Eight-tentacled cuddlebug… on Ecstasy – via NPR

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It’s one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.(Image credit: Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory)

via Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy — News : NPR

3.4 Million Chickens and Turkeys and 5,500 Hogs Have Died in Flooding From Florence — TIME

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after…

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Great Australian birdlife sight taking place in north west Qld

by Sally Cripps – @sallyQCL

Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington.
 Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington

One of the most spectacular birding sights to be seen in Australia is taking place around Richmond at the moment.

The undulating, chirping group formation of budgerigars on the wing, known as a murmuration, has been caught on camera by Richmond grazier, Terry Carrington.

Terry, who lives at Patroy, 27km south of Richmond in north west Queensland, said he had lived in the area all his life but never witnessed as many budgies in a flock as what he has been seeing over the last week.

“2003 would have been the last time I saw them somewhere near as thick as this,” he said.

Read the full article and watch an amazing video that captures an estimated 20,000 budgies participating in a murmur here.

BBC News: Australia’s elder abuse scandal ‘beyond belief’

This is by no means just an Australian issue. Elder Abuse issues and cases continue to rise in Canada, the US and the UK. In Canada, there seems to be little interrst or momentum on the part of the Federal government for a National Elder Care Strategy. Wearhousing seniors in long term care facilities also seems to be the only policy framework provinces want or know how to follow.

Australia’s elder abuse scandal ‘beyond belief’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45543804

Ottawa bearing witness to unusual influx… of bears – The Canadian Press

By Andy Blatchford (via msn.com)

Richard Moore, acting manager of Conservation Services at the National Capital Commission, is shown beside a bear cage in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Richard Moore, acting manager of Conservation Services at the National Capital Commission, is shown beside a bear cage in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – High population density is a feature of most Group of Seven capitals — but Ottawa stands out among its international peers these days with an unusual demographic situation: a sudden influx of bears.

Black bear sightings surged of late in Canada’s national capital region. Conservation officials say they’ve already had to round up more than 30 of the large mammals roaming urban areas since the start of the month.

From a human’s perspective, the bears have been getting into mischief. Locals have seen them wandering along leafy residential streets, nosing through backyard compost containers and one was even spotted rambling the alleys of Ottawa’s touristy ByWard Market.

Many of the wayward animals, including the one affectionately nicknamed “ByWard Bear,” were seen or scooped up within a few kilometres of Parliament Hill. 

Read the full article here.

NAFTA negotiations ‘hang over heads’ of Canadian farmers, U.S. counterparts – CBCNEWS

by Kaitie Fraser (via msn.com)

As the sun comes up on farmers across Essex County, Ont., it’s not their livestock or crops they check first thing in the morning — it’s the markets.

The tough talk between Canada and the U.S. around NAFTA negotiations is having real-life consequences for those working in the industry every day.

“You’re at everybody else’s whim and whatever they want,” said Henry Denotter, a grain and oilseed farmer in Kingsville, Ont.


Denotter’s farm covers nearly 610 hectares, where he grows everything from soybeans and corn to wheat and rye. But each morning, he looks to the U.S. to see what kind of profits he can expect.


“We can’t set the prices, we’re looking at Chicago everyday to see how grain is doing. And somebody starts a rumour — whether it’s [U.S. President] Donald Trump or China and the market goes down 30 cents, 10 cents, even a penny makes a difference in our end profits.”


Those profits are what keeps Denotter’s equipment running and business afloat, he said, as he has to make payments on machinery just like anyone would on a home or car.


As a grain farmer, Denotter said he is selling on a global stage, not part of Canada’s supply management system of quotas, which control how much its dairy, poultry and egg farmers are allowed to produce.

a cow standing next to a wire fence: While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.
© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.

Read the full article from CBC News here.

Trump condemned over plans to allow drilling near national parks

Trump condemned over plans to allow drilling near national parks

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/14/conservatives-democrats-trump-drilling-national-parks?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Bees — spanishwoods

with their erratic flight and soft buzzing she was hypnotized by the bees

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Urgent Alert! Wild Horses Need You to Call Congress Today to Stop Sterilized Herds — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: wildhoofbeats.com America’s Wild Horses and Burros urgently need your help today to save them from Sterilization and Eradication by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations just announced that a Joint House and Senate Conference Committee meeting will take place tomorrow, September 13th, to begin discussions […]

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What happens to NC’s wild horses when a major hurricane like Florence hits? — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: newsobserver.com A filly was born to North Carolina’s wild horse herd in Corolla on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. She’s pictured here with her mother. Cathy Forgnone BY ABBIE BENNETT North Carolina coastal residents are evacuating or battening down ahead of Hurricane Florence — at least the human ones. The wild horses that make their […]

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