Benefits of Coyote Hunting

There has always been a life-long dispute whether to hunt predators or if prey (deer) numbers would eventually regulate natural population of predators. Hunting and trapping is the most important tool used in maintaining healthy wildlife populations. This leads to the question. Do you want predators to regulate your deer numbers or do you want hunters to be the one controlling deer numbers?

If an area is over run with predators, prey numbers decrease in these areas because they are pressured to survive or move to other areas with less pressure from predators. In turn if prey stay in an area it will have a negative impact on habitat by over grazing these areas. Eventually prey will need to move to areas with forage to survive. Predators will also move to new areas to hunt prey. By controlling predator numbers we can prevent habitat damage and increase the deer numbers in a given areas.

Many of coyotes natural predators have been eliminated, causing an increase in population. It is estimated that coyotes population in an area could increase 210 percent in a single year if left alone. Hunting in pairs and groups these skilled opportunistic hunters use fences, brush, creeks and even roadways to their advantage. Coyotes have become so dependent on feeding on fresh meat they hunt regardless if it is in the cover of night or in broad day light. Deer and spring fawns are the main food source for coyotes in the winter months. Thirty five percent of fawn deaths are attributed to coyotes each year.

Thirty five percent more deer each year in your favorite hunting area will no doubt increase your opportunity to harvest more and better deer. So should you hunt coyotes in your favorite big game area? The answer is YES! As you hunt those predators there are a few tips to consider before heading out.

1) Slip in quietly being sure to stay off the sky line.

2) Set up with the wind at 90 degrees or in your face.

3) Be sure to sit in front of brush to help break up your outline.

4) Make sure that you scope is turn to correct magnification for area you are hunting.

5) Always watch down wind as coyotes will almost always circle to check wind before coming into that area.

6) If you can not make a good shot, don’t take the shot. You will only be educating them and make it harder to get them in your sights again.

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The 3 Reasons We Families Are Caring For Their Elderly Parents At Home

There are a few rumblings that are quietly growing in Australia’s health scene that will have some fairly major impacts on our ongoing ability to access medical care.

To be totally correct, there are 3 separate rumblings that will unite to cause quite a conundrum. An ageing population, an increase in chronic conditions and a health workforce that is diminishing and maldistributed.

The Baby Boomers Are Retiring

The baby boomers have hit retirement age. For the first time, the age distribution of our population has changed dramatically. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare cite a growth of 21% of 75 to 84 year olds in the most recent decade. Thanks to medical innovation and developments, our life expectancy is higher than at any other time in the recent past. And while that is extraordinary news, it signals a worrying side also. The fact is that as we age, our healthcare needs increase. The question is: are our hospitals and health services ready to manage the tsunami of demand from our ageing population?

Chronic Disease Is On The Rise

There has been no shortage of media attention to the rise in chronic disease. There is constant dialogue about obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. One look at the federal government’s nine health priority areas and the concern over chronic disease is clear: seven of the nine priority areas are chronic conditions. The reason for the focus on these conditions: chronic illness constitutes 80% of this nation’s burden of disease.

Couple this with an ageing population, and the outlook worsens somewhat. Chronic disease accompanies old age. 76% of individuals over 75 years of age have a chronic disease, illness or disability. This will create more demand than what has been required in the past.

Where Are All The Doctors & Nurses?

The World Health Organisation evaluates a current deficit of health professional at 4.3 million. Health Workforce Australia (HWA), the government body responsible for planning our future healthcare workforce needs, anticipate a shortfall of 109,000 nurses alone by 2026. Also, HWA realize that our workforce is, at present, diminishing and poorly distributed. Our rural and remote areas have less access to the health care than their metropolitan counterparts. And that is before the issue of the ageing population and chronic disease truly begin to bite.

What Is Our Future Healthcare Looking Like?

