bird survey


Tagged by @a-flaming-french-panda thank you!

5 things you’ll find in my bag

1. a book

2. some pens I lost ages ago and replaced

3. Sometimes a laptop

4. A scalpel without a blade cover that I’ve grabbed several times

5. Lots of 5p coins

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom

1. A bed (ha)

2. Plants

3. Lots of empty coke cans

4. My will to live, stuck behind the wardrobe

5. A baguette

5 things I’m into at the moment

1. Dragons

2. Space

3. Plants

4. Overwatch

5. Anime

5 things in my to-do list

1. Bird survey project

2. Dissertation work

3. Go on a long walk

4. Find new irl friends

5. Eat the baguette before it goes stale

5 things most people don’t know about me 

1. I’m only 30-70% straight

2. I don’t like most people touching me

3. I name all my plants but the names change all the time bc I forget and I feel guilty

4. A Thing that like 4 people know but I’m not gonna just say beyond a Cryptic Clue somewhere in my blog

5. I really like music very much 

I tag: @6000dogs @elusivist @avatarsarny @berserkdragon @hatfails @ anyone else who wants to tag me bc I’m nosy


This #WomeninSTEM Wednesday: Two BLM-Alaska ANSEP Interns Take Aim at Invasive Plants 

This summer, Jessica Mute and Patrice DeAsis are working with BLM Alaska to limit the spread of invasive plants in urban areas like Anchorage to other parts of the state, where the plants displace native plants and degrade moose and salmon habitat.

The two recent high school graduates were among the 25 Alaskan students who received paid internships this summer through the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). Both plan to major in biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall.

ANSEP interns help the BLM with many types of field work, including bird surveys, mining compliance inspections, data gathering, and invasive plants management. Partnering with ANSEP is one of the ways BLM is engaging the next generation to help manage and conserve Alaska’s public lands and resources.

Intern photos by Chris Arend Photography; BLM Alaska photos by Bob Wick


Hey Nature Sluts,

Hi kids, my name is Paxon. I’m a gay latino cis-male biologist, living in Houston, TX. Welcome to my 2nd Nature/Science blog (Tumblr murdered my first blog, rhamphotheca, for music violations ?!). This blog is my nature notebook, exploration of biodiversity, conservation and science blog. Thanks for joining me. 

I work as a naturalist at a little nature center in a city park, where I teach natural history classes, ID wildlife, and lead nature hikes. My specialties and interests are herpetology, ornithology and birdwatching, marine invertebrates, lepidoptera and other insects, native fungi and wildflowers, paleontology, and evolutionary theory.

I have worked in field science with sharks, bluebirds, piping plover, king eider, amphibian call counts, osprey, reptile and amphibian surveys, bird surveys, small mammal surveys, and worked as a naturalist guide in South Florida and the Eastern lowland rainforest of Ecuador.

Besides science and natural history, I have a keen interest in hiking, hip hop, punk, trans and gender issues, racial justice, star wars, scifi, radical left politics, philosophy, native plant-wildlife gardening, succulents, vegetarian cooking, art, Miyazaki films, pro-wrestling, and bikes.

Feel free to stop by and talk to me about any of that stuff!

Here’s my blog of naked guys and art:

Also, feel free to drop by with ID requests for wildlife, biology/natural history questions, and to submit photos of nature and hot boys :3

- Paxon Kale xoxo

Galernaya Street - through the eyes of birds.

Aerial survey.


Field Journal: Arrival in the Solomon Islands

Chris Filardi is director of Pacific Programs at the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. This month, he’s blogging from the remote highlands of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, where he is surveying endemic biodiversity and working with local partners to create a protected area.

Arriving in the Solomon Islands, the high ridgelines of our destination were just visible in the hazy, thick afternoon air. It has taken a decade of effort to set the stage for this expedition, the first of a series of community-endorsed biodiversity surveys into the heart of Guadalcanal Island. Four of our team members are already surveying birds in this mountainous forest, and their early results are promising.

I can already envision brightly colored doves and strange white-billed crows commuting into the trees of our camp, can practically hear the songs of the hooded whistler and Pacific robin filling the morning air. Here, every shift in the light and wind could reveal some of the least studied bird species in the world.

A few short text exchanges from the field have me conjuring all this: I am not there yet. Helicopter transport to reach our camp in this difficult terrain relies on breaks in the heavy cloud cover, making for a long and less than reliable commute. But today, as dawn illuminates the flanks of Popomanaseu, the highest peak on Guadalcanal, it looks like the gates to this mountain will open, and let the rest of the expedition team in.

Nearly a century ago, biologists from the American Museum of Natural History trudged into the forests of Guadalcanal and made scientific history by describing species found only here. Their work provided data for a great modern synthesis in biology that unified genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Now, scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation arereturning with the support of local people, governments, and our partners at the University of the South Pacific and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. It’s a team effort we hope will help not only to learn more about these ecosystems, but also make the case for preserving them.

The highest mountains of Guadalcanal form the heart of customary lands for the Uluna-Sutahuri tribe who have lived within them for millennia. Mounting pressure from international mining interests, as well as their own varied visions for the future, challenge generations-old commitments to the sacred high mountains above their old villages.

The potential success of this current expedition rests on efforts to meld scientific and tribal history to address the many challenges of today, and for now, the union is a hopeful one. More from the helipad once we get gear gathered, cinched, and ready to load at dawn.

This post was originally published on the Museum blog. Stay tuned for more from Chris in the Solomon Islands!