Don’t fall for that 5-planet crap
Feb04

Don’t fall for that 5-planet crap

It’s been awhile since The Naturalist’s Corner’s chief investigative journalist, Kuteeng Satire, has been called upon to help us clarify any natural history phenomenon that might be accessible to most of our fellow travelers here on Spaceship Earth. But this notion that five – count ‘em 5, planets could all be lining up in our sky at the same time – not only lining up but visible to the naked eye – seemed to cry out for further...

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Things that go peent! in the dark
Dec23

Things that go peent! in the dark

  I think Lewis Carroll could have just as easily warned of the Timberdoodle as the Jubjub bird in the “Jabberwocky,” both could appear to be nonsensical avian entities. The timberdoodle, a.k.a. American woodcock, appears to be constructed from incongruous leftover avian parts. You have to admit it’s a strange recipe for a shorebird from the family Scolopacidae, with its yellowlegs and sandpipers etc: Take one pair of short robin...

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Wilderness – we don’t need no stinkin wilderness
Dec09

Wilderness – we don’t need no stinkin wilderness

Flying around Facebook pages (after all this is the age of information) is, apparently, a poll or online survey declaring that Macon County doesn’t want anymore wilderness. According to this online scientific survey Macon County is adamantly opposed to adding anymore wilderness to the national forest in Macon County. The graphic I saw had 60 percent of respondents saying “…leave Macon County as is…” Trying to track down the genesis of...

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Half a hunert
Nov30

Half a hunert

There’s nothing I like better than mixing pleasure with pleasure. Last weekend I got to spend three wonderful nights in a 12’ by 24’ cabin on the banks of the Ouachita River in northeast Louisiana near where I grew up. The cabin is a joint venture between one dear old friend I reconnected with a few years back and one dear new friend that I met a few years back. Gil White and I grew up in Mer Rouge, Louisiana and attended school...

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Horny hickory devil
Oct02

Horny hickory devil

OK, OK, you can bring the kids back into the room, we’re not talking that kinda horny here. The hickory horned devil is the largest caterpillar in North America. It is the larval stage of the regal moth, Citheronia regalis, and in its last instar or molt before pupating it can grow to between five and six inches long. That is five to six inches long and 3/8 inch in diameter of mean, green dangerous caterpillar-looking machine. The...

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End of the bloody tetrad
Sep16

End of the bloody tetrad

All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for clear skies for the night and pre dawn hours on Sept. 27-28. The total eclipse of September’s Harvest Moon (so called in the Northern Hemisphere because it is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) will bring an end to this latest, gasp, lunar tetrad. Now a lunar tetrad is a series of four total lunar eclipses in a...

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