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Saturday, January 14th, 2012
2:40 pm - please submit!

animal performance poetry

want to collaborate with me on the first ever animal performance poetry zine? all you have to do is 

a) leave your computer open on microsoft word
b) encourage your animal of choice to walk across the computer keyboard 
c) do this as many times as you please
d) submit it to me, along with a photo of the animal!

cats are always encouraged, but a variety of animals, like dogs, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, rabbits, etc would be awesome too! 

you can comment here or email me at animaldiscotheque@gmail.com

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
12:57 pm

What's a good way to clean a skeleton of its skin/flesh/fur? I found a dried out, decomposed skunk carcass that I'd like to get the skull from. Should I just bury it in the yard and wait a bit?

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011
12:54 am - A question I was thinking about the other day

What are some examples of non-human animal behaviour that sort of seems like a restaurant? Specifically  trading food with non-kin for another resource.

I can think of nuptial gifts in some arachnids, and courtship feeding in some birds, and of course cleaner fish, shrimp, and birds mutualistic with the larger animals they pick parasites/food off of. Any others that come to mind?

Thanks. :)

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Saturday, December 25th, 2010
5:15 pm - Keine Straße durch die Serengeti !

Keine Straße durch die Serengeti !

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Thursday, March 11th, 2010
11:17 pm - Germany

I'm moving to Germany in a couple of weeks and won't be able to look for a job until I'm there. Does anyone know of any groups in or around Germany that does conservation/environmental/ethology work?


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Thursday, March 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

My friends were at a beach in half moon bay, CA and they discovered this interesting looking creature.. anyone know what this might be?


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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
8:05 pm - What is life?


Since September i've been working on a project. I have neglected posting about it here because i wanted to really dig in and understand it myself before i felt ready to share or debate.

Basically I want to redefine what we consider to be alive as our reasons for excluding what most consider "inanimate objects" just doesn't make sense to me and I would argue don't make sense even according to our current ideas of what is alive. It also solves the question of when did life "arise" on the planet as its always been here, just in a way that is different than what we think of as life. The earth itself is alive, so instead of there being this almost mystical change over from "inanimate matter" into "life" we have simply an evolution from one form of life to another, molecules into single cell organisms. It makes a lot more sense science usually prefers the simpler explanation.

Anway i've done a lot of writing and a lot more thinking on the subject and most of it is posted on my blog which I welcome you to read, comment on and question with me.


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Friday, January 15th, 2010
12:12 pm


I have just found photo and video of some strange animal. It is said that nobody knows what is it, and it was supposedly found in Ukraine.

Here is the picture of it:

Video can be found in my journal.

Does somebody have an idea of what is it?

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Monday, January 4th, 2010
10:39 am - New Community

Mods, please delete this post if it's not appropriate.

Hey, zoologists. I just made a new community and I thought that it might be of interest to you.

skull_quiz is a weekly challenge where I will post a different skull every week, and then invite you to guess what it is. At the end of the week, I'll reveal the animal's secret identity.

I hope that it will be a fun way for people to share their cool skull pictures, learn a little bit of comparative anatomy, and just get some exposure to tetrapod diversity that they might not have seen. If it sounds like your kind of thing, please check us out, and take a guess on the week's featured creature.

Also, if you're keen on modding, I'd love to have you, especially if you have mammal, fish or bird skull photos to share, since I'm currently pretty heavily slanted to herpetology and paleo.

(some x-posting)

current mood: dorky

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Monday, December 28th, 2009
1:33 pm - Зоопсихологические курсы в Москве

Биологический факультет МГУ
лаборатория поведения животных
Объявляет набор на курсы обучения по программе
«Теоретические и практические основы управления поведением животных и поведенческая терапия мелких домашних животных»
Руководитель программы: Заведующая лабораторией поведения животных МГУ, доктор биологических наук Крученкова Е.П.
Лекции и практические занятия проводят ведущие специалисты в области поведения и содержания домашних и лабораторных животных: д.б.н. Крученкова Е.П., к.б.н. Гольцман М.Е., к.б.н. И.И. Затевахин, к.б.н. Попов С.В, О.Г.Ильченко, к.б.н. Е.С.Непринцева, Федорович Е.Ю., Багоцкая М.С., Баскина С.Л. и другие.
программа, контакты и пр.Collapse )

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
10:05 pm

Mods feel free to delete if this isn't allowed.

