Category Archives: Outdoor Activity

How Different Are Animals From Humanity?

Though we may think that we are more civilized than other animals, it is clear to see that they are not so different from us. Hygiene among types of cats is particularly good: they always buried their droppings in the ground. As a rule, most animals have their own kind of bathroom usually along the shore that is usually used for mating. Not only is this used for territory marking but also the hygienic value. Another similarity can be seen during the birth of kittens where the mother has part of the placenta to eat – a typical form similar of many animals.

Many animals can be found burying dead animals of their kind – a technique used by humans as well. This behavior was observed in badgers. As in another carrión, bears bury their fallen colleagues as well. Similarly, the act of elephants. Even the licking of wounds is medicinal, due to most animals having healing bacteria in their tongues.

Some animals feel when others are hurt or help them when they get sick. For example, when a monkey tries to support a wounded comrade in escaping a deadly adversary. These elephants have special behavior where a sick member of the herd is allowed to rest on their legs, or they hold them up so that they are resting on the shoulders. We know that dolphins who are the injured or sick of their kind are pushed up to the surface of the water so they may have a chance to breathe.

These behaviors in animals such as dogs, cats, etc. are said to have developed during evolution, genetically to determine and contribute to the survival of the species. Their abundance and specificity, although of biological importance of the community, shows the presence of animal instincts to heal themselves and others just like humans.

Fishing Stories Go Viral in Social Media Age

Fishing stories have been told for as long as there have been fishermen and women out in their boats, casting off in the cool morning sunrise and pining after the one that got away by night. That much has not changed. But the medium has become as high tech as any other part of our ultra-connected lives.

With the average person spending ten or more hours a day online, and our smartphones getting smarter and more connected by the day, perhaps it is no surprise at all that the great outdoors has become yet another hot spot for social media buzz. Selfies with fish caught and fishing buddies grace our social media pages, inspiring envy while we sit inside, or a few extra likes on our own pages.

Many area fishing businesses have caught onto the buzz and are getting hooked onto social media trends. The Buffalo News spoke with one of the local fishing captains, Tom Marks, who has used social media postings to attract new customers and spread the word about how much fun fishing is out on the Great Lakes.

Social media allows the fishing boat captains and charters to exchange information about weather and fishing conditions, trade tips, and of course their fishing stories. It has become a popular way for the small businesses to create buzz and build a loyal following – both of which are essential to a business’ survival in the Internet age.

It also allows the fishing tradition to connect with younger generations, who are more likely to be on the world wide web than the great outdoors. Younger generations want to be able to share those exciting moments with their friends, wherever they go. And so the new generation of fish stories will be told online, for all to click like.

The Underwater Doggerland Discovery

In a rather unforeseen event, two European divers belonging to a British organization came upon something shockingly unusual. The organization that they work with is known for seeking to preserve underwater worlds. It was during this expedition that they came upon something, in the vicinity they found a prehistoric underwater forest which did belong to the so-called “Doggerland” in the North Sea. This massive chunk of land which has to be about 10,000 years old has been a reported area by the BBC.

The forest is located in the North Sea. That is just a 300 meter distance from the coast of Norfolk. In turn, according to archaeologists, this huge area was once inhabited by a myriad of Mesolithic tribes, a thriving culture that was favored because it was one of the richest in Europe in terms of hunting and fishing at the time. On the other hand, this was the area of the forest that also had several sources of fresh water springs and swamps and its inhabitants could pass from Great Britain to Germany. This find was exclusively outstanding, as it did confirm some previous speculations made by many researchers on the subject.

Archaeologists who also discovered the study, they felt that the Doggerland forest had become submerged when the ice masses had melted. They believed this because of the heat and the sea levels, which they say rose by 120 meters. Presently the Felled trees are now forming in the seabed, as a natural reef with colorful fish and plants.

Did We Mistake Short Faced Bears For Big Foot?

Afraid of hiking trips due to bear fright? Is big foot, the thing of your very nightmares? How about both at the same time? Luckily for us, the bear most likely to resemble sasquatch, doesn’t exist anymore. The giant short-faced bear was one of the largest predators of mammals that lived on Earth in the Age glaciation. The size vying with him some of the earlier giant carnivorous mammals such as andrewsarchus, sarkastodon and megistotherium.Based on the findings of skeletons, the short-faced bear upright reached about 12 feet. According to the calculations of scientists, males weighed an average of 1322 lbs., and the largest of which could weigh about 700 lbs more than the heaviest Kodiak and Polar bears.

In addition to the special short snout, which it owes its name, this species in its anatomy has many features that distinguish it from other members of the family. Of all the bears, short-faced bear was the most adapted to have carnivorous jaw structure.His teeth were very massive and pointing in different directions, like a tiger, which, together with a very strong jaw muscles, making it possible to put other animals to death with their powerful bites.It had lateral teeth to be effective in cutting meat tendons, skin and bones. In general, the skull in its proportions had more to do with the big cats, than with brown or black bears.

