Archive for February, 2010

February
13th 2010
Tidal marsh recovery in SF Bay: good news, bad news

Posted under government

An article on SF Gate today discusses plans to restore a large swath of marshland (currently used for producing salt) in the South Bay.  The 15-year planning/publicity/political/regulatory process is finally over, so they have a good plan…but no money to implement it.  The article doesn’t really explain what would cost money, or how much; perhaps some of the plan can be implemented simply by breaching some levees and letting the shallow ponds gradually silt in.  Or perhaps not, I dunno.  At any rate I hope it gets funding somehow.

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February
8th 2010
Sloth killed by an owl?

Posted under wildlife (general)

OK, this is pretty remarkable: a BBC News article reports that a three-toed sloth in Panama was apparently killed and eaten by a spectacled owl.  (A spectacled owl is a lot smaller than a sloth.)  If this can happen, it’s pretty amazing there are any sloths at all!  The article says that their main defense is camouflage: they blend in with the tree trunk, moss grows on their fur, and they move really slowly so they don’t attract attention. Riiiiight.  Well, they are indeed hard to see, but I’ve been to Panama and Costa Rica and I’ve seen a fair number of sloths.  They’re not that hard to see.

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