Learning Curve: Engaging in Science Communication Animals Citizen Science Photos 

Learning Curve: Engaging in Science Communication

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence “In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos.” —Carl Sagan Curiosity takes you places How in the world did I wind up in science communication, as a contributor to GotScience.org? Curiosity and a determination to share original work on social media. Some years ago, I was bored with what I saw on Facebook. It seemed like…

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Grizzly Bears, Salmon, Alaska Animals Photos 

Grizzly Bears Fishing for Salmon in Alaska

By Max Goldberg This is the latest installment of wildlife photographer Max Goldberg’s adventures in Alaska. Enjoy more of his photos of wild grizzly bears here. Watching the grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Alaska was quite an entertaining experience for me, as I had never seen anything like this in my life. I got to see the whole process: catching the salmon, skinning the fish and eating the brains (those are the fattiest parts), and getting back to the falls to do it again. I will admit that the sound the…

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Polar Bears: Tasul the polar bear (Oregon Zoo) Animals Biology Environment 

Polar Bears Struggling to Find Food

By Kate S. The polar bear is a fearsome hunter and, when it’s time to eat, there’s nothing it finds more satisfying than a hearty meal of ringed seal. But as the arctic sea ice melts, polar bears have fewer opportunities to hunt their traditional, lipid-rich prey. Among other animals, climate change has been impacting our shellfish supply, California’s pika population, and the lemurs of Madagascar. Now, a team of scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that polar bears, forced onto land by the loss of sea…

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North American butterflies: Butterflies of North America (Eleanor Lutz) Animals Biology Citizen Science Environment Science & Art 

42 North American Butterflies

This animated infographic shows 42 different North American species of butterfly. It is the work of talented graphic designer Eleanor Lutz, whose creations EH Science has had the great pleasure of featuring on several occasions. Don’t miss her infographics entitled Planet Earth’s Control Panel, How Muscles Work, and Breathing Infographic. Seriously, you don’t want to miss them! Here’s how Lutz describes this infographic of North American butterflies: I checked out six butterfly field guides from the library and picked out some of the species I thought were the most unique…

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Green wood hoopoe, By DickDaniels, CC, Wikimedia commons Animals 

Birds Bond After Team Fights

As any fan of Hitchcock knows, birds often work together and, when threatened by rivals, are capable of marshaling their troops to defend resources.  Now, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that clashes between rival bird groups have a long-lasting impact on the birds’ behaviour, causing them to bond after team fights. Biologists Dr. Andy Radford and Dr. Tim Fawcett have been studying the social behaviour of green woodhoopoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Following a territorial conflict with their neighbors, victorious green woodhoopoes will unite at nightfall. Such disputes…

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Musk Deer in Siberia (Julie Larsen Maher, WCS) Animals 

Fanged Musk Deer Found Alive in Afghanistan

The endangered Kashmir musk deer and it’s unusual set of fangs hasn’t been seen in about 60 years, until now. The strange deer with tusks that look like vampire fangs has been sighted in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan, according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The team confirmed the presence of the deer in Nuristan Province during recent surveys. So where has the deer been hiding, and what are those fangs for, anyway? The Kashmir musk deer is one of seven similar…

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Sacramento Valley Red Fox (Ben Sacks, UC Davis) Animals Biology 

Red Fox Genome Examined

Researchers at University of California, Davis are studying the genome of the red fox, the world’s most widely distributed land carnivore. Some surprising findings about the origins, journey and evolution of the red fox have come to light. The new genetic research suggests that the first red foxes originated in the Middle East before beginning their journey of colonization across Eurasia to Siberia, across the Bering Strait and into North America. Reproductively speaking, the red foxes of North America and Eurasia have been almost entirely isolated from one another for around 400,000 years.…

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