Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… H.E. David Granger, President of the Republic of Guyana, addressing this morning’s 1st Plenary Meeting of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2015. The Conference, which runs from 13-16 July 2015, is seeking a comprehensive outcome to support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is also pursuing the adoption of a firm financing framework for the mobilising and effective use of resources for sustainable development. UN Live United Nations Web TV High CARICOM Expectations for UN Financing for Development ConferenceThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is attaching great importance to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday. CARICOM Heads of Government at their recent summit in Barbados stated that they; “…looked forward to the identification of the financial resources, including new resources, required…July 13, 2015In “CARICOM”Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”Guyana, Jamaica retain positions on Regional Population and Development ConferenceGuyana and Jamaica were re-elected as Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development. The second session of the conference took place in Mexico City, Mexico, 6-9 October, 2015. The first session was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, 12-15 August 2013. At the meeting’s first plenary last week, Caribbean Community…October 13, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
UN Women, CDB, CARICOM launch national surveys on… Mar 8, 2020 Message from Ambassador Irwin LaRocque –… MESSAGE FROMThe CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY SECRETARIATON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYFriday 8, MARCH 2019 The CARICOM Secretariat is pleased to celebrate our women and girls across the Caribbean Community on the occasion of the 108th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on gender equality and the advancement of women and to work towards #BalanceForBetter as this year’s theme and call to action for accelerating gender equality suggests. Gender balance is essential for economies to thrive. It is a balance that creates stronger families and communities, better working environments, and stronger nations. Women’s empowerment ‘essential to global progress’ says… Next year, 2020 will be a banner year to mark several important milestones: namely the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; five years of implementing the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and 20 years of Security Council Resolution 1325 which addresses the differential impacts of conflict and war on women and girls, and recognises the critical role that women play in peacebuilding efforts. In the context of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Member States of CARICOM, in collaboration with UN Women, are in the process of preparing consultative national reviews of the progress and challenges for women and girls in the last 25 years in their respective countries. These will feed into the 2020 session of the Commission on the Status of Women, followed by a High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly in September 2020. This month the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations will focus on the topic of: Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services, and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls. Progress in these areas is crucial for achieving Goal 5 of SDGs -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. A recent analysis undertaken by UN Women using 2017 Labour Force data provides insight into progress made with regard to achieving gender equality in the world of work. The findings of this policy and statistical analysis in six Member States namely, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, reveal that the proportion of the male working-age population who are employed ranges from 57% in Grenada to 67% in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, while for women, the range is from 35% in Guyana to 55% in Barbados. In all countries, the employment rate is lower for women than for men. Men were also noticeably more likely than women to be employed, especially if there were children under five years in the household. Further, gender-based stereotyping has resulted in occupational segregation with women more likely than men to work in the care economy (paid and unpaid) and service-oriented and clerical positions.On the issue of social protection, millions of women in the region who work in the informal sector are often trapped in jobs which offer low or no social protection, such as maternity leave, health insurance and pension. They face discrimination in accessing public services which is even more pronounced with women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. These include women with disabilities, indigenous women, older, young and transgender women among others. Data on the gender wage gap suggest that while these gaps are narrowing, men continue to earn more than women. The Report highlights that, 50.3% of women in the tourism sector are working in low wage and low status jobs despite the majority being graduates or having completed tertiary level education (66.2%). The Community is developing a Regional Gender Equality Strategy to accelerate the effective implementation of key priority actions that Member States have signed on to, following the Beijing Conference which are yet to be fully realized. Key among them are women’s economic empowerment and freedom from violence. The SDGs call for inclusive and sustainable economic growth with full and productive employment and decent work for all (SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth). Let us as a community recommit to ensuring that men and women realise their right to decent work and let us strive towards gender balance because balance is not a women’s issue, it is an economic issue. There must be collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world. On March 8, we invite concerned citizens of the Caribbean Community to move from grassroots activism to worldwide action, to celebrate women and girls in creating a #BalanceforBetter. Better Balance for a Better World! Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Mar 6, 2020 Mar 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Mar 5, 2020 Statement by the Director of PANCAP Dr Rosmond Adams on… Time for advocacy, activism – CARICOM Secretariat on International Women’s Day[su_pullquote align=”right”]Many countries in CARICOM have taken ‘bold steps’ to enact legislation to promote the rights of women in conformance with the CEDAW Convention and based on CARICOM Model Legislation in eight areas, namely citizenship, domestic violence, equality for women in employment, equal pay, sexual harassment and sexual offences, inheritance,…March 8, 2017In “Barbados”Message from Ambassador Irwin LaRocque – Secretary-General, Caribbean Community on the Occasion of International Women’s Day, Sunday, 8 March 2020It is a distinct honour and pleasure for me to celebrate International Women’s Day with our women and girls across the Community. The Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on gender equality and the advancement of women as important components of this year’s United Nation’s theme: “I Am Generation…March 8, 2020In “General”#PressForProgress – International Women’s DayMESSAGE FROM AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8 MARCH, 2018 It is a distinct honour and pleasure for me to celebrate our women and girls across the Caribbean Community on the occasion of the 107th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. International Women’s…March 7, 2018In “General”Share this on WhatsApp
LIAT Administrator Gives Aug. 15 Deadline to Submit Claims,… LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Aug 6, 2020 He said that one has to appreciate the tremendous economic dislocation it would cause to every single country in the region if LIAT were to go under. Read more at: Dominica News Online Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Oct 12, 2020 LIAT CEO Resigns Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated Dominica’s commitment to contribute to the “sustainability and sustenance” of LIAT which he says is critical to the region. He made that statement ahead of a meeting in Antigua on Tuesday April 30, 2019 to discuss inter-regional air travel. “The issue of the sustainability and the sustenance of LIAT is a very critical one which occupies the minds of every single citizen in our region,” Skerrit said. “LIAT is too important for us as a region not to recognize the need for each of us in whatever small way we can to make a contribution to the sustainability and sustenance of LIAT.” Aug 3, 2020 Jul 27, 2020 CAL Launches EC Service as LIAT Reorganises – CARICOM… Grenada Government set to make contribution to LIAT this month(Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada) – The Government of Grenada has announced its intention to make a cash contribution to LIAT by the end of this month. Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and CARICOM Affairs, Honourable Oliver Joseph said the decision was made at Monday’s Cabinet meeting. Making…March 8, 2019In “Business”Grenada revolution holds lessons for Caribbean development – PM Skerrit[su_pullquote align=”right”]’Let us be frank. Our small size has not traditionally given us a competitive advantage. However, we now have the opportunity to leverage the technological advances in transport and communication along with the political structures of the Economic Union of the OECS and the Single Market and Economy of…March 17, 2015In “CARICOM”PM Skerrit appeals for Regional health schemeA fresh appeal has been made to heads of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) for the implementation of a regional health scheme as the Region faces a rise in Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs). Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the call at the 62nd OECS Authority Meeting which…November 19, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
Oct 15, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “I add my urgent plea to the cries and voices of many other leaders and citizens of the global commons, urging the nations of the world here assembled to treat the global climate emergency as the greatest challenge facing humanity. “It is a challenge that, if not treated with the greatest urgency, will continue to ravage small island states, such as The Bahamas, and will also have devastating impact on more developed states.” On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 16, 2020 Hurricane Dorian slammed two islands in the northern Bahamas, Abaco and Grand Bahama, causing 56 deaths. Six hundred people are still missing. At its peak, the hurricane packed winds of 185 miles per hour and generated storm surges as high as 23 feet. Prime Minister Minnis described Hurricane Dorian as a “physical apocalypse” for some communities which include Marsh Harbour, the formerly picturesque main town on Abaco, now reduced to rubble. Although the hurricane has left Bahamians heartbroken, he said citizens are grateful for international assistance received in the aftermath. Prior to Dorian, The Bahamas was hit by major hurricanes from 2015 to 2017. Hurricanes in the region have grown “increasingly lethal” over the past three decades, according to Mr. Minnis. He added that because the islands of The Bahamas stretch over some 