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Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 08:46 PM PDT

Frogpocalypse

by xaxnar

Reposted from xaxnar by Agathena

       Only a few short months ago, it was spring in the Northern Hemisphere of North America where I reside. Among annual tasks: getting the bath-tub sized garden pond cleaned up and ready to go. Here's what it looked like.

Cleaned up and ready to go, fountain running and everything.
      Three pots of water lilies are in place, a pot of cat tails has been placed in one corner, and the garden is starting to sprout around it. Soon to be added: some inexpensive feeder goldfish, to be joined by the local frogs as they discovered it was open for business once more.

       But that was then; this is now. This peaceful aquatic community of the summer could not last: Frogpocalypse happened today. More below the Orange Omnilepticon.

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Sun Sep 07, 2014 at 12:28 PM PDT

Blue Whales Rebounding

by jamess

Reposted from Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. by Agathena Editor's Note: Good news for an animal once endangered and threatened, now thriving. -- Agathena


U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

by Bill Chappell, NPR.org -- September 07, 2014

Decades after the threat of extinction led to them being protected from whalers, there are now about 2,200 blue whales off the West Coast, according to a new study. That's roughly 97 percent of historical levels, say researchers at the University of Washington who call their findings a conservation success story.

"This is the only population of blue whales known to have recovered from whaling," according to a university news release, "blue whales as a species having been hunted nearly to extinction."
[...]

The new report is coming out months after the same research team studied the damage done to the same blue whale population from 1905-1971. They say the gains off the U.S. coast show that blue whales, the huge animals that have often been used to promote wildlife and environmental protections, can rebound elsewhere, as well.
[...]


Blue Whale Song -- National Geographic


link


Blue Whale Song -- Recorded in the West Pacific

from List of whale vocalizations  -- wikipedia.org




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Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM PDT

Why We March... Against Extinction

by JrCrone

Reposted from JrCrone by Agathena
We March for Elephants
We March for Rhinos
We March for Lions

People have asked us—“Why do you march? What good is marching? You should be making direct contact with people in power, with people who can ‘make a difference.’ Every day 96 elephants are killed. That’s one every 15 minutes. A march does not stop this. You need to raise money and lobby politicians. And you should be writing: writing legislation.”

Other people have told us, “Why do you march? What good is marching? You can do nothing. Those with the power to make a difference, in China, overseeing the 37 ivory carving factories and 145 licensed shops, will do nothing because you march. Elephants will continue to die. No elephant will be saved because of the protest actions in the United States.”  Regarding rhino horn, they say “you cannot lessen its fashion or influence those in Vietnam who consume it.”

The people who question us say that marches seem “nice” and make those who march “feel good,” but are ultimately useless—a futile gesture good for nothing other than the egos of those who take part, far away from the halls of power, far away from the carving factories, far away from the scenes of injustice, death, and wholesale destruction of the elephant, rhinoceros, and lion populations that have been under relentless attack by poaching, wildlife trade, corruption, and consumption. They say we are too far away and our activities are merely a waste of time and resources.

They are wrong to say this.

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Reposted from beach babe in fl by Agathena
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
It's been a long time coming but finally Sea turtles have received the protection they need to sustain their species into the future. I've been active in Sea Turtle habitat protection for many years, so for me, this is a victory I take personally. I've written about some of my work here and announced our initial success here. But now, we have jumped all the hurdles, all the i's have been dotted and the protection is written into US law.
CHARLESTON, S.C., July 9 (Reuters)- The United States on Wednesday designated 685 miles (1,100 km) of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and 300,000 square miles (777,000 sq km) of ocean off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts as critical nesting and roaming habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

The joint ruling by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the largest critical habitat designation in U.S. history, environmentalists say. The announcement followed a lawsuit filed last year by environmental groups to require the government to protect the area. Scientists said the area is home to 70,000 to 90,000 nesting sites per year and comprises 84 percent of all known nesting areas for the large sea turtles.

