good morning
sixpenceee:

MRI scan of a human head

sixpenceee:

MRI scan of a human head

crotalinae:

Update from the field: travel day
 Grouse!
Started with a roadkill sooty grouse who looked headless but was mostly intact except for the hole the ravens poked rendering it unsalvageable (photo is after moving the bird out of the middle of the road). Initially the ravens acted like they might mob me for stealing their lunch, but later seemed almost pleased when I tossed the carcass off the road into the grass so they could eat without risk of being squished.
While moving the bird I heard another sooty grouse, but once again was unable to find it, sooty’s remain on my heard only list.
A super surprise occurred later when a female GREATER SAGE GROUSE (!!!!) and two fuzzball little grouse glided across the road at windshield level as I turned a corner in a sagebrush canyon… They’re big! I couldn’t stop to try to snag a picture as it was a blind corner on a highway, but nonetheless an awesome way to pick up a new lifer (the babies were super cute).
Tomorrow I go check out road conditions (though it sounds like my sites should be accessible) and look for lizards!

crotalinae:

Update from the field: travel day


Grouse!

Started with a roadkill sooty grouse who looked headless but was mostly intact except for the hole the ravens poked rendering it unsalvageable (photo is after moving the bird out of the middle of the road). Initially the ravens acted like they might mob me for stealing their lunch, but later seemed almost pleased when I tossed the carcass off the road into the grass so they could eat without risk of being squished.

While moving the bird I heard another sooty grouse, but once again was unable to find it, sooty’s remain on my heard only list.

A super surprise occurred later when a female GREATER SAGE GROUSE (!!!!) and two fuzzball little grouse glided across the road at windshield level as I turned a corner in a sagebrush canyon… They’re big! I couldn’t stop to try to snag a picture as it was a blind corner on a highway, but nonetheless an awesome way to pick up a new lifer (the babies were super cute).

Tomorrow I go check out road conditions (though it sounds like my sites should be accessible) and look for lizards!

saturniine:

Sleepy head

saturniine:

Sleepy head

forthewildthings:

  • Striped hyena pups

    Hyaena hyaena 
sometimes i wish pet food wasn’t so cheap

cheap pet food almost always means bad quality pet food.

cheap pet food allows people to own more animals…. which are fed on worse food.

cheap pet food allows a person to, ~for example~, own 20+ cats and support feral populations, which impact wildlife populations as a result.

I mean… idk. I don’t mean to demonize people who buy crappy pet food. If your animals do well on it, awesome. You’re saving money and nobody is unhealthy. But admittedly, I still question the health of a dog who “appears” healthy when they’ve only been on Alpo for the last 10 years.

But, schematically, I don’t like crappy, cheap pet food.

im-a-nameless-child:

fitt2betied:

So I work at Target, and I had to help this woman carry 20 large bags of cat food into her car. When I asked her how many cats she had, she responded with:
"The first 25 have names, and the rest just come and go."
And then she proceeded to tell me:
"You are such a nice young man. You would make a good cat."
Cat ladies are awesome

What if she’s a witch and takes you and turns you into a cat and she’s been trying to find more people to turn into cats and that’s why she has so many?

im-a-nameless-child:

fitt2betied:

So I work at Target, and I had to help this woman carry 20 large bags of cat food into her car. When I asked her how many cats she had, she responded with:

"The first 25 have names, and the rest just come and go."

And then she proceeded to tell me:

"You are such a nice young man. You would make a good cat."

Cat ladies are awesome

What if she’s a witch and takes you and turns you into a cat and she’s been trying to find more people to turn into cats and that’s why she has so many?

creatures-alive:

(via 500px / Panther chameleon by Pavel Svoboda)
the natural product digoxin

the natural product digoxin

better tell me Earthbound…….. you better tell me

better tell me Earthbound…….. you better tell me

I’m quickly realizing how difficult IDing this weevil is going to be…. I bought it specifically because I thought it would be fun to identify but I’m just getting kinda sad

becausebirds:

Dine and dash.

just remembered that bugguide is only for north american specimens

*softly weeping*

some kind of fancy ass weevil :> too exotic for me to ID, but it’s a start
Thank you!! I’m gonna submit to bugguide I think, and see if somebody there can help me. But that definitely makes sense lol. I keep forgetting that weevils are a thing…. You’d think I would know by now because they infested our animal foods all the time back when I worked at the pet store…
rhamphotheca:

NOAA:  Close encounters of the crabby kind! 
Squat lobster, seen in 2011 during the Okeanos Explorer Galápagos Rift Expedition.  In 1977, scientists discovered deep-sea hydrothermal vents and associated organisms on the Galápagos Rift, profoundly changing our view of the deep sea and revolutionizing the biological and Earth sciences. Our 2011 expedition provided scientists, engineers, and the public with an opportunity to explore unseen areas and revisit the rift sites that changed our view of life on Earth. Here’s a summary of all that was accomplished: 
NOAA Ocean Explorer

rhamphotheca:

NOAA:  Close encounters of the crabby kind!

Squat lobster, seen in 2011 during the Okeanos Explorer Galápagos Rift Expedition.

In 1977, scientists discovered deep-sea hydrothermal vents and associated organisms on the Galápagos Rift, profoundly changing our view of the deep sea and revolutionizing the biological and Earth sciences. Our 2011 expedition provided scientists, engineers, and the public with an opportunity to explore unseen areas and revisit the rift sites that changed our view of life on Earth.

Here’s a summary of all that was accomplished:

NOAA Ocean Explorer