Audubon Society of Portland - OR

Celebrate Halloween at Audubon on Saturday, Oct. 25 at our annual Night Flight event! Kids can come face-to-face with our education birds and enjoy crafts, learning stations and a naturalist-led walk that will investigate the animals that haunt the Audubon sanctuary at night.

Details: Night Flight - ASP

Photo of Aristophanes the Common Raven enjoying a treat (not a trick) by Deanna Sawtelle.

Girl on a red carpet (1912). Felice Casorati (Italian, 1883-1963). Oil on canvas. Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium.

The works Casorati produced in the early years of his career were naturalistic in style, but after 1910 the influence of the symbolists and particularly of Gustav Klimt turned him toward a more visionary approach. In 1915 he had a solo exhibition at the Rome Secession III, where he showed several paintings and the first of his sculptures in varnished terracotta.

J. B. Lembert.  (circa 1880) George Fiske, photographer.

Lembert Dome in Yosemite was named after Jean Baptiste Lembert, who took up a homestead in Tuolumne Meadows in 1865.  Lembert made his living by sheep herding and selling insect specimens to museums.  He became well-known as a guide to the Tuolumne area and as a naturalist.  Lembert was murdered in his cabin during the winter of 1896/97.

The World in Cyberpunk ASMR

People have asked me a few times on Skype how the rest of the world is doing outside of the United States (United Empire).

Australia: The government gambled and lost on a country-wide mining effort. Australia and Polynesia have both been reduced to a lawless chain of oceanic states disputed by many governments and individuals. The Naturalists have captured much of the region.

United Empire of America: Once known as the United States of America, the United Empire of America is almost wholly owned by a number of megacorporations including Akali-Sayzek, Kojima|Acetron, GeneCom, Norman Inc., Rockefeller Biotechnica, and Schaffer Group GmbH. President Neumann is the current head of state, a former business magnate.

Canada: Canada, at this moment in the story, is at civil war with First Nations tribes who officially give support to the Naturalists movement. Things aren’t well.

Japan: Arguably one of the most powerful countries on the planet, Japan made massive strides in the world of robotics and cybernetics in the mid 21st Century. They are undergoing a project to create massive Megacities in the shapes of pyramids to combat the rising sea level.

United Kingdom: The United Kingdom was the first country on Earth to heavily regulate cybernetic technology, outright banning E-brain implant operations and the use of cybernetic limbs for anyone aside from soldiers, PMCs, and those with crippling physiological illnesses. As a result, their economy has suffered greatly in the last few decades, and the police are often unable to curb the massive amount of gang violence in and around London.

Germany: Most corporations fled Germany for the United Empire after the religious authority of the Greater Germanic Republic implemented draconian anti-cybernetics laws. Success in the Third World War provided Germany with an elevated political status in the European Union. Germany annexed a number of failing European states during the dissolution of the European Union. A zealous religious caste actively crusades for Christianity across Europe in age with declining religious membership. The Germanic Heiligsknechts are an order of elite Christian warriors who arm themselves in powerful robotic exoskeletons.

Russia: After the annexation of Ukraine and Chechnya in the Third World War, Russia reigns as the monolithic superpower of Eurasia. The presence of Thyvarite in Siberia has only brought riches to the titanic nation. Russia maintains peaceable but tense relations with Germany, Japan, and the United Empire following WW3.

Brazil: Perhaps the last sovereign state in South America, Brazil is known worldwide as one of the greatest technological superpowers the world has ever seen. Strides in technology and energy research have drawn scientists and environmentalists from abroad. Brazil follows a different line of thinking than the rest of the world, and uses clean, green-friendly technologies. It maintains one of the lowest crime rates on the planet as a result, and most organized crime has fled to the United Empire in the north.

South America: The Environmental Revolution of the mid 21st Century gave birth to the Naturalists movement in South America. Tribal authorities, criminal bands, and political radicals rally under its banner. Most of South America, with the exception of Brazil, has been captured by the Naturalists movement. Since this time, the Naturalists have made allies abroad, and their philosophy has taken root in Polynesia, Canada, and elsewhere.


Monstrorum Historia (A History of Monsters), 1642

Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522 — 1605) was an Italian naturalist and physician, also known as Ulysses Aldrovandi, or simply as Aldrovandus. He helped lead the Renaissance movement that placed a renewed emphasis on the study of nature.

One of the many books he wrote was Monstrorum Historia (“A History of Monsters”), a compendium of reported human and animal monstrosities. The book included accounts not only of monstrous natural births but also of entirely imaginary, extremely far-fetched monsters. This sort of juxtaposition was common at the time, since there was not as yet a distinction between the literary and the scientific.