December 02, 2014

1:54 PM | Wanna Know What Really Makes A Sunflower Lose its Head?
Nearly-decapitated sunflower heads, scattered across the prairie.  Oh, the devastation!  Who could be carrying out such an evil plan? (Ok, more accurately, a weevil plan?) The head-clipping weevil, aka the Silphium weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus) is a small dark-colored weevil, less … Continue reading →

December 01, 2014

9:03 PM | Feeding the Buzzards
Birds of Prey in Ireland  About 100 years ago, Ireland was devoid of large birds of prey like buzzards, red kites and golden eagles. Their populations were decimated by human persecution, but thankfully these mighty predators are starting to make a comeback thanks to environmental protection, the banning of poisons like strychnine, successful reintroduction programmes, […]

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4:16 AM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (November 28th, 2014)
    A reminder that if you are planning on doing any shopping on Amazon (like on Cyber Monday or in advance of the holidays), consider getting to the site by following this link. Amazon will send me a small percentage from any sales. As always, this blog is advertisement-free.     We have a lot of catching up to do. Snakes:  On the Cottonmouth called Preacher Killer and getting to know the
2:30 AM | The culture of volunteer water quality monitoring
I had one Big Question: Why are so many US citizens monitoring the water quality of their local lakes? To answer this, I feverishly wrote funding applications to cover the […]

November 30, 2014

10:00 PM | New Report Shows Colombian Biodiversity Endangered by Humans
The human impact has many facets, but at its root is population growth. Construction, invasive species, deforestation, toxic chemicals, and greenhouse gas are all increasing along with population. Continue reading →

November 28, 2014

11:10 PM | Save the Last Wolverines from Extinction
Help save the last 300 wolverine from extinction. Continue reading →
7:56 PM | Here lies American science
Andrew Wright is a British marine biologist that has been working on the science-policy boundary around the world for over a decade. His experiences have led him to champion a better communication of science to policy makers and the lay public. His research has included a population viability analysis for the vaquita, sperm whales bioacoustics […]
5:04 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Beauty Sleep
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay!!! It’s the Turkey Holiday, and aside from eating and socializing, I suspect quite a many of you have also been getting lots of sleep! Despite how little of it some of us get during our normal routine, sleep is important… right? We know that sleep has tons of benefits for the […]
1:42 PM | Photo of the Week – November 28, 2014
Ambush bugs are scary-looking little predators.  Their stocky bodies are heavily armored up front, and they have very thick raptorial forelegs like those of praying mantises.  I usually only spot ambush bugs when I’m photographing something else such as flowers … Continue reading →
1:30 PM | The Stories Seeds Tell
Since the mid-19th century, seed and nursery catalogs have reflected the agricultural and horticultural landscape of the United States. These catalogs—which began as guides to medicinal herbs, and are still printed today—often contain lists of plant varieties and gardening advice. While seed catalogs are used primarily by commercial growers and home gardeners, they also represent an invaluable resource to historians, artists, and researchers of all kinds.So, what exactly do […]
11:08 AM | The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
12:28 AM | Giving Thanks
Today is Thanksgiving. While as a holiday it is unique to the US and a few others, in many ways, Thanksgiving is universal. Basically every culture throughout history has had a celebratory feast before the dark of winter sets in. Harkening back to ancient harvest celebrations, Thanksgiving is about expressing thanks for all the good […]The post Giving Thanks appeared first on Science Sushi.

November 27, 2014

7:27 PM | Wildlife News from Coldwater Farm
The new Barn Owl nest box and more wildlife news from Coldwater Farm. Continue reading →
7:03 PM | What Jurassic World Got Wrong About Wildlife So Far....
    In case you have been living under a rock the last few days, the trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World has just been released, you can check it out below.     The Jurassic Park series is close to the heart of a generation of wildlife biologists and paleontologists, but that doesn't mean it is immune from criticism. Hey, if you're going to make a movie about dinosaurs and science, you
4:44 PM | Westerners want to save the sage-grouse (and so do I) – Defenders of Wildlife Blog
In the West we still have a chance to conserve sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and all its inhabitants. Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Should farmers practice ‘weed conservation’?
Farmers often douse their fields in herbicides to clear the area of weeds. But scientists have found that bees depend heavily on these weeds for food, suggesting that farmers should consider conserving these pesky plants. We need bees to pollinate crops and flowers. But bee populations have been crashing, probably due to a combination of
4:02 AM | Ocean Things to Be Thankful For: Megalodon is Dead, but We Still Have Sharks (and Whales)
This time of year, it’s appropriate to think of things to be thankful for.  This being an ocean-focused blog, I’d like to share something ocean-related that I’m thankful for, and hopefully spread a little Ocean Optimism in the process.  What I’m thankful for is that Carcharocles megalodon is extinct.  This may not seem like cause […]

