Bluethroat nest on video


This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

Bluethroat mothers work hard to keep their nestlings warm and dry in a nest on the ground under grasses or shrubs, lined with fur from cattle and reindeer. The female sits on this nest throughout the night; however, during the day she leaves to find food for herself and her chicks. To keep the location of her nest hidden from predators, she and other ground-nesting species often weave through the low vegetation away from their young before flying into the open.

Bluethroats live in Europe, Asia and Alaska.

Eurasian nuthatch video


This 8 September 2016 video is about the Eurasian nuthatch. These birds live in Europe, Asia and Morocco in Africa.

‘Violent far-right lone wolves more lethal than jihadist ones’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Norway Terrorist Not Right-Wing (Fox News)

26 July 2011

Fox News is going out of its way to argue that Anders Behring Breivik who was behind the bombing and shooting spree in Oslo is not a right-winger or Christian terrorist. Cenk Uygur breaks down a clip on the topic.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Attacks by right-wing extremist loners pose a greater threat to the security of citizens than religious terrorists who act alone. According to the British think tank for security the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) they make most of the victims, while the media and the public focus more on the threat of Islamic extremists.

And so do governments usually. As its name indicates the RUSI is linked to the British armed forces. This report was paid by establishment institutions like the European Union. But even they admit that the Islamophobic propaganda industry is wrong.

According to the RUSI that focus is not justified. The research looked at attacks by lone actors in Europe in the period 2000-2014 and concluded that far-right terrorists have killed 94 people and wounded 260. In attacks by religious terrorists who acted alone, 16 people were killed and 65 wounded. …

Here one should not forget that not by any means all ‘religious terrorists’ are Muslim terrorists. Look, eg, at Robert Lewis Dear, the far-right Christian misogynist terrorist and his massacre at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, USA. Not even mentioning the organised anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ terrorism by the self-styled Christian self-styled Army of God.

The think tank also points out that right-wing so-called lone wolves are the most difficult ones to detect. 40 percent of the extreme right-wing terrorists were discovered by accident, while religious terrorists are often exposed by security forces after investigation.

Are violent white racists really the most difficult category to detect? Or are they detected less often because they are white, and because there may be racial profiling among police, searching more diligently for potential terrorists among brown people than among white people?

Aquatic warblers, new study


This is an aquatic warbler video from Poland.

From the Journal of Ornithology:

8 December 2015

Extracting historical population trends using archival ringing data—an example: the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler

Martins Briedis, Oskars Keišs

Abstract

Understanding how animal population size changes over time is one of the key means to identify threats and facilitate the successful implementation of conservation measures. The globally endangered Aquatic Warbler has undergone a major decline throughout its range. While in the first half of the 20th century, it was still an abundant species across major parts of Central and Western Europe, over the last century the size of its European population is considered to have declined by more than 90 %.

However, little is known of the historical changes in its population size. Here we model the past population size of the Aquatic Warbler using historical ringing records of European ringing schemes and population monitoring software (TRends for Indices and Monitoring). We found that during the short 30-year period between 1950 and 1980 the European Aquatic Warbler population underwent a dramatic 95 % decline. According to this model, the population has recently been stable, no further decline was observed between 1980 and the late 1990s.

What does bioenergy have to do with saving the Aquatic Warbler? By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe: here.