The importance of the caregiver role couldn’t be more critical than right now. As our demands for health care change and increase, the number of family members providing care for the elderly, particularly caring for their elderly parents at home, will grow considerably. Even now, there is a renewed focus on ageing at home for as long as possible. We are starting to see a range of technologies, apps and tele health options starting to emerge through to the marketplace that assists the ageing stay at home and the caregiver provide safe and coordinated care.

Also, a renewed intensity is forming around primary care and preventative health. General Practitioners’ role comes to the frontline as the swing from acute care hospitals to chronic disease management happens. Keeping patients out of emergency departments and educating them in early intervention is now the focus for primary care professionals.

Those who deliver our healthcare will change also. There is a great deal of work going on throughout this country establishing possible role redesign amongst healthcare professionals so that broader tasks can be taken on by well-trained nurses, physiotherapists, optometrists and avail our doctors to manage the advanced and complex patients.

Nevertheless, planning is paramount. As our families age, it is the preparation for how we will age and how we want to age that will be essential. Forearmed is forewarned.

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Hiring At Freelance Marketplaces: 6 Things To Remember

Freelance marketplaces open huge opportunities for doing online business and for outsourcing: there are jobs, projects, and services all around. The brightest examples might be Elance, oDesk, Guru, and Freelancer, which unite hundreds of thousands of business and professional freelance companies and individuals. And if you want to choose such a marketplace for posting the job offer concerning your software project, you’ll need to set things clear from the very beginning. Let’s outline 6 things to remember when hiring at freelance marketplaces.

1. Write A Clear Job Description

If you are interested in finding the right contractor for your job, create a clear job description. Don’t hurry, vagueness aside – present your offer in a balance between informativeness and conciseness. A good description scores lots of points: you show your own approach and commitment to what you want. If you need a website, ‘great’, ‘clean-looking’, ‘modern’ descriptions don’t work; number of pages, required content, any visual representation – that’s already something. Give examples of what you want to the contractor, so they’d see it the way you see it.

It’s not the simplest thing to understand the exact idea you have from a description; but a definite description of your project will help a lot and save time of both of you and your contractor. When you see that your contractor not just clearly understands your words, but has the same vision, it might be the ‘moment of truth’.

What’s more, representatives of professional development companies pay more attention to promising projects that are quite capable of having a good, prosperous future. Here the hard task of finding the right person/company is reliant on you as well.

2. If You Are A Novice, Don’t Show It

For those who are about to have their very first job offer posted – never should you show that you are a novice. It may be so that you, an expert in the subject matter of a project, have no experience in working with Elance or oDesk, it’s quite natural that you as a software owner have little technical knowledge and no technical education, but these facts needn’t be shown.

Most professional companies will see your background in a blink of an eye. But anyway act naturally. Don’t trust any first person you meet, take your time, review as many replies as needed to be sure that you haven’t missed your Mr. Perfect Partner. Note that there is a big chance to not find the best fit at once from first time.

3. Be Clear About Price Range

Choose a price range, affordable within your budget. It’s quite possible that you’ll be tempted to having the project done for a fixed fee. However, experience shows that for most software project fixed fees don’t work for various reasons; the most frequently mentioned cons are eventual overpays, inflexibility in requirements changes, lower quality of delivered product, etc.

There is a chance that people you will meet will simply multiply real estimates by three and even if they are able to do the job faster, you will never figure it out. It’s also worth noting that you’re probable to find professionals working at the same level for different (i.e. lower) hourly rate.

Remember that you mustn’t be too saving, otherwise there’s a great chance for you to pay twice as much in the end. Cutting costs means losing quality, and you won’t need a product without quality. In fact, nobody will.

4. Know What To Show, Know What To Hide

It’s hard to disagree that it’s important, but it’s even harder to bring to reality. You surely don’t want your ideas to be exposed and stolen, but you’ll definitely need to share some important stuff so that your software contractor could make initial estimations. Technical information affects budget spending and allows to predetermine the technical offer – components, technologies, and so on. Just make sure to keep your killer ideas out of sight until you sign an NDA with the contractor you choose; but the amount of hidden information mustn’t prevent your contractor from understanding the project and the scope of work.

