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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

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Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to
delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
Rose Kennedy


This Week’s Photo Challenge:  “Express Yourself


 Would you enjoy viewing more Song Sparrow photographs?

Click on the link below:

Song Sparrow Gallery

UNLESS… Earth-friendly Friday (preview)

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This is a Preview: Seeking feedback. What do you think of this idea? I am coordinating this blog event and submitting to WordPress. Please share your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you- Jane


This WEEKLY EVENT is inspired by prophetic words written in 1971 by Dr. Seuss in his book- The Lorax

From: “The Lorax” Dr. Suess

” UNLESS . . . someone like you

cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.

It’s not.”


Purpose-

“UNLESS… Earth-friendly Friday” is a Blog Event to share ideas and celebrate actions that help protect our planet.

This challenge will provide a word or phrase each week for participants to share a post that exemplifies the meaning of the featured  ecological, environmental or conservation concept.

The idea is to motivate Earth-friendly ideas and actions by providing a place to show-off what people all over the world are doing to care for our planet. 

Isn’t this an inspiring way to learn from each other?

We will have the opportunity to see and read about all kinds of projects… from small to large… that make Earth healthier now and into the future.


How It Works-

  • Each Friday morning at 7:00 Pacific Standard Time, I will post a specific theme.
  • Select photos and thoughts that fit the current week’s challenge… You can showcase an activity or project that you are doing, or tell about something that is happening in your neighborhood or community.
  • Create and Publish an “UNLESS… Earth-friendly Friday” post:
    • To make it easy for others to check out your response, title your blog post “UNLESS (theme of the week)” and;
    • be sure to use the Earth-friendly Friday tag.
  • Copy this link:  (when the challenge goes “live” a link will be provided here for you to copy)
  • Paste it in your post editor. That will create a ping-back in the comments section of the challenge so others may click to view your post.  (Comments will be closed on the prompt, but ping backs will be enabled. That way your post will appear in the list of responses on that week’s “UNLESS…Earth-friendly Friday” post.)
  • Be sure to follow the links to discover what others are doing and to share: likes, comments, feedback, encouragement, and/or ideas with other Earth-friendly bloggers.

Start-up Date: TBA after hearing back from the WordPress Event Team


What do you know? Mallard Ducks

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Mallards are widespread around the world, and our wetland area is no exception. This species of dabbling duck is at home here nearly year-round. There are a few weeks in the early fall when it appears that Mallards are nowhere to be found. However, I think they remain… but are being secretive.

Why the need for secretive behavior?

According to All About Birds.com:

“Mallards, like other ducks, shed all their flight feathers at the end of the breeding season and are flightless for 3–4 weeks. They are secretive during this vulnerable time, and their body feathers molt into a concealing “eclipse” plumage that can make them hard to identify.”

Secretive behavior is not the case right now… winter is a time many species hunker down, but not Mallards. These two sets of Mallard couples paired up in the fall (could that be what they were up to when flight was not an option?); winter, to them, is for courtship!

Ever wonder what duck couples are doing on evening low flights, when they circle over the wetland habitat? They most likely are looking at real estate. Before spring breeding season, the two will search for a nest site. Mallards prefer a place near the water on the dry ground where the female can make a shallow bowl-shaped depression in the earth. When finished, her nest is concealed by over-hanging grass or vegetation. It is about 12 inches in diameter, with a bowl for the eggs that is 1-6 inches deep and 6-9 inches across. During breeding season, Mallards generally produce 2 broods of 1-13 eggs.

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You will know who is vocalizing out on the pond, or in the wetland by the sound of the calls…

“Quack!!! Quack, quack, quack!” That’s the female.

Rasping- without any quacking… That’s the male. Sorry, Donald, male ducks don’t quack!


Want to know more about Mallard Ducks?  Visit Science Behind this post:

All About Birds: Mallards


Would you enjoy viewing more Mallard photographs? Click on the link below:

Mallard Duck Gallery 

Delicate Tightrope

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Suspended over a soft bed of lichen, a strand of spider-silk is a tiny tightrope where water droplets perform.suspended-over-lichen

Global Climate Change… there’s no denying it

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Read more to learn why rise in global temperature is of vital concern. Do your best to be an informed Earth resident … then make decisions how you CAN help to improve our planet’s chances for survival.

For more in depth details: Facts, Articles, NASA’s Role, Solutions, Explore, and Research-

Please click on graphic to link to NASA Global Climate Change website.


 

Credit: NASA-http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2221/

Credit: NASA-http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2221/


This post is in response to Global Climate Change research report data released on Friday, January 15, 2015:

New York Times: “2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics”http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/science/earth/2014-was-hottest-year-on-record-surpassing-2010.html 

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