Saturday, March 23, 2013

LIVESTREAM: Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell

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Red-tailed Hawk information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Clutch Size: 1-5 eggs
- Incubation Period: 28-35 days
- Nestling Period: 42-46 days
- Egg Description: White or buffy, blotched or speckled with buff, brown, or purple.
- Condition at Hatching: Tiny and helpless, unable to raise head, and weighing about 2 ounces.

'Big Red' laid her first egg of the 2013 breeding season at 5:40 P.M. EDT on March 14, 2013. The video clip below shows some of the first moments where the egg was visible followed by a visit 20 minutes later by both Big Red and her mate, Ezra.

Most Red-tailed Hawk meals include mammals, such as voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fracking Forum – Impacts on Environment, Health and Society

Join panelists, Rita Yelda, Sarah Buckley, David Kowalski, and Robert Cieselski, who will present talks and answer questions about diverse issues surrounding shale gas extraction and high volume hydrofracking.
  • WHEN: March 21, 2013, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • WHERE: Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown [Map]
Becky Nystrom – Moderator
Sarah Buckley – Fracking Basics (the process of fracking, from wellpad to pipeline)   
David Kowalski – Environmental and Health Issues (an analysis of industry-made arguments vs. other studies and evidence)   
Robert Cieselski – Leasing and Legal Issues (signing considerations, Compulsory Integration, landowner rights, flipping, impacts on mortgages, insurance) and Renewable Alternatives to Shale Gas
Rita Yelda – Fracking in New York State (what has occurred the last four years and where we are at now)

For speaker bio's and links to articles about fracking, click here.