March 12, 2014
Helena, MT — The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the decision of a lower court today, allowing wild bison room to roam outside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park. The ruling upholds a February 2012 decision by state agencies to allow bison seasonal access to important winter and early spring habitat outside the north boundary of the park in the Gardiner Basin area until May 1 of each year.
The ruling rebuffs demands by some livestock producers and their allies to require aggressive hazing and slaughtering of bison that enter the Gardiner Basin area from Yellowstone National Park in the winter and early spring in search of the forage they need to survive.
“Today’s state Supreme Court ruling represents a victory for all those who want to see wild bison as a living…
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IKEA LOSES FORESTRY STEWARDSHIP CERTIFICATE FOR FELLING PROTECTED WOODLAND IN RUSSIA – The Forest Stewardship Council slams Swedish furniture giant, after learning the furniture chain has been felling 600-year-old trees from protected woodlands. Their investigation reveals IKEA’s wood harvest is not sustainable.
International group of researchers report that the smell of forest pine could prove an important link in the battle against climate change. Chemical aerosols created by the world’s pine forests react with oxygen to create low volatility vapors that in turn create cloud droplets and have a cooling effect on the environment. Read further about these 2 stories.
This is a barn swallow video from the USA.
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:
NestWatchers Needed For New Barn Swallow Study
We live in an incredibly well-lit world. All that wattage in heavily-populated areas creates a halo glow that brightens the night sky. Researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Syracuse University, and Globe at Night are seeking participants for a unique new study. Scientists want to know what impact all that extra night light might have on the circadian rhythms of life using Barn Swallows as their subjects. Barn Swallows have adapted to live near humans and nest almost exclusively on structures such as bridges, homes, and yes, barns. Volunteers can sign up through NestWatch.
“Specifically, we’re hoping to learn if the artificial light has an effect—good or bad—on what we call the ‘pace of life,’” says Cornell Lab of Ornithology researcher…
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