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Cascade Crossroads – I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition
Inspiring video (30 minutes, worth it) that highlights human collaboration on the I90 corridor in WA state to solve transportation and conservation issues - a welcome rush of positivity. & it makes me miss the Pac NoWest more than I realized I did....
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Parker Solar Probe:
woooooooooooo going to the sun! well, my name is going to be plunged into the sun, anyway. join me? 🔥
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Unrolled thread from @c_n_anderson #2018MMM #FanBanter #nocinderella
March Mammal Madness: the pygmy hippo takes the first round of the division!
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies aged 76 | Science | The Guardian
“He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.” Thanks for all the big ideas and science, Stephen.
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Rodent Recap - MMM 2018 - Wild Card Bout! - YouTube
Video recap of last night’s Wild Card matchup!
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Unrolled thread from @c_n_anderson #2018MMM #AltMammals #FanBanter
welp. mantis sucked the brains right out of the wee bird in the wild card round of March Mammal Madness. the carnage! recap below:
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march 2018 by zyrcster
#2018MMM - March Mammal Madness - LibGuides at Arizona State University
OOh I wait all year for March Mammal Madness, which begins tonight. The wild card match is between a Goldcrest and a Praying Mantis. The popular money's on the bug, it's been known to eat robins (the horror), but it's the year of the Birb and I'm hoping the mantis bugs out and leaves the battle field, leaving the Goldcrest the victor. Or... my bracket gets a lil dent in it tonight. Yessss. I know neither of those is a mammal. /shrug
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march 2018 by zyrcster
More remains found by Pikes Peak trail; missing woman's vehicle abandoned nearby | gazette.com
Welp. I guess I’m supposed to say something serene & sublime about these remains being Micah’s, but I’m actually thinking this whole thing was just fucked up. & I’m kinda glad I skipped the ‘celebration of life’ now, because I just wouldn’t pissed people off. Truly.
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march 2018 by zyrcster
We Are AZA - YouTube
Loooong day. First, a docent meeting, introducing a presenter I brought in from the Garden of the Gods to talk about fossils and the animals that used to live in Colorado Springs (Iguanodon!). Then docent training class, where I yakked for an hour to the trainees about the ecology of cats and got all teary eyed talking about the conservation efforts of the AZA. Why? Because awesome. 😁
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march 2018 by zyrcster
Big Cat Film Festival Award for Snow Leopard Trust Documentary - Snow Leopard Trust
Yay! It's a short documentary and pretty cool to see how their work benefits the cats and the people!
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march 2018 by zyrcster
World Wildlife Day 2018 - "Big cats: predators under threat" - YouTube
It's World Wildlife Day, and this year it's dedicated to Big Cats. This 4 minute video is an excellent intro to the status of big cats today.
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march 2018 by zyrcster
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Our vacationing hippo sisters participating in the Winter Olympics at Dickerson Park Zoo!
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february 2018 by zyrcster
Dan Ashe: Zoos and Aquariums Adapt to Climate Change – America Adapts
Check out this podcast, America Adapts to Climate Change, with Dan Ashe, the prez of the AZA 😁
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february 2018 by zyrcster
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peanut butter jelly time!
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february 2018 by zyrcster
Tail Or No Tail, This Tigress Is Thriving | WBUR's The Wild Life
"This means a second litter in wild for Zolushka, the pioneering tigress, who was rescued in 2012 as an orphan, rehabilitated, returned to the wild (minus a length of a frostbitten tail), and, in 2015, became the first rehabbed Amur tiger to give birth in the wild." I actually teared up when I read this, because it's amazing enough that this tigress was saved as a cub from sure death, but that she could actually be released back into the wild and give birth to two litters in the wild? In an area of Russia where tigers had been extirpated? :)
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february 2018 by zyrcster
International BIG CATS Film Festival Trailer on Vimeo
This is showing 3/3 at the UN in NYC, then goes on tour. So now I’m trying to figure out how to get it here. /plot
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february 2018 by zyrcster
Mammals Suck... Milk!: March Mammal Madness 2018
The March Mammal Bracket dropped today... so many surprises! Like non-mammals! Secretary birds! Eurasian owls! Praying mantis?! Some awesome mammal head-to-heads, too, like Coatimundi vs Aye-Aye 👍 Not a lot of felids, though. Guess I’ll be rooting for Lynx rufus. (Check out the link if all of this sounds like gibberish).
