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Ian's Bird of the Week - Tomtit

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Tomtit ~ by Ian Montgomery

Newsletter – 10/30/15

Last week we had the Snares Penguin and I made a passing reference to the locally endemic race of the Tomtit, so here is it and two of the other four New Zealand races of the Tomtit as this week’s choice. 1,049 more words


A Visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Last Sunday Judy and I made our first visit of the year to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Usually we go about once a month starting in May, and try to make certain highlights like when the crabapples are in bloom – but this year there’s been too much going on. 480 more words


Let's reform Technical Terminology by taking a Look at Natural Science

To give an idea of how the job market has changed, here is a random sample list of terminology/software products I had to reference for spelling and context in my last transcription job: 848 more words

On the Trail of Twinflowers

Given that today marks the birthday of one of the most important naturalists in world history, Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778, also know as Carl von Linné or Carolus Linnaeus), the so-called “Pliny of the North”, “Flower King”, “Second Adam”, and perhaps most objectively “Father of Taxonomy”, I thought if would feature… 336 more words


Monochrome Madness May 19, 2015 - St. Louis

The city of St. Louis had a significant early French influence and was named in honor of King Louis IX of France.  The statue below is a landmark located at the top of Art Hill in front of the city’s art museum.  206 more words

Birds or Bananas? Strelitzia, Musa, and Heliconia

Is it a bird or a banana? When it comes to Bird of Paradise, False Bird of Paradise, Parrot or Parakeet Flower, Macaw Flower, Crane Flower, Banana, Wild Banana, or Wild Plantain–it can be hard to tell which is which.  498 more words


The brontosaurus is back! More than 100 years after killing the name, scientists are pushing to revive it

“Brontosaurus” was a household name, until dinosaur scientists ruled that the charismatic “thunder lizard” had been misnamed and should have been called apatosaurus all along. 778 more words