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🧟‍♂️🐎👢🦷 We interviewed Vermin Supreme on our latest podcast episode! Link in bio.
Which #Hymenoptera are you? let us know and tag a friend in the comments 🐝😎 many thanks to Wild Green Memeber @abzuran for this awesome content!
🐍 Happy #WorldSnakeDay from the mod squad! @naturebycourt - corn snake @leadmetothetrees - corn snake @enter.the.wilderness - black racer @beingevolved - white-lipped python @ionlyneedanimals - banded water snake @mckenzietoth - cat-eyes snake
🚨TODAY IS THE DAY!🚨 It’s the Wild Green Memes Global Insect Bioblitz! If you’re participating, hang up a white sheet tonight and shine flashlights at it to attract insects! Photograph and upload as much arthropod diversity as possible to our iNaturalist project. Want more info? Check out the details in our Facebook group announcements OR on our Facebook event page! We will be accepting your best bug photos from today to be posted in the group tomorrow! 🐝🐛 Download the iNaturalist app and join this project so you can upload your finds: https://tinyurl.com/wgmbioblitz
Photo credit: Jim Harris Today’s #WildlifeHeroWednesday is Dr. E. O. Wilson, myrmecologist (ant scientist), codiscoverer of the equilibrium theory of island biogeography (a really big deal!), and several other world-changing ecological ideas. Another example is the concept of eusociality, coined by Suzanne Batra but expanded on by Wilson, in which individual ants act more like cells in a giant “superorganism” than individuals themselves. 🐜 Other types of animal that can live as a superorganism include bees and naked mole rats! 🐁🐝 In addition to his scientific ideas, Dr. Wilson has been a critical voice for conservation. He’s written many books about the wonder of nature and the need to protect it, and most recently has popularized the idea of setting aside half the Earth’s land and water as nature preserves to protect the diversity of life. 📚🏞️ . Thank you Dr. Wilson, for your lifetime of service to science and to the beauty of our world!
Happy #MeetTheMods Monday! 🐊🐍 Hello folks, they call me Leroy Nuñez (@leroy_pedro_nunez ). I am an evolutionary scientist that went to the University of Florida where I received a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Ecology studying the phylogeography of invasive species in Florida. I also worked as a curatorial assistant in the Division of Herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History for close to eight years. During this time I have developed a strong belief in the vital importance of natural history museums not just to evolutionary biology, but to conservation and society. Ever since I was a child, I had a fascination with the natural world. I would voraciously read books and field guides of all stripes, to educate myself on the grandeur of the biodiversity of Earth. Later this year, I will be starting a PhD program in Comparative Biology at the American Museum of Natural History where I will be studying the evolution, biogeography, and ecology of a group of snakes called natricines. . . . 👍 Likes: Natural History, Jazz, Maps, where the rivers meet the ocean, Bruce Springsteen, Diversity (both Bio and Societal), knowing that we are alone in a chaotic universe, Bugs Bunny 🎺 🐰 . . . . 👎 Dislikes: Ketchup, those who do not have empathy for life, Close-mindedness, being trapped in a systemic quagmire that is designed to reward the powerful and punish the powerless, Yosemite Sam 🤠🥫
Hey Wild Green Memebers! Just your friendly neighborhood recluse stopping by to wish you a happy #tongueouttuesday ! 👅🕷️
👽 What’s the connection between NASA, alien life, and fireflies? Find out on our latest podcast episode, featuring @NHMU ’s Christy Bills!
It’s Meet the Mods Monday! 🐾🐾🐾 Hey everyone, I’m Danielle (@leadmetothetrees )! Like most of the mods, I went to the University of Florida for my undergrad. I graduated with a major in Animal Science, a minor in Entomology & Nematology, and a Certificate of Medical Entomology. This August, I’ll start my third year of veterinary school at Kansas State! When I’m not studying or making dad jokes, you can find me hiking, training my dog, putting way too much effort into crafts, or trying to convince the general public that terrestrial arthropods are cool as HECK. 😍Likes: climbing trees, animal behavior, ice cream, singing (poorly) in the car 😒Dislikes: seeing fat dogs, spider squashers, finding fresh DORs on herping trips, the lack of sweet tea in Kansas
For this #savetheworldsunday , we’re talking about sunscreen’s potential negative effects on reefs! Sunscreen is a vital part of fun in the sun, protecting our skin from UV damage. However, there is a growing body of research exploring potentially harmful effects of compounds typically found in sunscreen on corals and other marine life. These compounds are called UV filters, and the most extensively studied is oxybenzone. UV filters have been reported to cause bleaching of hard corals, deformation of coral larvae, and damage to coral DNA. The majority of these studies have been done ex-situ, and broader implications for entire reef systems aren’t fully known. To keep your skin AND reefs safe, look into purchasing a reef-friendly sunscreen for all your summer activities! Mineral sunscreens like non-nanotized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreens do not typically include the potentially harmful UV filters, and appear to be better for reef ecosystems. Additionally, covering up during your outdoor adventures can help reduce your overall sunscreen usage. If you’re not sure whether a sunscreen is reef safe, consult the ingredients list, looking specifically for: Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide. Let’s make better sunscreen choices and help protect our reefs! SWIPE ➡️➡️➡️ to see some endangered Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and @ecologistash recommendation for a reef-safe sunscreen! (this message is not sponsored)
🐥🦈 It’s #ScienceSaturday ! Today we are going to be talking about weird feeding behaviors, specifically a recent study in the journal Ecology that shows that tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) eat terrestrial songbirds. The research team lead by J.M. Drymon from Mississippi State University wanted to learn more about the pervasiveness and mechanisms behind tiger sharks eating songbirds. The team conducted monthly surveys along the Mississippi - Alabama coast from 2010 to 2018 where they examined stomach contents of sharks for presence of whole birds or bird remains. Additionally, they used DNA barcoding of to identify species of bird remains. Out of the sharks examined, 39% contained bird remains, none of which were marine birds. Most of the surveys took place in the fall and spring, when southward-migratory birds will stopover on the coast before crossing the Gulf of Mexico on the initial trip during the fall and on their return northward during the spring. They found that the majority of predatory interactions occurred in the fall during their initial crossing. Thanks to our members @markshark808 and @jeensnidvongs for sharing some additional tiger shark photos!
Enjoy this #FossilFriday meme before it goes extinct. Credit: @luigi_gaskell
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