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The first Full Moon of 2020, the Wolf Moon is here! According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the January Full Moon was dubbed the ‘Wolf’ Moon by Native Americans because it occurred at a time of year when wolves would be howling with hunger. The bright full moon light can also produce rainbows at night which are sometimes caused by the refraction of light through ice particles in high altitude clouds. They are called lunar rainbow or 'moonbow'. The uniqueness of 2020 is there are 13 full moons including two full moons in the month of October i.e. Harvest moon and the Blue moon. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and visit https://shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories.

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Beluga whales are highly social and extremely intelligent. They can mimic the sounds they hear including human speech! They are also known as the “canaries of the sea" because of the vast range of sounds they produce. Beluga whales are found solely in the Northern Hemisphere and inhabit the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean and subarctic regions. They are found in Alaska as well as areas of Russia, Canada, Norway and Greenland. They are listed as near threatened species in the the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There are about 30 captive Beluga whales in the United States including around 300 worldwide. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’. Visit @shravanregretiyer @regretiyerproductions and https://shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories.

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Can we jump-start Spring 2020?

An Eastern Gray Squirrel, native to the eastern North America, takes a leap.
Eastern Gray Squirrel are scatter-hoarder and hoards food mostly seeds in numerous small catches for later recovery. When that happens, the seed may sprout. Meaning, more trees, more food 🙂 Scientists in Pennsylvania consider Eastern Gray Squirrels as a model organism for studying the close evolutionary interaction between plants and animals. One such research findings show how Oak trees and Squirrels have evolved to help each other!

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In winter, the trees are bare, the snow is crusted, the marshes are frozen and brown leaves on the ground, clumps of dead grass, and little silvers of ice clinging to the edges of brooks. It might look like a gray world, but the Great Swamp teems with multitudinous forms of life.

As author Brooks Atkinson puts it in the 1967 article published in the New York Times magazine, “Great Swamp is good for nothing – But Life, Knowledge, Peace and Hope

The Great Swamp here in New Jersey is considered unique because it is home to both northern and southern species of trees and a refuge to millions of land and water birds migrating twice a year through the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway – a major North-South flyway for migratory birds in North America.
The Great Swamp is also home to 42 species of reptiles and amphibians, 39 species of mammals, and home to more than 244 species of birds.
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The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. They were once endangered by hunting and pesticides. In 1940 the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was passed to protect Bald and Golden Eagle. The federal law prohibits the possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including their feathers and parts, nests, nest trees, and winter/nighttime roosts, unless allowed by permit.

The bird is considered sacred by the American Indians and the eagles play an important role in their religious ceremonies. Each year the National Eagle Repository in Colorado bags more than 2,000 dead birds and freezes the animals before delivering them to waiting Native American Indian tribes to use in religious rituals.
Swipe left for a classic portrait of the bald eagle.

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The Chinese Tea House on the seaside cliff at the Marble House mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The tea house is modeled on the 12th century Song Dynasty temples.
This social and architectural landmark was also used to host rallies for women’s right to vote in the USA.
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The Chinese Tea House on the seaside cliff at the Marble House mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The tea house is modeled on the 12th century Song Dynasty temples.
This social and architectural landmark was also used to host rallies for women’s right to vote in the USA.
Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’
Also visit @regretiyerproductions @shravanregretiyer & shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories from the natural world.