Hay and wildlife

There are many species impacted by the loss of grassland. Many have instead adapted to hay fields. But, there are new perils to their adopted habitat, and now those who cultivate hay are urged to follow new guidelines.


Healthy skepticism

We all read the news. Sometimes it’s science news. But how often do we track down the original scientific paper to confirm that the results match the findings reported in the article? Perhaps not often enough, perhaps we are too trusting of secondhand information, as reported in this study. I wonder if there’s an original scientific paper I should track down on this subject.

More tick predators

Concerned about ticks and the diseases they cause? Me too! My first field season ended with many tick bites and a Lyme Disease treatment. I previously mentioned Black-billed Magpies’ services as tick consumers, but did you know opossums and quail also eat ticks? Yet another reason to live in harmony with wildlife that live in our yards and forests.

Darwin, revisited

Today, a book by my friend, Rebecca Stefoff, is being published. It is an adaptation of Darwin’s Origin of Species for young readers. Having once been a younger person who attempted to tackle this dry tome, I can appreciate the need for her work. Even as an adult biologist, I can appreciate it. Filled with lovely illustrations, it is both pleasing to the eye and illuminating.