by Richard Arterbury
Third time in History that Mexico enters & offers their assistance to the United States □□. First time was World War II allied training, second time was Hurricane Katrina, third time Hurricane Harvey, and it won't be their last, because that's what friendly neighbors do!
The rainfall in Texas has set a new record for the continental US, the National Hurricane Harvey has broken the previous continental US record. Track a Hurricane:
Refineries are damaged in Hurricane Harvey, releasing hazardous pollutants
Oil is being burned into the Air and plants have been flooded.
Corpus Christi, Texas was hit hard by Hurricane, Harvey.
Map of Texas and The Gulf of Mexico
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Fire ants look like a island however anything floating becomes target and most likely will sink of heavy ants.
A bug's life: Fire ants have strict societal structures: Ants in photo from left to right ~ three worker ants, a queen ant and a male
Red Fire Ants work together to make it from their flooded nest. Looks like the ant on top is a saved ant, however this is all to save the queen and I'm amazed to view how many fire ants are in one colony of there underground tunnels.
About 3,000 fire ants spreading out on water forming a raft:
When you are trying to keep your head above water, the last thing you want is someone grabbing hold of you. Unless you're an ant, that is, when it turns out the best way to stay afloat is to stick together.
Scientists have revealed how the insects avoid mass drownings in the rain forests by clinging to one another to form huge rafts from their bodies. Read More about 2011 study:
Flourishing Texas gator population
Texas' alligator population, which numbered just a few thousand when they were protected by state and federal laws in the late 1960s, has exploded over the past half-century. The 22 Texas counties with the highest concentrations of alligators (so-called "core" alligator counties in southeast Texas and along the upper and middle coast) hold at least 500,000 gators
Fire ant is the common name for several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. They are, however, only a minority in the genus, which includes over 200 species of Solenopsis worldwide. Solenopsis are stinging ants and most of their common names reflect this, for example, ginger ants and tropical fire ants.
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Photo: Joseph Fletcher
About 1,000 demonstrators formed a giant heart on Ocean Beach Saturday as a response for far-right rallies planned in the Bay Area.
Photo: Stefan Ruenzel
Thousands of protesters gathered on San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Saturday, using their bodies to send a political message.
To spectators on the beach, the purpose of the protest may have seemed unclear. But from the sky, there was no question. Thousands of people spelled out "RESIST!!" on the sand.
Watch the video in the SF newspaper article:
Author by Richard Arterbury
This highly endangered Hawksbill Turtle was found laying eggs east coast beach in Singapore on August 23rd a few days after the Solar Eclipse that happen in the United States last Monday August 21st. Many people were taking photos, however its best to stay far away and never touch the eggs. Did you know sea turtles have been living on earth for over 100 around 110 million years and once lived with dinosaurs.
Sightings of hatchlings are some what common however a turtle laying eggs us not all that common and has been some what a mystery for many years. On average, sea turtles lay 110 eggs in a nest, and average between 2 to 8 nests a season. The smallest clutches are laid by Flatback turtles, approximately 50 eggsper clutch. The largest clutches are laid by hawksbills, which may lay over 200 eggsin a nest.
We have seven species of sea turtles that are all amazing open water swimmers and don't get above five feet in length and some have been discovered to be eight feet.. The turtles are mainly carnivorous and seems to mostly remain in warmer coastal marine environments. Open water turtle exporlores are know to be the Letherback Sea Turtle ( Dermochelys caracea) and the Olive ridley (Lepidochelys ollvacea) are both largely pelagic (open water). Olive ridley ( Lepidochelys ollvacea) and the Letherback sea turles are also found visiting bays and esturaies feeding off mollusks.
In 1981 laws made it illegal to trade or sell all seven of the sea turtle species and making the meat, shells or eggs, internationally and nonproifts and government agencies are making ways to find news ways to help save sea turtles.
Ocean Blue is working daily to remove plastic that is floating in our Ocean and onto beaches. With thousands of pounds of plastic floating onto beaches, this makes for the perfect opportunity to remove plastic fragments that only harm marine wildlife like sea turtles. Donating to local nonprofits is the long term solution to help save our turtle species.
This turtle reported around 7:30 and this is what was happening around 9:30pm
The avearge sea turtles lay around 100 eggs, some lay 50 and the Hawksbill has layed over 200 eggs. Turtles lay eggs on sandy beaches and return to the ocean when finished. The eggs take 50 to 60 days to incubate and the warmer the nesting location the less days incubation is taking. The eggs are placed in a hole then covers back with sand. One sea turtle can have up to three nesting locations during this cycle
The Adventures of Mavis | [Children's Book]
Welcome "The Adventures of Mavis" I'm very proud of to see this amazing book published! Lisa you rock............