180,000 square miles of ocean, the country can be affected by any number of hurricane trajectories. “Our heating climate results in the increased severity and frequency of hurricanes for our archipelago, and also destroys our natural defenses against such storms. Coral and mangrove degradation, land erosion, increased tidal movements and the myriad other consequences of global warming, increase our vulnerability and handicap our ability to develop and to establish effective resilience,” he continued. Mr. Minnis said small island countries “are on the frontlines of being swallowed into an abyss created initially by human activity and increasingly by inaction.” The Prime Minister expressed support for the UN Secretary-General’s strategy to address the climate crisis, including his call to provide concessionary financing to affected nations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Related Posts (UN News) Addressing the UN General Assembly, nearly one month after Hurricane Dorian devastated two major population centres in the archipelagic nation, Mr. Minnis urged his fellow world leaders to treat the climate crisis as the greatest challenge to the planet. Hurricane Dorian, one of the most destructive Atlantic storms ever recorded, “is a generational tragedy” for The Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Friday. UN Secretary General Visits The Bahamas to Assess Damage from Hurricane Dorian(The Bahamas Government Information Service) NASSAU, The Bahamas – United Nations Secretary General expressed the solidarity of the United Nations and the international community with the government and people of The Bahamas after the unrelenting onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. “I bring our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved…September 16, 2019In “CCCCC”‘Developed Countries Should Pay For Disasters Linked To Climate Change'(Bahamas Tribune) PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he urged stakeholders of developed countries during meetings in New York last week to establish a fund to aid developing countries who suffer climate change-related natural disasters. Speaking during a press conference he held on Saturday upon his return home, Dr Minnis…October 3, 2018In “General”PM Minnis urges ACP countries to intensify response to climate emergency(Bahamas Information Service) , BRUSSELS, Belgium – Vulnerable areas in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States must collectively and urgently intensify its response to the climate emergency Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told ACP Ambassadors today. The Prime Minister made the plea while addressing…November 15, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020
Hurricane Warning Declared as Tropical Storm Nana Approaches… UK provides further support to CDB Special Development Fund… You may be interested in… Sep 29, 2020 Aug 24, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Barbados hosts regional environmental forum for Caribbean and Latin America(Barbados Government Information Service) Barbados will host the Intercessional Forum for Ministers of Environment from Latin America and the Caribbean, from Tuesday, November 5, until Wednesday November 6. President of the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod,…November 5, 2019In “Barbados”The Environment Is Our Most Important Asset -updatedBridgetown, Barbados – Even though our societies are facing economic crises and continuous social problems, the environment should be seen as our most important asset because Earth is the only home that humans have, and it provides air, food, and other needs. At the opening of the Intersessional Forum for Ministers of Environment from Latin…November 13, 2019In “Barbados”Environment Is Our Most Important Asset – UNEP Regional Director(Barbados Government Information Service) – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Director, Leo Heileman, stressed that “the environment is the single most-important mandate at this point in history”. Even though our societies are facing economic crises and continuous social problems, the environment should be seen as our most important asset…November 6, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Mr. Prescod stressed that “we simply do not have the luxury of debate or time” because “according to the sixth GEO Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean, the region currently accounts for only five per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; nevertheless, the social, ecological and economic devastation, and human suffering visited on our region annually by extreme weather events,” impacts us more than those who contribute significantly to GHG emissions. Therefore, he noted that it was critical for LAC “to build resilience across sectors; protect the most vulnerable among our populations; and advocate to hold accountable, those most responsible for dangerous climate change”.Minister Prescod urged delegates to agree to a number of specific, practical and implementable interventions which will continue to support common environmental agenda, and thus have a meaningful impact on the lives of the peoples of our hemisphere. The Environment Minister also called for new and innovative ways to promote and engender a deeper connection between the work of the forum and people of the region; and proposed the development of a LAC Environmental Heroes Award, which would recognise the work done by regular persons, civil society organisations, business enterprises and scientists in the stewardship of the environment. The President and Chair of the Forum also proposed that a LAC Environment Emergencies and Disaster Resilience Cooperation Programme be established. He said it should include a network mechanism based on the Hub and Spokes Model, which would allow for sharing of experiences and approaches, as well as the mechanism to mobilise technical assistance in times of need with regard to handling the devastation of hurricanes in the region. