The work of the Paul Winter Consort is legendary due in a large part to
the inspiration he draws from the natural world. For Homo Sapiens who
migrate annually to St. John the Devine Cathedral in Manhattan for his
Winter Solstice concerts, over the course of last four decades, he has
amassed larger and larger audiences. They are attracted mainly by his
spiritual symphonic compositions that incorporate the sounds of animal
life, hailing from their indigenous habitats.
Man has more than one thing in common with fruit flies, researchers have
shown. The newest study, conducted by scientists from UC San Francisco
and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, show that fruit flies, like
many humans, drink to drown their sorrows.
It looked like a leopard frog, more like those found in the southern
part of the east coast than the northeastern leopard frogs, but it
didn't have the croak of a leopard frog. So Catherine Newman from UC
Davis's Department of Evolution and Ecology, and her team of
researchers, used nuclear and mitochondrial DNA to determine if, in
fact, the New York City frog, is indeed a new species of leopard
Traveling by air with your pet isn't always the easiest task. Back in
2009 when the pet-only airline Pet Airways took to the friendly skies,
dog-owners… hell, even pig owners… were content in the fact that their
pets were finally given safe passage and no longer treated as inanimate
'cargo.' But in two short years, with reports of delays, cancellations
and stranding dogs and cats, the airline has had difficulty in
generating a positive cash flow, and folks are in need of seeking other
Hair of the Dog before St. Patrick's Day? It goes with the territory when you're Man's Best Friend but with one important difference: dogs don't drink and they don't get drunk (without irresponsible human connivance). That's their story and they're sticking to it – photographic evidence to the contrary.
March 18 - 24, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week
in the U.S. Coinciding with the advent of Spring, I thought it would
be a good time to bring up the topic of weeds that are poisonous to
horses and some cattle, in the interest of getting the owners of grazers
to remove these weeds from their hay fields.
San Francisco woodworker Luke Bartels and artist and sign painter Jeff
Canham have designed and created some really creative bird houses for an
upcoming show called For The Birds. Despite how the magnified
images look, bird house components are really small, as is the sign
painting for them. But do look... they are so precious!
Wang Cai, a former homeless pooch from Chongqing, China, displays an unusual degree of loyalty. From 9 to 5 on weekdays, Wang Cai waits outside the Minsheng Bank building, patiently counting down the minutes to quitting time and a daily reunion with his owner.