This is a picture book about an endangered species, the green sea turtle, with scientific facts young children learn about through the life challenges of a fictional character, Mavis.
There are also life lessons to be discovered and are included in the songs she sings. The music for the songs is in the back of the book as well as Resources for Curious Minds for those children wanting to discover and learn more about these creatures, either with parents or teachers.
An endangered hawksbill turtle laying eggs on a beach
How you can give back to the Ocean and Save Sea Turtles
Something about the ocean makes me smile!
Article by Karisa Boyce
Recycling holds severely misleading facts of how recycling is good for the environment. Almost all of United States and Canadian plastic is shipped on barges to the developing world. In China, India, and Other other corners of Asia where recycling plants fill entire cities. The sad part is the employees are paid very low and pick through broken computers, Christmas tree lights, cell phones, plastic tubing, and any materials that can be immediately reused or melted and sold in bulk.
Customs authorities uncovered 192,000 tons of solid waste illegally imported from abroad in 2014, which would have posed a danger to the environment, according to the General Administration of Customs. The figure was more than triple the amount found in the previous year, customs officials said. Imported solid waste, which is dubbed "foreign garbage", refers to solid waste produced abroad and smuggled into China. The waste included electronic, medical and mineral garbage and would severely pollute water, soil and air, the officials said. Since 2012, customs officers have uncovered 174 instances of waste smuggling involving 385,900 tons of material, and captured more than 700 suspects as of mid-January.
Gu Qin, customs spokesman in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, said that many companies disguise prohibited waste as something legal to import.
"For example, China allows the import of waste paper that contains less than 1.5 percent impurities, but it bans those contain higher impurities and pollute the environment," Gu said. "However, some companies declared that they were importing legal waste, even though they were smuggling prohibited waste."
Chinese law on solid waste classifies material as prohibited, limited and automatically approved for import. Imports of many categories of waste that pose risks to the environment because they contain hazardous substances or are expensive to recycle are banned.
"But some people ignore pollution and even work with overseas organizations to smuggle the waste for high profits," said Shen Jianming, director of the supervision and clearance department of Nanjing customs.
"According to law, customs needs to check the certificates of waste that has been approved by the environmental, commercial and inspection and quarantine departments. But inventive smugglers who find ways to dodge supervision have made our work very difficult."
Shen said many customs offices have strengthened their inspections of solid waste through manual inspection of goods that look suspicious in X-ray images and weighing all vehicles transporting waste.
"Companies smuggling solid waste should be punished severely, and the country should improve its regulations and laws on solid waste control," said Gu Xiaoming, a waste treatment expert with the Zhenjiang environmental protection department in Jiangsu province. "Law enforcement is essential now to prevent smuggling."
In 2013 China found toxins in above article is a copy of an complaint news article in hope to keep illegal garbage from being shipped to China. To read originally or other post like the one above, visit links below will give you a tour:
Author ~ Karisa Boyce, I'm attending Oregon State University and I have a large passion for wildlife, science, and beyond! It's time to make a change and a change for the health of our planet!
Are our tides changing?
On August 11th 2017 something really strange is currently happening as waters recede ahead of a possible tsunami, However no signs of large quakes and tsunamis, weather specialists believe that offshore storms and wind direction may also cause this Phenomenon. For example for Punta del Este in Uruguay, when there are storms with a south wind, the waters rise and hit the rambla. In contrast when the storms are accompaied by a north wind, the water recedes.
Well it seems that this water disappearance hasn’t found an end now. On August 13, 2017, the same phenomenon was observed in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil:
This gives a wild experience and a little alarming to watch the ocean disappearing right before your eyes, and everyone that the confusing that happens. Many are running for their life, as others are filming this with confusion. I have also read that the ocean is heating up and this may happen often and not sure if we will every understand this mysterious or disaster?
I looked over many articles and did not hear anything about fish or other animals being affected by the ocean residing. Read More:
If you would like to give back to the Ocean or an River, Ocean Blue Project:
Author Richard Arterbury
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Crater Lake National Park
Most everyone is in love with Crater Lake of Oregon, However have you visited Wizard Island? Fourteen years ago I was able to take a boat tour and hiked to the top of this Island of Crater Lake. A must see State Parks of Oregon and be sure to place this number one on your vacation map or places to visit list.
