Good News Day 29: Meet the Bird Brainiacs: American Crow


Editor’s Note: Members of the crow family, known as the corvids, are among the smartest birds in the world. Some are capable of using tools, playing tricks, teaching each other new things, even holding “funerals.” And yet there’s still much we don’t know about these fascinating, sometimes confounding creatures. What’s going on inside the mind of a corvid? Three leading scientists are finding answers.

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PET scan of a crow’s brain: Robert Miyaoka/Dept. of Radiology/University of Washington

The crows in your neighborhood know your block better than you do. They know the garbage truck routes. They know which kids drop animal crackers and which ones throw rocks. They know the pet dogs, and they might even play with the friendly ones. If you feed them, they probably not only recognize you but your car as well, and they might just leave you trinkets in return. These birds live their lives intertwined with ours, carefully observing us even as most of us barely take note of them…

Read more here: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/march-april-2016/meet-bird-brainiacs-american-crow

 

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Good News Day 27: Amazing Things to See in the Night Sky in 2016


If you’re a night owl who loves stargazing, 2016 is going to be a busy year for you. This year is packed full of remarkable sights — including three supermoons, two eclipses, and dozens of meteor showers. Some of them you’ll need a telescope or binoculars to see, but many are visible with your naked eye alone.

Read all about them here: http://www.upworthy.com/19-amazing-things-you-dont-want-to-miss-in-the-night-sky-in-2016?c=ufb1

Good News Day 23: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year


Imagine 10 acres of woodland fields and branches dripping with butterflies. That’s what the remarkable comeback of the monarch in Mexico looked like this winter.

Source: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year

Good News Day 20: New Zealanders Crowdfund Themselves a National Park


New Zealanders pooled their money to successfully purchase a pristine beach out from under developers and make it part of a National Park.

Source: UPDATE: New Zealanders Win Bid to Buy Beach By Crowdfunding; It’s Now Public

Good News Day 15: Mainers Work to Bring Back American Chestnut


Rows of young American chestnut trees in the Buck Hill Conservation Area on Thursday. Every tree in this small breeding orchard is important because each one has a part in a national effort to restore American chestnut trees, which were nearly wiped out a century ago by the accidental introduction of the chestnut blight.

American Chestnuts in Veazie, Maine – Photo Credit: Mickey Bedell, BDN

VEAZIE, Maine — Glen Rea walks with satisfaction and even affection along the rows of young American chestnut trees he helped plant 11 years ago in the Buck Hill Conservation Area.

Some trees are thriving, stretching their branches well above the head of the 73-year-old retired stockbroker from Bangor. Others look less healthy, with the telltale red dots of the dreaded chestnut blight fungus spreading lethally across their bark. But every tree in this small breeding orchard is important because each one has a part in a national effort to restore American chestnut trees, which were nearly wiped out a century ago by the accidental introduction of the chestnut blight. (Read More)

https://bangordailynews.com/2016/02/20/outdoors/revival-of-forest-giant-mainers-work-to-bring-back-american-chestnut/

Good News Day 9: Two Surfers Quit Their Jobs And Invented A Trash Bin That Cleans The Ocean


It’s good news when people who care about something are able to come up with an idea to make a difference! ~Tricia


 

If you’re a surfer or a beach-goer in general, you know how much trash washes ashore each and every day. For Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two Australian surfers, that was a daily reality. They were so disheartened by how much trash they saw floating in the ocean that they quit their day jobs and…

Source: These Two Surfers Quit Their Jobs And Invented A Trash Bin That Cleans The Ocean

Good News Day 4: Rare Wildflower Superbloom Paints Death Valley in Brilliant Color (VIDEO)


Millions of wildflowers are blooming all at once in Death Valley National Park in a once in a decade ‘superbloom.’

Source: Rare Wildflower Superbloom Paints Death Valley in Brilliant Color (VIDEO)

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