I’m going to be leading another backpacking trip to the Porcupine Mountains from May 31 to June 4, so just like I did last fall, I’m putting out the call for anyone who’d be interested in writing a guest post for this blog during that time. (About two posts would be ideal to fill the gap.) If you’re interested, use the “Contact Me” link above to let me know. The guidelines are pretty broad – I’m open to posts on anything to do with the natural history of the place where you live or a place that you’ve visited, preferably illustrated with your own photographs, or posts on anything to do with the relationship between people and nature. If you have your own blog, I’ll link back to it when your post goes up here, but people who don’t have their own blogs are also more than welcome to contribute. Last fall I ended up with posts on water scorpions, a reader’s trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia, and the lizards a friend of mine saw in Europe.
Anyway, here is your semi-regular roundup of interesting nature and conservation links from the last couple weeks (bird-heavy, as always).
- The always-fabulous Julie Zickefoose on painting the extinct Imperial Woodpecker.
- Teddy Roosevelt’s checklist of the birds he saw in Washington, D.C. while president. Birder-in-chief!
- Six reasons why organic is NOT the most environmentally friendly way to farm. Not sure I’m totally on board with this – organic does have its benefits – but it gave me food for thought.
- This is stretching the “nature and conservation” theme, but astronaut extraordinaire Chris Hadfield returned to Earth from his five-month stint on the space station yesterday, and he marked the occasion by posting a music video of himself covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” IN SPACE.
- xkcd reminds us that not only are birds dinosaurs, T-Rex was actually more closely related to modern sparrows than it was to Stegosaurus.
- Whoa! Saw-whet owls glow pink under UV light.
- A mama wolf spider carrying her tiny spider babies on her back! Either adorable or terrifying, depending on how you feel about spiders.
- A 10,000 Birds post on Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos – seeing these was one of the highlights of my three months in Australia.
- The prairie wildflowers of early spring keep a low profile but are gorgeous when you get down and look at them properly.
That’s all I’ve got! After getting an inch of snow over the weekend (yes, really – my boss broke his record for the latest he’s ever been able to ski the trails) our weather is finally warming up again. Have a good week!