UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) — SYRIA — PLANET EARTH WILDLIFE AND NATURE group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH WILDLIFE AND NATURE has over 2,000 members and over 97,000 photos and videos. 

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UNHCR increases aid in north-east Syria:

Displaced Syrians, who fled their homes in the border town of Ras al-Ain, receive humanitarian aid on October 12, 2019, in the town of Tal Tamr in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province.

Syria. Young girl displaced by recent violence carries relief supplies

Among the immediate protection needs which have been identified are the lack of civil documentation, as people left their homes without papers and other belongings. Families have also been separated.

Some people are in need of psychological first aid and psychosocial support. UNHCR mobilized protection teams to identify critical protection needs of the most vulnerable, including people with specific needs, elderly people and those with disabilities and serious medical conditions.

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PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE is a must see group ck. it out. 

The autumn evening

dramatic sunset

Green shield bug / groene schildwants

Frucht einer Samtpappel

Marbled White Butterfly, Penang

 

SIERRA CLUB — TREE FRACKING — PLANET EARTH OUR HOME group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH OUR HOME is our flagship group has over 12,000 members and over 821,000 photos and videos.

Contest #1 — Waterfalls

Contest #2 — Your Favorite Sunrise/Sunsets

Contest #3 — B/W Photography (Sepia is Welcome)

The drought that punished California from 2010 to 2015 killed more than 100 million trees, but some in Northern California’s Mendocino County survived just fine. How did they do it? Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley, have found that—just like humans fracking oil and gas deposits in shale—tree roots are able to access substantial quantities of water stored in weathered bedrock. 

However it’s held, the amount of water is significant—4 to 21 inches of rock moisture was found in the test wells. Importantly, the amount of moisture held by the rock remains stable year over year, topping up whether winter rains are plentiful or scanty, with the remainder draining off into the groundwater table.

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John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)alpenglowtravelersDiegojack–MARCO POLO–tucker.tterence
Despite everything, a light

Travertine Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.

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un lever de soleil scintillant...

Bryce Canyon : Hoodoos and pine trees . . .

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) — THE DREAM DIARIES — PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES has over 1,500 members and over 24,000 photos.

A new UNHCR project, The Dream Diaries, visualizes the dreams of children who have fled their homes and found a better life in Europe.

Four young ‘online creators’ have traveled over 7,000 kilometers across Europe to meet a dozen refugee and asylum-seeking children as part of a new project, in association with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, that lets the youngsters’ imagination run free.

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Lone buzzard

Le pont qui s'effondre

Am Seeufer

Canada Geese

journey by boat

BIRD OF THE WEEK — RARE BIRD — SHORT-CRESTED COQUETTE — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD has over 1,500 members and over 113,000 photos and videos.

BIRD OF THE WEEK

SHORT-CRESTED COQUETTE

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lophornis brachylophus
POPULATION: 250-999
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Cloud forest, pine-oak forests and edges, coffee plantations.

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.

Short-crested Coquette, Greg Homel_Natural Elements Productions

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, and Frilled Coquettes, the rarest by far is the Short-crested.

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PAINTED BUNTING

Blue tit in the wind

Robin Feathers

SONY-ILCE-A9, Wood Storks, 02074 ,July 28, 2019

Kestrel incoming

BIRD OF THE WEEK — KING EIDER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD has over 1,500 members and over 113,000 photos and videos.

BIRD OF THE WEEK

King Eider

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Somateria spectabilis
POPULATION: 4.5 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Nests near freshwater lakes and ponds; winters along rocky coasts and on open ocean.

The King Eider’s species name spectabilis is Latin for “remarkable display,” referring to the drake, or adult male, in its breeding plumage. During that time, the drake is unmistakable, with powder-blue head and neck, light green cheek, orange-yellow frontal lobe outlined in black, and a red bill.

King Eider pair. Rob Kempers/Shutterstock.

The female eider sits tightly on her eggs and sometimes can be approached very closely. Females are so faithful to their nests that they sometimes go a week or more without feeding, and thus may lose significant amounts of weight while incubating.

 

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Chloris chloris - European greenfinch

Dunnock

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Bombycilla garrulus

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