Summer trips often allow for amazing sky photos. Planning your trip is easy in Oregon and every direction you look is just another amazing adventure.
Beverly Beach - Newport, Oregon.
Speak about fossils you can find 20,000 year old clam fossils and cool agates at this beach off hwy 101.
Driftwood Giraffe Project
Towering: A project like this huge driftwood giraffe can take years to make as the artist has find all the right pieces of wood in nature. This drift wood giraffe is something fun to look at! I have provided a link that will show all of the artist wood work.
These realistic, giant animal sculptures are created entirely from reclaimed driftwood.Using salvaged tree branches, sticks and roots found on the Washington coastline, artist Jeffro Uitto can fashion anything from huge wooden animals to intricate home furniture.
Each sculpture can take years to create and finding the right piece for each project can take months at a time.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349858/Carving-niche-Artist-creates-incredible-carvings-DRIFTWOOD.html#ixzz4q967WuEl
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We love visiting camping spots near a lake or river, this photo was taken outside of Bend Oregon.
Summer Camping Fire Bans Are True in Oregon!
Fall and Spring is the best time to have a afternoon campfire in Oregon.
Dreaming of Sleeping In A Tree House?
This Cute "Tree House" is a must see and Cave Junction has a website you can visit: Tree house in Oregon
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Willamette River Rocks
Snail Fossils and Claim Fossils
Thunder Egg Found In Oregon
Just like their appearance appeals to the senses, their qualities appeal to the minds. It is hence no wonder that the popularity of agate is growing steadily with each day.
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Our goal is to collect as much beach litter as possible and to recycle all plastic we collect and lower the amount of plastic being tossed into our landfills.
Sign up to join forces with thousands of Oregon Volunteers wanting to help save the ocean and marine wildlife by removing micro plastic and plastic fragments floating on to beaches in Oregon.
Plastic floating onto beaches is the best way to clean the ocean as the beaches have became the filter for marine debris and beyond. Litter impeding our beaches is part of the 300 hundred million metric tons that is floating in the North Pacific Ocean. This debris lowers economic value, hurts tourism, however we together can make the change needed and save marine wildlife animals with every piece of plastic removed from beaches.
Who anyone who would like to give back, and save marine wildlife by removing plastic fragments to lower the amount of plastic floating with fish.
Where Any Beach on the Oregon Coast
When: Fall and Spring - schedule this fall and next spring
Ideas: Newport, Oregon, Lincoln City, Oregon, Seaside, Oregon, Manzanita, Oregon
Ocean Blue is removing tons of plastic pollution from beaches in Oregon, and our goal is to keep all plastic being collected out of our landfills and make sure we are recycling the plastic we pick up. With so much plastic floating onto the Oregon Coast this is a perfect opportunity to make this happen.
Sponsorship Levels: Oregonians that can not make the cleanup event can help keep our beaches clean by making a tax deductible donations to the beach cleanup fund. You can donate $ 25 dollars to $25,000 dollars allowing both individuals or corporations allowing anyone to contribute to this major coast cleanup effort.
You can make a donations by visiting this Link: http://www.oceanblueproject.org/corporate-sponsorship.html
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With Summer and Flash flooding in the winter months the water conditions are alternating warmer and cold conditions. The OBP needed instrumentation that could not only withstand the harsh conditions but would also have enough battery power to last for multi-year deployments.
With Funding from Macy's Ocean Blue was able to obtain the equipment needed to collect in stream research quality data on many types of water quality measurements and data collection and we are putting this equipment into action. Our goal is to monitor the Willamette River for safe water measurements like water levels, water temperatures, and we are focusing on confluence of urban streams that are flowing litter and toxins into the Willamette River.
Our Found Solution for water data collection interments that make impact
With these limitations, the WVU team set out to identify alternative water-level-data-logging instruments. They began experimenting with HOBO® U20 Water Level Loggers from Onset, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of portable data loggers and weather stations.
Unlike the previous loggers used, which relied on bulky vent tubes and desiccant packs, the HOBO devices feature a sealed, non-vented design to make logger deployment in the basin faster, easier and more maintenance-free. The loggers also feature a USB-based optical interface for high-speed offload of the collected data in wet environments. The optical design also eliminates the need for failure-prone mechanical connectors found in many traditional water-level-logging instruments.
To prepare the 30+ loggers for deployment, they were first connected to the research center's computer via USB cable and configured in a matter of minutes using accompanying HOBOware® Pro graphing and analysis software. Once configured, the loggers were submerged in monitoring wells using bulk 3/16" stainless steel cable attached to hanging bolts. According to Donovan, readings are taken every hour around the clock and synced to a uniform time base.
