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I've been seeing a bunch of baby beach birds popping up on my feeds and thought this one was especially good. Hope you enjoy it too!

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I agree! I might have to look into getting a print of this.

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Yikes! I know next to nothing about cameras, but when one of you guys react to camera info I always look it up.

I can't say this is the same lens the photographer used, but if it is, the reduced wallet weight may offset carrying the lens around.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/2ba8a14b-0682-4c15-869a-e4b4f94d242b.png

Jokes aside though, this thing does indeed look monstrous.

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I got a kick out of it once I saw it in context. Looks just shy of a full telescope!

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As a person who typically has a brown thumb, are there anyone who sells seed bombs with regional seeds? If I can just toss some in the general area and have a modest chance of something growing, it might be more successful. I dont know where to find the seeds for native species or how to grow them properly, etc., so a toss and go solution would be ideal.

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Thank you for the resources! I'm in SE Pennsylvania. I did see some have "weed' in the name so they sound like they should be easy to grow, just nothing I've ever seen in a garden center or the seed station at one of the garden sections of a mega store. I'll have to see what I can find. I'm semi-rural so there should be some good patched to plant these things, I just dont know where to get them or how to start them. I know some stuff can be transplanted, but others cant and I dont really know how to tell.

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“When those trees get ripped out, that carbon gets released. And that comes before we process this wood and ship it … then we burn it and don’t count those emissions. This is just [an] imponderable policy.”

A recent analysis shows it’s not renewable and adds more carbon to the atmosphere than coal and gas. But due to complicated language in the Kyoto Protocol treaty that extended the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, several nations and the European Union still allow the burning of wood pellets to be counted as such, and thus made eligible for subsidies, too. This is a tremendous problem for global efforts to slow the biodiversity and climate crises, Catanoso says.

Trees are renewable in a short time scale. But by giving the forestry businesses free money to grow crappy monoculture "forests" that harbor no life but those trees that are useless for much more than burning, that is what gets promoted.

Then any carbon removed from the atmosphere gets released when the pellet fuel is burned. Add in the carbon from making the pellets and all the shipping and cutting down the trees and replanting, and we're worse off than when we started. The net pollution they say is greater than coal or natural gas.

That's why these people are fighting biomass as a renewable fuel. Not because trees don't regrow, but because it is a grift of your tax dollars. One that is hurting you and our planet.

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No objections to what you are doing here. I'm from a woodworking family and have made a good number of the pieces in my house. Wood is a wonderful building material.

You are likely not using the low quality wood from these replanted trees. People don't want to use them for things they don't see, let alone making something nice. It's mainly Douglas fir.

They are cutting down the nice trees that you and the other plants and animals do love, nice old hardwoods, many times breaking laws to using technicalities to do so, and replacing them with these firs, and nothing but those firs, so all the plants and animals are gone, and they won't have a complete ecosystem back for about 100 years...if they leave those trees standing once they're big enough to harvest. See those subsidies again.

A pickup truck is a lot of sawdust. But it is not hundreds of acres a year. And it is a byproduct of your work, which I'll assume is not legally shady or funded by taxpayers unaware of what they are paying for. You are making furniture so the wood will not be completely burned, so the carbon is still trapped in the wood, and if your furniture is of good quality, it will prevent a few generations of crap furniture being bought and trashed, so you look to be helping the carbon cycle more than the pellet industry.

Much like with single use plastics, I wouldn't blame you for the situation. I fault the industries conning us out of our money on things that are hurting us. It is an industrial level problem to address. You are doing the best thing you can reasonably be expected to do, but the forestry people are not. Anyone trying to group you in with them is misguided or being deliberately antagonistic.

PS - Before posting I looked to see if you had any posts with your furniture. It does indeed look very nice! My family dealt primarily with oak furniture, and my teacher had us make many Shaker style pieces, so I recognized it immediately! Good for you, and I hope you have success and joy selling some. Anyone should be proud to display one of your tables.

You may be Captain Aggravated, but I hope I was able to express properly my beef if purely at large industry, not at people like you without causing any further aggravation! 😅

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I didnt know there was such a thing!

It looks like a reverse coffee grinder, turning ground back into whole bits! It isn't what I'd call cheap, but it could be interesting for the right person to do as a side hustle.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/4d68f4bf-e160-4d31-9fbd-83606e0124d8.jpeg

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Hah, thank you! I sometimes avoid entering polarizing chats like this one, but since becoming the !superbowl spokesperson, these forest preserving things have become of much greater importance to me. Like I said, it's wrong to try to pass blame on a handful of people making a few pieces of furniture a year when there are huge faceless companies doing the shady stuff on our dime.

Most fellow Lemmings have been pleasant, but when you go after something that can be seen as someone's livelihood, it can get tense fast, so I just try to be calm and clear.

If nothing else, I got to see his furniture, which I truly did enjoy. I don't get to browse as many of the small subs as I did on Reddit since most of my time goes to making posts and answering people's owl related questions now, so it was a nice detour.

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It sounds like you have a nice holistic approach to what you do. That's great to see.

