The Short-crested Coquette is an incredibly small hummingbird – at less than three inches long, it’s barely the size of a butterfly! This is one of the rarest Mexican hummingbirds, with an extremely limited range in the state of Guerrero.
Coquettes may be small, but they are among the showiest hummingbirds, with males having spiky crests and cheek tufts. Their common names hint at their gaudiness. Of the ten species, including Tufted, Dot-eared, Spangled, Peacock, Festive, andFrilled Coquettes, the rarest by far is the Short-crested.
Syrian family awaits end of lock-down to start new life in Norway:
After surviving fourteen months living in fear and hunger during the siege of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, Wafaa Hashim and her family were grateful just to escape with their lives when they fled the siege and made their way to Lebanon as refugees in 2014.
Wafaa dreams of educating all her children and hopes to go to school herself to study psychology. She hopes her husband can get the treatment he needs to overcome his injury there too.
The family recognizes that the postponement of their much-awaited trip is due to circumstances beyond their control, and they remain hopeful that their current predicament will not last as long as previous difficult periods in their lives.
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How does someone turn around the scope and speed of coral-reef deaths across the world due to rising ocean temperatures? In Chasing Coral, Jeff Orlowski, the film’s director (Chasing Ice, 2012), and Richard Vevers, an advertising executive turned underwater photographer, propose that coral reefs have a fundamental branding issue: Since fewer than 1 percent of people scuba dive, most people simply don’t see that coral reefs are undergoing mass bleaching at unprecedented rates, becoming white skeletons of their former selves.
Most of us think of coral reefs as plants, but they are actually animals with indefinite life spans. Corals are tiny polyps that feed on algae and form a limestone home—a reef—so as to live in colonies. However, when water temperatures rise, the algae produce toxins, which cause corals to expel that algae in self-defense.