So what is the good news in the litany of malignancy?

Joshua Tree National Park is seeing vandals destroy the famed trees during Trump’s assault-on-America government shut-down. “Off-road” assholes are ripping up other national parks, too.

The Instagram effect of people taking selfies in remote locations is trashing those locations.

Recent housing growth rates are faster in high flood risk zones for most coastal states.”

Anecdotally, I hear that homeowners in Oregon are telling their garden designers they don’t want any bugs inside or out. Especially spiders! (Ooooh, spiders!) They demand scorched-earth pesticide-use, death to everything up and down the food chain and the future, too.

This monster paid $3 million dollars for a rare, big bluefin tuna. The species is critically endangered, but evidently that whale-killing nation will eat the last one, regardless of the cost.

I live across the street from an entrance to a park. People dump their tires and old flat screen TVs there.

And on it goes…

Climate change tells is there is no time to waste. But history tells us that social change works in indirect and unpredictable ways, and that it’s worth pressing on for what you believe in.

Here’s a young Red-tailed Hawk carrying…a pinecone. It wrenched this off the top of a tall white pine. I’ve seen Red-tails break sticks from trees for nest-building, but never this before. There are some hints in the literature, though: hawks bringing pinecones to the nest, hawks playing with pinecones.

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  1. 1 Monica M January 20, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Matt, Good morning. While watching live cams on explore.org, I’ve noticed Osprey and Eagles bringing wonderful “decorations” to their nests. Both have brought pine branches with cones, cones and corn -on-the cob! Beautiful .

  2. 2 Ellen January 20, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Matthew,
    We are seeing a pair of Red Tailed Hawks in our neighborhood. Are they building nests now? What are they up to during the winter?
    Ellen

    • 3 mthew January 21, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Hey, Ellen! It is about time for courtship and mating, a process that does involved nest building together. Keep and eye and ear out. They can be very vocal during courtship.

      • 4 Ellen January 21, 2019 at 8:03 am

        Thanks for the headsup on their vocal courtship habits. I hope I can hear it over the noisy Manahattan College students courtship 🙂


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