a notable passage copied into a commonplace book

a notable passage copied into a commonplace book

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Santiago, Chile / ...et que la mort me trouve plantant mes choux, mais nonchalant d’elle, et encore plus de mon jardin imparfait. -- Montaigne, I, 20
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James Bond | Results of the Catherwood-Caplin West Indies Expedition, 1948 | Part 2, birds of Cayo Largo (Cuba), San Andres and Providencia | Proc. Acad. Nat. Scl. Philadelphia, 102: 43-68 (1950)

James Bond | Results of the Catherwood-Caplin West Indies Expedition, 1948 | Part 2, birds of Cayo Largo (Cuba), San Andres and Providencia | Proc. Acad. Nat. Scl. Philadelphia, 102: 43-68 (1950)

Illustrations of the holy altars it was claimed Formosan sacrifices took place, featured in George Psalmanazar’s An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa (1704) | included his description of a sorcerer who prophesied that the appearance of “100 Birds Singing” in a nobleman’s garden foretold that the souls of his “Deceas’d Relations had been Transform’d into Stars”

Illustrations of the holy altars it was claimed Formosan sacrifices took place, featured in George Psalmanazar’s An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa (1704) | included his description of a sorcerer who prophesied that the appearance of “100 Birds Singing” in a nobleman’s garden foretold that the souls of his “Deceas’d Relations had been Transform’d into Stars”

The western population of the superb bird-of-paradise in the Arfak Mountains may constitute a new species (Lophorina neidda inopinata), whose feather patches absorb up to 99.95 percent of directly incident light

Dance Moves Support Evidence for New Bird-of-Paradise Species – Macaulay Library

Milton Avery | Dawning Sun (1962)

Milton Avery | Dawning Sun (1962)

Milton Avery | Hills by the Sea (1960)

Milton Avery | Hills by the Sea (1960)

Richard Koeppel’s handwritten North American life list; he kept hundreds of notebooks since he began birding at age 10.

Richard Koeppel’s handwritten North American life list; he kept hundreds of notebooks since he began birding at age 10.

Red-capped cardinal (Paroaria gularis) | Yakari Eco Lodge, Puerto Maldonado (Peru)

Red-capped cardinal (Paroaria gularis) | Yakari Eco Lodge, Puerto Maldonado (Peru)

Northern grey-headed sparrow (Passer griseus) | Ghana

Northern grey-headed sparrow (Passer griseus) | Ghana

The night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), endemic to the continent of Australia, is one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no confirmed sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. Sightings since 1979 have been extremely rare and the bird's population size is unknown; it is thought to number 50-249 mature individuals. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed in July 2013.

The night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), endemic to the continent of Australia, is one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no confirmed sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. Sightings since 1979 have been extremely rare and the bird's population size is unknown; it is thought to number 50-249 mature individuals. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed in July 2013.

The higher-level classification derives from the evolutionary trees, while the species-level divisions derive from what we think is happening among those species in an ongoing biological context | On the  complexities of reconciling species status with genome mapping: When you capture that process of speciation in action, you’re naturally going to find in-between cases that are in this gray zone where by some criteria they’re separate species and by other criteria they’re not | Irby Lovette

The higher-level classification derives from the evolutionary trees, while the species-level divisions derive from what we think is happening among those species in an ongoing biological context | On the complexities of reconciling species status with genome mapping: When you capture that process of speciation in action, you’re naturally going to find in-between cases that are in this gray zone where by some criteria they’re separate species and by other criteria they’re not | Irby Lovette

There were nearly 19,000 scientifically recognized bird species in the world at the turn of the 20th century. But the introduction of the biological species concept (Ernst Mayr) caused a reshuffling that dropped that number by half | Graphic adapted from Handbook of the Birds of the World, Lynx Edicions (1997)

There were nearly 19,000 scientifically recognized bird species in the world at the turn of the 20th century. But the introduction of the biological species concept (Ernst Mayr) caused a reshuffling that dropped that number by half | Graphic adapted from Handbook of the Birds of the World, Lynx Edicions (1997)

Common raven (Corvus corax) | Othello-Royal City (Washington); Madrid Barajas International Airport

Common raven (Corvus corax) | Othello-Royal City (Washington); Madrid Barajas International Airport

Piapiac (Ptilostomus afer) | Ho; Ada (Ghana)

Piapiac (Ptilostomus afer) | Ho; Ada (Ghana)

Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus) | East Rock Park, New Haven (Connecticut)

Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus) | East Rock Park, New Haven (Connecticut)