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November 17, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (17 November 2019) BARK  In humans and other animals a covering of skin serves various functions including protecting the body within.  In trees and other woody plants bark can be considered analogous to skin.  Like skin, bark is comprised of several la...

October 20, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (20 October 2019)  Not long ago a single beetle less than three-fourths of an inch long caused my computer to crash.  My first thought was that all my valuable data were now in some black hole in another galaxy with family photos, essays, and email arch...

October 11, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (11 October 2019)  A famous conservationist, a man who is considered the father of modern wildlife management, understood the natural world better than most people of his time and indeed better than most people today 71 years after his death.  Aldo Leop...

October 5, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (5 October 2019)  For a very long time, 70 million years or so, a strange sort of fish has been swimming along the sandy bottoms of North America’s largest rivers.  They have neither bones nor scales.  Instead they have a cartilaginous skeleton and rows...

September 29, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (29 September 2019)  An article recently published in the journal Science rattled the American conservation community like no other.  The paper summed up the results of multi-faceted research by the premier avian science groups in the country.  It inclu...

September 26, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (26 September 2019) NATURAL WORDS - A DICTIONARY FOR NATURALISTS! As biologists and environmental educators, we recognize the terminology of our trade is often foreign to those who seek to learn more about the natural world. In response, Amy and I have...

September 21, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (21 September 2019) DEADLY DAGGERS  Some speculate that Alexander the Great died of a stab wound.  The deadly dagger though was not that of his Persian enemies but rather likely the proboscis of a typhoid fever or malaria-infected mosquito.  The relatio...

September 15, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (15 September 2019)  Here on this property where we live and that we call Heartwood, there is an unwritten game law.  It is “thou shall not hunt within a quarter-mile of the house.”  The doe that browses just outside my home office window at noon has te...

September 8, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (8 September 2019)  Deep in the D’Arbonne Swamp just on the bayou side of Wolf Brake a giant, forked willow oak split at the confluence of the two trunks and crashed to the forest floor.  Barring thunder and gunshot it was probably the loudest sound in...

August 25, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (25 August 2019)  One night not long ago I was surprised to hear scratching noises on my bathroom window, especially since that window is on the second story of my house.  A flashlight revealed the culprit to be a raccoon, one that is known to us as she...

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