Because all of the marine biology communities on LJ are dead, I've created a new community: marine_bio. I'm going to do my best to keep it active but it needs members. Check it out and feel free to link to it elsewhere! :)

X-posted all over the place.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
3:29 pm

In my animal physiology class we have to write an essay, and I was hoping to write about the dive response in seals and the role of the spleen. My professor suggested I write about the dive response in birds instead, since he wanted to talk about seals in lecture. I've read several articles and I still haven't learned what controls oxygen conservation in diving birds. Is it the spleen or no? From what I'm reading oxygen conservation seems to be a whole body effort rather than the responsibility of a specific organ. Am I correct in this conclusion?

X-posted @ biology.

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Friday, September 11th, 2009
12:18 am - Books for pleasure?


hope this is ok to post here! I enjoy reading different books by various zoologists etc that are autobiographical etc, for example Gerald Durrels books, Cry of the Kalahari; those kinds of books, hope you understand what I mean! 

If anyone has any reccemondations then I'd love to hear them!

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009
12:52 pm - I know the community gets a lot of school related questions...

..but I hope one more isn't too much.

Right now I'm in community college to complete a program to transfer to a four year university, and I'm debating between Virginia Tech and NCSU. VT has a 'wildlife sciences' program while NCSU has a zoology one; not sure what, if any difference there is. VT has the advantage of being an in-state school, but I've actually had people recommend NCSU, I can't find anything about VT's program outside of the school's own website.

Are there any other schools in the same general area (VA, MD, NC, TN, etc) I'm missing? Preferably public universities receptive to transfer students from community colleges.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2009
11:58 am

Dear all,
I know this is verging on shameless self promotion but I would like to ask a favour.

I am currently volunteering as database manager for www.mantas.org... which is mostly a lot of fun. However, we are running out of volunteers and currently don't have anyone identified for the following positions:

Fundraising Coordinator -- Manage fundraising activities. Coordinate membership program & adopt-a-manta program
Local Organizer -- Develop sponsors and raise funds in your area
Designers -- Assist in the development of our website
Recruiters -- Build our membership program
Accounting -- Support business activities, including non-profit tax reporting

If you are interested in this or know anyone who you think might be interested, PLEASE let me know.

Thankee :D

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
11:00 am - Bats

Hey guys!

I just started an internship at the Biodome, in Montreal, where I'm going to spend 3 months doing projects with the bats. We have one species, Glossophaga soricina, that is so common that hey have too many there, and when we're done with our research they're going to kill them! My supervisor is a total bat freak, he's doing everything he can to find anpther option, and I'm just adverse to the idea of killing something because there is no use for it anymore.

We have about 70 Glossophaga, all males. Initially the project with them was supposed to be over in May, but I'm taking on another one that will carry on at least until the end of June, I think. So here's the deal: does anybody know of a zoo, park, conservation place, anything, that would be looking for bats?

Look how cute they are!:

We'd be very grateful for any help to save our protégés ^^

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
2:59 pm


Hi, does anyone know of universities in NSW Australia that offer good Ecology, Biodiversity or Conservation degrees?


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Friday, March 27th, 2009
10:59 am - Skull identification



I'm thinking of setting up a weekly identification quiz where I post various animal related objects e.g. skulls, bones etc for other people to guess what they are.

The first week is already up so come and have a go and let me know what you think.


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Thursday, March 26th, 2009
8:33 pm - Large endoparasite in spotted marsh frog


Found this spotted marsh frog at my front door last night with these huge lumps - I'm thinking it's some kind of skin worm and intend to make a small incision and find out. Anyone have any more specific ideas of what these might be before I get the scalpel?


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1:38 am

What are some good schools with zoology or..somethin close that has its students work with nearby animal centers(zoos, rehab places, etc)? Hands on stuff basically!

On my list, Auburn, Unity, LMC, ...I think theres something in NC or SC?

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