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Island Press Field Notes

A high-tech taxidermy owl with a detachable head. Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Dykstra

By Cheryl Dykstra / On May 29th, 2018

Field notes by Cheryl Dykstra, co-editor of Urban RaptorsMonday, May 14, 2018Cincinnati, Ohio So happy our grad student Ania is back from Texas, having...

By Cheryl Dykstra / On May 15th, 2018

Today was the first day of this year for banding nestling red-shouldered hawks in our suburban study area in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even after 21 years and more than 2,500 nestling hawks banded, the first day is still fun, full of promise, and excitement.

By Katharine Sucher / On May 8th, 2018

As I watched, mesmerized, this mass of crustaceans became a living brick-red raft, writhing on top of the water’s surface. The water became disturbed as thousands of krill flipped their muscular tails and leaped clear of the water, falling back like...

By David Salt, Brian Walker / On March 6th, 2018

Re-engaging nature’s ecosystem engineers In the gloomy pall of the advancing Anthropocene, it’s nice to hear good news now and again on the environmental front. And such is the case with...

By Larry Nielsen / On February 9th, 2018

For Valentine's Day, I couldn't resist writing about nature's faithful lovers. 

By Larry Nielsen / On May 27th, 2017

We revel in the glory of the African elephant, giant panda or Galapagos tortoise—the charismatic megafauna that gets most of attention, whether on television or at the zoo. But I think the group that deserves the award as the world’s number one animal...

By Jason Leppig / On February 3rd, 2017

In one place, we've put together our best blogs of 2016. Click here to download a pdf or read the 10 best posts from our authors below.        

By Lucy Moore / On July 13th, 2016

The record was broken this year for the number of pounds of rattlesnakes harvested at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas. I was blown away. The figure was 24,262 pounds.

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By Katharine Sucher / On February 5th, 2016

How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? What should a clever moose eat?

Photo Credit: Birds on a Wire by Flickr.com user Kiwi Flickr

By Lucy Moore / On January 7th, 2016

So, the Bundys are at it again. Two years ago Cliven Bundy and his gang took up arms against the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada claiming the feds had no right to charge a private citizen grazing fees on public lands. “Public” apparently means “help...

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