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On a Thursday!

  • First, something that put a smile on my face. One of my posts was included in the most recent edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival! There are plenty of great blog posts about science in this edition about everything from drunk bats and venomous mammals to discussions of the peer-review process. So go check it out!
  • Cosmic curiosity reveals ghostly glow of dead quasar– discovered through the citizen science project Galaxy Zoo!
  • Do you ever get sad from reading about endangered species and losses of biodiversity? Then you must read Back from the Brink: Victories in Conservation over at Southern Fried Science. It discusses a recent paper in Science which shows conservation efforts are helping to slow extinctions. I couldn’t help but notice that a few of the success stories they highlighted are in part thanks to zoo breeding programs, including that of the the Asian Wild Horse. The Minnesota Zoo played a significant part in their recovery, and here’s a great video on that story.
  • And related to my rant yesterday, I think the paper mentioned above supports how important scientific publications can be, especially considering the paper provides evidence that conservation efforts work and need more support. In addition, one of the co-authors is none other than the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Bear Biologist David Garshelis. He is also co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, and was recently on The Colbert Report sticking to his story that he’s not afraid of bears. Videos below!
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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.

Lynn Rogers and Black Bear

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I’ve had zero time to blog lately. Hopefully, I will have some time by the end of this week. But, I did still get the chance to put together a quick links for this week!

  • It’s almost Halloween! If you will be giving out candy this Halloween, make sure it doesn’t contain non-sustainable palm oil that harms Orangutans and other wildlife by following the Orangutan Friendly Halloween Candy Guide (.pdf file). You can learn more about Orangutans and the Palm Oil Crisis here.
  • More reasons why I wish I had a smart phone: What kind of beetle? This app knows.
  • New tools use citizen science to monitor wildlife diseases and human health.
  • From the Star Tribune: The Bear Whisperer. An in-depth look into Lynn Roger’s and The Wildlife Research Institutes’s Black Bear Research. However, I don’t think the article fully delivers on the “But not everyone agrees with methods of Lynn Rogers” aspect of the story and the controversies surrounding this research and bear hunting. I may write more on this if I get enough time in the near future.
  • In my last Quick Links, I asked if anyone could name the favorite plant of Carl Linnaeus without looking it up. No one answered! I’ll give you all one more chance to answer (you can even look it up this time- but then you have to add some extra info you find interesting :)). Either way, I’ll write up a post this weekend with the answer.

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Wolf communication and hunting (David Attenborough does a pretty decent howl!) Source

From BBC Planet Earth: Wolves hunting caribou Source

Wolves Fishing! Source

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  • National Wildlife Refuge Week (10/10-10/16)- To find a local event, check the calendar from the Fish and Wildlife Service or check with your local refuge. I found one event in Minnesota that wasn’t listed on the F&WS event site.
  • Earth Science Week (10/10-10/16)- “Exploring Energy- the theme of Earth Science Week 2010, will engage young people and the public in learning about Earth’s energy resources.”
  • It’s a day late, but… 10/10/10 Global Work Party happened yesterday to face the climate crisis. I helped plant trees for the event! Although 10/10/10 is over, you can see inspiring pictures from around the world and get involved in other ways through 350.org

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Friday feature of facts that I find fascinating but others seem to find frivolous

I’m doing a new weekly feature called Frivolous Fact Friday! I came up with the idea after I was shot down by a friend who is in charge of the daily trivia board at her work. She was having trouble coming up with a trivia question the other day, so I told her to ask:

“What is the only known member of the order Carnivora that is able to taste artificial sweeteners?” (more…)

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