Category: wildlife

What Makes a Species? And Why it Matters.

A species should be an easy thing to define. Right? Well, actually no. Not one bit. Species are not always totally separate entities from their brethren. In many cases “species” are more like a gradient blending from one into another, without clear boundaries. As a result, there are ongoing discussions in the scientific world about how we define what does…

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Endemic Birds of the Desert Southwest: Where are They?

If you’ve been following my Facebook or Instagram feeds, you’ll know that I’ve spent the last several weeks road-tripping through the western states of the lower 48. Along the way, we spent some time in the deserts of the Southwest. We spent a few nights each in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona, and Joshua Tree…

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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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Caribou Antlers- A surprising tool for researchers

As I was going through some old emails this morning, I stumbled on a 2013 paper that had been forwarded to me, but I never got around to reading. Moments ago, I finished perusing it and found it pretty darn fascinating, with some interesting potential for the future. First a little background: The Porcupine Caribou Herd is currently the second…

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