Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, January 28, 2020: There’s no snow coming. There was a load of long-range chatter about a blizzardish coastal low for this weekend. The stars – and storm components -- are just not aligning for us. In fact, even northern areas that seemed a sure shot to get walloped are no longer in the big-hit loop. The causal “developing” low pressure system seems destined to detonate well offshore, doing little more than issuing swells toward us – and even into the Caribbean.
We will stay in the unseasonable weather realm as long as the northern jet streams keep up the direct west-to-east flow, what I call flatlining. The winter weather around the entire northern hemisphere has been impacted by this non-dynamic jet stream trend, even Moscow.
BLVD BANTER: For motorists frequenting Long Beach Blvd. from Brant Beach southward, check out this week’s SandPaper for an update on the never-ending roadwork: https://www.thesandpaper.net/p/long-beach-township-officials-offer-...
Questions about the bumpy, sometimes jarring surface of LBI’s main roadway keep coming my way, almost daily – and usually angrily. Answers from project managers were as slow in coming as the work itself is getting done.
Finally, I’m hearing the end to the multiyear infrastructure trenching work is apparently in sight, though far from anything immediate.
I’m looking into what might also be a shortage of finishing asphalt needed to smooth out the Boulevard's chewed up surface. Along those lines, there have been some amazing advancements in new age asphalts. The county has already successfully topped roads using “glassphalt,” made with cullet, which is ground glass from recycled bottles.
Then, there's plastic asphalt. Just as it sounds, it uses the likes of old plastic water bottles to add recycling zest to the asphalt.
Making plastic roads incorporates an on-site system that rips up the existing asphalt atop a road and mechanically grinds it. Then, specially prepared plastic is added to the grind for immediate resurfacing.
Per fastcompany.com: “The system uses a machine called a ‘recycling train’ that grinds up the top few inches of a street, sends the material into a unit in the back that crushes the asphalt to a specific size, and then mixes it with liquid plastic. (See photos below)
“It’s basically one continuous process, where the train mills the road, and then the finished road comes out the back end,” according to Sean Weaver, president of TechniSoil Industrial, the company that designed the new process.
NEW CLOUD VERSION: Beginning next week, The SandPaper’s online edition will be getting a new look – more modern and updated. As I struggle to master it, the entire SandPaper staff is also prepping to do cloud things a bit different. Here’s hoping for a smooth transition. As a reader, you’ll simply come on the same as usual.
COYWOLVES: I’m researching a coywolf segment for my weekly column. It’s truly fascinating how the once eastern coyote has morphed, through hybridism, into a larger stronger and stealthier -- possibly unique -- canine subspecies.
There is now vivid photo and observational evidence that wolf traits, like size and behavior, are dominating – to the point of literally muscling out pure coyote characteristics. The overall size of coywolves is increasing in leaps and bounds due primarily to larger males having the pick of females, thus passing on larger size.
Below: Smithsonian coywolf image.
If you have or know of any coywolf pics – or even coyote photos from the past – I’d love to see them. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
I’ve already seen a slew of local images taken by yard and trail cams. One photo from the West Creek area clearly shows the largest coywolf I’ve ever seen. That same truly sizable animal has been viewed by Eagleswood residents, often near Rte. 9. I’d guess it thrives on roadkills, which turn up daily in that vicinity of the now heavily-used roadway.
By the by, even the largest of coywolves are still primarily coyote. They are not wolves, as has been frequently suggested. The eastern wolf barely exists, possibly fewer than 1,000 in number, in Canada.
An increasing data bank of coywolf DNA shows wolf genes remain recessive: 65 percent coyote, 25 percent wolf, and 10 percent dog.
It is estimated that coywolves may number well over one million. That said, it’s remarkable how few are seen. I’m seeing where this is due to a distinctly wolfish trait whereby coywolves in the wild tend to be observational, as opposed to instantly fleeing, a distinct coyote characteristic. If alerted to something, a coywolf will stop in its tracks, even crouching down in the face of humans, a bit catlike. If seriously spooked, they slip off quietly, looking back to keep track of a suspected threat, often strategically aligning as much vegetation between themselves and visual capacities the threat. This controlled exit strategy draws absolute minimal attention. If it feels there’s no need for an immediate exit, coywolves will hold their ground, allowing an intruder to pass, sometimes quite nearby. Yes, that’s a bit spooky and interestingly aligns with a statistic attributed to sharks: For every one you’ve seen, dozens have seen you.
In my write-up, I’ll mention some video images captured by a security camera over at a public works facility in Stafford. Two coywolves can clearly be seen paralleling a lady walking her two dogs along a dirt road not far from Rte. 9. Not only is the lady unaware of the stealthy stalkers, but even her two dogs don’t detect them. There’s no guessing the intent of those coywolves, though the lady’s pets were smaller dogs.
