No natural history news to report other than endless cold and wet and snow (temperatures dipped to zero F again over the weekend, and we’re under yet another Winter Storm Warning tonight). Instead, let me present another of my sporadic linkspam posts – recent bits of conservation and nature interestingness from around the internet.
- Climate change = snow melting earlier = white Snowshoe Hares on bare brown ground each spring. I’ve never actually laid eyes on a Snowshoe Hare but I’ve seen their tracks around here plenty of times.
- Amazing (and grisly) photos of an alligator eating a nutria in Texas.
- Why do we feel like bird feeders are okay but baiting owls with mice is not? A great 10,000 Birds post on where to draw the ethical line.
- A Storify summary of the Earth Day conference I attended last week.
- A concise explanation of hybridization in birds. My non-birding students are always surprised to learn that birds occasionally mate across species lines.
- At least somewhere there are wildflowers blooming.
- The always-wonderful Julie Zickefoose on painting a bird species she’s never seen in person.
- How much do you actually know about the humble dandelion?
- I love frogs and did frog calling surveys every spring in college, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a Mountain Chorus Frog.
- I didn’t get any photos of the Fox Sparrow that turned up at our feeder in the snow last weekend, but _CabinGirl has some great ones, so check them out.
- Interesting: red squirrels born in crowded forests get hormonal signals from mom to grow faster.
Feel free to share any interesting links you’ve come across lately in the comments, and have a good week!