As an environmental activist, this is a rare sweet moment to savour. I'm particularly pleased that of the 685 miles of habitat protected over 300 occur in my home state of Florida.
Protection doesn't limit public access to the designated areas but requires that any federal activity in the waters off nesting sites, such as drilling or fisheries, must be further scrutinized for possible impact on the turtles.
This has positive consequences for restricting development and providing natural adaptation methods for sea erosion due to rising seas and climate change.

Thanks to all who supported and helped win this action. How sweet it is!

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Reposted from DK GreenRoots by Agathena

but I have to write it, to get it off my mind. I don't blame people for not wanting to take part in this conversation. But it really demands our attention. This is a hopeful diary because I believe that if we change, we might survive. I highlight three other writers who are also hopeful.

Staff writer for The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert is hopeful if we preserve what's left of our wilderness;

Duke University scientist Stuart Pimm encourages us to work to save the most endangered animals;

British writer George Monbiot in the Guardian wants us to change our economic system.

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Fri May 09, 2014 at 05:17 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 5-9-14

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by Agathena Editor's Note: In honour of Farley Mowat and David Suzuki -- Agathena

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Wed May 07, 2014 at 06:18 AM PDT

"CONSUME, SCREW, KILL"

by Agathena

Reposted from Climate Change SOS by Agathena

CONSUME, SCREW, KILL
The origins of today’s mass extinction

That’s us in the title of Daniel Smith’s essay in Harper's on the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Kolbert begins coyly, with a kind of a fairy tale. “Maybe two hundred thousand years ago," a new species emerges on Earth. Compared with other species around at the time—mammoths, mastodons, armadillos the size of Smart cars, […]—the members of this new species aren’t very fast or very strong. But they’re shrewd, or reckless, or oth. “None of the usual constraints of habitat or geography seem to check them,: she writes. They start out in a small section of eastern African. There’s water there, and plenty to eat. But are they satisfied?
China's last wild IndoChinese tiger shot, killed and eaten, 2009.
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Reposted from SierraRise - Stories to save the planet by Agathena

This is bad.

As you probably know, whales and dolphins rely on their ears to find food. Even the smallest damage to their hearing can pose a grave threat to their survival.

A deaf dolphin is a dead dolphin -- but that hasn't stopped Big Oil from moving full speed ahead with plans to explore the Atlantic Ocean using seismic airguns! Their blasts will render these beautiful creatures deaf and helpless.

If we let Big Oil get away with this, then over 100,000 dolphins and whales could die -- including some of the world's last North Atlantic right whales.

We can still stop this project. It's up to folks like you to show the Obama administration that Americans side with endangered wildlife -- not climate-destroying greed.

Let's shut down Big Oil's threat to dolphins and whales right now. Send your official comment to the government today: No seismic airgun blasting!

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Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM PDT

Big Hero takes on Big Agribusiness

by Agathena

Reposted from DK GreenRoots by Agathena
Tyrone Hayes

Biologist Tyrone Hayes battles one of the biggest agribusinesses in the world
I urge you to listen to this excellent interview podcast (24 minutes) included in the above link and you can judge Tyrone Hayes for yourself.

A powerful herbicide is a friend to farmers, but may not be a friend to frogs.

More than half the corn crops in the United States are treated with a herbicide called Atrazine. Golf courses and Christmas tree farms also get the Atrazine treatment to keep weeds under control. The chemical is used in Canada as well, though it is no longer used in the European Union.

In 1997, biologist Tyrone Hayes received funding from the maker of the chemical -- a company that would later become Syngenta -- to study its effects on the environment. He found Atrazine caused sexual abnormalities in frogs. He says Syngenta tried to stop him from publishing his findings and that it launched a campaign to discredit his research.

But Tyrone Hayes continued, looking into Atrazine as a professor of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley. Documents released in a class-action law suit in 2005 suggest the company tried to side-line Professor Hayes and his work.

