This is the 564th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the June 30 edition.  Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

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Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito Mountains of Arizona

Desert Scientist writes—The Wilderness Experience: A Song to Sycamore Canyon and the Borderlands: “I have made several trips to one of my favorite haunts, after the Chiricahua Mountains, Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito Mountains of Arizona. I mentioned one of my trips there in an earlier diary (www.dailykos.com/…), but I went back several times during my career, including twice as part of an organized field trip during a national meeting of museum and zoo curators in Rio Rico and Tucson. I never was disappointed by my visits to this biodiverse part of the arid Southwest. The existence of permanent water in the creek flowing south into Mexico made this area a mecca for all sorts of biota, including 95 species of nesting birds (See: aziba.org/…) In the trip I mentioned, I (probably rather inadvisedly) hiked the canyon alone as far south toward Mexico as I could go. It was a beautiful, if warm, summer day and the canyon beckoned me on into deep wilderness. As I walked along the creek I occasionally heard the plop of frogs and sometimes saw them. These were the rare Tarahumara frogs (Lithobates tarahumarae) and possibly a few local leopard frogs. This was in the early 1970s and after 1984 Tarahumara frogs were not seen in the canyon for decades. This actually remained the case until 2014 when over 285 were released into the creek by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. I was on an arachnological collecting trip and so looked under rocks (which I carefully replaced) and used my sweep net to find spiders especially. My rock turning turned up a nice fat western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus), as I recall, and my sweepnetting produced new records for the eastern US ant-mimicking jumping spider Sarinda hentziand the Mexican jumping spider Phidippus tux, the latter being the first found in the United States. However the creek finally narrowed into a sheet of water over bare rock and I felt that could go no farther.

Pakalolo writes—Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week: “It is all coming down faster than previously expected, my friends. Heat records have fallen all over the world this week. Thirty three dead and counting in Montreal from extreme wet-bulb temperatures. Meanwhile, a blowtorch is blasting away at northern Siberia and the Laptev and East Siberian seas. (see story below the fold).Yours truly came quite close to a heat stroke on Thursday, and just about blacked out in the scorching sun. I’m scared and so incredibly sad, I never expected to see this much  change to the climate in my lifetime. […] A massive and intense heat dome has consumed the eastern two-thirds of the United States and southeast Canada since late last week. It’s not only been hot but also exceptionally humid.

Source: World

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