October 31, 2014

3:56 PM | That Was Just Another...
Good morning, #Utah— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 23, 2014
3:19 PM | This is why we do it.
To get everyone ready for the upcoming cold-stun season I wanted to share with you some exciting news. "Head Wound Harry" one of our 1999 Kemp's ridley sea turtles. One of our 1999 Kemp's ridley sea turtles nested in Texas and is the mother of 103 baby turtles! She was a patient from our previous record year (1999) of cold-stunned sea turtles. She arrived at the NEAq with a heavy epibiont
1:07 PM | Re Re-Tweet tweet
MRT @russwilliamsiii: Trick or ReReTweeting! MT"@sylvanheights: Make plans 2 join us 4 Trick or TWeet!" #TrickOrTreat— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 31, 2014
1:22 AM | Whyever?
Whyever do they call this the #PeekabooTrail? #BryceCanyon #Utah— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 23, 2014 [Wife, Ann, strikes her Ursula Undress pose.]
1:17 AM | "Here's to Personhood for Tommy"
For support/shares of my 1st post for @TIMEIdeas, my thanks: here's to personhood for #chimpanzee Tommy #anthropology— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014
1:04 AM | Welcome, Beavers
Beavers "welcomed into the landscape as defense against withering effects of a warmer drier climate" #climatechange— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014 "Beavers have evolved to respond to the sound of running water by trying to stop it, because their survival depends on a full pond. (A Yellowstone National Park biologist reported that when he briefly kept a beaver in his basement with plans to reintroduce it to a local stream, it kept frantically clawing […]
12:00 AM | Ownership of Sentinel antiparasitic line poised to change
Virbac seeks Novartis veterinary drugs in transaction with Eli Lilly

October 30, 2014

9:02 PM | Ahead on the Trail
Trail maintenance #Utah— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 24, 2014
8:59 PM | Trail Maintenance, Utah Style
Which lever is reverse?!! #Utah— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 24, 2014
8:56 PM | Big Horns!
#bighornsheep this a.m. @ZionNP #Utah— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 28, 2014
8:51 PM | Pope No Scientist, but...
The Pope's not a scientist, but...MRT @mashable: Note 2 politicians: Even the pope now on board w/ evolution via @tnr— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 30, 2014
8:46 PM | Another recovery from the Brink
Giant tortoises have made a startling recovery in the Galapagos. New TSS. Pic: James P. Gibbs— Nautilus (@NautilusMag) October 30, 2014
8:41 PM | Dirty, Rotten...
Sneaky, thieving jays, and their thieving, sneaky ways. by @mebwriter— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) October 30, 2014
5:53 PM | Look! Free Parking!
Look! We've got parking space for you @NCZoo. #FlamingFoliage— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 30, 2014
4:13 PM | "an awesome woman"
Been away from this blog and quite out of touch for a while, but did get the shocking news two weeks ago of the passing of prior NC Zoo Society colleague Kerry Sparks. Can't think of better words than these from another former colleague of Kerry's: "We lost an awesome woman yesterday. Kerry Sparks was a dedicated Mom, beloved daughter and girlfriend. She was the friend you wanted in your corner the colleague you wanted on your team. She juggled any ball we threw at her at Habitat with grace, […]
3:19 PM | Update on eider research
It’s fall, and on Cape Cod, that often means piles of dead eiders rather than piles of rustling leaves. In the multi-year investigation into why so many common eiders turn up dead around Wellfleet most years, the USDA, USFWS and numerous other groups have partnered up and pooled their skill and resources to try to […]

October 29, 2014

5:49 PM | Cultural Biases: The Good Adopter
Something that has come up in a few of our lectures and in one of our Google HangOuts from the MOOC has been the idea that some people who adopt animals from shelters are motivated by the need to adopt, … Continue reading →
12:30 PM | How Does a Dog's Brain Respond to the Smell of a Familiar Human?
And what does it tell us about the importance of people to their dogs?Photo: hitmanphoto / ShutterstockNew fMRI research by Gregory Berns et al (in press) shows that dog’s brains respond differently to the smell of a familiar human compared to an unfamiliar human and other canines – suggesting that certain people are special to their dogs.The research focussed on a part of the brain called the caudate, which has been much investigated in humans, monkeys and rats. The scientists […]

Berns, G., Brooks, A. & Spivak, M. (2014). Scent of the familiar: An fMRI study of canine brain responses to familiar and unfamiliar human and dog odors, Behavioural Processes, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.02.011

11:02 AM | Disciplinary case continues for veterinarian-turned-regulator
Budding legislation to OK nonprofits stirs controversy among veterinarians
12:00 AM | New veterinary degrees may not pay off, economists find
AVMA conference highlights debt, salary issues

October 28, 2014

3:56 PM | Dead Bird Quiz answers
Before I launch into the DBQ answers, it’s time to revisit an old quiz. Edward wrote in to say that our conclusion on a bird we featured a while back in this DBQ may have been erroneous. He writes that the bird more closely resembles a Brown Booby than the juvenile cormorant we deemed it to […]
3:45 PM | Dr. Peterson Presented with Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award
Add captionDr. Peterson was awarded the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award on Saturday, October 11 at the New York State Veterinary Conference Celebration Dinner. The award was presented to him by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Peterson celebrates by dancing with Jennifer Mauer of the NY State VMS. 
2:46 AM | Can prenatal stress be reversed?
I was scanning the titles of new journal articles a while back, and came across one that made me think, hey, that may be about rats, but it is totally relevant to dogs. And then I thought, why don’t I teach a class on it? Read and interpret this really interesting journal article with a group of dog trainers and dog lovers?I will be teaching the class Prenatal Stress and Anti-Depressants for APDT the week of November 18 (and you are invited to take it). This post will be used as reading […]

October 27, 2014

9:37 PM | Even Mandatory FDA Recalls Can’t Make Supplement Manufacturers Stop Lying About What’s in their Products
There is ample evidence that under the current lax regulatory system in the U.S., dietary supplements are frequently mislabeled and adulterated with pharmaceuticals, toxins, and other undesirable substances. Apart from the lack of evidence to support the claims of benefits … Continue reading →
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