Geographic variation in the foraging behaviour of South American fur seals

first_imgThe implicit assumption of many ecological studies is that animal behaviour and resource use are geographically uniform. However, central place foraging species often have geographically isolated breeding colonies that are associated with markedly different habitats. South American fur seals Arctocephalus australis (SAFS) are abundant and widely distributed colonial breeding central place foragers that provide potentially useful insights into geographic variation in animal behaviour and resource use. However, SAFS movement ecology is poorly understood. To address knowledge gaps and to explicitly test geographic variation in behaviour, we examined the foraging behaviour of 9 adult female SAFS from 2 Falkland Islands breeding colonies separated in distance by 200 km. A total of 150 foraging trips over 7 mo revealed striking colony differences. Specifically, SAFS that bred at Volunteer Rocks undertook long foraging trips (mean ± SD: 314 ± 70 km and 15.2 ± 2.7 d) to the Patagonian Shelf and shelf slope (bathymetric depth: 263 ± 28 m). In contrast, SAFS that bred at North Fur Island undertook short foraging trips (94 ± 40 km and 5.3 ± 2.1 d) and typically foraged near the Falkland Islands coastline (bathymetric depth: 85 ± 24 m). Stable isotope analysis of vibrissae δ13C and δ15N values also revealed colony differences in the isotopic niche area occupied, which indicated that resource use also differed. Contrary to popular models (Ashmole’s halo, hinterland model), colony size was unrelated to distance travelled, and SAFS did not necessarily use foraging grounds closest to their breeding colony. SAFS are likely subject to different selective pressures related to different environmental demands at the 2 breeding colonies. Accordingly, we reason that behavioural differences between breeding colonies reflect different phenotypes, and habitat use is more immediately influenced by phenotype, philopatry and the local environment, rather than density-dependent competition typically attributed to colony segregation in foraging areas.last_img read more

Jeff Brohm to stay at Purdue, turns down Louisville head coaching job

first_imgNovember 28, 2018 /Sports News – National Jeff Brohm to stay at Purdue, turns down Louisville head coaching job Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm isn’t leaving West Lafayette, Indiana anytime soon, despite a chance to take the same job at his alma mater, Louisville.Brohm grew up in Louisville and played quarterback for the Cardinals. But after meeting with Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra on Tuesday, Brohm released a statement saying he would remain at Purdue.“Going home was very appealing and meaningful to me,” he admitted. But, he said, “the timing was not ideal.”Louisville went 2-10 this season, prompting the firing of their head coach Bobby Petrino. Purdue has gone 13-12 in two seasons under Brohm.  “After intense and thorough discussion, I believe it is important to finish the building process we have begun and honor the commitment I made to our football program, players, and recruits,” Brohm added in his statement. “…I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE if your primary resident is located in Washington, DC  and you have a condo in a Congressional District in Indiana you can run for a Federal office?  …this is “BULL CRAP”?IS IT TRUE it looks like former Council President and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA  projections that the City of Evansville shall be experiencing major budget problems starting in 2017 is spot on?  …we predict if any member of the main stream media would contact Mr. Friend he would be glad to tell them why?IS IT TRUE  yesterday the Evansville Park and Recreation Director publicly stated  “the Mayor or City Council has nothing to do with the any future decision concerning the development of Robert Park is laughable ?  …doesn’t this guy realize that he serves at the pleasure of the Mayor?IS IT TRUE the ad on an outside billboard located on St. Joe and Diamond Ave. is causing quite a stir?  …the ad on this billboard is sponsored by Hacienda Restaurant?  …the billboard states: “best Mexican food this side of the wall” ?  …some feel it makes reference to the “the wall between US and Mexico” and it really offend them?  …we wonder how they feel about this issue?IS IT TRUE the burned out nightclub at Main and John streets will be razed today?   …we hear that our City officials are extremely pleased that this building is being razed because they believe this lot has a future value for the City ? …don’t be surprised to hear the Evansville DMD will offer to purchase this lot from the owner at a premium price for another “Quality of Life Project”?IS IT TRUE the Evansville Police Department is going to charge anyone who want to access any future police body camera videos $150 per copy?  …we are hearing that some of our friends in the main stream media are concerned that the high cost of accessing video will deter people from requesting video camera footage?  …this is a developing story?IS IT TRUE  that a budget request was given to Evansville City Council for $30,000  to promote 15 union firefighter’s to lieutenant rank?   …we wonder how Mosby and Weaver are going to handle this issue since that are the “political darlings” of the local unions?IS IT TRUE  during a recent budget hearing the City Council liaison to the EFD DR. Dan Adams  publicly stated  “You don’t mess with police and fire; you and I know it”  during the discussion to increase fire department 2017 budget is puzzling?  …Councilman Dan Adams son is an employee of the Evansville Police department?  …we hope this doesn’t taint his judgement concerning  the Fire and Police Departments 2017 budget requests?IS IT TRUE  the Metropolitan Evansville Transit System will reduce the following services for 2017?  …the services are: Sunday bus service; dropping a Howell route; contracting out the Northern Vanderburgh County  to AmeriQual route; to a private vendor, increasing  the 75 cents per ride fee to $1 and getting rid of free transfers tokens?  …don’t you just like when our elected officials forget that the poorest of our poor depend  on the  Metropolitan Evansville Transit System?  …we shall watch with interest  so see how Councilpersons Hargis, Mosby and Robinson vote on this issues since their Wards have many working poor living in their area?FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted next Monday?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you believe that the Mayor or City Council will have nothing to do with the future decision concerning the development of Robert Park Please?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “ AUGUST BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Irish Pride rationalisation sees closure of Keatings

