Wild Watch

Confused responses cloud vital issues of ecology

Mar 21, 2002 Sept. 11, 2001, a date now etched indelibly in our memories, provided an awfully pertinent lesson in human actions and human responses. Shock, fury, anger; all were reasonable, acceptable emotional responses to horrendous acts of terrorism. ...

Waiting with ravens for hunter and hunted to die

Mar 7, 2002 Nature Diary notes for Friday, Feb. 8: Lake Kussharo to Notoro Misaki, then along the Sea of Okhotsk coast to Utoro. ...

Denizens of the deep that take your breath away

Feb 21, 2002 Almost exactly a year ago, I was introduced to scuba diving and the astonishing submarine sights of corals, colorful fish, sea lions, flightless cormorants and even penguins. ...

Precipitate beauty of nature's own ice sculptures

Feb 7, 2002 “The sky has holes to let rain in; the holes are small, that’s why rain is thin.” So wrote the zany British comedian Spike Milligan. Rain. Some hate it; I love it. It’s a gift (thin though it may be) from the heavens. ...

Taking a look at animals' 'me' and 'you'

Jan 31, 2002 RECOGNITION...

Adapting to living when the mercury falls

Jan 17, 2002 BIRD'S-EYE VIEW...

Why do birds of a feather tend to flock together?

Jan 3, 2002 “Flocks” read the sign outside the onsen, or so I thought. My bird brain immediately clicked into “Hey, an onsen for birders.” But why in remote Higashi Mokoto, Hokkaido? Surely it wasn’t “Frocks?” A women-only onsen? But no, men were most definitely welcome. So what, I asked, did “flocks” mean? ...

People may fear it, but many trees thrive on fire

Dec 20, 2001 In the melange of pagan midwinter mythology and religion that we now call “Christmas,” trees, particularly evergreens, have come to occupy a prominent place in the festivities. In times gone by, mistletoe and holly were most common, but since the 17th century the Christmas tree has typically been some form of spruce, with its pleasant, resinous...

Nature allows for few winners in the face of fire

Dec 6, 2001 Fire! It’s a word that strikes terror. Images of leaping, roaring, scorching flames spring to mind; images of billowing smoke and suffocating fumes; of people and other creatures great and small fleeing for their lives. ...

Alien killers revel in 'cute pet' role

Nov 22, 2001 As a family, cats have successfully colonized the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, with only Australia among the larger landmasses lacking native species. They range in size from the immense Siberian tiger to the diminutive black-footed cat of southern Africa, and take an equally diverse range of prey. Much of their success is perhaps due to thei...

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