Tag: science

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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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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