July 2005

My constant companion in the garden is a male House Wren (Troglodytes aedon). Naturalist John Burroughs noted that “Probably we have no other familiar bird keyed up to the same degree of intensity as the house wren.” Indeed, as Burroughs…

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July 22, 2005

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(Cross-posted at Transistions, the Evolution of Life) I spend a lot of time in forests. As an ornithologist, I spend a lot of time looking up in forests. With luck, I see the bird I am searching for. If not,…

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This was such an incongruous name for toilet paper, I knew I had to come up with an appropriate marketing slogan.

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This must be my Saturniidae summer. After experiencing the quiet wonder of the emergence of two Polyphemus and lamenting that I rarely see wild silkmoths anymore, I spotted my first Cecropia in over 20 years, and now I’ve encountered my…

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Over the holiday weekend, we took back roads through a lot of small towns in rural areas with stagnant economies. Now granted, money is tight in these parts, but it seems unnecessarily frugal, not to mention unhygenic, to lay out…

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