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(Field Trips) Thu, 12 Oct 2006
Do natural history fields trips belong in the public school
curriculum? For folks interested in birds and bugs or flowers
and trees the answer is pretty obvious.

Our current photo essay is devoted to one school's Guided Field
Trips at Hilton Pond and some of the benefits they derived. To
view the installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" for
1-7 October 2006, please visit

As always we include a tally of birds banded and recaptured
during the period, plus a few nature notes. A photo of
Schweinitz's Sunflower may be of interest to endangered species

The mission of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is
"to conserve plants, animals, habitats, and other natural components
of the Piedmont Region of the eastern United States through
observation, scientific study, and education for students of all ages."

<<>> and for "Operation RubyThroat:
The Hummingbird Project" at <<>>


"The Deadliest Plane Crash"

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

On March 27, 1977, on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands,
two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets collided on a fog-blanketed runway,
claiming the lives of 583 people in what is still the deadliest
crash in aviation history. Now, almost 30 years later, near misses
on the ground are the leading cause of aviation accidents, raising
the question of what can be done to improve runway safety. Featuring
moving interviews with the few survivors of the disaster and with
top accident investigators, this program examines the fateful
confluence of events that led to the Tenerife tragedy and its
continuing relevance for air travel today.

Here's what you'll find online:

     Room For Error
     To what degree can human fallibility still play a role in
     commercial flight?

     How Risky Is Flying?
     Harvard's David Ropeik explains why judging risk is a
     risky business.

     The Final Eight Minutes
     Annotated cockpit recordings reveal how the disaster unfolded.

     Making Air Travel Safer
     The worst accidents spark the most safety improvements.


SPACE WEATHER NEWS - Green Comet in the Evening Sky

Friday, Oct. 13th

COMET SWAN: Last week you had to wake up at dawn for a good look at Comet Swan (C/2006 M4). This week the comet is moving into the evening sky. It's particularly easy to find after sunset on Oct. 13th and 14th. On those two nights, the handle of the Big Dipper curves toward the comet, guiding you right to it. Although Swan is too dim for the unaided eye, it is a good target for backyard telescopes. Seen through the eyepiece, the comet's head glows a pretty shade of emerald green. Why green? Visit for the answer.

AURORA WATCH: (Oct 13 at 1800 UT) Earth is entering a solar wind stream that could spark a mild geomagnetic storm tonight. Sky watchers in Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia should be alert for auroras.

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