Blogs We Read

Wombats

There’s nothing like a great blog and I love Alex Wild’s blog.  Not only is the photography of insects amazing, but Alex has a great sense of fun. Alex posted a link to this old film which features one woman and Keith, an orphaned wombat she raised.  Today,  wildlife hospitals raise orphaned animals and release them to the wild.  Nevertheless, this short movie shows us a close up of the wombat, a native of Australia.

The BirdChick

The BirdChick is the brainchild of Sharon Stiteler, birdwatcher extraordinnaire and a woman with her hand in a multitude of projects related to nature, humor and writing.  This blog is dedicated to her birdwatching adventures and is often informative and quite funny.

Enjoy this sample entry, and check out the whole thing here:

One thing I love about visiting southern states is that some of the birds I see in Minnesota are so much more camera friendly.  Pied-billed grebes are shifty in Minnesota, they don’t trust anyone staring at them for too long or they submerge and resurface further away.  While in Corpus Christi, my buddy Clay took me to a place with a ton of great waterfowl and some rather obliging grebes.  The above bird is an adult pied-billed grebe.

They even showed me their grebe toes.  How do you like them apples, not webbed like a duck at all.  Let’s get a closer look:

Look at that crazy foot…wonder if this will lead to a slew of foot fetish comments getting clogged in the blog spam filter?  The feet of the grebe are far back on the body and the lobed toes do aid it as it swims underwater.  They really can’t walk on land very well.  Ask yourself if you have ever seen one on land?

Anyway, it was fun to spend time with brown birds with freaky toes.

Birding Blogs

Birding Blogs is a regularly updated, international collection of blogging birders.  Entries range from the educational to edgy and humorous, but chances are you’ll find something you’ll like.  Go have a look at http://birdingblogs.com/.

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Cephalove

Written by an undergaduate at the University at Buffalo (and hopeful behavioral neuroscienctist), Cephalove began as a source for cephalopod research, but has grown into an interesting blog with videos, marine biology news, thoughts from the author and more.  If you have any interest in octopi you should definitely check it out at http://cephalove.southernfriedscience.com/.  Be sure to explore the Southern Fried Science Network it’s on as well for all things marine.

Eco-Fabulous

If you’ve never been to Eco-Fabulous, do so now: the regularly-updated Fashion section features a good variety of men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing made from recycled materials, organic wool, low-impact dyes and more.  Plus there’s something for everyone- everything from evening gowns to jewelry to shoes.

The Featured Creature and Animals in the News

The Featured Creature
This lighthearted blog is updating daily by a UCLA student with a “slight obsession with the animal kingdom”; an entertaining look at some of nature’s more unusual and cute creatures.

Animals in the News
An Animal Planet-affiliated blog that tracks the latest news stories pertaining to animals; it’s a great resource for discovering scientific breakthroughs, oddities, and editorials.

 
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