Brandt's Cormorant, St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Brandt’s Cormorant


We’ll finish up cormorants with the Brandt’s Cormorant. Unlike the other three, this species breeds only in North America, and reaches the northerly limit of its range at Kodiak Island. This species’ life history and populations are tied to the rich upwelling associated with deep upwelling currents like the California Current. Long-term monitoring of the population at…

Stylized Jaguar Drinking Cup, Moche Culture, Larco Museum, Lima

Culture Vulture: Pre-Colombian Pottery


Readers could say, with some justice, that WC needs to learn to focus. But this stuff is pretty amazing. Wednesday WC took a cultural tool of Lima, Peru. The trip included a visit to the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera – a private archaeological museum – in downtown Lima. The pre-Columbian Indians took pottery to…

Tammie Wilson, photo credit uknown

Another Reason to Loath Tammie Wilson


Rep. Tammie Wilson (R, Pure Selfishness) has staked out yet another outrageous, irrational political position. Once again, she has grossly overreacted to a constituent whinge and sabotaged an important government function. It’s a predictable, absolutely destructive pattern. This time, a constituent has complained that the Office of Children’s Services improperly acted against his or her kids,…