The Catatumbo Lightning

Over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela looms an epic natural phenomenon referred to as the Catatumbo lightning or Relámpago del Catatumbo.  

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Originating from a mass of storm clouds nearby, the lightning occurs roughly 140 to 160 nights a year, lasting 10 hours per day and can strike up to 280 times per hour. 

 

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Scientists, nature lovers, storm watchers, and photographers flock to this area to check out the remarkable light show.

 

 

Images via Wikipedia and ABC.com.

No comments, Elise Anderson, January 25, 2015

Species Spotlight: the Dalmatian Pelican

A unique, silver-feathered coastal bird, the Dalmatian Penguin is known to nest in wetlands of many elevations, from islands and lagoons to extensive reed beds.
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These unexpectedly elegant birds have curly nape feathers that set them apart from other pelicans. The Dalmatian Penguin is also curiously withdrawn compared to other highly sociable pelican species.
They nest on a crude heap of vegetation and eat a diet of almost entirely fish.
One of the largest, heaviest flying birds, Dalmatian Penguins also boast one of the widest wingspans in the animal kingdom, second only to the giant albatross.
Image by Doug Jansen via Wikipedia.

No comments, Elise Anderson, January 23, 2015

Tips for Feeding Birds in Winter

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We’ve compiled some helpful tips for those of you who enjoy feeding birds in your backyard during cold winter weather. Depending on your location, you could see a number of interesting visitors to your bird feeder. Some common birds often spotted in winter are chickadees, cardinals, finches, sparrows, starlings, and woodpeckers.

 

 

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The more birdfeeders you have in your yard, the more birds you’re likely to attract. Feeders with covers are particularly helpful in winter to protect feeding, perched birds from the falling elements.

 

 

 

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Winter birdfeeders are ideally placed in a location that is sheltered from harsh winds.

Place feeders close to windows and screen doors for optimal viewing!

 

 

 

 

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Large capacity feeders are convenient in winter because they don’t require refilling as often, provided the seed is protected from moisture and won’t mold.  Clean feeders as needed to ensure they are dry, mildew-free, and not encased in ice.

 

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No comments, Elise Anderson, January 5, 2015

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