Canada Lynx (Lynx canadens).

The Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a lynx species native to North America. It ranges across Canada and Alaska extending into the United States portion of the Rocky Mountains.
It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2002!
With a dense silvery-brown coat, ruffed face and tufted ears, it is slightly larger than a bobcat, with which it shares parts of its range, and over twice the size of the domestic cat.

The Canada lynx tends to be nocturnal like its primary prey, the snowshoe hare. Nevertheless, activity may be observed during daytime (if you’re lucky). The lynx can cover 8–9 kilometres  every day to procure prey, moving at 0.47–0.91 mph.
Lynxes are good swimmers; one account records a lynx swimming two miles across the Yukon River.

Canada lynxes are also efficient climbers, and will dodge predators by climbing high up on trees; however, they hunt only on land.

They are primarily solitary, with minimal social interaction except for the mother-offspring bond and the temporary association between individuals of opposite sexes during the mating season.  Individuals of the same sex particularly tend to avoid each other, forming “intrasexual” territories—a social structure similar to that found in bobcats, cougars, mustelids and ursids.

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#mammals
#canada
#northamerica
#northamericanspecies
#northamericanmammals
#bigcats
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#predators
#animalfacts
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#cats

Of women: a review of my first feminist book.

This wonderful book was recommended to me by a shop keeper in an independent book shop that I love in Liverpool.

I went there because despite considering myself a feminist I haven’t read many feminist books; my research has been mainly of inspirational women throughout history (especially in the scientific field), feminist movements throughout history and in present day, current feminist issues and news, and all this has been through online reading and research so I thought it was about time to start reading feminist books.

This book is by ‘Shami Chakrabarti’.

About Shami Chakrabarti.

Shami Chakrabarti was born 16 June 1969) is a British labour party politician, barrister, and human rights activist. She served as the director of Liberty, an advocacy group which promotes civil liberties and human rights, from 2003 to 2016.

When she was the director of Liberty, she campaigned against “excessive” anti-terror legislation. In this role she frequently contributed to BBC Radio 4 and various newspapers, and was described in The Times as “probably the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years”. Between 2014 and 2017 she served as Chancellor of the University of Essex.

In April 2016, she was invited by labour party  leader Jeremy Corbyn to chair an inquiry into alleged anti-semitism  in the Labour Party, and she presented its findings in June.In August 2016, she was made a life peer in the Prime Minister’s Resignation Honours.

Shami Chakrabarti was born to parents in the suburb of Kenton in the London Borough of Harrow. Her father, a bookkeeper, has been cited by Chakrabarti as an influence on her gaining an interest in civil liberties. She was a member of the SDP and she identifies as a feminist.

She studied law at the London School of Economics, at one point acting as a research assistant to Leonard Leigh who wrote a paper on the British approach to terrorism and extradition; the paper was published finally in 1997. After graduating with an LLB degree in 1991, Chakrabarti was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1994. In 1996, she started working as a barrister for the Home Office and on 10 September 2001, she joined the human rights organisation Liberty.

After working as in-house counsel, Chakrabarti was appointed director of Liberty in 2003. As director, she campaigned against what the pressure group saw as the “excessive” anti-terrorist measures that followed the 11th of September attacks  in the United States, such as the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001  (ATCSA). The organisation is a prominent opponent of recent counter-terrorism legislation.

Chakrabarti is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio and TV and various newspapers on the topic of human rights and civil liberties. The Observer wrote that she puts in “seemingly endless appearances on Question Time  and the rolling news bulletins”. She was also described by David Aaronovitch in The Timesas “probably the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years”.

In December 2005, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme ran a poll of listeners to establish “who runs Britain.” After many hours of debate, Today placed Chakrabarti on the shortlist of ten people “who may run Britain.”She was also shortlisted in the Channel 4 Political Awards 2006 for the “Most Inspiring Political Figure” award and It was voted for by the public and she came second to Jamie Oliver, above Tony Blair, David Cameron, George Galloway, and Bob Geldof.

She was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom in 2013 by Womans hour  on BBC Radio 4, and in 2014 she was included in The Sunday Times “100 Makers of the 21st Century” list.

Book bio:

A powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there

It is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights first and developing worlds, rich and poor women’s health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security everywhere. It is no exaggeration to describe it as an ‘apartheid’, but not limited to one country or historical period. Gender injustice, Shami Chakrabarti shows, is an ancient and continuing wrong that is millennial in duration and global in reach.

As we move forward in the twenty-first century, a time of crises the world over, Shami Chakrabarti lays out the huge challenges we face with honesty and clarity. We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful. One where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential. Instead, we’ve been playing around at the edges. What’s needed now is radical change.

From the disparity in the number of births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political representation and international diplomacy, Of Women outlines what needs fixing and makes clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting women’s rights at the centre of the progressive political agenda.

