Where in the world is SOIMF* (bird clues)?

Nobody was able to guess from the pictures he posted earlier, so I’m posting some bird photos which will be a clue…let’s see if any bird nerds are reading. And here’s a ridiculously long bird photo list. Flamingoes! Pelicans Verreaux’s Eagle Owl has pink eyelids Weaver butt! The frumpiest baby pigeon Spotted thick-knee Crowned Lapwing […]

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You can’t make this stuff up: Silent and Deadly: Fatal Farts Immobilize Prey Bad news bears: Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba Love this new review by Jeff Ollerton…favourite quote: “the recent description of an asclepiad (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) flower from Dominican amber together with its termite pollinator, is both a paleontological […]

Where in the world is SOIMF*?

*StandingOutInMyField Hey all! My travels of late have been a whirlwind of adventure…from Oslo to…a place that couldn’t be any more different to Oslo. See if you can guess! I’m just going for country since we traveled all over. This may be a bit tough unless you’re a botany nerd…

A new great ape species! and traveling

Scientists have declared this genetic variant of orangutan a separate species, making it the first new great ape species in a century. I don’t get toooooo excited about primates, but this is an intriguing example of the ways in which phylogenetics can change the way we perceive animals and conservation. I heard a talk recently […]

Happy Samhain! And some blood-sucking creatures

I’ve never been a super fan of Halloween…I don’t have any problem with it, it just never caught my fancy BUT now that I am living in Ireland, I have recently discovered that Halloween originated as Samhain* in Ireland’s Celtic past. Here is an interesting article on it.** And because I am doing my best […]

Native, by Keetje Kuipers

It’s true…nothing is untouched anymore…how do we define native? Wild?   Native In the spring the men come out again to clear the land, yellow Cat dozers popping up on hillsides like morels to be collected after the first warm days of May. In fields studded with the rhinestone glitter of purple knapweed, trucks nose […]