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August 11, 2014

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5:08 PM | Birdbooker Report 333
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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4:24 PM | A Kelpy Time Machine
This is x-posted from my guest post at Deep Sea News about the new Floating Forests citizen science project I’m part of. If you’re excited about it, go check out http://www.floatingforests.org/! There’s something I’ve always wanted. Something that would take … Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | Didn’t know where to find you
I didn’t know where to look for you last night Didn’t know where to find you I didn’t know how I could touch that light That’s always gathering behind you I didn’t know that I would find a way To … Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Attraction in the World of Bats
We spend much of our lives attempting to figure out the opposite sex in the hopes that it will lead to increased opportunities to attract a mate. But even when in a relationship, looking back to see how it all kicked off can still leave … Continue reading →
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1:05 PM | Ant Picnic in the Amazon
This summer we had the unforgettable experience of doing science with elementary school children in a remote Amazonian river village. We arrived by boat, accompanied by our Peruvian guide, Willy, who asked the local teacher if the kids would like to do a little science experiment with us. Fernando, the primary school teacher, agreed — but only after the kids finished carting their bananas to the river where they would be picked up and taken to market. Upon hearing this news, a pack of […]
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1:00 PM | Worth reading: Ebola, artificial sweeteners, and outdated parking laws
Recent pieces give a glimpse of working an Ebola outbreak, industry-backed attacks on a researcher investigating artificial sweeteners' effects, the how parking laws affect housing prices, and more.
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12:00 PM | Dealing with devices
Distractions in the classroom are a problem. Digital devices are often a huge distraction. Therefore, to manage distractions in the classroom, we need to manage devices. I know some instructors who are cool with students using devices during class, even if some are not focused on the lesson. If you’re one of those people, then…
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9:46 AM | Writing environment: the basic things
The last instalment in my short series about environment writing. For now. I say this because recently, when I’ve been telling people about my imminent departure, everyone’s asking if I keep writing. And I usually say yes.

August 10, 2014

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8:01 PM | Stress Promotes Skin-Healing in Mice
Everyone has experienced the effects of stress: fidgeting, sweating, inability to focus, gain or loss of appetite, racing heartbeat, and so on. All of these things can happen to us when the adrenal system releases "stress hormones," a process that often disrupts many aspects of daily life. We don't like it. Our aversion to stress has sparked a cottage industry of self-help books, seminars, podcasts, videos, and various therapies that claim to teach us how to […]
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7:08 AM | A journey to Tristan da Cunha
Starting this Friday, I’ll begin my journey to the most remote inhabited island in the world – the UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha.  I’m headed there as part of a project funded by the Darwin Initiative, and the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) to do the first quantitative survey […]
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6:10 AM | What I expect from ESA 2014 (biodiversity, global change, pollination, networks and more)
This is blog post that will appear in J. of Ecology blog soon, but in the meanwhile I thought would be good to post it here as ESA is already starting. Hope to see you there! ———————– Its always exciting … Continue reading →
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4:27 AM | Positive Steps Towards Preserving Our Pollinators!
An article recently posted by SAVES, Student ActiVists for Endangered Species, reports that the U.S. government is banning the use of bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops within wildlife refuges. Source: ecobooks4kids.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:27 AM | Do you believe this?
Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife: Subject: Wisconsin Church Promotes Animal Abuse Event Aug. 10 – please sign the petition against it by clicking here. Contact information to call or email the event coordinator and St. Source: girrlearth.comFiled … Continue reading →
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4:26 AM | Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing in Brazil
Target: Renan Calheiros, President of the Senate of Brazil Goal: Strengthen a legislative bill aimed at banning cosmetic testing on animals In June 2014, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted in support of a bill aimed at banning cosmetic testing on… Source: … Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | Red tide bloom moves in on Florida
Red tide approaches Florida. Continue reading →

August 09, 2014

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10:41 PM | A World Without Elephants? Blame China
The planet’s elephant population is plummeting, and they may go extinct within the next 20 years, thanks in large part to China’s lust for ivory. Source: www.thedailybeast.com GR:  If we can’t protect the elephant from ourselves, light fades for all … Continue reading →
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10:40 PM | Monday open question: How long will it take to “solve” the brain?
Let’s do a quick calculation… At the largest neuroscience conference, SfN, there are maybe 30,000 scientists who show up. Let’s pretend that this is about 1/3 of all neuroscientists (probably an underestimate) so we get 100,000 of us suckers. Now let’s pretend we could assign each one of them a neuron that we wanted them […]
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10:26 PM | Unrelated to all that, 8/9 edition
Ant colony ‘personalities’ shaped by environment Certain behaviours go together – for example, a colony that explores more widely for food also tends to respond more aggressively to an intruder….Such a colony has a more “risk-taking” personality and this was more common in the north, where the climate is colder. …As such, there is nothing […]
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10:17 PM | Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of poaching
The fact that statistics on poaching and other wildlife crime, from badger-baiting to disruption of habitats, are not being collated by police forces is a major stumbling block to tackling the crimes Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | Lake Erie HABs
Jeff Reutter of the Ohio Sea Grant, gave a nice talk this week on the causes of Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), including last weekend’s incident that affected Toledo’s water supply. He’s been focused on this and other issues … Continue reading →
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11:37 AM | Semi-hiatus for the ESA meeting
Just FYI: Dynamic Ecology will be on semi-hiatus during the ESA meeting. We’re not planning any meeting preview posts this year. And we’re not planning to post during the meeting either, though I suppose we might change our minds if … Continue reading →
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9:02 AM | A forest year | video | @GrrlScientist
A lovely and evocative timelapse video made with an obsolete digital point-and-shoot camera sitting in the window of a remote cabin in the woods.Once again, caturday has arrived, so I thought Id take this opportunity to share a lovely time lapse video I stumbled across a few months ago. This video shares one persons view of the seasons outside the window of his little cabin in the woods. Because Ive watched this video a dozen or so times since my initial discovery, I decided you might also […]

August 08, 2014

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11:17 PM | The Burning Question – Africa Geographic Magazine
AMERICA’S ONGOING DEBATE OVER THE TRADE IN IVORY Eery tusk costs a life. That was the ominous theme of a 30-second clip shown on a public-funded billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square. It was direct, bold and all too brief. For … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | For a wider range, pick a perfect partner
Clearing out the poison ivy from my backyard last weekend, I alternated between swatting mosquitos swarming around my temptingly bare calves and worrying that the subsequent transfer of ivy juices would lead to unfortunate consequences in the not-so-distant future. Times like these I wish that mosquitos would just make like a giant panda. For that matter, why do some species live almost
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10:39 PM | YOU can save these rhinos – Africa Geographic Blog
Rhinos Without Borders is on a mission to move rhinos to safe havens in Botswana in order to save them from the poaching crisis and they need your help! “Three down, seven to go. 100 rhinos will be relocated to … Continue reading →
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8:21 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (August 8th, 2014)
Have you "liked" Living Alongside Wildlife on Facebook yet? Please do so now and invite your friends. Great Read: Caviar's Last Stand: how the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks. There's no shortage of bad news about wildlife, but meanwhile have you noticed how much wildlife there is on the East Coast? On that note, the U.S. is busy removing dams, to the benefit
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4:32 PM | New data: Lack of acclimatization procedures most often associated with worker heat deaths
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on heat deaths among U.S. workers, underscoring the often-tragic consequences that result when employers fail to take relatively simple and low-cost preventive actions.
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2:39 PM | China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has
China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year. “According to new numbers released by the Chinese government, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending … Continue reading →
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2:35 PM | Drilling Company Owner Gets 28 Months In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste Into River
‘ Drilling Company Owner Gets 28 Months In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste Into River ‘ The owner of a small Ohio oil and gas drilling company who ordered his employees to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Claire Gordy
Dr. Claire Gordy (left) has always been a writer — in middle school she had a column in her local Oklahoma newspaper. Now she continues to write with support of her fellow SPIRE postdoctoral scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read on to learn how Claire Gordy got picked up in an interesting vehicle to get to dance class, the importance of taking time to write as a scientist, and hippopotamuses. Lea: Let’s jog your memory about middle school: Where were […]
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