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Reposted from Barbara by Agathena
Sadly a pup this age was SHOT in Idaho as part of the HUNT...yes, it's evil and sadistic.
Just a baby...a much needed new generation...often killed before they are 6 months old now.
This is why I fight.
This is why I fight...the circle of life...for our apex predator
SPEAK FOR WOLVES - 2014
On Monday, March 10, 2014, I went to the Arizona Capital to denouce SB1211, 1212 and SCR1006 - they violate the ESA, but the lawmakers in this state DO NOT CARE - Remember SB1062?  There are 83 Mexican Gray left in the wild, 37 in Arizona.  These bills allow for the killing of them anywhere.  I waited 4 HOURS to speak and Chairman Pratt tried to shout me down after I said TEA PARTY.  I passed out a 20 page packet for the record.  I was NOT allowed to give full testimony and there were only 6 people to speak.  The anti-wolf special interests were allowed to speak as long as they wanted.  I beg of all of you to go to an EMERGENCY FB page I started this afternoon and assist with DENOUNCING these bills and bring it to the National media's attention.  OUR WOLVES NEED YOUR HELP NOW.

“Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destroy; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification. ”
― Farley Mowat

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Reposted from Dan Bacher by Agathena

A Delta fish survey released by the California Department of Wildlife this month confirms the continuing collapse of the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.

The survey's release takes place at a crucial time for the survival of salmon, steelhead, Delta smelt and other fish populations in California and the West. 2013 was the driest year on record in California and no relief from the drought is in sight.

Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown is promoting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels as the "solution" to the co-equal goals of "water supply reliability" and "ecosystem restoration."

The results of the Department's 2013 Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT) reveal that populations of Delta smelt, striped bass and American shad declined from the disastrous levels of last year, while longfin smelt and threadfin shad showed little improvement from last year’s lows, according to a news release from the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). The survey records population "indices," a relative measure of abundance.

The 2013 indices for Delta smelt and American shad were the second lowest in the 46 years of the survey.The striped bass index was tied for third lowest, while the longfin smelt and threadfin shad indices were the eighth and fifth lowest, respectively, according to Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director.

The survey results were documented in a January 2 memo to Scott Wilson, Regional Manager, Region 3, of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from Dave Contreras, DFW Environmental Scientist.

The surveys were initiated in 1967, the same year the State Water Project began exporting water from the Delta, They show that population indices of Delta smelt, striped bass, longfin smelt, threadfin shad and American shad have declined 95.6%, 99.6%, 99.8%, 97.8%, 90.9%, respectively, between 1967 and 2013, according to Jennings.

The 2013 indices for Sacramento splittail, a native fish found only in the estuary, were not released, but results from 2012 reveal that splittail indices have dropped 98.5% from 1967 levels. In 2011, the Brown administration presided over a record "salvage" of 9 million splittail in 2011, a record year for exports by the federal and state projects.

A DFW official described the results of the survey as "disappointing."

"It's disappointing to see the numbers of fish so low," said Carl Wilcox, a Delta policy adviser at the Department of Fish and Wildlife. "The results of the survey reflect the water year type conditions; we've just been through the driest calendar year on record. If you look at the data, the results are consistent with what we've seen in the past in these conditions."

Jennings had harsh words for the state agencies responsible for protecting fish species in the Delta and Central Valley, characterizing the fish population collapse as a "biological holocaust.

“Excessive water diversions from the Delta by the State and Federal Projects and the failure of state agencies to enforce water quality standards have created an extended fish drought that can only be characterized as a biological holocaust,” said Jennings. “And the same agencies that orchestrated and chaperoned this biological meltdown are not only proposing a scheme to divert massive quantities of fresh water flows via tunnels under the Delta, under the guise of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), but they ask us to trust them to build the tunnels now and figure out how to operate them later."

Jennings said BDCP proponents suggest that the two 35-mile tunnels under the Delta will not lead to an increase in total Delta exports.

"However, actual operations will be determined after completion of the project through a decision-tree adaptive management process by the same agencies that have historically failed to protect the estuary," he said. "Examination of the four alternative decision tree operational scenarios in the BDCP EIR/EIS reveals that all of them decrease Delta outflow and three of them substantially increase exports. "

Jennings also said BDCP modeling conducted for the State Water Resources Control Board demonstrates that BDCP could only export about 3.1 MAF of water if reasonable fishery protection measures are included (increased outflow, bypass flow, coldwater pool management, etc.).