first_imgThe Irish Pride-owned Keatings’ bakery at Kanturk, Co Cork, is to cease production in early March, with the loss of 76 full-time jobs and 20 more part-time administration jobs, writes Hugh Oram.Ten distribution jobs will be retained at the site, as production is transferred to other Irish Pride bakeries, in Taghmon, Co Wexford, and Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. Both have seen substantial investment in recent years. Last year, Taghmon saw a E10 million investment in new speciality bread-making equipment.Irish Pride said the Kanturk bakery, established 92 years ago, has been making losses for some years and is no longer a viable production unit. It will do everything it can to help employees affected by the closure to find new jobs.“Kanturk’s position has been under review for some time and unfortunately, we have now arrived at this decision,” said Irish Pride in a statement. “The industry has changed radically in recent years in response to more competitive market conditions. The sector has seen significant rationalisation and this is likely to continue.”HM Keating & Son was once one of the largest bakery employers in Cork city and county. It owned a number of other bakeries, all now closed.Keatings was absorbed by Irish Pride in 1997. In 1998, it employed 365 people in manufacture and distribution at Keatings and in its Binchys specialist confectionery bakery in Kanturk. In 1998, Binchys was closed and employee numbers dropped to 200, as Keatings was rationalised.Investment was made in the company and a number of new product initiatives were tried, without long-term success. Two years ago, the bakery decided to concentrate on speciality bread, serving the local rather than the national market. None of the realignment worked and Irish Pride says it has become impossible to reverse the loss-making situation.Irish Pride is owned by One51, formerly the IAWS Co-operative Society.last_img read more

