What is the State Bird of South Dakota?

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South Dakota went a different way, designating the Ring-necked Pheasant as the state bird in 1943. In fact, the bird is so popular that it was also chosen for South Dakota’s bicentennial commemorative quarter! Birds Ring-necked Pheasant South Dakota state birdMany states choose their representative bird based on common, native birds spending part or all of the year within the states’ borders.

South Dakota Community Living in Third World Conditions.

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Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Featured Events a global friend AGF Kickstarter pine ridge reservation sage bracelet south dakota Now, they are on a mission to help a struggling community right here in the U.S.—Pine They are living in third-world conditions and are dealing with an over 80% unemployment rate.


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Genital-obsessed Republicans in South Dakota attempt anti-transgender legislation


Creepy lawmakers in South Dakota are mouth-foamingly obsessed with people’s genitals, namely the genitals of children, transgender children, in public schools. By a 15-20 vote, the South Dakota state senate passed a bill on Tuesday to ban transgender students from using school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity,” reports Dominic Holden of Buzzfeed.

South Dakota Wind Turbine Plant Announces Lay Offs

Wind Power Ninja

A South Dakota wind turbine company located in the town of Howard, has announced plans to lay off one third of the company. Knight & Carver Wind Group Inc., which builds blades for medium sized wind turbines , is laying off 16 of the plant’s 55 workers this week, and the firm might temporarily close the plant in about a month, said Gary Kanaby, the company’s vice president.

Iowa and South Dakota approached 25 percent electricity from wind in 2012

Green Blog

Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Renewable Energy Energy Iowa South Dakota USA wind energyWind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.

Fill ‘er Up & Throw in a Hug.

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I choked through my tears and said, Adventure Denver Inspiring (Wow) Literary Journal Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today Z ADMIN Entertainment & Culture Featured Today hug kindness south dakota story strangersI was tired, sick, sad, 1,800 miles from home and I was alone. I just sobbed and sobbed.

Journals from Yellowstone. ~ Jill Pendergrast

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Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) anger Badlands jack kerouac love national parks roadtrip south dakota Listening to everything and anything on the crackling speaker. Zeppelin right now, Going to California. I feel good dirty, a little smelly, slowly unraveling missing things.

Field Notes: A Bison Herd Without Raging Bulls?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ordway Prairie Preserve in South Dakota. Bison bison bison management Field Notes mammals Nature Conservancy preserves south dakota student research student science Do bison behave differently when older bulls are removed from the herd–the situation often found on private ranches? Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. Remove the oldest, most dominant bison bulls from a herd, and what happens? Will the bison still act like bison?

The Green Buzz: Thursday, March 14

Conservancy Talk

Iowa and South Dakota produced almost 25% of their electricity from wind in 2012. Climate Change Energy Environmental News Environmental Science Food Global Warming Green Living International Land Use Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz dead pigs discovery dunkin donuts electricity food deserts fresh food Grist iowa monarch monarch butterflies monarch migration New York Times npr palm oil shanghai south dakota sustainable palm oil Treehugger Water Conservation wind power

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Farming, Adapting to Climate Change & the Limits of Imagination

Nature Conservancy - Science

But it’s still really difficult for people used to the agricultural economy of today to imagine, for instance, wheat fields in the Dakotas switching to another crop because it is warmer. Farm sprinkler irrigation system. Photo by Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program via a Creative Commons license. What will the world look like in 50 years? Everybody wants to know the answer, especially when it comes to climate change.

When Will One Show Up In Queens?

