March 2010 Archives

Bird List - Inner Shore of Padre Island

March 20, 2010

Had an exciting morning in Texas: fifteen new-to-me bird species seen this morning on the lagoon/intracoastal waterway side of Padre Island across the bridge from Corpus Christi:

Laughing gull, Padre Island, TXLaughing Gull

  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Brown Pelican
  • Willet
  • Tern (Royal or Caspian, unsure)
  • Laughing Gull
  • Reddish Egret, white-morph
  • White Ibis
  • Snowy Egret
  • Osprey
  • American White Pelican
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • American Oystercatcher

Also seen: Great blue heron, great egret, ring-billed gull, double-crested cormorant, northern mockingbird, great-tailed grackle, song sparrow.

Baha'is Embrace Sustainability in Face of Climate Change

March 13, 2010

It's about time. That was my first thought when I heard, late last year, that the Bahá'í International Community had endorsed the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change. My next thought was: when will this trickle down to us, the people, as a meaningful directive to change our habits? A few weeks ago, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States sent a letter to all American believers, calling their attention to the Declaration, and to a Seven Year Plan of Action on Climate Change. They encouraged us to actively incorporate sustainable practices into our community life, in a manner more direct than ever before.

Meat and Antibiotics

March 7, 2010

This is why it is so important to buy meat raised without antibiotics. Buying cheaper meat, that used antibiotics, is literally poisoning our future by helping to breed this horrible strains of bacteria – accelerating their evolution. Nick Kristoff, New York Times, The Spread of Superbugs .

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