While in that mindset, there are indications that coywolves are less likely to go after pets. Pure coyotes became notorious for nabbing felines, as I detected when tracking lost pets. There has been a detectable decline in cases of backyard pets gone missing under suspicious coyote-ish circumstances. That could be the result of coywolves being far less inclined to make prolonged stays near human haunts and even the need for larger and safer meals -- again, roadkill surely pitches in.
Here's a coywolf bounding away ... That's a big animal!
PURPLE: THE COLOR OF TRESPASS: Down below you’ll see where Pennsylvania has enacted what is known as a “purple paint law.” I fear it’s next coming our way.
As the name indicates, the purple paint law entails the use of a state-defined hue of purple paint, applied in a girdling fashion around trees, as a means to mark private property. Other states have gone this same route.
This quick fix marking method replaces the previous posting law requiring tangible signage, usually paper, being placed along property lines. Such signs must be updated and signed annually. This is still required in NJ.
Painted/posted trees must be at established intervals apart, no further.
Missing with this paint method are the names of the property owner and the date of the posting. This limits the recourse for folks wondering who owns the land, short of Mr. Purple.
Even with paper signs, I’ve seen many a hunter taking unsubstantiated ownership of lands he would like to hunt exclusively. Such illegal usurping of land will be all too easy with paint postings, which carry no identifiers as to who did the paint job.
In Jersey, I’ve gone as far as checking on names applied to suspicious private property signs, often finding no such people – or organizations, in some cases -- exist. No, I don’t take down the bogus signs. I simply and freely traverse the posted areas, all but begging someone to come along and angrily point out the signs. Busted. Not me … them.
I feel that illegal posting steals land that is otherwise open to the public -- due to a lack of signage. Remember: In Jersey, unposted undeveloped land defaults to being open to the public.
I won’t get into the complex rigamarole regarding verbal designations of private property, which is a legal action option for landowners. It works until they use expressions like “It’s all my property from here to way down there.” Sorry, but “way down there” hosts some serious legal ambiguity. As you might have guessed, I have frequently run into this “way down there” syndrome, most often when folks pull over upon seeing me out and about, often metal detecting.
In all honesty, staying amicable with arrivers often leads to the person allowing me to hunt there, meaning I really was on their unposted property. Far more common, the stoppers recognize their effort for to scare me off isn’t working, while knowing it isn’t their land and haven’t got a legal leg to stand on. They soon admit they were worried about things like dumping. Most common of all, they have deer stands nearby and don’t want anyone messing around with them – which I NEVER do, even when stands are illegally left up out of season.
There will surely be some legal questions as to the efficacy of paint postings, i.e. can such marks stand up in court should trespassing charges be brought by owners or law enforcement. Personally, I think it’s a legal stretch. In fact, I’m guessing the shift from tangible signage to mere paintage is being done more to simplify warnings than to establish a legally enforceable marking of property parameters.
Purple paint has a new meaning in Pennsylvania under a law that just took effect.
Landowners are now allowed to legally notify hunters and others that they're trespassing by painting purple stripes on trees or posts.
The purple stripes must be vertical lines at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide.
The stripes must be 3 to 5 feet off the ground, no more than 100 feet apart and clearly visible to a person approaching the property.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law in November. It applies everywhere except in Philadelphia and Allegheny County.
Other states have already adopted a purple paint law. Paint manufacturers have formulated cans of spray paint and brush paint marketed as "no hunting" paint.
While on a recent mission to map the sea floor in their new ocean explorer, RV Investigator, researchers with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) made a startling discovery just off the coast from Sydney, Australia: An extinct volcanic range teeming with nightmarish fish, reports CSIRO News.
One of the fish found lurking in this undersea range is the creature pictured above, a tiny, jet black, fanged, scaleless creature. Chief scientist for the voyage, UNSW marine biologist professor Iain Suthers, said he was amazed by how many of these little creatures could be found so far out to sea. The discovery could change how researchers study juvenile fish.
"We had thought fish only developed in coastal estuaries, and that once larvae were swept out to sea, that was end of them," explained Suthers. "But in fact, these eddies are nursery grounds for commercial fisheries along the east coast of Australia."
The features of the sea floor, such as with the underwater volcanic range discovered on this voyage, can create eddies that provide ideal places for life to flourish. The scaleless black fish is not the only strange creature discovered. Also lurking were eel-like idiacanthidae and the ever-frightening chauliodontidae, both pictured here:
The extinct volcanic range itself consisted of four calderas estimated at around 50 million years old. It is located about 200 kilometers off the coast of Sydney, Australia, and is roughly 20 kilometers long and about 6 kilometers wide, and it rises 700 meters off the ocean floor at the highest point.
