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.
Not sure how long this is continuing for, but the Central Puget Sound chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is currently having a seed sale. If you live in the Northwest and are interested in adding native plants to your yard (and up for the challenge of germinating them yourself), maybe check it out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!