Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2008

tags: Pacific Golden-Plover, Pluvialis fulva, American Golden-Plover, Pluvialis dominica, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Pacific Golden-Plover, Pluvialis fulva (left), and American Golden-Plover, Pluvialis dominica (right), photographed on Fir Island, Skagit County, Washington State [I will identify these birds for you tomorrow]. Image: Marv Breece, 6 October 2008 [larger view]. Canon EOS 350D…

tags: Riley, talking parrot, Eclectus roratus, parrots, behavior, streaming video This video shows a conversation with a pet eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus, named Riley. He is very talented, with a large and varied repertoire as well as a nice “voice.” I also live with an eclectus, a female Solomon Islands eclectus named Elektra, and I…

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…

tags: DonorsChoose2008, education, public school education, fund raising, evolution education, nature education, bird education The end of the month approaches, and with it, Hallowe’en and — even more important — the end of ScienceBlogs’ DonorsChoose Challenges! I am truly impressed with your generosity towards impoverished kids throughout America as their teachers struggle to improve their…

tags: African grey parrot, Alex the parrot, Alex & Me, ethology, cognition, learning, parrots, Irene Pepperberg, books I am attending a book tour reading by researcher, Irene Pepperberg, that is promoting her new book, Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep…

Palouse Falls, 2

tags: Palouse Falls Washington, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Palouse Falls, Washington. Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view]. [The Palouse is a semi-arid "rain shadow" region in Eastern Washington State and portions of the Idaho panhandle, USA]

tags: Phainopepla, Phainopepla nitens, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Phainopepla, Phainopepla nitens, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Richard Ditch, 2006 [larger view]. Date Time Original: 2006:05:07 07:33:04 Exposure Time: 1/200 F-Number: 14.00 ISO: 200 Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Blue Hors Matine: Poetry in Motion

tags: Blue Hors Matine, horses, behavior, performance art, streaming video This video shows a horse and her rider as they dance — yes, dance — in front of thousands of people. When you watch this video, watch the rider .. how does he tell Matine what he wants her to do? He barely moves, yet…

I have an announcement and a request for your assistance. First, I have been offered my own column in the Avicultural Society of America Avicultural Bulletin and because I am a perpetual blabbermouth when it comes to birds and science, I accepted. Yay, me! However, I have a dilemma that perhaps you can help with:…

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…