Totally obsessed with this track right now. It’s just fun and groovy and *just* a little punk. Great Friday afternoon work song.

"Black Sap Scriptures" by Plague Vendor

romkids:

Liz Butler Draws The ROM: Multi-Tasking Waterfowl!

Hi ROMKids!

This week I was back to the Gallery of Birds to look at waterfowl: a common eider, a common merganser, and a greater white-fronted goose. These birds are extra awesome because they can navigate on land, in water, and in the air!

Like most sea birds, common eiders take advantage of their amphibious abilities by nesting on land and eating food from the water. Eiders particularly like to eat shellfish and crustaceans, and they have a pretty unique way of doing so; eiders dive all the way to the sea floor to find their favourite foods.

Common mergansers also dive for their food, but have much more active prey to pursue. Mergansers use their keen eyes to find fish and other small animals and invertebrates, and then chase their prey through the water. Once they catch their prey, a serrated beak edge helps the merganser to keep a grip on slippery food items.

The greater white-fronted goose takes a different approach to eating than the eider or the merganser. These geese use a feeding technique known as dabbling. Dabbling birds feed at the surface of the water, tipping their heads under the water while their legs and tails stay above the surface. It might be silly looking, but it’s a good way to forage for plants in shallow water! Greater white-fronted geese also eat foods on land, including seeds and grasses.

What species of waterfowl can you see in your own city or town? How are their behaviours similar or different to those of the common eider, common merganser, or greater white-fronted goose? Make some notes on your discoveries, or even some sketches!

More info:

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Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: July 21st, 2014.

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maegandawn:

delightfullyvague:

season 1 scully(source)

This is perfect.

Oh god, nothing will ever be better than this. 

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zoologicalpt:

Still a work in progress. This needs some changes on certain species and adding new ones. However we wanted to share it here.

A small guide of the Common Birds of Almeida. Enjoy

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smithsonianlibraries:

Bats are pollinators too, you know. Pteropus samoensis or Samoan flying fox. illustration by Titian Peale, from John Cassin’s Mammalogy and Ornithology. Atlas (1858) 
From eol.org:

All flying foxes of the genus Pteropus play an important role as pollinators and seed dispersers. Brooke (2001) describes this well: “Particularly on small isolated islands with low biodiversity, flying foxes play an important role in maintaining forests by enabling seed and pollen dispersal. Loss of valuable flying fox populations may have a cascading effect on native forest ecosystems.” Without flying fox species such as P. samoensis the dominant trees of these native forests would have a hard time regenerating and the genetic flow between different populations of each individual tree species would be greatly reduced (Banack, 1998).

smithsonianlibraries:

Bats are pollinators too, you know. Pteropus samoensis or Samoan flying fox. illustration by Titian Peale, from John Cassin’s Mammalogy and Ornithology. Atlas (1858) 

From eol.org:

All flying foxes of the genus Pteropus play an important role as pollinators and seed dispersers. Brooke (2001) describes this well: “Particularly on small isolated islands with low biodiversity, flying foxes play an important role in maintaining forests by enabling seed and pollen dispersal. Loss of valuable flying fox populations may have a cascading effect on native forest ecosystems.” Without flying fox species such as P. samoensis the dominant trees of these native forests would have a hard time regenerating and the genetic flow between different populations of each individual tree species would be greatly reduced (Banack, 1998).

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tysonelder:

Three idiots make a boat.

Love these idiots. Well..no offence to Brian, I barely know him but definitely the other two. 

And I guess I’ve heard enough “Brian eats crazy shit” stories to have some affection for the guy. 

I wasn’t into the whole album but this track is a beautiful stand-out of atmospheric sex. 

Bassnectar - Butterfly

One does wonder how many times Radiohead’s Talk Show Host has shown up on my Tumblr. In my top 5 favourite songs easy with a bullet (and a pack of sandwiches)

Simutanously the most and least personal thing I have on the web.

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