Posted by: Dan | August 20, 2010

Migrations honored as a top biodiversity blog

The Pimm Group, for those not in the know, is the brainchild of Duke University Conservation Ecologist Stuart Pimm that is dedicated to “a combination of first-rate science, in-country contacts and lean operations is doing some of the most innovative land preservation deals in the world.”

And today I noticed that they’d posted a list of The Best Biodiversity Blogs. I’m rather humbled at the moment that they thought to honor me with a runner-up mention.

Go check out the top 5 though! Great blogs, each of them:

  1. The Sticky Tongue
    The Sticky Tongue is a quirky, imaginative approach to informing and educating about biodiversity and conservation. The blog focuses on herpetology. But its Biodiversity Photo of the Day can be anything from the Vancouver Island Marmot (one of the rarest animals in North America) to the critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. The blog’s author is Candace Hansen. She has “a passion not just for reptiles but also for all forms of wildlife conservation and animal rights.” In particular, her blog does not preach environmentalism and activism. Rather, she presents the issues, often with a touch of humor, to inform and educate. It’s only been online a short while, but its traffic has grown fast.
  2. The Artful Amoeba
    Jennifer Frazer is a science writer living in Boulder, Colorado. She dislikes the term “biodiversity” because “it turns people off to the subject” and “It’s too often used for boring platitudes about species richness.” Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in systematics and biotic diversity from Cornell University. She also has a master’s degree in plant pathology with a concentration in mycology (also from Cornell), and a master’s degree in science writing from MIT.
  3. Island Biodiversity Race
    Island Biodiversity Race highlights the vulnerability of island biodiversity due to the relatively rapid loss of species from islands. The blog focuses on islands in the Gulf of Guinea, primarily Sâo Tomé. The contributors provide an account of expeditions funded by the California Academy of Sciences, the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe government and others. The blog is hosted by WildlifeDirect, a Kenya and US registered charitable organization founded and chaired by African conservationist Dr Richard Leakey.
  4. Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog
    Mostly, talk of biodiversity concerns natural species and habitats. The Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog highlights biodiversity in a non-natural system — agriculture. This is important because an oft-cited reason for preserving natural biodiversity is to provide a source for new genetic material that could have practical applications, primarily in agriculture. The site’s authors are Luigi Guarino and Jeremy Cherfas, both professionally involved in biodiversity. Their goal is to collect in one place anything they find on the Internet that relates somehow to the notion of agricultural biodiversity. Luigi Guarino is Senior Science Coordinator at the Global Crop Diversity Trust and served as a consultant for the FAO and IBPGR from 1984 to 1988. Jeremy Cherfas is responsible for public relations at Bioversity International. He has extensive experience as a science writer and editor, for print, radio and TV.
  5. Ohio birds and biodiversity
    You don’t think of Ohio as a biodiversity hotspot, but Jim McCormac does a nice job of highlighting his state’s natural beauty and biodiversity. McCormac has made a study of natural history since the age of eight. His goal is to get more people interested in nature. In doing so, he says, “The more of us who care, the more likely that our natural world will survive.”


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