Ban Islam, French Sarkozy party politician says


This video says about itself:

French Muslims Fear Backlash, Increased Islamophobia After Charlie Hebdo Attack

9 January 2015

Muslims across France are fearing a backlash after Wednesday’s attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine. Several mosques have been attacked. A bomb exploded at a kebab shop in Paris. We speak to Muhammad El Khaoua, a graduate student in international relations at the Paris Institute for Political Science. He grew up in the outskirts of Paris where he was involved with different grassroots associations, including Salaam, a student association dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue and a better understanding of Islam. Also joining us is Lebanese-French academic Gilbert Achcar, professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

French mayor suspended after calling for Islam to be banned

Robert Chardon tweeted the extreme view as part of a discussion with former president Nicolas Sarkozy

Ben Tufft

Sunday 17 May 2015

A French mayor has been suspended from his party after calling for the country to ban Islam.

Robert Chardon, the UMP

Nicolas Sarkozy‘s party

mayor of Venelles in southern France, tweeted: “The Muslim religion must be banned in France” and added that anyone practising the religion must be “immediately escorted to the border”.

He also claimed Islam will be banned in France by 2027.

The tweet was part of a discussion former president Nicolas Sarkozy began with the public, using the hashtag #NSDirect. …

UMP Vice-president Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet announced the party was suspending Mr Chardon pending a procedure to remove him from the UMP. …

Initially, it was thought the tweet had been sent after Mr Chardon’s account had been hacked, but the mayor confirmed he sent the extreme message.

Recently the mayor has been treated for cancer of the mouth and came to his radical proposals during this period.

“During my treatment, I’ve been thinking and I came to this conclusion. Islam should be banned in France, but also a Marshall Plan should be established to allow those who want to practice the Muslim religion to do so in their home country,” he told Le Monde.

Mr Chardon became mayor of the small town of Venelles in 2012 after the death of his predecessor.

USA: Former 3rd District Congressional Candidate Admits Plotting Armed Militia Attack, Firebombing Of Muslim Community In New York. Robert Doggart’s Plans Included Burning Down A School, A Mosque And A Cafeteria, According To Federal Court Documents: here.

Cornell red-tailed hawks nest update


This video from the USA says about itself:

Red-Tailed Hawk vs. Rattler

In the scorching desert sky, a hawk spies prey — a venomous rattler! Who wins out in this battle of the predators?

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 6, 2015

Two hatched out, one to go…

As thousands of viewers watched, the second egg hatched in the nest of Red-tailed Hawks Big Red and Ezra during the afternoon of May 5. Viewers were captivated as Ezra stood over the hatchling, tenderly removing excess material from the egg as the hatchling emerged (watch highlight).

Our first nestling, F1, has already received several meals over the last 48 hours (watch highlight). Now downy and fresh, F1 appears twice as large as the egg that contained it just a few days ago. The third egg should hatch in the next couple days—don’t miss the chance to see it happen live! Watch now.

Young red-tailed hawk hatched in Cornell, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

18 April 2012

See what it took to bring live streaming video of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Cornell’s campus. The technical crew worked day and night to install the cams early in the nesting season, before the hawks laid their eggs on a light tower 70 feet above an athletic field. To see the live feed during the nesting season, go to www.allaboutbirds.org/cornellhawks.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 4, 2015

Hatch Alert!

Under the cover of the predawn darkness, viewers of the Cornell Hawks‘ cam were the first welcome a new nestling hawk to the world. Big Red was incubating at the time, and while sightings of the nestling were difficult, she could be seen pulling pieces of broken eggshell from beneath her. As morning’s light arrived, we got our first glimpse of the hatchling, looking downy and bobbling energetically beneath its parents (watch highlight.)

Cornell red-tailed hawks about to hatch


This video from the USA is called Cornell [Red-tailed] Hawks [at their nest] Highlights 2014.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 1, 2015

Hawk Hatch Alert!

Spring is in the air here in Ithaca, New York, and that can mean only one thing: baby birds! Our Cornell Red-tailed Hawks have been an exciting addition to our springtime birding over the last four years, giving us new opportunities to learn about and enjoy the daily lives of a hawk family perched high above the Cornell campus. Now they’re poised to bring a fourth set of young hawks into the world.

Since our first year broadcasting this nest, the hawks’ eggs have hatched around 35-39 days after being laid. This year’s first egg was laid on March 28, and today we’re 34 days into the incubation period. Submit your guess as to when the first downy hatchling will be seen on cam and you could win an embroidered Cornell Lab stadium blanket, perfect for spring outings.

