Category: Habitat

Africa: So Many Species of Mammals- How is that Possible?

First, my apologies for the long dry spell here. You know… life. As some of you may know, I’ve just returned from spending the past month in Africa and Europe. The heart of the trip was an 11 day safari in Botswana. This was my first experience in Africa, and my first time seeing the remarkable abundance of wildlife that…

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Coyotes: The impacts of a new predator to Alaska

Driving into Fairbanks on Saturday morning, Amy and were passing along the experimental agricultural fields managed by the University of Alaska. From the window of the car, Amy spotted a Coyote walking through the snow near a pond of melt-water. Though I’ve seen their tracks along the trails, and even through my property north of town, I hadn’t laid eyes…

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Woodpeckers and Wildfires

I’m sure you all are familiar with the smiling face of Smokey the Bear. There he is, standing, inexplicably in overalls and a ranger hat, carrying a shovel. Usually he’s in the form of a wooden cut-out mounted beside a sign shouting “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!”. The fictional bear tries to instill in us, a sense that wildfires…

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