Rather long bear limbs indicate that this bear was faster and more resilient than modern bears.It had a decreasing of the back line of the back and shoulders. Its powerful physique is reminiscent of hyenas, and the method of transportation and supply short-faced bear, which was a predator and carrion eater, it coincided with the hyenas, though, unlike them, this species lived and hunted, probably alone.The closest modern relative of the giant short-faced bear is the spectacled bear that lives in South America. In Florida dwelt related species Tremarctos floridanus , which appears as a European cave bear fed predominantly vegetarian diet.

Natural Homemade Recipes For Suncreen

During a long day at the beach or in the open air by the pool, you must use up to 4 ounces (113 g) of sunscreen, which significantly reduces the contents of your wallet. How to avoid it? Make your own sun protection, which will be no less effective, but much cheaper.

Lynn Cappuccio, expert healthy lifestyle and diet as well as fitness trainer, said that in her family, many cosmetics began to be removed because of concerns about the negative influence on family inheritance factors.

As part of The Environmental Working Group (EWC, Washington), she has warned against the dangers of many chemicals in commercial sunscreen protection which disrupt hormones and cause allergic skin reactions. She decided to teach others how to make natural sunscreen from ingredients found in your household.

Cappuccio ichduersiees makes this cream for her family (she has three children) as follows:

• 1 cup of organic coconut oil

• ½ cup of shea seed oil (shea-tree seeds, shea butter – the same oil, sold in shops)

• ½ cup of cocoa butter

• 1 cup Beezwax

• 2 TBSP. Spoon of powdered zinc oxide

Use of the evaporator (heating the steam temperature does not exceed 100 ° C), bringing the three oils and beeswax to the surface of the liquid mixture when it is complete and smooth.

Removal of the steaming liquid from the heat and then the mixture is stirred by hand, gradually add the zinc oxide powder to complete mixture of oil and hot wax.

Cool the mixture until it does not start to become opaque, then, with the blend , the mixture until it has foamed. Keep sunscreen in the refrigerator and use as needed.

The coconut oil is liquid at 24 degrees C, this cream is easily visible on the skin. And coconut oil and shea butter have their natural SPF factor of about 4-6, for example, zinc oxide added gives the mixture a factor of SPF 20. This cream also refreshes the house from odors, which is good because now you can easily perform freshening up the house by adding a mixture of essential oils. Also make sure to avoid citrus oils as they typically increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight.

The Uncertainty of Extreme Sports

The outdoors, though sometimes an intimidating thought when vast and wild regions come specifically to mind can also be tame and beautiful and can encourage a healthy life style to be lived just from the simple step of taking a step outside to explore what the wilderness or nature has to offer. As many individuals love the outdoors and love being excluded from certain mundane and tiresome activities, the outdoors has also become a place where individuals pursue extreme sport and use the opportunity to push the limits in both the mind and the body. As extreme sports like ice climbing, rock climbing, mountain biking and many other outdoor sports become popular, so does the annual death rate.

 

The traditional outlook on extreme sports has always been to deem them as unhealthy and as the need for both uncertainty as well as excitement in one’s life. Despite this common belief, it can also be argued on the other side that there is no statistic that can support this claim that only the extreme sports are dangerous to the participants. With so many other dangers in Olympic sports such as falling or dehydration, this has been proven to be even more common than the injuries and dangers associated with the extreme sports.

 

There are dangers in any sport such as soccer, basketball, and baseball with broken bones and concussions just as common. With this in mind, there is no statistical data the shows evidence that extreme sports have a higher injury rate as well as a higher death toll. It has also been hypothesized that risk taking is a normal act and is involved with all human development. Risk taking, within extreme sports, can be even readily compared to moving to a different country or taking a new job.

 

Though extreme sports have always been considered to be an outlet for craziness, scientists and doctors have stated that the activity is a normal part of development and that there is more of a social different between the injuries rather than a statistical difference. Those that participate in extreme sports always involve safety first and always are on their guard for anything that could go wrong. It has even been thought that deaths are less likely to occur with extreme sports.

 

Need to Lose Weight? Get Outside Now!

If you’re hoping to get healthier this spring, there’s only one thing that you should focus on doing, and that is getting outside. Those who live in climates where the winter is cold and harsh end up staying indoors for months at a time. When spring finally rolls around, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. This is also a perfect way to get healthy. Getting outside can help you lose that winter weight and improve your fitness levels. For many people, working out indoors is difficult, but getting outside to go for a run or a bike ride can be a good idea to improve your cardiovascular health.

Furthermore, vitamin D from the sun is essential for your overall health, and it can help to ward off the winter blues that may still be hanging around even in the spring. Vitamin D helps your bones grow, and if you’re a woman, this is absolutely necessary because many women experience osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in later years. The more vitamin D that you can get on a regular basis, the better.

Finally, getting outside can be good for your attitude. Being inside for long periods of time can make you feel depressed. Not only does vitamin D specifically help mood disorders and depression, but also, just experiencing a little bit of the outdoor weather will lift your spirits and help you to take your mind off of life’s worries and stressors.

