Netherlands, Canada, Cameroon women continue World Cup football


This 19 June 2019 Dutch video is about the Dutch women’s football team travelling to Reims in France for the 20 June match against Canada.

Canada is #5 in the FIFA ranking, the Netherlands #9. So maybe one might expect Canada to win.

However, the Netherlands won, two goals to one. The first goal was by Anouk Dekker. Then, Canadian Christine Sinclair equalized. Finally, Lineth Beerensteyn made the winning goal.

This video is the summary of the match.

To celebrate, here are two videos about Dutch birds.

This 2015 video is about Texel island birds.

This 2012 video is called Bird Pool Visitors Veluwe.

And this one about Canadian birds.

It is a June 2019 video about a Baltimore oriole singing in Canada.

This means that both teams will continue to the knockout part of the tournament.

This Tuesday, the Netherlands will play against Japan in Rennes.

Not only the Dutch ‘orange lionesses’ will continue for the World Cup.

In the same group, Cameroon, the ‘indomitable lionesses‘ reached the number three spot, also enough for qualifying for the knockout matches, by beating New Zealand 2-1; by a goal in the very last second of the match.

This video is the summary of that match.

To celebrate, two videos about Cameroon birds.

This 2008 video is called African Grey Parrots waking up in Cameroon.

This 2017 video is about the Grey-necked picathartes in Cameroon.

And one about New Zealand birds.

This 2014 video is called The world’s cutest animal? – Baby Kiwi.

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Red knot individual personalities, new study


This November 2016 video says about itself:

Saving the Red Knot

The Red Knot flies each fall along two crisis-ridden migratory routes. One is the East Asia-Australasia Flyway, where many stops along the way have been damaged due to reclamation and other human activities.

The other route, across the United States to a winter destination in Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America, is threatened in part by overharvesting of horseshoe crabs.

Eats: Invertebrates, especially bivalves, small snails, and crustaceans. During breeding season, also eats terrestrial invertebrates.

Behavior: Male makes an aerial singing display. Pecks at surface for prey or probes for buried prey. Swallows small mollusks whole. Despite their gregariousness during the winter, pairs maintain breeding territories and generally nest about 1 km (0.7 mi) apart from each other.

Conservation: Red Knot is a global species. The IUCN Red List lists Red Knot as a Near Threatened species. The occurrence of large concentrations of Knots at traditional staging areas during migration makes them vulnerable to pollution and loss of key resources. At its peak, the Red Knot population in Hebei’s Luannan Wetland [in China] was 60,000. However, in recent years due to the reclamation of surrounding areas and other factors, by 2015 the number had dropped to just over 20,000.

There are three subspecies in North America, and they all appear to be in decline. The populations wintering in South America dropped over 50% from the mid-1980s to 2003, and are listed as a federally threatened species in the United States. A 2012 study estimated the total number of all three North American subspecies at about 139,000 breeding birds. The North American Red Knot is on the “2014 State of the Birds Watch List”, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action. This is in line with the situation in China, which means that the birds will become threatened or endangered if protection measures are not taken.

From the University of Alberta in Canada:

Bird personalities influenced by both age and experience, study shows

New research examines development of personality in birds

June 6, 2019

For birds, differences in personality are a function of both age and experience, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists.

The study examined the red knot, a medium-sized shorebird that breeds in the Canadian Arctic and winters in North Western Europe. The researchers studied 90 birds over a two year period, comparing behavioural and physiological traits of two age cohorts: adult and juvenile birds. Studying two age groups allowed the researchers to determine which changes were due to age versus time in captivity.

“During this time, birds had the same type of life experience, including varied diet,” explained Kim Mathot, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Integrative Ecology. “At the start of the experiments, individuals showed differences in their behaviour. We looked at whether these differences disappeared in the course of the study, which would suggest that there is something about individually variable experiences that helps maintain differences, because in our experiments, all these birds had the same experience.”

Exploring nature and nurture

The results? Well, it’s complicated.

The causes of variation among individual birds were different for different traits. For the birds in this study, individual differences in behaviour were maintained over the course of the study. But physiological traits, such as the size of each bird’s gizzard, became more similar.

“The world isn’t simple, so it makes sense that there isn’t a straightforward answer for how and why individuals differ,” added Mathot. “Nature is wonderfully complex. This is yet another example of that at play.”

In the next leg of the research, PhD student Eva Kok will follow a smaller subset of the study’s birds after they’ve been released back into the wild in order to examine how the traits measured in the lab translate to real life.

“We’re curious to see if physiological differences will reappear after release back into the wild,” explained Mathot. “For instance, if an individual had a relatively large gizzard when we initially captured it but that became smaller in captivity, will it grow to be relatively large again when re-released? Or did we shuffle the deck, and now birds can go onto different trajectories than what they were on before?”

Paper animal sculptures from Canada


This 2 January 2019 video from Canada says about itself:

Calvin Nicholls takes cutting and pasting to a new level with sculptures made from hundreds of pieces of paper.

When you think of using paper as an art medium, you might think first of origami or kids’ crafts. But when Calvin Nicholls uses paper, it turns into something else altogether. Nicholls’s pieces featuring animals are all made of tiny hand-cut pieces of paper, layered and glued in a painstaking and intricate act.

The result? Incredibly accurate depictions of wildlife with a magical effect. Nicholls has been a lover of nature ever since he can remember. And that love is evident in his artwork.

He explains: “My inclination is to dig deeper and appreciate differences like: how are the primary features different on the vulture from the robin? That’s what seems to add to the effect, or to the moment or the authenticity of these gorgeous creatures.”

Paper is a tricky material to work with, which means Nicholls’s larger pieces can take up to four months to create. But paper also offers a quality and depth that’s distinct from painting, which is why he’s chosen it as his medium. “When people look at my artwork, they love to be surprised. ‘What is that material? Is that bone? Is that clay?’ At a distance it’s not clear.” In this video, get inside Nicholls’s appreciation for detail as you watch the process unfold.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, March 2019, about Canada:

These Amazingly Detailed Bird Sculptures Are Made Out of Paper

Calvin Nicholls’s breathtaking paper sculptures use light, shadow, and shape to create fantastically detailed birds that leap, lean, and fly straight out of their frames. From a flamboyant bird-of-paradise to a humble upside-down nuthatch, prepare to be awed at Nicholls’s exquisite detail and talent—all made from paper.

Flowers and insects in Canada, video


This 2018 video says about itself:

One hour video footage compilation in 4K Ultra High Definition of closeups and macro shots of flowers, bugs and insects present in mixed and deciduous forests of Eastern North America in the summer.

Exact filming locations are in Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec during the months of April through September.