May 232013
 
Great Crested Flycatcher (David Frank)

Great Crested Flycatcher (David Frank)

Once again (as in the last few years) I have a Great Crested Flycatcher hitting its reflection on the same window at the front of our house – not hard but steady and usually early in the a.m. only.

The Turkey Vultures have been more than just flying around our neighbourhood this spring.  They are sitting on roof peaks and phone poles right in the subdivision.  Never seen this in the past 10 years.  Not sure what would be attracting them this much or for this long?

Observer: Rick Stankiewicz, Hazel Cres. Keene

 

 

May 232013
 

Source: Climate News Network

By Alex Kirby

LONDON, 23 May – Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected. An international research team led by Dr Alexander Otto of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford, UK, has reported its conclusions in the journal Nature Geoscience. The Earth is now warming faster than at any time in the last 11,000 years, but scientists do not understand clearly why the atmosphere has warmed less than they expected over the last decade or so, and more slowly than in the 1990s.

The researchers looked at how the last decade would affect the long-term sensitivity of the climate to a doubling of atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, and suggest the Earth will warm more slowly than expected this century. But even though the heating may be slower, giving politicians more time to act, the scientists still believe temperatures will eventually climb to 4°C above pre-industrial levels, well above danger levels.

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May 232013
 
Scarlet-cup fungus (Jennie Versteeg) Photo from April 21, 2013

Scarlet-cup fungus (Jennie Versteeg) Photo from April 21, 2013

I went out to Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park this morning and found a nice cluster of scarlet cup fungus. They are in the open, along the trail, in moist shade.  Well worth the mosquito bites! These were definitely not there a week ago. The scarlet-cups I found this morning are smaller than the one from this past April shown in the photo.

Observer: Jennie Versteeg