Every year, over 200 students study abroad in more than 35 countries.
Barnard College has a rich history and tradition of study abroad dating back to the 1930s.This means that being in Lesotho is one of the best places to truly view the night sky without any light pollution and believe me, it's amazing.There's a reason Lesotho is known as the "Kingdom in the Sky". I really can't explain why, it just fascinates me beyond reason.It is extremely mountainous and all the electricity comes from generators.At 9pm the generators are shut off for the night and because of the mountains, the moon is usually already hidden.The parents become targets, too, when they stop to lay eggs or fly back and forth with food for their young, or chase of predators.
A tiny Mockingbird will gladly take on a Crow or Hawk if it is threatening the nest. Fathers and supportive caretakers out there (it does take a village!
There is a lull during the winter holidays, but the bustle returns once the Spring semester gets underway. Shorts and flip flops are replaced with business clothes and briefcases as the soon-to-be graduates apply for internships and attend job fairs.
Graduation weekend comes at the end of April or beginning of May and proud families commemorate the event with photos of their young adults taken in front of the local landmarks. Young people step up and try their wings and their parents step back and trust that their offspring have learned what they need to make it on their own.
These babies are hungry and they sound like fighting bobcats screeching in the trees when mother or father return with food. (His nature blog, Field Guide, is fun and interesting, and very informative, and I recommend it to everyone, not just Gainesvillians.) The young are in danger from day one.
Eggs of every kind are a quick and easy source of protein and lizards, snakes and raccoons all know it.
A recent article about the importance of native trees in the landscape said that a Carolina Chickadee would need 5000 caterpillars to feed each clutch of eggs! Hungry baby birds make such a ruckus calling for food that it's a wonder they don't all get eaten by predators.