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A Northern Harrier hunting low over a marsh is one of the most distinctive raptors in flight. They were formerly know as the ‘Marsh Hawk’ The Marsh Hawk can fly low and nearly silent, plunging onto unsuspecting prey on the ground. This is due to the owl-like facial disk which provides directional hearing which helps in detecting prey in tall grass or low-light conditions, and its soft feathers that helps for quiet flight. During the 1950’s and 1960’s Marsh Hawks across the United States exhibited reproductive failure resulting from contamination with pesticide DDT. In 1980’s the population of Marsh Hawks declined to less than 50 breeding pairs statewide in NJ. Due to the population declines and the destruction of natural habitats, the Marsh Hawk is now listed as endangered in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut and threatened in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts State in the United States. 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.

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Riders with impressive horsemanship perform thrilling horse riding stunts at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, a unique dinner and show experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 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.

 

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December is the month when winter truly begins in most of the Northern Hemisphere.
As the winter sets in, the full moon also called the Cold Moon sets in. In the ancient times it was a common practice to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month. For millennia the Native American tribes name the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons.
This year the full cold moon is falling exactly in line with the December solstice (Friday December 21 5:23pm EST). Also the moon will form a conjunction with bright star Aldebaran, meaning two celestial bodies appear to meet and pass each other in the sky.
In this video I attempted to capture the full glory of the full Cold Moon with the wolves howling (from my recent recordings in the background). Swipe left to see the Cold Moon up close.
Happy winter, stay warm! And wishing you all a Happy Holidays!
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Increasing habitat loss and pesticide use has already put the world bee population at risk of extinction. In North America, as many as 700 bee species are headed towards extinction.
Along with the man-made problems, bees also face other challenges including pathogen (microorganism that can cause disease). Researchers have found that Pathogens such as (Crithidia bombi and Nosema ceranae) have implicated in slowing bee colony growth rates and increasing bee death.
Fortunately, researchers have found that Sunflower Pollen has Medicinal, Protective Effects on Bees. Recently, researchers found that two different species of bees that fed a diet of sunflower pollen had dramatically lower rates of infection by specific pathogens. While sunflower pollen alone cannot be considered meal for bee population, researchers says it could certainly be a good additional to a diverse wildflower population for bees.
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The first ever hot air balloon was launched in September 1783, around 235 years ago. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for about 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground. 
Today hot air balloon technology has seen great advancement and across the USA hundreds of hot air balloon festivals are held  especially during the fall season where hundreds of tourists take the ride for some breathtaking landscapes and fall foliage. 
Happy World Tourism Day 
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