http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0414-hance_matrix.html When I first embarked on doctoral research study it was clear that climate change had a great impact on amphibian decline as did disease along with pollutants (toxicants). Although I eventually transferred from a program that would allow me to investigate such issues, the topic will continue to warrants a lot of attention. I […]Read More What do you mean their dorsal spots ain’t right?
http://journalwatch.conservationmagazine.org/category/endangered-species/ I wasn’t not aware that flipper/wing bands impeded motion in these temperate penguins, but perhaps the bands used in field research are different than the “plastic” ones that I’m more familiar with. I really would like to know. I suspect that perhaps wild marine birds require more durable bands and much greater mobility. I […]Read More “Spheniscid Screening”
Can Animals be Gay? New York Times (April 2, 2010) It’s truly none of my business whether or not people with different sexual preferences choose to commit to marriage. In fact, I think that everyone should try it at least once, and some have endeavored to try it many times. No one cares whether I […]Read More Engelbert Humperdinck Supports Same-Sex Marriage in Pelagic Seabirds
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(Follow Link to BBC Report) The spotted or laughing hyena is the largest member of Hyaenidae inhabiting open areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These highly social predators are often erroneously labeled as strict scavengers like other members of this clade of hyaenid carnivorans. Other species include, striped hyenas, brown hyenas, and aardwolves (earth wolves). Unlike other […]Read More Hyenas Laughing
Metacognition Study I don’t know that I’m not smart enough to understand all the implications of these rigorous experimental studies of ape cognition. Metacognition research is supposed to elucidate how higher vertebrates understand, control, and manipulate their own cognitive processes. At the same time it begs the question if the readership demographic most suited to […]Read More High Functioning Simians: Calculus Anyone?
Shortly after beginning my zoo career as children’s zoo attendant, my first paid position with a living institution, I found another opportunity that would allow me to serve again in a most subordinate capacity to almost everyone at the facility. I had been advised to gain experience at as many facilities as possible. So I […]Read More Pick the Right Whale