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Firefly Watch Update - Museum of Science

Firefly Watch Update - Museum of Science | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

Firefly Watch wishes you all a happy new year and a warm welcome to our sixth year of counting and learning about fireflies. In our first five years, 3,644 volunteers from 41 US states and 6 Canadian provinces have participated in the project. Thanks to all of you, Firefly Watch has been a greater success than we could have ever imagined. 

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming year. Although for some of you this may seem too soon to think about counting fireflies, firefly season is fast approaching in some locales--the earliest sighting recorded by one of our volunteers was February 13 in Louisiana! Check out our updated Firefly Sightings chart to discover when the first sightings in your state have previously occurred. The chart includes first and last date seen, number of habitats reporting, and number of observations entered. This chart will give you some idea of when to start tracking fireflies in your area.

Don Salvatore
Museum of Science

Photo of winter firefly by Don Salvatore

 

AQUATIC FIREFLIES

Even though fireflies are generally found near moist environments, they are not considered aquatic insects. However, the larvae of some firefly species have adopted an aquatic or semi-aquatic lifestyle. These larvae live either in the water, breathing the air trapped between the leaves of water plants, or on aquatic or semi-aquatic plants, hunting for snails. 

Ethan Bright, at the University of Michigan, has compiled a list of the aquatic fireflies in the state of Michigan and would welcome hearing from anyone who has site records for the fireflies on his list. The list and contact information for Ethan can be seen on the Discussion Board.

 

 


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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 21, 2013 9:27 AM

I miss the fireflies. I few years ago, I noticed that there were very few fireflies anymore. There used to be millions lighting up the evening. So I started looking around and discovered I was right. The fireflies are in trouble. I've been following them ever since. This is the Firefly Watch newsletter from the Museum of Science. You can join too.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:12 PM

I have not see fireflys since a child. A memory long passed but not forgotten!

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Social Media Marketing Faux Pas - The Top 7 Blunders of 2012

Social Media Marketing Faux Pas - The Top 7 Blunders of 2012 | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
One of the most popular ways to get ready for a new year, especially in any kind of niche market, like social media, is to make predictions about what the next year might hold.

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Learn how to use social media and follow Yves Johnson for the answers.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, January 5, 2013 5:08 PM

Everyone enjoys a blunder, blooper, or faux pas...as long as it is on the other end: The 'hot iron' strikes someone else! You may be quick to laugh at others but what if the laugh is on yourself? Perhaps knowing a few blunders of 2012 will avoid a repeat in 2013. You think?

Louise Malbon-Reddix's comment, February 15, 2013 12:49 AM
Thankyou Yves for your insight on this!!!
Yves Johnson's comment, February 15, 2013 12:52 AM
Thanks but I think we'll conquer this "together." :)
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Tuesday, 12... | Facebook

Tuesday, 12... | Facebook | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Irish Weather Online wrote: Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 Forecasts... Join Facebook to connect with Irish Weather Online and others you may know. (Tuesday, 12 February, 2013

Forecasts for Ireland

TODAY ...
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Traveling to Ireland?  Connect here for your plans and knowledge for how to pack or visit http://www.ExtraordinaryIreland.com and order a sign copy of Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler for your personal guide through Ireland, packing tips, savings and history.

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Ireland moves to quell horsemeat fears, calls meeting - Reuters

Ireland moves to quell horsemeat fears, calls meeting - Reuters | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Ireland moves to quell horsemeat fears, calls meeting Reuters BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Monday it would order Irish meat processors to carry out DNA tests to reassure consumers worried by the discovery of horsemeat in some beef...
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Stick to lamb and fish and all is ok. They are great choices any way you or anywhere you go!

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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books

Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:56 AM

It was great fun having Adele join us on It Matters Radio this past Thursday.

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URGENT APPEAL

URGENT APPEAL | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Dear Readers, A situation has arisen concerning Google that is very negatively impacting many Blogs and Websites. This regards Google's new image handling format. Many sites are recording dire drop...

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A MUST READ!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 8, 2013 7:59 PM

If you value your work and treasure your freedom, you should take a look. This isn't something that's happening far away. It will ultimately affect all of us and end the free internet as we know it. This is not some sinister cabal. It's good old corporate greed. There's a huge amount of money to be made from mining the internet; we are in the way. The only thing we have going for us is our numbers. If we hang together and we can make enough noise to at least get a hearing. Otherwise, we'll disappear without a trace and we'll be remembing this as "the good old days," when cyber space was free.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 9, 2013 10:54 PM

I recommend that anyone who posts to the web, whether content or pictures, needs to read this article. It is better to know what is ahead and possible precautions than be sorry later.

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Awakenings: Heart of America

Awakenings: Heart of America | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

There are love stories and there are love stories and then there are TRUE LOVE stories. Many have been passed down through the ages from generation to generation. Some begin and end in bliss, others begin and end with hardships. Often times it is those encompassing hardships that have the strongest bonds. This is one of those times. . .a TRUE LOVE story withstanding an extreme sacrifice!

 

A must see video. . .A Love Story in 22 Pictures!


