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 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

The Sacred Place Where Life Begins (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

In the developed world, we are accustomed to grocery stores, drive-through windows and internet access providing instant gratification and an abundance of resources at our beck and call.  Modern conveniences are fantastic … Continue reading

December 19, 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

Another Perspective on Sea World, Orcas and Captive Animals (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

By Maymie Higgins The movie Blackfish is set to be released on DVD on Tuesday, November 12.  As much debate as the CNN airings and film festival

December 14, 2013 · 6 Comments

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

The American Wild Turkey (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

$53 Billion of Organic Pest Control is not Spooky (Written for the Ecotone Exchange)

My street is a typical rural North Carolina subdivision with ecological features that influenced my home purchase.  The narrow road

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment