This week on the Network

My esteemed fellow have been coming up with some good stuff in recent days, and so it’s time to do something I’ve been meaning to do for some time: start a weekly roundup of new posts on the Network.

First off, we’ve got a formal fundraising page up for those of you who’d like to help us out with our operating expenses here on the Network, where I explain:

We’re providing talented environmental science writers with free space here on our network. That includes not just hosting space, but cost for third-party services like backup and support. Right now Network founder Chris Clarke (that’s me!) is paying those costs out of pocket. That’s easier some months than others, and as we add new bloggers those costs will increase.

Check it out. Thus endeth the fundraising pitch.

Since this is the first such roundup post, we’ll go back more than a week. Back in mid-September over at Toad In The Hole, Ron Sullivan posted a nifty photo of a cryptic moth she found on a Bougainvillea outside her digs in Berkeley. I can’t make head nor tail of it myself.

Madhu has been busy reacclimatizing to California, moving his family, and starting his Fall semester, but he did take time to share a spectacular eagle-cam video over at his blog Reconciliation Ecology. Gorgeous. (And so why didn’t the hobbits just fly all the way to Mordor?)

At Slow Water Movement, Charlie takes a deep breath, swallows his annoyance at the inane Republican shenanigans occurring in DC, and treats us all to a bit of leaf-peeping from his viewpoint in the Green Mountains of Vermont, not so green this month so much as orange and yellow and red. Charlie provides a suggested soundtrack, too.

The Corvid Blog’s Jenn is full of surprises. Not only does she write engagingly and do public speaking with a bird on her head, but she’s also a talented visual artist, as she shows in this post on her participation in an art project/book about endangered birds. Her Mariana crow nearly leaps out of the monitor. I want a copy of that book.

At Dispersal Range, Meera Lee offers up what is likely the first in a series of Network posts touching on the shutdown of the Federal government. But her post is no polemic: it’s a paean to the importance of noticing detail, disguised as a travelog of a hike in the Sierra Nevada with a field ecologist studying conifers — especially red firs, Abies magnifica, a tree that I haven’t seen in far too long outside an arboretum. (They make vast swaths in middle-elevations in the Sierra’s conifer belt, dark and moist with chartreuse Letharia lichen and noisy chickarees.) Said field ecologist is now denied access to her study sites because they’re in National Parks. Data may well be lost. But that’s not what the post is about. Go read.

And me? Well, I complained about human-centered environmentalists last night. Big surprise, I know. I’ll be putting together a piece on the shutdown and hiking with furloughed feds in the next couple days to follow up on Meera Lee’s shutdown post. Names will be named. Not of people, of course, because who needs trouble? But there are plenty of other names.

Check all these newish posts out, then visit some of our bloggers who haven’t had time to post in a while — Shaun and Mike  and Patrick  and Basin and Range Watch — and say hello.

Another update next week.