Anti-fascism in Amsterdam, video

This video shows a short impression of the Kristallnacht Commemoration on Friday, November 9, 2012 at City Hall in Amsterdam. The theme of the commemoration was racism and the extreme right in Europe. Speakers were Hedy d’Ancona (former minister), Abdelkader Benali (writer) and Viky Ioannidi (about the extreme right in Greece) and there was music by members of Caspian Hat Dance. The presenter was Alejandra Slutzky, a refugee to the Netherlands from the 1980s Argentina military dictatorship.


Seychelles millipedes and invasive plants

This is a video of a Seychelles giant millipede, attacked by a crab.

Vulnerable Seychelles giant millipedes change their behaviour in response to the presence of non-native plants, a study finds.

Photos are here.

Herbivores (species that eat plants; e.g. caterpillars) consume more non-native (introduced from other places) oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain. Researchers from the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Morton Arboretum have been examining the potential role of herbivores on the invasion of non-native plant species in diverse plant communities. Read more here.

International scientists have developed a database with in-depth information on over 600 plant species, including the black pine, prickly cactus, thyme, milkweed, wild garlic and baby root orchid. Called the “COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database“, it is currently the world’s largest open-access source of endangered, native and feral plant demographics. Read more here.

The Hottentot fig is as beautiful as it is harmful. Native to South Africa, it is recognisable by its large yellow or light pink flowers and its unique other names: Ice Plant or Pigface. The Hottentot Fig was introduced in several countries, including around the Mediterranean Sea, for medicinal and ornamental purposes and to control soil erosion. However, its impressive propagation and seed production rates led to the quick colonisation of vast areas, and the Hottentot Fig became an invasive species in Portugal. It is currently considered one of the 100 worst invasive species on the plane: here.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you Miss Marzipan!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo

Thank you, Miss Marzipan of the blog of the same name, for nominating Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The rules of this award are:

1- Display the award logo on your blog
2- Link back to the person who nominated you.
3- State seven things about yourself.
4- Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5- Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

The seven things about myself are:

1. When I was small, I used to walk to primary school.

2. In winter, on a meadow on the way to school, there were redwings: the start of my interest in birds.

3. Later, I went on bicycle to the secondary school, which was further away than the primary school.

4. Once, in winter, the road was icy, and my bicycle fell.

5. I used to have very good grades in biology at secondary school, when it was mainly about systematic zoology.

6. Later, when the biology lessons became more about biochemistry, my grades became less good.

7. Last week, my telephone suddenly stopped working and started buzzing, but the problem is solved now.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. Le Superkikke

2. For the Love of Clouds and Living Things

3. Renee’s Random Blog

4. How To Spy On Birds

5. Tomato Hornworm

6. Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine

7. poetryblogofmine

8. ChasingART

9. From the C-Sweet

10. Circadianreflections Blog

11. Mr Great Lakes

12. TanyDi Graphic Resources

13. The Enchanted Solitaire

14. Digging History

15. ohyesshesabitchbutnotyours