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february 2018 by zyrcster
Asian Nations Unite to Protect Snow Leopards on Vimeo
Panthera Uncia.... 6 minutes and well worth the viewing.
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february 2018 by zyrcster
Туры в Приморском крае | Sikhote-Alin Ecotourism Center
Another vacay idea. "Meetings with the beasts are likely to occur." And by beasts, they mean Amur Tigers and Himalayan Bears. I have always wanted to see Vladivostok, too.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
While Yellowstone’s staff was furloughed, a snowmobiler got way too close to Old Faithful - The Washington Post
Grateful the NPS can get back to work today. And yes, there was some impact to 'keep the parks open'.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Tsunamis | SF72
Tsunami watch San Francisco?! The zoo is right in this evac zone 😕
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred (Line of descent) — High Country News
Featuring Estrella, a wolf from our zoo. Also, Dan Ashe, formerly of DFW, now with the AZA. It’s a long read, but a damn good one.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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I love fucking with my cat. Practicing my presentation for Saturday’s class and making sure it projects with audio.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
5 Reasons to Not Visit National Parks During a Government Shutdown | Resource Travel
Keeping National Parks open during this Fed’l shutdown is wildly irresponsible. We’ve never done it because there’s too much at stake. I say this as a citizen who 1) couldn’t get into Ft Funston to walk my dogs during the ‘95 shutdown and 2) had my bags packed at the Grand Canyon in ‘16 when they threatened a shutdown. I know it’s inconvenient.. but it’s justifiable. I follow over a dozen NPs on FB and tonight every single one of them is posting whatever blurb the Dept of Interior wrote to let people know that parks may be open but there are NO NPS services available. The linked article makes a good case for just staying out of them until the shutdown ends. I’ve seen for myself what foolish visitors can do, from approaching wild bison or elk (and then getting injured) to running into trouble on a trail and needing to be rescued (yea, that was me once!) to trashing campgrounds and trails. Tragedy of the Commons and all. If you do go, be part of the solution. Document vandalism. Pack out other people’s garbage and your own. Help protect our resources, heritage & wildlife, if you must make that trip. I know some local folks plan to be guardians at RMNP this week... just be guardians, not vigilantes, and stay safe out there!
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january 2018 by zyrcster
News of the Wild
"According to recent research by biologists at the University of California–Santa Cruz, mountain lions fear humans as much as we fear them—and our presence in their habitat can seriously affect their feeding behavior, increasing how much prey they kill." /random Sidenote: when I toured UCSC for grad school, we had to delay our meeting because there was a wild mountain lion who wandered into the PoliSci bldg early that morning and wouldn't leave. skerred kitty.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Mongolia's Snow Leopards
"This holiday is based in a remote site in Mongolia that offers an excellent chance of seeing Snow Leopard." Plus: Wolf, Argali, Saiga & Przewalski’s Horse. SAIGA!!!!!!!
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january 2018 by zyrcster
The Cranberries Linger New Version One Show 2017 04 28 - YouTube
Monday: /pings a coworker me: hey, the lead singer for the cranberries died today wtf ? him: yea, we Gen Xers are losing all our heroes me: dude I’m not GenX, I’m a Boomer him: w/e GenX is a state of mind me: w/e, she was too young to die him: sux - you know i’m such a fool for you, oh ho, you’ve got me wrapped around your finger, do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it linger?
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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Chickens see Jell-O shots for the 1st time.
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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who’s got the feather?
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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too funny that this popped up. I still have that manx, too. now i know his adoption date!
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january 2018 by zyrcster
The Last Jedi’s porgs may be a serious threat to the galaxy’s ecosystems - The Verge
“Porgs might decimate some native fish if there were no porg-like predators already present.”
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Queen David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson - Heroes (Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert) - YouTube
Happy Birthday, David. Here he is in '92 with Queen and Ronno shredding lead on a Fender (Ronno was dying of cancer when this was filmed).
