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Curlews, Clams, and Calcium

The next time you visit the beach or a river sandbar, test your dexterity by using a pair of chopsticks to locate, capture, and extract some small clams from their subsurface burrows. You may find that the experience will give you a new respect for what Long-billed Curlews commonly do with ease. Of course the... Continue reading »
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Persistence Pays Off

After three to four minutes of pecking at a bark crevice on a dead pine tree, this Red-bellied Woodpecker extracted a small acorn.  As you watch the video    https://youtu.be/t9n1UdEKR4I     you can see the woodpecker alternately peering under the bark to check its progress and then hammering away some more. How did an acorn come to... Continue reading »
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Snowy Egret Foraging at Famosa Slough, San Diego, California

Here are some items to note about the Snowy Egret behavior in the video       https://youtu.be/KPrW88Zg3Rg         at the Famosa Slough site, San Diego, California. First, note the characteristic Snowy Egret shake-a-leg foraging technique used to flush potential prey from their hiding places. Second, note the running, turning, wing-flashing technique to pursue active prey.  The egret may... Continue reading »
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Riding the Rails

If you ever wanted a model train for Christmas, then this working model railroad diorama set is for you. Train dioramas are doodling carried to the ultimate three-dimensional level. The video is available at        https://youtu.be/crJzKqmkNAM
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Fish in the Desert

It is my understanding from what I was told that the small fishes darting around in these shallow pools are indeed desert pupfish       https://youtu.be/mbFhoUzI0SM I don’t know much about these fish and their habitat requirements, but apparently these conditions seem to suit their tastes. So, if you happen to be an ichthyologist wandering around in... Continue reading »
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Sailing and Para-sailing, San Diego, California

Both of these activities, sailing and para-sailing, seem to be delightful ways to practice interstate commerce and to enjoy the nation’s navigable waters. If para-sailing had been available in his day, Leonardo da Vinci may not have had time to spare to paint the Mona Lisa. See the video at  
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Ballet of the Water Pancakes

As the video –      https://youtu.be/n134lSA18h8     - begins, note the layered character of the herbaceous plant canopy.  Some water lily leaves (Nelumbo lutea) float on the water surface while others are held erect one to three feet above the surface.  The water surface appears to be shaded between 100% and 200% by the outlines of these... Continue reading »
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An American Bald Eagle

Here is a personal and professional tip-of-my-hat to Rachel Carson, to other past, present, and future professionals in wildlife sciences and management, and to the individuals and organizations of conservation in America. I enjoy and value each bald eagle sighting I make. Thank you one and all. The video can be found at    https://youtu.be/ZAdcDiEcGfs
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Whoop-it-up for Whooping Cranes

From a personal standpoint, watching Whooping Cranes conduct their activities amid the backdrop of hundreds to thousands of sandhill cranes milling about is akin to viewing an old masters original painting in a museum. The controlled setting of a national wildlife refuge or a museum is necessary because society has invested much effort in both... Continue reading »
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Scarborough Loon – Dozing on a Rising Tide

This Common Loon was floating on the Scarborough River in the vicinity of the western end of the pedestrian causeway across the Scarborough Marsh near Portland, Maine. The loon appeared to be relaxing and napping or dozing with its eyes alternately partially closed or fully closed, or briefly open to look around.  While the loon... Continue reading »
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