Snow, With Linkspam

Bye bye garden, see you next spring.
Bye bye garden, see you next spring.

We got our first snow of the year yesterday! Sadly it’s not really enough to build forts or go snowshoeing. In the meantime, here are some recent wildlife and conservation tidbits from elsewhere on the internet, two by me and four courtesy of others.

By me:

By other folks:

Anything else from around the internet lately on wildlife, conservation, or environmental education that should be included here? Share in the comments!

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Recent Links (Including One by Me)

I don’t know if any of you have heard of the YouTube series MinuteEarth, but I wrote a script for them a while ago and the video was finally posted:

Longtime readers may find this subject familiar, as I’ve written not one but two blog posts on these same two butterflies in the past.

A few other recent links:

  • I’ve seen two recent blog posts on the beautiful fall-blooming wildflower Fringed Gentian, one from Julie Zickefoose and one from Jim McCormac. Why did I never run into these when I lived back east?
  • There’s a partial solar eclipse tomorrow (Thursday)!
  • Cool but eerie – listen as the birds in a forest in California fall silent over a period of several years.

Any other cool nature- or wildlife-related links I should add? Share in the comments!

Your Sunday Wildlife & Conservation Reading

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 always, feel free to share your own finds in the comments!

It’s Linkspam Time!

Time once again for one of my erratic collections of interesting nature and wildlife links – articles, photos, and more! Enjoy, and please share any interesting links of your own in the comments.

Next stop… the weekend!

Wildlife Linkspam for Your Reading Pleasure

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.

Wildlife & Conservation Link Round-up

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.

Feel free to share any other interesting and relevant links in the comments!

Call for Guest Posts/Nature & Conservation Linkspam

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).

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!