You sound like you put a lot of care into your work and your local area. Best of luck to you and I'll have to keep an eye out for more of your posts!

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Just subbed, so I'll be on the lookout!

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I admire the welders so much. I've done a little welding, but I wouldn't call any of it much better than passable. It really unlocks a whole new level of diy though.

I get a kick about watching some of these people turning various waste products and such into building materials or textiles and that is the stuff that gives me hope for the future. Lots of those operations seem to be those down on their luck in these odd places where these waste materials get pawned off, so I'm glad to see them eventually turned into something useful.

Never underestimate human ingenuity!

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This makes no sense.

That is because this is new information found by this new study, which is what has been the subject matter of this post's interviewee, Justin Catanoso. From the abstract of the paper:

Despite a significant increase in United States biomass energy sector activity, including domestic bioenergy deployment and wood pellet production for overseas exports, the associated criteria pollutant emissions are not well quantified in current regulatory emissions inventories. We present an updated U.S. emissions inventory, with emphasis on wood-based biomass pretreatment (e.g., drying, condensing, storage of wood pellet) and the use of biomass for energy generation. As a significant number of wood pellet production facilities are not included in current inventories, we find that this sector's emissions could be potentially underestimated by a factor of two. Emissions from biomass-based facilities are on average up to 2.8 times higher than their non-biomass counterparts per unit energy. We estimate that 2.3 million people live within 2 km of a biomass facility and who could be subject to adverse health impacts from their emissions. Overall, we find that the bioenergy sector contributes to about 3–17% of total emissions from all energy, i.e., electric and non-electric generating facilities in the U.S.

Biomass seems to be the source of about 3-4% of the US energy production, but if it making up up to 17% of the pollution, that is much dirtier than other forms of energy production. This paper seems to bring to light much information that was not accounted for in the past. That's why this info may seem surprising.

If “they” are oil and gas corporations, I’d say that too, if I were them. Any move against our bottom line, or competition to our subsidies is fair game for attack.

Easy enough to see who funded the study.

This work was supported by the National Wildlife Federation. Financial support was provided in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

From InfluenceWatch:

The National Wildlife Federation is one of the nation’s largest and highest-profile environmentalist organizations. In recent years, along with its associated NWF Action Fund advocacy organization, it has transitioned from being a conservation organization representing the interests of hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts into a left-leaning pressure group focused on global warming advocacy and promoting left-wing social causes.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a foundation created by David Packard, cofounder of Hewlett-Packard, in 1964. It supports environmental causes, population control programs, and three programs created by David Packard: the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is a private foundation created by tobacco heiress Doris Duke. The Foundation funds causes associated with the arts, preservation of Duke family properties, healthcare in Africa, and environmentalist land-preservation efforts.

Not so thrilled with the tobacco money part, but the rest seems solid.

How is that wood’s problem exactly? How did that carbon get into the atmosphere in the first place to be turned into wood? If there had been no coal, gas, or oil, that atmospheric carbon would have been from burning wood in the first place, making it a net cycle of wood. It grows in short order regardless of what we do with it; it’s renewable.

This is a bit long of a topic to get into, but needless to say, the Earth has changed a lot, mainly for the better for mammals, since the time before trees and plants existed. We could probably not have survived that world very well either.

What I can say is not natural is how we treat trees as a society now. We don't leave forests alone to do their natural thing. I don't think anyone can argue that point in good faith, so I'm going to leave it at that.

As if the extraction, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping for fossil fuels doesn’t emit vast amounts of carbon? If wood was harvested, manufactured, packaged and shipped with renewable energy, what’s the problem? Why couldn’t it be? If fossil fuels were harvested, manufactured, packaged and shipped with renewable energy, I’d say “cut out the middle man” and just use the renewables directly for energy. Is that your beef?

The beef is not mine, and I debated for a while responding to you at all. Your account is pretty new and while not trollish, you do seem a bit fired up moreso than people I usually discuss things like this with. I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt in that you were in a rush and took my post as defending fossil fuel usage over biomass. You obviously have not looked at my post history or even my other comments in this thread if that was your takeaway from what I said originally.

Others were making comments showing they had not looked into the content this post was made to explain to us, so I made a brief summary of what the subject of the podcast interview was working on researching and writing about. I threw in my 2 cents about not thinking biomass is not as renewable as those with financial interest in biomass may imply. I spend a lot of time promoting environmental protect, donate money, and source my own energy from renewables, so I want to be aware of what my money is going towards and to make sure I'm helping where I can, and that myself and others are educated on where their money goes as well.

What do you suggest we do? All I’m seeing is rhetoric is that trees are a grift, while suspiciously overlooking the fossil fuel subsidy grift.

I suggest we spend time learning current information to the best of our abilities and make educated decisions as I feel that's more helpful than jumping down a stranger's throat when they're trying to save you some of the work.

Just because I don't specifically call out fossil fuels, nuclear waste, offshore windmill construction hurting marine life, industrial waste from renewable energy infrastructure, etc. does not automatically mean I support it. If you need me to spout off all my opinions on anything tangentially related to the topic, maybe my writing isn't for you. I try to keep it concise so people will read it and be able to take away useful information to help form their own opinions.