5. Prepare For Frequent Communication

Once you have chosen a candidate, prepare for frequent conversations using the most convenient means. You’ll have to spend a lot of time and efforts on your project; it takes time even with the help of a dedicated project manager. You’ll have to learn a lot about establishing good communication with your contractor.

At this stage you will see how comfortable it is for you to work with potential employees, don’t miss this part! It’s a very crucial point for your future cooperation. If for example your partner works only in a different (uncomfortable personally for you) timezone, feel free to find someone ready to work with you and answer your questions 24/7.

6. Don’t Pay In Advance

It’s generally not recommended to pay anything in advance (well, unless you have checked your contractor company enough thoroughly to trust them). Instead you’ll have to agree on how payments will be carried out, but pay only for the hours that your contractor has spent on the project, and you have a result of their work in return – the result you are satisfied with. This is the way you can move along the software project, milestone by milestone.

Freelance marketplaces save lots of money and efforts of yours, and that’s what they are created for. The rest is a matter of searching, communicating and finding. Such platforms not only give you opportunities to find the needed candidate for your project, but also help carry out payments, and give specialized software (such as time trackers) to make collaborations even more transparent.

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Dyan DeNapoli

“I believe that our goal should be to figure out what it is that we are most passionate about, and then pursue that thing with all of our hearts. My personal definition of success is to wake up each day looking forward to my work because I love with I’m doing and I love who I’m doing it with. If I can inspire others to do the same along the way… even better. For me, it’s not about money or prestige or power – it’s about doing what I love and about making a difference. If we all lived our lives doing what we are most passionate about, I believe we would all be happier – and happier individuals make for happier communities, which in turn makes for a happier and healthier world.” (SOURCE: Questions for Living)

Dyan deNapoli is The Penguin Lady in every sense of the title. She has devoted nine years of her life in New England’s Aquarium-more than seven of it as its Senior Penguin Aquarist-and helped rescue 40,000 penguins during the M/V Treasure oil spill. She’s also a successful author having written the award-winning The Great Penguin Rescue, a chronicle of the rescue operation she undertook with the 12,000 volunteers back on 2000.

Why is she so mortified by Sylvia Gaus’ suggestion to just euthanize oiled birds? Well, aside from being a penguin expert, she had seen first-hand that rescuing them is possible. The technology and strategy had evolved since and apparently Sylvia and her cohorts were basing their observation on obsolete data. Who would not agree with Dyan when she herself headed the most successful rescue operation ever?

They were able to rescue over 40,000 penguins and close monitoring proves that they got to live just as long as those un-oiled ones and were able to breed just as much as those who did not experience the same trauma. Euthanizing oiled birds would obviously be the easy way out.

The book that came out of that experience, The Great Penguin Rescue, was included in “Bird books we like” by Birdwatching and was named One of the best natural history books by Library Journal. It also won Silver in Nautilus Book Awards and was named “Must-Read” by Massachusetts Book Awards. That’s not all, New York Post included the book on their “required reading list.” Dyan received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Sciences and served as the onboard penguin expert and guest lecturer on cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.

Don’t be surprised to see her in CNN, BBC, ABC, and other major channels because she’s obviously the go-to veterinarian for anything penguin. There’s nothing Dyan won’t do for the love of penguins.

1. She graduated summa cum laude from Mt. Ida College.
2. She founded The Penguin Lady, an educational initiative that spreads the word about penguins.
3. She helped rescue 40,000 penguins during the M/V Treasure oil spill.
4. Out of that experience came out The Great Penguin Rescue book that she authored.
5. The Great Penguin Rescue was included in “Bird books we like” by Birdwatching, named One of the best natural history books by Library Journal, won Silver in Nautilus Book Awards, and named “Must-Read” by Massachusetts Book Awards.
6. The New York Post included The Great Penguin Rescue on their “required reading list.”
7. She served as the onboard penguin expert and guest lecturer on cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.
8. She was Senior Penguin Aquarist of New England Aquarium for more than 7 years.
9. She received Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Sciences.

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