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The Crow Knows Faces

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Can you tell the difference between a raven and crow?  Threatening mask photo crow Marzluff

A few dips into a field guide, some practice, and you should be able to recognize their differences. After all, we have the ability to remember faces so differentiating between birds shouldn’t be a problem.

Crows possess an ability similar to humans that allows them to recognize faces too and if necessary associate them with danger. Whether or not you associate crows with bad luck or if they fill you with dread when you happen across them is a topic for another blog.

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Bald Eagles: A National Symbol Since 1782

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Pennsylvania’s bald eagle population is flourishing according to the state’s game commission. In a special bald eagle USFWSstatement for the July 4th holiday they said the bald eagle population hasn’t been stronger than it is now in more than a hundred years, and thirty years ago there were only three pairs of bald eagles nesting in the state.

Twenty-nine years ago the Pennsylvania Game Commission started a seven-year bald eagle restoration program. The first step sent the agency’s employees to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to gather eaglets from established nests in the wild. They returned with 88 eaglets and the Game Commission credits this program with restoring Pennsylvania’s population.

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Migratory Route of the Golden-Crowned Sparrow Demystified

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Considering all the advancements in science and technology it is amazing that there are some mysteriesgolden-crown sparrow left in the world.

Biologists from the award-winning Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation Science have unraveled the exact route the Golden-crowned Sparrows that winter in California take to their Alaskan breeding grounds in the spring. A better understanding of their exact route will help protect and conserve the ecosystems where the sparrows live.  The entire study is available online at PLoS ONE.

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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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