Shelter in Place: Day 10

Today, beloved readers, we break into the double digits. Today, I will share a confession. As a child and a young person, I would often wish, "Oh, if only something BIG would happen in my lifetime." I looked at the writers I considered to be "serious" writers, and saw them writing to the catastrophes of … Continue reading Shelter in Place: Day 10

In Defense of Optimism

I entered into a conversation recently that began around Kafka and ended somewhere to the left of me defending the concept of hope in the face of what was purportedly a deterministic universe. I don't know that I believe the universe has been determined, and even if it were, I don't necessarily think that excludes … Continue reading In Defense of Optimism

Seeking Position: Becoming a Small Flightless Bird

Laura A. Birdmiller Bird bird bird bird, #14 Fitchbird, WI 53713 Email:kiwi@kiwi.com Overview: • Passionate team-bird, bird-oriented and willing to bird hard. • Slow bird, unable to fly. • Small and almost round. • Committed to eating seeds and not flying. Education: August 2011- June 2015 Carleton Birdege Northbird, MN GPA: 6 lbs of seed, … Continue reading Seeking Position: Becoming a Small Flightless Bird

SMALL News

(The title is a self-referential joke, because earlier I had a post called Small News. I just want everyone to get my jokes.) Well, I haven't posted on what we're up to in the Arb for a while. My apologies! Currently we're doing vegetation sampling, which is counting the cover and occurrence of prairie plants, … Continue reading SMALL News

Prairie Plants or How To Distinguish Between The One With The Purple Flowers and That Other One With Purple Flowers

In addition to watching 80s Dance movies, this summer I have  job working in the Hernandez Lab! Huzzah! So far we've been doing  a lot of really cool projects with the GRASS experiment which is looking at the effects of the presence or absence of two big C4 grasses. We also came up with a … Continue reading Prairie Plants or How To Distinguish Between The One With The Purple Flowers and That Other One With Purple Flowers