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People Power Day (Philippines)

1941:  February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike was declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

1986:  People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos fled the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino became the Philippines' first woman president.

Kitano Baika-sai or "Plum Blossom Festival" (Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kyoto)




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Citizen scientists find good news for Puget Sound seabirds

 

     

Seabirds have been suggested as critical “sentinel species,” indicators of overall ecosystem health, at least for coastal habitats. They’re often the best ways to see how well a given landscape is facing the threat of climate change and other human-related activities. One of the best ways to assess the health of seabird communities is through a procedure called “species distribution modeling.” The process combines spatial and temporal information for any given species – where do they like to hang out, and how do those preferences change from season to season, year to year – the results of which can then be used to inform conservation practices.

             For example, such information could help designate areas to protect, or landscapes that serve as vital strongholds for the endurance of a species whose long-term existence may be uncertain. It could also be used to predict how species will respond to future environmental shifts.MORE


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