If you’re planning on dressing up as Wolverine for Halloween this year, folks here at the Ethogram suggest you start looking for a caribou leg and not retractable nails for your costume. Yep- that’s right- wolverines are not just a Marvel comic book character- they’re one of the most elusive and aggressive mammalian predators of…
Creature Feature: Cuttlefish
You’ve most likely heard of squid and octopii, but have you ever seen their close relative, the Cuttlefish (Order: Sepiidae)?! There are about 120 species of cuttlefish around the world, exhibiting an amazing array of behaviors and fascinating physiological adaptations. Like other cephalopods, cuttlefish are marine animals with at least 8
Field Notes: Most wonderful time of the year
Greetings from the tundra. The past few weeks have been some of my favorite of the field season— time for nestling and fledgling birds!
Field Notes: Frozen then fried…wacky weather on the tundra
Whew! A lot has happened on the tundra in the past two weeks! Since my last post the weather has gone from one extreme to another with multiple snow-storms and now blistering heat. While I’ve been coping with the weather by switching between my parka and sunhat depending upon the day, how do birds fare…
Field Notes: Arctic Spring
Greetings from Alaska! For the next few months, I’ll be sharing occasional photos and updates from my field work at Toolik Lake Field Station studying a small migratory songbird- the Gambel’s White-crowned sparrow.
Scholar Holler: Ellen Ketterson, Ph.D.
Ellen Ketterson is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Gender Studies at Indiana University. Selected by students at UC Davis to give a Storer Lecture, she talked with Ethogram writer Helen Chmura about her life studying the evolution, behavior, and physiology of juncos. The Ethogram: When you were a kid, what did you want to be?…
Supercool: Surviving Winter in the Arctic
When it’s cold and snowy during the winter, many of us respond by staying inside and hiding underneath a pile of blankets. But how do animals cope with the cold? It turns out that…