I was going to check out another local hiking trail yesterday to get some blog fodder for this week, but ended up deciding to stay home instead and work on my knitting and make another attempt at baking a passable loaf of bread (all I need’s a frilly apron, as one of my aunts teased on Facebook recently). Sooo, for today I thought I’d do another one of my occasional linkspam posts and share some interesting bits and pieces from other parts of the internet.
- Check out these photos of Great Bowerbird bowers in Australia from 10,000 Birds. I would have loved to have seen bowerbirds when I was down under. I still remember doing a report on them back in second grade and thinking they were awesome.
- Also from 10,000 Birds (though not actually about birds), a morning in the life of a Kalahari leopard.
- Burying Beetles are wicked awesome (from Backyard and Beyond).
- How to use the power of the internet to efficiently ID mystery critters. A great post from The Familiar Wilderness.
- From the Wall Street Journal, why some people seem to get more itchy bug bites than others. I’m one of those lucky people who barely reacts to mosquito bites.
- Another reason to love beavers: turns out beaver meadows sequester carbon.
- The Prairie Ecologist solves a mystery: why are the cedar trees dying?
- Sad story of how a proposed wildlife corridor is turning indigenous people into refugees in Africa.
- Wolves are just as controversial here in Oregon as they were back in Wisconsin, but I’m rooting for efforts to promote wolf eco-tourism here.
- Another big story in Oregon right now is the conflict over water rights in the Klamath Basin, which is affecting wildlife refuges just as much as ranchers and everyone else.
Feel free to share any other interesting and relevant links in the comments!