Well not exactly. I’m still in Minnesota, but my blog has moved to the Southern Fried Science Network, also known as The Gam. My new address is http://zoologirl.southernfriedscience.com! Sorry to make you update bookmarks and whatnot, but I’m really excited about joining a network of fellow science bloggers! I’ll still be blogging about the same topics, so please join me at my new home. And while you’re at it, check out the collection of great science bloggers also on the Southern Fried Science Network.
Archive for November, 2010
No quick links this week. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time to even read! I soon will have time for more blogging though and also a big announcement!
But, a few weeks ago, I asked if anyone could name Carl Linnaeus’s favorite plant. I figured I should follow-up on that (even though no one tried to answer).
The answer is Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)! From the photo above, you can probably tell how the plant received its common name. As for the scientific name, you may think that Linnaeus named the plant after himself, being the father of modern taxonomy and all. However, it was his teacher and friend Jan Frederik Gronovius that named the plant in his honor. On the naming, Linnaeus wrote:
“Linnaea was named by the celebrated Gronovius and is a plant of Lapland, lowly, insignificant and disregarded, flowering but for a brief space – from Linnaeus who resembles it.”
Twinflower grows around the world at northern latitudes. I’ve come across it often here in Minnesota. It really is an adorable plant, especially when flowering, and I can see why it was Linnaeus’s favorite.
Posted in Conservation, Minnesota, Wildlife, tagged american black bear, bear hunting, Bears, black bears, Ely, ely mn, hunting, lily and hope, lily the black bear, lynn rogers, Minnesota, Research, science, wildlife, wildlife research, Wildlife Research Institute on November 3, 2010| 8 Comments »
For a while now, I have considered writing about the controversy surrounding Dr. Lynn Roger’s black bear research and whether collared bears should be protected from hunting. I haven’t done so yet because I haven’t formed a solid opinion, can see both sides of the argument, and am not a bear hunter. But recently, Lynn Rogers made some comments that I can’t ignore.