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27th September 2014

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Weird Things All Couples Fight About

Now generally I don’t find these “all things” type videos very seriously as I find myself outside the mainstream on most topics, but this humor video is pretty spot on around my house, and they all *should* be completely silly and irrelevant things (but they are NOT) Haha.

Tagged: humorvideoentertainingrelationships

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27th September 2014

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Hunting Seasons Starting Soon: Hunters Urged to Stock up on Non-Lead Bullets/Shot →

If you are going hunting this season, please consider using lead free ammunition as it results in the deaths of many more animals than you probably realize, and it isn’t healthy for you if you consume the meat. 

Save and eagle, shoot lead free!

Tagged: lead free ammunitionhuntingconservationbird conservation

Source: abcbirds.org

15th September 2014

Photo reblogged from because birds! with 18,191 notes

I have seen this cute image all over the internet, but I have rarely seen it labeled so I really appreciate these Tumblr posts with a proper identification!
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whatthefauna:

This male pink-necked green pigeon is proof of paternal care in the animal kingdom. Happy Father’s Day!
Image credit: Ric Seet

best dad bird ever.

I have seen this cute image all over the internet, but I have rarely seen it labeled so I really appreciate these Tumblr posts with a proper identification!

becausebirds:

whatthefauna:

This male pink-necked green pigeon is proof of paternal care in the animal kingdom. Happy Father’s Day!

Image credit: Ric Seet

best dad bird ever.

Tagged: birdspigeonphotographybird photographypink-necked green pigeonAsia

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14th August 2014

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Bat Orphans

This is an adorable video filmed at the Australian Bat Clinic where I have volunteered. They are a great organization that does so much for Australian Wildlife. Flying foxes are one of the most important pollinators of native trees. They play a critical role in the ecosystem and are really cute!

Tagged: batsflying foxesAustralian Bat Clincwildlifeconservationwildlife rescue

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13th August 2014

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Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What to Know →

There seems to be a lot of freaking out recently about the new Facebook messenger phone app, and this is the best article I have seen to clarify a few things. I personally am very unhappy with the app because I don’t understand why I need yet another freaking phone messenger app. Why isn’t skype, imessage, facetime, and google hangouts enough?? and that is just to name a few. The Facebook app handled Facebook messenger just fine so why do I need to clutter my screen and suck up more memory with another app? Seriously, why??

Tagged: facebook messengerphone appsiphoneandroidappsfacebook

Source: The Wall Street Journal

13th August 2014

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Mom of peanut allergy victim: Her last words were 'I'm sorry' →

This is tragic, and I am afraid with the rise of life threatening allergies there will be more stories like this. This also illustrated that the epipen is not always enough to save the day. I think awareness is great so I am happy the family is trying to raise awareness, but I also think it illustrates that people and families of those with life threatening allergies must realize that they need to question *everything* they put in their mouths even if they have had the item before. Food producers constantly alter recipes whether it is a purchased product from a grocery store. Anything not made in your own kitchen is suspect. Every label must be read and the chef talked to every single time. It is a huge, time consuming pain, but when your or your child’s life is on the line. It is necessary. 

Here is another article. I have very mixed feeling about them suing the camp as it is somewhat unreasonable to ask for a commercial kitchen to be able to guarantee that a particular allergen is not present, particularly as their are a wide range of different food allergies. Sure, peanuts are one of the more common, but ridding a kitchen of peanuts does nothing for the kid with the shell fish, egg,  or pepper allergy.  

Family sues city after girl’s peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/18/6335644/family-of-girl-who-died-from-peanut.html#storylink=cpy

Tagged: food allergieshealthparentingtragic

Source: kcra.com

12th August 2014

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Crow Rescue!

This is a great video of a brown bear in a zoo rescuing a crow that had become trapped in the bear’s pool. It is interesting to see how differently animals that are well fed in captivity behave compared to their wild (and hungry counterparts). I do wish they had filmed until the crow flew away to safety as he could have still had complications from being in the water for so long. 

