    U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — who ripped Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito for ties to a group that discriminates against women — says he’s going to quit a club notorious for discriminating against women “as fast as I can.” Kennedy was outed by conservatives late last week as a current member of The Owl Club, a social club for Harvard alumni that bans women from membership. In an interview with WHDH Channel 7’s Andy Hiller that aired last night, Kennedy said, “I joined when I . . . 52 years ago, I was a member of the Owl Club,...
  • Kennedy belongs to exclusive university club of his own

    01/12/2006 2:46:21 PM PST · by msnimje · 32 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy belongs to a social club for Harvard students and alumni that was evicted from campus nearly 20 years ago after refusing to allow female members. According to the online membership directory of the Owl Club, the Massachusetts Democrat updated his personal information -- including the address of his home that is in his wife's name -- on Sept. 7. The club has long been reviled on campus as "sexist" and "elitist" and, in 1984, was booted from the university for violating federal anti-discrimination laws, authored by Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy has spent much of this week's...
  • Kennedy forgets to lead by example

    01/13/2006 7:45:19 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 1,852+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 13, 2006 | Editorials
    Forget Sam Alito's tenuous ties, two decades ago, to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. Where's the outrage about Sen. Edward Kennedy's continuing membership in the Owl Club? Kennedy relentlessly badgered Judge Alito for listing the Princeton group on a job application in 1985, but The Washington Times reported Thursday that the Massachusetts senator remains active with the Owl - one of nine males-only fraternities that in 1984 Harvard "booted from the university for violating federal anti-discrimination laws, authored by Mr. Kennedy." TheNew York Times examined the records of CAP and found no evidence Alito was an active member. Yet the...
  • Couple finds stoned owl in Christmas tree

    12/15/2005 6:52:05 PM PST · by Pikamax · 126 replies · 7,179+ views
    NBC 2 ^ | 12/15/05 | NBC 2
    SARASOTA— The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary in Sarasota is getting ready to release one buzzed bird back out into the wild. Vets at the sanctuary have been caring for a screech owl that was found acting a little odd. A couple purchased a Christmas tree and had it in the house for five days before decorating it. That's when the couple discovered a tiny screech owl in the tree. The couple called the sanctuary's rescue squad. But the story wasn't very interesting until Melissa Dolinsky began assessing the owl's health. "I kept smelling him and smelling him going, 'What is...
  • Ground telescopes to 'super-size'

    04/13/2005 1:17:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies · 316+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/10/05 | Paul Rincon
    A new generation of ground-based telescopes could be up to 10 times the size of existing instruments and have vision 40 times as sharp as the Hubble space telescope.Astronomers have been hailing the plans, as a European project to build an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) enters a design testing phase. An ELT is vital if the pace of astronomical breakthroughs is to continue, say experts. The plans were outlined at the UK National Astronomy Meeting in Birmingham. Concepts for ELTs include the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) being considered by the US and Canada; and the Euro50 and Overwhelmingly Large Telescope...
  • Owl decline in Sonora raises concerns (ENVIRO WACKO ALERT)

    03/07/2005 4:46:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 446+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 03/07/05 | Tony Davis
    Could affect option to import, replenish stock of Ariz. birds. The pygmy owl population dropped sharply during the past five years in northern Sonora, a new study has concluded. The findings could spell trouble for U.S. government plans to possibly import northern Mexican birds to enhance Arizona's small cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population, said two University of Arizona researchers who wrote the study. The study doesn't play directly into legal issues that have the Arizona owl's endangered status in limbo, they said. But its results make it important to protect the Arizona and Sonoran populations, said the researchers at UA's...
  • Northern spotted owl to stay on threatened species list, but isn't endangered, government says

    11/18/2004 6:45:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP ^ | 11/18/4 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review said the spotted owl is still declining in numbers because of wildfires, logging on private land, the West Nile virus and the loss of territory to a more aggressive species, the barred owl. The spotted owl has been listed as threatened since 1990. To help save it, the government in 1994 cut logging by more than 80 percent in the Northwest's national forests....
  • Kerry is the right Man!

