fill ‘er up

May 31, 2011

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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the saga of the antpitta

May 28, 2011

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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My cats, indoors

March 25, 2011

I’ve banged this drum before, but please — keep your cats indoors.

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Update to urban bird literature

February 12, 2011

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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how am I going to get through all this crap?

January 29, 2011

Great stuff, kindred soul: Murrmurrs.

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my lucky year!

January 13, 2011

I already know 2011 is going to be great year, or at least a prosperous one. In just the last couple of weeks, I have received over a dozen emails from all over the world informing me of impending wealth. I was most touched by the woman from Liberia, smuggled to Italy and “lulled into […]

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Golden squares

January 8, 2011

I posted this old recipe a few years ago, but it didn’t make the move from the old blog. I thought I’d just scan the 40-plus-year-old recipe I have taped to an index card. Just three ingredients (I leave out the nuts) for the richest, densest, sweetest treat EV-AH! I don’t bother with the waxed […]

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the year in birds: 2010

January 1, 2011

Summary of my bird lists as of the end of 2010.

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two years with juniper

December 23, 2010

It’s been two years since Juniper became part of the family. Whereas our other cat Sophie is mellow, cuddly, and just wants to be loved, Juniper is affectionate, but often rambunctious and always entertaining. It’s hard to remember life without her bright-eyed curiosity and constant antics. Love you, cutie.

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birthday smiles

December 19, 2010

Yesterday was my birthday. Kingfisher left me a card and a couple small gifts on my desk in the morning. He often signs notes and cards “me” instead of using his name. We laughed at the ambiguity of his inscription in my birthday card: It took me a few more hours to come across the […]

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