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Reflections of a Native birder: The one Indian killer bird name I really have trouble with


Originally posted on Memories of the People:
As a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a birder for nearly fifty years, I offer these thoughts on the burgeoning discussion to re-name birds that are named after people. When people say they…

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Celebrating Sopy Peale – Matthew Halley


Alexander Wilson was but an erstwhile weaver and provocative poet trying to stay out of debtor’s prison before he met Sophonisba Peale. Matthew Halley reacquaints ornithologists with a remarkable woman we should have never forgotten.

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When birding made the cover of Sports Illustrated


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Yep, that Sports Illustrated. This story has been picked up many times over the past few months, but not yet by me. Thanks to sharp-eyed Scott Kruitbosch from the Connecticut Audubon Society, those of…

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A new idea for what Velociraptors did with those claws


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
By now, we’re all familiar with this image: Velociraptors running at high speed toward a big lumbering dinosaur that the little demons subdue with an onslaught of murderous slashes from an outsized claw on…

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No more recommendation letters, please


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Has this happened to you? You find a job announcement for a position that could be a great fit for you, but it’s due tomorrow! To apply, send CV (okay), a cover letter (yeah!),…

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September 2020 COVID-19 comparisons: confirmed deaths for the USA, China, and South Korea


Here in the USA, every week presents us with a new normal in our ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many in this country seem to think that this is just how it has to be or, at the very least, they are … Continue reading

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Black lives really do matter


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Words mean stuff. When white people hear “black lives matter”, many are distracted by the word black, and it leads them down the path of “Hey, ALL lives matter! Why are you singling out…

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Re-imaging the meaning of national defense


Writing for Resilience, Rob Brooks re-imagines a national defense grounded in Wendell Berry’s observation that “Earth is what we all have in common.” “We need to pay as much attention to conserving and restoring the connectivity of the natural infrastructure … Continue reading

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Do you have a voice in government?


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
I bet rarely would people respond that they feel well-represented in government. I know I’m not well-represented when I long for a revolution in renewable energy but one of my senators is the guy…

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: some data from the first week of April


As we have now left March 2020 in the rear-view mirror, I thought it might be a good idea to adjust my semi-weekly interpretation of national comparisons on #COVID-19 deaths and drill drown into some data from US states. Apropos … Continue reading

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Your life is profoundly meaningful


It’s quite simple, really. The matter in our universe is comprised of the same elements throughout. Proportions differ and it might be mixed together differently here and there, but it’s the same stuff. Some of those mixes develop self-replication under … Continue reading

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Vet school for an Oklahoma State grad at the University of Glasgow: The Beginning


From the Adventures of Future Dr. Z via The Beginning

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Chalicotherium, strange prehistoric mammal — Dear Kitty. Some blog


This 15 September 2019 video says about itself: Chalicotherium – The Hoofed Gorilla-Mimic This strange extinct mammal is actually related to horses, rhinos and tapirs, but they evolved in a very distinct way, giving rise to some of the most … Continue reading

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How much can you miss?


I’m always puzzled by students who habitually miss class. I don’t mean the students who are facing serious challenges of one type or another, I mean the ones who wake up and decide, “Nah.” The student – or someone – … Continue reading

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Dear Christian Legislator,

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Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
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…

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Professional development in wildlife ecology and management: A one-stop shop


I’ve written occasionally on the The Waterthrush Blog about various topics to help students succeed through their undergraduate coursework, find opportunities for research and field experience, pursue graduate school, etc. The advice I have to offer comes uniquely though the … Continue reading

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Undergraduate research in my lab? Sure! Here’s how it works.


I spend a lot of time bragging about the 15 graduate students who’ve worked in my lab but this post is inspired by the 28 undergraduates I’ve had the good fortune to mentor in research. Within this group are veterinarians, … Continue reading

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Where to publish ornithology and wildlife ecology? The impact of impact factor.

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Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Update June 2019: New rankings for Journal Impact Factors have just been released, and that makes for a good opportunity to update this post from 2015. There have been some big changes, notably the…

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Our 2019 Impact Factor: Now We are Seven — methods.blog


Last week a few things happened in the world of science. One was the publication of the Journal Impact Factors (JIFs)… Followed by journals saying how wonderful their JIF is… And then everyone else saying how awful impact factors are. … Continue reading

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The Wild Side for April 2019


Check out the latest newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program. Note: Only do this if you want to learn cool stuff about wildlife in the Sooner State and how to support them through your education … Continue reading

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