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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It's still National Birb Day! Here's a look back at a toucan in the old Scutes building. He was my favorite birb! 😁
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Oops! | BirdNote
Happy National Birb Day! Here's a stunner: falcons may be more closely related to parrots than hawks!
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january 2018 by zyrcster
We Can Conserve Elephants Without Hunting Them
Dan Ashe, president of the AZA, released a statement today on elephant trophy hunting that is worth a read. My take on reading his words: The Endangered Species Act allows for conservation hunting of endangered species (except not species endangered in the US!), so it's time to get that Act revised such that it does not allow for conservation hunting of any species listed as endangered or threatened, period, which would end the import of trophies from Africa to this country, period, full stop. Do read the whole thing for yourself. He closes with: "Sixty-two AZA member zoos care for elephants. They work, tirelessly, giving exceptional and respectful care for these magnificent animals, and providing millions of visitors the opportunity to encounter them, each year. Across our entire membership, more than 200 million visitors will see elephants, and other animals, in the coming year, including giant panda, penguin, manta ray, Komodo dragon, dolphin, gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan, which we are helping to save from extinction, without trophy hunting. The argument that we need to hunt endangered animals, like elephants, to conserve them, is old and tired. If you haven’t been lately, visit one of these great zoos or aquariums. Spend some time with elephants and other endangered animals, and draw your own conclusions."
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january 2018 by zyrcster
BBC One - Big Cats
I know what I'm watching this month... 🐅
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january 2018 by zyrcster
Curious City - Do the animals go somewhere warm, like...
This is all so familar, just different animals. 😁
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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year in review.... :D
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january 2018 by zyrcster
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Happy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy 30 seconds of howling Mexican grey wolves and stay safe out there.
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december 2017 by zyrcster
As we come to the end of another holiday... - Santa Barbara Zoo
Think I need to work SB/LA into a road trip in 2018. Love this thank you from the sbzoo - wait for the baby aardvark at the end!
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december 2017 by zyrcster
fund.snowleopard.org
Hey! Hoping to help the Snow Leopard Trust raise their funding goal by the year's end. In short, they provide insurance to families living in snow leopard territories to turn away poachers and the families get an income by producing these really cool goodies you can purchase at the Trust (like those snow leopard ornaments I posted about a week ago). Click the link, check it out, donate, share (this post is public).
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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SloMo otter with cup of xmas cheer
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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turn up the volume on this one
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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Really enjoying the turntable. Now just gotta clean up all this stuff, the stuff of 2017. Zoology books, contemplative books, bone catalogs, tiger prints, camera gear. Soon on to 2018 and making use of this stuff!!
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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I haven’t used a turntable since... um. Hmm. ‘91? So gratifying.
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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SQUEEEEEEEE I got to get a peek at Diablo and Tater today since they are on exhibit! Here's a look at them a few months ago when they were wee grumpy floofs. Born in March, now 9 months.
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december 2017 by zyrcster
A Straussian national security strategy - The Washington Post
I've been following Prof Drezner for well over a decade and this is an intriguing opinion piece he's written for the WaPo today. But I think his argument is a stretch. W's foreign policy was Straussian. All the people he had around him advising him on foreign policy were Straussian. We went into Iraq to satisfy the neoconservative (Straussian) urge for regime change (I almost just went off on a deficit tangent but next time, maybe). I also doubt that trump has Straussian ideologues surrounding him. I think this is just an inchoate stab at piecing together ideas from stump speeches: all sound and fury, signifying nothing. If anything, this 'policy' is something derived from Derrida. "To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
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december 2017 by zyrcster
National Fire Situational Awareness
Best map I've seen of the Thomas Fire yet (frequently updated). Impressed that the SB Zoo got a few animals (Condors among them) down to the LA Zoo yesterday, because the thing about Santa Barbara is that the 101 is your only way south, through Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. And that was all a mess yesterday.
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december 2017 by zyrcster
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Boma playing hockey with his bloodsicle
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december 2017 by zyrcster
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
Truly profoundly energized that 'bama voters chose the upstanding guy and not the racist, homophobic, sexist, pedophile !!! BAMA! And then I see this editorial from USA Today, not exactly the bastion of liberalism I might add: "A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes" :D
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