10,000 Birds

Its journey originated in South Dakota, 1,500 miles to the west! The Mountain Lion struck and killed by a car in Connecticut in June has been confirmed as a wild animal. The last confirmed sighting of a cougar in Connecticut was in the late 1800s. Asides

2011 149

Joan Jett Forced to Switch Macy’s Floats Due to PETA Involvement


Longtime vegetarian, advocate for animals, and representative for PETA, Joan Jett doesn''t give a damn about her reputation, but ranchers in South Dakota do. Read More The post Joan Jett Forced to Switch Macy’s Floats Due to PETA Involvement appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News joan jett

Sentencing for Bird Killers

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In a completely unrelated case, a South Dakota man, Randy Albers, pled guilty to charges related to poisoning Canada Geese on his farm and was sentenced to a year of probation. An Indiana man, Wade Bennett, and a minor have pled guilty for their involvement in the shooting and killing of a critically endangered Whooping Crane way back in 2009, and been sentenced to probation and the paying of fines and fees.

2011 193

Privacy Gone: These States allow video cameras in Dressing Rooms (who knew!?)

Elephant Journal

” The good guys: These states don’t allow security cameras in dressing rooms: > South Dakota > New Hampshire > Michigan > Maine > Minnesota > Utah > Kansas > Delaware > Hawaii > Georgia > California > Arkansas > Alabama The […]. “Changing rooms are viewed by associates of the same gender as the changing room.”

If Birds Were Beers

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Photos, in order, by Suzie Gilbert; South Dakota DGFP; Jason Quinn; Graeme S. Normally I’m not much of a beer drinker, although I can become one after I’ve spent three hours hiking seven and a half miles up and down a mountain. My friend Ardal, a beer connoisseur, took advantage of this last weekend, which was how I ended up sitting in The Dutchess Biercafe two hours before the Super Bowl. “It’s It’s called a beer flight ?” I said, in astonishment. “In

2016 158

My guess is the probability this will change a denier's opinion is 0.00001%*

Environmental Economics

On the other hand, the report found no link between humans and Winter Storm Atlas, which dumped up to 55 inches of snow on South Dakota last October, heavy rain in Colorado that flooded more than a dozen cities in and around the Denver metro area and heavy rain and flooding events in Europe.

2014 180

The Importance of Nurturing Young Birders

10,000 Birds

I began a program for PBS on a group of young kids in a small town in South Dakota. On Mother’s Day, an F2 Tornado hit the small town of Delmont, South Dakota. But the kids in South Dakota are going to be ok now. Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker , passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years. His work is the foundation of the Macaulay Library video collection.

2015 210

The Why of Ferrets

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The first resurrection, or more properly resurfacing, of the black-footed ferret happened in 1964, in Mellette County, South Dakota. When the South Dakota ferret numbers began dropping, they captured nine animals in hopes of starting a captive breeding population.

2012 191

USA TODAY poll: Slight majority backs Keystone pipeline

Environmental Economics

More men (60%) than women (53%) support the 1,179-mile pipeline extension, which would carry heavy tar sands from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Neb. These poll results came out before the State Department issued their favorable report : A slight majority of Americans favor the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that President Obama is expected to approve or reject this year, finds a poll conducted for USA TODAY.

2014 146

The Unique Black-necked Stilt

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I found these beauties at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, one of the many locations the Black-necked Stilt breeds in the California Central Valley (map courtesy of Terry Sohl at South Dakota Birds ). Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) photos by Larry Jordan Click on photos for full sized images. This female Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) is distinguished from the male by her paler brownish back and scapulars.

2011 192

US Rejects Keystone XL Canada Oil Sands Pipeline

Sustainability Ninja

” The pipeline would have passed through Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. The US state department has officially said no to the Keystone pipeline, a controversial 1600-mile long crude oil pipeline that would have run from the Alberta tar sands. The state department denied the permit, saying it had insufficient time to review the plans.

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Tundra Swans In The California Central Valley

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Range map courtesy of Terri Sohl of South Dakota Birds and Birding. Now you know why the most numerous and widespread of the two swan species in North America used to be known as the Whistling Swan. The North American Tundra Swan ( Cygnus columbianus columbianus ) migrates in flocks of family groups… leaving their Arctic breeding grounds in late September and arriving in their wintering grounds in November and December 1 (click on photos for full sized images).

