"They have a long evolutionary process of espionage and counter-espionage to build on, in the course of which they became masters of deceit and problem-solving. They got better and better at guessing the intentions of others and concealing their own."
posted by dhruva
on May 6, 2007 -
Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow
has been linked to twice before on Metafilter. However, you can now view 10 minutes
of his film as part of his Ted Talk--it's the most stunning nature footage I've ever seen. In the talk he also mentions a new concept he's developing called Animal Copyright
, which I think is long overdue.
posted by dobbs
on Jan 2, 2007 -
Ask A Man?
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posted by feelinglistless
on Oct 20, 2006 -
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
posted by huckhound
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Bird flu update: "At this moment, birds that travel flyways in Asia, where most bird flu cases have been found, are mingling with birds that fly through North America." Officials in Kansas
warn it will arrive this fall, as those birds fly south for the winter on North American migration pathways
. The Onion jokingly predicts the government's response
posted by salvia
on Apr 9, 2006 -
Owls are rad.
Sometimes they look kind of metallic and scary
, sometimes wise
, sometimes puzzled
, and sometimes like skulls
); sometimes they sound like dogs or pigs
, sometimes they sound like a little train
, sometimes they sound alarmed
, (Index of MP3s
); sometimes you come across an extensive gallery of Central and North American owls
, and even a description of the '04-'05 Northern Owl Invasion
; sometimes it's a dynamic range map of Owls of the Western Hemisphere
; sometimes it's the OwlCam
homepage with downloadable owl movies
, sometimes it's a series of articles on all things owl
; sometimes at BiologyBase
it's a printable owl sighting lifelist
, sometimes it's Ruru, the morepork
, New Zealand's native owl at NZBirds
. Or, w0t! w0t!
, it's attracting barn owls
and building nest boxes
at World Owl Trust. Previous MeFi birding FPP.
posted by OmieWise
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Those that eat nectar:
and of course some bats!!!
Many plants are adapted
to such creatures
posted by beerbajay
on Mar 21, 2006 -
The Birds of Shakespeare
No, not Juliet and Ophelia. "The eagle is cited some forty times. The two birds of this kind native to Britain [are] the golden eagle and the white-tailed or sea-eagle. [Shakespeare] may have occasionally seen…[eagles] on the wing, though his allusions hardly suggest any personal familiarity with the birds. Recognizing the lofty rank of the eagle and its acknowledged dignity above the other birds of prey, he makes the birds themselves, in the arrangements for the obsequies of the Phoenix and Turtle, admit this supremacy."
posted by feelinglistless
on Feb 4, 2006 -
Suicide by exterminator.
"Not since Cock Robin has the death of a tiny bird caused such emotion
". An endangered bird
killed for "knocking over a few dominoes for a game". Granted, 23,000 dominoes in a world record attempt taking over a month to set up, but still, less than 1% of the final goal. Geenstijl.nl
offered a bounty of 5000 euri for anyone who "willen saboteren" but it is now too late. klik heir
for a tv clip of the record.
posted by dness2
on Nov 21, 2005 -
Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana
is a collaboration between the Smithsonian, Missouri Botanical and Kew Gardens, the British Natural History Museum and various other institutions which has enabled the digitizing of 58 volumes of natural history about central America produced between 1880 and 1920. It includes descriptions of more than 50,000 species with images of more than 18,000 birds
, more birds
, more spiders
, more plants
, orthoptera insects
, more butterflies
and their family
and even some historic maps of the region
. There is a parallel project attempting to provide access to much more scientific data and specimens between these institutions.
Note: 'next' button at top +/- bottom of these large thumb pages; large high resolution jpegs work (in most cases) but zoom and .pdfiles are not yet enabled. I've only just scratched the surface.
posted by peacay
on Sep 26, 2005 -
Interactions between migrating birds and offshore oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico
(PDF, 5.9MB). A scientific but engrossing look at bird migration over the Gulf of Mexico, describing, in part, death by starvation of migrants who have metabolized all their bodily fat, “overshoots” that inadvertently travel past their intended destinations and find themselves unexpectedly over water at first light, and a suggestion that peregrine falcons not only recovered from near extinction due to the presence of oil platforms in the Gulf, but that they may eventually establish a breeding population on the Gulf platform archipelago. Summary
. Full report
(PDF, 5.9 MB).
posted by Mo Nickels
on Sep 22, 2005 -
"A natural history of birds
. Most of which have not been figur'd or describ'd, and others very little known from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill design'd."  and "Birds of North America" 
Samples (the last 15 from each link)
: : 1
posted by peacay
on Sep 10, 2005 -
Over the past month, people in Qinghai province, China
have been reporting that migratory birds in the mostly-rural region were dropping dead of an unknown disease, later diagnosed as a few hundred cases of "an isolated case"
[sic] of influenza strain H5N1
, a.k.a. bird flu
. Three weeks later, the Chinese government admitted
that actually about a thousand birds had died of bird flu
in the province. Now there are reports saying that at least 8,000 animals--not just birds--have died
from the flu, including not only breeds of fowl not previously known to be affected by the virus, but non-avian species, too.
Every national park and bird sanctuary in China has been closed for weeks
, since the first reports surfaced of an outbreak. But today, disturbing photos started appearing on Chinese language news websites, supposedly taken at the closed Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve
. They appear to show thousands of dead birds
(warning, disturbing images
- Engrish version via Babelfish here
) on the island in the middle of Qinghai Lake, China's largest saltwater lake and a rest-stop for migratory birds from all across southeast Asia. Nervous pandemic-watchers are debating
whether the photos are real or doctored, but compared to previous photos
of the once-lively
birding spot, something definitely seems to be wrong. [ much more inside >> ]
posted by Asparagirl
on Jun 5, 2005 -
) are small, colorful sparrow-sized birds found all over Central and South America. Manakin males engage in elaborate courtship dances
, including rhythmic sounds they produce with their wings. No one really knew how the birds made this sounds, until Kimberly Bostwick
, Curator of Birds and Mammals at the Cornell University
Museum of Vertebrates
, went into the jungles of Ecuador to film the birds at 1000 frames per second. As it turns out, different species of manakin use entirely different motion to produce the sounds. The Journal of Experimental Biology has published the results
, complete with videos
. Mark Barres
, who studies avian genetic population structures at the Univ. of Wisconsin, has also filmed the mating dance of the Manakins [.mov]
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Apr 29, 2005 -