Lots of COVID-19 related changes in place for upcoming Colts games

first_img WhatsApp Facebook (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) You’ll have to wear a mask to go see the Colts. And the team has announced other restrictions to keep fans safe during the pandemic.The Colts announced last week they’d allow just 25-hundred fans for the home opener a week from Sunday. Those fans will be seated in pods — if you buy a group of tickets, your group can sit together, but you’ll be distanced from everyone else, and required to sit in your assigned seat.The first eight rows of seats will be closed off.Team spokesman Steve Campbell notes Lucas Oil Stadium is a million-square-foot stadium. With attendance capped around four-percent capacity, he says there’s plenty of room for proper social distancing.The Colts will take your temperature when you arrive, and tailgates in the three team-controlled parking lots aren’t allowed.The Colts will go three weeks between home games after hosting the Vikings and Jets on September 20 and 27, and Campbell says some restrictions could change. He says the state of the pandemic remains fluid.The team has already announced a no-cash policy at concession stands and the Colts Pro Shop will continue throughout the season. If you don’t have credit cards or a payment app, the stadium will have two machines where you can buy a debit card. By Network Indiana – September 9, 2020 1 379 Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleWhy there is a lack of presidential campaigning in IndianaNext article$1.8 milion in grants being used to connect South Bend students to the internet Network Indiana Twitter Lots of COVID-19 related changes in place for upcoming Colts games Google+last_img read more

Watch Béla Fleck Perform & Answer Questions Live From The New York Times

first_imgBéla Fleck is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier banjo players, and is currently in NYC to perform a live show and answer fan questions at The New York Times headquarters. Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic for The Times, will be in the room to ask those questions. He will be joined by Caryn Ganz, The Times’s pop music editor, who will be chatting with the audience and providing insight throughout. You can submit your own questions here.last_img

Mungion Has Van, Trailer, Gear, Lights, And All Stolen Ahead Of First-Ever Headlining Tour

first_imgLate last week while on the road for their first headlining tour, Chicago band Mungion faced quite the unfortunate circumstance, when their van, trailer and subsequently, all of their gear, were stolen from the West Village neighborhood in Detroit, MI. The theft took place at 11 am CST on Friday, August 25th. In an effort to recover the missing gear—including their instruments, lighting rig, monitors, amps, merch, and more—the band has launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier today, hoping to make a dent in the estimated $41,500 worth of loss.Mungion has issued the following statement via Facebook:Last weekend, while on the road, we were staying out in Detroit and woke up to find our van and trailer stolen with all of our gear, merchandise, lights, and other valuable belongings in them. Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors we piled up in a hatchback and drove 6 hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!Our very first tour as a headlining band is coming up in the next week and we need your help to get us back on our feet. Everything that was taken from us is estimated at around $50,000 total. Now more than ever, we need the help from our Mung Family to pick us back up and make the force even stronger! Any donations will help, big or small. We promise to reciprocate all of the positive energy and love through each and every show we play. We are able to do what we love because of ALL of you and could not imagine going through this journey alone. WE thank you in advance for all of your help, love, and support. We know that something like this will only make us stronger.The band is hoping friends and fans alike will help spread the word via social media. If you have any more information on the whereabouts of the band’s belongings, please contact them via their GoFundMe campaign or reach out to their publicist at: [email protected] those unfamiliar with Mungion and their music, please enjoy a video of “Sloob Syndrome” shot live at Chrysler Studios last October:Please consider helping Mungion during this terrible time, and donate to the GoFundMe here:As of now, all scheduled dates will go on as planned; please find a full list below. More Info here.MUNGION // 2017 Tour Dates9/7 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam @ The Mishawaka9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’slast_img read more

PHOTOS: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band At The Iridium Jazz Club In NYC 12/13/17

first_imgLoad remaining images On Wednesday, December 13, drummer Jaimoe took the stage with Jasssz Band at The Iridium Jazz Club for his monthly residency in New York City. The original Allman Brothers Band member is one of two surviving founders with us today, and any chance to see him is beyond special. During his concert performance, which included Allman Brothers tunes and classic jazz/blues covers, Jaimoe addressed the recent announcement from Dickey Betts that he plans to tour in 2018. While the decision was pending for quite some time, Jaimoe tells the audience how he called the former ABB guitarist/singer/songwriter and urged him to do what he does best: play live music. You can watch that segment of the evening in the video below:Check out the full gallery from photographer Eric Gettler!Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band | The Iridium | NYC | 12/13/17last_img read more

