Baby moose born on Alaska parking lot

This video from Alaska says about itself:

Urban Baby Moose

31 May 2016

A cow moose tends to her hours-old newborn calf born Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016, in the parking lot near Lowe’s at the Tikahtnu Commons in northeast Anchorage. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

Boreal chickadee calls in Alaska, video

This video says about itself:

27 January 2016

A Boreal Chickadee calls from the top of a tree in its northern boreal forest home. These birds call with a scratchy “chick-a-dee-dee,” and do not have a whistled song.

Video recorded by Eric Liner in Alaska.

Bernie Sanders’ Alaska, Hawaii, Washington victories

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sanders Gains Momentum With Big Wins in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington State

27 March 2016

Next up for the Democrats are key contests in New York and Wisconsin.

Once again, Bernie Sanders has demonstrated, with a trifecta of big wins in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington State, that he has broad and enthusiastic support, especially among the young. Equally astonishing is the large percentage of voters who say they are attracted rather than repelled by Sanders’ embrace of socialism. But if you bother to conduct your own focus group among Americans under 40, neither phenomenon should be surprising. Except for those graduating from elite universities, with either full scholarships or wealthy tuition-paying parents, this is the stunted generation — young adults venturing into a world of work, loaded with student debt, unable to find stable jobs or decent careers: here.

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising Is ‘Obscene’. He took a swipe at her “big-money” connections: here.

Bernie Sanders scored landslide victories over Hillary Clinton in Democratic Party caucuses held Saturday in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska. The scale of the defeats for Clinton, the presumptive front-runner in the contest for the presidential nomination, was overwhelming in all three states. In Washington’s caucuses, Sanders beat Clinton by 73 percent to 27 percent. In Alaska, the margin was 82 percent to 18 percent. Sanders won the Hawaii caucuses by 70 percent to 30 percent. The Vermont senator has won six of the last seven Democratic Party contests, including last Tuesday’s victories in Utah and Idaho. Clinton won in Arizona the same day. … Sanders, who has had far less media coverage than the other major candidates, has received 1.5 million votes from those under 30 in the primary process prior to Saturday, 300,000 more than Clinton and Trump combined.: here.

Little bird brings Bernie Sanders big election victories

This is another video about the Portland, Oregon, female house finch’s appearance at the Bernie Sanders United States presidential election rally. Where one sees the bird at closer range than in the other videos in my earlier blog post.

This video says about itself:

Bird At Bernie Sanders Rally Feels The Bern

26 March 2016

Bernie Sanders was giving a speech at a rally when a bird flew on stage. Then onto his lectern. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jimmy Dore, and Jordan Chariton (TYT Politics), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Portland literally “put a bird on it” at a Bernie Sanders rally in Oregon … .

A bird landed on the Democratic presidential candidate’s podium during his speech, and the crowd went wild.

“That bird really is a dove asking us for world peace,” Sanders said.

The “put a bird on it” slogan was made famous by the sketch comedy show “Portlandia.”

Read more here.

The Young Turks commenters mention that this songbird would have been received far less kindly at a Donald Trump rally, deducing from the habitual violence against interlopers at Trump meetings (and, one may say, the enmity between Trump and birds; especially between Trump and bald eagles).

More on this video is here.

The name of the bird at the Sanders rally is house finch in English. In Dutch, it is ‘Mexicaanse roodmus’; literally, Mexican red sparrow. Their scientific name, Haemorhous mexicanus, means roughly the same. A name for it in Spanish is pinzón mexicano, Mexican finch.

The ‘Mexican’ provides another reason why this songbird would have been very unwelcome to Donald Trump. The ‘red’ is more ambiguous. Red is the colour of Trump’s United States Republican Party. But red is also the colour of international socialism; so, an unwelcome reference to Trump’s rival Sanders.

Bernie Sanders’ Bird Shows Us How Great Our Politics Can Be. As Donald Trump gives us the bird, the Bern brings us a dove: here.

Sanders and house finch

Today, there is news of big victories of Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in Democratic party caucuses in Alaska, Washington state and Hawaii.

The Huffington Post in the USA reports that in Alaska Sanders won 81,6% of the vote with victories in all counties.

In Hawaii (most votes counted, but not all yet), Sanders had 70,6% of the vote. And in Washington state 72,7%; with victories in all counties.

Young American dipper video

This video says about itself:

A juvenile American Dipper foraging in stream

27 January 2016

The American Dipper of western North America, is the continent’s only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom. Here, a juvenile is busy foraging in Juneau, Alaska.

Arctic butterfly discovery in Alaska

A newly discovered butterfly species, Tanana Arctic, was at a Florida museum for decades before a scientist realized it was mislabeled. Photo: University of Florida

By Hilary Hanson in the USA:

This New Arctic Butterfly Species May Only Exist In Alaska

It’s part of a group of butterflies that typically have special traits to help them survive the extreme cold.

03/17/2016 03:00 pm ET

A newly discovered butterfly species may be the only type of butterfly that can be found solely in Alaska.

The Tanana Arctic butterfly (Oeneis tanana), named after Alaska’s Tanana-Yukon River Basin, where the insect lives, has actually been present in a collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History for more than 60 years, according to a University of Florida press release. There, a specimen of the butterfly was categorized as the Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus), a similar-looking close relative.

But recently, Andrew “Lord of the Butterflies” Warren, a lepidopterist (that’s a scientist who studies butterflies and moths), was sorting through collections when he noticed that one butterfly labeled as Oenies chryxus didn’t look quite right, Smithsonian Mag reported.

This specimen — which came from Alaska — was bigger and darker, and had more white specks on its wings that make it look as if it was covered in frost. On top of that, researchers found that the butterfly had a unique DNA sequence.

Warren and his team started collecting more specimens in Alaska like that one, and their work was published in The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera on Tuesday.

Warren believes the Tanana Arctic could be a hybrid species, the result of breeding between the Chryxus Arctic and another species, the White-Veined Arctic (Oeneis bore). Those species — which are also found in the Yukon Territory and places like Russia and Siberia, in addition to Alaska — are specially adapted to extremely cold climates, producing a natural antifreeze to deal with the temperatures.

“Once we sequence the genome, we’ll be able to say whether any special traits helped the butterfly survive in harsh environments,” Warren said in a statement. “This study is just the first of what will undoubtedly be many on this cool butterfly.”

Researchers don’t know yet whether the Tanana Arctic exists outside of Alaska, but are planning more field work to find out.

Genetic study of museum specimens shows how fragmented habitats impact butterfly evolution: here.

Female rock ptarmigan on her nest, video

This video says about itself:

27 January 2016

A female Rock Ptarmigan sits on her nest in Alaska. These birds are well camouflaged all year and turn pure white in the snow-covered winter.