I do hope your initial comment was made with good intention and this has clarified things for you. If you ever want to discuss anything, I'm more than open to it, but I'm not here to be scolded by strangers that won't make thoughtful replies. I did not imply anything negative in my original comments, and that is the same I expect to be met with in return from anyone worth spending my time on.

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Thank you for the apology, and I'm glad we ironed out the confusion!

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Owl Pachino

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You have inferred correctly!

Just yesterday I saw a new rehabber's "initiation" photo, where she had a large bandage on her cheek from getting her first beak slash.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/ea7495b2-2ae7-455b-8e09-108d0fc80adf.jpeg

This is what you get when you ignore the initial beak-clicking warning.

It's behavior the caregivers ultimately want to see though, as it shows the owl is sticking with its instincts to be wary of people, so it is a good sign overall. Just as you said, watch your limbs!

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Found the backstory:

Meet patient BADO 2024-0342, the nestling Barred Owl (Strix varia)!

This cute and nervous marshmallow with legs came to us after construction caused its nest to tumble, and it could not be renested with its parents. It was kept illegally for 3 days by well-meaning but misguided folks who did not have the knowledge or permit to do so, and began to imprint on humans. Thankfully, it was brought to us before it completely imprinted on humans, and we are hoping to fully rewild this young owl as it grows up with us!

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/85b96aa7-2a59-4ce4-88fe-8637006c6525.png

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They are really good! I really like the brown one.

I've debated showing some of these places' merch on here before, but there seems to be more non-US people on Lemmy vs Reddit, so I try not to do too much that doesn't apply to the majority of people, plus I don't want to look like I'm trying to direct anyone's money anywhere. I give you guys the names of all these places and let you do what you want with that info.

I've also thought about offering some c/superbowl stuff myself, but I don't know if I want more responsibility to any of you than just top notch owl journalism.

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/0dff1076-5565-4874-9105-4bb56850aaef.jpeg

I did paint these for the Earth Day festivities at work and debated making more to sell or whatnot. I don't think I shared these at the time, but they came out better than I had expected based on my usual non-existent art skills.

anon6789 OP ,
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Agreed. I would not be reassured of an owl 20x my size walking into the room wearing a human mask. 😧

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The Boulder feels conflicted about trying out for the part of a young, blind girl.

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/80dac825-8117-4d1e-a674-a83bc3871075.jpeg

Here's a Saw Whet Owl that has molted at some point so you can see the difference in color.

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I try to bring as many facts as I do amazing pictures. I figure most of us on an obscure social platform are going to lean a bit on the nerd side of things, so I try to give plenty to stimulate all your brains out there!

If there's anything you want to know or see, just throw a comment in a thread. I try to respond to everyone.

So glad to see you having fun here with us!

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Bravo! 😂

anon6789 OP ,
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Time waits for no owl... 😜

anon6789 ,
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I've been enjoying all the random new Coke flavors.

The Rosalia one and Y3000 were both exceptional to me, and the new Coke Spice is nice as well.

I was sad when the Rosalia ended production, that was a great flavor. The limited time thing does make it exciting too.

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Cheerwine is great stuff! The one gas station chain carried it here for a bit, but I haven't seen it in about a year or so now.

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!superbowl is still doing ok, though not quite at its peak. I don't think new subs are going up by much these days. I have seen comments by a few new names, which is very nice to see. Overall comment levels are about the same. Upvotes seem steady, but not as high as they were around the new year. I do think the year end festivities really boosted things though.

I'm happy to be ahead of !opossums again though (no offense, I love opossums too, but I want to be #1 wild animal sub!) and I look to be top of the 2nd page of communities overall, so even though I'm not doing quite as well as I perhaps feel I should be doing, I feel I can't complain too much.

I still get a few positive compliments each week and people are sharing their personal stories with owls, which is always nice to hear. As long as I know the content is making people happy, I feel it's worth the work.

I've enjoyed having a few things to share with the !digitalbioacoustics community. I've gotten some great recommended reading materials from that group in return. Maybe I'll have to look into more collabs and get some cross promotion going.

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I haven't come across an owl I've been able to see outside since I was a kid, but I still remember it clearly.

I'm still happy enough hearing the neighborhood Great Horned Owls almost every evening, though I would like to catch a glimpse of them every now and then.

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I really enjoy this guy's work and I love there's usually some kind of commentary with them.

I don't know how this guy finds all these owls, but I wish I had a small fraction of his power!

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You and me both! I love these little guys.

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Couldn't agree more! This bunch just looks so regal and dignified!

anon6789 OP ,
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I use ArtBot for this kind of thing.

AI images seemed too complicated and I didnt want to register to websites and learn all kinds of programming just to make silly, one-off images.

But someone on Lemmy recommended ArtBot and I tried it with really simple prompts, and it's really easy and no sign up or anything needed. It can do a ton of stuff, but I get pretty good results with just a regular sentence or 2. Anyone thinking about image generation should give it a look.

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