“BDCP proponents are not going to spend some $67 billion to receive the same or less water and reduced outflow for an estuary already hemorrhaging from a lack of water is a death sentence,” Jennings said. "Given the agencies abysmal track record, there can be no trust and no tunnels until Jerry Brown takes affirmative steps to end his fish drought.”

Jennings noted that the vast majority of record low indices have occurred over the last decade, when record exports to corporate agribusiness, developers and oil companies took place.

"Comparing the average indices of the first six years of the survey (1967-72) with the average of the most recent six years shows that the six-year average indices of Delta smelt, striped bass, longfin smelt, threadfin shad, American shad and splittail have declined by 91.7%, 98.6%, 99.3%, 99.9%, 69.6% and 88.7%, respectively," stated Jennings.

Excessive water exports by the state and federal export projects in 2013 led to degraded water quality and habitat conditions in the Delta, noted Jennings. The projects exported some 826,778 acre-feet more water than they had projected they would be able to deliver.

"Consequently, water quality standards were violated in the South Delta in June and July through 15 August and at Emmaton in April, May and June and at Jersey Point in June," said Jennings. "Emmaton and Jersey Point are in the western Delta. Sharply increased exports coupled with a sudden reduction in Delta outflow in late June and early July caused the low salinity zone and pelagic species like Delta smelt to be drawn into the western Delta where they encountered lethal temperature conditions created by a combination of warm water released from reservoirs and high ambient temperatures."

He said another likely factor in the killing of Delta smelt was high exports leading to excessive Old and Middle River reverse flows during the critical 15-April – 15 May San Joaquin pulse flow period.

2013 was also a bad year for Central Valley Chinook salmon populations. Jennings said many as half of this year’s up-migrating winter-run Chinooks were stranded in the Yolo Bypass and Colusa Basin in April-June and Sacramento River temperature requirements to protect spawning winter-run were relaxed in June.

Meanwhile, large releases of water from Shasta Dam into the Sacramento River, Oroville Dam into the Feather River and Folsom Dam into the American River throughout the summer resulted in the virtual draining of these reservoirs. Folsom Lake is only 18 percent of capacity now and the Bureau of Reclamation will reduce flows to only 500 cfs today, furthering imperiling steelhead and salmon on the river.

The massive export of water to corporate agribusiness also left little water for Sacramento River fall-run Chinooks, the driver of West Coast fisheries.

"In November, abrupt reductions in Sacramento River flow exposed spawning redds, killed up to 40% of Sacramento River fall-run salmon eggs and stranded newly emerged fry," said Jennings. "And low reservoir levels will likely lead to inadequate flows for young salmon out-migration this coming spring."

"The decline of Central Valley salmon populations over the last 46 years is similar to the declines of Delta pelagic species. But the full consequences of this year’s debacle will only become fully apparent when this year’s young salmon return to spawn in three years," Jennings stated.

Jennings emphasized, "We have seen a broad collapse of the ecosystem since the State Water Project begian exporting water in 1967. There are 5-1/2 times water rights claims as there is water available in the system."

If action isn't taken to reverse the collapse, Delta smelt and other imperiled fish species could become extinct.

"We are getting down to the point where a series of drought years may send some fish species to extinction," said Jennings. "We have no idea where the points of no return in Delta smelt, winter run Chinook and other fish species are. We are playing Russian Roulette with God here. Greed is destroying fisheries that evolved and prospered over millenia in a matter of mere decades."

Jennings proposed three main solutions to restoring the ecosystem:
• Delta exports need to be decreased to less than three million acre feet of water and outflows to the estuary need to increased.
• The Central Valley river system needs to return to a more natural hydrograph.
• The agencies need to replace the 1950's inadequate technology fish screens on the South Delta pumping facilities with current state of the art fish screens.

The Responsible Exports Plan proposed by the Environmental Water Exports sets a cap on water exports of 3 million acre feet: http://www.aqualliance.net/...

