Stable isotopes reveal individual variation in migration strategies and habitat preferences in a suite of seabirds during the nonbreeding period

first_imgInformation on predator and prey distributions is integral to our understanding of migratory connectivity, food web dynamics and ecosystem structure. In marine systems, although large animals that return to land can be fitted with tracking devices, minimum instrument sizes preclude deployments on small seabirds that may nevertheless be highly abundant and hence major consumers. An increasingly popular approach is to use N and C stable isotope analysis of feathers sampled at colonies to provide information on distribution and trophic level for the preceding, and generally little-known, nonbreeding period. Despite the burgeoning of this research, there have been few attempts to verify such relationships. In this study, we demonstrate a clear correspondence between isotope ratios of feathers and nonbreeding distributions of seven species from South Georgia tracked using loggers. This generated a rudimentary isoscape that was used to infer the habitat preferences of eight other species ranging in size from storm petrels to albatrosses, and which could be applied, with caveats, in other studies. Differences in inferred distribution within and between species had major implications for relative exposure to anthropogenic threats, including climate change and fisheries. Although there were no differences in isotope values between sexes in any of the smaller petrels, mean stable C (delta C-13), but not stable N isotope ratios (delta N-15), tended to be greater in females than males of the larger, and more sexually size-dimorphic species. This indicates a difference in C source (distribution), rather than trophic level, and a correspondence between the degree of sexual size dimorphism in Procellariiformes and the level of between-sex niche segregation.last_img read more


first_imgEVANSVILLE MUSEUM TO SCREEN THE INVISIBLE PATIENTSOn Thursday, February 16 the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science will show The Invisible Patients. This documentary tells the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner, and four homebound patients she cares for in Evansville, Indiana. Together they put a human face on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing our nation, from the living conditions of the elderly poor and end-of-life care, to the soaring costs of hospitalization, complexity of insurance and over prescription of opiates. Their stories reveal the emotional as well as financial burdens created by our current system, and cry out for solutions.The Invisible Patients pulls back the curtain on a hidden, vulnerable population, whose circumstances ask us to wrestle with not just healthcare policy, but as importantly, how to mend today’s fraying social fabric. The documentary will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Koch Immersive Theater. Admission is $7 for the public (includes Museum admission) and $5 for Museum members.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Rita Moreno Set for Jane the Virgin & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Geoffrey Rush to Play Oliver! Composer Geoffrey Rush will headline Vadim Jean’s Consider Yourself. Deadline reports that the Tony and Oscar winner will play Lionel Bart in the musical feature about the Oliver! composer’s real-life rags to riches tale. Rush will be joined by Tony nominee Stephen Fry along with Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery and Al Weaver. And since we now have “Consider Yourself” on the brain, we’ve put it below so you do too. You’re welcome. Rita Moreno Set for Jane the Virgin EGOT-winning legend Rita Moreno has been tapped for Jane the Virgin and will make her debut in Episode 18. According to TV Line, the West Side Story actress will play Jane’s paternal grandma— or “Glam-ma”—and the protective mom to soap star Rogelio De La Vega. If you weren’t tuning into The CW’s latest hit series already, now you’ve no excuse! Moreno was most recently seen on screen opposite Cheyenne Jackson in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. View Commentscenter_img Honorary Tony Winner Peter Neufeld Dead at 78 Peter Neufeld, a longtime Broadway General Manager and Producer, died on January 27 at the age of 78 in N.J., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. In 1971, in partnership with R. Tyler Gatchell Jr., he founded Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd. and worked on many shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Annie and Sweeney Todd. Following the death of Gatchell in 1993, Neufeld closed the company and turned his attentions to serving the theater industry as a volunteer at a number of AIDS organizations. In 2005, Neufeld was awarded a Tony honor for a lifetime of excellence in the theater. He is survived by three nephews and their families—our thoughts at are with them. Is Evening at the Talk House Aiming for B’way? The U.K.’s National Theatre recently revealed its upcoming season and the New York Post writes that we should expect Wallace Shawn‘s Evening at the Talk House, a new play that will run at the Dorfman Theatre from November, to transfer to Broadway in spring 2016. We will keep an eye on it! Meanwhile, the National announced today that Episodes star Stephen Mangan has boarded the previously reported comedy Rules for Living, which will begin performances at the Dorfman on March 24.last_img read more

