first_imgSituated in the Monongahela National Forest in the north central West Virginia Highlands, Blackwater Canyon stands apart as one of the Mountain State’s best view points. Once used to haul lumber and coal through this sunning natural landscape, the Blackwater Canyon Trail is tailor-made for those seeking a sense if mountain solitude. In addition to expansive views of the West Virginia High Country and the Blackwater River below, be on the lookout for the endangered West Virginia flying squirrel, the Indiana bat, and the Cheat Mountain salamander. For directions to Blackwater Canyon here.[divider]More from Blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more


first_imgThe waters off the Atlantic coast are as much a highway as I-95, with leisure, commercial, and marine life traffic in constant motion up and down the Gulf Stream. Countless animals call this area home, including the extremely endangered North Atlantic right whale. Driven to near extinction before whale hunting was banned in 1935, the whale population slowly fought its way back to roughly 500 around 2010, but increases in ship strikes and entanglements in fishing equipment have started to reverse that trend. To make matters worse, a new threat has emerged in the form of the Navy’s new Undersea Warfare Training Range.For years, litigation swirled around the 500-square-mile area off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, selected in 2009 as the site for the range. In 2010, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) led a suit against the Navy to halt construction, arguing that it was too close to the only known calving and nursing grounds for right whales and did not include adequate safeguards for them as an endangered species. Ultimately, the courts decided the Navy was taking sufficient protective measures, and construction began in October 2014.The NRDC, however, is not convinced. Ship strikes are already a major concern, with four whales dying in U.S. waters this past summer, and sonar could pose an even greater danger. While the range doesn’t directly overlap the critical habitat designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), studies of sonar and comparable sounds “have shown whales fleeing [up to] 150 miles away,” says Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst with the NRDC. The latest research estimates that whales entangled in fishing equipment may burn as much as 25,000 extra calories per day engaging in normal activities. That alone is often enough to starve a whale to death, without adding the stress and physical exertion of disorientation or fleeing.Sonar is turned off if whales are spotted in the blast range, but unfortunately, “any marine mammal observer—not just Navy—only spots [right whales] about 5% of the time,” says Heimer. They are dark, stay very close to the surface, and have no dorsal fin, she explains, making them “a sitting target for unintentional ship strikes.” Furthermore, the Navy has not adopted the only mitigation measure that Heimer believes would be effective at this point, which is to refrain from running exercises during the critical calving and nursing period, from November to April.Construction of the range isn’t taking place during these months, but training exercises will. The Navy expects the range to be operational in the Fall of 2019, with full-scale training operations beginning Summer 2023. If training exercises led to any strandings or trauma, the Navy would certainly investigate the incident thoroughly, but with the population already so low, Heimer and others worry that even one incident could put the species over the edge.last_img read more


first_imgThus, Adriatic.hr is one of the first travel agencies that, thanks to the efforts of the internal team, successfully completed the API integration of private accommodation for the Trivago portal. In addition to comparing prices, Hotel Trivago has added the offer of private accommodation to its services, and the agency is Adriatic.hr, which, thanks to the mentioned integration, managed to list its entire offer of private accommodation on their website, which has over 14.000 accommodation units. Cover photo: Illustration by HrTurizam.hr Leading agencies in terms of online booking of private accommodation in Croatia, Adriatic.hr, represents a kind of turning point in the offer of private accommodation.  The Adriatic.hr travel agency owes its success to the constant application of technical solutions and innovations, so it is not surprising that the IT sector is part of its identity, which ultimately led to a constant search for new ideas to improve the rental market. “By monitoring market trends, the opportunity and need to establish partnerships with various global companies was identified, to which Adriatic.hr quickly established itself as the most important domestic business partner. ” point out from the Adriatic.hr agency center_img By the way, Trivago is a growing hotel search engine that allows users to compare hotel prices with just a few clicks, and searches more than 400 search sites and more than 1,8 million hotels in more than 190 countries. Niame, private accommodation within the Adriatic.hr offer will be listed on the largest website for comparing accommodation prices online – trivago. last_img read more