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Sustaining The Wild Life

Podcasts are free to listen. Making them isn't. At the end of the year, I am able to "keep" $342 from @patreon. Usually, it's used to cover unforeseen equipment or production costs. That comes out to 65 cents per hour. That's not an exaggeration, it's an actual calculation. I'd love to expand, offer full transcripts, … Continue reading Sustaining The Wild Life

The Wild Life’s 2021 Blog Top 10’s

2021 was, indeed, a year. Now, it's finally almost over with a new one about to begin. I decided to sit down and take a look at some of The Wild Life's stats for the year as a way to reflect on what worked, what didn't, and what to keep going into the future. Here … Continue reading The Wild Life’s 2021 Blog Top 10’s

The Impact of Barry Commoner

As one of America’s most influential environmentalist, Barry Commoner devoted his life and career to ecology, awareness, education, and enacting positive change. He was among the first to begin advocating for recycling and organic farming, as well as raising awareness about the threats of the greenhouse effect and the dangers of radioactive fallout. As the … Continue reading The Impact of Barry Commoner

Salmon Fight

This was originally written in 2015 based on a New York Times video from 2008 I decided to share this based on this week's news that the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch has downgraded British Columbia farmed salmon to "Avoid" for their "potential transmission of pathogens and parasites from farms to vulnerable populations of high … Continue reading Salmon Fight

Reflection: Dead Forests & Living Memories

In her article for The New York Times, “Dead Forests and Living Memories”, Helen paints a picture of a lost landscape, the struggles of restoration and conservation efforts, and the continued threat of globalization on native ecosystems.

microalgae through a microscope

Algae as a Biofuel

With the exception of chemosynthetic life forms such as many of those who reside at the openings of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, the vast majority of biological energy has the sun to thank for its origins. Whether it be thermal, or through photonic collisions within the chloroplasts of plant cells, the energy of life comes from … Continue reading Algae as a Biofuel

Comprehension Strategies: Antibiotic Resistance

Teaching about abstract concepts like antibiotic resistance can be a difficult undertaking. That's why it's important to utilize a variety of comprehension strategies, especially at the secondary level. The attached google slide presentation provides examples of two of my favorites: the Discussion Web, and Intra-Act. Discussion Web It is a cooperative strategy in which students … Continue reading Comprehension Strategies: Antibiotic Resistance

Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers: Spot the Difference

These two little woodpecker species are notorious for their visual similarity, but there are some key differences that can tip you off!

The Tawny Emperor Butterfly

The Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton) Butterfly may be beautiful, but their food sure isn’t. Finding an adult on a flower isn’t likely. Instead, you’ll find them on dead animals, poop, mud, and sap, slurping up broths of minerally goodness.

froghopper insect on a leaf

The Froghopper | DFS #11

This here is a froghopper. They can jump distances over 100 times their body length, accelerate at 4000 m/s^2 (nearly 9,000 mph), and experience 400 Gs while doing it. For context, a typical human could withstand no more than 9 Gs of force, and the average bullet travels at nearly 2000 mph. Where are the … Continue reading The Froghopper | DFS #11

Dispatches From Somewhere #10: The Golden Silk

Trichonephela clavipes, or The Golden Silk Orb-weaver, may be huge but they look a lot tougher than they act. They’re not aggressive and only bite if handled roughly, and they're super clumsy outside of their web!If you listen to the podcast, you might remember us discussing these with @shakiguani on Tainted Love Part 2! A single thread … Continue reading Dispatches From Somewhere #10: The Golden Silk

Dispatches From Somewhere #9: False Turkey-Tail

This is not a Turkey-tail. It’s a false one! Stereum ostrea, or False Turkey-tail, is a plant pathogen and wood decay fungus. The species name, ostrea, comes from Oyster in reference to its shape. It really is a pretty little fungi 🍄

Grid-Scale Storage

The wind doesn’t always blow, and the sun doesn’t always shine—and not always equally or consistently. Even in the sunniest of places, like deserts, “the amount of sunlight can vary from minute to minute.” (The Economist, 2014) On the flipside, demand itself is also irregular, and times of highest demand won’t always match with highest … Continue reading Grid-Scale Storage

Dispatches From Somewhere 8: American Nursery Web Spider

Fairly certain this is an American Nursery Web Spider (Pisaurina mira). This was one that caught me super off guard while rummaging through a portion of priory while leading a Tiny Nature hike with @hikehoppers. P. mira is most well known for its sexually cannibalistic behavior and extensive use of the silk web in mating. Before … Continue reading Dispatches From Somewhere 8: American Nursery Web Spider