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Blue-footed Boobies in Trouble
by Richard Kemeney
Perfectly in step, this blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) couple on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos appear to be on the right track with their graceful, elaborate mating dance.
But fancy footwork isn’t enough to maintain the Ecuadorian booby populace. Recent research has shown that these majestic birds aren’t making enough baby boobies, and population is shrinking.
The dance, which involves whistling, flapping and both birds marching around on their brilliantly blue feet, can impressively last for several hours. But they should be focusing on dinner, not dancing: the decline is probably due to lack of sardines, the birds’ favourite food. Without them, they may have the energy to boogie, but not to breed.
Journal reference: Avian Conservation and Ecology
(via: New Scientist)
Image: Tui De Roy/ Minden Pictures

rhamphotheca:

Blue-footed Boobies in Trouble

by Richard Kemeney

Perfectly in step, this blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) couple on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos appear to be on the right track with their graceful, elaborate mating dance.

But fancy footwork isn’t enough to maintain the Ecuadorian booby populace. Recent research has shown that these majestic birds aren’t making enough baby boobies, and population is shrinking.

The dance, which involves whistling, flapping and both birds marching around on their brilliantly blue feet, can impressively last for several hours. But they should be focusing on dinner, not dancing: the decline is probably due to lack of sardines, the birds’ favourite food. Without them, they may have the energy to boogie, but not to breed.

Journal reference: Avian Conservation and Ecology

(via: New Scientist)

Image: Tui De Roy/ Minden Pictures

Last year, or perhaps the year before, the City of Sacramento replanted the iconic medians of T Street- at great expense. The drought was full on then and I wondered what they were thinking. Why didn’t they plant/seed drought resistant plants then, plan for shade tolerant landscaping? Now, they’re letting all that grass die, and like the prior post, it’s ridiculous.

Last year, or perhaps the year before, the City of Sacramento replanted the iconic medians of T Street- at great expense. The drought was full on then and I wondered what they were thinking. Why didn’t they plant/seed drought resistant plants then, plan for shade tolerant landscaping? Now, they’re letting all that grass die, and like the prior post, it’s ridiculous.