April 2005

It’s been a few years since I’ve walked down near the floodplain in early spring and turned over logs to look for Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). The other day I did just that, and was pleased to find one of…

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My friend P. sent me this article regarding a recent, as yet unpublished, study that found traces of DDT and similar organochlorines in North American non-migratory songbirds. This is surprising on two levels. The first is pretty obvious: DDT has…

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April 18, 2005

in Me

Yesterday I went to the funeral of the mother of a friend. I never met his mom, Joann, but funerals are for the living, and this man has done so much for me. Joann had Alzheimer’s disease, which also claimed…

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nuturing motivation

April 13, 2005

in Science

I am currently reading a biography of William Beebe (1877-1962), early American naturalist and prolific author, long associated with the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society) as Tropical Research director. Although he never even finished his undergraduate…

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“Mounting toward the upland again, I pause reverently as the hush and stillness of twilight come upon the woods. It is the sweetest, ripest hour of the day. And as the hermit’s evening hymn goes up from the deep solitude…

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Cat talk

April 8, 2005

in Cat blogging

For the Friday cat blog, I ‘ve dug out a funny Cat/English dictionary I received which was circulating on the Internet. It’s been around a long time, but it still cracks me up. Kudos to the perceptive human that translated…

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Just in time for Friday, I discovered that it is customary and expected that all great bloggers with cats blog about their cats on Fridays, a tradition that was even covered by the New York Times. And here I was…

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