Mountain Bluebird

I love spring for a lot of reasons; one of them is the return of many bird species, including mountain bluebirds. The flash of blue on the open grasslands is welcome sight. And while humans, myself included, love the blue … Continue reading

From the Files of the Odd, Overlooked, and Underappreciated: Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole rats are undoubtedly among the most interesting-looking mammals out there. They are wrinkly and toothy, have long rat-like tails, and are mostly hairless. Being naked has its advantages in the hot desert regions in east Africa. And if … Continue reading

Happy Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! I like to think of Earth Day like New Year’s Day…it’s the beginning of a new year, and time to reassess how we live and to make new resolutions. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and … Continue reading

Microscopic Face Mites

I am fascinated with the microscopic world and all that goes on that is not visible to the human eye. If you are prone to become squeamish, read no further. This is a good one. One of those microscopic worlds … Continue reading

Red-Winged Blackbirds

Not long ago I was out on a nearby trail and passed by a large bush down in a gulley – and the bush was singing. I couldn’t even see the birds among the branches, though it sounded like there … Continue reading

Bug B&B

I am now the proud owner of a B&B for bugs. Why would I want to do that, you ask? Good question! Over the past months I’ve taken a special interest in bugs and the fact that they run the … Continue reading

Under Water Sounds Encourage Coral Settlement

Coral reefs are magnificent and magical places. They are called the rain forests of the sea because despite covering only 1% of the sea floor, 25% of all marine life depend on reefs at some point in their life. The … Continue reading

Pigbutt Worm

The title of this post is not a typo or a joke. There really is a deep sea worm called a pigbutt worm. Not only that, but its Latin name, Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, means butt face. And while I haven’t spent … Continue reading

Silky Anteater

From the Files of the Odd, Overlooked and Unappreciated, I present the silky anteater. At first glance, the silky anteater looks like a cross between a lemur and a sloth. But no, it’s a fuzzy anteater the size of a … Continue reading

House finches tend to be overlooked and underappreciated. Perhaps it’s because they are so common. Or maybe it’s because they aren’t as flashy or gregarious as other birds. But have you ever heard them sing? While house finches are small … Continue reading