Protect Research at the Field Museum of Natural History

You may have already heard the shocking news regarding the impending changes at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. In short, the museum is in financial crisis and massive changes are going to be implemented by the new president, Richard Lariviere. It’s likely that up to half of the research staff . . . → Read More: Protect Research at the Field Museum of Natural History

Welcome To The New Location!

Welcome to the new home of the Skeptical Moth! I know updating blogrolls isn’t all that fun, but thank you for sticking with me. And since it’s Monday – here is an Automeris io (Saturniidae) from southern Illinois, May 2012.


Cheers and Happy New Year!

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The Return of the Moth

That summer sure flew by, and I have to admit that being unemployed really, really turned my productivity into crap. But the good news is that I’ve just relocated to Denver for a job in entomology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science! I’ll be working on databasing and photographing insects for the Southwest . . . → Read More: The Return of the Moth

Prairie on a Cold Spring Morning

On a brisk 37 degree morning in Northern Illinois I decided to dust off my camera and explore the progress of “spring”. I hit Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve by 6:30am, just in time for first light to melt the patchy frost. A week and a half ago temps were pushing the upper 80’s and summer . . . → Read More: Prairie on a Cold Spring Morning

Back to Blogging!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed things have been awfully quiet around here for the last two months. Most of January I was busy with a move, from San Francisco to Chicago. Unfortunately the foundation that was supporting my work at the California Academy of Sciences had some tough financial calls to make and my position . . . → Read More: Back to Blogging!

Vote for Shark Conservation!

Fellow network blogger David Shiffman is in the final laps of a $10,000 scholarship challenge. The money will not only support David’s blogging at Southern Fried Science, but shark conservation research (including a contest to name the shark he will tag with the funds). Take a moment and vote for him, once every 24 hours! . . . → Read More: Vote for Shark Conservation!

Frog Surprise

Over on Arthropoda, fellow SFS blogger Michael Bok shared an image of his field buddy, Plugg the green tree frog. My first thought was of a similar tree frog that haunted welcomed me everywhere I went in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. Needless to say, Costa Rica instills a sudden habit of double checking . . . → Read More: Frog Surprise

Arizona followup

Map/% updated June 20, 6pm.

Updates to the maps and containment percentages have been made to my earlier post. Here is a map of the 4th fire burning in SE Arizona, the Monument fire. This one is only 10% 17% 15% 27% contained and is burning in the southern end of the Huachuca Mountains . . . → Read More: Arizona followup

Growing Pains

Sorry for the weird downtime over the last two days – the Southern Fried Network has been experiencing wonderful growth that has severely taxed our servers. This high traffic happened to correspond with a move of our physical servers the host was undertaking. The result was corrupted files that ended with our account placed on . . . → Read More: Growing Pains

The Bison of Catalina

Perhaps the only place in the world where you can find an American bison (vs. buffalo) standing near a beach next to a palm tree. The week on Santa Catalina was an wonderful one, and despite a cool spring with a few unseasonable frosts, some decent collecting was done. Here are just . . . → Read More: The Bison of Catalina