    10/05/2004 6:31:17 AM PDT · by More Than Words · 14 replies · 635+ views
    October 5, 2004 | More Than Words
    The fact that John Kerry has no solid foundation on any issue energizes the left. The conservatives may be still scratching their heads on how Kerry came to be the Democrat's candidate and may blame it on many factors. The fact is, Kerry's willingness to change positions depending on where the wind blows excites the extreme liberals. He has no moral compass. He has no loyalty to traditional American standards. He is not bound by ethics. All very good reasons to make him the front man of such a floundering party.
  • AP Poll: Kerry Narrows Security Issue Gap [Kerry 48% Bush 45% with Nader]

    08/06/2004 7:23:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 34 replies · 1,117+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 7, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry, whose nominating convention highlighted his war service and focused on national security, has narrowed the gap on President Bush's strong suit of protecting the country, according to an Associated Press poll that shows the race remains tight. Flanked by his Vietnam crewmates, Kerry delivered an acceptance speech last week laden with references to patriotism, his decorated military record and his qualifications for commander in chief -- a theme underscored by speaker after speaker over the four-day gathering. Advertisement The images and rhetoric registered with a number of voters. In the AP survey conducted Tuesday...
  • Endangered [Spotted] Owl Now Threatened by Rival Species

    05/14/2004 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 41 replies · 401+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 5/14/04 | Michael Milstein
    The northern spotted owl. (2001 photo by Doug Beghtel) Endangered Owl Now Threatened by Rival Species BY MICHAEL MILSTEIN   PORTLAND, Ore. -- The northern spotted owl, whose protection under the Endangered Species Act since 1990 helped push logging of federal lands to near collapse, is faring worse now than it was five years ago, a new assessment has found. Spotted owl numbers have fallen by roughly half over the past decade in parts of Washington and Oregon's Warm Springs Reservation, and they have dwindled by nearly a quarter in sections of Oregon's Coast and Cascade ranges. In only...
  • Astronomy's New Grail: The $1 Billion Telescope

    12/30/2003 12:22:54 PM PST · by Archangelsk · 80 replies · 935+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 123003 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    December 30, 2003 Astronomy's New Grail: The $1 Billion Telescope By DENNIS OVERBYE n the quest for some understanding of our twinkling existence, astronomers have built ever larger telescopes capable of catching and pooling the rare light of remote stars and galaxies. Over the decades the torch of awe has been passed from mountaintop to mountaintop, from Mount Wilson, from where the expansion of the universe was discovered, to Palomar, home of the famous 200-inch reflector, which reigned supreme for almost half a century, to the cinder cones of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, where the twin 400-inch-diameter Keck Telescopes...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-01-03

    04/01/2003 3:45:14 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 292+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-01-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 April 1 A New Constellation Takes Hold Credit: Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO Explanation: A new constellation has taken hold of the sky, much to the surprise of many sky gazers. The constellation of Ollie the Owl has suddenly started dominating the southern hemisphere, as shown above. The constellation is taking the place of Wrinkles the Rhinoceros, who was unexpectedly voted off they sky by the other...
  • Arizona developers fight latest plan to save endangered owl

    03/18/2003 3:47:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 238+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-18-03 | MICHELLE BEAVER
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) -- A government plan to protect an endangered owl has upset housing developers who say the proposal will hurt the economy and question whether it would even help the bird.</p> <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed that 1.2 million acres in the Tucson area be set aside as the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl's "critical habitat," which would bar or severely limit development even on private land.</p>
  • Cirque Du Soleil Does Circus Magic Without Animals (PETA alert)

    01/09/2003 7:49:43 PM PST · by nwrep · 12 replies · 1,261+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 9 | Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - Forget the tigers, the elephants and the dancing bears. Cirque du Soleil will never travel the world with performing animals. "We don't agree with the way the animals are dressed to do their tricks. We prefer to give jobs to human beings," said Pierre Parisien from the renowned Quebec troupe that has inspired a circus renaissance around the globe. "They are animals, not performers. They should be in the jungle," the artistic director of the troupe's "Saltimbanco" show told Reuters after its London opening this week. "We do not agree with the way they are trained...
  • WA: Wal-Mart's silence threatens burrowing owl

    10/16/2002 9:35:09 AM PDT · by Trailer Trash · 3 replies · 504+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 10/16/02 | Mike Lee
    Wal-Mart's silence threatens burrowing owl Tri-City HeraldThis story was published 10/16/02By Mike Lee Herald staff writerWhen Wal-Mart plunked down in south Kennewick in August 2001, the company appeased Tri-City conservationists and state regulators with promises to aid the burrowing owls displaced by its supercenter.The Bentonville, Ark.-based company made good on part of its promise by digging several artificial owl burrows on nearby vacant land.But now that land is for sale, worrying conservationists who are watching large developments consume burrowing owl habitat at the edges of the Tri-Cities.The situation is made worse because the region lacks a coordinated preservation approach for...