Sharktober: Part Two

Sharktober: Part Two

After the attack, a clarity

(October 12, 2017) If you lived in Humboldt County in October of 2012, you heard about the encounter. For me, the word came via my cell phone, which blew up with news that...

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The Bronze Age

Part Two of Two

(October 12, 2017) Last week we saw how the three-part division of history proposed 200 years ago — Stone, Bronze and Iron ages — might have been a foursome if the Chalcolithic, or...

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HumBug: October Dragonflies and Butterflies

(October 12, 2017) I started looking for one of my favorite dragonflies, the pale faced clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga mendax), in July. That's when my files showed them flying along the flat stretches of...

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Sharktober Part 1

Witnessing an attack

(October 5, 2017) The first person I knew to be hit by a great white was this guy Casey. That was in 2000, the same year I'd started surfing. A couple years later,...

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The Bronze Age

Part One of Two

(October 5, 2017) We love dividing the world up into threes: animal, vegetable and mineral; mind, body and spirit; past, present and future; starter, entree and dessert. And so it was 200 years...

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HumBug: Autumnal Potpourri

(October 5, 2017) As the days get shorter and the nights colder, many insect species have attained their adult phases. With one important exception, it is only in the adult phase that...

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Fall Wasps

And silent crickets

(September 28, 2017) Autumn is Here Late in the year, sources of nectar are scarce and those species that depend on it concentrate around the dwindling resource. Wild anise, a few thistles and...

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HumBug: Orange is the New Butterfly

(September 28, 2017) The local butterfly population is showing its fall colors and orange is the order of the day. Woodland skippers (Ochlodes sylvanoides), Mylitta crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) and California tortoise shells...

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HumBug: Dragonflies and Caterpillar

(September 24, 2017) There are two things I enjoy about studying insects. The first is its predictability. Checking my files I found it was time for the common green darner to migrate...

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Tales from the Underground

A rainbow of roots from around the world

(September 21, 2017) The soil at my new place is marginal but well drained and it hasn't been gardened in a few years, so the weeds are pretty intense. A season's worth of...

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Runes in the Ruin

(September 21, 2017) When diggers (calling them archaeologists would be too kind) broke into a 5,000-year-old Maeshowe passage grave in Orkney, Scotland, in 1851, they soon realized they weren't the first intruders....

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All Aboard: Vintage Train Video

(October 14, 2017) Everybody loves trains. OK, maybe not packed commuter trains. But if you aren't charmed by the cow catchers on black locomotives or Orient Express-style dining cars from the turn...

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