The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

Day Twelve of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Moose

Scientific Name:  Alces alces is the Eurasian moose.  Alces americanus is the American moose. Advertisements

December 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Eleven of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Walrus

Scientific Name:  Odobenus rosmarus Odobenus rosmarus is Latin for “tooth-walking sea-horse”.  Walruses use their tusks to haul out onto pack ice and it looks like they are walking on their … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Ten of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Arctic Fox

Scientific Name:  Vulpes lagopus Vulpes is from the Latin vulpinus which means “of or pertaining to a fox”.

December 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Day Nine of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Beluga Whale

Scientific Name:  Delphinapterus leucas The word beluga comes from the Russian word “bielo” meaning white. Beluga whales are actually born dark gray and are not white for up to eight … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Eight of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Wolverine

Scientific Name: Gulo gulo “Gulo” is Latin for glutton and French for gullet or throat.

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Seven of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Polar Bear

Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus Ursus is from Latin ursinus “of or resembling a bear”. Maritimus is from Latin maritimus “of the sea or near the sea”.

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Six of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Narwhal

Scientific Name:  Monodon monoceros  Scientifically named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, Monodon monoceros means “one tooth, one horn”.

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Five of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Dall Sheep

Scientific Name:  Ovis dalli Dall sheep were scientifically named in 1884, “Ovis” is from the Latin word ovinus, meaning sheep.  Dalli is derived from the name of scientist William Healey … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Arctic Hare

Scientific Name: Lepus arcticus Where Arctic Hare Live: Arctic hare live in mountainous tundra, rocky plateaus and treeless coasts along the northernmost regions of Greenland, the Arctic Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador.

December 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Day Three of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Arctic Tern

Scientific Name: Sterna paradisaea Where Arctic Terns Live: The Arctic Tern has a circumpolar range, spending breeding season in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Europe, Asia and North

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Muskoxen

Scientific Name: Ovibos moschatus. The prefix “ovi” is Latin for sheep, “bos” is latin for ox. “Moschatus” is New Latin for musky and refers to the preorbital glands that

December 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day One of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Snowy Owl

Scientific Name: Nyctea scandiaca or Bubo scandiacus “Nyctea” is Greek for nocturnal (most owls are nocturnal but snowy owls are not), “scandiaca” is Latin and an ancient name for the

December 14, 2013 · 1 Comment