Henry Stevens is a senior studying biology. He can be reached at [email protected] Interested in birds? Email Henry at [email protected]

The Weekly Chirp: Crazy extinct birds

There’s no doubt that the avian biodiversity that exists today is absolutely breathtaking. From the sword-billed hummingbird in the Andes to harpy eagles in the Amazon and colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica, the list of amazing birds truly never ends. If you think you’ve seen it all, check out the birds of paradise in Papua New […]

The Weekly Chirp: Finch forecast

In 21st century science, we love to use advanced technology and complex models to predict what will happen in the future — in other words, we like forecasting stuff. Perhaps the most common example of this is the daily weather. After considering a set of variables — such as time of year, barometric pressure and past […]

The Weekly Chirp: Female power

Human history owes its success to women. While historically not occupying traditionally powerful roles, women have always held the true power in families and social groups, which are ultimately the major factors leading to the perseverance of our species. With the rise of the feminist movement and younger, more progressive generations, this power is finally […]

The Weekly Chirp: Parasitism

Put simply, babies are parasites. Don’t believe me? Just look at your own life. For your nine months as a fetus, you sat inside your mom literally doing nothing, not to mention the fact that you were connected to her via an umbilical cord siphoning away all her nutrients. Then you were finally born, but […]

The Weekly Chirp: Wacky waxwings

For everyone aged 21 or above, alcohol may play a role in your life. For some, it brings out the honest version of themselves. For others, the wild crazy side unbeknownst to the general population. For most, sometimes it just helps you relax at the end of the day. In our anthropocentric environment, we tend […]

The Weekly Chirp: Snack caching

The particularly observant and ornithologically biased eye will have noticed recently that our neighborhood blue jays are busy. Doing what, you ask? Winter is coming, and blue jays across the Northeast have begun preparing for it. As humans, we worry about the colder temperatures and dangerous storms associated with winter. While these factors certainly pose a […]

The Weekly Chirp: Concrete jungle

It’s always fun to examine the beautiful, crazy, wild, extravagant species of birds from around the world online, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than going outside and actually seeing birds yourself — even if they don’t happen to be pretty and decorated like a bird-of-paradise. Turns out, our campus attracts […]

The Weekly Chirp: Find your niche

Put simply, a niche is the ecological role a species plays in its environment. Think about the classic backyard birds and the niches they occupy — American robins hop around on the ground hunting for worms, downy woodpeckers drill holes in trees extracting insects and house finches crack thick seeds in their powerful bills. If […]

The Weekly Chirp: Loons in love

I spent this summer up in New Hampshire working as a loon biologist for the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC). Yes, that is a real thing. The LPC has been around for over 40 years now and hires several loon biologists each summer to monitor the entire loon population of N.H. It was such a sweet […]

The Weekly Chirp: Staging season

How refreshing it is to arrive back on campus and watch all the starry-eyed first-years gallivanting from class to class, excited and eager to “discover themselves” and figure out “what life is all about.” Good luck with that. Many of my observations of these new college students are derived from meals at Dewick, during which seemingly […]