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Italian Town Bans Skiing To Not Disturb Roosting Bird

Italian Town Bans Skiing To Not Disturb Roosting Bird

When snow falls on Monesi di Triora, a ski resort in the Alps, it can seem like a perfect winterland paradise.

But any kind of winter sports activity has now been prohibited — just because of a big bird.

The black grouse in question, say naturalists, could be bothered by excessive human presence, because during winter the birds have a unique roosting habit of digging tunnels under the snow to conserve energy before mating season, which begins in March and lasts through June.

The city council that oversees the resort has therefore issued an order forbidding trekking, skiing, climbing, and even snowshoeing in the idyllic resort, reportsLa Stampa.

The town has taken it badly because tourists — especially during winter — are manna for the local economy. The rare grouse has become a source of contention and has left members the hospitality industry in a fowl mood.

Although the mayor has now withdrawn the order because of the backlash, damage has still been done, as the ban reportedly led many to pick another holiday destination.

"We will try to convince the region to review the requirements," said the council, "And a more detailed study on the bird to prove that it is there and must be protected will be commissioned. The area is very small — it makes no sense to extend the restrictions to the entire town."

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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