Top 5 States - for Wind Power Generation


South Dakota: 396 MW. North Dakota: 12%. South Dakota: 8%. State Capacity & Generation. Top 5 States, by Total Wind Capacity. Texas: 10,085 MW. Iowa: 3,675 MW. California: 3,177 MW. Minnesota: 2,192 MW. Washington: 2,105 MW. Top 5 States, by New Wind Capacity in 2010. Texas: 680 MW. Illinois: 498 MW. California: 455 MW. Minnesota: 396 MW. Top 5 States, by Wind % of State Generation. Iowa: 15%. Minnesota: 10%. Kansas: 7%.

Q&A With Cycle Farm

Green (Living) Review

Their Cycle Farm , in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, is a small, diversified mixed vegetable farm. Bicycles and growing cycles—everything’s a-spinning to keep this small-scale farm in business. Why reinvent the wheel? While that might seem unnecessary, farmers like Trish Jenkins and Jeremy Smith often have innovative minds, dreaming up ways to do things more efficiently and, well, simply better.

2016 113

Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested in Oil Protest at White House

Sustainability Ninja

The protest and ensuing arrests involved several people who have been protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved, will run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston,Texas. Daryl Hannah was arrested today during a protest in front of the White House. The protesters oppose a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

2011 109

Bison, Pioneers of the Prairie, Return to Kankakee Sands

Nature Conservancy - Science

In October of 2016, 23 bison from South Dakota were released on the prairie in Kankakee Sands. Over the past 20 years The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has been converting 6,700 acres of row-crop agriculture at Kankakee Sands into a diverse prairie. The goal – to restore key prairie habitat and connectivity for wildlife. Related Articles. Conserving Bison in Indiana. Yes, Indiana. By Matt Miller. The Incredible Shrinking Bison, an Unexpected Impact of Climate Change. By Matt Miller.

The Key to Feeding the World? It’s Healthy Soil

Green (Living) Review

Their experiences, and the results that I saw on their farms in North and South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ghana and Costa Rica, offer compelling evidence that the key to sustaining highly productive agriculture lies in rebuilding healthy, fertile soil. Conventional farming practices that degrade soil health undermine humanity’s ability to continue feeding everyone over the long run.

2017 123

CARTOON: How Communities See Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

Two Bulls is an Oglala-Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Cartoonist Marty G. Two Bulls Sr. nails it with his depiction of the oil-by-rail schemes popping up around the country. Enough said. You can find his graphic and editorial cartoon work on his website and read about him in this profile. Image is used with permission, m2bulls.com. Sightline Institute researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable Pacific Northwest.

The Popular Barn Swallow

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Growing up in South America, I distinctly recall the arrival of “the swallow with a deeply forked tail”. They fly from extreme northern North America to the southern tip of South America and are seldom seen perched during migration. Another cool fact was learning that the Barn Swallows has started to breed in South America since the 80s. Swallows have migrated north to south along the Americas for millennia. Adult and fledglings in Murdo, South Dakota.

2015 161

Big Year Birding Update

10,000 Birds

Lynn Barber is chasing the South Dakota big year record and has reached 314 species, which leaves her 18 short of the record of 332. Seeing as it is near the midway point of the year I thought it would be nice to check in on how the blogging Big Year birders are doing thus far in 2012. It’s quite a list! Josh Vandermeulen is sitting pretty at 317 species for the year in Ontario, only 21 off the province’s record of 338, set by Glen Coady in 1996.

2012 201

Keystone XL -Decimating the Heartland


Keystone-XL, a pipeline designed to bring Canadian tar sands (from Alberta) south to the Gulf of Mexico where it will be processed, passes through America’s Heartland. Keystone XL, Decimating the Heartland.

Congress: Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit!

Sierra Club Compass

The renewable energy success stories are countless: 150,000 rooftop solar panels have been installed in California, states like Iowa and South Dakota already have 20 percent of their electricity generated by wind power, and the more than 50 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the U.S. If one thing can be said about energy trends from the past year, it''s that dirty fossils fuels are out and clean energy is in.

