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Seven Questions….with Yours Truly

Last week, my SciBling Jason Goldman interviewed me for his blog. The questions were not so much about blogging, journalism, Open Access and PLoS (except a little bit at the end) but more about science – how I got into it, what are my grad school experiences, what I think about doing research on animals,…

This week, Dr.Bird answers questions about birds – the raptors, especially those living inside of big cities. Listen to the podcast and join the discussion in the forums: Listen to an interview about city-dwelling raptors. Download MP3 David Bird is a wildlife biologist at McGill University in Montreal. He directs the university’s Avian Science and…

Aves 3D

Aves 3D is a ‘three dimensional database of avian skeletal morphology’ and it is awesome! This is an NSF-funded project led by Leon Claessens, Scott Edwards and Abby Drake. What they are doing is making surface scans of various bones of different bird species and placing the 3D scans on the website for everyone to…

Yes, years after I left the lab, I published a scientific paper. How did that happen? Back in 2000, I published a paper on the way circadian clock controls the time of day when the eggs are laid in Japanese quail. Several years later, I wrote a blog post about that paper, trying to explain…

The island of Mainau has been designed, decades ago, as a gigantic garden, natural preserve, and a model of sustainability. Thus, animals roaming the island are exceptionally fearless of humans. For this picture, taken during lunch on the island, all I needed to do was extend my camera-hand, while sitting, until it was about two…

Twitter for Birders

Gunnar Engblom has another hit: Twitter for birders – Part 1. An introduction – which starts introductory enough, but I am intrigued by the last sentence: In part 2 of “Twitter for birders” I will tell you how something called hashtags will revolutionize birding and make all bird alert services obsolete in a near future.…

A Birders’ Guide to Facebook

Gunnar Engblom explains Facebook to newbies. Just go to Facebook and search for ‘Birding’ – people, groups, events.

Bird of Paradise Mating Behavior (video)

Crime of Passion (video)

Naughty male Australian satin bower bird selectively steals blue items to decorate his nest. The female bower birds rate their partner by their home decor so they do a lot of stealing.

Hummingbird Nest Documentary (video)