Category Archives: life

Advice from a professor who almost flunked out


Sometimes students see their professors as truly gifted brainiacs, and there are certainly some people like that among my faculty colleagues.  Most of us, however, are nothing special.  What sets us apart really just boils down to two things: interest … Continue reading

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Owls don’t just hoot, they also glow


In preparing for a lecture this week on avian coloration, I had organized my notes around the three main classes of pigments in feathers and the structural colors that result from light scattered from structures on those feathers.  At the … Continue reading

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The Partners in Flight databases on Population and Species Assessment


The Partners in Flight databases were recently updated, and they represent an outstanding resource in understanding distribution and diversity of North American birds. Maintained by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, the databases summarize information on population estimates and the species … Continue reading

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“Known Biters”


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
For a brief time when we were first married, my wife worked at a daycare center.  She mentioned one evening that some of the kids had “KB” annotated next to their names on some…

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How will you observe Darwin Day, 2015?


It’s Charles Darwin’s birthday tomorrow, and people around the world will be celebrating intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and hunger for truth.  How will you observe International Darwin Day?

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HBW Alive newsletter – Feb. 2015


It’s really hard to decide what to feature to advertise the extraordinary content in the Handbook of the Birds of the World, but I’ll try.

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Great Backyard Bird Count – December newsletter


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
As we’re finishing up our CBCs it’s not too late to be thinking about our GBBCs!

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