Birdsong

Bird song = Musical vocalizations of birds, typically uttered by a male songbird in characteristic bursts or phrases for territorial purposes. Recommended Listening Is birdsong music? Planeta.com Birds Wildlife

Billabong

Billabong = a branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool, made by water flowing from the main stream during a flood. Origin mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri bilabang (originally as the name of the Bell River, New South Wales), from billa ‘water’ + bang ‘channel that is dry except after rain.’ Embedded …

World Wildlife Day

Poster: Ron Mader, World Wildlife Day World Wildlife Day takes place each year on March 3 and focuses global attention on the protection of biodiversity and wildlife. World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd, the date that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in …

#spacefornature

Hashtags Recapping the February 27-28, 2018 event: #SpaceforNature The challenge We are rapidly losing Earth’s wild species and wild spaces, with global vertebrate populations having declined by two-thirds by in the last 40 years.  Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have pledged to protect at least 17% of …

Mars

Photo: NASA Marshall, Hubble Portrait Headlines Elon Musk Publishes Plans for Colonizing Mars – http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2017.29009.emu http://www.universetoday.com/134547/ever-wondered-final-approach-mars-might-feel-like https://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/earth-to-mars http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/09/spacexs-big-fking-rocket-the-full-story.html http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-announce-mars-mystery-solved http://www.wired.com/2014/07/new-geologic-map-mars-usgs http://www.nature.com/news/water-seems-to-flow-freely-on-mars-1.14343 Mars Rovers Mars Landscapes (Curiosity!) marsrovers.nasa.gov – @MarsCuriosity google.com/mars/about.html Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter_HiRISE.html hirise.lpl.arizona.edu nasa.gov/msl we_are_engineers_and_scientists_on_the_mars technology_and_science-space http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/4-billion-pixel-mars-panorama https://www.360cities.net/image/mars-panorama-curiosity-selfie-night#32.70,7.00,70.0 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/09/science/space/100000003277462.app.html Sky Crane ImageID=3650 Phobos http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Mars_Express_heading_towards_daring_flyby_of_Phobos Time http://www.giss.nasa.gov/tools/mars24 Wikipedia Gale_crater http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timekeeping_on_Mars Elsewhere on the Web http://blog.planetfour.org http://www.uahirise.org – …

Weather

Weather = State of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Buzzword Bingo Air – Atmosphere – Barometer – Blizzard – Breeze – Climate – Cloud seeding – Cloudy – Cold Front – Derecho – Dew Point – Drizzle – Drought – Extreme – Forecast – Heat Wave – High Pressure …

Venus

Photo: Venus 10 Things to know about Venus Venus is only a little smaller than Earth. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun at a distance of about 108 million km (67 million miles) or 0.72 AU. One day on Venus lasts as long as 243 Earth days (the time it takes for …

Submarine Canyon

Buzzwords Submarine canyon = Steep-sided valley cut into the seabed of the continental slope, sometimes extending well onto the continental shelf, having nearly vertical walls, and occasionally having canyon wall heights of up to 5 km, from canyon floor to canyon rim Wikipedia Submarine canyon Planeta.com Ocean

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. History: In 1990 Congress designated Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (the seventh to be designated nationally). Today the …