Traveling, by William Wordsworth, and me

Travelling This is the spot:—how mildly does the sun Shine in between the fading leaves! the air In the habitual silence of this wood Is more than silent: and this bed of heath, Where shall we find so sweet a resting-place? Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream Of quiet thoughts,—protracted till thine eye […]

Owls of Northeastern North America

I’m putting together an owl guide for my adviser’s children.  I love owls maybe as much as I love foxes.  I hope that my artwork is improving slowly, but I haven’t figured out the new scanner at my uni.  Anyway, let me know if you like it! (I think the Boreal Owl is my favourite, […]

Frog Day

Need I say more? As a quick aside, frogs and toads are often confused with each other.  They represent separate families, although technically all toads are frogs, not all frogs are toads.  But the “true frogs” are representatives of the family Ranidae; they have bulging eyes, big jumping hind legs, and smooth skin.  In contrast, […]

What’s in a name? or Funny Taxonomy

I’m not the only silly taxonomist out there.  In fact, throughout the history of biological nomenclature, there have been taxonomists who, with a twinkle in their eye and a glance over their shoulder, have introduced a bit of silliness into the binomial classification of species. I love reading the results of their mischief, and I […]