Meet North America’s smallest turtle
… the threatened bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii). This juvenile was found on Wallkill River Refuge in NJ and NY. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Susi von Oettingen recently talked about it and other species at risk on Fox News Connecticut (see here). Saving these species matters, she said, because they’re part of our conservation heritage. They also could have medical or commercial value.
Credit: Rosie Walunas/USFWS
deep love for the bog turtle
"Oh, what a cute little mouse!"
"It’s not a mouse! It’s a marsupial called an antechinus."
"Sorry, evolution, my mistake. Still cute, though."
"Isn’t he? And he’s excited, because he’s almost eleven months old, and that means he finally gets to start mating."
"Aw, that’s nice."
"He’s going to run around getting it on with as many females as he can for the next two or three weeks."
"And he’ll have sex with each of them for up to 14 hours at a stretch."
"And he’ll get so exhausted from all the frantic mating that his fur starts falling off, and he contracts gangrene."
"What? Jesus. Then does he take a break, at least?"
"Nah, not really. He basically keeps doing it until he gets so sick and stressed out that he dies. ‘Suicidal reproduction,’ I’m calling it.”
"Are you serious? He’s going to mate himself to death?”
"Yeah, but he doesn’t know it yet. Happy coming-of-age, antechinus!"
"You’re sick, you know that?"
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard want the paparazzi to know that their infant daughter is off-limits.
"We had always had an agreement that when this little thing came into the world, all bets were off, no pictures would happen," Bell told TODAY Friday in an exclusive interview. "We now have a duty as parents to protect this little one."
Added Shepard: “You see a lot of paparazzi blackmailing celebrities, saying if you pose for a few pictures we’ll leave you alone for the rest of the day. And I just don’t think that that’s the best option that we have in this world.”John Shearer / AP
The “Veronica Mars” star and the “Parenthood” star welcomed their daughter, Lincoln, in March 2013.
The celebrity couple on Monday urged their followers on Twitter to boycott magazines that publish photos of the children of celebrities, with Shepard saying that kids “shouldn’t be punished for who their parents are.”
Bell quickly retweeted her husband’s message. She later added that she will no longer do interviews with magazines that pay photographers to take pictures of celebrities’ children and that consumers should also think about their behavior.
"We’re not saying that we can’t be newsworthy. We’re saying that our child is not newsworthy," Bell said. "We chose to be the entertainers, so we never post — other than the birth announcement — we’ve posted nothing about her and we don’t plan to."
In September, a California bill aimed at keeping paparazzi away from the children of celebrities and supported by film stars and parents Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
A. Pawlowski contributed to this report.
A photograph from the 1870’s showing tens of thousands of bison skulls. They were mass slaughtered by the U.S. Army to make room for cattle and force Native American tribes into starvation.
Mass slaughter of buffalo and bison took place in Canadian territory as well, and was part of a deliberate campaign to break Indigenous resistance to (further) settler incursions onto Native land and the railroad. The removal of the buffalo also meant that when it came time to sign treaties, the Canadian government could more or less set any terms it saw fit and Indigenous leaders basically had to comply with them or their people would freeze and starve (that’s if gov officials even bothered to translate the actual terms of the treaty at all).
The “disappearance” of the buffalo is narrativized as part of a larger myth surrounding the “disappearing Indian” whose absence clears the land for the incoming white pioneers to take their place. The murder, destruction, slaughter of bison and buffalo was a tactic essential to the genocidal colonial project.
Furthermore, the bones of the buffalo were then exported to Europe to be made into bone china. Indigenous artist Dana Claxton made a short film and art installation about it back in 1997 called Buffalo Bone China, and you can read about it here as well as watch it on her website.