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How the Giraffe Got Its Spots: A Genetic Just-So Story

HOW THE GIRAFFE GOT ITS SPOTS: A GENETIC JUST-SO STORY

Spots are common in the animal kingdom. Birds, insects, reptiles, fishes, and of course mammals sport spots. In Darwinian terms, a...

Armadillos in Missouri

ARMADILLOS IN MISSOURI

Many people who live in the Saint Louis area have lately noticed an increase in armadillo sightings. Rustle, the World Bird Sanctuary's...

 
 
 
From Cages to Trees: Lessons from the Toucan Rescue Ranch

FROM CAGES TO TREES: LESSONS FROM THE TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH

I completed my externship at the Toucan Rescue Ranch mostly to educate myself about the pet trade, which can do a great deal of damage...

Can I Rescue a Street Dog or Cat While on Vacation and Bring It Home?

CAN I RESCUE A STREET DOG OR CAT WHILE ON VACATION AND BRING IT HOME?

Photo Credit: change.org It happens so often. You are traveling on vacation in a foreign country, walking down the street or sitting...

 
 
 
Muskox Park

MUSKOX PARK

A pair of muskox along the Sag River earlier this month near Deadhorse, Alaska. A pair of muxkox - such interesting looking mammals.

The Hearing of Birds

THE HEARING OF BIRDS

Cooper's Hawk listening Birds' songs and calls are important for survival. The ear of a bird is very much like that of a mammal's with...

 
 
 

DIGGING MAMMALS CONTRIBUTE TO RHIZOSPHERE FUNGAL COMMUNITY COMPOSITION AND SEEDLING GROWTH

Abstract Bioturbation is an important ecosystem process, and the loss of native digging mammals due to introduced predators and habitat...

Rictal Bristles

RICTAL BRISTLES

Small Green Barbet I learned the other day that synchronized swimmers don't shave their legs, at least not to the point of smoothness....

 
 
 
Eye drops to stop blindness?

EYE DROPS TO STOP BLINDNESS?

Tests have already shown they can work on rats but now Birmingham University researchers have proven the pain-free method can work...

Birds at the Bell

BIRDS AT THE BELL

Perhaps some other time I'll write in more detail about the links between Minnesota's Bell Museum and birds. There are many. Now I'll...

 
 
 
A Profile in Compassion: Dr. Christine Braun-Volunteer to Veterinarian

A PROFILE IN COMPASSION: DR. CHRISTINE BRAUN-VOLUNTEER TO VETERINARIAN

Dr. Braun with Maybell, a tortie kitten she spayed in CatNap's clinic. Maybell has since been adopted. From cleaning cages as a teenage...

Rwanda Dreaming

RWANDA DREAMING

The beginning of the northern summer is a good time to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of...

 
 
 
Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

MIAMI MEGA MALL VS. EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

Merchandising folly 1 - Conservation 0 The Miami-Dade County Commission approved development of ‘the largest shopping mall in North...

NOT EASY FOR PATRIOTS TO REPLACE 'RIDICULOUSLY LARGE MAMMAL'

Former Patriots left tackle Matt Light talks about how the team will fare without mammoth Nate Solder and whether rookie Isaiah Wynn...

 
 
 
The Machinery for Phospholipid Scrambling

THE MACHINERY FOR PHOSPHOLIPID SCRAMBLING

Image size: 128.0KB made with VMD From bacteria to mammals, different phospholipid species are segregated between the inner and outer...

Scientists Aim to Develop “Genomic Ark” of High-Quality Bat Genomes

SCIENTISTS AIM TO DEVELOP “GENOMIC ARK” OF HIGH-QUALITY BAT GENOMES

Pop quiz: Which animal accounts for around 20% of all living mammals, harbors some of the world's deadliest diseases, lives proportionately...

 
 
 
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Black Bears

ALLIGATOR RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE BLACK BEARS

Though I grew up where the Hudson Valley meets the Catskill Mountains, in the heart of Black Bear country, I can count my encounters...

Funding for Marine Mammal Commission ekes through 2018 Federal Budget plan - but there's more work to be done

FUNDING FOR MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION EKES THROUGH 2018 FEDERAL BUDGET PLAN - BUT THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE

North Atlantic right whales are facing a breeding and survival crisis, due in large part to entanglements in fishing gear. Humpback...

 
 
 
Review: Backyard Birds and More: Looking Through the Glass by Glen Apseloff

REVIEW: BACKYARD BIRDS AND MORE: LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASS BY GLEN APSELOFF

Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of reviewing Glen Apseloff's Backyard Birds: Looking Through the Glass. Time, unlike a Kiwi , flies,...

The Birds and the Bees

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

In June of 2017, a judge in India declared that peacocks are celibate as they do not mate the usual way. I've received several questions...