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From Ebola to Pertussis: A Look at Medical Conspiracy Theories

Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and now Senegal.  The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to spread. Marked by high mortality rates and images of gruesome death by hemorrhage, Ebola is perhaps the quintessential modern plague.   1,669 more words



Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) perching at Marine Park Nature Center. This is the adult, non-breeding plumage. The species migrates to southern South America. Like many grassland species, its numbers are dropping because of habitat loss.


Elegy for Martha

One hundred years ago today, Martha died of old age in Cincinnati. She was 29 years old and had been raised since birth in captivity. She never reproduced. 252 more words


Common Nighthawks

It’s been a difficult week. But one of the highlights was on Thursday, when a friend and I went into Prospect Park in the late afternoon. 162 more words


Future Odes

Eastern Amberwings (Perithemis tenera) in the reproductive wheel: the male holds the female by the back of the head; the female curves her abdomen up and forwards his genitalia, located (counterintuitively?) at the base of his abdomen. 127 more words



A bumblebee rumbles into the heart of the flower.

Identifying bumblebees of the genus Bombus is not an easy task. In their new identification guide, … 413 more words


Great Crested Flycatcher

Always a nice surprise to get a good look at a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus), since they are usually at tree-top level. I thought this might be a migrant, and it may well be, but it should be noted that there are breeding records for the species in Prospect. 28 more words