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Please Consider A Valentine’s Donation For The Channel Island Fox!

February 14th, 2020 No comments

I am a board member of Friends of the Island Fox and help do a variety of work to preserve this threatened/endangered species that live just right off our coastline. They are amazing animals and I highly encourage everyone to visit the Channel Islands (Santa Cruz Island is our usual destination) and spend some time among the foxes and other nature. It is a relatively quick 1.5 hour trip out from Ventura Harbor vis Island Packers. A great way to spend a day.

You can find many pictures of the channel island fox on my Instagram and Flickr photo accounts.

As a Valentine’s Birthday gift to me (and the foxes), please consider a donation to continue our work to protect and educate the public (through school programs and Road Scholar presentations) about this amazing animal in their own backyard.

You can donate any amount by visiting the Friends of the Island Fox web site and clicking the donate button. You’ll also find tons of information there about the foxes, their habitats, their issues and what we and our donors have done to help them, the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy and many others.

Won’t You Be F257’s Valentine?

It’s February – time to help the unique island foxes that live on California’s Channel Islands!
Why does Friends of the Island Fox ask for your donations? 
Funding is essential for island fox conservation.
You can help this pup. Won’t you be her Valentine?

Island fox F257 is a female 10-month-old island fox. Last summer she was captured on Santa Rosa Island during annual health checks. A sample of her blood was taken, she was micro-chipped, and a whisker was collected for diet analysis.

In December of 2019, she was fitted with a radio-tracking collar funded by FIF and had another whisker removed for analysis.  
All of this work–the examination and work by the technician; blood sample testing, the microchip, radio-tracking collar, and diagnostic research on the whiskers–requires funding.

That is where you can make a difference. We ask you to donate, so FIF can help fund important island fox conservation work across the Channel Islands in conjunction with the various island land managers.

Pup F257 has so much to tell us.

Throughout her life, when captured, her microchip reveals her identity. Her data, gathered during annual check-ups, will form her profile history. Data collected on individual foxes is valuable for researchers and understanding how to keep island fox populations healthy and stable. Her radio collar will monitor her movements and safety.

The analysis of her two whiskers will tell us how her diet has changed from a very young pup to her life at 10 months old. If the winter rains don’t return and F257 faces her first year in drought conditions, will she change her diet? FIF’s Research Grant recipients are investigating important science on island fox health. Are foxes finding adequate nutritional food in their island ecosystem? Can we expect F257 to live a lifespan of 8–12 years?

This young pup is starting her life on Santa Rosa Island. You can be part of her success. Your donation will help make sure she is watched over and healthy.

Sunset Selfie in Porto – beautiful! via Instagram

September 18th, 2019 Comments off

Sunset Selfie in Porto – beautiful!

Sunset Selfie in Porto - beautiful! via Instagram

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You can now access and download 30,000 images from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection via DIY Photography

August 22nd, 2019 Comments off

It’s becoming more and more common for museums to digitize their collections. The latest one to join the trend is The Cleveland Museum of Art. After digitizing its collection, it made it publicly accessible online, with 30,000 images free for download and remix.

The CMA has shared the images from its permanent collection that are in the public domain open access. This means that you can download, share, reproduce, reuse and remix the images for scholarly, non-commercial, but also commercial purposes.

The CMA’s director, William Griswold, said in a statement regarding this project:

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July 11th, 2019 Comments off

NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free via DIY Photography

May 15th, 2019 Comments off
Another great collection of public information freely available on the Internet and to use in your own educational projects.
 

No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

Read NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free – DIY Photography via DIY Photography

 



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The Library of Congress Makes Thousands of Fabulous Photos, Posters & Images Free to Use & Reuse via Open Culture

February 16th, 2019 Comments off
Another great collection of free-to-use imagery care of your very own Library of Congress. Your tax dollars (and history) at work! — Douglas
 
The history of the venerable Library of Congress demonstrates the vast importance that the founders of the U.S. accorded to reading and studying. It may be one of the country’s most durable institutions, “the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation,” it proclaims. While partisan rancor, war, and violence recur, the LoC has stolidly held an ever-increasingly diverse collection of artifacts sitting peacefully alongside each other on several hundred miles of shelves, a monument to the life of the mind that ought to get more attention.

A vintage-like Christmas Card for the season – Now for Sale! and Redbubble Contest Entry

October 9th, 2018 Comments off

Kris Kringle 1

Kris Kringle 1

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A vintage-like Christmas Card for the season

This card invokes memories of my own Ohio farm town childhood. 
@redbubble is having a Christmas Card challenge contest — #RBCardChallenge— so I am offering this one up as my entry.

You can order this card right now, if you wish, as it’s in my RedBubble store. — DouglasEWelch.com/shop

There are discounts available, too! 
Buy any 3 cards and get 20% off
Buy any 10 cards and get 30% off
Buy any 50 cards and get 35% off

Your purchase can contain any collection of cards from any design and from any RedBubble artist and receive these discounts.

More Of My Christmas Card Designs Are Also Available

More of My Christmas Card Designs are also available

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A taste of Sicily in Milan via Instagram

September 8th, 2018 Comments off

A taste of Sicily in Milan Granita at Ammu via Instagram

Ammu is basically Sicilian for “Yum!” Cute name and great granita.

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Cherry Blossoms – Sakura

March 25th, 2017 Comments off

Bewitched Rose

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