Tag Archives: Tim Traver

On mammal teeth
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May 24, 2017

On mammal teeth

By Tim Traver

When my daughter was 4, she once asked, “Do mice get cavities?” We were coming back from the dentist, so teeth were on her mind and so were mice, since her pet mouse had recently escaped. Later in the day, she asked…

The Color of Cranberries
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December 1, 2016

The Color of Cranberries

By Tim Traver

As a kid fidgeting at my grandmother’s Thanksgiving table, I often wondered, what’s the point of cranberries? She had a live-in Irish cook who insisted on serving whole cranberries suspended in a kind of gelatinous, inverted bog. If I ventured to eat…

The Outside Story: Catch and release
The Outside Story
July 27, 2016

The Outside Story: Catch and release

By Tim Traver

To be good at catching fish these days you have to be good at letting fish go. Releasing fish unharmed turns out to be a good way to share a limited resource, and depending on what you hook, it also may be…

The Outside Story
The Outside Story
April 30, 2015

The Outside Story

Fish go with the flow

By Tim Traver

There are times when fish appear telepathic. Consider the uncanny way a school of bait fish moves as one to avoid a predator, or the way goldfish in their lighted bowl turn towards the…

The Outside Story: For deer herd data, states count on hunters
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February 5, 2015

The Outside Story: For deer herd data, states count on hunters

By Tim Traver

The measure of a successful hunt depends on whom you ask; hunters are often biased by individual success or failure, whereas biologists take a detached, big-picture view. But this much is true: one of the world’s oldest occupations is managed…