My review! 📚📖

If you’ve never read a feminist book before or are new to the world of feminism I would recommend you not read this book as it is very factual and in-dept, however it is a fantastic book and well worth adding to your feminist reading list.

The book is split into various sections covering a range of feminist issues:

1. Prayer before birth.

2. Misrepresentation.

3. Wealth and production.

4. Health and reproduction.

5. Home.

6. School.

7. Insecurity.

8. Faith.

This book is full of facts all about the injustices that women face throughout their lives. This book mainly focuses on the facts and figures around certain pressure points (sections above) facing women in societies worldwide today- from female genital mutilation to abortion, it covers some difficult topics.

It is one of the most factual books that I have read since university.

It is a fantastic book to read to truly open your eyes to the issues women face worldwide but I did struggle to read it a lot of evenings because it is so heavy to read and because it is so factual.

To read it is also quite impersonal and it’s like reading an educational book rather than a feminist book written by a feminist author, it lacks story and some human interaction; I didn’t feel any of the authors personality expressing through the book or get an insight of her opinions on the topics covered BUT I definitely learned a few things from reading this book and it definitely opened my eyes.

It is a fantastic read for someone wanting to start their journey in feminism who perhaps wants facts and figures to back it up. If you don’t mind a factual book it’s definitely worth the read.

How butterflies wings keep them from overheating! 🦋

Delicate butterfly wings are pretty cool — literally, thanks to special structures that protect them from overheating in the sun.
New thermal images of butterflies show that living parts of the wing — including veins transporting insect blood, or hemolymph, and scent patches or pads that males use to release pheromones — release more heat than surrounding dead scales, keeping the living areas cooler.
Small changes in body temperature can affect a butterfly’s ability to fly, as muscles in the thorax must be warm so that the insect can flap its wings fast enough for takeoff.

Read more about this fascinating butterfly-related science story here:

➡️https://www.sciencenews.org/article/butterfly-wings-heat-temperature-nanostructures

#butterflies
#butterfly
#butterflywings
#thermoregulation
#heatcontrol
#lepidoptera
#insects
#pollinators
#pollination
#science
#scientificresearch
#research
#nature
#naturalworld
#bugs

Watching the birds this morning! 🐦🐦

I put some more bird food out last night so of course I was the spying neighbour eagerly watching through the window to see what birds would appear for the tasty treats I put out.

I ended up seeing a family of black birds- mummy, daddy and baby girl fledgling.

I am definitely going to put more feeders out for them! I love seeing what birds visit me each day, as long as it isn’t the greedy woodpigeons that don’t give the smaller birds a chance!

#feedingthebirds
#feedthebirds
#feedthebirds
#feedthebirdstuppenceabag
#feedthebirdssavetheworld
#birds
#gardenbirds
#blackbirds
#birdlife
#watchingbirds
#morningbirdwatching

Finally an empathetic mental health profession I feel understands me and treats me like a human being rather than a science project!

This is just a little post about how truly wonderful it is to meet someone who is on the same wavelength as you.

I have been having a few appointments to get to know my psychotherapist before the sessions start and for the first time in any mental health appointment I feel I’ve met someone who is on the same wavelength as me, thinks the way I do somewhat, has the same interests and understands how my brain works and most of all is a wonderful and lovely person.
I am so pleased, grateful and honoured to meet and speak to such a wonderful human being and I look forward to the psychotherapy sessions and how he’s going to help me.

#grateful
#gratitude
#thankful
#samewavelength
#meetingwonderfulpeople
#lovelyhumanbeings
#humanexperience
#connection
#spiritual
#spiritualquotes
#spirituality
#spiritualworld
#lifelessons
#spiritualjourney
#spiritualgrowth

World’s most smelliest flower! 🤢🌺🌿

Listening to Jonathan Van Ness’s podcast this morning on ‘plant sex’ with one of the many wonderful botanists and scientists from Kew Gardens inspired me to make this!
He briefly spoke about the Corpse flower and I was transformed back into being 9 years old, lying on my bedroom floor reading a really old fashioned nature book that I owned on ‘The world’s most weirdest species’! I spotted the ‘Corpse flower’, read about it and I couldn’t get enough and spend many considerable weeks reading about it and talking to everyone I could about it- I thought it was simply amazing- STILL DO!! So in conclusion I thought I’d share some information about this wonderfully fascinating flower! 🌺🌺🌺

Enjoy!!

My diagnosis story: Endometriosis awareness month.💛💛

After years of fighting to be heard, years of painful and excruciating periods being normalised, my regular pelvic pain being normalised, just being given contraception and sent away… in July 2019 my life changed forever.

I was finally taken seriously by the 4th gynecologist I’ve ever seen and I was booked in for a laparoscopy which is the only way to diagnose endometriosis.

