Stranger than fiction

Blue-footed booby/Photo credit "kilobug," used under Creative Commons license

Blue-footed booby/Photo credit “kilobug,” used under Creative Commons license

I have been trying to finish Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior since I bought it last January.  The problem is not with the book – which I love; the problem is that I allot about 12 minutes/week for pleasure-reading, and there are a lot of titles vying for that time slot.

But Flight Behavior – which tells the story of a freakishly misplaced monarch butterfly migration – is the first thing that came to mind this week when contributors to the emailed daily birding digest I receive began reporting blue-footed booby sightings on the San Francisco coast.  That’s incredibly cool, but also incredibly weird.  These are Central and South American coastal birds.  A story in the LA Times speculates that they are heading north in search of food.  And of course, that’s getting harder to find.

While we’re on the topic of ocean health:

  • Read this Seattle Times feature, and watch the corresponding video, on the acidification of the Pacific Ocean.
  • It’s been 2.5 years since the terrible earthquake and tsunami that struck the coast of Japan and damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  And in that time, the plant has been leaking 300 tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean every day.
  • Watch the trailer for “Midway: a Message from the Gyre,” and then let’s all donate to the production fund, to get this movie finished and into circulation, where it needs to be.
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