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The One World Collective 10 Motivational TED Talks to Watch With Breakfast One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their expertise firsthand. It's accessible, substantive information on virtually every topic imaginable. If reading the news first thing in the morning is bringing you down, why not save that task for a bit later in the day? 1. "The science confirms what we know in our hearts. Career analyst Dan Pink looks at motivation from a social science perspective. 2. "Crazy stuff happens when you start replying to scam emails. What if, instead of deleting all those offers for unclaimed bank accounts in foreign countries, long-lost cousins in need of a place to keep their jewelry, and too-good-to-be-true deals, you reply instead? 3. 4. "I know that there's something in this world that you love more than you love yourself. 5. "Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The eyes of a creature Forget about BeetleCam and other devices. A British photographer risked his life as he captured these wildlife shots. Jonathan Griffiths held his camera just inches away from tigers, bears and cougars as he took the pictures. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent) The 32-year-old endured minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures at a Canadian wildlife breeding reserve as he gained the trust of each animal over two or three days. He enticed them with meat – mainly chicken – to photograph them close-up in his 15-month project. ..and in another shot a tiger left condensation on his lens with its breath. The currency trader flew to Canada, where he stayed in a lodge by a wildlife breeding reserve. Jonathan said: “At first I was quite nervous being so close to the animals as I did not know what to expect and they are wild… (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent) My family think I’m a bit nuts and worry about the consequences if something went wrong. Two Brown bears roar at the camera. A Siberian tiger bares its teeth.

eBird Great Backyard Bird Count—take someone birding! February 12-15 (Friday through Monday) is the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). To participate, just go birding during this timeframe and make sure to enter your checklists in eBird. The GBBC was one of the first demonstrations that the Internet could be used to collect bird checklists and was instrumental in the creation of eBird back in 2002. For 2016, we really want the GBBC weekend to focus on sharing your knowledge with others. Do you have a friend or family member who has always wanted to go birding with you? Kathy Lopez, January eBirder of the Month Please join us in congratulating Kathy Lopez of Nampa, Idaho, winner of the January 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Dream job? There are also currently four positions open to become a part of the eBird technical team: a Principal Web Service Developer and a Web Service Developer, a Data Service Developer-Administrator, and a DevOps Engineer.

The Democratic Society | Making democratic conversations Cato Institute | Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace Physics Equation Solvers | Blue Solver Global Invasive Species Database The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the SSC- Species Survival Commission of the IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature. The GISD was developed as part of the global initiative on invasive species led by the Global Invasive Species Programme GISP and was/is supported through partnerships with the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and the University of Auckland. The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and natural ecosystems and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. As the database is continually being populated with species information, please check back on a regular basis for updates.

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