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Michael Thompson
ESL & German instructor, zoo docent, and editor. Loves birding, beer & brewing, science, literature.
ESL & German instructor, zoo docent, and editor. Loves birding, beer & brewing, science, literature.
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From our labs to your homes, Happy Holidays! 🔭🔬
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Perceptive article.

Newsweek: Fidel Castro Through the Eyes of Jean-Paul Sartre. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw77_G1DA

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My Google Home arrived last night. Within 20 min. I wanted to buy a second one for the bedroom. It is very cool and the speaker, for its size, sounds very nice.

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Cuban Green Woodpecker
One of the most attractive of the Cuban endemics, in my opinion, is the Cuban Green Woodpecker. Its combination of green and red make it a bit like a Christmas Bird. We saw them most of the places we went in Cuba, and indeed Nils Navarro (Endemic Birds of Cuba) says it is the most common Woodpecker in Cuban forests. Here seen at the Orchid Gardens at Soroa.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet.
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Madagascar lemurs find refuge in private sanctuary

Threatened by habitat loss and hunting, Madagascar's lemurs, a critically endangered species, are finding refuge in a private sanctuary on this vast Indian Ocean island.

At Nahampoana game reserve, one of the wide-eyed creatures -- the island's signature primate -- appears between long bamboo stems, while a little further down three others play in the trees on a riverbank.

Nearly two decades ago, this 50-hectare (123 acre) former French colonial garden was turned into a privately run game reserve.

It is now home to 150 lemurs.... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3854406/Madagascar-lemurs-refuge-private-sanctuary.html
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The New York Times: Sympathetic Canadians Have a Message for Americans: You Guys Are Great. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwif3igTA
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