Clark's Nutcracker with Whitebark Pine Seed, Snowbank Mountain, Idaho

Nutcrackers – Not the Kind You’re Thinking – and Mutualism


Mutualism is the way two organisms of different species each benefits from the activity of the other. The different species could exist independently of each other, but have evolved a relationship by which both benefit. The Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a high altitude pine tree, whose range includes the Idaho batholith. In those latitudes, it only…

Mom's calling. Moose Calves, Payette Lake, Idaho

Moosing Around


Moose seem to a relatively recent arrival i central Idaho. Saturday evening Mrs. WC and I walked up the hill behind the family cabin and found a cow and two calves. Unhappily, WC didn’t have a camera. Yes, WC knows. A high speed walk – at 5,000 plus feet – didn’t work out. She’d left,…

Crested Black Macaque Self-Portrait

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


Okay, it’s not a monkey, it’s a Crested Black Macaque. Specifically, Naruto. He famously took selfies – before selfies were really a thing – after stealing photographer David Slater’s camera. Who owns the images? Slater thought he did, but he lost that fight. And, strictly speaking, it’s not Naruto bringing the lawsuit. People for the…

Columbia Silk Moth, Hyalophora columbia, Payette Lake, Idaho

WC’s First Insect Post


WC’s late friend, Ken Philip, an avid lepidopterist, once accused WC of neglecting 90% of the animals on the planet by focusing on birds. It’s true. Insects, of course, represent by far most of the animals on the planet, some 6 to 12 million species. So now, 3,000 plus blog posts along, WC will finally…