Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A child’s wonderful life

I was born in Lewisburg, Tennessee in 1931, and my mother died when I was four. For the next two years I was cared...

Status report on bird populations

Why are some birds in these parts thriving while others are declining or have disappeared altogether? Two species of crows occur in Lee and...

A turtle and a salamander

Shortly following my return to Auburn in 1966, my first graduate student was Ron Estridge, who currently resides in Auburn and is active in...

Genetically modified mosquitoes

The so-called yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is capable of transmitting yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika. Of...

Will cockroaches inherit the earth?

Among the oldest living inhabitants of our planet and continuing to thrive are cockroaches. They’ve been around for 250,000 to 300,000 years. There are...

The Wotus Rule controversy

Rain-filled depressions, also called small isolated wetlands, and perennial streams, streams that may have no surface flow during extreme droughts, are at the center...

December rains finally arrive

Following a lengthy period of droughty winter weather, the “December Rains” arrived. My rain gauge indicated that altogether, at least 16 inches of rain...

Opelika/Auburn: Drunkest cities in America?

“Auburn-Opelika named the drunkest city in Alabama,” was the title of an article in the December 3 edition of the “Auburn Plainsman,” written by...

Quiz on politics and politicians

A regular feature on the O’Reilly Factor (Fox News) is “Watters’ World,” during which Jesse Watters interviews presumably well-educated people on geography, politics, and...

Coyotes and Florida’s controversial bear hunt

A controversy regarding a black bear hunt in Florida is making the news. In late October the state’s Game and Freshwater Fish Commission allowed...