In July 2019 I had my laparoscopy and my initial thoughts had been confirmed, after fighting to be heard, after my pain being normalised for so long even with my mum having endometriosis (having a hysterectomy at age 36) and the medical professionals knowing this.

I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis at aged 26.

I was relieved because I finally knew what was wrong and naively thought I would be treated properly now BUT I was more upset and scared because I knew this condition would definitely impact my future.

During my laparoscopy 4 patches of endometrial tissue was burnt off in my uterus and I was told there was too much endometrial tissue elsewhere for them to deal with- it is in my bowel, bladder and dotted throughout my abdomen surrounding my organs and I was told I would have to see a bowel specialist to burn the rest off by excision.

It took me a long time to recover from the laparoscopy especially because in the eyes of my employer at the time it wasn’t a serious operation and I was forced into work too soon after my operation picking up heavy boxes…initially they wanted me to come back 2 days after my operation asking if I could simply take painkillers and come in- baring in mind I was already dosed up on pain killers, struggling to move and still had all my stitches in.

Where I worked at the time was a very male dominated industry and trying to make them understand the amount of pain I was in was virtually impossible- I recieved no support or even compassion either from the majority of the employers and colleagues.

After months of anxiety, worrying what the next steps would be, how bad my Endometriosis is and many more questions that were buzzing around in my head I had my first gynecologist appointment after my laparoscopy.

After being told I would be referred to a bowel specialist and that they would try and burn the majority of the endometrial tissue in my abdomen off off I was angry, confused and disappointed that I was sat with another gynaecologist, NOT a bowel specialist and the only treatment they would offer me was the combined contraceptive pill which I knew wouldn’t work since I have been on numerous contraception methods including pills since aged 15 and none agreed with me.

I was told to take the combined pill for 3-months then have a period, however at the start of the second strip (which is the second month) I started bleeding and remains bleeding for 1-month and 1 week, my abdominal pain had got considerably worse resulting in me struggling to even get on with my day-to-day life and my acne was the worst that I have seen in a long while.

My next gynecologist appointment wasn’t until April and I didn’t know whether to stop taking the pill or to carry on taking it. I first approached my doctor’s but they refused the deal with me as it was the gynecologist who give me the contraceptive pill. I then phoned the gynecologist department at the hospital that I had visited asking to speak to the gynecologist I had seen last time, but I was told to leave a message and I would get a call back, however one week passed and I received no call back.

Angrily I called again and I was told the same story and t two weeks had now passed and I still heard nothing so I rang once again, but this time was told by the receptionist that’s the gynecologist department don’t do callbacks- obviously I was pretty annoyed I firmly but politely explained why was calling due to my bleeding and pain and the receptionist asked why I couldn’t simply wait until my next appointment of which I swiftly replied “no chance am I suffering until April” and eventually I was given an emergency appointment the following week.

I was annoyed but hopeful that this next gynaecology appointment would be a good one and help me get better but again I was left disappointed.

I was sat opposite a gynaecologist who was clearly seeing my notes for the first time and who openly admitted she wasn’t a endometriosis specialist.

She firstly made me feel like I was purposely being awkward for not wanting to try anymore contraceptives and then spent considerable time looking through my laparoscopy photos and an endometriosis treatment medical book looking somewhat confused and then brashly asked me whether I want a children, of which I didn’t answer and then she recommended the strap injections.

I was handed a leaflet and asked if I wanted to try it with only been told that it would put my body through an early menopause which may give my body a chance to recover from the endometriosis and temporary stop it from growing for 6 months BUT it can give me menopausal symptoms and if it does I may have to go through hormonal therapy.

Now I’ve seen my mum go through menopause for years and by no means did I want to put my body through that for no guarantee that it would make me better, so I took the information and told them I would think about it but I left that office feeling very confused and upset.

None of my questions were answered- why they didn’t refer me to a bowel specialist as promised, what stage of endometriosis I have and what might my chances be in the future of having children as I have both endometriosis and PCOS and this is what upset me most, I do not like feeling clueless when it comes to a condition that is having a significant impact on my life and will continue to do so.

I really didn’t know what to do, I spent the next week or so feeling so depressed and conflicted and it really had an impact on my mental health and my self-esteem.

Only after confiding in a total endo warrior on my social media (Instagram) did I found out that these were not my only options. I found out I could request the seeing endometriosis specialist through the NHS and it is my legal right to do this and they cannot say no.

Straight after this I was on the phone to my doctor’s to get the ball rolling and now I am anxiously waiting to hear back from them.

Can you imagine what it’s like to be ignored for so long and to remain in pain without a diagnosis or treatment.

Did you know: 200 million women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis (that’s only diagnosed cases) and that Endometriosis falls into the top 20 most painful conditions right near broke bones, heart attacks and appendicitis.

