Science

A new and improved way to create circles on a Google Map or for use in Google Earth, especially handy for Christmas Bird Count circles.

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fill ‘er up

May 31, 2011

in Urban issues

The Rouge River is an urban river, and its urban character is nowhere better reflected than where it gets harnessed into its concrete straitjacket.

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In 2007, a new species of antpitta was discovered in Urrao,  Antioquia, Colombia. Things went sideways from there. This is the kind of long, convoluted story that I find both fascinating and that I like to write about. It seems to have no end, though, so I’ll provide links to the most succinct timelines and […]

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Over yonder in the right sidebar is a list of Urban Ecology Resources. You can expand each category by clicking on it.  One item in the Literature category is my urban bird bibliography (Word doc), where I keep track of papers published on the topic. I’ve just uploaded a new version. New additions include: Benitez-Lopez, […]

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a blind eye

November 19, 2010

in Cat blogging,Urban issues

I’m a member of The Wildlife Society, and I read their blog, Making Tracks, which has a lot of great posts of interest to an urban ecologist. In particular, I like the posts of Michael Hutchins, the executive director of the organization. He is an unapologetic straight-shooter,  especially on invasive species issues. He frequently writes […]

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the lunas

August 27, 2009

in Insects,Natural history

We left off with dozens of silkmoth caterpillars snug in their cocoons. For the most part, I expected these to overwinter. I’m at 42 degrees N latitude, and, for instance, the Luna eggs were laid on on 30 May, the…

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A couple years ago I lamented that I didn’t see sillkmoths much anymore.That was the year our friend Dr. Steve gave us a couple of Polyphemus (Anthera polyphemus) cocoons, so we got to see (and release) the adults that emerged….

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I haven’t spent much time in the field this summer. The last 6 or 7 years, I’ve had summer field work tied to grants; this year, my grants involve sitting in front of the computer. But over the holiday weekend…

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CHEM Trust recently released a report, Effects of Pollutants on the Reproductive Health of Male Vertebrate Wildlife – Males Under Threat (overview, full report, both pdf). It reviews the reported effects of environmental contaminants that act as endocrine disruptors, emphasizing…

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Kingfisher and I were out and about over the weekend. There’s not much joy in the Motor City these days. But we did make our way to one of Detroit’s bright spots for lunch, Slows Bar BQ. We had a…

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