October 01, 2014

11:47 PM | An "Arctic" Without Polar Bears
Sounds like another climate change story, but this is Sea World Orlando's "Wild Arctic". The exhibit lost a couple polar bears recently and now the "threatened species" status of wild polar bears makes it unlikely Sea World will get more."In place of polar bears, Sea World plans to redesign the exhibit to feature other animals of the Arctic including harbor seals."
6:17 PM | What Encourages People to Walk Their Dog?
And is dog-walking a good way to persuade people to take more exercise?Photo: Monkey Business Images / ShutterstockWe know that most people do not get the 150 minutes of exercise per week that is recommended. Could encouraging people to walk their dogs more often help, and if so, how best to go about it? A new paper by Carri Westgarth et al (2014) of the University of Liverpool reviews the state of current research.Although to some dog owners a daily walk is an essential part of the routine, […]

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. (2008). Encouraging physical activity through dog walking: Why don't some owners walk with their dog?, Preventive Medicine, 46 (2) 120-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.08.015

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. & Christian, H. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (1) 83. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-83

3:44 PM | The New Term
We’re halfway through Week Three of the new academic year. Students, I love you. I really adore  you guys. I love helping you, I love seeing you puzzle out new ideas, I love when you challenge my thinking, I love … Continue reading →
3:11 PM | A followup, and a flyer
Edward Soldaat wrote in on the last post to add some more useful notes on making the cormorant identification in last week’s Dead Bird Quiz. I didn’t want to just leave those buried as a comment, so I am pulling them up and featuring them here, front and center. Edward knows vastly more than I […]
1:06 PM | Let Me 'Splain
Duluth Bear has moved. To Kansas City Zoo. Royals are a Major League Baseball team. We had a wild party last night. What happens in the zoo stays at the zoo. Mostly because there are fences everywhere. Congrats Royals #MLB— Polar Bear (@DuluthPolarBear) October 1, 2014
2:11 AM | Evidence Update: Azodyl for Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs
One of the products I have kept track of over the years is Azodyl, a probiotic reported to be useful in treating kidney disease in dogs and cats. Though the company has reported positive results in laboratory studies involving rats, … Continue reading →
1:26 AM | "En Route to a Better Life"
A "trio of scrawny lions" from Gaza are on the way to a better life in Jordan, via Israel, thanks to Four Paws International meeting its mission.Even Israel is helping the Gaza lions.
12:50 AM | Looking the Other Way
Look up @ #BigHump fm top of #LittleHump bald on #AT on #RoanHighlands. Hour to hike here to #BigHump top.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 30, 2014And the leaves ARE starting to change. Lovely day in the NC/TN mts.
12:39 AM | The Battle of Little Hump
Watched a peregrine falcon drive a hawk off Little Hump as I hiked for seven hours on the Appalachian Trail and the Over Mountain/Victory Trail in Roan Highlands today.Look down @LittleHump #RoanHighlands. #AT goes fm top of bald, mile thru woods @ left, comes out halfway up on left.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 30, 2014
12:00 AM | Dr. Sophia Yin leaves legacy of compassion, insight
Death of celebrated veterinary behaviorist brings shock, grief
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