Can you imagine what it’s like fight and pain everyday and living on strong painkillers just to cope; imagine going to the doctors for any of these conditions mentioned above (heart attack, appendicitis, etc) and being treated like a drug seeker because no other painkillers work and you’re being told that your pain is all in your head or that it’s just the bad period time and time again.

There is nothing more thought-provoking, beautiful and inspiring then fellow endo warriors around the world coming together this March for a common cause- hopefully during this endometriosis awareness month more people will recognise this condition, more endometriosis sufferers will connect with each other and get the support they need and advice, and governments and organisations worldwide will be think their approaches when it comes to dealing with this condition but most importantly diagnosis time should be drastically reduced and severe pelvic pain and period pain to stop being normalised.

Please support your local endo sisters, read about this condition if anyone close to you has it, be compassionate and understanding to anyone who suffers a chronic pain condition, don’t judge, and share Endometriosis stories to raise awareness this month- only by doing this will we be listened to and it’s already happening…. 👇👇👇

This is a news story published today which is brilliant news for endo warriors; read about it on the BBC news website or app.
You can also check out the Endometriosis UK website for any current news on Endometriosis, educational material and support.

Thank you for reading my story, feel free to share!

#endometriosisawarenessmonth

#endowarrior

An inspiring women who was determined to learn about the stars despite gender bias! 🌌✨⭐💫🌠

It was 1924, and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was on the verge of a breakthrough.
As with every other challenge in her life, Payne-Gaposchkin would not stop. “It was an impatience with the ordinary — with sleep, meals, even friendships and family — that had driven her as far back as she could remember.” After her death in 1979, other scientists would go on to remember her as “the most eminent woman astronomer of all time.” During a time when science was largely a men’s club, she had figured out the chemical makeup of the stars.

In What Stars Are Made Of, Moore takes readers on a meticulously researched tour of Payne-Gaposchkin’s remarkable life, drawn from family interviews, contemporary accounts and Payne-Gaposchkin’s own writings. It’s a riveting tale of a woman who knocked down every wall put before her to get the answers she desired about the cosmos.

She was told to leave school after administrators found they couldn’t meet her insatiable need to learn math and science. During physics lectures at the University of Cambridge, she, like all women, had to sit at the front, forced to parade past male students stomping in time with her steps…
and yet, she persisted, becoming a woman of firsts.  In 1925, Payne-Gaposchkin became the first person to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass. In 1956, she was the first woman to be promoted to full professor at Harvard and several months later was the first to chair a department at the university.

➡️ Read more about this inspiration woman here:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cecilia-payne-gaposchkin-revealed-stars-composition-broke-gender-barriers

#cosmology
#inspirationalwomen
#womenineducation
#feministhistory
#feminism
#inspiringwomen
#determinedwomen
#feministasf
#womeninhistory
#astrology
#stars
#science
#sciencenews

Brain waves common during sleep, occur in awake sheep! Wait what??

Here’s something neat about sleeping sheep: Their brains have fast zags of neural activity, similar to those found in sleeping people.

These bursts zip inside awake sheep’s brains, too. These spindles haven’t been spotted in healthy, awake people’s brains. But the sheep findings, published March 2 in eNeuro, raise that possibility.

The purpose of sleep spindles, which look like jagged bursts of electrical activity on an electroencephalogram, isn’t settled. One idea is that these bursts help lock new memories into the brain during sleep. Daytime ripples, if they exist in people, might be doing something similar during periods of wakefulness, the researchers speculate.

➡️Check out the rest of this amazing science story at:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sleep-sheep-spindles-brain-memory

#brain
#neuropathy
#memories
#sheep
#sleep
#science
#scientificstudy
#sleepstudies
#spindles
#sciencenews

Tiny sources of big tastes: the flavours of herbs and spices are often plants defences.

🧪🔬📚Reading in bed and this is a brilliant article! 🧪🔬📚

◇Did you know: The microscopic parts that give herbs & spices their flavours are often the plants defences.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) soaked a peppercorn in water and put it under the microscope, he imagined that its taste came from tiny spikes or darts however, what he saw was tiny ridged spheres and tiny moving organisms, the first bacteria ever observed- he had glimpsed into the world of microbiology.


Martin Oeggerli (photographer/scientist)  now explores this microbiological world in greater detail using a scanning electron microscope and enhancing the plants parts with colour- the results are stunning!!

➡️Check out the story here:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/o/photographer-martin-oeggerli/

➡️And his collection of photos here:
http://thephotosociety.org/member/martin-oeggerli/

#microbiology
#spices
#food
#microbiologicalworld
#herbs
#herbsandspices
#science
#scientificworld
#taste
#microbiologists
#nationalgeographic
#reading
#plants
#botany