dog walking and birds

September 26, 2007

Four-legged friend or foe? Dog walking displaces native birds from natural areas. P. B. Banks and J. V. Bryant. 2007. Biology Letters. Early online, DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2007.0374. This paper has received a lot of press as it is on a perennially hot-button…

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“the scientist” and favorite science blogs

September 20, 2007

Last year, the web site of the journal Nature posted a list of 50 popular science blogs, and bootstrap made the list. Now the weekly magazine The Scientist is also compiling a list. I see at least one kind soul…

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another birding meme

August 23, 2007

John tagged me with a birding meme. 1. What is the coolest bird you have seen from your home? Hmm. Although I see this species regularly, it was pretty cool and unexpected seeing our first yard American Woodcock rocketing over…

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lady of the flies

August 8, 2007

I’ve been sort of lazy about posting lately. For the last week, I’ve been on semi-“vacation” which means catching up on writing projects and things around the house between wrapping up my summer field work and preparing to begin fall…

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a sheep in wolf’s clothing

July 27, 2007

Eastern cicada killers (Sphecius speciosus) are big wasps. The “dainty” males are about 3 cm long, and the females up to 4 cm. Adding to the intimidation factor is the behavior of the males, which gather in “leks” of up…

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July 11, 2007

Mother Jones is one of my favorite magazines. The last page of the July/August issue has a graphic titled “The New Math of Global Warming.” Some of the equations are have a much broader application and are timeless. Here are…

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8 random facts meme

July 10, 2007

I’ve been tagged with the eight random facts meme by Birders on the Border. Clare strove to come up with things that were interesting and moderately modest. Not sure I have any of those left, considering I slogged through 50%…

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the enforcer

July 6, 2007

Try to slip a pizza ad in our door, and you’ll be forced to provide a belly rub.

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detroit’s brush park

June 30, 2007

One place I’ve been meaning to get to — not only to survey for birds but just from my interest in Detroit history — is the neighborhood in midtown called Brush Park. Brush Park was once one of Detroit’s most…

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the thing that came from the tree

June 28, 2007

There are pros and cons to being the coordinator for a big field project. The upside is that I get to spend a lot of time in the field myself. The downside is that it is often in places that…

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