See the history behind Americans’ wearing white in summer
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See the history behind Americans’ wearing white in summer

Historic reasons and physical discussion of the American tradition of wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day and modern summer white outfit ideas

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Are there birds in Alaska in winter?

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Tonight I woke up from a lot of noise, bird noise. Sandhill cranes obviously had left the nearby crop field in huge numbers and were flying south right over the house. I always wonder whether this noise is talking or whether they are giving commands to the next bird or whether it is some marching talk like soldier do.

In fall, this nearby field is full of cranes. They munch on the grains of the crop on the still unharvested fields of the experimental farm. There is another bird collection/meeting point farther east called Creamer’s Field – a former diary farm in Fairbanks. These fields are a bird watcher’s paradise. In spring and fall at Creamer’s Field, you can also watch trumpeter swans, Canada and other geese, various types of ducks, and a variety of other smaller birds.

As fall progresses the number of birds feeding on the fields decreases. Usually the last to leave are the swans. Some ducks stay in Fairbanks over winter warming their feet in the open water of the Chena River. The water is open because of the waste water of the power plant. It is impressive to see the ducks at 40 below (-40C) swimming in the seemingly steaming river.

Some ravens also stay over winter. They are pretty smart and remove the snow from the lights and use the street lights to use them as a heating source. They are also pretty impressive when they simulate the ring tune of a cell or a car horn. The Alaska ravens are bigger than the ones that visit middle Europe in winter. Much bigger. (more…)

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