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2009-04-20 09:27:00

Organizations Use the Internet to Mobilize While Reducing Environmental Impact TORONTO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- This Earth Day millions of people around the world will stop and do something good for the planet.

2009-03-25 12:20:01

A U.S.-led study has documented for the first time how bats land and the scientists discovered that not all bats land in the same manner. The Brown University-led researchers said their findings offer new insights into how the Earth's second-largest order of mammals evolved. Daniel Riskin, lead author of the study, said the scientists studied the landing approaches of three species of bats -- two that live in caves and one that roosts in trees. The team filmed each species of bat as it...

2009-01-27 16:07:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2009-10, including a new hunting hour table for the new license year.

2008-12-05 07:00:00

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Family-owned Kendall-Jackson Winery today announced a limited "green" holiday gift that offers an opportunity to adopt a wooden barn owl nesting box located on Kendall-Jackson's Hawkeye Mountain.

2008-10-29 00:00:12

Wildlands, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of Laguna Terrace East Conservation Bank in Sacramento County, California.

2008-10-06 08:15:00

By Bob Frye Pennsylvania routinely attracts a lot of non-resident hunters, but some of the most spectacular ones to show up this fall will be a breed apart. They'll be an entire species apart, in fact.

2008-10-06 00:00:20

News in brief WILDLIFE Schemes to protect natterjack toads, fritillary butterflies and sharks are to receive funding as part of a 5.5m programme to help England's most threatened wildlife.

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2008-10-05 11:45:00

The latest attempt to breed the world’s most endangered turtles has been unsuccessful because the eggs failed to hatch, conservationists announced Saturday.

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2008-09-27 08:00:00

Zhou Zhenglong, the farmer who shocked the country with his fake photo of the endangered South China tiger, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Saturday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

2008-09-13 18:00:12

A GRANT scheme - the first of its kind in England - is being launched today in a bid to help declining woodland bird species in the North East.


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Natterjack Toad, Epidalea calamita
2014-09-16 16:07:34

The natterjack toad, Epidalea Calamita, formerly Bufo calamita, is a toad endemic to sandy and heathland areas of Europe. The adults are about 60 to 70 millimeters long and are set apart from common toads by a yellow colored line that runs down the middle of the back. They have fairly short legs, and this provides them with a characteristic step, compared to the hopping movement of many other toad species. Natterjacks have a very loud and distinct mating call, amplified by the single vocal...

Montezuma Pine, Pinus montezumae
2014-07-15 13:27:17

Montezuma pine (Pinus montezumae) is native to Mexico and Central America and grows in the mountain ranges. This tree is known as ocote by the locals of Mexico. This tree has been planted successfully at mid altitudes in South Africa and Queensland, Australia, and at high altitudes in Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Bolivia. Trees planted in New Zealand and New South Wales, Australia have done well at sea level. The Montezuma pine grows at 6,562-10,500 feet above sea level where...

Macedonian Pine, Pinus peuce
2014-07-15 13:08:24

Macedonian Pine (Pinus peuce) is native to Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, southwest Serbia, as well as the extreme north of Greece. This pine has been neutralized and grows in Eastern Finland. This pine grows best at altitudes between 3,281feet and 7,218 feet with a few growing as low as 1,969 feet and as high as 7,546 feet. This pine tolerates shade as well as extreme cold, and grows in rocky soils that are acidic and poor in nutrients. This tree grows to heights...

Japanese White Pine, Pinus parviflora
2014-07-15 12:15:14

Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) is native to Japan and found growing in Kokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikaku; and South Korea, and Utsurio-To. The Japanese call it the Japanese five-needle pine. The Japanese White Pine grows from sea level up to 8,202 feet, but grows best between 3,281 feet and 4,921 feet. Dwarfism sets in when the trees grow above sub-alpine levels. This pine grows on steep, rocky slopes and prefers well-drained soils and full sun although it does not like intense...

Chinese White Pine, Pinus armandii
2014-07-14 16:49:23

Chinese White Pine (Pinus armandii) is native to China as well as northern Burma. This pine is known as Mount Hua pine in Chinese. This pine grows at altitudes between 3,281 and 10,830 feet in light sandy to medium soils that is acidic and well-drained as this tree can tolerate drought. This tree grows to heights of 115 feet with a trunk diameter that measures 3 feet 3 inches. The bark is grayish brown when immature and matures to blackish brown to grayish red brown. The trunk will have...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.