Hornbills Inspect Nest Boxes in
Pied Hornbills have been seen entering a nest box that was installed in the Bornean rainforest in late 2013. The hornbill nest box programme is managed by staff of Hutan, World Land Trust’s (WLT) partner in Malaysia.
“We still don’t have any firm evidence that hornbills are using the nest boxes,” said Dr Marc Ancrenaz, Co-Director of Hutan, in February 2014, “however a pair of Pied Hornbills have been spotted several times inspecting one artificial nest and even going inside for a short while.”
The sightings were recorded by fishermen and by research assistants at Hutan’s Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project.
Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is home to all eight species of hornbills found in Borneo including Helmeted Hornbill and Rhinoceros Hornbill. The birds rely on the large, natural holes of mature trees in which to build their nests and fledge their young.
The problem is, there are no longer enough suitably mature trees for hornbills to nest in, and there are signs that hornbill numbers are declining as a result…
(read more: World Land Trust)
Insane but this WORKS, you will be reading faster than you ever thought possible
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The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in “stealth mode” for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.
Now, Spritz is about to go public with Samsung’s new line of wearable technology.
Other apps have offered up similar types of rapid serial visual presentation to enhance reading speed and convenience on mobile devices in the past.
However, what Spritz does differently (and brilliantly) is manipulate the format of the words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading.
The “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) is slightly left of the center of each word, and is the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters.
The unique aspect of Spritz is that it identifies the ORP of each word, makes that letter red and presents all of the ORPs at the same space on the screen.
In this way, our eyes don’t move at all as we see the words, and we can therefore process information instantaneously rather than spend time decoding each word.
The game done changed. Try it for yourself.
Oh, dear—it looks like evolution got into the nail polish again. Sorry about that, variegated grasshopper (Zonocerus variegatus).
Footman Moth (Miltochrista sp., Lithosiini, Arctiinae, Erebidae)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..
Rainbow Jumping Spider, Maratus robinsoni, Australia
Indonesian Autumn Adder
that’s a dragon…don’t even try to fight me on this… that’s a fucking dragon
That’s the cutest thing I ever did see
they have the ability to change their skin coloration and texture on command
Milford, MA // Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) is a fungus that infects the Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana, not actually a cedar) wherever there are apples or crabapples in the same range. The fungus cycles between Juniperus and apple trees from season to season, and the galls on Juniperus are very distinctive in my neighborhood once they mature. The orange spore horns become bigger in the rain and will shrivel and swell with the weather, and some of them get so big they would fill the palm of my hand. If you were wondering, the galls are squishy and slimy when hydrated, and they look a lot less cool once they release their spores and start to decompose. // May 2013
The Lined Leaf-tail Gecko has incredible camouflage to disappear into the forests of Madagascar!
It must be terrifying to wander through the woods only to suddenly find an angry branch hissing at you.