Birds are Reptiles

Physical appearance is not always the best way to categorize nature.

Ecology for the Masses

When one looks at birds like this puffin, it can be hard to reconcile its cute appearance with its place in the animal kingdom. The thing is, this adorable puffin has something in common with a rattlesnake, in that it’s a reptile (Image credit: Ray Hennessy, Unsplash licence, Image Cropped).

You read that correctly, birds are reptiles. Now, I can hear you saying “but we learned that they are a different group of organisms, and that reptiles are just those scaly animals that have cold blood?” While reptiles don’t have cold blood per se, some of them DO have feathers. And can fly. In this post I hope to convince you of the fact that the puffin pictured above, and all of its avian relatives, belong with the snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles in the reptile group.

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Why you don’t need to be optimistic? Pessimism is better

Positive thinking had been perceived incorrectly a lot of times. The faith surrounding the idea of thinking positive is somehow failing. Unfortunately, everyone had begun to adopt the habit of optimism to ignore the reality of their life. Excessive positive thinking is putting the optimum in a box.

Why you don’t need to be optimistic? Pessimism is better

Despite popular opinion, there are some benefits to fostering a healthy degree of pessimism.

In which direction does your own personality naturally gravitate?

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Acres: 319,841 | Containment: 67% | Total personnel: 2,685 | Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass […]

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Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update

INCIDENT STATISTICS: Current Size: 45,605 Acres Current Containment: 95% Start Date: April 22, 2022Cause: Unknown Total personnel: 280 WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR  A red flag warning remains over the fire area due to high winds and relative humidity in the single digits. With the high winds forecast today, expect to see increased smoke within the […]

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Acres: 315,223 | Containment: 50% | Total personnel: 2,989 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 30, 2022, Daily Update

Reminder – All National Forests in New Mexico Have Closures or Restrictions in Place Due to Extreme Fire Danger

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Reminder – All National Forests in New Mexico Have Closures or Restrictions in Place Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Sunday, May 29, 2022

Information Phone Line: 505-312-4593 Email: 2022.CerroPelado@firenet.gov InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8075/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2022.CerroPeladoFire Twitter: https:/twitter.com/SantafeNF WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR Although temperatures will be cooler today, a red flag warning remains over the fire area due to winds and relative humidity remaining in the single digits. Isolated fire activity within the perimeter increased yesterday but remained within the fire and all […]

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Sunday, May 29, 2022

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 29, 2022, Daily Update

Acres: 314,750 | Containment: 50% | Total personnel: 3,001 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 29, 2022, Daily Update

Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Calf Canyon Fire

SANTA FE, NM – May 27, 2022 – Forest Service fire investigators have determined that the Calf Canyon Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) was caused by a pile burn holdover from January that remained dormant under the surface through three winter snow events before reemerging in […]

Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Calf Canyon Fire

It May Take Longer Than Expected for Call of Duty Games to Become Day One Xbox Game Pass Releases

Microsoft’s ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard sent a shock through the video game industry. Activision Blizzard is responsible for major franchises including Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush, after all. The potential for these franchises to become exclusive to Xbox devices could change the industry. At least in Call of Duty’s…

It May Take Longer Than Expected for Call of Duty Games to Become Day One Xbox Game Pass Releases