You can comment and keep up with the day-to-day happenings on our cams on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on the Cornell Hawks Twitter Feed.

Thank you for watching and good luck!

Watch the Hawks Now

New York migratory birds endangered by lighting


This video from the USA says about itself:

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bird Watching: Spring Warblers in Central Park, New York City

During their spring migration many beautiful birds pass through Central Park. Shown are just 18 of the colorful migrating Warblers with their stunning plumage: Palm, Prairie, Yellow, Worm-eating, Magnolia, a graceful American Redstart, Hooded, Black-throated Blue, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Ovenbird, Black-and-white, a Northern Waterthrush singing and foraging, Canada, Common Yellowthroat, a Yellow-rumped bathing and a Black-throated Green Warbler preening and drying off after a bath. Filmed April 12 – May 26, 2014 in Central Park, New York City.

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 April 2015

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn.

Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

The phenomenon, known as “fatal light attraction”, is estimated to kill up to one billion birds a year in the US.

Millions of birds migrate through New York along the Atlantic Flyway route.

Now those passing over the city by night will stand a better chance of making it further north.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state will join several well-known New York landmarks that have already signed up to the National Audubon Society‘s Lights Out programme, including the Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building and Time Warner Centre.

“This is a simple step to help protect these migrating birds that make their home in New York’s forests, lakes and rivers,” Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

He also announced the new “I Love NY Birding” website, which will provide information on bird watching and how to participate in the Lights Out initiative.

The National Audubon Society already works with other major cities to protect birds from strikes, including Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Fatal light attraction appears to affect migratory songbirds such as warblers, thrushes and sparrows more than local birds, who learn where they can fly safely.

Daniel Klem, professor of ornithology and conservation biology at Muhlenberg College who pioneered the study of window strikes, told the BBC last year that the strikes were particularly worrying because the fittest members of the population were just as likely to die in this way as weaker birds.

“You may be killing some very important members of the population that would be instrumental in maintaining its health,” he said.

Writing in the New Yorker earlier this month, US novelist and bird-lover Jonathan Franzen criticised the developers of a Minnesota stadium for neglecting to use a specially patterned glass that may reduce collisions.

From the BBC, about the USA (with video there):

Why New York is to switch off lights for migrating birds

28 April 2015 Last updated at 09:07 BST

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings.

But rather than this being an energy saving measure – instead, it is to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.

Ornithologists say that birds become disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings – also known as “fatal light attraction“.

Lucas De Jong explains.

Read more here.

Cornell red-tailed hawks on webcam again


This video from the USA is called 2014 04 30 163341 Cornell hawks 7 30 pm feeding.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Cornell’s most watched Red-tailed Hawks, Big Red and Ezra, have returned to begin breeding. This year they are investing in their 2012 nest site, located about 200 meters from their nest of the last two years. A last-minute effort to get a new set of cams up on the old site required coordination from staff across campus, and the good news is that the installation was successful. Watch cam.

We typically don’t launch new cams on Fridays, because we have fewer resources to fix any issues that might arise over the weekend. However, it’s entirely possible that Big Red will lay her first egg soon, and we want you to have the best chance of seeing it happen. They’ve been visiting the nest off and on over the last week, and have been spotted mating atop nearby structures.

Chat will reopen in the coming weeks—till then, stay tuned to the cam as Big Red and Ezra prepare for the coming season. Thanks for watching!

Wildlife and cycling in the Adirondacks, USA


This video from New York in the USA is called Introducing Cycle Adirondacks.

From the Wildlife Conservation Society in the USA:

Escape to the Adirondacks

Save your spot!

Next summer, the Wildlife Conservation Society is hosting the first-ever Cycle Adirondacks, a fully supported, road-bicycle tour of New York’s Adirondack Park that runs from August 23-29, 2015.

It’ll feature breathtaking rides through immense natural beauty. We’ll have gourmet catered meals and hot showers, live entertainment, and a beer and wine garden each night.

But what’s really going to set this trip apart: WCS naturalists are coming along to showcase and interpret the natural landscape as you experience it. Our experts will immerse you in the wildlife and wild lands we work so hard to preserve. Not to mention, you’ll visit dozens of picturesque, historic communities in the area. All the Adirondacks has to offer.

If you’re looking for a challenge, an amazing new place to explore, a reconnection with the Adirondacks, or just a great vacation, Cycle Adirondacks promises to be a bucket-list adventure. Check it out.

Registration is capped at 600 riders (and we’re expecting a sold-out event). So sign up now! If only one spouse or partner is interested in riding, we’ve got a great Travel Companion program planned for non-riders.

P.S. We’re also looking for volunteers to support the event. Visit our website to learn more.