Gardening Q&A

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaI get to answer questions.As part of my job, I’m accountable to all of the county agents inthe University of Georgia Extension Service. That’s where most ofmy questions come from.After 30-plus years of answering, I’ve heard most of thequestions that come my way before. But occasionally I’m stumped.That’s the time to pull out the books, go to the Internet and askcolleagues.10 most common questionsHere are the 10 most common questions I’m asked and the Web siteswhere you can get the answers and other information. The ends of my tomatoes are brown. What’s the problem?”Blossom-End Rot” ( much of an area do I need for a vegetable garden? “SmallGarden Plan for Georgia” ( mulching help my garden? “Mulching Vegetables” ( can I do in my vegetable garden when a water restrictionis in force? “Conserving Water in the Vegetable Garden” ( do I go about making compost? “Composting: Feed Your Lawn- Not the Landfill” ( and “Composting and Mulching: A Guide toManaging Organic Landscape Refuse” ( or ( can I put into my compost pile? (Refer to No. 5.)What vegetables can I plant and when? “Home VegetableGardening” ( I grow vegetables organically in Georgia? “GrowingVegetables Organically” ( I grow my own transplants? “Home Garden Transplants” ( herbs can I grow in my garden? “Herbs in SouthernGardens” ($5) ( read more

Saint Michael’s receives $214,500 grant from Davis Educational Foundation

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,In this era of debate over the value of higher education, Saint Michael’s College continues to focus on excellence in teaching and learning and on assessing how well student learning outcomes are achieved. Saint Michael’s vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Karen Talentino, is leading the assessment efforts at the college. These include a grant to support training faculty to effectively assess student learning. Saint Michael’s College President John J. Neuhauser was informed last week that the Davis Educational Foundation would award the college $214,500 over three years to support a project titled Promoting Faculty Leadership and Governance in Learning Outcomes Assessment. ‘This is the right time,’ Dr. Talentino said, ‘to improve faculty understanding and to develop faculty leadership in assessment.’ She explained that, ‘The faculty have worked several years revising our curriculum, and have developed a new Liberal Studies Curriculum for students entering the college this fall. We need to implement an assessment program to help determine the level of success of the new curriculum,’ she said. ‘The Davis grant will enable the college to develop faculty leaders in assessment, and to use their expertise in the design and implementation of the assessment program,’ Dr. Talentino said. In the letter to Dr. Neuhauser, the Chair of the Davis Foundation said, ‘Trustees described the proposal as a clear plan built on a clear model represented by an enthusiastic and committed faculty and administrative team.’ The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. Goal is to better assess what students learnThe grant allows for training and supporting faculty leaders (Faculty Fellows) who will guide their peers in the development of assessment strategies for each area of the new SMC general education program, the Liberal Studies Curriculum. That program includes graduation requirements in writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, experiential learning and more. Faculty Fellows will coordinate discussions with an Assessment Group, made up of faculty who teach courses for a specific LSC requirement. The Assessment Group will focus on best practices in pedagogy and student engagement, and will recommend an assessment plan for the requirement. The application for the grant, which will be carried out under the leadership of Dr. Talentino, and Dr. Jeffry Trumbower, Dean of the College, states that: The implementation of this program is an integral step in achieving several of the goals in the SMC Strategic Plan 2015 which include: improving student learning and program quality, increasing academic challenge across the curriculum, expanding support for faculty development and integrating student learning throughout the student experience.  Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, is external)  . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 373 Colleges, and included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.  Saint Michael’s College. July 8, 2011last_img read more

Chinese minister says EU investment deal is close

first_imgChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year.His remark came against a backdrop of persistent diplomatic tension between Beijing and the United States.Wang said Europe and China had a responsibility to work for “a more stable world” that would benefit from an agreement that has been in the works for several years. “We have the possibility to conclude one by the end of the year. We each need to take a step towards the other,” the minister told a conference organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).Wang is visiting European capitals to reinforce ties as relations with the US remain tense. Chinese and European experts have been working for seven years on a deal to protect foreign investments, reinforce respect for intellectual copyrights, end obligations to transfer technology and subsidies for Chinese public enterprises.The US is also trying to establish more balanced economic ties with China, but those efforts are struggling to make headway. In June, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that work on an agreement with the European Union had become “difficult” and warned: “We need more ambition on China’s part to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

