The Upper West Side has a Rufous hummingbird! The bird is normally a west coaster and not one for winter, but it’s been so mild that she’s done OK! She hangs out at the Museum of Natural History because she’s totally funny. That’s totally where a Rufous hummingbird should hang out!
It’s a rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird captured (I just mean on camera, silly!) by some youngins in Virginia! Go, bird-watching youngins!
This brings me to a more important point: I have a theory that the majority of small flowers are purple. Then white. Then pink. But mostly just purple. Take a look around!
From Cute Overload we get the story of Peeps the baby hummingbird, who fell out of his nest and broke his wing, and Peter Tommerup, who nursed him back to health—with the help of the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward. Hayward! Who knew anything ever happened there! Apparently, miracles do, as evidenced in this, the sweetest video basically ever.
Spice economics, school lunch wars, pretty clothes, the politics of animal protection and MORE in today’s link-o-rama! »
Nightmare blog: Fed Up with Lunch, in which an anonymous public school teacher buys lunch every day in the cafeteria, photographs it, and discusses how in/edible it is. She also has guest-bloggers, and supports the Healthy School Lunches program, because seriously this “food” is vile and nearly inedible.
Tomorrow, Saturday Mar. 27 Mission Street Food is having a vegetarian night, with many vegan options available! We know, we know, and you don’t have to go, but when they make vegan food it is very good, so.
The LGBT Army of Compassion will hold a “peaceful demonstration” against animal cruelty on Sunday, Mar. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Northeast corner of the Heart of the City Farmers Market at U.N. Plaza. Click here for further information.
Greens is throwing a huge party for its 30th anniversary, which is a huge deal, as Greens was the very first haute vegetarian cuisine restaurant. The “gala” will be at the San Francisco Zen Center on Saturday, Apr. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the “pre-reception” cost $50; tickets for the gala, $200; combined, $225. If you want to take me, I’ll go—I have lots of nice dresses and shoes! Though there’s a better chance of my putting out if we just go to Millennium, because hi, all that’s vegan.
Tobey Maguire helped open a Teaching Garden in Inglewood, Calif. this week, in support of the Child Nutrition Act (Healthy School Lunches Program, what!). Hooray!
Food banks like Meals on Wheels have been delivering pet food along with human food, because broke people can’t feed themselves or their animals.
Help save wolves, before Sarah Palin guns them all down for high ratings on the T.V. You read the news, you know I am not kidding.
Would you like to hear a story about the popularity of chicken wings? It’s vile! Especially the part about how they make “boneless” chicken wings, puke.
How about an odd, lovely essay regarding hummingbirds and mid-19th-century American writers?
This is the titular Oliver, of The Daily Oliver, not enjoying riding the subway in his “travel case.” There are pictures of him looking happier but come on, THAT FACE.
It’s conclusive: high-fructose corn syrup is much worse for you than regular sugar. Unfortunately science proved this by feeding obscene amounts of HFCS to rats. The scientists who performed the experiments sure look happy, though!
Foreign Policy would like to know why it’s cool to protect elephant ivory but not bluefin tuna or sharks. The answer: the economic/political status of the countries on either side of the issue.
In Taiwan, the Ministry of Education has recommended schools serve one vegetarian meal per week, for environmental and health reasons.
Ol’ Gavin Newsom wants to convert unused public land in San Francisco into gardens, which is great, but also “easy-to-assemble chicken coops,” which is ridiculous. Let Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns tell you about how raising backyard chickens is not all scattering feed from a bucket and communing with your hens.
Kombucha: it solves all your health problems, forever, and you can make it in your closet. All the hippest hippies in the Bay Area are brewing it.
The state of Maryland is really pissed about oyster-poaching, and has seriously increased the penalties for violators. Poachers blame the crackdown for their poaching, because everyone loves a good “vicious circle” argument!
Mormons love Jell-O! Especially things like “shredded carrots, peas, and cubed ham—in gifts of Jell-O molds.” This is the Lord’s Food, y’all.