Rarely seen. This is an amazing video of a roll cloud over Lake Michigan. It looks like something from a science fiction movie! Imagine being there in person to see this - would get your adrenaline going! Connect with Nature! ... See MoreSee Less
Great BIG News! WORLD'S LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED GIANT SEQUOIA FOREST IS NOW PROTECTED! Conservation group closes a $15.65 million deal to buy the largest privately owned giant sequoia grove left on Earth. Known as Alder Creek, the grove covers 530 acres (2 square km). The iconic trees once lived throughout the Northern Hemisphere, but they now exist in only 73 isolated groves, all located on the western slopes of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. This particular grove of Sequoiadendron giganteum packs a lot into its 530 acres, including 483 sequoias with trunks at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) in diameter, along with a few hundred smaller sequoias of varying ages. Fantastic! Connect with Nature! ... See MoreSee Less
Longest Non-stop flight has a new King! Every time you see a bird, there is a chance you may be looking at the greatest marathon athlete in the world; particularly if you happen upon a Bar-Tailed Godwit. These little shorebirds were recently found to travel 7,500 miles (12,000 km) in an eye-watering, lung-busting non-stop flight of 11 days from Alaska to the Firth of Thames near Auckland, New Zealand. But the real question is - how can a small bird that lives a few years navigate for days over nothing but empty ocean to arrive in New Zealand? Some scientists have shown some birds use the sun as orientation - but how would they navigate at night? Another thought is they may use electromagnetic sensory that allows them to ‘see’ the magnetic field in a way that humans cannot. Even with the help of a magnetic compass, the record-breaking bar-tailed godwit, known as 4 BBRW, departed from Alaska and passed over the Aleutian Islands in a 224-hour flight without sleep over open ocean with no land markers to use as visual guidance. At one point he faced winds that blew so hard he was blown off course towards Australia. Amazingly, he managed to correct his flight trajectory. They seem to have some capability of knowing where they are on the globe that we cant really explain. Incredible all the same! Connect with Nature! ... See MoreSee Less
Simply Diabolical! It’s a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a car. So, how does the seemingly indestructible insect do it? The species — aptly named the 'Diabolical Ironclad beetle' - owes its might to an unusual armor that is layered and pieced together like a jigsaw. The species, which can be found in Southern California’s woodlands, withstood compression of about 39,000 times its own weight. For a 200 lb man (90 kg), that would be like surviving a 7.8-million lb crush (3.5 million kg). I mean look at it - it looks like an indestructable tank! Connect with Nature! ... See MoreSee Less
Fascinating! Are they mainly found in California? They must've been around for a long time. What do they live on? Smaller insects? I can see in the photo where the outer shell does look like a puzzle pieced together. Amazing that it can withstand 39,000 times its own weight. Nature never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for sharing!
I don't understand how they withstood this compression level, and what"s de meaning, when? ..sorry for my english,I've been learning. I will investigate more information in Google. Thank you!
Great News! For the first time in almost 3,000 years, Tasmanian devils roam mainland Australia once again. After nearly going extinct due to a rare, contagious cancer, this reintroduction is the result of over a decade of effort. Well done! Connect with Nature! ... See MoreSee Less