B&S Text Alert committee raise burglary issues with gardaí

first_imgThe Ballybofey and Stranorlar Text Alert committee said they have reached a number of agreements with gardaí following a meeting last week.The recent spate of break-ins in the Twin Towns area was top of the agenda in the discussions with Garda Superintendent Micheal Finnan, Sergeant Kevin Lynch of Ballybofey Garda Station and Sergeant Eunan Walsh, who is in charge of text alert in the Letterkenny Garda district.The Text Alert committee said that they came away with assuring developments on policing and the alert scheme. They were encouraged to learn that four Sergeants have been allocated to Ballybofey Garda Station, which will also have enhanced opening times. Agreement was reached on a number of issues such as when should text alert messages be sent out and who can authorise sending a text.Other policing matters in the Twin Towns and Finn Valley area, such as garda resources, were also discussed.A statement from the Committee said: “We are pleased to learn that the garda station opening hours are improving and that there is now four sergeants allocated to the Ballybofey Garda Station which is one of the busiest in the county.”“We will continue to lobby for improvements in policing and crime prevention measures in the area.” “A meeting of Text alert members including representatives from An Garda Síochana will be held in the coming weeks to update everyone on recent developments and to hear suggestions on how to improve the text alert in our area .”For further information contact the Text Alert committee, located at The BASE Enterprise Centre, on 0749190909B&S Text Alert committee raise burglary issues with gardaí was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofey and Stranorlar Text Alertlast_img read more

Better quality than quantity for Ohio silage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to USDA/NASS, almost half of the corn planted for silage in Ohio has been harvested. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Doug House says although the tonnage may not be there this season, the quality certainly is. Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

18 Million Blogs Compromised In Attack

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Automattic, the company that owns the blogging platform that powers more than 18 million blogs, announced this morning that its servers had been broken into and source code, among other things, could have been exposed. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg writes “Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.”According to Mullenweg, the break-in was limited but proprietary information could have been accessed:We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.Update: According to Automattic, this break-in “affects most of Automattic’s services […] Root level access potentially allows access to everything on the servers.”TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsosis argues that Mullenweg is downplaying the severity of the incident, pointing out that “ VIP customers are all on ‘code red’ and in the process of changing all the passwords/API keys they’ve left in the source code.” TechCrunch, among other big blogs, is a WordPress VIP customer.“While Automattic is down playing the leak, site source code includes API keys and Twitter and Facebook passwords,” writes Tsosis.Mullenweg says that the investigation is ongoing and that they have “taken comprehensive steps to prevent an incident like this from occurring again.”Mullenweg also suggests that users should use strong passwords, different passwords for each site and, “If you have used the same password on different sites, switch it to something more secure.” In other words – change your passwords, folks. Tags:#news#security#web center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Facebook “Like” Button a Year Old

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… It was a year ago today – April 22, 2010 – that Facebook unveiled the Like button, the catalyst it uses to drive its now ubiquitous open social graph. The Like button has been integrated on more than 2.5 million websites with 250 million people engaging Facebook externally.In a status update on (what else?) Facebook’s own Facebook page, the company said that that 10,000 websites institute the Like button every day. As of 9:30 a.m. Pacific, the status update had received 66,905 likes and 8,739 comments, with a lot of it in the form of general gibberish or completely off-topic to the Like button’s year anniversary.We contacted Facebook for some stats on the Like button and platform engagement. Here is what they sent back:Within the first three weeks of launching the Like button last April, more than 50,000 websites had added it. Now, since launching…10,000 websites integrate with Facebook each day.More than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websitesMore than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook (including over 80 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and over half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites)Facebook is integrated with the largest US comScore Media properties including: the Top 10 Sports properties; 9 of the Top 10 News/Information properties; 9 of the Top 10 Entertainment properties18 of the top 25 Comscore U.S. retail sites use FacebookOver half of the 25 fastest growing Comscore U.S. retail sites use FacebookMedia sites were among the first to adopt the Like button, and as a result see an increase in Facebook activity. The average media organization has seen a greater than 300% increase in referral traffic from Facebook since the beginning of 2010. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit dan rowinskilast_img read more