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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-01-08 06:57 PM
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43. They were both born and raised within two counties of the office
(Cough, cough, Fresno, cough, Stockton, cough... Damn, the air quality must be bad today! x( )

Having both tried to rehabilitate and having dissected a loon, boy... I'm surprised they got anywhere NEAR eating that thing. The worst thing I have ever smelled in my WHOLE LIFE--worse than the dog rolling in a dead salmon by the river--was loon shit. Good GOD. I seem to recall actually tearing up because the smell was so bad. And though loons and grebes aren't the same :P, the day the freezer broke down with a dead grebe in it was one of the more memorable days of my life.

As far as identification goes, I'd guess that if you were somewhat familiar with the species of one area, you'd at least have a starting place for identifying species of another area. Like, you'd probably be able to look at a little yellow bird and guess that it was a finch as opposed to a warbler or a vireo or something. And at the very least, you'd know where to start looking in the field guide, instead of flipping randomly through the wrens or thrushes or something. :P



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  -Kids lose touch with natural world..can't identify common animals Liberal_in_LA  Aug-01-08 11:08 AM   #0 
  - More like losing touch with picture books.  skooooo   Aug-01-08 11:10 AM   #1 
  - From Blade Runner (1982)  whistle   Aug-01-08 11:13 AM   #2 
  - OMG what a great film  VWolf   Aug-01-08 11:56 AM   #10 
     - Mine too, I first saw the film on cable TV in the late 1980s went right out and bought  whistle   Aug-01-08 12:43 PM   #18 
  - This is the same generation that cannot imagine the hamburgers they eat were once cows grazing out  BrklynLiberal   Aug-01-08 11:18 AM   #3 
  - Let's see them identify this:  hedgehog   Aug-01-08 11:21 AM   #4 
  - Looks like McCain forgot his sun tan lotion  Mabus   Aug-01-08 11:31 AM   #5 
  - A shell-less turtle?  NCevilDUer   Aug-01-08 11:38 AM   #7 
  - Do turtles have teeth?  hedgehog   Aug-01-08 11:55 AM   #9 
     - OK, what looks like a beak in that picture looks different  NCevilDUer   Aug-01-08 12:44 PM   #19 
        - I think it's the broken off bones in the nose  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 05:16 PM   #37 
  - A better photo has turned up  JHB   Aug-01-08 12:09 PM   #14 
  - television, electronic games, over-organized activities....  blindpig   Aug-01-08 11:32 AM   #6 
  - Pretty stupid test.  Bornaginhooligan   Aug-01-08 11:44 AM   #8 
  - Of course they look nothing like North American species  malakai2   Aug-01-08 12:47 PM   #20 
  - Nevertheless, it remains a stupid test.  Bornaginhooligan   Aug-01-08 12:48 PM   #22 
  - American Elk and European Red Deer are considered different populations of the same species, IIRC.  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 01:37 PM   #29 
     - I don't think so  malakai2   Aug-01-08 05:16 PM   #38 
  - that's because they are not north american birds  pitohui   Aug-01-08 07:15 PM   #46 
  - Ask any kid where an acorn comes from. you will be surprised by the answer. nt  Javaman   Aug-01-08 12:02 PM   #11 
  - True story: my daughter was out locating manholes with  hedgehog   Aug-01-08 12:05 PM   #12 
  - the point is  MJW   Aug-01-08 12:06 PM   #13 
  - I can't imagine spending a childhood without nature  Lorien   Aug-01-08 12:16 PM   #16 
  - in the 40s and 50s when I was a kid  MJW   Aug-01-08 12:25 PM   #17 
  - LOL, you're lucky you didn't get reported for child neglect!  hedgehog   Aug-01-08 12:48 PM   #21 
     - this kid was no 3 yr old  MJW   Aug-01-08 01:39 PM   #30 
     - I'm only 22, but I fortunately escaped that nonsense.  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 01:49 PM   #31 
  - my kids know. but then they know so much more than animals and what we knew in our day  seabeyond   Aug-01-08 12:09 PM   #15 
  - You and me both.  kwolf68   Aug-01-08 01:04 PM   #25 
  - I've only seen blue tits when it's really really cold!  hootinholler   Aug-01-08 12:48 PM   #23 
  - This test says more about the testers than the testees (giggle).  Evoman   Aug-01-08 12:58 PM   #24 
  - no, evoman, you don't get the context (because the study is set in britain)  pitohui   Aug-01-08 07:20 PM   #47 
  - Kids didn't know anything when I was a kid, either.  SmokingJacket   Aug-01-08 01:07 PM   #26 
  - Small children rarely have Moms who take them places  SoCalDem   Aug-01-08 01:10 PM   #27 
  - Hahaha, one spring when I was a kid I broke off a small floweing branch of a...  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 01:54 PM   #32 
     - My boys would strip my forsythia almost bare  SoCalDem   Aug-01-08 02:32 PM   #33 
  - As a person who grew up in a rural area I find this very sad.  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 01:31 PM   #28 
  - Maybe it's more a lack of parents spending time with children and taking  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-01-08 03:00 PM   #34 
  - Most ADULTS I know are hard pressed to identify common American birds  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 03:25 PM   #35 
  - And to sound less snotty  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 03:42 PM   #36 
  - I was able to identify trees around here very accurately since I was in jr. high  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 08:09 PM   #49 
  - Fun times  malakai2   Aug-01-08 05:28 PM   #39 
  - They were both born and raised within two counties of the office  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 06:57 PM   #43 
  - Scrub jay/blue jay difference...  seawolf   Aug-01-08 07:29 PM   #48 
  - It's a duller blue  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 08:37 PM   #51 
  - There are plenty of gaps in my knowledge and I am a biologist  alarimer   Aug-02-08 12:27 AM   #62 
  - I completely agree.  Maestro   Aug-01-08 05:39 PM   #40 
  - It isn't just the kids although perhaps it is more important  YankeyMCC   Aug-01-08 06:35 PM   #41 
  - A "blue tit"? Get the fuck out.  BlooInBloo   Aug-01-08 06:41 PM   #42 
  - It's not part of the NCLB testing guidelines and can't help them to become  Firespirit   Aug-01-08 06:57 PM   #44 
  - a british kid not being able to ID "blue tit" is like you not being able to ID a sparrow  pitohui   Aug-01-08 07:09 PM   #45 
  - That's a very pretty bird!  Odin2005   Aug-01-08 08:17 PM   #50 
  - Sparrow, you say?  XemaSab   Aug-01-08 08:59 PM   #52 
  - So what?  Codeine   Aug-01-08 09:15 PM   #53 
  - Unless peak oil makes everyone get in touch with nature the hard way  Lorien   Aug-01-08 09:42 PM   #56 
     - i still don't see how knowing the difference between tit or sparrow would matter  NuttyFluffers   Aug-01-08 10:52 PM   #59 
  - But they can probably identify every brand-name logo within a 50 mile radius  killbotfactory   Aug-01-08 09:18 PM   #54 
  - If they want to be good, obidient little consumers, I guess that's  Lorien   Aug-01-08 09:51 PM   #57 
  - A Blue Tit? I saw one in "X-Men" or "X2"  minnesota_liberal   Aug-01-08 09:21 PM   #55 
  - oh for the love of god, barely anyone would know what an 'exaltation of larks' is either...  NuttyFluffers   Aug-01-08 10:29 PM   #58 
  - this is why it is important for kids  orleans   Aug-01-08 11:39 PM   #60 
  - k&r (see my post 60) n/t  orleans   Aug-01-08 11:40 PM   #61 
 

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