Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2009

Snow Geese On the Skagit

tags: Snow Geese, Chen caerulescens, Skagit Flats, Fir Island, Seattle, streaming video This streaming video, by Seattle birder, Doug Plummer, documents the hundreds of thousands of migratory Snow Geese, Chen caerulescens, who winter on the Skagit Flats, a floodplain that is located north of my home, Seattle [1:39]

Park Place Subway Art, Detail 5

tags: Chambers Street, Park Place, World Trade Center, Oculus, Andrew Ginzel, Kristin Jones, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC Map of the World, detail 5. Stone and glass floor mosaic at NYC’s Park Place entrance, which connects to the WTC (Chambers Street) station via a tunnel; also there are hundreds of stone mosaic…

Seurasaaressa

tags: Seurasaari, nature, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day Seurasaaresse (“On Society Island” — Western Helsinki, Finland). Image: GrrlScientist, 22 February 2009 [larger view].

tags: guest blog essay, fishkeeping, aquariums, Celebes Rainbowfish, Celebes Sailfish, Telmatherina ladigesi, pets Adult male Celebes Rainbowfish (also known as a Celebes Sailfish), Telmatherina ladigesi. Image: Orphaned. Please contact me so I can award proper attribution. [larger view]. As most of my readers know, I am an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist by training, and an…

Birdbooker Report 54

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “One cannot have too many good bird books” –Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927). The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for…

tags: Juvenile Yellow-crowned night-heron, Nycticorax violaceus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Juvenile Yellow-crowned night-heron, Nycticorax violaceus, photographed by Crab Road, Surfside, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 12 February 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400…

Frog Jesus

tags: frog jesus, religion, animal behavior, streaming video Just in time for Sunday! This streaming video documents a nostalgic voyage that takes a darker turn, exploring the naiveté of mankind through the eyes of a young boy. [1:17]

Update: It’s Cold As HEL Here

tags: Helsingin rautatieasema, Helsinki Central railway station, Helsinki Finland, travel, photography Near Helsingin rautatieasema (Central Railway Station), Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 21 February 2009 [

Park Place Subway Art, Detail 4

tags: Chambers Street, Park Place, World Trade Center, Oculus, Andrew Ginzel, Kristin Jones, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC Map of the World, detail 4. Stone and glass floor mosaic at NYC’s Park Place entrance, which connects to the WTC (Chambers Street) station via a tunnel; also there are hundreds of stone mosaic…

Hietaniemi Hautausmaa

tags: Hietaniemi Hautausmaa, Hietaniemi Cemetery, nature, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day Orthodox portion of Hietaniemi Hautausmaa (Hietaniemi Cemetery). Image: GrrlScientist, 19 February 2009 [larger view].