GrrlScientist is an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist and science writer who writes about evolution, ethology and ecology, especially in birds. Also publishes a few invited guest blog essays.
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This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured, chronicle about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic, species, the passenger pigeon. This is the year of the passenger pigeon. Despite this, you might wonder how three books about the passenger pigeon could possibly have been published this year -- and, iconic or not, what more could possibly be said about an extinct species one hundred years on? Yet each book brings something new to the table. But my favourite of this trio […]
An elderly man takes pleasure in the small things, by sharing his kitchen with a hungry hummingbird in Brasil.Todays caturday video is an amateur video featuring João Silvestrini, a retiree who lives alone in Barretos, Brasil. Seeking to expand his circle of friends, Mr Silvestrini recently joined Facebook. Although he lacks human companions, he clearly has a close relationship with the local hummingbirds. In this video, youll watch as he invites a wild swallow-tailed hummingbird, […]
Heres a few more books to help you become that modern polymath you want to become.These books arrived recently, either because I purchased them, because a publisher sent them as review copies, or they were gifts from people who know I love books (but who have never seen my groaning bookshelves!). Continue reading...
This short video, by the Cornell Lab of O, discusses the differences between and potential meanings of the sounds made by crows and ravens.Since today is caturday, that wonderful day when the blogosphere takes a breather from hell-raising to celebrate pets, I thought some of my favourite animals: corvids. I ran across this lovely video created by Cornell Universitys Laboratory of Ornithology (more fondly referred to as the Lab of O) that discusses the differences between and potential meanings […]
After my bookgasm (book-buying binge) at last weeks Frankfurt Book Fair, Ive got a mountain of wonderful books to share with you -- a project that will take place over the next few weeks.When I get new books, I like to share them with people. Unfortunately, since you all are so far away, I cannot host a book party in my crib where you can look over them, so Ill do the next best thing. Ill host a book party on my blog each Friday of the week when I either purchase books, they are given to me or […]
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