What do you think of when you look at a rock? Have you ever picked up a rock that caught your eye and decided to keep it for yourself? What is tugging at you to do that? When I pick up an interesting rock or gaze at a road cut that beautifully exposes the layers of rock, often twisted and…Keep reading
Understanding the role of sea otters as a keystone species in marine nearshore environments provides an excellent example of species interconnections. In this post we’ll wade on into the coastal waters of Oregon and take a look at how a healthy kelp forest works to maintain a balance of the marine nearshore ecosystem, the role of the southern sea otter…Keep reading
The insects of the world are incredibly numerous, diverse, critical to the web of life, and disappearing in alarming numbers. In my last post I mentioned the concept of shifting baselines syndrome and gave my own observational example of how, when I was much younger, I recalled the numerous bug splats on your car windshield that needed to be cleaned…Keep reading
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