St. George & Zion Nat. Park Utah 4/13/18

Natural History Wanderings

submitted by Ter Sullivan

It’s early spring at the 3000-ft elevation of the fastest growing town in the state, where desert marigold and apricot mallow are reaching their full bloom. Snow Canyon State Park ($6) is a must-see if you go in the next two weeks. You’ll receive a detailed full-color trail map with your paid admission. Even if you’re not a hiker, the spectacular geology is worth the trip. Most of the land near St. George is under BLM management, and the hiking trails are clearly marked. At the present time, expect full flowering of desert tobacco, Utah milkvetch, brittlebush (on the Nevada side of Hwy 15), and desert marigold. Later spring flowering is likely three to four weeks away at higher elevations in Zion National Park, about an hour and twenty minutes from St. George. Only a few early flowers are in full swing in Zion, including golden…

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Craig Downer’s 2017 report on 5 wild horse herds and Herd Management Areas in Oregon

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source:  The Wild Horse Conspiracy

Kiger Mustang HMA, Oregon 10/2017.  Photo copyright Craig C. Downer 2017

Craig C. Downer, wildlife ecologist, has issued a report, including research by Marybeth Devlin, on 5 wild horse herds and Herd Management Areas in Oregon.

These include the South Steens HMA, Kiger Mustang HMA, and Three Fingers Wild Horse HMA in southeastern Oregon, the Paisley Desert HMA in south-central Oregon (managed by the BLM) and the Big Summit HMA (managed by the Forest Service) in the Ochoco National Forest.
You can read the reportHERE.

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Bewick’s swans in winter, video

Global Warming Has Made Gulf Stream Slowest in 1,600 Years, and That Could Impact Our Weather

Sorry, this one is depressing….

The Extinction Chronicles

By Sean Breslin

At a Glance

  • A new study has found the Gulf Stream is circulating at its slowest rate in at least 1,600 years.
  • Climate change is to blame for the slowdown, the study also concluded.
  • If the circulation stops completely, it would have catastrophic impacts on our weather.

For years, scientists have studied a spot in the North Atlantic Ocean that has bucked the trend of a warming world. Now, they know what impact this colder-than-average region is having on the Gulf Stream.

According to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the Gulf Stream is flowing at its slowest rate in at least 1,600 years, and climate change is the likely culprit…

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