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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do I know you?

December 14, 2010

Why do you want to be my friend, Stranger? Friend requests from people I don’t know on Facebook.

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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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