CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE LAST WEEK

CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE LAST WEEK

We haven’t seen any eagles in the past week, and it is soooo warm around Albuquerque that the eagles may have migrated early to the north.

Again, I am amazed by the number and length of stay for Steller’s Jays. They have been around for about three or four months, and I at least hear them every time I go out. A welcome addition to the Bosque.

A couple of pretty fair shots of a Great Blue Heron before and after take-off.

More Wigeons in the Bosque than usual. A shot of a Sandhill Cane, some Canada Geese, and a Mallard Duck all hanging out together.

Two shots of a Common Merganser taking off and getting air-borne.

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We got out early on Saturday and got to see some Sandhill canes in the sunrise colors, and some geese with the sunrise background.

 

 

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WATERPIK BENEFITS AND DEMO

WATERPIK BENEFITS AND DEMO  dentist Albuquerque

Several weeks ago I posted a story about research showing that oral irrigating devices, such as the WaterPik, are as effective in removing plaque as using dental floss, and do a better job at removing food debris.  I find that they are very effective for people who have difficulty manipulating dental floss in their mouth.  They also make it a lot easier to clean under bridges and around orthodontic bands, brackets, and wires than floss.  They are also more enjoyable to use than floss for many people.

I have attached a YouTube video showing the proper technique for using oral irrigating devices. You can see it by clicking here.

I have attached a link to a YouTube video showing the effectiveness of the WaterPik.  You can see that video by clicking here.

Clark Family Dental recommends that all our patients floss or use an oral irrigating device every day to reduce decay and prevent periodontal disease.  We care about your health

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RECENT CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

I think the migratory birds are confused.  We have three American Robins, so they must think spring is right around the corner, despite temperatures in the low teens lately.  The Western Bluebirds are also a little ahead of schedule.

A pretty good shot of a female Common Merganser.  I love the wild red hair-do.  Followed by a Red-tailed Hawk that I saw on a tree about 100 yards out for about ten seconds– enough time to get this shot.

Usually Coyotes that discover us howl and bark at us and follow us until we get out of their territory.  This one was very call, and walked casually away, without any complaints about our presence.

A good shot of a Great Blue Heron, one of many we see often in the Bosque.

I saw two eagles this last week, and both were flying at least 100 yards away.  This one has the background of the radio tower, familiar to most people in the North Valley.

The American Wigeon is fairly colorful, and I haven’t seen any since last spring.

A pretty good week for birding.

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BROTHERS, SEPARATED BY ADOPTIONS, BROUGHT TOGETHER

BROTHERS, SEPARATED BY ADOPTIONS, BROUGHT TOGETHER   dentist Albuquerque

Two brothers, Timothy Wayne Gold and Dave Smith, sons of the same woman, never met each other until Timothy’s wife’s aunt did extensive research on adoptions in Albuquerque.  She found out that Timothy’s birth mother was Gloria Conner, who had had two sons born between marriage, divorce and remarriage to Jerry Conner.

Smith, going through family records after the deaths of his adoptive parents, learned his birth mother’s name, and discovered the research done by Timothy’s aunt.  That led him to Gloria’s brother, Craig Neuenburg. Neuenberg held a family reunion in 2013 to welcome the two men into the family.  Gloria had died in 1976, so she never got to see her two grown sons.

Both Smith and Gold are grateful that their mother gave them up to loving families, who raised them up, and gave them stable lives.

An article in the Albuquerque Journal on this story can be read by clicking here.

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CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE LAST 10 DAYS

CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE LAST 10 DAYS

We saw some good sights the last ten days or so in the Bosque.

Eagles showed up for photos one day on the other side of the river, although we caught glimpses of them flying on other occasions at a distance. The first eagle is a  mature adult in a luscious fall-like (don’t Cottonwoods ever shed their leaves?) setting. The second is of a juvenile American Bald Eagle, about two years old. He’s pretty much full-sized, but only has patches of white on his head, body and wings. His tail is more heavily white. The third frame is of an eagle with the Sandia Mountains in the background.

The next I call a Great Blue Face-off, then a fairly decent shot of a Blue in the air.

A couple of shots of male Common Mergansers, which are not at all common in the Corrales Bosque. I saw their luminous white chests about 100 yards down-river, and managed to get somewhat closer for these photos.