November 26, 2014

3:55 PM | Ocean things we’re thankful for, West Coast Edition
As some of you know (especially if you follow us on OpenExplorer), Amy and I have once again made the vast, continent-spanning migration from the Pacific to Atlantic coast, this time settling down in rural Virginia. While we enjoyed our time out in the weirdly foggy, impossibly dry San Francisco Bay Area, we also learn […]
3:32 PM | New calendar celebrates primates and raises money for their survival
Humans, or Homo sapiens sapiens, are really just upright apes with big brains. We may have traded actual jungles for gleaming concrete and steel ones, but we are still primates, merely one member of an order consisting of sixteen families. We may have removed ourselves from our wilder beginnings, but our extant relatives—the world's wonderful primates—serve as a gentle living reminder of those days.
1:31 PM | Thank You
Thanksgiving (the holiday) is tomorrow, but I didn’t want to wait to express a quick, but heartfelt, THANK YOU to all of you who read this little blog.  When I started this project about four years ago, I really didn’t … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | Accounting for meat: The hidden emissions in your steak
Each year, the average American chows down on a whopping 120 kilograms of meat. The same is true in New Zealand and Australia. Most Europeans and South Americans dine on slightly more than half that amount of meat each year. Combined that means that as a species, we’re eating some 310 metric tons of meat

November 25, 2014

7:33 PM | Meet the world's rarest chameleon: Chapman's pygmy
In just two forest patches may dwell a tiny, little-known chameleon that researchers have dubbed the world's most endangered. Chapman's pygmy chameleon from Malawi hasn't been seen in 16 years. In that time, its habitat has been whittled down to an area about the size of just 100 American football fields.
6:30 PM | Reeling in religious messages: how faith impacts fisheries in Fiji
Marrying religion and conservation could be key to making Fiji's fisheries sustainable. Fijians have strong religious beliefs, which were primarily introduced by Christian missionaries in the 1835, and today profoundly guide their daily lives. Fijians primarily depend on fisheries close to shore for their survival, which is the case for most small Pacific island countries.
2:00 PM | Could seals follow acoustic fish tags to find dinner?
Humans making noise in the oceans is generally considered a bad thing these days. Ship motors, military sonar, and other sources have been shown to interrupt marine mammal communication, increase stress of many sea creatures, and simply drive some animals out of the area they’d like to stay in. A new study, though, shows that
1:30 PM | Of Birds and Poetry: Alexander Wilson and The Foresters
Wilson, Alexander. The Foresters. 1838. years ago, in an autumn not unlike our own today, Alexander Wilson set out with two companions on a 1,300 mile trek, mostly on foot, from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls. Enchanted by the natural beauty of his adopted homeland, Wilson, Scottish by birth, detailed his two-month-long adventure in an epic 2,219 line poem entitled The Foresters: A Poem Descriptive of a Pedestrian Journey to the Falls of […]
3:29 AM | Hi. What would animal fat floating in the ocean and then beached smell like? Thank you.
…………….bad? If nothing had eaten it already. 
1:15 AM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – The Amazing Burying Beetle
This post was written by Dillon Blankenship, one of our current Hubbard Fellows.  All photos are by Dillon. Back in September I had an interesting experience while sweeping out the shop. With a dustpan full of grass and dirt, I stepped … Continue reading →

November 23, 2014

5:05 PM | Readers Write In: Two Fall Snakes from the West Coast
It's getting quite cold here on the East Coast of the USA, so that means there are fewer snakes being encountered to identify. But, fortunately we have readers on the West Coast to bail us out. A friend of mine recently took this picture and he thinks this is a rattle snake. We live in Northern Nevada (Great Basin) and we do have rattlesnakes but there is nothing about this snake that looks
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November 22, 2014

12:17 AM | Buffalo’s 2014 November Snowstorm
Global-warming weather extremes increasing. Continue reading →
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