March 30, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (31 March 2019) Humans have been putting names on plants and animals ever since the first cave man found it advantageous to convey to his mate the difference between a cave cricket and a cave bear.  As our species developed culturally and interactions b...

March 24, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (24 March 2019)  On the morning of January 9, 1951, two Baton Rouge newspapers, the States Times and Morning Advocate, ran a story that fueled coffee shop gossip and tailgate prattle across the state for weeks to come.  The articles described the discov...

March 17, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (17 March 2019)  The field of ecology has its own bag of words and terms used to describe the relationships between plants and animals and their environment.  Food chain is one such term.  Most folks grasp the basic meaning as “the big fish eats the lit...

March 10, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (10 March 2019)  From most people’s point of view, spring storms that produce strong winds are destructive and anything but beneficial.  However, if a forest is capable of a perspective, it would be that such storms are critical to their survival.  Most...

March 3, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (3 March 2019)  As I write this Bayou-Diversity essay I am overlooking the muddy, roiling Rio Grande nearly 1,000 miles southwest of my Louisiana home on the edge of the Bayou D’Arbonne Swamp.  There is little that can be called civilization for 500 mil...

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