Further information, including DFW’s FMWT Memo with graphs, the BDCP alternative comparison and the State Board’s quantitative comparisons can be found at: http://www.calsport.org

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Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 02:54 PM PST

A Beautiful Day for Eagles

by Jakkalbessie

Reposted from Jakkalbessie by Agathena

... American Bald Eagles, not Philadelphia Eagles, that is.    (My apologies to to Philly Eagles fans.... I have been told that coming up with a title that catches the eye is important if you want your diary to be read.  ) My husband, kossack divineorder and I went to listen to live music last night here in Santa Fe, and of course, the Philly Eagles game was on as the band was warming up-- hence the title.  This diary is a collaboration by Divine Order and myself.


Lake Abiquiu Annual Eagle Watch

We belong to a kayaking Meetup for Albuquerque and Santa Fe and the leaders had sent out a meetup invitation to come and help count the Bald Eagles at the Abiquiu Reservoir.  We had thought about going with the group out on the water but then read that the leader had decided inflatables would slow the group down creating safety problems, and were not advised to be a part of the boat group counting. As we went to bed Friday night we waffled back and forth on whether to go even though we wouldn't be able to take part with the paddlers.....

 photo IMG_5864.jpgAmerican Bald Eagle, GTNP,  photo by divineorder

Divineorder had voiced concern  about a dkos post about unexplained Bald Eagle deaths in the neighboring State of Utah. We woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful day, and spur of the moment decided to go after all. We are wildlife watching addicts and have great luck photographing them while kayaking on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, and we looked forward to the possibility of participating in the count and seeing more of these beautiful birds.

The sun was shining and we knew from past experiences of camping and kayaking there that it would be a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning so we rushed to get dressed and on the way out the door .

 photo IMG_3478.jpg Northern New Mexico of Georgia O'keefe fame now includes the stark, colorfully beautiful US Corps of Engineers Abiquiu Reservoir. Photo by divineorder

Santa Fe to 'Georgia O'Keefe Country'

Leaving Santa Fe we headed the 57 miles to Abiquiu Lake.  This is a beautiful drive as you can see mountain ranges in the distance and the beautiful red rock country that was made so famous to some by the late artist Georgia O'Keefe.


Santa Clara and  Ohkay Owingeh

Its also important to note that this area is home two two Indian pueblos, Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh which have had inhabitants hundreds of years before O'keefe made her famous visits. Click on the links for some fascinating history of these people!

Victims of a Sudden Craving For New Mexican Food

As we were driving out to Abiquiu, we stopped on the other side of  Espanola and got a  get a carne adovada burrito.  Divineorder loves chile colorado and I love green chile, and since the adovado is prepared with red I got mine with red and green chile (Christmas) for breakfast!  Mmmmmmmm.

While we waited for them to prepare the burritos we noticed that there was a sign in the window of the restaurant about the drought conditions in the area and the fact that some areas would not be able to be irrigated.  This notice was dated July and there was another hand-written sign about a "ditch" meeting coming up.  

New Mexico water has laws dating back to agreements in the l700's !  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Constructed originally during the 'flood control' era of Corps building, the reservoir now holds water for cities and communities downstream on the Rio Grande and is a popular recreation site in summer.

From the Corps website:


Welcome to Abiquiu Lake Recreation Area

Abiquiu Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake, with recreation areas and a campground.  Federal Recreation Passports are accepted.  The lake is a 5,200-surface-acre reservoir and offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. The area includes a fine panoramic view of the Cerro Pedernal (Flint Mountain) from the dam. The scenery of the area includes Pinon (Pine), Juniper and Sage among colorful rock formations.  Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area.

Surrounding attractions include: Abiquiu Lake Recreation Area

    Ghost Ranch
    Georgia O'Keefe Museum
    San Pedro Wilderness
    Cumbres Toltec Railroad
    Chaco Canyon
    Bandelier National Moument
    Taos and Santa Fe, N.M.

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Looking for Bald Eagles

Because of our breakfast stop we arrived we arrived at the Corp of Engineers Visitor Center as the orientation was ending and were told by two of the Rangers where we could go and join one of the groups doing the observation from the shore.    

