Birds, science and young people in New York state

This video from the USA says about itself:

Birds of Western New York

10 March 2009

Birds in my backyard and in the street in front of my house. Another video assignment for class. Chickadees, finches, mourning doves, downy woodpecker, eastern wild turkey.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

NestWatch Lessons in the Field

In October, we mentioned that NestWatch had received support from the Smith-Lever Act fund to design a curriculum focused on engaging youth in citizen science and nest box stewardship. Since then, this project has also received support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, enabling NestWatch to source lumber that was grown and harvested with habitat and bird conservation taken into consideration. This month we hit the ground running with workshops at two Upstate New York communities.

With the help of our 4-H partners, we were able to work with more than 50 participants to install 18 nest boxes intended for Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Black-capped Chickadees, and House Wrens. Youth learned about birds’ preferred habitat types through games and online interactives including our Right Bird, Right House tool. We also covered topics such as Features of a Good Birdhouse and proper nest box installation. NestWatch staff will return to our partner sites two more times this spring to engage youth with science concepts such as breeding bird biology, nest monitoring, data collection and analysis, and hands-on nest box construction. Participants will finish the third and final workshop with a nest box of their own and the resources to become citizen scientists.

We are excited to be embarking on this new outreach initiative. Our goal is to engage youth with science and ecology with a focus on breeding birds. After all, what better gateway into science than nests, eggs, and baby birds? Look for the final product to be hosted on the NestWatch website, freely available to families and educators.

Ruddy duck dives, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

A male Ruddy Duck in nonbreeding plumage dives for food and comes back up again. Ruddy Ducks forage mostly by diving to the bottom of shallow ponds, straining mouthfuls of mud through thin plates on their bills and swallowing the prey items that are left behind. They eat aquatic insects, crustaceans, zooplankton, and other invertebrates, along with small amounts of aquatic plants and seeds. At the end of the film, a Gadwall swims by. Video recorded by Jay McGowan in New York.

Wood thrush brings food for its mate and young

This video from the USA says about itself:

A Wood Thrush returns to its nest with food for its mate and young

27 January 2016

Wood Thrush breed in deciduous and mixed forests in the eastern U.S. where there are large trees, moderate understory, shade, and abundant leaf litter for foraging. Here, a pair of Wood Thrush tends a nest. One of the adults returns with food for its mate and small young. The parents remove fecal sacs, produced by the nestlings, to keep the nest tidy.

Video recorded by Benjamin Clock in upstate New York.

Green heron in New York, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

An alert Green Heron hunts for fish in New York. These small herons hunt day and night, crouching patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their dagger-like bill. They sometimes lure in fish using small items such as twigs or insects as bait. Unlike larger herons, Green Heron usually don’t wade, but rather hunt in shallow water, from solid ground, or when standing on vegetation.

Cackling goose, smaller than Canada geese

This video from the USA says about itself:

A Cackling Goose swimming, surrounded by Canada Geese

28 January 2016

Despite its similar appearance, a smaller Cackling Goose in New York stands out among the larger Canada Geese surrounding it. The Cackling Goose was long considered just a small race of the Canada Goose, but the smallest four of the eleven recognized races were determined to be distinct enough to be their own species. The smallest form of the Cackling Goose is only a quarter the size of the “Giant Canada Goose” subspecies.

Young turtle rescued from cold sea

This video is called Hawaii Green Sea Turtle Eating.

From The Southampton Press, in New York state in the USA:

Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle Rescued From Peconic Bay

Updated Nov 29, 2015 7:37 AM

By Greg Wehner

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation treated the first cold-stunned juvenile green sea turtle of the season on Thanksgiving after it was rescued from Peconic Bay in Southampton.

According to a press release, the 1-foot-long, 4-pound rescued sea turtle had a heart rate of nearly seven beats per minute when it was rescued, compared to a healthy 25 to 35 beats per minute. The turtle’s body temperature was also below the normal temperature of 77 degrees; with treatment, it had increased to 64 degrees.

The season when cold stunning becomes an issue for turtles begins when the regional waters dip below 50 degrees. In a press release, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said turtles experiencing cold stunning may stop eating and swimming, making it difficult for them to get to warmer areas.

