Climate Change: Less Artic Ice Equals More Snow?


The link below is to an article reporting on suggestions that climate change may be leading to more snow in winter for the northern hemisphere.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120227-arctic-sea-ice-global-warming-winter-weather-science-environment/

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Earth: More Islands Than we Thought


The article below provides an interesting update on the world’s islands. We have more than we thought – 657 more in fact.

For more visit:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/978475–earth-has-657-more-islands-than-the-last-time-we-counted

 

Koalas: Trees the Key to Growing Populations


A recent report on Koala populations has concluded that more trees are the key to growing populations and spreading habitats. Hardly sounds surprising does it – the article is linked to below.

For more visit:
http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=6826

 

Check In: Day 3 of Holiday


Today was spent chiefly at Dorrigo National Park, where I spent nearly 5 hours on a bushwalk through the wilderness surrounding the Never Never Picnic Area. This is a spectacular area within the Dorrigo National Park. I could quite easily have spent far more time there trekking up both Sassafras Creek and Rosewood Creek. These are some wild streams that cut there way through the heart of the national park. Given all of the recent rain in the region, they were truly at their best today.

The new camera got a work out today, but I am not completely sold on it – though as a camera for panoramic photos it is fantastic and well worth buying for that function alone. The photo I have included with this post is of Rosewood Creek directly above Coachwood Falls. It is a brilliant place and very wild indeed.

I did pick up several leeches throughout the day, with one attaching itself to me just below the left knee. It wasn’t found for some time and had a good feed and I a good bleed after it was removed. Several more were found in my socks but they weren’t able to force their way through.

I’ll be working on the various photos and videos over the next week or so and putting together various packages for the website, Flickr, YouTube, the Blog, etc. There are some really terrific photos and videos among them. Hopefully today’s shot will whet the appetite for the rest of them.

 

Bison to Enjoy Increased Protection at Yellowstone


Having been driven to near the point of extinction, Bison have been making a come back in the United States. The article that follows deals with an increase in protected lands for migrating Bison from Yellowstone National Park, providing more good news for a species that was almost lost.

For more visit:
http://www.defendersblog.org/2011/04/big-win-for-bison/#1

MYSTERY SOLVED: PLANE IS THAT OF STEVE FOSSETT


There is now more information on the story I posted yesterday regarding the disappearance of Steve Fossett at:

https://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/steve-fossett-mystery-solved/

The wreckage discovered during the renewed search for Steve Fossett (following the discovery of several items belonging to Steve Fossett by a bushwalker) has turned out to be that of the missing Steve Fossett. Human remains have also been found in the wreckage with DNA testing to be used to confirm whether the remains are indeed those of Steve Fossett.