Photographs of flocking birds by Richard Barnes.Boids.
A program by Craig Reynolds modeling emergent behavior. Swarm.
A platform and wiki for agent-based modelers.
posted by OmieWise
on Sep 17, 2009 -
Dinosaur coloration has always been a source of wild speculation. Artistic renders have ranged from the conservative (battleship grey, lizard green) to the flamboyant
, but all guesses appeared equally valid
. While there are some wonderfully preserved examples of dinosaur skin
texture, fossils have remained stubbornly monochromatic… until now. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Aug 11, 2009 -
The Internet Bird Collection
has over 28000 videos of birds from all over the world. The brain-child of Josep del Hoyo
(who also started the Handbook of the Birds of the World
) it contains footage of more than half of all the bird species in the world, which number around 10000. Just browsing randomly I found such charming clips as a pair of gang gang cockatoos
, a pair of preening and feeding Siberian cranes
, a hoatzin displaying
, Temnick's tragopan displaying
, Kerguelen petrel swooping between waves
, green hermit feeding on heliconia flowers, in flight
, a pair of hamerkops mating display
and American avocets mating
. Or you can just go look up your favorite bird species and see if they have videos of it. Happily they had plenty of videos of my favorite bird, sterna paradisaea, the arctic tern, and I like this one best
. Each bird has taxonomic and distribution information.
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 3, 2009 -
Mike O'Connor, owner of Bird Watcher's General Store in MA, writes a column "Ask the Bird Folks", for The Cape Codder newspaper. Five of O'Connor's short but humorously enlightening pieces were chosen by Steven Pinker to be included in the 2004 edition of the Best American Science and Nature writing. Those five can be read here: 
. The full set of articles here
. He started in 2001 and is sort of a "Car Talk" of bird watching.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 13, 2008 -
Post-Thanksgiving Friday Flash Fun: Damn Birds
is a point and shoot game with a humorous twist. You are a statue sick and tired of bird crap and have decided to defend your honor. [more inside]
posted by schyler523
on Nov 28, 2008 -
"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?
"You have come to the right place for love, relationship and dating advice. Ask a man will provide you with the love, relationship and dating answers you seek. Our staff of amazing men have agreed to break the "man code" and tell you the absolute truth about what your man is really saying to you." For example: "Men want respect. In a man's world, men are nothing without respect. In a relationship, a man needs to know his woman respects him. "
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 -