Category Archives: Southern Illinois Ecology

How the Turkey Vulture Found the Raccoon

Coming up the driveway in the car a little before noon today (8 October 2011), I was surprised to see a very  large bird flap out of the trees, followed by a Blue Jay.  I had just seen crows along the road, so it was evident that this bird was much larger than a crow […]

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Hazelnut, Fire, Oak Openings, Nostalgia

Early this April, I saw a tall skinny shrub without leaves but with catkins.  It reminded me that early last fall I had come across a clump of similar skinny trunks that bore pointed, toothed leaves.  The leaves were more or less like leaves of several groups of woody plants–birches, elms, hornbeams, and conceivably a […]

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More About Aldo Leopold’s Subversive Ideas

@Dick Klade in Comment 3 to preceding post Thanks for restoring the interesting lost section of your comment. It’s not surprising that Leopold’s ideas didn’t always suit the bureaucracy.  Ecology is the subversive science, as Paul Sears said. The game managers seemed to accept Leopold early.  As an undergraduate in 1953 or 1954, I had […]

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Darwin and the Tree of Life Vs. Science Illiteracy

I got an email message from Barack Obama today–well, maybe not from Barack personally.  The heading of the message was, “What does your T-shirt say?” The next message in my mail box was from the Center for Inquiry, Michigan chapter, reminding me not to forget Charles Darwin’s birthday, Saturday February 12th. The Obama T-shirt is […]

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Christmas Bird Counts, Murphysboro to Kalamazoo

Whatever else Christmas may mean to a birder, it definitely means the Audubon Christmas bird count. The National Audubon Society sponsors a continent-wide set of local counts to be taken some time around Christmas, specifically on a single day between December 14 and January 5.   Local groups of birders count birds in circular areas 15 […]

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