- Katrina van Grouw’s The Unfeathered Bird, a unique inside look | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network. – This is one of my favorite books that I own. Really well put together, so interesting just to flip through. I use it a lot for drawing practice. The pieces make such good exercises in texture and shadow.
- Why Chaucer Said ‘Ax’ Instead Of ‘Ask,’ And Why Some Still Do : Code Switch : NPR. – Language is really the last thing anyone should use to back up their prejudices. The reality is so often the opposite of what people want it to be.
“Natural history education — and simply looking, observing and exploring nature — are the birthright of all children and biologists. Failing to teach natural history and spend time in nature has serious practical consequences for individuals and for society.”
- via Natural History is Dying, and We Are All the Losers | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network. – I love Natural History. If I had my way I would just spend the rest of my life reading field guides, making field guides, walking around and taking pictures and trying to I.D. everything I could. Collecting feathers and skulls and flowers. Making paintings and sketches of nature. With the popularity of things like “Bioblitzes”, websites/apps like iNaturalist and groups like Nerds for Nature it seems like there are still plenty of people who feel similarly. It’s unfortunate that it isn’t getting taught at the levels it used to.
- Fisher photographed in the Bronx – First ever NYC record of this squirrel and rat predator | Research & Collections. – This is crazy! I am always stoked when species start rebounding. There’s more at National Geographic: Fierce, Furry Fishers Are Expanding Their Range—and Bulk.
- SDZ Global Wildlife Conservancy – Preserving Wildlife – Birds – Songbird Does His Part for Entire Species Until the End. – Not gonna lie: this story totally made me tear up at the end. What a bird.