Category: Natural History

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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Why Aren’t There Giant Animals Anymore?

Since I moved to Alaska and learned about the state’s Pleistocene history, I’ve bemoaned the absence of the ice-age mega-megafauna. Here in the interior, 20,000 years ago, mammoths, wooly rhinoceros, giant ground sloths, Smilodon, dire wolves, short-faced bears, American lions, and other now sadly absent animals, roamed. While a few ice-age mammals persist (think musk oxen, bison, and moose), most…

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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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