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Staunching the flow: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Fight to Keep its… Aug 26, 2020 (Barbados Government Information Service) Delegates at the Intersessional Forum for Ministers of Environment from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) over the course of two-days will discuss the current and emerging environmental challenges and ways to address them. (On Tuesday 5 November) during his opening remarks as President and Chair of the Forum, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod, highlighted five challenges LAC should view as critical for discussion, and in so doing seek to implement plans to combat the risk associated. According to Minister Prescod, those five environmental challenges are: poverty and inequality; water quality; loss of biodiversity; air pollution, which he noted “remains the largest environmental threat to public health in the Latin America and Caribbean Region”, and climate change. Sep 2, 2020
STEUBENVILLE, OH — JBS Technologies, vehicle security systems manufacturer, announced that Brett Barta, a seasoned electronics industry executive, has been promoted to vice president of sales administration. In his new role, Brett will be responsible for all sales administrative functions, technical support, product development, web-based initiatives, graphics and packaging. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Brett has more than 25 years of sales experience in the 12-volt electronics industry, 22 years as owner and operator of his own chain of 12-volt electronics installation stores and the last three years leading the Technical Support and Product Development function for JBS. “Brett has been a valuable member of the JBS Team and this promotion is a well deserved acknowledgement of his initiatives and accomplishments at JBS,” said Jeffrey Stark, president & CEO of JBS Technologies. “His dedication and initiative have added to the success at JBS and we look forward to him bringing his skills to lead these new functional areas.” _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. SMYRNA, Tenn. – Tina Payne Hunt has joined Beck/Arnley as its director of marketing. In this position, Hunt will oversee all marketing activities for the company, including strategy, brand development, advertising, public relations, promotional programs and website management, and will play a key role in sales force communications and customer relations. Hunt will report to Max Dull, vice president and general manager of Beck/Arnley.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hunt is an experienced marketing professional who has spent more than 10 years in corporate marketing management for Fortune 500, start-up and mid-size companies in various industries, including technology, data services, retail and consumer package goods. She specializes in strategic planning, segmentation, new product launches, customer programs and brand differentiation. Prior to Beck/Arnley, Hunt served as the channel marketing manager for Hickory Hardware Inc.; a home hardware design source for the retail and OEM market. In 2004-2005, Hunt directed business development and marketing for Provisio Inc., a start-up company that offered Internet-based services to speed clinical trial enrollment. From 1999-2004, she was the strategic market manager for a life sciences business of Reed Elsevier. Hunt has also served in various marketing positions with Newell/Berol Corp. and Fruit of the Loom Inc. In addition, Hunt has experience as a marketing consultant to nonprofits and startup companies in the Nashville, Tenn., area. Hunt holds master of business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and a bachelor of business administration in marketing from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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It just happened, you know? One of those serendipitous coincidences that occur when planets line up or you foolishly store oily rags together. It just … happened. While she was bluesing and Anita was thumping and Sarah was dinging and Ardis was whirring, a kind of blissful harmony began and filled the vegetable aisle with music. Ardis Richardson was looking through the Soup ‘R Market for an egg beater for her mom. Not the electric kind. The turn-the-handle kind. She picked one up and tried it out, causing the friendly little metallic whir that good egg beaters make. What was serendipitous, however, was Anita Campbell not six feet away in the next row thumping pumpkins. As Anita thumped and Ardis whirred, they got in time with each other and Sarah McKinley was checking out kitchen timers and gave one a friendly ding. This got the thumper and whirrer going even more enthusiastically and caused the market’s owner, Annette George, to walk over to the three percussionists, grin, and pick up a brand-new stainless steel funnel, purse her lips, and begin to blow a blues tune on it. It was okay, since she owned the store. They agreed to get together each Wednesday afternoon and practice until they got good enough for a concert. But they never did. When they finally stopped, and between gales of laughter, Annette said she could put a regular trumpet mouthpiece in the funnel and get a better tone. Anita said not to say anything to her husband, Dud, as he thought his accordion playing was the only music in the family. Home CountryBy SLIM RANDLES Annette, it turns out, played trombone back in high school. Serendipity just … happens … in its own good time.
