A drone with wings inspired by beetle elytra
Interesting take –
The case against the concept of biodiversity
Why eye-catching graphics are vital for getting to grips with climate change
Graeme Lyons argues that English names of species should always be capitalised – I agree, do you?
Fantastic project –
croplands up close – should be very useful for many fields (pun intended)
How ornithologists figured out how to preserve bird specimens
Is your forest fit for the future? Emily Fensom from the UK Forestry Commission introduces the Climate Matching Tool and suggests how this can be used to build resilient forests
Beavers are back:
here’s what this might mean for the UK’s wild spaces
What is and what isn’t citizen science? I don’t fully agree with some of this but it is an interesting read.
In which the team from Dynamic Ecology announce their semi-retirement. They will still be keeping us inspired, entertained and stimulated but just not as often. I will miss them and judging by the huge number of comments, I am not the only one. Some fantastic and very well-deserved tributes.
Charley Krebs on what are the big questions in ecology and how we might go about addressing them –
Whither the Big Questions in Ecology?
Colonialism in entomology – a historical problem that still persists today
Totally agree –
Nature Tables should make a return to the classroom as in my opinion, should the weekly Nature walk. Even in an urban environment there are plenty of opportunities to introduce children to the natural world.
Why planting tons of trees isn’t enough to solve climate change – Massive projects need much more planning and follow-through to succeed – and other tree protections need to happen too
A warning note that iNaturalist and other ID apps are not perfect – sometimes they can be dangerous, but thankfully, not often
Scary stuff, a long read, but worth it “
The older the article, the less likely it is that the links work. If you go back to 1998, 72 percent of the links are dead. Overall, more than half of all articles in The New York Times that contain deep links have at least one rotted link.”
Why I hate pandas and other entomologists hate koalas! Forget charisma, save our insects! Never underestimate the politics swirling around charismatic megafauna
A rewilding experiment set up before the term existed – Monks Wood Wilderness
Life lessons from beekeepers – stop mowing the lawn, don’t pave the driveway and get used to bugs in your salad
A bit of fun –
visual comparisons of extinct megafauna and their living relatives – some really startling size differences
How we can help
reverse insect decline
Nature emerging from the industrial wastelands
Why keeping one mature street tree is far better for humans and nature than planting lots of new ones
Blister and oil beetles
Chicken nuggets grown in a lab have just been approved for sale for the first time in the world! So what is lab-grown meat and is it even worth it? Watch the video
Biodiversity: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife
Honey fraud – a bigger problem than you might think
Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee -Everything we thought we knew about royal jelly is backward.
Charley Krebs –
On an Experimental Design Mafia for Ecology
Rewilding death – not as macabre as you might think
Offsetting your carbon footprint is not as
simple as some think
The mystery of feather origins: how
fluffy pterosaurs have reignited debate
Science isn’t broken – It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.
The diet of invasive toads in Mauritius has some rare species on the menu
the surprising tale of how Europe’s magic mushroom got its name
Did you know that
horseshoe crabs are used to test vaccines?
Some great ecological fiction, from Barbara Kingsolver to the Moomins
Should the Queen rewild Balmoral?
The more species of
bird you see the happier you feel – link to actual paper here
The problem with
‘Sugar Daddy’ science, why state funding is better
Simon Leadbeater on
rewilding a planation woodland
Did you know that
Scotland has rain forests?
Some advice on writing papers from novelist Cormac McCarthy
Making cities greener – what we can do and what benefits result
If you like the Moomins you will appreciate
Clothing accessories that pay homage to the insect world; some other animals too 😊
Freedom of press and environmental protection – did you know that they are linked? Jeff Ollerton and colleagues explore this interesting topic
Working from home might not be as stress-free as you think – go to work instead
Did you know that there are more male specimens of birds and mammals in museum collections than females? Press release
here, actual paper here
I found these interesting, perhaps some of you will?
Interesting post on
From a couple of years ago, but if you ever wondered how
Drosophila became a model organism then read this
noise natural gas extraction machines make can affect insect abundance
A nice easy to read post to help
make non-entomologists realise the importance of insects and how abundant they are
The Backwinter – A lyrical account of a cold snap in London and its effect on insect and plant emergence by Emma Maund
A timely reminder that there is a lot of genetic material in the wild that can help
our domesticated crops taste better
If you wondered what they
really ate in the middle ages wonder no longer
An interesting read about an early collector of curiosities
Ole Worm’s Cabinet of Wonder: Natural Specimens and Wondrous Monsters
If you are a fan of
spring flowers this post from Alice Hunter is a must read/see
Ray Cannon on
the tale of a tail 🙂