Although common in lots of areas, I have never gotten good photos of an Oregon Junko in the Bosque before. They do not hold still so I was glad to get these two shots.

I think we all remember the full moon on New Years Eve into the First. I couldn’t resist this shot as it was setting in the western sky behind a huge Cottonwood.

A nice start for the new year.

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THE IMPACT OF ORAL HEALTH ON FRAILTY IN OLDER PATIENTS

THE IMPACT OF ORAL HEALTH ON FRAILTY IN OLDER PATIENTS   dentist Albuquerque

A report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicated that oral health problems increase the risk of frailty in geriatric patients. The study involved over 1,600 men of advanced age, and discovered that dry mouth, complete tooth loss and cumulative oral health problems increased the incidence of frailty.  Underlying associated health problems and socioeconomic factors were studied and factored into the study.

The study supported the need to manage oral hygiene, dental treatment and diet in helping to prevent frailty in older patients.

An article on this study in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we monitor the dental health of our elderly patients and encourage dental health practices that can improve the patient’s well-being.

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EMERGENCY AT TWINKLE LIGHT PARADE IN NOB HILL HAS HAPPY ENDING

EMERGENCY AT TWINKLE LIGHT PARADE IN NOB HILL HAS HAPPY ENDING   dentist Albuquerque

The annual Twinkle Light Parade in Nob Hill, complete with antler-attached horses,  was raising the Christmas spirit among the parade-goers when an emergency struck.  Firefighter Chris Adair noticed a tearful woman in distress and sprung into action.  He and driver Christopher Epley discovered that the woman’s eight year-old daughter was choking on something.

They rushed her to the firetruck where they performed two Heimlich maneuvers.  The action dislodged a portion of a candy cane that the girl had been eating which had been lodged in her throat. The mother and daughter quickly disappeared into to crowd.

Mayor Tim Keller remarked that this was the perfect Christmas story and honored the two firefighters with “hero coins.”

An article on this story in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO FIGHT FIRES IN CALIFORNIA    

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO FIGHT FIRES IN CALIFORNIA     dentist Albuquerque

Firefighters from around the state are being sent to southern California to fight fires north of Los Angeles. Six trucks and eighteen firefighters left Thursday, headed to the Chino Hills-area emergency command center. New Mexico participates in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which allows regional states to share resources.

The Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bernalillo County, Corrales and Sandoval are all participating by sending crews and firefighting trucks.

The crews are hoping to be finished by Christmas, since many have already served in other fires this year.

An article on the story in the December 8 Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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RECENT CRITTER SITINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

RECENT CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE   dentist Albuquerque

Some more birds have been migrating to or through the Corrales Bosque recently.  The first photo is of a Double-crested Cormorant, a bird more often associated with the Gulf of Mexico than Corrales.  The next is a pretty good shot with good detail on a couple of Sandhill Cranes in the air, probably heading to the Bosque del Apache.

The next two photos are of two different Red-tailed Hawks, which we are seeing more often lately.  the second one has his feathers all fluffed up, probably to keep himself warm in 20 degree weather.

The next is of a Great Blue Heron, probably one of the fairly common breed that hangs out in the Bosque all year long.  He is followed by a Belted Kingfisher, which probably spends a good part of the year in the Bosque.

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CONNECTION BETWEEN FREQUENT MOUTHWASH USE AND DIABETES?

CONNECTION BETWEEN FREQUENT MOUTHWASH USE AND DIABETES?    dentist Albuquerque

A study of 1,206 subjects at the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicated that using mouthwash twice a day could greatly increase the incidence of diabetes. The study determined that those who used mouthwash twice a day or more often were 55 percent more likely to develop type two diabetes or prediabetes during the three year course of the study.

It was discovered that mouthwash not only kills bacteria that can cause periodontal disease and dental decay, but can also kill beneficial bacteria that have a role in maintaining proper carbohydrate metabolism.  The mouthwash was found to kill bacteria that were responsible for producing nitric oxide, a chemical that helps to regulate insulin.

The study also found out that using mouthwash once a day did not increase the incidence of diabetes.

An article on this study in medicalnewstoday.com online can be read by clicking here.

Until more evidence is revealed in future studies we at Clark Family Dental will encourage our patients to use mouthwash no more than once per day.  We care about your health.

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