It’s that time again – time for one of my irregular collections of wildlife and conservation links from around the web that have caught my eye. Bird-heavy, as always. Enjoy.
- In Praise of Boring, Local Field Sites. This one brought back fond memories of doing my senior research project at my undergrad college’s nature preserve, a patch of unremarkable second-growth forest that I really loved.
- Another post that brought back undergrad memories: turacos are a really cool group of African birds, and the only birds in the world with genuine green pigment (the reason we talked about them in ornithology class).
- I freaking love antlions, and the melodramatic sound effects in this close-up video of one trapping and killing an ant are fantastic.
- Remember I lived in Wisconsin until this June? They had their first wolf hunt last year. It was supposed to increase public tolerance of wolves. It didn’t.
- My old classmate Lauren is conducting a very scientific survey to determine the relative cuteness of birds. You should probably go take her poll.
- Giant badass salmon-eating owl in Russia is also an indicator of old-growth forest quality. There’s an “in Soviet Russia…” joke in there somewhere.
Seen any interesting nature-related articles yourself lately? Share in the comments.