Yucky wet rain/snow stuff falling outside right now, no way am I going out to take photos, so instead here are some nature and conservation links from the last week. Enjoy.
- Gunnison Sage-grouse (a very cool, very threatened bird) are being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and the public comment period has been extended. The ABA has more information here, and you can submit your own comment here.
- Elizabeth of Woods Walks and Wildlife posted some cool (and slightly gross) photos of a mockingbird coughing up berry seeds. I didn’t know they did that! Scroll down for the mockingbird – the Red-shouldered Hawk in the snow is gorgeous, too.
- The colorful flowers in this post by Wanderin’ Weeta are the ideal treatment for spring fever.
- Chris Helzer at The Prairie Ecologist reminds us that even “experts” don’t know everything in his post on what he doesn’t know about prairies.
- Who knew cassowaries (giant terrifying birds that live in Australia’s rainforests) have brilliant emerald green eggs? This also led to a conversation on Twitter about what possibly evolutionary benefit there could be in eggs this brightly colored.
- Comparison shot of three yellow-eyed ducks on Rock Paper Lizard.
- Dissected pellet of a Barn Owl on Ohio Birds and Biodiversity.
- Julie Zickefoose tells the story of how she discovered that there are caterpillars that eat lichen. Cool!
Now, nap or job applications? Blargh…