Thursday

The full harvest moon provides light for farmers harvesting their crops into the night, according to the Farmer's Almanac. The moon will appear full for about three days, according to NASA.

As the full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox (the end of summer and start of fall), this is the Harvest Moon. During the harvest season farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the Moon. The full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern USA, and only 10 to 20 minutes later farther north in Canada and Europe. The Harvest Moon is an old European name with the Oxford English Dictionary giving 1706 as the year of its first published use. Most years the Harvest Moon falls in September but this is one of the years it falls in October.

This full Moon corresponds with the first of the two Japanese Tsukimi or "Moon-Viewing" festivals. This festival includes the tradition of offering sweet potatoes so this full Moon is sometimes called Imomeigetsu (which translates as "potato harvest Moon"). The Japanese full Moon festivities have become so popular that they extend for several days after the full Moon.

This full Moon occurs around the end of the seasonal monsoon rains in the Indian Subcontinent. For Buddhists, this full Moon is Pavarana, the end of Vassa, the three-month period of fasting for Buddhist monks tied to the monsoons (Vassa is sometimes given the English names "Rains Retreat" or "Buddhist Lent"). In Laos this full Moon corresponds with Boun Suang Huea or the Boat Racing Festival (which will occur on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020). In Sri Lanka, this is Vap Poya, which is followed by the Kathina festival, during which people give gifts to the monks, particularly new robes (so this lunar month is sometimes called the Month of Robes).

In the Hebrew calendar, this full Moon falls near the start of the Sukkoth holiday, a 7-day holiday tied to the 15th day of the lunar month of Tishrei (the 15th day of a lunar month is close to if not the same as the day of the full Moon). Sukkoth is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of the Ingathering. Sukkoth ties back to both the sheltering of the people of Israel during the 40 years in the wilderness in the Book of Leviticus and a harvest festival in the Book of Exodus. Often for this holiday a temporary hut symbolic of a wilderness shelter is built, and the family eats, sleeps, and spends time in this shelter. This year Sukkoth starts at sunset on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

The Ojibwa people called this month's full moon the "Mskawji Giizis," or Freezing Moon, as October typically marks the first frost, and the Cree people called it "Pimahamowipisim," or Migrating Moon, because of bird migrations, according to Space.com, Live Science's sister site. In the Southern Hemisphere, the days are getting warmer and longer, and as such, some common names for this October moon include Waking Moon, Pink Moon, Seed Moon, Fish Moon and Egg Moon.

The names don't end there, but they all seem to hint at the same idea: Seasons are changing. Phases of the moon are dictated by the amount of sunlight that's reflected off the moon as the moon revolves around our planet. A full-moon phase is as close as the moon can get to being fully lit up by the sun. It occurs when the moon is 180 degrees from the sun, when the moon, the sun and Earth form a line, according to Space.com.

October Full Moon Names from different cultures Tugluvik (Inuit). Kentenha (Mohawk). Long Hair Moon (Hopi) Ten Colds Moon (Kiowa). Falling Leaves Moon (Arapaho). Corn Ripe Moon (Taos Native American). Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon (Neo-Pagan). Leaf Fall Moon (San Juan Native American). Blood Moon, Wine Moon (Mediaeval English). Blood Moon Falling :Full, Leaf Moon :Dark (Janic). Hunter's Moon, Travel Moon, Full Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other Moon names: Spirit Moon, Snow Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, White Frost moon

VIDEO Stunning 'Harvest Moon' Captured in Timelapse Over Lake Superior

A strain of white coyote believed to be found only on the (Exact location not divulged) has caught the attention of National Geographic.

Science researcher Carl Zimmer has written an article on the white coyotes in the current issue of the magazine.

Zimmer said he became interested in writing about the white coyote after he stumbled across a research paper in the January 2013 edition of the journal Mammalian Genome written by researchers at Memorial University and wildlife officials at Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation.

Zimmer said the scientific paper described the DNA of six white coyotes — turned in by hunters to wildlife officials — and an interesting theory on the origin of the genetic mutation.

"This raises, I think, a very plausible possibility that the coyotes in Newfoundland got this gene from a golden retriever," said Zimmer.

Zimmer pointed out that there were reports in (Exact location not divulged) that a coyote had run off with a golden retriever.

"It's possible that that golden retriever produced hybrids that passed down its gene into the coyote population." Coyote populations change quickly

Zimmer said coyote populations change and expand quickly, and gene mutations happen rapidly.

"What makes coyotes so interesting is that they're not really an incredibly distinct species," said Zimmer. "They do interbreed with dogs, they interbreed with wolves as well." Zimmer noted that coyotes in eastern North America are larger than those in western North America, which could be evidence that coyotes breed both with dogs and wolves.

