Saturday, November 7, 2009

Learning to Sing

One of the things that gets me through the upcoming winter season is thinking about the welcoming songs of birds heralding the coming springtime. It's tough work learning that, though - and learning which song is yours to sing. Check out this interesting article on song sparrows, and a new study on how they learn to do their thing,
And just when you are so bummed that all the species in the world are in trouble, scientists find that there are actually lots more out there than we ever knew about. A recent 24-hour bioblitz (which is basically a snapshot in time survey to find out what plants, animals, fungi, birds, etc are in a given location) in Yellowstone found 46 kinds of bees, 373 plants, 86 mushroom types and over 300 insects. Some of these were undocumented before.

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