Here, once again, is my monthly-ish collection of wildlife and conservation links and articles that have caught my eye – plenty of fun facts and interesting eye candy for your Sunday afternoon reading.
- As someone who has often experienced being the only twenty-something woman in a group of birders, this list of 11 rules for the twenty-something birdwatcher made me laugh. It is completely accurate.
- The Dragonfly Whisperer imagines what it would be like if Sherlock Holmes were a birder (or dragonfly-er).
- I love the series of “wide-angle close ups” of plants that Ohio nature photographer Tom Arbour has been posting on his blog, putting native plants in the context of their habitats – my favorite so far is the large white trillium but they’re all worth checking out.
- Indigo Snakes are a super cool (and increasingly threatened) species of snake found in the southeastern U.S. An unexpected sighting of one in southwest Georgia hints at the possibility of a previously unknown population.
- Even Buzzfeed is getting excited about birds, with these 9 reasons the loon is the best bird. Agree? Disagree?
- If you want to know whether or not your polar bear is pregnant, consult Elvis the beagle.
- A version of the U.S. map with state borders redrawn according to watersheds.
- A photographer in Wisconsin spent a year documenting the life of an otherwise ordinary oak tree. The results are beautiful.
- Finally, this past Monday science-y folks on Twitter hijacked Seventeen‘s #ManicureMonday hashtag with photos of their own hands (some manicured, some not) doing science stuff. I posted an old picture in which I’d used my hand (with purple nail polish) for size reference in a photo of coyote scat. Slate linked to my tweet in their write up. I guess I’m famous now?
As always, feel free to share your own finds in the comments!