We spend a lot of time as biologists exposing people, other scientists and the public, to the life that surrounds us that is hidden — animals that have camouflage, or mysterious internal physiology, interactions and ecological processes. One of the most difficult things to talk about are the organisms that make their living during a time we often think is sleepy, quiet, or dead — the winter. But many animals share our world even in the winter when we think our snowy slopes are free to ski. This study highlights how that affects the Canada lynx. Something to think about even during the summer.
I spent this spring cleaning up and planting in my new garden. It was tempting at times to apply herbicides to creeping plants between the sidewalk cracks and to the new flower beds I was planning for pollinators. But there are other household products that we can avoid that also have become so common, neonicotinoids. American Bird Conservancy has made this handy video explaining why.
Ever sit in your backyard and wonder what you are hearing? Birds spend much of their life out of sight of other birds, and as a result, the people who wonder what they’re hearing. I found this graphic to be very helpful with some common bird calls.
Summer is here, but next winter when spring is imminent and you’re feeling wistful about the upcoming migration, you can track the progress thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey and National Phenology Network.