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Poodle moth, Venezuela

Poodle moth, Venezuela by artour_a
Poodle moth, Venezuela, a photo by artour_a on Flickr.

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Know your coffee birds: Blue-crowned Motmot — Coffee & Conservation

blue-crowned motmotCoffee & Conservation provides information about the connection between coffee and the environment — especially bird habitat.

One bird that frequents environmental sensitive coffee plantations is the Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota), a “member of a family of New World tropical birds related to kingfishers. Like kingfishers, they nest in burrows which they dig themselves into soil cliffs or road cuts; these burrows are five to up to 14 feet long, and winding. Most motmots are medium-sized (robin size or larger), and are sit-and-wait predators of large insects, small reptiles or mammals and similarly sized prey, along with a little fruit.

The Blue-crowned Motmot is the most widely distributed motmot, and is found from Mexico to Argentina in lowland forests, on up to 1300 meters. It’s fairly tolerant of somewhat disturbed habitats, and thus can be found in open woodlands and second-growth forest such as those found on shade coffee plantations.”

Know your coffee birds: Blue-crowned Motmot — Coffee & Conservation.

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Animal Cam: Condor Chick at the San Diego Zoo

This Condor chick is only two weeks old. You can visit her at SDZ Global Wildlife Conservancy – Video – Condor Cam and vote between now and April 2nd on her name.

And here’s mom:

#animalcam #raptorcam

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Animal Cam: Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell University

Live! Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell University, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

This is the female, Big Red, who just laid her third egg on March 22 and the clutch is likely complete. Incubation lasts 28-35 days, so hatching should be around the week of April 13.  You can also vote on a name for her male partner.

The sounds are not anything special, compared to those of the Bald Eagle Cam, but the site has a chat feature which can be fun.

#animalcam #raptorcam

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Animal Cam: Bald Eagle Feeding

More pics from Alcoa Bald Eagle Camera at Davenport Works.

#baldeaglecam

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Animal Cam: Bald Eagles [updated]

I haven’t figured out yet how to just watch the cam of these bald eagles without the surrounding corporate material, but this is nonetheless wonderful: Alcoa Bald Eagle Camera at Davenport Works.

The sounds are also wonderful.  I’ve had it playing all morning in the background – it’s really made a change to the feel of my office.

Update: I think the eagles might be onto us:

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Upcoming Bay Area Films of Interest

  • San Francisco Silent Film Festival May 28, 2015 – June 2, 2015
  • Castro: Days of Heaven/Out of the Blue June 3, 2015
  • Dazed and Confused at Balboa June 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Balboa
  • Breaking Away at Balboa June 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Balboa
  • Henri Langlois Tribute at PFA June 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm PFA Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:30 p.m. Henri Langlois Centennial Tribute: Opening Program Introduced by Tom Luddy. Judith Rosenberg on pian o. A collection of shorts on the legendary Langlois, as well as the 1918 I talian short La Tosca, a lost film found by Langlois in the BAM/PFA Collec tion. Titles include Langlois (1970), Chit Chat…
  • Dimitri Kirsanoff & Nadia Sibirskaïa Collaborations at PFA June 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm PFA Friday, June 12, 2015 7:00 p.m. Dimitri Kirsanoff & Nadia Si birskaïa Collaborations Dmitri Kirsanoff (France, 1924/1928). Imported Pr ints! Judith Rosenberg on piano. Two rare works from the great silent-era d irector Dimitri Kirsanoff: the evocative portrait of two young sisters, Mé nilmontant, and Autumn Mists, a short about a melancholy soul. (54 mins) n…
  • Max Ophuls, "From Mayerling to Sarajevo" (1940) at PFA June 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Avenue #2250, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States Friday, June 12, 2015 8:15 p.m. From Mayerling to Sarajevo Max Ophuls (France, 1940). New 35mm Print! Ophuls presents the love affair between Archduke Franz-Ferdinand and Czech Countess Sophie Chotek in his o wn elegant, fluid style. “Amongst the finest works of Max Ophuls” (Robin W ood). (90 mins) http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/theater_near_y ou2015
  • Lubitsch "Forbidden Paradise" at PFA June 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PFA Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. Forbidden Paradise Ernst Lubitsch (US, 1924). Imported Print! Judith Rosenberg on piano. Lubitsch t eams with his favorite muse, the great actress Pola Negri, for this comed y inspired by the amorous intrigue surrounding Catherine the Great of Russi a. Adolphe Menjou costars. (78 mins) http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmse ries/langlois2015
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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, film buff and occasional reviewer, and former private detective. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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