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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 1.5 out of 4 paws

The Goldfinch

Warner Bros. Pictures, Amazon Studios and Color Force present an R rated, 149 minute, Drama, directed by John Crowley, screenplay by Peter Straughan and based on the novel by Donna Tartt with a theater release date of September 13, 2019.

Review written with 3 out of 4 paws

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Twentieth Century Fox, TSG Entertainment, Bulletproof Cupid, Chernin Entertainment and Scope Pictures presents a PG-13, 3D, 127 minute, Fantasy, Adventure, directed by Tim Burton, screenplay by Jane Goldman and novel by Ransom Riggs with a theater release date of September 30, 2016.

Nature Chronicles a Diversity of Life in

The Sagebrush Sea

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 on PBS

An ecosystem tapped by energy development faces an uncertain future

It's been called The Big Empty - an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America, exasperating thousands of westward-bound travelers as an endless place through which they had to pass to reach their destinations. Yet it's far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. For one bird, however, it is a year-round home, as it has been for thousands of years. The Greater Sage-Grouse relies on the sage for everything and is found no place else. But their numbers are in decline. Two hundred years ago, there were as many as 16 million sage grouse; today, there may be fewer than 200,000.

The Sagebrush Sea tracks the Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife through the seasons as they struggle to survive in this rugged and changing landscape. The program airs Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). After broadcast, the episode will be available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.

In early spring, male sage grouse move to open spaces, gathering in clearings known as leks to establish mating rights. They strut about, puffing up yellow air sacs in their breasts and making a series of popping sounds to intimidate other males. For weeks, they practice their elaborate display and square off with other arriving males, battling to establish dominance and territory. Successful males then display for discriminating females and are allowed to mate only if chosen as the most suitable. The criteria are a mystery to all but the females, nearly all of which select only one or two males on the lek each year. Once they've bred, the hens will head off into the protective sage to build their nests near food and water and raise their offspring alone. Within a month, the chicks hatch and follow the hens as they forage for food and keep a watchful eye out for predators. In the summer, the grouse head to wetlands, often populated by farms and ranches, in search of water, only to return to the sage in the fall. Shrinking wetlands that once supported thousands of grouse still manage to provide for hundreds.

Other species discussed in the program include the golden eagle and great-horned owl. Both bird species take advantage of perfect perches on the rocks and ridges sculpted by the area's constant wind to nest, hunt, and raise their families. Cavity-nesting bluebirds and the American kestrel return each year to raise their young in rock crevices. The sagebrush serves as a nursery for the sagebrush sparrow, the sage thrasher and the Brewer's sparrow, all of which breed nowhere else.

Sage survives in this arid environment through deep roots that reach to the water below. Like water, however, many key resources are locked below ground in the high desert, bringing an increasing presence of wells, pipelines and housing. As they proliferate, the sage sea is becoming more and more fragmented, impacting habitats and migratory corridors. And of the 500,000 square miles of sagebrush steppe that stretched across North America, only half now remains. For the sage and the grouse, the future is uncertain.

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For Nature, Fred Kaufman is executive producer. The Sagebrush Sea is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Production.

Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television.

Nature has won over 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 12 Emmys and three Peabodys. The series received two of wildlife film industry's highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival honored Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.

PBS.org/nature is the award-winning web companion to Nature, featuring streaming episodes, filmmaker interviews, teacher's guides and more.

Support for this Nature program was made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Estate of Elizabeth A. Vernon, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, George B. Storer Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.




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Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing a proposal to protect the rufa red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This amazing shorebird flies thousands of miles from breeding areas in the Canadian Arctic, along coastal and inland migration corridors, to wintering areas in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern U.S., the Caribbean, and South America. Many of these robin-sized birds make a staggering migration of 9,300 miles each way, wintering on Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America.

Since the 1980s, knot numbers have dropped by roughly 75 percent in some areas, with the steepest declines resulting from overharvest of the horseshoe crab, whose eggs are one of the knot’s key food sources during migration. Today knots face significant threats from coastal development, dredging, sea walls, oil spills, and—more recently—climate change.

