Bird Fact Friday: the Baltimore Oriole (as seen on BirdGenie!)

This week’s Bird Fact Friday highlights the Baltimore Oriole, as seen on BirdGenie. Here are some interesting facts about the bird: This bird is melodious, canopy-dwelling, and strikingly plumaged. They are often heard in the spring in … [Read More...]

Insect of the Week: Pipiza

Adapted from page 308 of Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America: Pipiza are small black syrphids that vary from having all black abdomens to having paired yellow spots on tergite 2 and sometimes also tergite 3. They can be … [Read More...]

Should We Celebrate Mother’s Day Every Week?

The modern Mother’s Day holiday in the United States was first celebrated in 1908 in a time of strictly separated gender roles. While some single women were working for pay, married women were usually out of the labor force. Indeed, so called … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday – the Indigo Bunting (as seen on BirdGenie!)

This week's Bird Fact Friday highlights the Indigo Bunting, as seen on BirdGenie. Here are some interesting facts about the bird: This bird is vocal, edge-dwelling and active They are common in summer in the East and the Southwest in brushy … [Read More...]

Celebrating Europe Day and our European Office

“Europe Day is commemorated on May 9th by the European Union in recognition of the peace and prosperity it has brought to the region since its inception. This offers a perfect opportunity to celebrate our European Office, opened just outside … [Read More...]

Insect of the Week: Palpadas

Adapted from pages 120-121 of Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America Palpadas are a distinctive New World genus of flies, generally resembling Eristalis, but with a characteristic color pattern consistent throughout most of … [Read More...]

Rachel McCleary and Robert Barro on The Wealth of Religions: The Political Economy of Believing and Belonging

Which countries grow faster economically—those with strong beliefs in heaven and hell or those with weak beliefs in them? Does religious participation matter? Why do some countries experience secularization while others are religiously vibrant? … [Read More...]

Further Reading on Biodiversity & Extinction

This morning, the UN published an extensive report on the decline of biodiversity around the globe, and how this will impact humanity. The report, which was prepared by thousands of experts and included information from thousands of scientific … [Read More...]

On the Future by Martin Rees