- According to a recent study published in the journal Bioscience, people who live in areas with more birds and green plants are less likely to experience depression, stress and anxiety.
- Researchers at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland distributed an online lifestyle survey to close to 300 people of different ethnicity, household incomes and ages.
- They found that participants who experienced daily doses of nature — “vegetation cover” and “afternoon bird abundances,” in particular — showed higher rates of well-being. Read more (3/1/17 11:16 AM)
[Narrator: A scientist in Peru [pause for peep] captured this, escaping from the tiny body [pause for peep] of a sleeping hummingbird. [pause for peep] A high-pitched [pause for peep] but unmistakable snore. [pause for peep] Hummingbirds are loved for their beauty and speed [pause for peep] but this one was behaving a little bit like a human. [pause for peep] The perfect cute-response trigger.]
Crows are scary
- use tools
- Can be taught to speak (like parrots)
- Have huge brains for birds
- like seriously their brain-to-body size ratio is equal to that of a chimpanzee
- They vocalize anger, sadness, or happiness in response to things
- they are scary smart at solving puzzles
- some ravens stay with their mates until one of them dies
- they can remember faces
- SIDENOTE HERE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT. They did an experiment where these guys wore masks and some of them fucked with crows. Pretty soon the crows recognized the masks = douchebag. But the nice guys with masks they left alone. THEN, OH WE’RE NOT DONE, NO SIR crows that WEREN’T EVEN IN THE EXPERIMENT AND NEVER SAW THE MASK BEFORE knew about mask-dudes and attacked them on sight. THEY PASSED ON THE FUCKING INFORMATION TO THEIR CROW BUDDIES.
- They remember places where crows were killed by farmers and change their migration patterns.
Guys I’m really scared of crows now.
Yeah but have you seen this
As autumn arrives each year, acorn woodpeckers in the foothills begin harvesting acorns. The birds create holes in trees to store their bounty. Trees used by woodpeckers for storage are called granary trees, and may have up to 50,000 holes, each filled with an acorn.
Photo from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Catios: Keeping Cats and Local Wildlife Safe
A catio – or “cat patio” – is an outdoor enclosure that keeps pet cats and wildlife safe. Catios offer pet cats healthy exercise time as well as safety from outdoor hazards like cars, predators and poisons. It’s a win-win!
When it comes to cat enclosures, there are many options. Choose a pre-made pen, a kit, or design one yourself. Furnish it creatively: old tree stumps and perches for climbing and scratching opportunities; planted boxes of cat-friendly turf and other vegetation; tarps to provide shade and protection from the elements; even enclosed ladders for safe access to and from the house…
(find out more: Audubon Society of Portland)