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October 7, 2008

Dark skies initiative aims to help birds, stargazers

There was an excellent editorial this week in the New York Times about the dark skies initiative dealing with light pollution:

Scientists are only now studying how perpetual twilight affects the lives of birds and other animals, but there is no doubt that a clear, starry night has become a diminishing human pleasure.

Huge, electrified cities spread their nighttime glow for miles. On a 9-point scale — with 1 being a truly dark night — New York City ranks as a 9 and most suburbs seldom reach below a 5. Light is so pervasive that during a blackout in Los Angeles, some residents became alarmed at a liquidlike substance that had taken over the sky. It was, of course, the Milky Way.

See the group’s website to learn more about the Dark Skies Initiative

Read the complete editorial

January 21, 2008

Daily Breeze editorial: Pelican shot by arrow

Under the ‘we couldn’t have said it much better’ column:

“Few things highlight the capacity for pointless cruelty by humans more than the injured pelican at Encino’s Lake Balboa. Someone shot the poor thing in the beak with an arrow, and now it can’t even eat.

Why someone would torture an elegant creature that beautifies the park is simply unfathomable. But with the bad comes the good. This creature’s suffering has also highlighted the awesome capacity for compassion by humans: Many people are trying to help the pelican survive. The caring people include officials at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, who have been attempting to track down the ailing bird.

We can only hope that they reach the bird before it succumbs to its injuries – and that the perpetrator is caught before going on to other senseless brutality toward any of God’s creatures.”

– From the Daily Breeze newspaper January 20, 2008 editorial on the blight of an American White Pelican shot in the bill by an arrow. More info on the IBRRC website