Archive for March, 2012


Red Salamanders

March 29, 2012

Some identifications are easy, and some names are remarkable for their simplicity and aptness. Consider the Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber), a salamander most obviously red. Like many salamanders, Red Salamanders… [Continued]

Margined Carrion Beetle

Carrion on

March 28, 2012

Dead things draw scavengers. Among the things that warm weather reveals—usually to the nose before the eyes—are the carcasses of those critters that did not survive the winter. That smell… [Continued]


A Less Common Merganser

March 23, 2012

As I mentioned in my last note, we have three mergansers at various times of the year. Two breed here, the Common Merganser, and a less-common merganser, the Hooded Merganser…. [Continued]


Mergus merganser

March 18, 2012

Paris France centers on an island in the middle of the Seine, the Île de la Cité, home of the Cathedral of Notre Dame (think hunchbacks). The motto of Paris… [Continued]

Eastern Phoebe


March 15, 2012

It is that time of year when naturalists start noting their FOYs (Firsts of the Year). Good naturalists note these dates in their journals so that they can compare them… [Continued]

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