Annual Eagle Watch

.... described by the Corps:

http://www.spa.usace.army.mil/...

The purpose of the watch is to collect data which will assist in national and local tracking of the bird’s numbers. It is also an opportunity to encourage shared stewardship with the public to help keep track of wildlife populations and ensure that their habitat is adequate for their numbers. Volunteers are asked to dress warmly and bring binoculars, notepads, and drinking water.

National Wildlife Federation officials have asked that participants in each state count eagles along standard routes to provide data trends. The basic objectives of the survey are to index the total wintering Bald Eagle population in the lower 48 states, to determine eagle distribution during a standardized survey period, and to identify previously unrecognized areas of important winter habitat.

The annual midwinter survey represents a unique source of long-term, baseline data. Unlike nesting surveys, it provides information on both breeding and non-breeding segments of the population at a potentially limiting time of year. The count has become a national tradition since 1984, and is an annual event at Abiquiu Lake. In addition to providing information on eagle trends, distribution, and habitat, the count has helped to create public interest in the conservation of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.

So we walked back to our cars as all the others were leaving the parking lot, kayaks on top of some cars and others not.

We had  a little trouble finding the secondary drive  to the overlook and were down in the campground looking for it when we  observed our first American Bald Eagle perched on a dead tree on the high cliff overlooking the water!  What a treat!  Then we noticed there were observers above the Riana campground and where they  had a panoramic view of the reservoir and in the distance .

 photo IMG_3466.jpg Bald Eagle Watch Volunteers on land .  Photo by divineorder  

Only problem was how to get too them.  After hurriedly snapping a few shots of the eagle we headed back toward the entrance and luckily were greeted by  one of the Rangers in a vehicle who had come down to directed us to the overlook. It was a steep unpaved drive that apparently is mostly used by hikers.  From there one could have a spectacular view of Pedernal peak made so famous by Georgia O'Keefe' paintings.  

 photo IMG_3469.jpg NM, Land of Enchantment.... Note Corps of Engineers work boat carrying some of the Eagle Count volunteers.  Photo by divineorder

Once we got out with our scope and cameras we noticed that way down below there were two Corp of Engineer boats that were leaving the boat ramp and heading in opposite directions to observe and count the eagles from the water.  

 photo IMG_3485.jpgCorps of Engineers Ranger points out sectors on map where boat counters were verifying our spottings. Photo by divineorder

Sector Map

We were spotting Bald Eagles  from up on the overlook with long reach spotting scopes and binoculars.   Rangers would communicate back and forth with the observation boats as the eagles were spotted.  They had the lake divided into sectors and we land observers would identify which sector we had seen them in and then they would be identified as mature or immature.

We had only just arrived and reported the eagle we had seen below when more Bald Eagles were sighted !

 photo IMG_3468.jpgTwo Migratory Bald Eagles enjoy the silence of the closed Riana Campground.  Photo by divineorder

We left about lunch time and noticed that wind was picking up.  We wondered what the kayakers would experience and hoped all would be okay.

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Drama for the Kayakers

This morning divineorder told me that comments on the Meetup site told of how high winds had come up and that the returning kayakers faced three to four foot waves!!!

We had enjoyable time joining the watchers at Riana Campground overlook. Got a couple of nice photos of the Meetup Kayakers later departure on slick waters. At the time was a bit envious :) . However, reading today, and having survived a similar day paddling our Sea Eagle on the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry when we had estimated 50 mph gusts know our boat would have been fine.

 Still, once the wind picked up was not as envious as when the group paddled out. We left the overlook after contributing two confirmed sightings to our group which had total of 8 by then. The wind was just starting to pick up as we left so missed the groups' dramatic return. We are so very glad all are safe!

The leader of the Meetup has always emphasized safety and this day was a great example of why!

A Beautiful Day For Bald Eagles But......

Glad to have taken part in an activity that is helping gather data about the American Bald Eagle and wonder what their future is as a result of climate change.

As we were driving back to Santa Fe we were rewarded with two bald eagles putting on quite an aerial display above the Chama river as we drove past.

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