Tag: birds

Ospreys return to Lower Michigan!

I recently got a letter from the Michigan Nature Association that announced they have nesting ospreys at the Helmer Brook Plant Preserve.  Osprey Watch reports there are 17 active nests in lower Michigan this year. […]

Museum Preservation update

Ah, the smell of mothballs. That’s been the perfume scenting many entomologists’ experiences for the last 40 years or so. You always have to protect your collections from the attacks of dermestid beetles.  Those little […]

West Nile Virus and Birds

A new review paper out in Bioscience documents the spread of West Nile Virus in the US–and the toll on birds. If you don’t work with birds, or the disease itself, you tend not to […]

Dying to be Heard

I wanted to plug a student production from Michigan State that was actually picked up by PBS, and has won multiple awards:   Dying to be Heard “Dying to be Heard tells the story of Michigan […]

Weekend WTF: Bird porn!?

Well, this is a new one. Apparently there were several protesters at the Democratic Convention this week decrying Bird Pr0n: I can’t decide if it’s a prank or for real–but there were multiple people carrying […]

Migratory Pollinators

I mentioned the book “Forgotten Pollinators” on Monday of National Pollinator Week, and I wanted to follow up on that today. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) hosts a Forgotten Pollinators Website to help focus interest […]

Aquatic Mercury in Food webs

A new paper came out in Science a while ago that I’ve been meaning to write about: Cristol, D.A. et al. 2008. The movement of aquatic mercury through terrestrial food webs. Vol. 320. no. 5874, […]

Coffee And Conservation

I’m a fan of the C&C blog, and I really wanted to have more people read this post, with an awesomely delivered smack-down to Sara Lee, for their new line of “sustainable” coffee. “The statement […]

Conservation Reserve Losses

A lot of people that aren’t aggie nerds like me have never heard of NRCS, or the conservation reserve programs. Until the New York Times covered them, anyway: Thousands of farmers are taking their fields […]