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Friday Catblogging: Pumas as Influencers

Phoebe Weston explains why the puma is a leading influencer in the animal kingdom: Researchers reviewed 162 studies published between 1950 and 2020 looking at how pumas – also known as mountain lions or cougars – enrich ecosystems and support other species. They found the large cats contribute 1.5m kilograms of meat a day to…

Daily Bread for 12.7.21: Bad Plans and Bad Planners Behind Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 21.  Sunrise is 7:12 AM and sunset 4:20 PM for 9h 07m 57s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 14.6% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.  On this day in 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy carries…

Daily Bread for 10.24.21: The Otters of Singapore Offer a Lesson for Whitewater, Wisconsin

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of 51.  Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 5:57 PM for 10h 36m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 86.5% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket [from White Sands…

Daily Bread for 10.22.21: Reporting About Artificial Herbicides in Whitewater, Wisconsin

Good morning. Friday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 51.  Sunrise is 7:18 AM and sunset 6:00 PM for 10h 42m 15s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 96.7% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1707, four British naval vessels run aground on the Isles of Scilly because…

Daily Bread for 10.21.21: If Beauty Assured Justice, All Wisconsin Would Be Fair

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 54.  Sunrise is 7:16 AM and sunset 6:01 PM for 10h 44m 58s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.3% of its visible disk illuminated.  The Whitewater School District’s Policy Review Committee meets at 9 AM, Whitewater’s Community Involvement &…

Friday Catblogging: Tabbies

James Gorman reports How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: A team of geneticists reported Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications that it had identified a gene in domestic cats that plays a key role in creating the traditional tabby stripe pattern, and that the pattern is evident in embryonic tissue even before hair follicles start…

Daily Bread for 9.2.21: Wolf Quotas by ‘Amateur Auction’

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 79. Sunrise is 6:21 AM and sunset 7:26 PM, for 13h 04m 28s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 21.2% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets at 6 PM.  On this day in 1945, the Japanese Instrument of Surrender…

Film: Treeline

Patagonia Films presents: Treeline. Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists, and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia, and the bristlecones of Nevada as they explore an ancient story written in rings.

Friday Catblogging: Cat-cus

“Catcus?” You may be cool, but you’ll never be bobcat sitting in a cactus cool. Perched on a saguaro, this bobcat finds itself in a sticky situation @OrganPipeNPS. Perhaps it’s scanning the landscape for dinner or just enjoys lookin’ sharp? #NationalParkWeek pic.twitter.com/HLXXC4II74 — National Park Service (@NatlParkService) April 22, 2021 See also Bobcat in a…