Photos and text by Sally Kneidel, PhD Driving from the coast to the town of Jayuya in La Cordillera Central is not easy. Although the mountain roads of Puerto Rico are paved, most are extremely narrow and curvy. On our drive from Playa Lucia, we arrived in Jayuya after dark, and tooled around the town [...]
Category Archive for 'Ecosystems'
Text and photos by Sally Kneidel, PhD We visited our son Alan in Puerto Rico in March. He’s working there temporarily, collecting data on the island’s bird populations for a project based at NC State. I wrote on April 5 more about Alan’s job. I also wrote about the day we spent in historic Old [...]
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about Burmese pythons and other giant constrictors now living wild in Florida. Thousands of them are successfully breeding there. I got a lot of pingbacks from that post, mostly from indignant owners of giant constrictors. As you probably know, introduced and invasive plants and animals are [...]
Review by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com My husband, an ecologist, keeps a list of people whose profession matches their name, such as peanut specialist Shelly Nutt, ornithologist Christopher Bird, editor Zachary Read. But the best is Dr. Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Canada’s Dalhousie University. He’s always been our favorite, because we loved [...]
This post now on Google News! Nine species of introduced giant snakes could pose risks to U.S. ecosystems, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey. The giant species now present in the U.S. are descended from imported pets that have been released outdoors. Already there are more than 10,000 Burmese pythons [...]
Text and photos by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com Red foxes are common on lots of islands on the west coast of the U.S., many of them introduced. But Santa Cruz Island, near Santa Barbara, CA, has its own native fox species. The “Santa Cruz Island fox” looks very much like a red fox, but [...]