Archives For Nature


All of us and all of them too

The mouths we feed

are just not those

of our families,

our friends,

or neighbors,

It’s also

the trees,

the grass,

the ocean,

the earth

every animal

every insect

and the air we breath

Each part of is

connected to the rest

when one dies

it all dies

That includes us

It’s not just you

or me

it’s all of them too

Help make the world a better place

think about everything you do

and how it affects all of us

and all of them too.

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© copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson


Every day we hear about different animals that our now sharing our space because they are hungry or have lost their way.  This of course, is mostly our fault because we continue to take away their open space by building more and more commercial buildings, residential complexes and single or multi family homes.  Where are these poor animals supposed to go if we keep taking away their space.  How are we supposed to breath if we don’t have enough open space or greenery to help keep the air cleaner?

When your food supply diminishes what would you do?  Most animals will keep moving until they can find both food and shelter. These days that often means they will end up in a backyard that is lined with lots of grass and is bordered by trees, which means they may end up at your front or back door.  Be careful, when you are ready to leave for the day, you may have an unexpected visitor looking to share your food. Just yesterday Lake Mary, Fla. Resident Terri Frana was brutally attacked by a bear when going into her garage.  Read her story here:  Wildlife agency kills several bears after Florida woman mauled outside home.

Birds are having trouble finding places to nest, so much so, they will settle for utility lines to the point they are causing some problems.  NStar is Looking To Lure Ospreys From Cape Utility Poles.

It should be our goal to make sure that there is adequate space for all of us to live so that we are not compromising the homes of our animals and that they won’t be compromising our homes.

I’ve driven through Brookline, Allston, Brighton, and Boston, I see so many vacant buildings some of which have been empty for years and some for decades. Still yet, I also see dozens of new buildings erupting in spaces that were thought to be a part of the Emerald Necklace. Other locations are spots that never had a building, but hold no known significance, then there are locations where at least two buildings and sometimes more have been demolished so that a new structure could be built. We hope that the jobs that are created by building these commercial spaces and homes will feed and house families that are in need. But there is always a sacrifice for everything we gain. Now we have all sorts of animals everywhere looking for a new home and food to eat. Do you want to be there when they are mad that they don’t find food?  I know I don’t!

This is not just a problem on land, it’s also a problem on our beaches and in our oceans. Many Whales continue to be found all over.  On Wednesday 9 Killer Whales died as they were found washed up on the South Island, on the Coast of New Zealand.  Read the Story here: Nine Killer Whales Die In Rare Mass Beaching in New Zealand.  There is also a group of 100 right whales feeding off the coast on cape cod. There is a large concern for their safety of course with all the ships etc. that frequent the area.  It’s getting harder and harder to preserve the lives of endangered species as well as all human life forms.  This is the problem you face when there is more concern for the monetary value or outcome that all projects will bring in the end, without considering how much more will be lost once all is said and done.  Once we lose it, there may not be a way to get it back, especially if we are talking about endangered species.  Is the price we pay in the end truly worth the reward? Somehow, I don’t really think so. Just some food for thought about how we are now sharing our space with random animals.

© Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson


Utilities hope to keep birds from nesting on poles

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WEST FALMOUTH, Mass. — Utility officials are on the lookout for returning ospreys that nest in the cross arms of utility poles on Cape Cod.

Ospreys, also called sea hawks, return each spring from their southern winter homes. NStar says it’s watching for potential problems.

The Cape Cod Times reports that local residents with a passion for the birds are watching the utility.

Kevin McCune, NStar’s supervisor for licensing and permitting, says birds can sometimes be killed by electricity or fire.

NStar works with the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife on its osprey program.

Possible solutions include removing a nest and hoping the birds choose a more natural roost and installing a device to prevent them from nesting.

Another solution is to put up a nearby platform to encourage the birds to move.


Buoy line was wrapped around lower jaw

BOSTON — Members of a marine entanglement emergency team have released a minke whale that had become entangled in fishing gear about ten miles outside Boston Harbor.

A spokeswoman said experts from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies released the animal on Friday afternoon. Whale researchers located the entangled whale while in the area earlier in the week.

The juvenile whale had a buoy line wrapped tightly around its lower jaw. Experts from the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team returned to the location on Friday and saw the whale swimming in large circles, indicating that it was anchored in place by the fishing gear.

The spokeswoman said the whale swam off after members of the emergency response team cut the line.


Outside areas closed while police searched for animal

DERRY, N.H. — Derry, N.H., police say they found and euthanized a fox that chased a woman and her son and bit another girl on the ankle.

Watch a full report here

The first incident involving the fox was reported Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. Derry police said they got a call from a woman who said she watched a fox circle her 9-year-old son while he was playing in their back yard.

She said the boy started to run to the house, and the fox chased him and knocked him to the ground.

She said she threw something at the animal and it backed off, only to chase both her and her son as they continued to run back to their house.

