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Exploring the Earth and Animal Sciences

Location: #science
Members: 59
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Welcome to Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral is a group where those who share this fascination can discuss the Earth and animal sciences of geology, volcanology, seismology, ecology, ethology, primatology, entymology—basically all the –ologies of the natural world. 
 

For general science, chemistry, genetics, or evolution, please post in the Science! group. For posts on animal rights and welfare, please post in Animal Care. For cosmology, please post in The Daily Cosmos. For green living, sustainability, and environmental activism, please post in the Green Atheists group.


ONGOING THREADS
Action Alert & Petition Thread
Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature
News Thread: Empathy and Reciprocity in Animals
The AVM Book Thread
The AVM Video Thread
Website Links: Conservation, Protection, and Advocacy

 

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How Dogs Help Protect Threatened Species

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Cockatoos can pick complicated locks!

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Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature

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New species found in Australia

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The intelligence of octopuses

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Darwin's Frogs Are in Steep Decline

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Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2011 at 4:57pm

193 Million Forest Acres at Risk -- Take Action

The Obama administration is developing new National Forest Management Act regulations governing the management of forests, watersheds and wildlife across the entire 193-million-acre National Forest System in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Unfortunately, the substance of the Obama administration's proposed rule fails to live up to its lofty rhetoric. Instead of ensuring strong, enforceable protections for our forests, watersheds and wildlife, the proposed rule gives bureaucrats the latitude to ignore science and to prioritize resource extraction over the conservation of species and ecosystems.

We need your help urging the Obama administration to correct course. Please send a letter and, if you can, attend a public meeting urging the administration and the Forest Service to enact strong, consistent protections for our nation's forests, watersheds and wildlife.  


Comment by Adriana on March 18, 2011 at 12:10pm
That's bad news, Michel, why would they block other countries from seeing the video? It's from the Smithsonian HD
Comment by Michel on March 18, 2011 at 12:01pm
Another video we can't see outside the US =(
Comment by Adriana on March 18, 2011 at 11:32am
Sure. We can then move this video there, it is beautiful
Comment by A Former Member on March 18, 2011 at 11:28am
Yes, give me some time and I will do that today, hopefully.
Comment by Adriana on March 18, 2011 at 11:24am
@DG: Time to create a Video and Photo Thread?
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Comment by Adriana on March 15, 2011 at 2:28pm
Beautiful photos, remarkable photos at the link.

Camera Traps Reveal Secret Animal Worlds

 

Catching images of wild animals, especially rare ones, can be exceedingly difficult for photographers. But the Smithsonian Institution recently released more than 200,000 wildlife images captured by automated cameras hidden in forests, mountains and savannas across the globe.

Called Smithsonian Wild, the project harbors five years’ worth of photographs collected in seven countries by dozens of camera traps that take photos when animals wander nearby. Some are equipped with night vision, strobe flashes and other gizmos, and some can record video.

“Each camera-trap image is a record of an animal in space and time, a record of life on Earth. To my knowledge, this is the largest database of such photos in existence,” said the Smithsonian’s Robert Costello, co-leader of the project. “If you create a research-grade repository that’s safe and secure, it’s going to be useful to researchers for a long, long time.”

The scent of one person can spook shy creatures for miles around, which is when camera traps come in handy. The devices take pictures only when an animal’s heat signature is detected by sensors inside a weatherproof housing. Hunters have popularized camera traps to better track and map game, but scientists use them to observe secretive animal behaviors, estimate at-risk wildlife populations and even rediscover species once thought to be extinct.

 

“Many animals leave virtually no sign of their existence, so camera traps are just a godsend for people like me,” said wildlife ecologist William McShea of the Smithsonian Institution, co-leader of the project. “It’s much better than looking at a handful of feces and wondering what dropped it. These images are like museum-quality specimens with collection dates, locations, species names and other veracious metadata.”

Comment by Adriana on March 15, 2011 at 12:25pm
Ocean acidification- a great National Geographic article, posted in the green Atheists group (link)
Comment by Adriana on March 14, 2011 at 2:48pm
Check out this discussion on how humans connect with animals that i posted in the DOG group, animal lovers will love it, regardless of whether you have a dog or not.
 
 
 

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