Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2008

tags: blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, extrapair fertilization, genetic benefit hypothesis, genetic similarity, plumage color, birdsong, ornithology, behavioral ecology Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus. Image: Paul Hillion, 26 April 2008. Even though most bird species form social bonds with their mates, they are not always faithful partners to each other. It’s easy to figure out why male…

Winter Wheat in the Palouse

tags: Wheat in the Palouse, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Winter wheat in the Palouse. 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]

Carnivalia

Hre’s the latest Carnivalia for you to enjoy Carnival of Homeschooling, issue 148, which focuses on all aspects of homeschooling.

tags: Northern Hawk-Owl, Surnia ulula, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Northern Hawk-Owl, Surnia ulula, photographed in the Meadows Campground near Hart’s Pass of the Okanogan National Forest, located above the Methow Valley of Eastern Washington [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Lee Rentz, 19 October 2008 [larger view]. Please…

Galapagos

tags: Galapagos, marine life, sharks, sea turtle, streaming video This stunning video documents the undersea life of the Galapagos Islands — and just when you think it can’t get any better, the whale shark appears .. Music by Hans Zimmer [7:10]

tags: DonorsChoose2008, education, public school education, fund raising, evolution education, nature education, bird education Start your day off right by helping America’s poor children to get a good basic education in science. This is a project that focuses on human evolution in a high-poverty Massachusetts classroom — they need another $771 to complete their funding…

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…

A DonorsChoose Teacher Speaks Out

tags: DonorsChoose2008, education, public school education, fund raising, evolution education, nature education, bird education Already, dear readers, you are making a difference. For example, today, a classroom in Tennessee learned that they will be able to learn how to see microscopic life because you donated enough for them to fulfill their funding request. Thank you!…

Barn

tags: Palouse Washington, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Palouse, Washington State. 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]

Birds in the News 149

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter A pair of European Bee-eaters, Merops apiaster. Before a bee-eater shares his catch with his mate, he woos her by conspicuously preparing his offering — tossing around a may bug before knocking it out. Image: Jözsef L. Szentpéteri/National Geographic online [larger view].