"This is the first time these volcanoes have been seen," professor Richard Arculus of the Australian National University told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It proves yet again that we know more about the topography of Mars than we do the sea bed in our own backyard."
There are a number of public and “invite only” meetings coming up in February regarding offshore wind development at the Jersey Shore, which I’ve noticed has prompted a new push by some to demonize those who dare to ask the obvious questions about potential impacts to coastal fisheries. I personally spent months reviewing existing scientific research on windfarm development in putting together the following article. It’s long and full of citations; I also believe it uncovers some data that some might see as little more than an “inconvenient truth.” But I assure you, the questions asked in this article are questions that need to be answered on behalf of coastal fishermen, not simply dismissed as lies or “fake news” by those with a financial stake in the promotion of offshore wind development.
Got a call from Marine Mammal Stranding Center to help with a seal rescue. When we got there we actually saw a huge Grey seal and a juvenile harbor seal hanging out together. The Grey seal had a big gash on its side. After examination it was determined that the wound was not infected and was healing.
An attempt by MMSC to capture the injured seal was a bust! It was estimated to be around 350 lbs. God bless MMSC. The juvenile was just hanging out enjoying some rays. It was a little unusual to see both Grey and Harbor so close to each other. The man standing by the seal is from MMSC. No one should attempt a seal rescue or get this close to a seal. They are very quick and have a nasty bite. If you see one call MMSC at 609-266-0538. Also, you can adopt a seal on their website.
You may be forced to pay more for your favorite wines if climate change continues.
That’s the shock warning issued by scientists this week, who said rising global temperatures could wipe out 85 percent of the world’s wine-growing regions.
This mass loss of vineyards would likely trigger a global wine shortage, driving up prices for reds and whites the world over.
The international team of scientists said their work highlighted “the critical role that human decisions play in building agricultural systems resilient to climate change.”
In a research paper published Monday, researchers described how they investigated the climate suitability of 11 varieties of wine grapes.
Those grapes account for a third of the area planted globally and are prominent in many important wine countries such as France, Australia, New Zealand and Chile.
Computer models showed that global warming of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — a rise the world is on track to exceed — would incinerate 56 percent of land used to grow wine worldwide.
Heating of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, a realistic prospect this century, would threaten up to 85 percent of wine-growing regions.
Extra heat might damage delicate plants, or speed up ripening and make the grapes too high in sugar, researchers said.
However, planting different grape varieties or quantities could significantly cut losses, said the new study.
Switching to varieties that are more tolerant to heat could cut the loss of growing areas to 24 percent from 56 percent under an average global temperature rise of 2C from preindustrial times and to 58 percent from 85 percent with a 4C increase, they found.
In France’s Burgundy region, currently cultivated varieties like pinot noir could be replaced with the heat-loving Mourvedre and Grenache, they said.
Cooler wine-growing regions such as Germany, New Zealand and the US Pacific Northwest could also become suitable for grapes that thrive in warmer climes.
But top producers Italy, Spain and Australia — which are already hot — face the largest losses, they added.
Some big winegrowers, particularly in Australia and California, also are facing losses of vineyards to worsening wildfires, as climate change brings hotter and drier conditions.
John Handmer, a Canberra-based science advisor for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, said recent bushfires in Australia meant some vineyards were not just damaged but “gone” — and could take years to re-establish.
That would impact not only agricultural earnings — already hard-hit by drought in Australia — but also tourism in wine-growing areas, he added.
Ignacio Morales-Castilla, lead author of the new study, said the research showed there was still an opportunity to adapt viticulture and agriculture to climate pressures.
“But we need to be aware that the more warming there is, the less chances we have to adapt,” said Morales-Castilla, from Spain’s University of Alcala.
Diversifying into different grape varieties can help, he said — but once warming tops 2C, it becomes a less effective strategy the hotter the climate gets.
The world has already warmed by just over 1C.
In addition, vineyards must overcome regulatory, financial and cultural hurdles to switch varieties, warned the study.
“There is attachment of some growers to given varieties that were grown (there) for centuries… and shifting or abandoning that variety is not going to be easy,” said Morales-Castilla.
He said he hoped many more local varieties suitable for growing in hotter temperatures could be identified, as the study only looked at 11 varieties from a global total of about 1,100.
(Natural News) The climate change hoax has collapsed. A devastating series of research papers has just been published, revealing that human activity can account for no more than a .01°C rise in global temperatures, meaning that all the human activity targeted by radical climate change alarmists — combustion engines, airplane flights, diesel tractors — has virtually no measurable impact on the temperature of the planet.
Finnish scientists spearheaded the research, releasing a paper entitled, “No Experimental Evidence for the Significant Anthropogenic Climate ....”
