Scientists in the Field

All Hands on Deck to Support the Southern Residents

Late last week, The Seattle Times reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is planning a somewhat unusual intervention in the hopes of supporting J50, a 4-year-old orca whale and Southern Resident who is dangerously emaciated and ailing. Article … Read more

Crows Aren’t the Only Smart Birds in Town

Readers of Scientists in the Field title Crow Smarts, by Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins, know that being called a “bird brain” should be considered the highest form of flattery–especially where New Caledonian crows are involved! New Caledonian crows … Read more

There Was an Old Frog Who Swallowed a Cricket

If you’re anything like Dr. Tyrone Hayes, whose groundbreaking research is the focus of Scientists in the Field title The Frog Scientist, you might find frogs fascinating–or at least fun to look at when you’re out exploring! Dr. Hayes’ work … Read more

Spiders Sighted Hatching from Silkhenge!

  “Spider silk can be stronger than steel and even stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.” This quick excerpt from Stronger Than Steel, by Bridget Heos and with photographs by Andy Comins, highlights just one way spider silk is so remarkable–and why … Read more

A New Species of Tool-Using Crow

As described in the newest “Scientists in the Field” title, CROW SMARTS, the New Caledonian crow is famous for its tool-using and tool-making abilities. As it turns out, another crow species may also be a natural tool-user: the Hawaiian crow, … Read more

The Frog Scientist and the EPA

Way back in 2002, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, profiled in THE FROG SCIENTIST, published a scientific paper demonstrating the harmful environmental effects of atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. In response, Syngenta, the giant international company … Read more

New Species Alert!

Here’s a riddle for you: What walks on six legs but has an extra pair of extendable legs that stretch to check surroundings and hunt prey? Well, eight new species of arachnids that feature “a pair of elongated whiplike legs that … Read more

New Year, New Books Part 2

Considering how intelligent crows are, birdbrained doesn’t quite seem like an insult! To see for yourself just how clever and adaptive crows can be, check out the video below shot by photographer Andy Comins. And to learn more about these extraordinary … Read more

Weather Update: Cloudy with a Chance of Spiders

As Sy Montgomery writes in The Tarantula Scientist, “Spiders offer a close-up look at some of nature’s most dramatic moments. Without leaving your own backyard—and probably without even leaving your house—you can see an amazing amount of spider action.” And nothing … Read more

Could Kermit be a Real Frog?

Ever wonder where Kermit the Frog got his dashing good looks from? Well, recently a new species of frog with a striking similarity to the beloved Muppet was discovered in Costa Rica. You can read more about the Kermit doppelganger … Read more

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