I spent the afternoon snowshoeing into a wilderness area with a group of teenagers, but I was too focused on them to spend any time looking for natural history stuff to photograph for this blog. (Yep, snowshoeing. Yesterday was the first day of spring, you say? Don’t make me laugh. It was -17ºF here a few days ago.) Anyway, luckily there’s been a lot of interesting new articles and whatnot floating around this week, so I’m going to treat you to another linkspam post instead.
- The population of Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico is hitting a record low. Not good, not good at all.
- This aerial photo makes the reason for declining bee and butterfly populations in North America glaringly obvious.
- Great post on why the idea of reviving extinct animal species is actually kind of arrogant and anthropocentrist (shut up, spell check, anthropocentrist is totally a word). (NOTE: see the comments on this post for some discussion on this subject. Ed Yong’s take on it, with an explanation of the effort to resurrect the very cool gastric-breeding frog, is worth a read as well.)
- As both a birder and a lifelong Star Trek fan, this photo puts a smile on my face (though you’d have to be a Trekkie to understand why).
- Famous naturalist William Bartram claimed to have seen a weird, brightly colored vulture in Florida in 1774. No one has ever taken the sighting all that seriously – until now.
- Pesticides, not habitat loss, may be the primary cause of grassland bird declines.
- National Audubon Society, I am shaking my head at you. Feral cats are terrible for native wildlife, and trap-neuter-release does not work. (NOTE: Although I stand by my statement about TNR, after reading through the comment thread on this post at 10,000 Birds I kind of regret linking to it. Lots of nasty birder-on-birder personal attacks and such. Ugh.)
- Great photos and video of a displaying Ruffed Grouse.
- This Song Sparrow sings opera. No, seriously, watch the video, it’s crazy.
Have a great rest of your week, and I’ll be back with new material soon!