The paper explains that IPCC analysis of global temperatures suffers from a glaring error — namely, failure to account for “influences of low cloud cover” and how it impacts global temperatures. Natural variations in low cloud cover, which are strongly influenced by cosmic radiation’s ability to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere due to variations in the strength of our planet’s magnetosphere, account for nearly all changes in global temperature, the researchers explain.
As this chart reveals, more cloud cover is inversely related to temperature. In other words, clouds shield the surface of the Earth from the sun, providing shade cover cooling, while a lack of clouds results in more warming:
This is further supported by researchers at Kobe University in Japan who published a nearly simultaneous paper that reveals how changes in our planet’s magnetic field govern the intensity of solar radiation that reaches the lower atmosphere, causing cloud formation that alters global temperatures.
That study, published in Nature, is called, “Intensified East Asian winter monsoon during the last geomagnetic r....” It states:
Records of suborbital-scale climate variation during the last glacial and Holocene periods can be used to elucidate the mechanisms of rapid climate changes… At least one event was associated with a decrease in the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field. Thus, climate records from the MIS 19 interglacial can be used to elucidate the mechanisms of a variety of climate changes, including testing the effect of changes in geomagnetic dipole field strength on climate through galactic cosmic ray (GCR)-induced cloud formation…
In effect, cosmic rays which are normally deflected via the magnetosphere are, in times of weak or changing magnetic fields emanating from Earth itself, able to penetrate further into Earth’s atmosphere, causing the formation of low-level clouds which cover the land in a kind of “umbrella effect” that shades the land from the sun, allowing cooling to take place. But a lack of clouds makes the surface hotter, as would be expected. This natural phenomenon is now documented to be the primary driver of global temperatures and climate, not human activity.
Burn all the oil you want, in other words, and it’s still just a drop in the bucket compared to the power of the sun and other cosmic influences. All the fossil fuel consumption in the world barely contributes anything to actual global temperatures, the researchers confirmed.
As they explain, the IPCC’s climate models are wildly overestimating the influence of carbon dioxide on global temperatures:
…the [IPCC] models fail to derive the influences of low cloud cover fraction on the global temperature. A too small natural component results in a too large portion for the contribution of the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. That is why J. KAUPPINEN AND P. MALMI IPCC represents the climate sensitivity more than one order of magnitude larger than our sensitivity 0.24°C. Because the anthropogenic portion in the increased CO2 is less than 10%, we have practically no anthropogenic climate change. The low clouds control mainly the global temperature.
Carbon dioxide, in other words, isn’t the “pollutant” that climate change alarmists have long claimed it to be. CO2 won’t destroy the planet and barely has any effect on global temperatures (the IPCC’s estimate of its effect is, according to Finnish researchers, about one order of magnitude too large, or ten times the actual amount).
In fact, NASA was forced to recently admit that carbon dioxide is re-greening the Earth on a massive scale by supporting the growth of rainforests, trees and grasslands. See these maps showing the increase in green plant life, thanks to rising CO2:
Importantly, reducing our global consumption of fossil fuels will have virtually no impact on global temperatures. The far bigger governor of climate and temperatures is the strength and configuration of Earth’s magnetosphere, which has always been in flux since the formation of the planet billions of years ago. The weaker the magnetosphere, the more cosmic rays penetrate the atmosphere, resulting in the generation of clouds, which shield the planet’s surface from the sun. Thus, a weaker magnetosphere causes global cooling, while a stronger magnetosphere results in global warming, according to this research. This phenomenon is called the “Svensmark Effect.”
This suggests that the increase in cosmic rays was accompanied by an increase in low-cloud cover, the umbrella effect of the clouds cooled the continent, and Siberian high atmospheric pressure became stronger. Added to other phenomena during the geomagnetic reversal — evidence of an annual average temperature drop of 2-3 degrees Celsius, and an increase in annual temperature ranges from the sediment in Osaka Bay — this new discovery about winter monsoons provides further proof that the climate changes are caused by the cloud umbrella effect.
The extreme alarmism of climate change lunatics — best personified by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ insistence that humanity will be destroyed in 12 years if we don’t stop burning fos... — is all based on nothing but fearmongering media propaganda and faked science. (The IPCC and NOAA both routinely fudge temperature data to try to create a warming “trend” where none exists.)
It’s all a massive, coordinated fraud, and the mainstream media deliberately lies to the public about climate change to push anti-free market schemes that would destroy the U.S. economy while transferring literally trillions of dollars into the pockets of wealthy globalists as part of a “carbon tax” scheme.
Yet carbon isn’t the problem at all. And the “war on carbon” is a stupid, senseless policy created by idiots, given that humans are carbon-based lifeforms, meaning that any “war on carbon” is a war on humanity.