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Looking for First Nations love: Indigenous dating life ‘complex’ – Aboriginal – CBC

Looking for First Nations love: Indigenous dating life ‘complex’ – Aboriginal – CBC

I find a lot of this heart-rending. Dating for Native Americans/First Nations (Canada) can lead to much thought for future generations – it’s more than just falling in love. It’s thought to bring more indigenous ‘blood’ back to your bloodline. Back in the day, many tribes relied on neighboring tribes for spouses (if you could call them that), and geographically near peoples would be your dating and marriage pool. Is the world more open today because we have the internet in which to find potential spouses?

I think a lot of people find long-distance relationships by going to Pow Wows and meeting people there. What if you’re like me, and work most weekends and can’t go to Pow Wows? I’m a Native woman who’s technically “too old” to have kiddos, but I’d love to find a Native man…however the dating sites are few and far between. I think many Native people are shy and don’t want their business and photos on the internet, and they don’t want to be contacted by peoples of other races that are fascinated with them – it leads to stalkers. Native American women are stalked more than any other race in America: it’s a dangerous world out there.

If I knew how to screen members by ID, I’d create my own Native dating website for people like me…*sigh*

 

Lisa Charleyboy - author

A Global Pastime: Watching American Bald Eagles Online

It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!

American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.

With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.

Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.

Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.

Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!

To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Cam 1 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Side View)
Cam 2 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Overhead View)
Cam 3 – (High Res Inside Nest View)
Cam 4 – (High Res Side Nest View)

If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!

Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights on Feb. 14th – 15th, 2014

UPDATE MARCH 8, 2014: An updated and more thorough aurora webcam list is here: https://cousinbelles.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/aurora-borealis-northern-lights-feb-18th-2014

If you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day like me (hey, I’m single), entertain yourself by watching the Northern Lights! Tonight and tomorrow night’s auroras will be GREENRED, AND MAGENTA!! There’s apparently a geomagnetic storm heading our way, making the most out of the Earth’s magnetic phenomenon.

Please check out AuroraMax webcam based in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

In case I haven’t posted all of these previously, here’s a list I’m compiling so you can watch them, too:

North View – Porjus, Lapland, Sweden

north cam image

 West View

west cam image

 

 

East View

east cam image

All sky View

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ENJOY GOD’S WONDERS!

TromsoCamFeb7_2

From Home – AstronomyNorth

Tonight

Friday, February 14

ACTIVE (POSSIBLE G2 STORM)

Activity Level: 7.0/10
Early Aurora: 6.5/10
Overnight Aurora: 7.5/10
Peak Intensity: 7.5/10
Colour: Green/Red/Magenta
NOTE: Geomagnetic field conditions
will be unsettled with active periods
and possible G1 (Minor) and G2
(Moderate) geomagnetic storms
overnight
. Peak activity is expected
in the hours before and after local
midnight. To watch the Northern
Lights above Yellowknife in real
time, check out AuroraMAX Live.
Real Time Information 

…………………
Current Magnetic Field

Status
…………………
Other Data
Space Weather Now

NOAA 3-Day Forecast

Current Oval (OVATION)

AuroraMAX Live

…………………
Activity Charts
CALM 2.5
MODERATE 3.5
MODERATE 4.5
ACTIVE 5.0

Long-Range Forecast

Saturday, February 15

ACTIVE (POSSIBLE G2 STORM EARLY MORNING)

Activity Level: 6.5/10
Early Aurora: 6.5/10
Overnight Aurora: 6.5/10
Peak Intensity: 6.5/10
Colour: Green/Red/Magenta

Check Out The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Tonight!!

How I wish there was a real-time Northern Lights webcam – but alas, there is not that I can find operating anywhere in the world!

However, without delay, please check out the AuroraMax High-Definition cam that’s live. It’s located in the town of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

The link is on behalf of the government of Canadian Space Agency – thanks, eh!!

If you’re into this sort of thing like I am, I follow the AuroraMax alerts on Twitter so I can be sure to check out the Northern Lights.

Here are 2 webcam screen shots I got from the above site – the first shows a faint green and pink ribbon, and the second shows a very bright neon green showstopper!

AuroraMax1 AuroraMax2

I have actually seen the aurora borealis for my own eyes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; I used to live there and saw their greeny splendor (well, they were green that night). I can’t really explain the beautiful, yet eerie nature of their appearance and movement. They’re sometimes referred to as “sky sprites”, which I think is accurate. They’re like color-changing, shape-shifting neon curtains that sway slowly and gracefully in the night sky…visually, they’re kind of difficult to keep track of since they appear, change “shape”, disappear, and reform. Yeah, it’s kinda like that.

While I’m at it, feel free to check out another Northern Lights webcam in Fairbanks, Alaska from Ronn Murray’s Photography – they maintain the “Alaska Aurora Webcam“. Ronn Murray Photography is also on Twitter.

Below are 3 screen shots from that webcam – notice the variations  and intensities of the lights:

AlaskaAurora1 AlaskaAurora2 AlaskaAurora3

Apparently, we’ve got incoming solar flares, so perhaps the show will be brighter and more intense Feb 1st and Feb. 2nd…? AURORAMAX ALERT • A G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is now in effect.

Check out what the Northern Lights look like in “real time”:

Enjoy God’s natural wonders,

Cousin Belle

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