Links to share

This is cool…an open repository of plant illustrations for scientific manuscripts. I’ve also made some line drawings available here and here: http://blog.aspb.org/2017/03/23/a-community-repository-of-plant-illustrations/

Mumps outbreak was caused by vaccination gap…herd immunity is important folks!  There is no link between autism and vaccines, so protect yourself and your children from vaccine preventable diseases: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/22/520842043/social-media-math-and-the-mystery-of-a-mumps-outbreak

I’m gonna call this one, big ‘ol bug collection donated to science = good news! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/24/insect-collection-donation-arizona-state-university-obriens

I have only one word: WHOA: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/03/arinze-stanley-hyperrealistic-portraits/

Yaaaaaaasssss: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/09/519494718/overcoats-tiny-desk-concert

Just the concept of deleting data is horrifying to me…I could barely type it: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/arctic-researcher-donald-trump-deleting-my-citations

Go Ireland! Way to fund research into renewable energies! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-votes-divest-fossil-fuels-climate-change-world-first-country-parliament-renewable-energy-a7549121.html

America’s first female ecologist (?): http://nautil.us/issue/46/balance/the-woman-who-gave-us-the-science-of-normal-life

Owl baiting for photos? I haven’t done this and wouldn’t do it myself, but probably wouldn’t argue if someone else did: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/03/521101207/some-wildlife-photographers-use-bait-but-is-it-worth-the-shot

Short story by Hope Jahren (author of Lab Girl): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/science/deadnettle-spring-global-warming-flowers.html?_r=0

I enjoyed this thoughtful post on cheating: https://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2017/04/12/its-obvious-why-students-cheat-we-just-cant-agree-on-the-reason/

The difficult choice apple orchard managers face…spraying fungicides harms bees, but if no treatment is applied, the crop is lost: http://www.opb.org/news/article/trees-or-bees-growers-fungicides/

Leave no woman behind (all warrior ants are female)! http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/12/523313734/no-ant-left-behind-warrior-ants-carry-injured-comrades-home

An even littler, more adorable chameleon

I found this baby chameleon in Nairobi (again at the Wildebeest Camp) when I was out at night looking for frogs! So CUTE! Soooo sleepy…(sorry these photos aren’t better, guess I was sleepy too)

Juvenile von hohnels chameleon
Sleepy chameleon
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My friend Paola for scale…teeny chameleon!
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Love the little stubby nose
Juvenile von hohnels chameleon
Juvenile von hohnels chameleon
There’s an unusual perspective for you

This adorable little chameleon

Please watch this video of true facts about chameleons (parental advisory warning):

Did you know that a lot of Kenyans think chameleons are poisonous (or maybe venomous hard to tell)? I was shocked because my Kenyan friends were shocked when I dove at the ground to pick up this chameleon that was sprinting (I know, I didn’t know chameleons could do that either but he was booking it) across the hot sand.

Flap necked chameleon
Look at him go!

I believe this is a flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis).
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RAWR

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Here’s lookin at you, kid
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Here’s lookin at him, though
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(Do I feel like walking? Yea…no…maybe, no…yes, no, yes.)

Some more Tsavo-an birds

I’ve been posting specific subsets of the birds I saw on my trip to Kenya (because I didn’t want to overwhelm you), but here’s a random collection! (Please feel free to correct any of my identifications if I make a mistake! I’m all about the learning)

Namaqua Dove
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White-browed sparrow weaver
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Kenyan birds
Spur-winged lapwing
Kenyan birds
Superb Starling
Kenyan birds
Kenyan birds
(shiny)
Kenyan birds
Kenyan birds
This is a juvenile swallow, but I’m not confident about the species
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Omg I loved these guys, D’Arnaud’s barbets
Kenyan birds
Common bulbul
Kenyan birds
Barred warbler
Kenyan birds
Kenyan birds
White-bellied-go-away bird
Kenyan birds
Grey-headed sparrow
Kenyan birds
Black Kite
Kenyan birds
Kenyan birds
Spotted morning thrush (these guys had a cute little dance but I never did get a photo of it)
Kenyan birds
Kenyan birds
Blue spotted wood dove
Kenyan birds
Red backed shrike
Kenyan birds
Spotted flycatcher
Kenyan birds
Falcon? Harrier? The Kenyan raptors are too hard, guys!
Kenyan birds
Yellow necked francolin
Kenyan birds
Kori Bustard 😀
Kenyan birds
The immaculately camouflaged black-bellied bustard
Kenyan birds
African wagtails
Kenyan birds
Marabou stork
Kenyan birds

Some Kingfishers, Hornbills, and Drongos of Kenya

You guys, I LOVE kingfishers…a gorgeous group of birds. I did see a lot of beautiful kingfishers in Kenya, but I didn’t get very many good photos. Here are a few I did get.

These grey-headed kingfishers were most common
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Beautiful
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So wish this had been in focus, story of my life

Von der Decken’s hornbill (that name is too complicated)
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Common drongo (it looks so similar to the Australian drongo, but is in fact a different species)
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Hornbill and drongo
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Birdy Cordon-bleu

(YOU GUYS I KEPT ACCIDENTALLY POSTING THINGS EARLY I’M SORRY)

Can you believe there are actually birds called “cordon-bleu”? This bleu* my mind in Africa. Where I come from, cordon-bleu refers to a complicated chicken dish where breast meat is wrapped around cheese and ham and then fried, and then baked.

The African cordon-bleus are a group of little waxbills that are…wait for it..blue! This red-cheeked variety was very common around camp.

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so cute!
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In the same family as the cordon-bleus are the firefinches, which I also like!
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These red-billed firefinches were super common in camp
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Please note how thorny all the vegetation is haha
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All the wild birds loved stealing chicken feathers from Matilda (the mango worm loving pain-in-the-butt resident camp chicken)
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Soooo handsome

*Pun intended