Catching Some Rays And Then Making Some Waves! — Through Open Lens

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 100. California Sea Lion What do you call a seal in the desert? Lost. Interesting Fact: The California sea lion is a sleek animal, faster than any other sea lion or seal. These eared seals top out at speeds of some 25 miles (40 kilometers) an hour. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/california-sea-lion/ )

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The Terrible Destruction of Pinyon-Juniper Forests — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

SOURCE: Counterpunch.org “Public lands ranchers have always hated the trees. Just like native predators are killed as rancher enemies, native trees (and sage) take up space where grass might grow so they must be destroyed. In all of these projects, BLM ballyhoos wildfire suppression benefits, ignoring that deforestation creates hotter, drier, windier, weedier sites with longer fire […]

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Mountain Lions are Expanding their Range Eastwards — The Jaguar

Many months ago, I wrote a post about the remarkable journey of the Connecticut Cat: a mountain lion (Puma concolor; cougar; puma), that traveled over 2,700 km from the Black Hills in South Dakota to Milford, Connecticut.1 This cat’s extraordinary story begs the question, might other mountain lions also be moving east? The short answer […]

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Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

by Brett French as published on The Independent Record Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone. Of that total, 375 were killed by hunters — mostly tribal hunters — and 694 were sent to slaughter. The […]

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