Tagged: wildlife rescuecrowbearzooheartwarming

Source: youtube.com

12th August 2014

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Victoria zoos train Maremma bodyguards in bid to save bandicoots →

The more that I hear about this breed of dog (maremma) the more I like them. They seem ideally suited for conservation applications. I hope the trials go well as they could be the solution to protecting lots of small endangered species from penguins to bandicoots!

Tagged: maremmaconservationAustraliaendangered species

Source: theguardian.com

11th August 2014

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Lego Creates Female Scientist Set Months After 7-Year-Old Girl Called Their Female Toys "Boring" →

I would completely buy this if it were not already sold out! We need more women in science toys for our young girls and boys. It is good to see Lego responding to the public in this positive way. I would prefer that Legos returned to being gender neutral, but for now let’s just hope that they continue similarly themed toys.

Tagged: gender marketingeducational toysparentingLegowomen in scienceeducationmedia

Source: BuzzFeed

11th August 2014

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Girl in a Country Song

I am not a huge country music fan, but this is pretty amusing and is trying to make a change on how women are portrayed in media. I think they might have made that point a bit better by picking hotter guys and not having example girls dressed in the typical country music video clothes, but at least it is a start and a humorous one at that. 

Tagged: musicvideomusic videofeminismwomen in mediabeautysocietal expectations

Source: youtube.com

10th August 2014

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Itch-scratching elephant terrifies occupants of car - GrindTV.com →

Elephants are magnificent, but I think sometimes we forget how very BIG they are and that they can be dangerous even unintentionally. I am really glad I was not in the car for this very vivid reminder of both facts. 

Tagged: natureelephantwildlifefightening

Source: grindtv.com

7th August 2014

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Welcome to Cat Island - the Japanese village overrun with felines →

So I have grown into a crazy bird lady, but once upon a time I started out as a crazy cat girl. Cats aren’t well thought of in Australia because of the number of native animals they kill, but there is a part of me that will always love cats even if I am too allergic to them to co-exist anymore. Thus this island sounds pretty cool even if I could probably not visit it for very long before I felt quite wheezy! 

Tagged: catsJapananimals

Source: Daily Mail

6th August 2014

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Gender Marketing

There are quite a few memes going on right now that question traditional gender stereotypes and expectations. Mostly they are centered on women’s issues like jobs, toys, body image, but this video demonstrates that women are not the only ones who are subjected to gender based marketing and being overcharged for gender specific items. I thought it was really well done. 

Tagged: gender marketingfeminismsocietal expectationsmediaparentingconsumerism

Source: youtube.com

6th August 2014

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Nicole Gainey arrested: Felony charge for mom who let her son go to park alone? →

I don’t think a seven year old should probably go to the park alone, but I also don’t think that felony charges are appropriate when no harm has been done. If the child had come to harm, I can maybe see a felony neglect charge, but what happened to the days when a policeman or neighbor would have a friendly chat with the mom and find out what was going on and perhaps, recommend that it was not safe. Why are authorities so quick to use the full extent of their authority today even when there has been no damages? I have seen only slightly older kids at Australian parks with no adult supervision without anyone freaking out. I just think this trend is quite concerning as it seems more about prosecutors trying to get a lot of publicity and make a name for themselves than any concept of justice. 

Tagged: US dissentUS policeparentingexcessive forceprosecutor misconduct

Source: examiner.com

5th August 2014

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16 of The Most Magnificent Trees in The World →

Just a nice time wasting post of some beautiful trees around the world. I love trees! As for tree beauty, I think jacarandas in bloom are one of the most stunning. Others must agree as they have been planted all around the subtropical world. They aren’t an Australian native, but I don’t think Australia would be the same without them!

Tagged: treesconservationbeautynatural wonder

Source: earthweareone.com