The woman said she then swung a shovel at it and the fox ran into nearby bushes.

They were not injured.

The second incident was reported Thursday around 3:45 p.m. at Don Ball Park on Humphrey Road. The caller told police that the fox bit a 5-year-old girl in the ankle while she was playing.

Police said they responded to the area and after an extensive search the fox was located.

Officers said they were forced to euthanize the fox in a wooded area off Cemetery Road.

During the search for the fox, police said a public safety alert was issued for resident in the areas of Schurman Drive, Cemetery Road, Dexter Street, South Main Street and in the area surrounding Don Ball Park.

As a further precaution, the park and all outside areas of the West Running Brook School and Derry Village School were closed.

Those areas have since reopened.


Bearded Dragon usually found in Australia

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QUINCY, Mass. — Members of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said they made an unusual discovery on a beach in Quincy Thursday.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Twitter page, a Bearded Dragon was found on Wollaston Beach.

A native of Australia, ARL officials said the animal is not usually seen on beaches in the area.


Sea junk taken off ocean floor off Cape

Cape Cod residents deal with blizzard watch coast for flooding

PORTLAND, Maine — The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., says it has removed approximately ten tons of fishing gear and other debris from the ocean floor during its second “Outer Cape Derelict Gear Assessment and Retrieval Program.”

Four commercial lobstering vessels from Provincetown took part in the March campaign. A spokeswoman for the center said the group has removed more than 320 wire lobster traps, a toilet, a stuffed doll, two anchors, and dozens of other items.

The recovered traps include 142 deemed intact. Most of those had identification tags and were claimed by their owners. Two dozen of them were transported to a holding facility where they will be auctioned off.

The spokeswoman said the metal pieces of more than 10,000 pounds of waste fishing gear will be recycled.


Published time: April 03, 2014 03:02

Edited time: April 03, 2014 04:31

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked the same area of northern Chile where a massive 8.2 earthquake struck on Tuesday. The earlier quake, which caused a tsunami, killed six people and forced almost one million others to evacuate.

The Wednesday quake occurred just before 02:43 GMT off the northern coast of Chile, 19 km (14 miles) south of Iquique, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the latest quake was located at a shallow depth of 40 km (24.9 miles).

Chile’s emergency ministry has ordered a preventative evacuation along the northern Chilean coastline.

However there have been no official reports of damage or injury in Chile or Peru, according to Reuters.

A tsunami warning issued for Chile and Peru has been canceled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” it said earlier. However minor tsunami waves did hit the northern coast of the country.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been evacuated from the Arica coast, local media has reported.

Aftershocks measuring magnitudes of 5.6 and 5.8 occurred after the 7.6 quake, according to the USGS. Both were located around 70 to 75 km (43 to 46 miles) southwest of Inquique.

 

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Another strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 6.4, also struck 47 km (29 miles) west of Iquique at around 01:58 GMT Wednesday evening.

This comes one day after an 8.2 magnitude quake hit 95 km (59 miles) northwest of the same area, around Iquique.

After Tuesday’s quake, tsunami warnings spurred the evacuation of 900,000 people and 11 hospitals along the coastline, government officials said.

At least six people died following the quake, Chile’s Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Many of the victims died from heart attacks or falling debris.


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(CNN) -
An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 12.5 miles.

It had previously put the magnitude at 8.0 and the depth at 6.2 miles.

Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South American nation’s coast.

CNN Chile broadcast video of people in Antofagasta, a port city, walking through the streets as traffic piled up in some places. They appeared to be calm.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the center said in its evaluation.

Tsunami waves of more than 6 feet generated by the earthquake had already washed ashore on the coast of Pisagua, Chile, according to Victor Sardino with the center.

The center said nearly 7-foot waves were reported in Iquique, Chile.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although an 8.2-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing tremendous damage.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 500 people were killed when a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010. That quake triggered a tsunami that toppled buildings, particularly in the Maule region along the coast.

According to researchers, the earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii still was being evaluated Tuesday. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was working to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.


Bears spotted at bird feeders across New Hampshire

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CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says it’s time to put the bird feeders away to avoid bears hunting for food.

Some homeowners have already reported seeing bears at bird feeders in different areas of the state.

The department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 to Dec. 1.

The department says it received 527 complaints about bears last year, below the long-term average of 695. But there were more than 1,000 complaints in 2012, and nearly 10 percent involved bird feeders. Another 40 percent of the complaints were the direct result of bears raiding unsecured garbage at homes and businesses.

“Bears went to den in good shape due to generally abundant foods,” such as beechnuts, apples, mountain ash berries, and choke cherries, said Andrew Timmins, bear biologist. “However, it has been a long denning season and bears have depleted considerable body fat.

“When bears emerge, they will be hungry and food will be limited until spring green-up occurs,” Timmons said. “We are hoping homeowners will be vigilant and remove/secure attractants so as not to entice bears and create nuisance behavior.”

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