Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2009

Tomorrow is I and the Bird!

I will be your host for the 101st edition of I and the Bird on 28 May. This blog carnival collects the finest writing, photoessays and photography in the blogosphere about bird watching and wild birds. Please send submissions — yours or other people’s — to me or to Mike as soon as you can,…

tags: photographers, photography, godlessness, birds, humor, funny, comedy, streaming video Bird photographers: yes, we go to great lengths to get those speshul pictures! This video documents the extreme lengths that some photographers go to for that perfect shot. How far would you go? [1:38]

tags: HSUS, Humane Society of the United States, Animal Rights, terrorism, animal shelters, streaming video This video shows you a little information about the Humane Society of the United States or H$U$ — is a tax-free corporation that supports terrorist organizations while pretending to the public that they raise funds to provide shelter to homeless…

Manhattan Dahlia, 1

tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Dahlia, Dahlia hybrid. Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on West 81st street as I was walking to the post office. Image: GrrlScientist, 26 May 2009 [larger view]. Dahlias comprise a genus with at least 36 species of bushy plants that are native…

tags: Greylag Goose, Anser anser, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Greylag Goose, Anser anser, photographed at an RSPB reserve in Strumpshaw, Norfolk, UK. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Brian McFarlane, 2009. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification. Here’s a bit of a change…

tags: duckling rescue, birds, cute, streaming video Bankers have a bad (although, deserved) rap these days, don’t they? This BBC video shows banker Joel Armstrong of Spokane, Washington, who was nice enough to initiate an intensive bailout (eviction?) of his neighbors, who could no longer stay in their home. His neighbors: a family of mallards…

Wild in the City

tags: birding, bird watching, birds, television, Animal Planet, streaming video Richard Crossley, a birder who co-author the book, The Shorebird Guide, has been involved in making documentaries on birdwatching, and particularly on birds in cities. But unfortunately, the higher-ups at The Animal Planet network don’t believe there is really a market for TV shows about…

Purple Petunia in NYC

tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Purple petunia, (Petunia x hybrida). Photographed while walking to the library along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NYC. Sorry, this isn’t the best picture I’ve ever taken. Image: GrrlScientist, 22 May 2009 [larger view]. Petunias are trumpet-shaped flowers produced…

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Who’s shooting endangered condors? The shooting of two rare California condors, like this one, set phones ringing at the offices of environmental groups. Image: [larger view].

tags: Tufted Titmouse, Parus bicolor, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Tufted Titmouse, Parus bicolor, photographed in Manhattan, Kansas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Dave Rintoul, 11 April 2009 [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.