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Friday, April 28, 2017: Tick alert! If you’re an outdoors type ...

Tree cutters almost hit passing woman

Synchronized puppy fall

Now, this is an LBI-ready rescue vehicle. In fact, it's a just plain LBI-ready "buggy" period ... rescue ilk or not. 

Carole Bradshaw For the folks who were watching the seal nap on 4th Street beach, Surf City: a happy ending at 4:45 pm when it returned to the sea. It was a perfect day to catch some rays!


I always look more into nature than I should but I was hanging around watching this busy bluebird, Rte. 539 area, LEHT, for a goodly amount of time today. It hung far off, then got used to me. Finally, it seemed to purposely fly in real close, bug in beak; within range of my mere 50mm lens -- though I cropped the shot for this look. You can almost see it trying to convey a look-message, hopefully not "Whatchu lookin' at, dude!?"

Showing her colors ... 

Today: Daniel DiPasquale 

Fatties all afternoon!!!! Doesn't get any better, fun time with great people. Nice to see the fish getting fatter and fatter everyday.

I seldom do this. In fact, this is a first. This eatery is amazingly good. It's a Ship Bottom-based semi-secret spot. Bring a fat-ish wallet. At least it's worth it. 

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Friday, April 28, 2017: Tick alert!

If you’re an outdoors type – and, from what I gather, a huge number of folks in here are – you take these updates with a high degree of intensity. In fact, if you’re only one of the legion who reside adjacent to woodland you also take due notice, hopefully followed by due diligence, especially with pets. 

If you're slow at the pick-off, a tick hitchhiker can take on a whole new dimension. 

I have read close to a dozen social media posts about it being a real bad tick spring. The reports covered a wide swath of mainly NJ. I held out with my appraisal until I now. In the past week, I have pulled ticks off like my legs and waistline as if there was a tick convention. I cruelly crush them between the fingernails of my thumbs, gooshing ‘em one good. I don’t care if Buddhists fear any living thing might be one of my long-lost, reincarnate relative. If I have to go that route, I picture them as relatives of folks I’m already not that wild about. I even get to thinking” “I wonder what a tick comes back as?” I’m guessing it’s nothing overly great. But I digress.

Along with this alert – and those of others – I’m betting there will be even some official-level warnings about the arrived tick year. And, yes, absolutely, tick years vary like nobody’s business. In fact, just a couple years back, I luxuriated in a near tick-absent spring and summer. I couldn’t even begin to scientifically guess why, though I recall a late freeze that year.

While there is growing fears of the rare disease babesiosis arriving via NJ ticks, it is still Lyme disease that is a clear and present danger.

I won’t get into the regimen of preventive measure to assure ticks won’t hitch only you for a tasty ride. Mine is complex, seeing I’m in the outback as many as 300 days a year – and I’m talking non-path type areas. Below is a typical preventative read. It’s worth a refresher look.

 Before You Go Outdoors: 

Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks.

Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.

Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For detailed information about tick prevention and control, see Avoiding Ticks. Detailed information for outdoor workers can be found at NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Tick-borne Diseases.

After You Come Indoors

Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively.

Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child's body for ticks:

Under the arms

In and around the ears

Inside belly button

Back of the knees

In and around the hair

Between the legs

Around the waist

For doctors, nurses and such. Very interesting ... https://cme2.medpagetoday.com/tick-bornedisease/2034/main/?understo...


My goal was to catch in a new spot well mission accomplished crazy last 2 weeks wow


Hi Jay,

President Trump is signing an executive order "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," which would seek to repeal Obama-era regulations keeping oil companies from drilling in risky off-shore areas. Shaughnessy Naughton, energy expert and founder of 314 Action, says this executive order is the cherry on top Trump's Hundred Days' War on science after series of bad science policy decisions including cutting alternative energy research funding, undermining chemical safety, and rolling back health protections from pollution that causes smog - all in the name of bigger profits for corporations.

  • Ahead of the Climate March this weekend, the Trump Administration risks another Deepwater Horizon incident by fast-tracking the ability of oil companies to drill in areas that are near impossible to clean up and would have long-term environmental impacts.
  • Trump's War on Science is having another effect: fueling environmental activism. Science advocacy groups like 314 Action seek to build on the momentum from the Science March to continue into this weekend's Climate March. The Science March blew away all expectations with massive crowds across the nation. And that should concern the current "anti-science" Administration.
  • This weekend's Climate March will continue to remind President Trump that Americans care about clean water, breathing clean air, safety from chemicals, and that risky off shore drilling is simply too risky. 

Shaughnessy Naughton was a 2014 and 2016 Congressional candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Shaughnessy was a chemist before she became involved in the political process by founding 314 Action, a non-profit that recruits and trains other STEM experts to run for public office, locally and nationally. Check out PBS Newshour's profile piece here: Scientists consider running for office, and her oped at CNN.com, "Scientists won't win until they run." See a clip of her on MSNBC Live here discussing the Science March. Shaughnessy is in NY and is available for interviews.


Promote wildlife conservation to win scholarships!

Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites 
high school students from across the state to submit an 
original social media campaign showing the importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. 
The fun and educational 
"Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest
 capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills. 

Best of all, it's 
FREE to enter - and gives students the chance to 
win scholarships and other prizes! All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.
Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
Questions? Contact our CWF Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio at 
stephanie.dalessio@conservewildlifenj.org or by phone at (609) 984-0621.

All entries are due Friday, May 19, 2017.