The knot’s future is closely linked to further impacts from climate change. Many of the threats facing the knot are driven by our changing climate—including disappearing habitat and food resources. These birds spend most of their time along the coasts or at the extreme latitudes of the Western Hemisphere, the areas undergoing the most rapid climate change. Read more at the news release: http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=60042DE0-FB9E-C978-063157265CB076C1



(Washington, D.C., March 26, 2013) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new report detailing what it will take to conserve the imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse. The report maps out the most important areas for the conservation of the declining species, which in 2015 may be added to the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

“This new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report provides an important roadmap for land managers that we urge the agencies to follow. It represents a good-faith effort at using the best available science to protect the species,” said Steve Holmer, senior policy advisor for American Bird Conservancy, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations. “So it is disappointing that we are seeing Bureau of Land Management resource management plans already created without the benefit of this guidance. Those plans appear to fall short of what’s needed to conserve the species.”

The new Conservation Objectives Report is intended to guide a major regional planning effort now underway to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse. Following the completion of seven state-based Environmental Impact Statements, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S.D.A. Forest Service will then amend more than 100 individual management plans across a vast amount (57 million acres) of federal lands.

However, the BLM has already released the final Lander Resource Management plan in Wyoming as well as a draft plan for the Miles City management area in Montana. These plans will determine how sage grouse habitat will be managed and whether protected areas will be established.

“Several BLM management plans are being completed without the benefit of the new Conservation Objectives Report and need strengthening,” said Holmer. “For example, the Lander Resource Management plan did not designate any significant protected areas for the Greater Sage-Grouse. Conserving the grouse will require improving management and protecting sufficient habitat.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Objectives Report is available here.

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC acts by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats, while building capacity in the bird conservation movement.

mulberry, fl — Bird lovers are expected to flock to their Post Offices now that the Postal Service is celebrating North America’s largest swallow by issuing the Purple Martin First-Class Mail Forever Stamped envelope today that sells for 56-cents (45-cents for postage and 11-cents for the envelope). The stamped envelope is now available at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/shop and by phone at 800-782-6724.


“Bird lovers across America will be enamored with this stamped envelope,” said U.S. Postal Service Acting Manager of Post Office Operations John Rhoden in dedicating the stamps at the Mulberry Civic Center.


Joining Rhoden in dedicating the stamped envelope were Mulberry Mayor George Hatch, Mulberry City Manager Dr. Frank Satchel, Jr. and Mulberry Postmaster Carol Shirley.


The stamp art includes a large illustration of a purple martin perching and a smaller illustration showing the bird in flight. Art director William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, designed the stamped envelopes using illustrations by artist Matthew Frey of Annapolis, MD. The Purple Martin Stamped Envelope is being issued as a Forever stamped envelope. Its postage will always be equal to the value of the First-Class Mail one-ounce price in effect anytime in the future.


The pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) Purple Martin (Forever) stamped envelopes are available in the following formats in Post Offices, by visiting www.usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724:

§         #10 regular envelope (Item 231700).

§         #10 window envelope (Item 231800).

§         #9 regular envelope (Item 231900).

§         #9 window envelope (Item 232000).

§         #6¾ regular envelope (Item 270900).

§         #6¾ window envelope (Item 271000).


The Purple Martin (Forever) water activated gum (WAG) stamped envelopes are only available online at www.usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724:

§         #10 regular envelope (Item 210500).

§         #10 window envelope (Item 210600).

§         #9 regular envelope (Item 210700).

§         #9 window envelope (Item 210800).

§         #6¾ regular envelope (Item 265800).

§         #6¾ window envelope (Item 265900).


Other 2012 Stamps

Customers may view the Purple Martin stamped envelope as well as many of this year’s other stamps on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.


How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase the new cards at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should address the cards to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:


Purple Martin Stamped Envelope
2000 Mulford Road
Mulberry, FL 33860-9998


After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by March 23, 2012.


How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. First-Day covers are also available at www.usps.com/shop and at 800-STAMP-24. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:


Information Fulfillment

Dept. 6270

U.S. Postal Service

P.O. Box 219014

Kansas City, MO 64121-9014


Philatelic Product

There are 13 philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

§         210561, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #10 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210661, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #10 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210761, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #9 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210861, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #9 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         265861, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #6¾ Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         265961, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #6¾ Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231761, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #10 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231861, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #10 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231961, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #9 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         232061, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #9 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         270961, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #6¾ Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         271061, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #6¾ Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231794, Purple Martin Stamped PSA Envelopes (10 pack) w/seals, $7.95.


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