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Adam Smith, the father of modern-day economics noted in his seminal work The Wealth of Nationsthat Homo economicus was the only species on the planet who engaged in commerce. The ability to “exchange one thing for another,” he declared, “is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.”
The posting of animal and plant photography to your Instagram, Snapchat, Rabadaba and Facebook social networks just got a lot easier. With a new app launched by iNaturalist, you can now identify flora and fauna, while you are getting up close and personal with them with your smartphone camera.
Most of us remember the excitement of getting to go on a sleepover when we were kids. For most girls the slumber party was a significant rite of passage. You can rediscover the joys of those nights in a whole new way -- by getting to have your sleepover with sloths at the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainier, Oregon. It is an experience you will never forget!
Recently the first large-scale study of feline DNA was undertaken and the results are in. They show how cats likely spread globally until they now live in 37% of American households and outnumber dogs as pets. The study sequenced the DNA of more than 200 cats that lived between 15,000 years ago and the 18th century. The study showed that cats likely expanded across the globe in two waves -- and washed ashore in our heats.
Tucked away in Eastsound, Washington located on Orcas Island, this intimate tourist destination consists of a few hostelries, pubs and eateries, gift stores, public beaches — and one very active and creative animal shelter.