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Blondie’s Back!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

It’s Saturday night and Blondie’s back! We’ll have to start a Blondie...

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Meet the Arizona Blond Tarantula

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I’ve said before that if you want your daughter to be a scientist, you should buy her a bug book. You should also teach her not to be afraid of spiders. One of my guilty pleasures is taking photographs of desert plants and wildlife. With my trusty Canon T3i, I hunt for subjects — often those “useless creatures” I spoke about a few blog posts ago. Sometimes what I find is not what I was looking for. My friend, Cecil Schwalbe, the “frog man of the Sonoran Desert” is a field biologist par excellence (and a very funny guy to boot). Cecil’s area of expertise is “herps” (snakes, lizards, amphibians and the like), but he has connections with other biologists, including bat biologists. In preparation for a night filming bats and bat biologists at Cecil and Carol Schwalbe‘s house,...

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Meet the Arizona Blond Tarantula

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I’ve said before that if you want your daughter to be a scientist, you should buy her a bug book. You should also teach her not to be afraid of spiders. One of my guilty pleasures is taking photographs of desert plants and wildlife. With my trusty Canon T3i, I hunt for subjects — often those “useless creatures” I spoke about a few blog posts ago. Sometimes what I find is not what I was looking for. My friend, Cecil Schwalbe, the “frog man of the Sonoran Desert” is a field biologist par excellence (and a very funny guy to boot). Cecil’s area of expertise is “herps” (snakes, lizards, amphibians and the like), but he has connections with other biologists, including bat biologists. In preparation for a night filming bats and bat biologists at Cecil and Carol Schwalbe‘s house,...

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Ebola: Can We Head Off the CDC’s Dire Prediction?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January of 2015, “without scale-up of effective interventions“. These numbers were based upon a predictive model, called EbolaResponse, developed by the CDC. A fact sheet explaining this modeling tool can be found at the CDC website. More than 1 million cases of Ebola might seem unbelievable, but we have already seen a nearly 55-fold increase in Ebola cases in West Africa since March of this year — from 114 cases in March of 2014 to 6263 cases as of September 25, 2014. Case counts between 550,000 to 1.4 million within four months would represent 88-fold to 240-fold increases respectively over today’s case counts, definitely within the realm of...

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The Bobcat: Predator, Pelt and Protected Species

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

The Price of a Pelt According to the Arizona Department of Fish and Game, during the late 1970s and 1980s, prices for bobcat pelts surged. Arizona hunters, allowed to use the foothold trap on public lands, killed an average of 6000 bobcats a year. In 1980 alone, hunters killed 9500 bobcats. In 1998, with a few exceptions, trapping on public lands was prohibited in Arizona. At around the same time, there was a decrease in the price a hunter could get for a bobcat pelt. Together, these factors caused the number of Arizona bobcat kills to plummet to fewer than 1000 each year. In the 1970s an international agreement called CITES, would have a dramatic effect on the status of the bobcat. CITES – International Protection for Some Wildlife and Plants According to CITES, the Convention on International Trade...

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