SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall back

Sunday, November 6, 2011
at 2AM is the time to set clocks back one hour in North America.
It was in the early 20th century when Germany became the country that first adopted daylight saving time, which was quickly followed by several other European countries.

Today, more than 70 nations around the world use DST to take advantage of longer summer hours by setting clocks ahead in spring and back in the fall.

The observance of daylight saving time (more commonly known in various parts of the U.S. as "daylight savings time") remains controversial. Soon after it was enacted, American farmers actually had daylight saving time repealed in favor of "God's time" and, although the movement was short-lived, in many rural areas the sentiment remains.

Notable exceptions to DST occurred during World War II, and later during the 1970's Arab Oil Embargo, when daylight saving time was rolled back to help conserve energy consumption.

New US legislation took effect in 2007, allowing Americans to enjoy more daylight beginning in March and ending in November, adding extra days to the traditional April-October daylight saving time span.

Today, the observance serves a dual purpose in that it also marks the time to change the batteries in household fire and smoke alarms in many communities.

Bucking tradition, the sun-drenched states of Arizona and Hawaii are the only places in the continental U.S. that still do not observe daylight saving time, but instead stay on "standard time" year round.