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Toyota Wants You to Get off the Road

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The National Audubon Society would like you to consider visiting one of their 100 nature centers and trees road claritapreserves for an end of summer trip or Labor Day weekend get-away. They are sweetening the deal with a chance to win a car.

If you pledge to take a trip or upload a picture of you and your family enjoying nature or a photo of a wildlife-studded landscape you will be entered to win a brand new Toyota Prius v.

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Get a Peek at Puffins

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Explore.org has expanded their live HD camera program to include two cameras that are following the lives puffin USFWSof Atlantic Puffins or Fratercula arctica which means “little brother of the north” -which is probably how Peyton Manning refers to his brother Eli.

This is a chance to see Atlantic Puffins without having to leave your house via the magic of the Internet. One camera is providing a live feed of a Puffin Burrow or nest with a puffling and the second camera is the Puffin Loafing Ledge where the puffins hang out with other birds on a rocky plateau. The puffins live at the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge 21 miles off the coast of Maine in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtledoves...

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Calling all birdwatchers! Mark your calendars because in one week, starting on December 14th, there is a chance to count birds to participate in Audubon’s 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! The CBC is an early-winter bird census that takes place all over the world.

The story behind the count dates back to 1900 when Frank Chapman, an ornithologist at the American blackbird_in_snowNatural History Museum, decided rather than shooting birds and other animals to see which hunters could amass the biggest pile it would be more fun to simply count the birds. It was probably one of the earliest forms of modern conservation.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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