Midwest of what?

I'm from the Midwest, but the middle and what I'm west of is all relative... I move a lot so home is wherever my animals are. I blog about zookeeping, conservation, GLBTQA issues, and whatever makes me laugh.
  • east coasters: i drove through 17 states on the way to work
  • west coasters: i have been traveling in this desert for 49 years. generations have died. children have been born. when will i make it to the promised land
  • Midwesterners: I haven't left a 20 mile radius in 2 years

thestufflifeismadeof:

pedazititos:

0salt:

Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

This is an important message on how privilege really works.

it’s good to remember that we shouldn’t only define ourselves by our marginalized identities. for example I am cis, I am middle class, I am educated, I speak English, I am a documented citizen—remember all of those identities you possess that give you privilege.

AAAHHHH!! This!!

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thejunglenook:

New study sheds light on bushmeat hunting threats for large birds, like raptors and hornbills.

The commercial bushmeat trade has caused sharp species declines, and even local extinction, across West and Central Africa.(x) While the hunting of native species can provide up to 100% of the animal protein diet for a rural Central African household, there is a growing demand for "luxury bushmeat" among the high class in urban (and global) markets. This growing industry is not only a conservation concern, but it also poses a significant public health risk as several zoonotic disease outbreaks have been linked to the global bushmeat market.(x, x)

Previous village-based surveys of hunter offtake and markets have shown that mammals and reptiles the most affected by bushmeat trade. However, hunters also consume some animals in forest camps. The effects of in-forest consumption may have been overlooked in these previous surveys which have only focused on bushmeat extracted from the forest.

When researchers examined discarded animal remains at 13 semi-permanent hunting camps in the Ebo Forest, Cameroon, they found “twenty-one species were identified from 49 carcasses, of which birds constituted 55%, mammals 43% and other taxa 2%.” (x

This previously unstudied threat to large birds in Central Africa highlights new biodiversity conservation challenges for scientists and policy makers alike.

Journal Reference:

Robin C. Whytock, Ralph Buij, Munir Z. Virani, Bethan J. Morgan. Do large birds experience previously undetected levels of hunting pressure in the forests of Central and West Africa? Oryx, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1017/S0030605314000064 (xPDF)

Additional References:

Nasi, R., A. Taber, and N. Van Vliet. “Empty forests, empty stomachs? Bushmeat and livelihoods in the Congo and Amazon Basins.” International Forestry Review 13.3 (2011): 355-368. (PDF)

Smith, Kristine M., et al. “Zoonotic viruses associated with illegally imported wildlife products.” PLoS One 7.1 (2012): e29505. (x)

Van Vliet, Nathalie. “Livelihood alternatives for the unsustainable use of bushmeat.” Report prepared for the CBD Bushmeat Liason Group. Technical series 60 (2011). (PDF)

Image Credit: White-thighed hornbill (Bycanistes albotibialis
Top: Photography by Lars Petersson
Bottom: Consuming Nature, National Geographic

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kissmyasajj:

devil-cant-afford-prada:

tyrannyoftheurgent:

sailorsoldierofanxiety:

best-princess-ever:

getabducted:

makogori5ever:

sizvideos:

Heat sensitive paint - Video

Its like life size Hot Wheelz

screaming

Imagine driving that our while its raining

i need this for reasons

yessssss

I GOT SO STRESSED JUST THEN BECAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE POURING BLACK PAINT ON THAT CAR AND I WAS LIKE NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU CANNOT D THAT

I showed this to the fiancee, and he got ridiculously happy and scream ‘ITS LIKE HOT WHEELS! REAL LIFE HOT WHEELS!’ And then went on a quest to find his cars that change…

Perfect get away car…

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