Category Archives: Birds

Behind the scenes with condors!

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt In March, I wrote a post about why researchers and conservationists want to protect the California condor. My friend Corinne Ross, an intern with the Fish and Wildlife Service Condor Recovery Program, explained the odd process of condor … Continue reading

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How condors do (and don’t do) it

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt On a recent Saturday night, I was sitting on my sofa, watching tv, when I got a call about condor sex. “They are getting frisky right now,” said my friend, Corinne Ross. Ross was perched on a … Continue reading

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No time for love…

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt To quote nearly every tv sitcom cynic in nearly every Valentine’s Day episode: “What’s sooooo special about one day in February?! Ugh!” And while that sitcom character goes on to learn the value of love, I’m going … Continue reading

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Same-sex squid aren’t that unique

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt A couple weeks ago, news outlets like The New York Times and The Guardian reported on the discovery that a species of deep sea squid is as likely to mate with squids of the same sex as squids … Continue reading

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Hens go “sperm dumping”

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Think women are cruel? Try being a rooster. According to a recent study from researchers at Oxford University, hens can actually expel sperm after sex. The researchers call the behavior “sperm dumping” and it’s as harsh as … Continue reading

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Animal sex meets stand-up comedy

I performed at a open-mic comedy night this week. Just doing my duty to educate the public about earwig genitalia. I like how the guy says “oh no” when I bring up pigs.

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Big love on the great plains

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Life’s rough if you’re a male sage grouse. First, you have to live in Montana, where there’s no In-and-Out Burger. Second, you will probably never get laid. Spring is mating season for the sage grouse of the … Continue reading

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