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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Night squirrel



The night squirrel is volant, which means it can glide.

On velvety flaps that hang from its side.

With spatulate tail it dodges the trees,

And lands with a thud that no one can see,

A propeller it needs to gain height, alas.

For skin flaps alone are not up to the task.

So shimmying trunks is all it can do,

To get elevation to volplane anew.

3 comments:

Ryan said...

Hi Chris,

I'm a graduate student at University of Maryland and another native Californian. I'm trying to develop a research project using camera traps to study Andean condors in Argentina but I have little experience working with cameras. Do you have any recommendations on cameras/equipment that I should look for? I was hoping to send you an email but I could not find any contact information on your site. If you like I could send you my email address to make communication easier. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Ryan Richards

"the Dude" said...

"alas"

English: sympathy
Spanish: wings
Malay-Indonesian: base

(seemed to fit, and also 'alas' is part of my yahoo mail address)

Camera Trap Codger said...

Thanks, guys.

Ryan, just send me an email at chindwin@sbcglobal.net, and we can talk.