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Fortunately, Janet Reno is still OK. The police brought Bill Clinton to the Orange County Animal Shelter, where he later died. With perfect quote-mining, I made you look, didn’t I?

This is someone you WANT to hire!

Tatjana Jovanovic is a fellow escapee from Serbia and a fellow biologist. She got her MS in Biology at the University of Belgrade and has collected enough data before emigrating to be able to immediately get a PhD if someone would sponsor her here. She is currently in Arizona, but she is moving to North…

Monday Weird Sex Blogging….

…because weird sex does not only happen on Fridays…. Remember this? Many have asked themselves (I did) where does it go, i.e., what kind of female genital tract can accomodate such a large penis. But one person actually did not stop at wondering but set out to find out. You can find out who and…

Happy Birthday, John James Audubon

John James Audubon was born on his father’s plantation in Haiti on this day in 1780. Despite being born of his father’s mistress, he was raised in France by his father’s wife and educated with other young aristocrats. He took an early interest in drawing birds, when he found himself without an income he proceeded…

Mind of a Raven

When my ‘Scientific American’ arrived the other day, I was excited to read the article about ravens by Bernd Heinrich, as I loved his book Mind of a Raven. I was also glad to see that new cool experiments have been done since the book came out. But I wondering how to blog about an…

Bird Brains…

Eavesdropping Nuthatches Appear To Understand Chickadees In Distress: If Dr. John Watson had been chronicling the work of Christopher Templeton rather than the exploits of Sherlock Holmes, he might have entitled the latest research by Templeton “The Adventure of the Avian Eavesdroppers.” The University of Washington doctoral student has found the first example of an…

New Bird Species in Idaho

New Bird Species Found In Idaho, Demonstrates Co-evolutionary Arms Race One does not expect to discover a bird species new to science while wandering around the continental United States. Nor does one expect that such a species would provide much insight into how coevolutionary arms races promote speciation. On both fronts a paper to appear…

Happy Duck Stamp Day

On this day in 1934 the US adopted the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, commonly known as the Duck Stamp Act. Hunters are required to buy a stamp before bagging migratory birds like ducks and geese, with the proceeds earmarked for habitat preservation. The stamps themselves are so beautifully done that many non-hunters…

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I and the Bird #44 is up The Greenbelt

Beauty: Not Just Feather-Deep

This was a meme I posted back on my birthday last year (May 11, 2006) – it’s a shame not to move it to the new archives here….