Science Caturday: Still Watching Birdies

If there was ever a day to repeat the same thing you did last year, it would be World Migratory Bird Day. Plus, Michele is very busy working on a “very special thing” that you will be hearing more about soon; and I do not have her way with cats.

Today is World Migratory Bird Day!  Kittehs love to watch the birdies. For science, of course!

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As for the related subject of bird-assisted coconut migration, it’s a simple question of weight ratios:

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lol via Cheezburger.com, graphic via head-fi.org

Science for the People: Heavy Metal Birds

sftpThis week, Science for the People is learning about the impact that the byproducts of our industrial societies have on avian populations. We’ll speak to filmmaker Matthew Podolsky about his documentary Scavenger Hunt, that looks at the effects of lead on the California Condor. We’ll also talk to conservation scientist Alexander Bond about his research on mercury poisoning in the endangered Arctic Ivory Gull.

*Josh provides research & social media help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.

Ernie Allison’s “Staycation”

Ernie Allison is a grandfather and nature writer who drags his family on nature hikes and camping trips year round.

Jump Creek Canyon (Photo Credit: Greg Harness, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Jump Creek Canyon (Photo Credit: Greg Harness, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Vacations are a much anticipated time in most people’s years. That one or two week span where we get to take a temporary break from our daily lives and experience something fun and exciting for a prolonged period of time. For decades my family and I have ventured to the more exotic locations available for our yearly vacations. As a result my wife and I took yearly vacations all over the globe. Just me, her, and exotic locales. What is the point of taking a vacation and sitting at home? That was my father’s perspective and as it became my own. It wasn’t until my later years that I learned the true value of a vacationing at home, aka The Staycation. Continue reading “Ernie Allison’s “Staycation””