"The loggers are programmed to record absolute pressure at hourly intervals," he explains. "The accompanying software subtracts barometric pressure from absolute pressure recorded in the well and then converts the pressure reading to sensor submergence. The sensor submergence is added to the sensor elevation yielding the mine-water hydraulic head elevation."
Smaller urban streams next to fast food restaurants in Corvallis, Oregon
The goal of this project is to restore habitat for threatened riparian animal species by improving water quality and stream stability with an ecological restoration approach. Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass. Through partnership local schools, cities, and neighbors in community capacity building service learning project.
Pre-implementation includes invasive species removal and establishing 50% native plants. The completion of the project follows with post-implementation water quality monitoring and project effectiveness, including weekly water samples for three years, frequent plant monitoring, and using strategies to maintain consistent water temperatures to improve survival rates. With
Oregon State University interns, OBP tracks animal species through waterfowl counts and amphibian counts using frog traps.
Marine Wildlife Matter
The restoration and protection of natural watershed process is the foundation of achieving watershed health. Since natural watershed processes have been eliminated, altered or reduced in many areas, habitat restoration activities are the primary method for reintroducing the necessary functions to watersheds that have been altered due to past management practices and/or disturbance events. This includes, but is not limited to improving water quality, water quantity, habitat complexity, floodplain interaction, vegetation structure, and species diversity.
Tree give back to communities:
Healthy trees, healthy Cities, equals, healthy Communities for Oregonians: OBP will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement of our community service learning projects for the community.
The restoration of rivers, where we will enhance not only our community but the economic value of Corvallis, Oregon in many ways, by planting trees and green spaces in urban areas provide more than aesthetic benefits. Where there are trees, there are reduced energy costs, decreased stormwater treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.
Urban streams can be a great tool to filter water, if abundance of flora and fauna is thriving. Native plants and trees, can not only filter but provide a stream canopy that allows a consistent water temperature for native salmonids species. Water from urban streams flow downhill ending cup in our rivers, and then our world's ocean! By plantings trees increases the value of nearby houses, increases tax revenues, supports local businesses, decreases government spending through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation, and creates jobs.
Investing in beaches, rivers, streams, and creeks as a strategy to lower pollution. Restoration projects, will enhance economic value for the city's, community, and beyond. Service learning project will are aimed to focus on engaging high schools, College Students, like Oregon State University students, the community of Corvallis, and communities within the United States, straighten wildlife habitat, improve public health, strengthened neighborhoods, environmental protection, that will improve the drinking water for over two million people who live downstream, and preservation of natural beauty, all of which makes communities more livable.
Evidence is proven, from academic research and first-hand experience of community leaders and government officials who have found that urban stream restoration protection does not “cost” but rather “pays.”
Ocean. The patch found is much like the one you may of heard of called the Great Garbage Patch. This patch located is between Hawaii and Mainland Us, and this is not good news for our World's Ocean.
As many of you know we have five Oceans and our World truly are all connected to one another and just like this patch newly discovered may take Thousands of years is heal if we are lucky. When I speak of we I'm speaking on behalf of humans and animals.
The new patch was recently confirmed by a project led by oceanographer Charles Moore of the Algalita Research Foundation during a six-month voyage around the Pacific, off the coasts of Chile and Easter Island and within the South Pacific Gyre. NOAA Link:
What is a patch and how is this caused?
These areas we are calling patches are caused by giant systems of circulating currents, know as a gyres, that carry marine debris from ports, rivers, harbors, and ships on a ocean current ride until the debris then become trapped in certain areas by oceanic features, like winds or opposing ocean currents. The areas of trapped rubbish then accumulate in greater amounts over time and then we give the patch the famous name like the North Pacific Patch discovered in the 1980s.
These fields of floating plastic debris pose a treat to humans, the World's Ocean and all marine wildlife and not to mention the floating ocean debris also damage ships and infrastructures.
How much plastic is floating in the World's Ocean?
Just recently, researchers calculated that we have created 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s.
How is Ocean Blue working to lower this plastic pollution problem?
Our team at Ocean Blue is working many hours to remove as much plastic as possible from beaches in over 18 Cities in the United States. Everyday Thousands of Tonnes are washing onto beaches and the more we remove the less plastic fish will accidentally consume. If you think this article is useful, please share and like our facebook page: Find out more about how you can support beach cleanups, visit our website: Ocean Blue Link: