March 31, 2014

1:52 PM | One Lesson of MH370 Search
The oceans are full of garbage.
1:06 PM | Mission Accomplished
Really. Every day."Sylvan Heights Bird Park is dedicated to educating people about the importance of conservation and research, focusing on waterfowl and wetland habitats."
12:34 PM | Please Care 4 Great Barrier Reef
Please care 4 Great Barrier Reef MT @kottke: best thing on @kottke this week is this time lapse video of marine life http://t.co/lvIMbDH1dv— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 31, 2014
10:30 AM | Of Denmark, Zoos and Lions
Lately I’ve had a song from the TV series ‘Nashville’ stuck in my head – titled I Just Can’t Get it Right. Copenhagen Zoo was back in the news last week for another culling. The Guardian and the Independent report … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | Surveys yield conflicting trends in U.S. pet ownership
Counts of dogs and cats differ by millions

March 30, 2014

4:37 PM | Progress!
"Calendar year 2013 attendance was 41,983 versus 26,374 for calendar year 2012, a 59% increase." [From financial report for Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC.]Proud of the leadership, staff and volunteers of this "waterfowl zoo" and dedicated, effective, vital breeding center.
3:23 PM | Off Exhibit
We have Spring wildflower walk on calendar for Friday! Mornin' on #BeechMtNC  #GrandfatherMt pic.twitter.com/MqqUkRm9Wb— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 30, 2014"Off Exhibit" is my name for the little place partially seen here on Beech Mountain, NC. The Wildflower Walk is from the Profile Trail head down nearby Grandfather Mountain.Yes, I'll be at work Tuesday - Thursday.  :(        ;)
1:33 PM | New Exhibit?
Some media are referring to the NC Zoo's opening of "two new exhibits" Friday.Knowing that kidZone is a "renewal", rather than a new exhibit, I tried to determine how long its been around. Found this 2008 Russlings post, but know that doesn't go back to the start of kidZone. Anyone got the answer?[The other "new exhibit" features 18 robotic "bugs" hired for the season from a Texas company.]But DO check them out! features 13 giant, animatronic bugs created by Billings Productions of Texa - See […]
2:49 AM | Tiny Octopus Baby
want to hold thousands of tiny octopus babies (Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium) pic.twitter.com/GMbLVCSrN6— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) March 29, 2014
12:39 AM | Looking for a Little Pet?
Finding water bears for Golden Gate bioblitz. These critters love the rainy day! pic.twitter.com/9SsNHzoJkb— Meg Lowman (@canopymeg) March 29, 2014"Tardigrades are tiny, fuss-free, adorable...pets."

March 29, 2014

12:58 PM | What's a "Bug"?
"BUGS - An Epic Adventure" @ the NC Zoo:"Formally, an insect of the order Hemiptera, known as the "true bugs"Informally, an arthropod—except aquatic crustaceans and xiphosura—including individuals or species of insectarachnidmyriapodwoodlousesegmented wormgastropodterrestrial crabs" [Wikipedia]  Informally, that is rather "epic". ["Epic - very great or large and usually difficult or impressive" - secondary definition - merriamwebster.com] With an emphasis on "very […]

March 28, 2014

10:12 PM | Cure Nature-Deficit Disorder
No  Child Left Inside! MT @NCZoo: kidZone Open!  Connect kids 2 nature @ a stream, mud café, rope bridge & stone maze pic.twitter.com/iPwRPuzw05— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 28, 2014
1:09 PM | Happy 80th Soon, Jane
Who wants to wish Dr. Goodall @JaneGoodallInst a happy 80th birthday? My post #chimpanzees #primatology #anthropology http://t.co/yXn3AJZxpj— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014Remind me to post here one day about the time I had the good fortune to enjoy an al fresco lunch with Jane and two others. (Not a remembrance of anything she...or I... had to say, but of how she was still observing nature around her.)
11:30 AM | FluffyFriday – WolfQuest Part Three!
FluffyFriday returns! And this time I have actually queued up a few posts so hopefully FluffyFriday will become a regular occurrence. Today I present you the third act in the epic saga of Fluffy and Diet Coke. It’s a nailbiting … Continue reading →

March 27, 2014

4:29 PM | Because Evidence Matters: EBVMA Symposium 2014
The EBVMA 2014 Symposium “Because Evidence Matters” will be held online Friday November 14,2014 Here is all the information you need to submit a proposal for a presentation (accepted until May 30, 2014), to attend, or to sponsor this symposium: … Continue reading →
3:06 PM | Injuries, behavioral problems linked to retractable leashes
Manufacturers warn consumers
2:58 PM | Smart Crows
These experiments with crows, showing #corvid reasoning ability in water displacement, are fascinating: http://t.co/NIZ9jM7azj #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014Russlings' first post about this clever species was over three years ago.
1:38 PM | Extreme Breath Holder"
Wow: 137-minute deep dive (with held breath) recorded for a beaked #whale swimming off California  http://t.co/NebPfvT8bY #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014

March 26, 2014

9:17 PM | Tumexal: Wonder Drug or Snake Oil?
Introduction Cancer is a common disease in our pets just as it is in humans, though not necessarily for the reasons often claimed by proponents of alternative medicine. While there are certainly environmental triggers for many cancers, smoking being a … Continue reading →
5:55 PM | Koala "Bearable", That Is
Making traffic bearable. How to design roadways to accommodate koala safety. Good lessons: http://t.co/OrJ6oBnKGI #conservation by @jgold85— Malcolm M. Campbell (@m_m_campbell) March 26, 2014
5:51 PM | Mechanically, Over Chemically
A: Mechanically rather than chemically. RT @jgold85: How Do Pandas Eat So Much Bamboo? http://t.co/IO5EM79JET #explainer— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 26, 2014
4:48 PM | Sending in the reinforcements! SEANET gets help!
Normally, lean, mean SEANET gets by with a skeleton crew of 2 working a total of a few hours a week. We manage to get a lot done, but some of the work does pile up. We are therefore very relieved to have help this semester. Grad student Marissa Jenko has joined us as work […]
12:48 PM | Zoo Kills 4 Lions to Make Room for 1
Danish zoo that killed healthy giraffe last month has killed 4 lions to make way for a new one. http://t.co/0sX34ZAr69— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 26, 2014Same zoo recently killed a healthy giraffe and then dissected it in front of young visitors.
12:30 PM | Animals, Pets and Vermin
What do animals mean to you and what role do they play in your life? These and related questions were recently asked of ordinary people by the Mass Observation Project in the UK, and the results, in a paper by Alison Sealey and Nickie Charles, are fascinating.Photo: pjmorley / ShutterstockSince 1937, the Mass Observation Projecthas been collecting information from ordinary people about life in Britain. Set up with the idea of creating “an anthropology of ourselves,” data […]

Sealey, A. & Charles, N. (2013). "What Do Animals Mean to You?": Naming and Relating to Nonhuman Animals, Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 26 (4) 485-503. DOI:


March 25, 2014

8:51 PM | Obviously, A Very Good Pecking Tree
A #PileatedWoodpecker & a #RedBelliedWoodpecker were negotiating over a single tree @NCZoo near the #RedWolf exhibit when I just scared 'em.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 25, 2014On my way back from not feeding giraffes.
8:33 PM | More Friendly Competition?
Lincoln Park Zoo [Chicago] is getting more into the "business" of breeding polar bears."The enclosure will also include a den...allowing mothers to stay with their cubs in quiet surroundings, like in the wild."
3:22 PM | I Was There, Where Were Y'All?
Was able to get to the giraffe feeding station by 10:45 this morning for the scheduled "perk", but no one and no giraffe were in sight. Guess the cool weather and impending sprinkles get all away.
8:18 AM | Can Twice-Daily Insulin Be Injected at Any Time of the Day?
I have questions regarding treatment of a 8-year old, male labrador retriever with poorly-regulated diabetes. He has been treated with once daily insulin (Vetsulin), administered once a day in the morning at 11 pm for the last 3 months. Despite insulin treatment, the dog remains hyperglycemic and glycosuric and if very thin.The owner has a very odd work schedule, and he is not generally home in the early morning when the AM dose of insulin is generally given, so that's why the insulin shot is […]

March 24, 2014

8:41 PM | Grooming
Last week the drains in my flat were badly blocked. On Friday night I came home to the plumber triumphantly climbing out from underneath the bathtub, looking distinctly harrowed and proclaiming that he’d spent two hours sandwiched between my bath … Continue reading →
8:40 PM | 'Nother National Zoo Breeding Success
1970=<200 golden lion tamarins in wild 2014=1600 Collaboration w Brazil=Change #WeSaveSpecies #GlobalSolution @FLOTUS pic.twitter.com/Ee088jPJ1P— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) March 24, 2014Right up there with the bison.
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