South America

Trackers may tip a warbler’s odds of returning to its nest

Cerulean warbler
Cerulean warblers wearing geolocators on their backs may be less likely to complete the usual return flight from South America to their breeding grounds in the eastern United States.

Strapping tiny trackers called geolocators to the backs of birds can reveal a lot about where the birds go when they migrate, how they get there and what happens along the way. But ornithologists are finding that these cool backpacks could have not-so-cool consequences.

Douglas Raybuck of Arkansas State University and his colleagues outfitted some Cerulean warblers (Setophaga cerulea) with geolocators and some with simple color tags to test the…

Elton John recovering from ‘rare and potentially deadly’ infection contracted in South America

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Elton John contracted “a harmful and unusual” bacterial infection during his recent South American tour and, after an extended hospital stay that included two nights in intensive care, has canceled all of his shows scheduled for April and May.

“During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill,” his reps said Monday in a statement. “Upon returning to the UK, Elton’s Doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection.”

John was discharged on Saturday and, on doctor’s orders, is resting at home. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

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Bolivia Facts – 70 Fascinating Facts About Bolivia

bolivia facts

Bolivia Facts: Interesting facts about Bolivia. Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America. It was part of the Inca Empire and home to several indigenous tribes, before the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 1500s. Silver was the greatest revenue for the Spanish Empire. Bolivia became independent in 1825. Though it is rich in mineral and energy resources, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries of South America. It has the largest population of indigenous people, who make up two-thirds of the population.

Bolivia facts

Bolivians become eligible to vote at the age of 18 if they are married and at 21 if they are single.

There is no ban on public smoking in Bolivia.

Over 60% of Bolivians are indigenous, predominantly Quechua and Aymara.

Bolivia lost its territory on the Pacific Oceans to Chile after the War of Pacific in the mid 19th

Bolivia though being landlocked, maintains naval force.

Tourists at Bolivia chew cocoa leaves to fight the effects of altitude sickness.

There’s a clock on the National Congress building in the main square of La Paz that runs backwards, reminding its citizens to think differently.

Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in South America.

Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin.

Bolivia was known was “Upper Peru” or “Charcas” in the 18th Century

Facts about Bolivia

Al Alto is the highest large city in the world. It is 4,150 m high.

Quinoa demand in western nations has pushed up prices so much that poorer people in Bolivia and Peru, where quinoa is form can no longer afford their staple crop.

The Puya Raimondii, the world’s largest flower that blooms about once every 100 years is only found in Bolivia and Peru.

The world’s largest lithium deposit is in Bolivia buried under the salt.

Bolivia is the #1 country for certified tropical forests on Earth. It is also one of the top 5 exporters of tropical wood in the world.

Bolivia was the third highest producer of coca in the world after Colombia and Peru.

The Altiplano or “High Plain” which is at 3,800 m is the most populous region of Bolivia.

Bolivia has 37 official languages.

Lake Poopo is the second largest river in Bolivia. It is not a freshwater lake.

The first South American city to get electricity supply is La Paz in Bolivia. It was powered by llama dung.

Interesting facts about Bolivia

The major exporter of Brazil nuts is Bolivia and not