Yellow-pine Chipmunk, Central Oregon

Little Stripy Guys


WC is again taking heat from readers for being avian-centric. WC could point out that birds are what he does. WC could plead that birds are the only taxonomic area in which he is even marginally competent. But instead, here’s a sampler of mammals, specifically a set of rodents, that have wandered in front of…

Northern Shrike, Harney Basin, Oregon

Shrikes


WC is a little cranky. Too much current news, most likely. So WC is dealing with it by being just a little gruesome. WC thinks shrikes get a bad rap. North America boasts three species of shrikes: Northern, Loggerhead and Brown, although only first two breed here. World-wide there are thirty or so members of…

Bernd Heinrich at Boise State University, April 17, 2019

Some Time with Bernd Heinrich


Bernd Heinrich is a highly regarded biologist. The Birds of North America note on Common Ravens cites to him an amazing eighteen times. He’s now an emeritus professor at the University of Vermont and, at 80 years old, still runs ultra marathons. He’s also the author of some twenty popularizations, of wildly uneven quality. Here’s…