My apologies for skipping a weekend in updating you on what’s been happening here at the Coyot.es Network. Last weekend got past me and I didn’t get around to the update. Fortunately for you, my lapse seems to have spurred my fellow Coyot.es to write some great blog posts over the last 14 days.
Jenn Campbell-Smith at The Corvid Blog dropped some learning on us all about the flood of baby crow impostors spreading visual misinformation throughout the cuter parts of the Internet. She would also like to inform you that The Corvid Blog has a Facebook page, which you are invited to “like,” as the parlance of social media would have it.
Our Owens Valley delegate Mike Prather at InyoOwnWay took part in a 100-Mule Walk from Independence to Los Angeles along the route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, now celebrating its centenary. I’ve written and deleted a few versions of a capsule description of the post, each of which did Mike’s prose a disservice. Let’s just say that the mules aren’t the most mulish critters the group is encountering along the way. Go read. And what has happened to this particular LA Times reporter, anyway?
From the Green Mountain State, Charlie Hohn at Slow Water Movement is straying from his traditional water beat to talk about trees, which when you get right down to it are basically just water moving so slowly that it stands on end. In a pair of posts Charlie discusses how Vermont’s fall foliage change affects oak trees, which may not be brilliantly showy en masse but knock your socks off leaf by leaf. And then he uses them to heat his home, which can have close to no carbon footprint if you do it right, sourcing your heating fuel from local growers. There’s just something about a wood-heated house.
Over at Reconciliation Ecology, Madhu Katti has been blogging so busily over the last two weeks that I’m going to have to resort to bullet points. He has:
- offered a song by Monty Harper about citizen science;
- announced the release of a volume on ecology in urban environments by the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project;
- been a (justifiably) proud papa;
- hosted an evolutionary biology blog carnival, and;
- shared biologists’ worst nightmare (and mine, as it happens).
Meera Lee Sethi at Dispersal Range has been volunteering at UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and she has pictures. “Warning.” she says. “Almost everything you see will be dead. But I did leave out the skinned mouse floating in a bucket of water.” John McPhee fans who appreciated his “Travels in Georgia” may find themselves recalling that essay seeing these photos. Meera also slips one blatant untruth into an update on her book Mountainfit. See if you can find it.
As for me here at Coyote Crossing, I guess I’ve been busy too. Aside from political ranting on racism and feminism (and one piece not quite as ranty on the latter), I did a very fun video interview with the above-mentioned Ms. Sethi about her book, which you all should read. (Her book, I mean. You don’t have to read the interview. It’s a video.)
And I also announced the Kickstarter KCET is holding to fund my wildlife reporting work there. It’s doing well so far, but it could use your help. Donate, share, and flog, please. Thank you.
And here’s a picture of a five-week-old wolf cub. Oh, no reason.