The next time you would like to get together with friends or do something fun on the weekend, don’t go see a movie or get a drink at your local watering hole. Instead, consider going for a hike or bike ride. You might even do some gardening. By getting outdoors this spring, you’ll lose excess weight and improve your fitness levels, so why not try it?

California’s “Super Bloom” a Site for Sore Eyes

After more than four years of drought, last winter’s record precipitation in California has created an explosion of wildflower growth this spring. The blooms are so massive they can be seen from space. Swaths of bright purple tansy, orange poppies and yellow coreopsis have transformed hillsides into impressionist paintings worthy of the Louvre. From the forests of the north to the deserts of south, no region in California has a monopoly on these spectacular blooms.

Already famous for its wildflowers, the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southern California has become a photographer’s paradise these last few weeks. Seemingly endless blankets of blue, yellow, red, purple and orange cover the hills and valleys drawing thousands of tourists and professional photographers alike.

In the central valley, the South Yuba River State Park is in full bloom. You can find purple larkspur, yellow or purple wild iris, fairy lanterns, star tulips, orange bush monkey flowers and more. Both the Point Defiance Loop trail and the Buttermilk Bend Trail offer great wildflower viewing.

The San Francisco Bay Area has many open space preserves and parks that are teaming with wildflowers. Chabot Regional Park stands out this year with its plethora of wild radish, poppies and blue-eyed grass. Further North at Point Reyes National Seashore, the Douglas irises delight with their show-stopping purple and yellow petals.

Five miles north of Arcata in Humboldt County, Azalea State Natural Reserve has an abundance of pink and white blooms. There are also purple and orange varieties of these trumpet-shaped flowers. With their amazing scent heavily perfuming the air, these wildflowers are a treat to more than the eyes.

Wherever you find yourself in California, you can bet there is a profusion of wildflowers nearby. Get out there and enjoy them but remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints.

The Mystery of Antarctica’s ‘Blood Falls’ Demystified

Recently, Antarctica has gained some interest after the discovery of blood-like red liquid oozing from Taylor Glacier. While a 2015 study indicated that the water was just salty brine filled with iron and active microbes, that revelation now seems to just be a fluke of the natural order there. New research into the area indicates that the issues with the glacier’s “plumbing” can be traced back to a brine reservoir deep beneath the glacier.

While the old information clued researchers into the outflow of brine coming from the falls and that salty water originates from beneath Taylor Glacier, they have started to decipher the link between these two pieces of information. Normally the glacier isn’t supposed to have liquid water flowing through it; salt lowers the freezing point of water and keeps the brine in a slushy state. Further research indicates that the brine actually grows warm during the freezing process thanks to the heat generated when it changes from a liquid state to a solid one. In the case of these “Blood Falls,” the amount of heat generated by the brine that freezes is sufficient to keep the rest of the brine flowing.

The heat generated by this phase change allowed researchers to trace the path of the brine by using radio waves and timing how long it took for the waves to rebound. After careful analysis, the results indicated that Taylor Glacier’s interior is sufficiently warm and fluid; results that were confirmed by samples collected by a polar mining robot. The end result is a glacier that houses red, salty brine beneath the surface while also having an array of crevasses along its base where pressurized streams of brine enter and rise up until such time that the surface cracks open, releasing a “bloody” mess over the ice.

Young Woman Finds her Purpose Fishing in Alaska

Few people are fortunate enough to truly find their calling in life, but at 34, Alexis Abercrombie knows exactly what she wants to do, and it is not what anyone expected. In her early twenties, after a spur-of-the-moment trip to Alaska, she traded her life of glamour and modeling for a life on a fishing boat. While she expected this to be temporary, returning home after her first season, Abercrombie was drawn back to this challenging life.

 

As she apprenticed with a veteran captain to learn the trade, she realized there was an entire part of life that most people completely miss. She fully understood the relationship people can have with the natural world, the world that provides everything humanity needs to survive. She gained skills that are not taught anywhere else but absolutely necessary in Alaska, both to make a living fishing and also to survive.

 

While generous and full of resources, this world is a dangerous one, and out at sea, Abercrombie realized the true meaning of man versus nature. Between weather, wildlife and equipment issues, a life outdoors is completely unpredictable. Abercrombie gained all the experience and knowledge she could during her time training because she knew, once she bought her own boat, she was responsible not only for bringing in the fish but also for the safety of herself and her team.

 

As she learned the difference between cod, halibut and salmon and the techniques for catching different fish, she discovered true resilience and how to survive in a very cold and dangerous climate. Even on the most difficult days, though, Abercrombie knows that this life outdoors, battling the elements and truly experiencing the natural world, is where she belongs. She is not alone in that sentiment. Whether in Juneau or Sitka, fishing communities throughout Alaska are thriving. As a recent feature about Abercrombie describes, these people live and work in a world so foreign to most of America and the modern world. On a daily basis, they experience the beauty and immensity of the natural world coupled with the danger and challenges inherent in nature.