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Not untouched nature: Birds are changing due to climate change

I’ve written before about the idea of an environment or wilderness that is separate from humans. The separation is an artificial construct. We can’t be separate as we depend on nature for everything from food to building supplies to our recreation. Sure, many of our objects are not obviously from nature but the petrochemicals for … Continue reading

The best of the available

I’ve taught evolution repeatedly. I talk about natural selection and how it doesn’t select for the best, it selects the best of what’s available. This isn’t a foreign concept to people. We do this consciously all the time. And yet, most of us still have trouble commiting to this piece of information. When we are … Continue reading

What was evolution thinking?

I have a downy woodpecker nest in my backyard. It is awesome! For several weeks I have been watching and listening as the parents made the nest, cared for the eggs, fed the babies, and defended the nest. But as I lay in bed a little later this morning I can’t help but wonder isn’t … Continue reading

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