Friday Animal Blog
July 30, 2010
In the last few weeks in Gloucester County, Virginia-- where I live, across the river from the famous Yorktown Battlefield—-friends and acquaintances report that they’re losing pets and cared-for feral cats to coyote attacks. I trust these sources, and the reports are coming from various parts of our semi-rural county, so (more…)
July 23, 2010
I love that rush of wow! that comes with discovering an exciting journal article about animals, and animal-human bonding.
This week, in reading Pennsylvania State University anthropologist Pat Shipman’s latest work, I got just such a rush. In the August issue of Current Anthropology, Shipman argues that, in addition to the making (more…)
July 16, 2010
This week, the Daily Press, one of the larger papers in my area of southeastern Virginia, published an op-ed I wrote. Here it is, doubling as this week's blog:
Wednesday, July 14, marked the 50th anniversary of Jane Goodall's stepping onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika at Gombe in Tanzania, East Africa, to observe wild (more…)
July 9, 2010
For the primate enthusiast, it’s easy enough to fixate on the alpha species: the baboons, chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos favored by many primatologists and film crews. Relentlessly self-oriented, Homo sapiens enjoys a close look in the mirror—evolutionary or otherwise—so it’s no accident that these popular monkeys and apes are among (more…)
July 2, 2010
One can never walk the same national-park trail twice.
I’ve adapted this line from Heraclitus, who, around 500 B.C., uttered the to-be-famous “You cannot step into the same river twice.” That sentiment is even more elegant when applied to walking the diverse and wondrous trails of the American national park system.
Despite my (more…)