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Love from one man or woman that knows no boundaries to give you Freedom.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, January 28, 2013 10:35 PM

Next time you meet a soldier or a veteran extend a hand in gratitude for the service he or she is giving so YOU can enjoy all the freedoms offered on a daily basis in America.

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A love that knows no boundaries.
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Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline

Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
A report in Nature Neuroscience suggests that natural physical changes interfere with quality slumber, blunting the ability to remember new information for the long term.

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You be the Judge. Sleep deprivation does effect memory and physical ailment effects sleep so what are the answers?

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:33 AM

If I could remember what the article said, I'd probably be impressed. Seriously, this is fairly obvious stuff except that they didn't do the right control, training a group of elderly until their pre-sleep performance was equal to the younger group. If the amount of slow-wave sleep is essential, then meditation and hypnosis may become at least paliative.

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Dubliners asked to have say on Moore St future

Dubliners asked to have say on Moore St future | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Dubliners are being asked to give their input on the future of historic buildings on Moore Street. (RT @erskinechilders: A part of Irish history from 1916 can be saved with your email. 5mins of your time.
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Should History be destroyed for Future Progress?

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Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway | Ireland Travel Kit

Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway | Ireland Travel Kit | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway http://t.co/9PiHJbk5
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Imagine the beauty of what once.

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French Quarter Phantoms » Historically Accurate & Fun French Quarter Walking Tours!

French Quarter Phantoms » Historically Accurate & Fun French Quarter Walking Tours! | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
French Quarter Phantoms is the premier New Orleans ghost tour company. Join us for a Ghost and Vampire tour, a New Orleans Cemetery Tour, a Treme Tour, or a True Crime tour. We feature smaller groups, master storytellers, and creepy fun!

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Definitely a MUST!

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Goodbye jet lag? New website offers free solution - NBCNews.com (blog)

Goodbye jet lag? New website offers free solution - NBCNews.com (blog) | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Goodbye jet lag? New website offers free solution NBCNews.com (blog) The site was launched on New Year's Day by Jay Olson, a researcher at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, who said he was inspired to look for a remedy after...
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Stop wasting those precious vacation hours and learn how to deal with Jet Lag. Great story!

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Resources

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Hello everyone.  Thanks for visiting my page.  Listed below are some of the items we have for your review and pleasure.  Enjoy. Yves In There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preve...
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There is no gray and this is a MUST read for everyone.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:23 PM

The title sells itself...no GRAY in this read!

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Can Social Media Sell Soap?

Can Social Media Sell Soap? | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Social media networks were supposed to be the greatest marketing machines on earth. It hasn’t worked out that way — yet.

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Give it time!

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Galway Getaway + Steak Dinner: Garveys Inn Hotel

Galway Getaway + Steak Dinner: Garveys Inn Hotel | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
52% savings: The beautiful city of Galway has lured many individuals to its streets throughout history. From Christopher Columbus's visit ...
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Galway is a city of treasures.  This is a go to destination.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:57 PM

Everyone likes savings...check it out!

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Twitter / Fascinatingpics: Beautiful Moss Bridges, Ireland. ...

RT @Fascinatingpics: Beautiful Moss Bridges, Ireland. http://t.co/g0K16Jac
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Beauty in Ireland never fails.  Another site to visit.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:58 PM

Dream vacation...anniversary celebration!

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What is a "calving" glacier? - danfossuniverse.uk

What is a "calving" glacier? - danfossuniverse.uk | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

What is a "calving" glacier?

The coastal glaciers in Greenland, Chile, Alaska and the Antarctic come to a spectacular end, in a process called "calving".

 

As the glaciers flow towards the ocean they push over uneven ground.

This can create cracks, and crevasses are formed. Reaching the sea, the ice breaks off at the crevasses.

 

If the glacier or ice stream is still intact when it reaches the sea it doesn't break up immediately.

 

The waves hollow it out from below. The higher parts loose their support and fall into the ocean. This is how icebergs are created.

 

Icebergs are dangerous hazards for shipping and are therefore closely monitored

 

In the Antarctic and in Greenland, these icebergs are often the size of skyscrapers - if measured from base to top.

Did you know?

An Arctic iceberg of this kind proved to be fatal for the Titanic in 1912.

Even today, icebergs are dangerous hazards for shipping and are therefore closely monitored.

 

They are so massive that they can easily damage ships, and what's more, about 9/10 of their volume is under water - only the tip of the iceberg is visible. 

 

The birth of an iceberg

The winter of 1912 was an unusually warm one, so in April there were large numbers of icebergs from Greenland floating about in the Northern Atlantic.

The wireless operator had received several ice warnings, but the Titanic did not slow down - it was considered unsinkable.

 

When an iceberg was sighted, it was too late: the Titanic collided with it and sank. About two and a half hours later 1,517 lives were lost in the freezing cold sea.


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NATURE-So AMAZING and a wonder like no other.  Check out this story.  Learning never has been so delightful.

