Geckos are in most of our favorite places–Kerala, Costa Rica, Ghana–which share some 10th Latitude commonalities in different continents. They are one tiny example of the commonalities, but one that most of us love, for reasons we cannot begin to explain. So for us this story is a welcome puzzle solver for mysteries we did not know needed explaining, yet enjoy the answers:
By JAMES GORMAN
The lizard and, well, Spider-Man, have ideal tools for scaling slippery surfaces. Engineers have copied the gecko’s clingy foot pads.
As we prepare for a scouting trip to Ethiopia for a possible Raxa Collective collaboration with our Ghana colleagues in 2015, we were happy to see this item in the Sunday Travel section of the New York Times last week and just now remember to post this link:
Thanks to Bloomberg for the surprising news:
Bird of the Day: Yellow-crowned Night Heron – juvenile (J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida)
According to an in-depth atlas project being undertaken by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, many species of wild ungulates (hoofed mammals) require more land than what is currently encompassed in wilderness reserves. Certain areas that are under private ownership or designated as mixed use government lands are also key to the survival of species like the bighorn sheep (whose migration routes are to the left), mule deer, elk, and others.