Science for teens

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaFor high school students interested in science, the University ofGeorgia Plant Science Scholars program is an incredible deal.For just $30, students can spend almost three days, June 23-25,on the UGA campus exploring areas of horticulture, plantpathology, crop and soil sciences and forestry.The students will learn how to extract DNA. They’ll visitgreenhouses and research farms. And they’ll learn how topropagate plants. These are just a few examples of the manyhands-on activities they’ll be able to try on the UGA campus.Students will be housed in UGA dorms. Their meals and eveningentertainment are provided.DeadlineThe application deadline is April 1. To apply or get moreinformation, visit contact Kisha Shelton at(706) 542-1426. Or write her at 2105 Miller Plant Science Bldg.,Athens, GA 30602-7274.last_img read more

Georgia Ag Forecast 2012

first_imgGeorgians can expect to pay more at the supermarket in 2012. This is good news for peanut and pecan farmers who can expect record prices for their crops. These financial predictions, and more, were presented across the state this week at Georgia Ag Forecast events planned by the University of Georgia, Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.“Consumers can expect to pay more for products like beef, pecans and peanuts as farmers fight drought and increased fuel and fertilizer prices to produce crops and raise animals,” said Kent Wolf, an agricultural economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Farmers paying more to produce cropsWolf says food prices are also on the rise due to the increased costs of delivering crops to consumers and the rising demand for Georgia crops overseas.“Commodity prices peaked midsummer for row crops in Georgia and the outlook is that they will remain high, depending on how many acres are planted and what kind of growing season we have,” said CAES ag economist Nathan Smith. “Predictions are for another dry spring and all our best laid plans could be impacted by a continuation of the drought.”The U.S. dollar is weak, but Smith says this “generally helps Georgia because we have a strong export market.”Agriculture is the largest industry in Georgia with 65 products and a farmgate value of $12 billion in 2010. UGA research focused on helping farmersAt the first forecast event, held at the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon, Ga., CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle told farmers the college is working to help them maximize profits and reduce inputs. “Whether it’s research on your farm or one of our farms, we are working very hard to solve some of the most pressing problems we have in the state,” Angle said.For example, recent changes to immigration laws have Georgia farmers scrambling to find workers to harvest their crops.Agribusiness lawyer Nowell Berreth presented the keynote address that focused on the H-2A program. Through the program, farmers hire and house immigrant agricultural workers on a temporary basis.H-2A program doesn’t help year-round farmersBerreth said one downside of the H-2A program is that workers can only stay in the U.S. for six months. This requirement makes the program useless for dairy, poultry and livestock farmers who need help year-round.Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the state needs “to develop a twenty-first century guest worker program that works for (all farmers), not just some.”“Farmers tell me they would love to have a local workforce that is sober, reliable, on time and has a work ethic. They say they’d be happy to hire them all if we can tell them where to find them,” Black said.Black urged farmers at the ag forecast to voice their opinions on the current farm labor issues to their congressmen. “We have big obstacles to overcome, there is no doubt about it. But Georgia can’t do it on our own. We have good members of congress that are stepping forward, but we need to work with other states to get the word out,” he said.Robot labor?In 10 years, many of the current labor problems will be solved by new technologies, according to Angle. “The real solution to immigration is that we are going to be developing robots that are going to be out there picking apples off the trees. It’s not that far away. We are going to have to find ways of mechanizing more,” he said.Also during the ag forecast event, Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau provided an update on the farm bill. She said the farm bill is about food more than farming. “We have probably doubled the number of people on food stamps in the past five years,” Thatcher said.Angle called Georgia “the breadbasket, not just for the United States, but for the entire world.”“I feel very good about the future of agriculture. In many ways it’s our moral obligation to produce food for people around the country that even today remain quite hungry,” he said.last_img read more