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Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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In North America, the Greater White-fronted Goose breeds in open tundra areas of the low Arctic from Point Barrow, Alaska to northeastern Keewatin, Northwest Territories, and it winters south to Chiapas, Mexico, thus having the broadest latitudinal range of any arctic-nesting goose 1. Range map courtesy of South Dakota Birds and Birding. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California’s Central Valley.

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Nature Conservancy - Science

In North and South Dakota, where grasslands have seen losses similar to conversion rates in the Amazon forest (Wright and Wimberly 2013), we quantified the emissions that could be avoided from protecting grassland instead of converting to row crops. You could also think of it as the entire population of North and South Dakota not driving anywhere for a year and a half, and that is a conservative estimate because not everyone in the Dakotas is of driving age or has a car.

2017 86

Deer Advisor: Help for Communities Grappling with Abundant Deer Populations

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dr. Daniel Decker, professor and director of the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, and Dr. Meredith Cornett, director of conservation science at The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, shed some light on the issue communities are facing and how the new tool can help them find solutions.

2016 87

Impact Journalism Day: Global Indigenous youth taking the planet in their hands

Green (Living) Review

" It was Ms Telford's interest in First Nations people around the world that led her to Joseph White-Eyes of South Dakota, more than 13,500 kilometres from her home of Kingscliff. t was 2009 and a severe storm had battered Kingscliff, her home on the east coast of Australia. Several metres of beach and dune disappeared, while cranes were needed to shift whole buildings back to save them from the water's edge.

2016 119

Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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Map courtesy of Terry Sohl at South Dakota Birds and Birding. Every autumn, tens of thousands of Snow Geese arrive in California’s Sacramento Valley following their long journey from the Canadian Arctic (click on photos for full sized images). Waterfowl numbers at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex may exceed two million by December, after the wetland areas of the Klamath Basin and other areas to the north become frozen.

2011 145

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

10,000 Birds

After those five, there are relative handful with over 100 species: North Carolina (172), Michigan (159), Arizona (155), Washington (144), North Dakota (141!), Many of these “missing” states are in the Midwest or deep South, far from most of the writers. Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.”

2018 112

Fire and Rain

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There is currently a push to place the Black-backed Woodpecker, in its Oregon/California and South Dakota populations, under the protection of the Federal Endangered Species Act. This morning it is drizzling. It rained hard last night, with hail and funnel clouds in Billings and lightning all along the storm’s path.

2013 152

Keystone XL Pipeline Hearings Create Questions and Controversy


The $7 billion pipeline would move tar-sands derived crude oil from Alberta, Canada through Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The last week of September marked the start of a series of public hearings in six U.S. states about the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. Keystone XL is a project of Calgary-based TransCanada Corporation. The company announced in August that the U.S.

Willow Ptarmigan in Jefferson County, New York!

10,000 Birds

Well, below is the range map for Willow Ptarmigan , borrowed from South Dakota Birds and Birding. On Thursday, 24 April, Eugene Nichols was minding his own business, birding along the shore of Lake Ontario on Point Peninsula, in the far northern reaches of New York State. He found an all white bird that didn’t belong and eventually deduced that he was looking at a Willow Ptarmigan.

US Ethanol Producers Turn to Corn Oil


Green Plains Renewable , and South Dakota-based POET LLC , have invested in equipment to produce corn oil at several of their existing facilities in the Midwest. A slowing growth in demand has caused several major U.S. ethanol producers to turn to the extraction and production of corn oil. Companies including Valero Energy Corp.,

The Incredible Shrinking Bison, an Unexpected Impact of Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

Memorial Preserve in South Dakota and the warmer Konza Prairie Biological Station in Kansas. A mature bison in South Dakota averaged 500 pounds larger than one in Kansas. Mary Miller, the Conservancy’s Northcentral South Dakota conservation manager, led collection on the Ordway Prairie. Here’s a climate change impact you probably never considered: bison diets.