Author Archives: Tim O'Connell

Steaming piles of dung

Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
I hesitate to provide a link to creationist nonsense, but sometimes it’s helpful to illustrate just what we’re up against in The Enlightenment 2.0. Case in point, check out this Jack Chick cartoon on…

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Dear Christian Legislator,

Look, I get it. You’ve been raised and educated in a society that values faith foremost. The stronger your faith the closer you are to God, and there is no better way to demonstrate the strength of that faith than … Continue reading

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Non-trivial sacrifices of the itinerant academic

Inspired by a conversation stemming from this Tweet . . . I thought I’d share a bit about the sacrifices we’ve made in support of my academic career. This is just a reality check for understanding’s and expectations’ sake, and … Continue reading

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Stegosaur species compared, video — Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 24 August 2018 video says about itself: Stegosaur family species comparison Welcome to the fifth round of the new dinosaur comparison videos. In this comparison video, we shall compare the different stegosaur family species, also known as stegosaurids. These … Continue reading

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Handbook of the Birds of the World newsletter #50

The August newsletter of HBW Birds Alive– a milestone as the 50th in this series – has just been released. I’ve already lost track of how many new things I just learned in a few minutes’ browsing. Highlights:    

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Beach-nesting birds: assault from all sides

Their fortunes tied to the tides, many species of coastal birds nest directly on the beach. Here Nature seems to conspire against them in these places we so often associate with idyllic relaxation. On North America’s temperate Atlantic Coast, beaches … Continue reading

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Return to the Wild: Conservation hope for the scimitar-horned oryx

Originally posted on Animal Ecology In Focus:
In this post for Endangered Species Day Jared Stabach, a research ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute highlights the sharp decline in large mammal species across the Sahara and focuses on species…

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