Live Swordfish Beaches at Assateague Island….Then Swims Away 

  • Live Swordfish Beaches at Assateague Island….Then Swims Away

Live Swordfish Beaches at Assateague Island….Then Swims Away
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

I’ve heard lots of interesting stories in my 25 years of fishing in Ocean City, but this is truly remarkable.  Three surf anglers today witnessed a juvenile swordfish beach itself in the Assateague surf, they took a quick picture, returned it to the ocean and watched it disappear.  And no this is not a joke.

Steven D Cooper, his brother Brian Cooper and his dad Woody Cooper are regular surf fishermen on Assateague, but they’ve never seen anything like this before….and neither have a lot of us.  As the men were fishing at the “Bull Pen” down the Assateague beach Steven says “we watched him beach, put him back and he was gone….poof!”

Here is the picture Steven took on the beach followed by one of a juvenile swordfish photo from the Florida Museum of Natural History.


LoBiondo Opposes Allowing for Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Congressman Introduced Bipartisan Legislation to Ban Seismic Testing Yesterday, Prevent Drilling Off New Jersey in February


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A leading voice of opposition to offshore drilling near New Jersey’s coastline, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today reaffirmed his strong opposition to opening new parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of Cape May County for oil and natural gas drilling. President Trump signed an executive order today reversing the Obama Administration moratorium on exploration in the Atlantic Ocean.

“I have long warned against drilling in the Mid-Atlantic region, which would put at risk some of the nation’s most sensitive coastal and marine resources, including those off New Jersey. Protecting these areas means a great deal to the local residents and coastal communities that rely on the cleanliness of our beaches and our tourism economy - a $43 billion industry that supports more than 500,000 jobs. Additionally, our robust commercial and recreational fisheries, some of the largest in the nation, generate over a billion dollars in revenue,” said LoBiondo. “I have been proud to the lead bipartisan opposition to efforts by Republican and Democratic Presidents to issue new drilling leases in these waters. The fight continues.” 

            Yesterday LoBiondo and Representative Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced legislation to halt permits for seismic airgun blasting on the Atlantic seaboard. Companies use seismic blasting in their surveying process, but the practice has significant, adverse effects on marine species. 

In February, LoBiondo introduced H.R. 728, which would prohibit drilling off the coast of New Jersey. He has introduced similar legislation in each Congress since 1999. 

LoBiondo has also signed on as an original cosponsor to legislation by Representative Mark Sanford (SC-01) that would place a 10-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The legislation could be introduced as soon as today



 Archaeological evidence throws light on efforts to resist ‘the living dead’

3 April 2017
Bone knife marks. Historic EnglandKnife marks on external surfaces of two rib bone ...
 Credit: Historic England

A new scientific study of medieval human bones, excavated from a deserted English village, suggests the corpses they came from were burnt and mutilated. Researchers from the University of Southampton and Historic England believe this was carried out by villagers who believed that it would stop the corpses rising from their graves and menacing the living.

The team found that many of the bones from Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire showed knife-marks – suggesting the bodies had been decapitated and dismembered. There was also evidence of the burning of body parts and deliberate breaking of some bones after death.

The findings are published in an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.  The research was led by Simon Mays, Human Skeletal Biologist at Historic England, working in collaboration with Alistair Pike, Professor of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Southampton.
In medieval times, there was a folk-belief that corpses could rise from their graves and roam the local area, spreading disease and violently assaulting those unlucky enough to encounter them. Restless corpses were usually thought to be caused by a lingering malevolent life-force in individuals who had committed evil deeds or created animosity when living.
Medieval writers describe a number of ways of dealing with revenants, one of which was to dig up the offending corpse, decapitate and dismember it, and burn the pieces in a fire. Perhaps the bones from Wharram Percy were parts of bodies that were mutilated and burnt because of medieval fears of corpses rising from their graves. The researchers considered other theories, but this explanation appears to be the most consistent with the alterations observed on the bones.

Wharram Percy medieval village. Historic England.Wharram Percy medieval village. Credit: Historic England

In some societies, people may be treated in unusual ways after death because they are viewed as outsiders. However, analysis of strontium isotopes in the teeth showed this was not the reason in this case.  Professor Alistair Pike, who directed the isotopic analysis, explains: “Strontium isotopes in teeth reflect the geology on which an individual was living as their teeth formed in childhood. A match between the isotopes in the teeth and the geology around Wharram Percy suggests they grew up in an area close to where they were buried, possibly in the village. This was surprising to us, as we first wondered if the unusual treatment of the bodies might relate to their being from further afield, rather than local.”
Famines were quite common in medieval times, so another possibility might be that the remains were of corpses that had been cannibalised by starving villagers. However, the evidence did not seem to fit. For example, in cannibalism, knife marks on bone tend to cluster around major muscle attachments or large joints, but at Wharram Percy the knife marks were not at these locations but mainly in the head and neck area.
Simon Mays concludes: “The idea that the Wharram Percy bones are the remains of corpses burnt and dismembered to stop them walking from their graves seems to fit the evidence best. If we are right, then this is the first good archaeological evidence we have for this practice. It shows us a dark side of medieval beliefs and provides a graphic reminder of how different the medieval view of the world was from our own.”
The bones come from the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire, a site managed by English Heritage. There was a total of 137 bones representing the mixed remains of at least ten individuals. They were buried in a pit in the settlement part of the site. They date from the 11th-14th centuries AD.

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