Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lock-Picking Cockatoos

(from Devorah Bennu, PhD, “GrrlScientist,” at Follow the link above for an amazing story of how Cockatoos in an animal-behavior lab were shown learning to pick a series of 5 locking devices in a specific order so as to get a reward. Or was the challenge itself the reward? Share

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A Day on the Slough

 The Sammamish Slough connects Lake Sammamish with Lake Washington. It borders Marymoor Park in Redmond, a park well-known for good birding and also for its expansive off-leash dog exercise area. Last Friday, I spent 5 hours kayaking up and down a 1-mile stretch, watching both the many birds and the dogs whose owners had brought […]

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