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Indian Lore & Tradition: Hummingbirds
Click for Boncarbo, Colorado Forecast Imagine what you might look like if you consumed half your weight in sugar every day. There’s one animal who does exactly that, yet remains lighter than a first class letter. The hummingbird is a tiny bird of iridescent beauty, agile acrobatic feats, and more than a little mystery. Arizona’s abundance of wildlife is reflected in its hummingbird population; of the 17 hummingbird species in the United States, 15 can be found in Arizona.
Hummingbirds hold a universal fascination. Young and old alike light up at the sight of one of these glittering jewels hovering effortlessly in midair, wings beating so fast they’ve become a trembling blur. One reason for their appeal is the hummingbird’s brilliant, shining coloring. Their deep, gorgeous shades include violet, green, gold, ruby, blue, and scarlet. In the hummingbird’s luminescent throat patch, called the gorget, the outer third of each feather is the only part that is iridescent. Microscopic air bubbles in the ends of the feathers cause sunlight to be reflected back, creating the sparkling radiance that makes hummingbirds so beautiful.
These birds are not as fragile as one might assume from their diminutive size. Hummingbirds can fly forward, backward, and even upside down, using muscles that would make a body-builder envious. A hummingbird’s pectorals account for a full quarter of its body weight. And hummingbird metabolism is incredibly high, supporting a heart rate of 1,260 beats per minute, and 78 wing beats per second in normal flight. Even at rest, these birds take 250 breaths each minute. If a human being had hummingbird metabolism, he’d be eating 285 pounds of hamburger every day to maintain his weight.
The southeastern portion of the state is the place to see most of Arizona’s native hummingbirds, including the White-eared, the Magnificent, the Broad-billed, and the Blue-throated, which weighs in at a hummingbird-hefty 8.4 grams, making it the largest of all North American hummingbirds. The Lucifer hummingbird lives in open desert areas of southeastern Arizona, especially near agave plants which produce abundant nectar and attract equally abundant insects.
Both Broad-tailed and Black-chinned hummingbirds can be spotted throughout the state, but some Arizona species are so rare that they’ve only been seen a few times. In the ridges of southern Arizona’s Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Chiricahua Mountains, there have only been a handful of sightings of the bright green Berylline hummingbird since its discovery in 1967. And the Violet-crowned hummingbird is so rare that it’s only found in one canyon on Earth, located in adjacent corners of southeastern Arizona and New Mexico.
While Arizona may be better known for its scarier natives like the scorpion, the tarantula, the diamondback rattler, and the Gila monster, wherever you go here, you’ll also encounter the magical fluttering of Arizona's hummingbirds.

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Greetings from beautiful Stearns, KY! Come on in and visit with us for a few minutes! The Big South Fork Scenic Railway operates over the historic trackage of the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and is situated in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
The land that was once occupied by loggers and miners is now covered by lush vegetation and is abundant with wildlife. The train hugs cliff lines and follows roaring mountain streams, passes through a tunnel and over a bridge as it descends over 600 feet in five miles to the floor of the Big South Fork River valley.

Built in 1937, this mine and coal tipple was the newest operated by the SC&L Co. It was abandoned in 1962 and restored with "ghost structures" and oral history exhibits in 1989 by the National Park Service as part of the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area.
Now the railroad's stopover point, the park contains a gift shop and snack bar with picnic shelter, walking trails and more.

Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

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Outdoor Adventure: Copper Hill, AZ.
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Copper Hill is located 3 1/2 miles northwest of Globe. The town was established in 1908 and disbanded in 1933. During the early 1900's, Copper Hill served as a mining camp for the Arizona Commercial, Iron Cap, and Superior and Boston mines. By 1925, approximately 500 people lived in this community and Copper Hill also had a hospital and a school. By 1930, the population shrank to 40. Today, many foundations of smelters and mill sites, ruins of buildings, and abandoned mines can be found in the area around Copper Hill. The area is currently being developed into ranchettes.
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Survival Tip: What's a quick way to tell time without a watch?
When out hiking or camping, you can determine how much daylight is left by holding your fist up to the western horizon. Stack your fists on top of one another up to the Sun's level in the sky. Each fist represents about an hour of remaining daylight. Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!
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A delegation of European Parliament (EP) has written a report on the Echelon system, a surveillance program that can intercept electronic communications globally. The report asserts that the Echelon system does exist, but that media accounts of the system’s capabilities are overblown. Echelon is operated by the US, Canada, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Media reports alleged that Echelon was employed to steal trade secrets from European businesses, however, the report concludes that no substantiated evidence points to the use of the system for industrial espionage. More.....

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New U.S. Regulations Give Consumers More Access to Strong Encryption, Free Expression Concerns Remain
-The U.S. government is expected to shortly release new encryption export rules representing a major change in U.S. policy. Consumers all over the world will have better access to the strongest encryption -- regardless of key length or algorithm -- built into the programs they use every day. However, the complex new regulations will still make it difficult for many to freely exchange encryption products and does not solve the Constitutional free speech concerns raised by encryption export controls.

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For half a century, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel and General Walter Short were blamed for the disaster and the deaths, while the man who set them up went down in the history books as the "Soldier of Freedom." But now, all these years later, the truth is coming out at last. Congress officially exonerated Kimmel and Short in 1998, and Senator Joe Biden, in his speech to the Senate, described the great injustice done to them as a classic case of scapegoating:....MORE

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A Breech Baby Doesn't Always Mean a C-Section:
By the time they're ready to be born, 96 percent of babies have settled into a vertical, head-down orientation called the vertex position. However, some babies get themselves into a bottom-first, or breech, position. Your doctor or midwife may try a procedure called an external version in an attempt to turn the baby. You also have other options -- talk to your healthcare provider, and don't assume that because your baby is breech you'll have to deliver by cesarean section. In fact, one-third to one-half of breech babies are born vaginally. Start with BabyCenter's article on breech birth.
NOTE: Always Check with and follow the advice of your Physician!

Why do babies spit up:
Babies spit up frequently during their first few months because they've swallowed air during feedings or because they've eaten too much. They'll trickle one or two mouthfuls of milk down their chin or onto your shirt while burping or taking a break from feeding. You can help your baby expel any swallowed air and reduce the amount he spits up by burping him about every three to five minutes during feedings. But don't interrupt him in mid-swallow; instead, just wait for his natural pauses. Also, avoid vigorous play and try to keep him upright (in a front pack, backpack, or car seat) for about half an hour after he's done eating to let the food digest.
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Are microwave ovens less safe than conventional ones?
In some ways. Because microwave ovens cook so fast, microbes can survive on the surface of the food. To counteract this problem, cover the cooking dish with another dish of glass or ceramic, not plastic. The steam that accumulates will heat the surface, thus killing any surviving microscopic critters.

Cajun Chicken Kabobs:
Spicy grilled chicken pairs well with the peppers and onions. Serves 3-4

  • 1 pound Chicken breast (boneless, skinless), cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (blackened redfish seasoning)
  • 1 Green bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 Onion, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Rice, cooked
Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes (to prevent them from burning during cooking). Toss the chicken with the seasoning and butter. Alternate the chicken, onion, and pepper on the skewers. Place them on a slow-cooking part (and upper height) of the grill. Serve over cooked rice.

Strawberry Smoothie:
You can substitute any fruit (or combination of fruits) in this recipe. Serves 2-3

  • 1 1/2 cup Strawberries, capped and halved
  • 3/4 cup Yogurt, plain
  • 1/8 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Ice, cracked
Place the fruit, yogurt, and vanilla in a food processor (or blender). Run until smooth. Add the ice and run until smooth. Serve cold.

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