Welcome to the 48th edition of Circus of the Spineless, a blog carnival dedicated to insects, arachnids, molluscs, crustaceans, worms and most anything else that wiggles, crawls or flutters! As the Circus nears the half-century mark, I feel privileged to be hosting for the first time. As always, I’ve learned a lot from this month’s excellent submissions, and I hope you will too. I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing compares to invertebrates when it comes to stimulating curiosity and interest in the natural world. So without further ado, here are the posts, each introduced by a quote or image that I dusted off from the cabinet of scientific curiosity. Enjoy! […]
Welcome to the 113th Edition of I and the Bird! I hope you enjoy your visit.
For this edition of I and the Bird, I decided to see what quotations from verse and literature would be invoked by the various submissions that I received.
In the spirit of several earlier IATB efforts that made […]
In short, the Farm Services Agency is accepting public comments on the environmental impact of two possible policy alternatives for the Conservation Reserve Program, an important mechanism for protection of wildlife habitat and biodiversity on working farms. At the same time that biofuels are threatening to reduce CRP acreage via economic competition, FSA is considering (see Alternative 2 below) reducing the CRP acreage enrollment cap from 32 million acres (the cap authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill) to 24 million acres, a full 25% reduction. […]
Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) Family: Oxyopidae
Lynx spiders (family Oxyopidae) are some of my favorites. They’re big, charismatic, and colorful. The family is a distinctive one with only 3 genera and 18 species in North America. Lynx spiders have prominent, long, straight spines on the legs, and a characteristic hexagonal arrangement of the […]
I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Seabrooke Leckie of The Marvelous in Nature and the North American Moths had started a blog carnival about moths. Mothing is all the rage these days, and websites like the North American Moth Photographer’s Group, Bugguide, and Butterflies and […]
The Lined Orbweaver is a common spider that is widespread throughout the eastern United States. In the southeast, it is especially abundant in grassy pond pine (Pinus serotina) savannas like the one shown below. […]
The first really fun observation I would like to share is the experience of watching female Common Mergansers shepherding their large broods of chicks while the youngsters learned to fish. […]
It’s been more than four years since I left Arkansas, Ivory-billed Woodpecker T-shirt in hand, just days after the news of the rediscovery of the species broke in the national media. During five months in the swamps over the winter and spring of 2004-2005, I had really gotten to know the Big Woods. Lately […]
I’m headed to the Catskills to enjoy the woods and the river for a few days. Last year I did a lot of botanizing, mothing, and bee photography. Hopefully this year will be even better!
Fishing in the Catskills
Renewable. Sustainable. Green.
All of these buzzwords make us feel good about our progress toward mainstreaming alternative energy sources. We need to power an increasingly energy-hungry world in the face of global climate change, and we all know that fossil fuels are not the solution.
What often gets lost in the excitement surrounding “green” […]