how to choose a president

October 29, 2008

I have no patience with people who will spend hours digesting sports statistics or studying video game reviews, but won’t bother going beyond 30-second sound bites and cockamamie ads to examine and analyze the positions of presidential candidates. Engage in…

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trip creatures

August 3, 2008

The first banana slug, next to my hand. Very cool. And we had lice in the rental car. But had to pay for them.

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trouser trash

July 7, 2008

If you farm coffee in this unnamed country, you have permission to slack off and take a few short cuts with your mulching.

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national pollinator week: what’s on your flowers?

June 21, 2008

June 22-28 is the 2nd Annual National Pollinator Week, an event sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership. The fact that so many of the world’s pollinators are in deep trouble is finally starting to make the news. There are, of course,…

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bird seed recall

April 14, 2008

A friend sent me this: Scott’s Bird Seed Voluntary Recall Major manufacturer of wild bird seed and animal food products, The Scotts Company LLC announced a voluntary recall of certain varieties of Morning Song, Scotts, Country Pride and various private…

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6-word birding meme

April 4, 2008

Birding Girl tagged me with the 6-word birding meme. I have resisted all the 6-word memes that have been circulating for the last several months because at the keyboard, I am not a person of few words. How to distill…

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malnourished waterfowl dying in michigan-ontario

March 24, 2008

In the upper Midwest, nearly 1000 Canvasbacks and Redheads have been found dead along Lake St. Clair (often referred to as “the sixth Great Lake”). This is a conservative number, considering how many may have died out in the lake…

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did you just contribute to blowing the top off a mountain?

February 24, 2008

I’ve long intended on writing something about mountaintop removal mining, ever since reading Erik Reece’s article in Harper’s in 2005 (Ted Williams also wrote a great article in Audubon). This coal-extraction method is unbelievably environmentally devastating in many ways. The…

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other scenes from texas

February 19, 2008

People complain when all I have from my travels are insect photos. Hey, I watch birds, I photograph insects. In fact, although I carry a point-and-shoot, I only have a macro lens on my good camera. It was so windy…

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birdchaser, nuthatch, blow-up doll

February 17, 2008

The the Partners in Flight (PIF) conference in south Texas has just wound down. It was an interesting three days catching up on bird conservation research, good birds, and old friends. “New” friends, too. Here I am apparently throttling a…

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