review: pentax papilio binoculars

December 11, 2010

A review of the excellent Pentax Papilio Binocular — great, inexpensive optics for insect-watchers.

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hot air

December 7, 2010

During the boring period on a plane when “anything with an on/off switch” must be turned off, Kingfisher and I like to browse through the SkyMall catalog in the seat pocket. Recently, we contemplated an item called “The Slanket.” As have, apparently, so many before us. The Slanket comes in several different models and many […]

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a quick jaunt to Panama

December 2, 2010

Kingfisher and I have been to Panama twice before. I had a project I wanted to finish researching down there, so the long Thanksgiving weekend was a good opportunity for a short visit. Home base was Canopy Tower, in the Soberanía National Park near Gamboa, where we’ve stayed before. I can’t say enough great things […]

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a blind eye

November 19, 2010

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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Hello world — again!

November 13, 2010

After a hiatus of nearly a year, I am finally moving Bootstrap Analysis to a new web host, and will eventually begin posting here again, although not as regularly as before. Initially, there will be some broken links and missing images until I clean up the database. The wonky spacing might remain forever, I don’t […]

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the year in birds: 2009

January 2, 2010

This has turned into a tradition. Here are links to 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. New life birds: 37. Most were from my trip to Nicaragua in March. The last one was either Banded Wren or Long-tailed Manakin. The latter…

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100 hungry mouths to feed

August 15, 2009

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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this turd has legs

July 7, 2009

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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the strange allure of tussi

June 20, 2009

My husband is a bigger Flickr user than I am and has a lot of contacts. Looking over his shoulder, I’d often see him browsing photos of the same engaging tuxedo cat. Every day there would be a new batch….

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things we’ve discovered about juniper

March 13, 2009

Her fur has a kind of odd texture. Soft, but like a cheap stuffed animal. She hisses at Sophie, but it is often preceded by a pig-like grunt. Normally, she’s very quiet, but her regular voice sounds like a Tribble….

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