When I walk out on the bottom lands beneath my home in the hills of northwest Oregon, I am keen to take note of such troublesome invasive species as Nutria (or Copyu, Myocastor coypus), American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), and Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius). However as I’m doing so, I’m passing by a number of other invasives without giving them so much as even a passing glance.
With the present U.S. administration seemingly hell-bent on shoving anything documenting the existence of global climate change down the memory hole, it’s indeed heartening to discover that Professor Joshua Howe of Reed College and the good people at University of Washington Press are doing all they can to make some of these disappearing documents more easily available to the interested reading public.
I’ll be honest; I’m not particularly keen on bird racing. I find it troubling on a number of levels – most prominent among them economic and environmental. However I am also willing to acknowledge when a bird racer goes above and beyond the traditional big year in pursuit of their goal.
Let’s face it; in this day of both social media and an often ill-educated general public, all of us who write about any aspect of science are involved in science communication – or as it is often identified in a hashtag, #scicomm. Consequently, we have a responsibility no only to engage our readers but to inform them in a way that they will not only remember what we wrote but also not be confused by the manner in which it was written.