Photos from the River Field

This is the conservation area near Kilkenny where I collect my research plants. It is genuinely one of my favourite places in Ireland…there are barn owls and badgers and a little patch of heavenly woodland in an otherwise heavily agricultural region. The owner of the River Field had a blog where you could read about […]

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Can we talk about the horrible things humans do to other animals for stupid reasons? I’m talking about ivory. Since I worked in Kenya, I’ve been made more aware of the horrendous things people do to elephants and rhinos especially. More and more elephants are born tuskless because tusked elephants are so hunted. And rhinos […]

Update on the Cheerios seed mix

I discussed the Cheerios seed mix ad nauseum, but despite all the complexities of the issue, you can’t tell me there’s anything wrong with this picture of my niece petting a bumblebee on one of the flowers she grew herself from seed (picture by her mama, my sister). In short, my niece learning that flowers […]

Links to share: conservation edition

I cannot overemphasize how serious the damage to the Great Barrier Reef is. This is truly one of the greatest ecological catastrophes of our time: I hate the de-extinction paradigm…it’s too tempting to think we could bring back the species we destroyed and therefore right the wrongs we’ve committed. But the species we’d be […]

Save the Elephants!

Even though I’m a total bug nerd, I had the opportunity to be part of something that felt big and important when I was in Kenya (believe me, I think bee conservation is big and important too, but it’s not the pressing issue in Kenya). Classic conservation programs surround charismatic megafauna like elephants and pandas, […]

Elephant week: Elephants are scared of bees

I love this photo because you can see the beehive fence, and Wabongo’s hedges look like an elephant in the background, hehe To celebrate Earth Day (or maybe just because I feel like it), I’m going to have a full week of elephants!  I had the opportunity to interact with them pretty closely when I […]

Links to share – Conservation Edition

Welp, this is bad news: Super tuskers are elephants whose tusks weigh more than 50 kg each (or touch the ground), they are getting preeeettty rare because ivory is worth between 1,500 and 2,000$ per kilo. We just lost another one in Tsavo not long ago: Another story about hunting a super tusker: […]