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:54 PM

To me, this is fascinating stuff. I'm adding a great video I got of the actual calving of a glacier caught on time lapse cameras. I can only imagine what the world was like when most of the earth was covered by glaciers. It boggles the mind, or at least it boggles mine. Feel free to be boggled too.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:30 PM

Wasn't sure in which topic this should be posted...just new it was GOOD information, interesting and educational. Since it is very possible for one to vacation or take a trip to a glacier-laden area the decision was made to place it under Road Tripping. Would make a wonderful sight-seeing experience! Um-m-m? Maybe I need a new topic!

Marilyn Armstrong's comment, February 7, 2013 6:40 PM
I'm out of topics so I've just made the topics broader to cover "and so on!"
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The Truth About Social Media - Forbes

The Truth About Social Media - Forbes | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

The “how to use social media to sell millions of your books” post is a staple amongst self-publishing bloggers. Mostly they are laundry lists of Things You Should Be Doing, as if all anyone needs is a checklist of things to tick off.

 

 

But here’s the rub: Social media doesn’t work like that, and neither does book marketing. It’s not about how many tasks you can tick off your to do list but about nurturing your following and making sure they feel valued. It’s about finding a place for yourself online where you’re comfortable enough to want to stay and interact with people. It’s about creating community, relationships and loyalty.

 

So here’s a more realistic guide to social media, based on my own 11 years of blogging and nine years of working as a social media consultant.

 


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Social media facts you need to know

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:23 PM

"Social media can be a powerful tool to help spread the word about your work and deepen your relationship with your readers, but how does it really work?"

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The Pessimist: "How to Prepare for Major Life Changes"

The Pessimist: "How to Prepare for Major Life Changes" | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
The odds are good that you’ll be undergoing a dramatic life change sometime in the next few years, if not even sooner. And while major changes are always a little scary, they don’t have to stress you out.

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Advise is always nice but perhaps you should try listening to your own inside voice on what's right. I see no way to prepare for the unknown except for retirement but life's changes for health and love are very unpredictable. While health insurnace prepares for those issues, what about love? Is there any insurance? It's just called LIFE.

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, January 30, 2013 9:22 PM

Who needs a shrink when you can turn to Despair.com?

Sharla Shults's curator insight, January 31, 2013 9:47 AM

The title produces a good hook. However, the article is sizzlin' but not so sure it is in the right perspective. I sense quite a bit of sarcasm when in fact, there is a lot of despair within our nation, in fact the world, today. Should the last resort be Despair.com? What compassion can one find within a dot com? Should you read this article, be sure to also read the comments. Sometimes that section is more eye-opening than the article itself. Read and be your own judge...

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Best new mountain resorts - CNN.com

Best new mountain resorts - CNN.com | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

A few of the best places on earth to go skiing


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Beautiful Colorado, Whistler, Wyoming and Washington State some of the most beautiful to  us. 

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, January 27, 2013 12:52 PM

I don't ski; but if I did, these are the places I'd want to go.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, January 27, 2013 10:52 PM

Whether you ski or not, beautiful place to visit!

Rosemary J. Adkins's comment, January 29, 2013 2:47 AM
Aspen, Vail, Whistler, are some of our favorite places.
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Scotland Welcomes Tourists With Ponies in Cardigans

Scotland Welcomes Tourists With Ponies in Cardigans | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Never mind the historic castles, rolling countryside, famous lochs, St. Andrews golf course, renowned culinary dishes and the fact that England’s royal family loves to vacation there.
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Two Celebrities welcome you to Scotland sporting cardigans! Aren't they sweet?

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Galway Cathedral, Galway City, Ireland.

Galway Cathedral, Galway City, Ireland. | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
Galway Cathedral is the largest catholic church in Galway, the cathedral is located on Nun’s Island, on the west bank of the River Corrib near Salmon Weir Bridge. It was the last large church in Ir...
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Galway Catholic Cathedral ceiling made with PNW wood! A beautiful site and a must see.

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LIFE AS A HUMAN — Inspiring True Story about a Woman’s Rape and Survival

LIFE AS A HUMAN — Inspiring True Story about a Woman’s Rape and Survival | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it
In this three part article Author Randi G Fine tells her compelling true story about her 1980 rape, her survival, and the miracle that occurred after thirty years.
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T.R.Heinan : L’Immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen » Whizbuzz | Whizbuzz

T.R.Heinan : L’Immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen » Whizbuzz | Whizbuzz | Ireland Travel | Scoop.it

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Love New Orleans-Love this Author!

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When’s the best time to book flights?

According to recent studies, purchasing far in advance will not always result in the lowest fares.
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BOOKING TICKETS on a Tuesday in the afternoon: Read on to discover the timing for the best airfares.

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Marilyn Armstrong's comment, February 13, 2013 11:53 AM
This was actually useful. Assuming we ever fly anywhere again.
Rosemary J. Adkins's comment, February 13, 2013 12:50 PM
Marilyn I am happy that you found the information useful and hopefully you will fly away somewhere fun!
Rosemary J. Adkins's comment, February 13, 2013 12:50 PM
Marilyn I am happy that you found the information useful and hopefully you will fly away somewhere fun!