The lions of Lake Nakuru NP sleep in the trees

You may have noticed that there are a lot more photos of predators, and that the predators look a lot fatter, in my recent photos from Kenya, as compared to my photos from Tsavo NP earlier this year. The reason for this has a lot to do with the size of the parks, and whether […]

The network game

The department I currently work in has a competition for who can do the best job of baking their research into a delicious and informative dessert for coffee hour. After seeing some of the amazing desserts prepared by others, I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete on the baking front…I needed a gimmick! Because […]

Links to share

There are a lot of links in this post, sorry! They’ve been building up for a little while: I have experienced this first hand…dogs are our companion animals and there is even evidence that dogs shaped human evolution just as much as we shaped theirs: Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a […]

Links to share

We need nature and nature needs us: People and nature need each other An interesting article on flooding in Houston, and it has an interactive* map, which is a bonus in my book: Boomtown, Flood Town Related. Photos of current flooding in Houston. Some tough folk live in Texas! PHOTOS: Houston Flood Caused By Harvey […]

An interesting response to an article on ragwort

A few weeks ago, the Irish Wildlife Trust (a facebook group), posted an article about the value of ragwort for pollinators in Ireland (link here). The affection of pollinators for weeds has been demonstrated before (e.g. bees love thistles), and in fact they may be an important component of how some invasive plants* are able […]

Carpenter Bee Nest (Arizona)

A recent post on the blog Adventuresinbeeland reminded me of a carpenter bee nest that we dissected in Arizona…two years ago! I could have sworn I already posted about this, but I couldn’t find a record in my blog posts, so here it is now. This carpenter bee (Now it’s been two years, I’ve forgotten […]

Invasive, but adorable, grey squirrels

http://i.imgur.com/rZ84RGB.gifv Can I just say, without any implications, that the Irish way of saying squirrel is adorable? One of my Irish friends said it yesterday and I had to fight not to tell him it was adorable because he was being very serious about this nasty invasive pest. Squee-rell. People hate the grey squirrels because […]