Jaguar roves near Rosemont mine site.
A male jaguar has roamed the Santa Rita Mountains’ eastern flank for at least nine months, photos obtained from the federal government show.
The remote cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations on seven occasions since October.
Three times, the federally financed remote cameras photographed the jaguar immediately west of the proposed Rosemont Mine site in the mountains southeast of Tucson.
The photos were taken for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by University of Arizona cameras as follow-up after a hunter gave state authorities a photo of a jaguar’s tail that he took last September in the Santa Ritas.
The sightings next to the mine site were at roughly the same location where the earlier jaguar tail photo was taken, wildlife service officials said. Other photos ranged from two to 15 miles from the mine site.
The photos were provided to the Star this week by Fish and Wildlife in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. All were taken at night of the nocturnal beast. They show the jaguar, an endangered species, running, walking or standing in rocky, grassy terrain.
This is the only jaguar known to live in the United States since the 15-year-old known as Macho B died in Arizona in March 2009.
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Summer solstice: It’s all about sex – CNN.com.
How do you welcome summer? Share your experience with us.
(CNN) — In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice has a history of stirring libidos, and it’s no wonder. The longest day of the year tends to kick off the start of the summer season and with it, the harvest. So it should come as no surprise that the solstice is linked to fertility — both of the vegetal and human variety.
“A lot of children are born nine months after Midsummer in Sweden,” says Jan-Öjvind Swahn, a Swedish ethnologist and the author of several books on the subject.
Midsummer is the Scandinavian holiday celebrating the summer solstice, which this year falls on June 21. Swedish traditions include dancing around a Maypole — a symbol which some view as phallic — and feasting on herring and copious amounts of vodka.
“Drinking is the most typical Midsummer tradition. There are historical pictures of people drinking to the point where they can’t go on anymore,” says Swahn. While the libations have a hand in the subsequent baby boom, Swahn points out that even without the booze, Midsummer is a time rich in romantic ritual.
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Robert Koehler Travel Photography.
Amseojae, a scenic pavilion used by 17th century scholar Song Si-yeol during his time in exile in the Hwayang Valley, Goesan. If you’re looking for the traditional Korean aesthetic, this is it—-it looks like a scene out of a Korean “mountain and water” painting.
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The World is my Living Room | Philip Carr-Gomm’s Weblog.
The World is my Living Room
I have always been fascinated by Thoreau’s approach to living simply. His little hut in the woods at Walden Pond was an exercise in bringing life back to the basics as a way of understanding what is truly important. This act feels very Druidic in spirit. Here is a modern-day approach.
There is something deeply liberating about shedding the trappings of consumerist living. Not everyone could function in this tiny hut but the beauty and simplicity of the design and the quest to become more aware of the excess and unnecessary accumulation that our society encourages, is something that could be embraced by any of us, regardless of where we live. The pertinent question to ask is what do we need to have a happy, comfortable life? The answer might be different for each of us but I suspect that we might agree that many of the things we gather about us serve only to weigh us down. The burden of so much stuff can be like wearing a heavy coat on a hot day; ah, the relief when we slip it off and feel the cooling air on our skin, the freedom to move without hinderance…
Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest | MNN – Mother Nature Network.
The forest, called the Molai woods, is a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss. (Photo: PhBasumata/flickr)
A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam
region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly.
The Times of India
recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape.
Paleontologists have discovered the oldest complete primate skeleton.
The fossilized remains of a previously-unknown species of primate have been unearthed in central China. At 55-million years old, it is the oldest known primate skeleton ever discovered, and harbors tantalizing clues about a pivotal branching point in humanity’s evolutionary lineage.
Top image: CAS/Xijun Ni
Researchers have dubbed the newly identified primate Archicebus achilles, a name chosen to highlight the creature’s interesting heel anatomy (which we’ll get to in a moment), rather than its heroic proportions. In fact, Archicebus was actually quite small. Estimates put its weight at somewhere between 20 and 30 grams. Held in the palm of your hand, a specimen on the upper end of that range would have had roughly the same heft as $1.25 in quarters.
That makes Archicebus one of the tiniest primates to ever live (smaller, even, than the pygmy mouse lemur – the world’s tiniest living primate); but the combination of its diminutive size, its unprecedented age and its unique body plan make it one of the most fascinating evolutionary discoveries in recent memory.