The Evening Grosbeak: The most adaptable species for the varying habitats of Los Alamos has resulted in it being the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker The long days occur during the time of summer solstice together with a hike to see birds provides another way to appreciate the various species and their habitats. The sun rises over the eastern mountains at about 5:40 a.m. Summer has begun and the morning temperature provides for a pleasant early morning hike. Since this is New Mexico, it is likely to be sunny all day. The climatic temperatures of mountains appear to be increasing even than overall global temperatures. Now let us consider the trends for fifty two species for the whole county, rather than habitat by habitat. There are 42 species in the less commonly seen group. There is a slow increase in the annual count from about 25 to 150. The less commonly seen species therefore have increased in annual numbers as well. However this increase is not as dramatic when compared to the more commonly seen species. There are been three overall patterns among the habitats, whether at lower elevations toward the Rio Grande or higher elevations up the mountains. The more common species have become even more common over the years while the less common species have become less common. However there is a time period between 2000 and 2012 when there is a reversal of these two trends. This reversal may be the result of forest fires at the beginning and end of this time period as well draughts during this time. Conditions may have become more favorable for the less common species, resulting in their increase. A House Sparrow and a fledgling: The efforts of a parent bird may help their numbers increase in coming years. Photo by Bob Walker The mountains may become more like grasslands and juniper/scrub oak in coming decades as result of episodic forest fires, draughts, and temperature change. The expansive forests of tall pines and conifers may be passing for Los Alamos county. What kinds of species of birds then will occur? Are patterns of the past twenty years an indication of what is to come? Trees and shrubs have had two months for growth. “Green” is the symbolic color for this year’s solstice, thanks to all of the leaves now covering the trees. Sun beams pass horizontally when the sun just rises. Sure enough, there is movement down in some grass. The fledgling cannot yet fly proficiently and is fluttering in the grass, attempting to take off. The behavior of the parent house sparrow is meant to distract me away the fledgling. This is a good strategy to distract a cat or another predator. Amateur NaturalistBy ROBERT DRYJA Green Leaves shine brightly on the side of trees facing the sun while other side still is in darkness. This has involved reviewing the distribution of breeding species in different habitats and what has been the trend in their numbers for year to year since 1989. Only 48 house sparrows have be reported for the past four years. Thanks to the efforts of a parent to protect its young, the count will increase to at least 50 when this year’s count is included. This is a mathematical increase of 4.2 percent. The actual observation of a parent protecting its young among green leaves puts a bit more meaning on this number. Chart B divides the 52 species into two groups. The ten more commonly seen species have increased significantly since 2007. Approximately 500 to1,000 have been seen annually in recent years. In contrast approximately 100 to 200 were seen annually prior to 2007. The more commonly seen species therefore have become even more common over the years. This is the same pattern that occurred for individual habitats as discussed in prior articles. Chart A shows that ten species represent the more commonly seen. The Evening grosbeak has been the most commonly seen over the twenty nine years with nearly 1,800 being counted. The European Starling is the tenth member of this group with over 500 seen. In contrast there are 42 species in which less than 500 are counted for each species. Stated differently, an average of about 50 to 60 birds are seen annually for each of the most common species. In contrast 25 or fewer birds typically are seen annually for each of the less common species. Environmental conditions have become even more favorable for the more common species in recent years. Data from the Cornell Ornithology FeederWatch program. We have been considering in previous columns what has been happening to the birds of Los Alamos County. There also is considerable variation from this pattern when considered habitat by habitat as reviewed in prior articles. A house sparrow is chirping constantly during this hike. Its feathers are fluffed up and it skips around a short distance away. It acts as if wants me to come toward it. It then flies to a nearby bush, and continues its chirping, encouraging me to follow it. What is going on? The preceding two months of plant growth provide a clue. There is a nest hidden somewhere nearby and a young fledgling is leaving the nest. A parent and a fledgling will be added to the count that has been made by bird watchers over the years. The melting snow from winter and a few spring rain showers this year have been favorable for plants.