Swans of Wells 2012 is a major tourism initiative for Somerset and will feature the public display of sixty, magnificently decorated, 5ft swan sculptures, one for each of the sixty years of the Queen’s reign.1 Where and When The flock will be displayed in locations around Wells and he surrounding Somerset countryside for 3 months this summer, from June to September 2012. This eye-catching, high profile event is expected to bring thousands of visitors and vibrant contemporary art to the streets of England’s smallest city.2 And, if you love these swans like I do, you can also order them on greeting cards here. My favorite is the dragon swan… Doyouthinkhesawus… http://www.swansofwells.com/p/artists.html [↩]http://www.swansofwells.com/p/artists.html [&#

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I watched a quirky little film about some dedicated birders on their quest to do their “Big Year”. The Big Year for birders is an adventure to see as many birds as you can in one year. You travel a specific area and try to see *as many* birds as you can in one year. According to Wikipedia, A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. A Big Year may be done within a single US state, a Canadian province, within the lower 48 continental U.S. states, or within the American Birding Association area (i.e. the 49 continental U.S. [&hellip

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I heard this song and well, it is now officially my theme song!   The song is the same on both of these videos but the videos are different. This first one is made by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology— birders celebrating birds and birding! This one is a lovely video made by someone with cute lyrical graphics… I like Birds – Eels from Mac Wu on Vimeo. And just in case you wish to sing along… I LIKE BIRDS I can’t look at the rocket launch The trophy wives of the astronauts And i won’t listen to their words ’cause i like Birds I don’t care for walking downtown Crazy auto-car gonna mow me down Look at all the people like cows in a [&hellip

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  The King of the Birds by The Brothers Grimm German Household Tales One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their number must be chosen king. A meeting of all the birds was called, and on a beautiful May morning they assembled from woods and fields and meadows. The eagle, the robin, the bluebird, the owl, the lark, the sparrow were all there. The cuckoo came, and the lapwing, and so did all the other birds, too numerous to mention. There also came a very little bird that had no name at all. There was great confusion and noise. There was piping, hissing, chattering and clacking, and finally it was decided that the [&hellip

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On June 29th, Congress enacted the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act). The Restore Act is a monumental achievement towards restoring the damage done to birds, other wildlife and the environment after the BP Gulf oil spill of last year and all the others that were the direct result of deregulation and a lack of accountability for corporations when such disasters occur. Under the Restore Act, we can now hold corporations like BP responsible for the damage they do to the environment and hold them accountable for restoration. BP will have to pay fines and at least 80% of those fines will be directly allocated to the proper places to restore the region affected, [&hellip

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I came across a lovely site, Ghosts of Gone Birds. It is all about creatively helping keeping endangered birds from becoming extinct. What a group of fantastic forward thinkers! The purpose of their site, in their words: We are raising a creative army for conservation through a series of multimedia exhibitions and events that will breathe artistic life back into extinct birds species. Ghosts Of Gone Birds celebrates their diversity thru paintings & sculpture, talks & poetry, installations & live music. Plus a series of Ghosts stories that shed light on front line conservation work being done around the world to prevent any more birds migrating to gone status. Ghosts of Gone Birds will raise money and awareness for BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme. And [&hellip

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  Is it a Pelican? Is it an albatross? No! It’s a Pelagornis! (Say that five times fast!) It lived for more than 50 million years and then sadly became extinct some 2.5 million years ago. It had a five-metre (197 inches or approximately 16 and a half foot) wing span, that is roughly size of a giraffe, and a serrated beak that would scare even the most hardy sea bird feeder today. The scary beaks earned them the nickname of “bony-toothed birds” because they look like jagged teeth, a saw even! It was the largest flying animal on Earth for some 15 million years after the Pterosaurs died 65 million years ago.       They found a fossil recently in Australia. This proves [&hellip

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Well, much to my chagrin, BBC Two’s SpringWatch 2012 ended today about 13 minutes ago and I feel incredibly sad. I will miss watching the owls and the sandpipers, the blue tits and the tree creepers, the mammal stump and the cygnets. This was really a lovely program and the live cams had me glued for weeks now. I watched eggs hatch, tiny little baby birds emerge. I witnessed busy parent birds feeding their birds and keeping them nice and warm. I watched the owlets grow from fluffy white puffs of downy love to little owls. They danced and moved their heads about in the most adorable, funny ways. I waited anxiously with countless others to see the first feed of the night, every night! [&hellip

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