Foundation officials said walking the beaches after high tide as the tide begins to recede is when many turtles may be spotted. The foundation asks the public to call its 24-hour hotline, (631) 369-9829, immediately if a sea turtle is sighted, so they may assist it.

United States religious fundamentalists kill teenager

This video from the USA says about itself:

Couple Accused of Beating Son to Death in Church

14 October 2015

Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard. Four other members of the Word of Life Church are also charged in connection with the man’s death.

Like the far-right fundamentalist Christian ‘Passion for Truth’ church in the USA turned out to be really a ‘Passion for Fraud’ church … now a similar ‘Word of Life Christian Church’ turns out to be a ‘Word of Death church’.

From in New York State in the USA:

Parents of killed New Hartford teen banned Halloween, Mickey Mouse, friends say

By Patrick Lohmann

October 14, 2015 at 7:09 AM

NEW HARTFORD — The couple accused of manslaughter in their son’s beating death — injuries suffered at a church — was always eccentric, neighbors say.

But that eccentricity took a dark turn after Tuesday’s police announcement that Deborah and Bruce Leonard were facing manslaughter charges, and that four other members of the Word of Life Christian Church were also arrested, they said.

Nearby neighbor Roberta Humble said that, at least until Monday night, she adored Deborah and that the two had been friends since the Leonard family moved in more than 25 years ago. She described watching their children grow up, including Lucas, 19, who was pronounced dead Monday after sustaining blunt-force injuries.

“I remember them when they were this high,” Humble said of the Leonard’s four kids. “They were my friends. The kids were always polite and well-mannered.”

Another 17-year-old boy was found with severe injuries at the church, according to police. And police said they removed “several” children and placed them into protective custody.

Police have not yet described the nature of the injuries to both alleged victims or identified the 17-year-old. Four other church members were arrested and charged with assault in connection with either the death or the alleged assault, police said, and more arrests are expected.

Those living near the church, which is a few miles away from the Leonard home, said they regularly heard 3 a.m. chants emanating from the home and rarely saw members outside of the building. Its gates were almost always shut. A police Special Weapons and Tactics team had to “secure the church grounds” and “make a tactical entry” into it Monday.

Humble said Tuesday evening that Bruce Leonard [pastor of the church and father of the killed teenager] was “extremely antisocial” and religious. Neighbors said Deborah and her children were deferential to Bruce Leonard, but those neighbors never saw him raise his voice. …

A neighbor of the teenage brothers says they were not allowed to do “normal” kid things.

Nicole Howard says Christopher and Lucas Leonard weren’t allowed to have sleepovers. The 31-year-old, who says grew up six houses away from the Leonards, says the family was very religious and the children were forced to read the Bible two hours each day. …

Humble said she often gave the kids videotapes of children’s programming, hand-me-downs from her grandkids. They often couldn’t watch them, she said.

“I gave them I don’t know how many boxes of kids’ tapes,” she said. “They would not let them watch Mickey Mouse. They said Mickey Mouse was queer, because he never married Minnie Mouse.”

I knew there were religious transphobes attacking Winnie the Pooh, and religious homophobes hating the Teletubbies for being supposedly pro-gay, but I did not know about homophobes hating Mickey Mouse yet.

From CBS News in the USA:

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. — Brutal beatings that left one teenager dead and his brother seriously injured Monday at a New York church were part of what members considered a “counseling session,” according to police.

New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra said Wednesday that both Lucas and Christopher Leonard were subjected to hours of physical punishment at the Word of Life Church “in hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness.”

Inserra says investigators are still looking into what the supposed sins were. …

The six church members were arraigned Tuesday and sent to Oneida County Jail. At the arraignment, it was revealed that both teens suffered injuries to their abdomens, genitals, backs and thighs.

More on the ‘Reverend’ Bruce Leonard and his church:

Exclusive: Inside the New Hartford church where brothers were savaged: here.

Police: Son killed at New Hartford church by parents beating genitals, torso: here.

Parents fatally whipped teen who wanted to quit church, New York court hears. Deacon testifies at hearing for parents of Lucas and Christopher Leonard. Boys attacked at ‘spiritual counseling session’ at New Hartford church: here.