Image: Squirrel (of course), Sorbyphoto CC0.
I’m happy to be able to tell you that Scientist Sees Squirrel is a 2018 nominee for “Canada’s Favourite Science Blog” – a People’s Choice Award. This is an annual award, jointly sponsored by the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and the blogging network Science Borealis. It’s lovely to get this kind of recognition, along with some other excellent nominees.
If you’re a regular visitor here, and if you like what I have for you to read, then perhaps you’ll want to head over to the nominees’ page and vote for Scientist Sees Squirrel. (Voting will be open until September 29.) Or, even better, you could head over to that same page and check out some of the other nominees. You may find some new reading, and if you feel like voting for one of those other blogs, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. (After all, that’s what I plan to do just did.)
If you’re new to Scientist Sees Squirrel – perhaps you’re checking out all the nominees – then, welcome! Have a look around. You’ll find all sorts of things here; in fact, Scientist Sees Squirrel is named in celebration of – or, equally, as an admission of – my wandering attention span. A lot of it reflects my interests as a university academic, in the fields of ecology and evolution, but that ends up spinning out in a lot of ways. You can go to the home page and scroll down to see my most recent posts, or you can dig into the archives. You might find, for example:
- Posts about plants, and gardens, and nature
- Posts about the ways we think about nature, or about science
- Posts about the intersection of science and literature – including connections between science and poetry, novels, and childrens’ books
- Posts about scientific writing (there are lots of these), including posts about when it sparkles, and about why it mostly doesn’t
- Posts about – stick with me – the fascinating stories behind the Latin (or “scientific”) names we give to the species that share our planet. Such names can be fun to say; they can capture the imagination and amazement of the scientist who confers a name; or they can tell us stories about amazing figures in the history of science
- Posts that defy easy categorization. This post is one of my favourites; but I’m not sure I can tell you what it’s about.
There’s a lot more here, of course, so explore a bit. If you like what you find, you can be alerted to future posts by following the blog (link at upper right), or by following me on Twitter or Facebook (a friend request will automatically make you a follower). And when you’re done with Scientist Sees Squirrel, please head to the voting page, from where you’ll be able to visit the other nominees too. Thanks for dropping by!
© Stephen Heard September 16, 2018