Friday Animal Blog
September 30, 2011
For now, I'm going to suspend this beloved little blog, after all, in order to concentrate on my every-Thursday NPR science posting, and on writing my animal-grief book. Once I learn whether I'm to become a regular at NPR- or not- I will reassess. Meanwhile, my deepest thanks for so much support here!
September 23, 2011
My second post at NPR went up yesterday, and brought in some vibrant discussion on the top of ascribing human emotions to animals. (Do check out the comments as well as the text itself.)
My discovery of the week: It takes lots of (more…)
September 16, 2011
As some of you already know, I began a new venture in blogging this week--yesterday, in fact. The science blog 13.7 at NPR asked me to contribute weekly posts on aspects of anthropology and animals. As requested, I made my initial contribution an introductory one, about what fascinates me most within the arena of biological (more…)
September 9, 2011
Labor Day 2011, I’ll never forget. That morning in Wyoming, from where I’ve just returned, all the unruly variables of wildlife observing lined up and offered me an unforgettable bison-watching experience. I’m still on a high from it.
It was (more…)
September 2, 2011
The Friday Animal Blog is, this morning, waking up in Jackson, Wyoming. We'll drive on
the edge of the Grand Teton range today, on into Yellowstone. For months I've been
anticipating a return to this wonderful national park, where in the past we have
seen bison, bears, elk, moose, wolves, coyotes, and many species (more…)
August 26, 2011
Last week, I wrote about the fast-approaching event in our family: taking our daughter to college for the first time. That happened on Monday and Tuesday, and it was even more seismic than I’d anticipated -- literally.
Arrival at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, went extremely well on (more…)
August 19, 2011
For the third week running, chimpanzees are on my mind, as are the ways we humans construct similarities and differences between us and great apes. I’ve been thinking about how, for 20 years now, I’ve assigned in my Introduction to Biological Anthropology class Jane Goodall’s Through a Window-- and (more…)
August 12, 2011
Last week’s discussion in this space, “Are We Over-Connected to Chimpanzees,” worked just as I’d hoped. It brought in cogent comments about whether, and how, we humans tend towards inappropriate emotional connections with our closest living relatives, out of some misplaced sense of romanticism. The (more…)
August 5, 2011
For almost two months now, a comment made by the science writer Jon Cohen has been rattling around in my brain. Interviewed for an article about the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes- opening today- by USA Today's Dan Vergano, Cohen made a provocative observation.
Noting that the movie’ (more…)
July 29, 2011
This week, I want to share a photographic collage, made into a mini-video, of two lions at the San Francisco Zoo. It’s short, and I hope you’ll watch it twice. Let us dive right in to an initial viewing:
Beautiful, yes? Tunya and Sukari are keenly (more…)