The writer, who lives in New England, said there are lots of coyotes in his area, but he's never seen any like the ones found in Newfoundland.

"I've never seen any reports of white coyotes before," said Zimmer.

"These aren't albinos, these are white coyotes in the sense that polar bears are white. For now, this is unique to (Exact location not divulged)."

VIDEO White Coyote Captured On Trail Camera

Mink farming will also be outlawed the French environment minister announced

France's environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms.

Barbara Pompili, France's minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday that bears, tigers, lions, elephants and other wild animals won't be allowed any more in travelling circuses "in the coming years. " In addition, starting immediately, France's three marine parks won't be able to bring in nor breed dolphins and killer whales any more, she said.

 "It is time to open a new era in our relationship with these (wild) animals," she said, arguing that animal welfare is a priority. Ms Pompili said the measures will also bring an end to mink farming, where animals are raised for their fur, within the next five years.

The ban does not apply to wild animals in other permanent shows and in zoos. Ms Pompili did not set any precise date for the ban in travelling circuses, saying the process should start "as soon as possible." She promised solutions will be found for each animal "on a case-by-case basis.

" The French government will implement an 8 million-euro ($9.2 million) package to help people working in circuses and marine parks find other jobs. "That transition will be spread over several years, because it will change the lives of many people," she said.
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Monday

“Reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to tribal homelands – not to trophy hunting,” implores actor Zahn McClarnon as he closes the just-released “Not in Our Name” short film with an appeal for public support for tribal nations in their ongoing struggle to get the Trump Administration to “honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes.”

Last seen in HBO’s “Westworld” starring as Akecheta opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, McClarnon has become one of Native America’s most recognizable actors, with prominent roles in AMC’s “The Son,” “Longmire,” “Fargo” and Spielberg’s “Into the West.”

“Hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?” asks McClarnon, as Wyoming gears up to open its grizzly trophy hunt in Greater Yellowstone on September 1, over the objections of tribal nations that have been denied formal government-to-government consultation on the issue by Interior Secretary.

“I grew up in grizzly country and so my experiences with grizzlies are extremely personal because of growing up around them,” explains McClarnon, who is Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock but spent his formative years on the Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

The Piikani Nation, sister tribe to the Blackfeet, introduced The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration, which is now the most-signed tribal treaty in history. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva, who also appears in “Not in Our Name,” introduced The Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act to the 115th Congress, which was inspired by the treaty.

Central to the treaty are the grizzly reintroduction articles. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which includes the plurality of Yellowstone treaty tribes, recently petitioned Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) with the tribal alternative to trophy hunting, writing: “Instead of trophy hunting the grizzly, tribal nation treaty signatories advocate relocating grizzlies from the GYE to sovereign tribal lands in the grizzly’s historic range where biologically suitable habitat exists among tribes that seek to explore and participate in such a program.


The same quota of grizzlies that would be hunted per season by the states, could easily be trapped and relocated to lands under sovereign tribal authority and jurisdiction, removing any possible rationalization for reinstituting trophy hunts. This plan provides for cultural, environmental and economic revitalization for participating tribal nations, as the grizzly is sacred to a multitude of tribes.” Barrasso has yet to respond.

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Sunday

If recent times have felt a little rough, remember you’re not alone. Also, remember there’s a video of a baby duck falling asleep after someone puts a flower on its head—that’s important too.

During the challenging moments of life, luckily, there’s the internet, which is full of cats, dogs, and ducklings. Of course, if you don’t spend 24/7 surfing the web, such videos might get overlooked, but that’s what we’re here for!

Recently, one such cuteness overload went viral on Twitter, and it sure put a smile on many people’s faces. Originally shared by the Instagram account for Mother The Mountain Farm, the footage made rounds on social media.

The adorable video of a duckling falling asleep gathered over 800k likes in almost no time on Twitter, and over 45k views on Instagram. This just proves just how much we need more content like this.

Originally, the footage was shared on Instagram, on Mother The Mountain Farm’s account. Its caption read: “A sleepy ducky under a nasturtium flower sun hat, having a nap in the middle of the mint garden.

This little one is from our latest batch of Call ducks that hatched two days ago! She came out of her egg backwards and we don’t have a name for her yet — should we call her Nasturtium?”


One Twitter user under the username @wamlart shared the video on Sunday and wrote, “if you are feeling sad please look at this cute duck.” And people did look at this cute duck. And many have fallen in love. “This is now officially the cutest video I have ever seen,” someone said, and it’s hard to disagree.


“This is literally the cutest [thing] I’ve ever seen,” Twitter user @TurnTheBeatUp commented. “I was already gushing but when the baby fell asleep and the flower hat fell off…”
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